Before You Move Off Campus…
Moving out of a dorm and into an off campus home might seem like the best thing ever – finally, freedom! But, there are a few things to consider before you ditch the single wooden bed, small room, and undesirable roommates. As one of the top Denver moving companies, believe us when we say that there are more than a few things to look out for before you move off campus – take a look!
- Know your tenant rights. Every city is different, but some landlords will take full advantage of students that have never lived in a rented space before. It’s really up to you to know what your rights are, and what you do and don’t have to put up with. Find out this information before you move.
- Read the lease carefully. Once you get into a lease agreement, it can be really tough to get out of that agreement. So, make sure to go over the fine print – and keep a copy of your lease on hand, just in case.
- Take good notes when you move into a space. Pay attention to small details like any kind of obvious or not obvious damage, what is included in the rent (and how it looks when you move in), and what is missing. Later, you may need those documents and photos in order to prove that a place was as you left it.
- Find out what happens to your deposit. You should get your deposit back when you move out if everything is in good shape when you do so. Make sure that this agreement is in writing.
- Be certain that the dwelling is safe and secure. Look carefully at locks, door combinations, and other security details. Find out when the chimney was last swept, what kind of fire alarm you have (and if it works), and how much crime is in the building. Sometimes, it’s better to avoid those student filled buildings and move into a place that’s filled more with families or couples – this way, you are targeted by thieves, as students tend to be.
- Get the phone number and address of your landlord. If you have to send something in writing, you’ll have to send it to a direct address. You may also have to call a landlord when you need help, so do have all of those details on hand. Be wary of any landlord that doesn’t want to give you some kind of contact information.
- Know what is required of you, and when it is required. Make sure that you pay your bills, it’s that simple. Do not send in rent late, and do not skip payments – though it can be tempting! Make sure that all tenants pull their part, too, since some might skip rent, and this could mess everything up for all people living in a rental apartment.
- Lastly, find out how you will pay your energy bill – some buildings split this cost between apartments, and this is information that you need to know!
Calling Denver Moving Companies
Reaching out and calling Denver moving companies to help you move into a new place is a good idea – a company like Exodus will make sure that your stuff gets to your new place without any kind of damage or harm. Moving companies in Fort Collins are pretty well versed on moving students in and out of dorm areas, too, so go ahead and ask the moving companies in Fort Collins that you find about this type of experience.
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we’re more than happy to help you move to a new home! If you’ve found great roommates and a great rental space, we’ll help you get there with all of your stuff in one piece. Call us today for details, or leave us a note on this blog.