Best Dog Friendly Apartments in DC

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Moving to a new city with a dog can be stressful…for both you and your four-legged family member. We know how important your furry friends are to you. We also know how important it is to find the best dog friendly apartments when you’re moving to DC. So we researched the inventory to find some affordable apartments and some luxury communities that will cater to you and your furry friend. We also created a guide for moving with your dog to keep you both calm on the big day. This will help you live happily with your dog in the apartment.

The Shawmut is a rent control building in Northwest DC.  This community goes way beyond simply accepting pets. They 100% embrace being dog-friendly.  The Shawmut is one of the few apartment communities that does not have breed restrictions. Your four-legged family member will have to interview with the building manager to make sure they are well behaved.   The Shawmut is situated right next to Kalorama dog park and the surrounding streets are perfect for walking you and your pup’s walks.

4031 Davis is a small rental community of one-bedroom apartments is located in Glover Park in Northwest DC.  Not only does this community does accept dogs, there’s no pet rent or pet fees…making it not just pet-friendly, but also budget friendly.  Glover Park has tons of walking trails for you and your pup to explore.  It’s also super convenient with Whole Foods and Safeway both less than a half-mile away. 

2M‘s luxury offering in the NoMa neighborhood goes beyond simply accepting pets.  They love your four-legged friends so much that they put a private dog park right in the middle of the interior courtyard of the building.  Where 2M really takes it a step further is with their building pet ambassador, Emmy.  Emmy is a ridiculously adorable Miniature English Bulldog that spends her days in the leasing office with the rest of the 2M team, inviting belly rubs and head scratches.  Residents are able to take Emmy for supervised walks in the interior dog park, allowing those who cannot (for whatever reason) have their own pet to still get their puppy fix from the comfort of home.  

Located in the hotter than hot Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, Park Chelsea is the first of 3 pet-friendly buildings that will make up The Collective – a collection of 3 apartment buildings that will all share amenities.  With both Phase one and Phase two, the Agora now complete, your pooch can enjoy 2 separate rooftop dog parks, and this summer, a dog park is opening right across the street! But for now, they’ll have to settle for the Park Chelsea rooftop, puppy agility course, and dog run.  Another great offering is the dog washroom, which allows you to easily shampoo, rinse and blow-dry your dogs without ever leaving home – and without the mess of trying to do it in your own bathroom!  

City Market at O offers a luxurious lifestyle not just for us humans, but for your pets as well.  With a rooftop dog park boasting sweeping views of the city and pet spa rooms perfect for grooming, your pooch will be more pampered than ever!

Looking for more moving tips? Check out our Ultimate Renters Guide to Washington, D.C.

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5 Measurements You Need To Take Before You Take The Apartment

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5 Apartment Measurements To Take

I once drove a couch from Venice, Florida to Orlando only to find out there was no way to get it through the front door. It was because of how tall the back of the couch was. It was so wide, there was no angle that worked to get it in. My roommate and I had every maintenance guy the neighborhood trying to make it work before we just had to give up and donate it. We don’t want you to ever experience that pain, so read below for the five measurements you must take before moving in.

Will it fit your queen size mattress or sectional couch? You don’t want to be lugging these up the stairs!

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This often overlooked detail can be the difference between a year of apartment bliss or bust. Walking to and from your car is no big deal on a regular day, but how about every time you have groceries? How many trips are you struggling with 16 bags on your arms and balancing the laundry detergent bottle on your head? While you are checking the grounds, also figure out where you have to drop your trash. This again, can be a huge factor in your day-to-day renter life.

Is there still room for your bed and space to walk around it when the closet doors are open? If not, ask the landlord before you submit an application if they are willing to remove the doors and store them prior to your move in. Many landlords will not be willing to do this, so be sure you ask and not assume.

Another silly one, but I promise, it’s a mistake detail you do not want to overlook. How far are the outlets in your bedroom from where your actual nightstand will be? If you are like 83% of Americans, your phone is never more than two feet away from your body. That’s because we use it as an alarm clock, a camera and a lifeline…so we assume you want to charge that bad boy right? But still have it close enough to the bed to hit snooze three or thirteen times? Then you better check where those outlets are!

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Using a Moving Company: FAQs We’ve Got You Covered On

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Moving to a new home is an exciting yet stressful endeavor. A lot of different factors go into a move, and it can be difficult to keep everything straight. A major question that we find comes up a lot: should I use a moving company? And with that question, many other questions can come up. How much will it cost? Do they pack my things? The list goes on. We’ve broken things down for you below, and have tackled some major questions that could come up when deciding to use a moving company. The key to a stress-free move is being prepared, and we are here to help you with that. 

How much should you tip the movers?

We know, paying for a moving company is expensive enough as it is, and to throw a tip on top of it all may feel like you’re breaking the bank. That being said, your movers are working very hard to make sure your items get from point A to point B safely, so tips are much appreciated. The amount you should tip is up to you based on your experience, the service you received, and the complexity of your move. A good rule of thumb to follow is to tip anywhere between 5-10% of the total cost, which will then be split amongst the moving team. If you are feeling tight on money, providing water, snacks, or meals for your movers is another great way to show your gratitude during the move.

Do movers cost more on weekends?

Peak times for moving include the weekends, summer, holidays, and both the first and last few days of the month. Because of the high demand during these times, you can expect the rates to be higher. Regardless of the time of year, moving during the week will always be the more affordable option. While this isn’t always the most convenient option for everyone, scheduling a mid-week move will definitely save you some cash.

When is the best time to move?

May through September, the beginning and end of the month, and weekends are the most popular times people choose to move. If you can be flexible with your move, choosing any off times will not only be cost-effective, but your movers will be considerably less busy and therefore, more attentive. Choosing the best date and time for your move will make things a lot easier and a lot less stressful when the day finally comes.

Is it worth having movers pack my things?

This really depends. Do you have a lot of large or hard to move items or a lot of breakable items? Do you have a lot of friends or family help you pack? If you are confident that you can handle the packing on your own, or have plenty of people to help you with it, it may not be worth having the extra money to have the movers pack your things. That being said, if you can afford the splurge, we do think it is worth it. There are a lot of factors that go into moving, and a million things to worry about on moving day. Having someone else handle the packing for you is a huge stress relief, and well worth it in our opinion.

How do I make my move cost less?

In our opinion, planning your move as far in advance as you can be the best way to cut down on costs. As we just mentioned, choosing your move date wisely will be a huge help in terms of cost savings. October through March are your best bet for lower costs. Opting out of having your moving crew pack everything up for you is another great way to cut costs as well. Grab a few friends and pack up your place together rather than paying someone else to do it for you. Another tip: don’t pay for boxes. While one box seems cheap, it adds up when you have a whole home to move out of. We like to head to our local liquor store to load up on boxes when we are getting ready for a move.

Do I need insurance while my belongings are being moved? 

Insurance is a great thing to consider having for your belongings while they are being moved, especially if you are moving far. Established moving companies will typically offer liability insurance for an additional fee, and there are typically different levels to choose from. Another important thing to note: if you have homeowner’s insurance, it may cover any damage to your belongings in the event that something happens. While paying for insurance may feel like an additional unnecessary cost, it is worth it for the peace of mind.

What if they charge me more than the quote?

We’ve said it already, and we will say it again. Moving can get very pricey. Make sure you are paying attention each step of the way when utilizing a moving company. If moving companies offer you quotes, make sure they are firm. On top of that, make sure you are asking the right questions when you are examining the costs behind your moving company. Are there any additional fees that may be added on to this quote? What about cancellation fees? How much more will it cost if things take longer than expected? These are all important things to know and address at the beginning to avoid being charged more than you are expecting.

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9 Moving Announcements That Say ‘We Moved’ in Hilarious, Unforgettable Ways

Moving announcements are just one of those things you have to take care of—otherwise how will people know where you live? Sure, you can just do a mass email to all your friends and family. Alternatively, you can show off your wild creativity with one of the far more memorable moving announcements below. Odds are, one of them sums up your own style or sense of humor to a tee.

For people who move a ton…

It's time to break out yet another new Rolodex card.
It’s time to break out yet another new Rolodex card.

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This hilarious card ($6.50, Etsy), which comes as a printable download, lets friends and family know that yes, your entry in their address book looks like a confused jumble of crossed-out streets and cities. And that while you’re sorry about that, you’d still enjoy a holiday greeting (or a housewarming gift).

For the scent-loving and/or GPS-minded…

Burn your new coordinates into their memory.
Burn your new coordinates into their memory.

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If you want to go all out, send a moving announcement in the form of a soy candle ($16, Etsy) in a calming scent with your latitude and longitude printed on the label. Just remember, 39° N is not a USPS-approved mailing address.

For movers (and shakers)…

Dancing with boxes on your head is not recommended.
Dancing with boxes on your head is not recommended.

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Show people all that packing and unpacking all those boxes hasn’t dulled your sense of humor, or slowed your dance moves. These cards (85 for $132, Minted) can also be custom-printed to include a family photo on the other side.

If you truly love visitors…

Let friends know they are still welcome.
Let friends know they are still welcome.

Monique Harps

When real estate agent Monique Harps moved, her priority was letting potential visitors know they still had a warm bed to stay in. Her process was simple—a friend took a photo of her new home, then she designed the template and emailed or texted the announcement. Here’s to hoping recipients call first before they come a-calling.

For punsters…

Steer people to your new location.
Steer people to your new location.

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This printable postcard ($16, Etsy) comes in colors ranging from “bumblebee” to “flamingo” (clearly, this designer loves animals). Meanwhile, this card shows off your own cornball sense of humor.

For those who enjoy a frosty one…

Let friends know you care about their fingertips staying warm.
Let friends know you care about their fingertips staying warm.

Totally Promotional

Instead of sending cards, simply order a collapsible can cooler personalized with your new address and a phrase like “Help us toast our new home!” ($3.71 each per order of 25, Totally Promotional). This lets your old friends (and new neighbors) know you care about them down to the temperature of their beverages. It also leaves no room for anyone to make excuses about losing your mailing address (not until they run out of beer, anyway).

If you’re moving out of state…

The time zones they are a changin'.
The time zones they are a changin’.

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If you’re moving between any states in the union, why not give people a visual representation of your new boundaries? This instantly downloadable PDF ($5, Etsy) can be customized with any state from Alabama to Wyoming.

For the romantics…

The keyhole cutout makes this adorable card even cuter.
The keyhole cutout makes this adorable card even cuter.

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Give everyone a peek into your home life with this “Love Is Key” ($1.92 each, Minted) moving announcement. Each greeting is fully customizable, so if you want to show a picture of what really goes on in your not-always-picture-perfect life through the keyhole, that’s an option, too!

If you want an excuse to show off a cute baby pic…

Baby, it's time to move.
Baby, it’s time to move.

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If you and your new baby both have a new crib, let everyone in on it with this clever card ($1.92 each, Minted). Fun fact: Calling a home a crib comes not from “MTV Cribs” but Shakespeare himself. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, crib defined as “a small dwelling” first appeared in the following lines of the famous playwright’s 1597 play “Henry VI”: “Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs, Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee.” (Feel free to point this fact out in your moving announcement!)

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Things to Consider When Moving From a House to an Apartment

Moving from a house to an apartment has its perks and its challenges – and planning your move strategically can help with the latter! Whether you’re looking for a fresh start in a new town or moving cross-country for school, there are several things to consider as you downsize to an apartment.

1. Measure your new space.

That plush, overstuffed couch may look incredible in your house’s open-concept living room. However, it might be a bit overwhelming in a smaller apartment. The same goes for your six-person dining table and king size bed.

Don’t spend time or money (or elbow grease!) lugging your furniture to a new apartment only to discover it won’t fit in the door! If you’ve already picked out your specific apartment, you’ll be able to get exact measurements of each room you’ll be furnishing. Use those measurements or your apartment’s floor plan to figure out what can stay and what needs to go.

Haven’t selected your apartment yet and not sure how to downsize? You can still start determining which furnishings need to go. For example, if you know you’ll be searching for a one-bedroom apartment, you can probably get rid of your guest room and home office furniture.

2. Ditch the (unnecessary) past.

Aside from losing the excess or oversized furniture, you’ll likely have plenty of belongings to sort through as well. The beautiful thing about apartment living is that you won’t need everything you needed in a house. Appliances are provided, so don’t worry about transporting your stove. Lawn care is officially a thing of the past, so you can get rid of your gardening and landscaping tools. One downside of moving from a house to an apartment is that you’ll likely lose some storage space. However, this makes your move a perfect opportunity to declutter, donate, and sell stuff you won’t need.

3. Look into storage units.

If you’ve got things that won’t quite fit in your new apartment, but you can’t fathom getting rid of them, check out your local storage options. You can use a storage unit for keeping the things you only use sporadically, like a camping tent, seasonal décor, family heirlooms, and so on. This is also the perfect option for someone moving into a temporary apartment, who needs to stash their extra things for the time being.

4. Consider “double duty” furniture.

When downsizing to an apartment, it’s wise to be savvy with your furnishings. For example, buying a pullout couch can instantly turn your living room into a makeshift guest room. Opting for a storage ottoman instead of a coffee table can offer extra functionality. In an apartment, multi-tasking furniture like futons, modular couches, and expandable dining tables can help you make the most out of every square foot.

If you’re just testing the apartment life, you don’t need to spend a fortune on new, “multi-tasking” furniture. Avoid the upfront costs and hassle of furnishing a new space by renting furniture with CORT. When you shop at CORT, you don’t have to empty your life-savings to furnish an apartment for a one-year lease!

5. Embrace everything apartment living has to offer!

One beautiful thing about moving from a house to an apartment is the ability to take advantage of the amenities of the property. For example, an on-site gym means you can cancel your pricey gym memberships and sell your home gym equipment. Additionally, some apartment complexes offer free internet and cable, giving you one less bill to pay. There are plenty of things to look forward to when moving to an apartment!

Considering a grander life in a smaller space? Make sure you’re happy with your new home’s amenities, neighborhood, and square footage. Find your next place on Apartment Search and downsize to the perfect apartment.

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How to Make Moving During the Holidays a Painless Experience

Moving during the “most wonderful time of the year” is anything but wonderful. At a time when people look forward to cozying up at home, the last thing most of us want to do is pack boxes, clean, and wrangle odds and ends.

But some people don’t have a choice. Selling your home in the winter, graduating from college, or relocating for a new job are just some of the reasons people move during the holidays.

If you find yourself in this scenario, trust us when we say that moving doesn’t have to ruin your holiday fun. The following tips will help make it less hectic and more bearable. We promise!

Include a change of address in your holiday cards

This year, you can kill two birds with one stone with your holiday cards: they can also serve as your change-of-address announcements.

“If you know your new address, consider including a change-of-address note in your holiday cards to alert family and friends,” says Melissa Pollock, lifestyle and organization expert at PODS.

Donate seasonal items

The holiday season is a prime time to spread goodwill to others.

“Consider giving some of your gently used items to those who may otherwise have no way of affording them,” says Jonathan Self, a real estate agent at Center Coast Realty in Chicago.

Warm clothes, in particular, are in demand at consignment stores during winter months, and parents welcome toys for their kids. If you’re not sure where to donate your goods, your local Salvation Army is a good place to start.

Ask for a holiday discount

You may find that movers are in the giving spirit this time of year and will show their appreciation for your business.

“Book your moving company early and ask for a discount,” says Val Burmester, an agent with Engel & Völkers Seattle. “This time of year is not as busy as others, so the movers might feel more generous and agree to a reduced price for their services.”

Another bonus: Your moving date is more likely to be available to book because movers aren’t as busy during this time of year.

Keep gifts to a minimum this year

Secret Santa gift exchanges, Yankee Swap parties, and traditional gift-giving among your friends and relatives are all part of the holiday season. However, the last thing people who are moving need is more stuff.

To keep the mess to a minimum, Pollock recommends asking people to not bring or send presents until you have moved into your new home.

“As an alternative, consider keeping gifts wrapped until you arrive at your new place for easy packing and unpacking,” she says.

Recycle supplies

Relocating involves a lot of moving supplies like bubble wrap and boxes, but you don’t have to spend a lot on them.

“To avoid waste and save some money, reuse the boxes and paper from packages you receive during the holidays,” Pollock says.

Ask your friends for their leftover boxes and wrapping paper as well.

Pack accordingly

You’re bound to have a lot of boxes on your hands, which can make it difficult to find your box of decorations. But make it easy to deck your new halls by packing your ornaments, garlands, and festive adornments last.

“Load your holiday decor boxes last so when you move into your new home you can give it an instant holiday feel,” Burmester says.

Give yourself the gift of a moving company

If you have to move during the holidays but you’d really prefer to reduce the stress of moving, Self recommends gifting yourself (and your family) a professional moving company. It’ll be more expensive than moving boxes yourself, but hiring an extra set of hands will allow you to focus on the parties and festive get-togethers that happen during this time of year.

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5 Signs You Should Sell Everything and Move

Woman walking on a pathHave you ever felt like the universe is telling you you need a fresh start? Many of us get the urge to scrap everything and start over from time to time, but it can be challenging to know if this is just a fleeting feeling or if it’s meant to be.

With that said, there are often a few surefire signs that you should sell everything and move somewhere new. Our team at ApartmentSearch is here to help you make sense of those signs and discover whether there’s a new adventure waiting for you to embark on.

5 Signs You’re Ready to Sell Everything And Make a Move

Maybe you’ve been contemplating downsizing and starting over for a while now, but you’re not quite sure it’s the right thing to do. No need to worry! With this guide, you’ll have a chance to consider five signs it’s time to make a move, and feel confident you’re ready to tackle the new challenges this change will bring.

1. You’re unhappy with your current city

If you’ve lived in the same city or kept a certain lifestyle for years, it’s not uncommon to start craving a significant shift. After all, when we go through our daily commutes and routines without experiencing anything that refreshes us, it’s easy to find ourselves in somewhat of a rut. If you’re unhappy with your surroundings or your current city no longer suits you, it may be a great time for starting over in a new city to bring you the joy and fulfillment you deserve.

2. You have an incredible job opportunity

Landing your dream job is sometimes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it may require a big move to make it happen. Still, few people get to do what they genuinely love, so an incredible offer is often worth the leap. You’ll undoubtedly have to weigh your options and ensure the company (and your potential role there) are the right fit, but if things feel like they’re falling into place, it’s a great reason to trust your gut and really go after what you want.

3. You find yourself wishing for more freedom

When we find ourselves saying, ‘I want to move away and start over,’ many times, this sentiment is rooted in our desire for more freedom. Whether you’ve been living in your childhood home or an apartment with a few roommates, the need for greater independence is a natural part of growing up. If you’ve come to that crossroads in your own life, there’s a strong chance you’re ready to sell your belongings and start fresh in a new space.

4. You want to create new memories

It’s no secret life can throw us some major curveballs, and no matter how well we handle all the twists and turns, occasionally things don’t turn out as we’d hoped. For anyone who’s experienced the loss of a loved one or the heartbreak of a relationship that didn’t last, you know where we live can be a reminder of our pain. If that hurt or heaviness is a burden on your mental health, a move might be precisely what you need to heal and create new, positive memories.

5. You’re making a shift toward minimalism

The shift towards a minimalist aesthetic has gained a lot of traction over the last few years. Essentially, minimalism promotes a clear understanding of what you value most in life and calls for removing anything that distracts from it. This philosophy can be attributed to how we spend our time and how much we own.

If you want to reflect minimalism in your living space, you’ll have to take a look at the furnishings you already own and figure out how you’d like to pare them down. One way to do this is by opting to rent furniture instead of buying it. Renting furniture can not only save you money, but it’ll save you from having to haul or resell large, bulky pieces, later on, should you move into a smaller home in the future.

Get a Fresh Start in a New Place

For one reason or another, you might’ve found yourself wanting to wave goodbye to your old life and usher in a new chapter. But even if all signs are pointing to an impending move, it’s going to take some practical planning to execute everything.

By partnering with ApartmentSearch in your housing hunt, you can hone in on exactly where you’d like to live and how much it’s going to cost. Whenever you’re ready to turn your dreams of starting over into a reality, ApartmentSearch is ready to help you get there!

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Everything You Need to Know About Moving Safely During the Coronavirus Pandemic—If You Must

Packing up and moving has always been remarkably stressful in and of itself. Moving during the coronavirus pandemic, when everyone across the nation is supposed to be staying put to lower their risk of illness? Well, that’s a tricky undertaking, to say the least.

We’re here to help you navigate moving safely with the final installment of our new series, “Home Buying in the Age of Coronavirus.”

First, a note of caution: If you don’t have to vacate your current home, consider staying right where you are. Aim to reschedule your move for when the spread of the coronavirus outbreak slows and the government lifts restrictions on movement.

“During this crisis, many customers are postponing their moves and some are just completely canceling them,” says Lior Rachmany, CEO and founder of New York’s Dumbo Moving and Storage. “However, we’re still receiving a great deal of new customers that need to move at this time.”

So if you are one of those people who absolutely have to move right now—maybe the home you own or rent was recently sold, you have to relocate for a new job, or you just closed on a new home—then here’s some info on how to move safely during this pandemic.

Checklist: Before you move

Make sure moving is allowed in your area or building

Not sure if you can move? According to the American Moving & Storage Association, moving has been deemed an “essential service” by the federal government.

Still, while moving is legal in the big picture, it might not be allowed for your specific circumstances. For instance, some apartment buildings in New York City are not allowing residents to move during the current shelter-in-place order. So check with your local and state governments (and your HOA or condo board, if applicable) before scheduling any move.

Choose car travel over air travel

“In order to be safe and to protect others from possible exposure to the coronavirus, drive instead of fly for your long-distance move,” advises Ali Wenzke, author of “The Art of Happy Moving.”

It may take longer for you to arrive at your new home, but driving is better for the safety of everyone.

Carefully research your movers

Hiring movers should always be a process that involves careful research before signing a contract. Now that missive is even more important. So is using professional movers rather than a cheaper man-with-a-van option, which could involve unknown rental equipment and multiple trips to get everything moved.

These days, many companies have transitioned to contactless moving, which means customers leave their homes while the crew comes in to pack up and load the truck. Many movers are also using video chat technology to see customers’ homes and offer quotes.

At Bellhops, a company that provides moving services in 30 states, “the customer provides instructions and takes a video and sends it to us,” says Luke Marklin, the company’s CEO. “We do a FaceTime walk-through when we arrive and a final FaceTime walk-through to show them the truck and the house, then repeat that process for the unload.”

Make sure to ask all prospective movers about their COVID-19 policies and practices, and make sure to ask the following:

  • Do you provide virtual or digital estimates?
  • Are the trucks and movers equipped with hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves?
  • Will the truck transporting your furniture and boxes be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before your belongings are packed inside?
  • Will all equipment—such as hand trucks and sound blankets—be cleaned before your move?
  • How often are high-touch surfaces in the trucks sanitized?
  • What is your cancellation/rescheduling policy?
  • How are the movers ensuring employees aren’t sick? This could include taking their temperature on the day of the move and asking if anyone in their household is ill or experiencing symptoms.

These best practices don’t just apply to the movers but to you as well.

“We advise that anyone who is planning to move right now to get gloves and masks to wear during the move,” says Rachmany.

Decluttering? Call ahead if you plan to donate

Moving is a natural time to sort through your closets and set aside items to donate. This unusual time period doesn’t have to be an exception to this.

But if you plan to drop off old housewares, clothing, and other items at your neighborhood Goodwill or Salvation Army, call ahead—not all stores are open or accepting donations right now, and you may need to take additional steps to sanitize donated items.

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Plan ahead if you need to set up new internet or cable service

If you need a technician to come to your place to set up internet or cable service with a new provider, schedule that installation ASAP so you can get connected as quickly as possible and avoid delays.

Appointments are harder to come by these days, says Jenna Weinerman, vice president of marketing for Updater, a moving app. “You can’t bank on getting an installation appointment as easily as you have in the past.”

Use new cardboard boxes you pack yourself

“In normal times, I recommend using neighborhood sites like Nextdoor or Craigslist to get free moving supplies,” says Ali Wenzke, author of “The Art of Happy Moving.” However, during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s safer to buy brand-new moving supplies.

Don’t use plastic bins, either—the coronavirus can survive up to a day on cardboard, but three days on plastic.

You should also pack your own china, books, and clothing rather than hiring movers to do it. The fewer items the movers touch during your move, the safer you will be from exposure to the coronavirus.

Stock up on cleaning supplies for you and your movers

Don’t pack up your cleaning supplies quite yet. Even though your movers should come equipped with their own supplies, you can help by providing plenty of opportunities for the crew to wash their hands before, during, and after the move—and to wash your own hands before and after making contact with any surfaces.

“At a minimum, you want adequate supplies of antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes on hand,” says Matt Woodley, founder of MoverFocus.com. “You will need to disinfect all common areas before and after your movers arrive, too.”

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Checklist: On moving day

Don’t involve more people than necessary

Many moving companies are reducing crew sizes to comply with guidelines to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. Homeowners and renters should also try to reduce the number of cooks in the kitchen.

“Designate one person to manage and oversee the entire move to ensure best social distancing practices are observed,” Woodley says.

Time your move carefully

If possible, plan your move so that the crew drops off your belongings first, then wait at least 72 hours to move yourself or your family into your new place—by then, the virus is less likely to remain on any surfaces.

If you have to move at the same time as your items, Weinerman suggests packing a designated “open first” box that you drop off before the rest of your items. Fill the box with essentials like disinfectant spray, paper towels, snacks, soap, toiletries, bed linens, phone chargers, and a change of clothes.

“Place the rest of your boxes away from your ‘open first’ box,” she says. “Cover it in colorful tape or use colored markers to make sure it doesn’t get swallowed up in a sea of brown boxes.”

To be safe, disinfect the box and the items inside when you open it.

Disinfect all points of contact

As you come in and out of your new and old places, you’ll need to frequently disinfect doorknobs and cabinet pulls, along with wearing a mask and gloves. Keep windows open to promote airflow and circulation.

If you’re moving in or out of a multiunit building, take extra care in common areas like the lobby or mailroom where your neighbors pass through. Don’t forget to sanitize any surfaces you touch, including elevator buttons.

“It’s really helpful to reserve a dedicated elevator,” Marklin says. “One of the worst situations is to be crammed together in a crowded elevator.” He also suggests scheduling your move early in the day to avoid running into neighbors.

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Checklist: After the move

Wipe down your moving boxes and furniture

Even if your movers take every precaution to keep you and your belongings safe, the coronavirus can be spread by asymptomatic carriers. So you will need to thoroughly clean and disinfect everything after the movers leave.

“Even things that are wrapped in moving blankets, like tables or couches, should be completely disinfected before using them again,” says Rachmany.

To play it safe, also give your boxes a good cleaning once they’re placed in the appropriate rooms, and make sure to thoroughly wash your hands after handling any items the movers touched.

Canceling or changing your move if you’re sick

Feeling under the weather? Don’t think twice about canceling or postponing your move; it’s not worth putting others at risk.

In most cases, your agreement with a moving company is nonbinding, Weinerman says, which means you can change your plans without penalty.

“However, if your moving company collected a deposit prior to your move, it may be nonrefundable,” she says. “Contact your moving company about your deposit. Many reputable moving companies will be flexible or make an exception considering the pandemic.”

Companies like Bellhops have waived cancellation and rescheduling fees for anyone who needs to change plans due to illness.

“This is a pandemic, so all of the previous rules need to be thrown out the window,” Marklin says. “Everything needs to be viewed with heightened care and concern.”

Source: realtor.com

Pros and Cons of Moving During the Winter

person standing outside in a ponchoShould you stay or should you go? Don’t let freezing temperatures give you cold feet when deciding whether or not to move apartments this winter! There are many positive reasons why moving in the winter months could benefit you — and your wallet. Check out this list of pros and cons to learn if moving during the cold months makes sense for you.

The Pros of Moving Apartments During the Winter

Sure, the weather outside might occasionally be frightful and cold, but the best time of the year to move into an apartment might actually be during those winter months. Why? Here are a few of the benefits.

Less Competition

First of all, if you’re looking to move apartments during the winter, you’re going to have much less competition than if you were looking to move in the spring or the summer. During the warmer months, college students are out of school, graduates are moving to new cities, and families are not relocating to avoid moving their kids during the school year.

When it’s warm, landlords have no problem finding people to fill up a lease and can pick and choose who gets the property. In the winter? Not so much. And this is good news for you, as they’re eager to get you to rent given there’s much less competition.

Lower Rents During the Winter

Landlords don’t like empty apartments, and because fewer people are looking to rent during the winter, that means they may try and entice you with lower rents during this time. In fact, Investopedia goes as far as to say that “individuals renting between the months of December and March typically find the best rental bargains.” In turn, the most expensive months to start a lease are usually between May and October.

Use this to your advantage before demand picks back up in the spring.

Better Negotiations

Along those same lines, you have a distinct negotiating advantage in the winter that you don’t have in the summer when they have dozens of people willing to take the apartment as is for the price they command. During the winter landlords want to fill the vacancy, they tend to be more lenient and open to negotiations.

For example, if the apartment generally doesn’t allow pets, but you have a cat, they might just let that slide, and you and Fluffy can live there with no worries. What else should you negotiate? Ask about a shorter or longer lease term, nicer amenities, associated fees, parking restrictions, and above all — rent! During peak months, you’re at their mercy in terms of this point. But when they’re feeling a bit desperate and want to fill the vacancy ASAP, you might be able to negotiate different rates.

More Attention from Moving Companies

First, if you use a moving company, you’ll have a broader selection to choose from during the winter. Their schedules are lighter, meaning they can often even fit you in on short notice. And once you go with a specific company, you’ll have plenty of time to work out a deal, and the moving crews will have enough time to handle your items carefully, making the winter move more efficient and relaxed for all parties involved.

The Cons of Moving Apartments During the Winter

There are also some drawbacks to packing up your stuff and hauling it to a new apartment when the snow flies. This includes:

Bad Weather

This is by far the most significant deterrent for most people, as snow, ice, subzero temperatures, and even a massive storm are the risks that you take when you decide to move in the winter.

There’s the chance movers will slip and fall on ice and break some of your items; that the freezing temps will not only chill you to the bone but also damage your sensitive belongings; and roads might be closed due to snow or ice, meaning you’re at risk for an accident at the worst and a delay at best.

To combat the winter conditions, you may need to insulate all your belongings and get a climate-controlled moving truck (at an extra cost). Additionally, it may be a good idea to protect all floors and carpets in your old place and your new apartment, and make sure all sidewalks and walkways are clear of ice and snow.

Fewer Options

The tradeoff for having less competition, the upper hand in negotiations, and lower prices is that there’s also less for you to choose from. Why? Most apartment leases end during the summer, meaning summer renters often have more units to choose from.

In the winter, you run the risk of renting the apartment of someone who terminated their lease, was evicted, or left due to other unexpected circumstances. In other words, the listing might be less than ideal. But as long as you know what factors are really important to you in an apartment, you can decide what you’re willing to compromise on before signing on the dotted line.

Busier Season All-Around

We all know the holidays are in the winter, so adding in a stressful move on top of an already stressful season is, well, stressful. You might not even have the time to settle into your new apartment before you’re thrown into holiday shopping, parties, and the general hustle and bustle. Moving will take time away from your holidays, so you have to decide if you want to spend your time packing up boxes of your belongings or packing up and wrapping boxes for seasonal gatherings.

Ready to Make Your Move?

Demand for apartments tends to be lowest in the winter months, making them the best time for renters to find a steal! But moving during winter can come with drawbacks, including horrible weather conditions, so it’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons.

Luckily, ApartmentSearch can provide a complete list of available apartments in your area no matter the season! If you’re ready to take advantage of winter rental rates, explore apartment units on ApartmentSearch.com!

Source: blog.apartmentsearch.com

What to Include in a Roommate Wanted Ad

Two women interviewing at a tableThese days, finding a good roommate is almost as hard as finding your soulmate! But don’t despair — with good communication, clear expectations, and a little bit of intuition, you too can find your perfect roommate.

Use this step-by-step guide to write your roommate wanted ad that gets you the most suitable matches.

1. State your purpose.

Whether you’re posting your roommate wanted ad in social media or on your local coffee shop’s bulletin board — it’s important to headline your ad with a purpose. Are you looking for a roommate to tour apartments with? Do you already have an apartment and just need someone to split the rent with? Do you have a preference for roommates of a certain gender or lifestyle?

Figure out what you’re looking for and what you have to offer, and be upfront about it!

Some ideas on how to title your roommate wanted ad include:

  • “LOOKING for a (gender/lifestyle) roommate for a (type of apartment) in (Neighborhood/Zip Code/City)”
  • “OFFERING a (type of room) in (Neighborhood/Zip Code/City) in a (type of apartment)”
  • “LOOKING for a (gender/lifestyle) roommate to tour (type of apartment) in (Neighborhood/Zip Code/City)

2. Provide specifics about the living situation you’re looking for.

Follow your purpose with a subheader that gives prospective roommates more high-level details on your preferences/circumstances. This is a great spot to add a one-liner outlining your budget, preferred lease term, and desired move-in date.

  • “For a (#)-month lease starting (Date). Budget: ($).”
  • “For a semester-long room share starting next (Month). Estimating about ($) per person, without utilities.”
  • “To take over the remainder of my roommate’s lease from (Date) to (Date). Rent per person is around ($) ABP.”

3. Give details about the type of place you’d like to live in!

A roommate ad should be skimmable, so follow your title and subheader with a quick bulleted list covering details of the type of housing you want (or the housing you’re offering if you already have a place and just need someone to move into it with you). Make sure to cover essential points like the ones listed below:

  • Community amenities (pool, fitness center, guest parking, business center, etc.)
  • Housing layout/sleeping arrangements
  • Unit amenities (laundry, A/C, balconies, yards, reserved parking, furnished or unfurnished, etc.)
  • Distance to important destinations such as the grocery store, downtown/business district, college buildings, etc.
  • Info about public transportation available near the apartment
  • Pet-friendliness details

Once you’ve covered the basics of the place you live in (or would like to live in), layer on any additional commentary that may help roommates get a feel for the space. Think about the little things that make a place special, such as natural light, friendly neighbors, and low noise levels.

4. Create an “About Me” section!

The key to finding a great roommate is zeroing in on someone whose lifestyle and priorities align well with yours. But that’s not to say you and your roomie need to be the same person! You should just be on the same page about certain day-to-day things like overnight guests, cleaning routines, pet duties, and financial responsibilities.

Avoid roommate horror stories by disclosing just enough about yourself for people to imagine what it’s like to LIVE with you. Like the prior section, you can fit this “About Me” in an easy-to-read bulleted list, covering the following points:

  • Your age and occupation
  • What your typical work schedule looks like
  • Your hobbies or interests
  • How often you have guests over
  • Your thoughts about pets (and a little info about your furry friends, if you have any)
  • Whether you prefer living in a smoke-free (or alcohol-free) environment
  • Info about your cleaning habits

Remember that providing a truthful description of yourself will help weed out any prospective roommates that aren’t a good match, so be honest!

5. Give readers ways to reach you.

Now that you’ve stated your purpose and described yourself and your ideal living situation — it’s time for a call to action! Tell readers what to do if they want to reach out to you and what to expect after they do. For example, you can say something like:

  • “If you think you’d be a good fit, please send me an email at (address), so we can schedule a call or meet for coffee.”
  • “If you’re interested, please send me a message on Facebook, so we can talk more about living expectations and apartment complexes we’d like to tour.”
  • “Please call or text (#) if you have any questions!”

Once you’re done writing your roommate wanted ad, post it to digital or physical forums where you think it might get attention from suitable prospects. Gyms, coffee shops, and roommate-finding groups on Facebook are great places to start. You’ll find a great person to split rent with in no time!

6. Start the roommate-life off on the right foot.

After you’ve found the perfect roommate, start your apartment search online! Find the perfect apartment that meets your criteria, including neighborhood, price, number of rooms, and desired amenities. And if they’re interested in renting furniture for your common area, you can split the cost of a furniture rental lease, so you don’t have to worry about who’s taking what when it’s time to move out!

Source: blog.apartmentsearch.com