More Americans prefer having a rental home now than at any point in the last 50 years. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of renters grew by 36.6 percent in 2016. If a leasing office recently approved your rental application, it is a cause for celebration. Now that you’ve received the green light, you can start preparations to move into your new place, and we’re here to help.

There are differences between moving into a rental home versus a permanent home. You’ll need to plan to ensure the process is streamlined, smooth, and easy. Mesa Moving and Storage has created some tips that renters should pay attention to when transitioning into their new rental apartment or home.

1. Prepare early for your rental property move.

Your relocation will be easier if you begin the planning process at least two months in advance. It may seem too early to start preparations, but it will help simplify and streamline your move in the end. Mesa Moving and Storage knowledgeable moving consultants that can assist you with the process. Here are several tasks you should complete, whether you’re moving into a rental property or a permanent home.

2. Hire a professional moving company.

Some people believe they can handle their move to a rental property, but this isn’t the best option for most. Hiring a professional service, like Mesa Moving and Storage, can be a great investment. We have affordable plans that will fit your budget. Our professionals will ensure that your valuables arrive safely at your new residence.

Some tenants must get permission from the property manager before hiring a moving company. These agents will decide whether they will grant access to your movers. Getting approval will prevent any problems on moving day.  

3. Forward your mail to your new address.

Many rental properties assign specific mailboxes to each resident. Before you move in, ask your landlord for the address and your rental property’s mailbox number.

Once you receive your official move-in date, notify the U.S. Postal Service and schedule a date to forward your mail. You can complete the form online or at your local post office at your convenience. After you move in, check the box to see if the key works and if the previous owner has taken everything out.

4. Schedule a date to turn on your utilities at the rental property.

In a permanent home, you’re generally responsible for paying for all utilities, but it may be different on a rental property. Depending on the terms of your lease, you may be responsible for some, and not all, utilities.

Ask your landlord which ones you’re responsible for paying. Contact each company to transfer them into your name, then set a start date for each one. Once you move in, make sure everything works. Turn on light switches, stove dials, and faucets to see if your electricity, gas, and water are on. 

5. Transfer or set up your cable and internet account information.

Contact your different providers to switch your cable television, internet, and other services accounts to your new rental property. Are you moving to another area with different service providers? Ask your landlord for the contact information of each one.

If your rental property covers these amenities in their leasing agreements, then you won’t need to transfer these accounts. Instead, schedule a shut-off date for these services.

6. Plan where to place your valuables inside your rental property.

You can ask your landlord for a floor plan of your rental property. If they don’t have one, you can make one of your own. This plan will help you decide where your items should be placed. Ideally, you should complete this plan one month before you move in. A Mesa Moving and Storage consultant can also assist you with this process.   

7. Pack your items.

You’ll need to pack your valuables for the move to your new place. Before you move, declutter any stuff that no longer serves you. Throw away any junk you don’t need. If necessary, sell the items or donate them.

Next, purchase affordable supplies to pack your items. Mesa Moving and Storage has boxes, tape, and other materials that are perfect for your move. After you buy boxes, pack your valuables and label each box in detail. Indicate what each box contains, whether the items are fragile, and the room it belongs in your rental property.

8. Take apart your furniture.

You’ll need to disassemble large furniture, such as desks, tables, and other large items, so they’ll be easier to carry to your new place. A Mesa Moving and Storage professional can assist you with this process. Our trained professionals will ensure your items arrive safely.

9. Conduct an inspection of the property and fill out your move-in checklist.

On moving day, you should complete an inspection of your old property and the new one. If you’re moving from a rental property, take pictures with timestamps to document the condition of every room. Keep these pictures in case your landlord disputes the condition of your property.

When you arrive at your new property, complete a second inspection.

Your landlord should provide you with a move-in checklist. It helps you document the condition of your rental unit on the day you moved in. Take note of any damage present on the property (including dents in walls, scratches on floors, and cracks in the ceiling). After you complete the checklist, take a set of pictures. Make sure you timestamp each photo.

Rental properties may need a few repairs to bring it up to code. Schedule these repairs after you complete your rental move-in checklist.

10. Make extra copies of keys.

After your leasing office gives you keys, make extra copies. You can visit a home improvement store to make additional copies of your keys, just in case you get locked out. If needed, you can give this spare set to a friend or family member.

11. Buy renters insurance for your rental home.

If you don’t already have a plan, make sure you contact a local insurance agent to get renters insurance. These plans will protect you in case of a burglary, fire, flood, or other incidents that could damage your property. You should update your policy if you already have renters insurance.

12. Make your rental property your home.

There are several tasks you should take care of after moving in.  For example, you can ask your landlord to change the toilet seats in your rental, or ask for permission to do this yourself. Next, find out the location of the trash and recycling bins on the property.  If you live in a rental home, ask the owner when workers collect trash from the area. Also, you’ll need to get groceries for your new place, so ask your landlord about the closest stores in your area.

Unexpected Moving Delays Into a Rental Property

Sometimes, residents can’t move into a property on their scheduled day because the former resident hasn’t finished moving. You may have to temporarily store your valuables in an area, like Mesa’s Household Goods and Storage Facility, if you’ve already scheduled to move.

Are you moving soon to a new rental property? Then Mesa Moving and Storage can streamline your moving process. Our professional movers and friendly staff will help make your upcoming move an easy one. So contact us to schedule a consultation today.

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