If you are looking to switch apartments in Kalamazoo, there are many things to consider before you do so. From moving costs and landlords to the neighborhood and utility costs, keep these factors in mind when apartment hunting.
You should first determine if you can afford to make the switch. Do some research online as to rental rates throughout the rest of the neighborhood. If you’re willing to pay a higher price for a particular location, you’ll have to cut back on other expenses elsewhere, or find roommates to offset the cost.
The pretty pictures you see online can be misleading. Before committing to an apartment, make arrangements to see the place in person. Remember that cosmetic issues, such as scratches on the wall or broken blinds, can be fixed; but deeper problems may be indicative of general neglect of the property. Be on the lookout for health and safety issues, such as pest infestation, leaky faucets, water damage, mold, dirty air filters, and broken HVAC systems.
Be sure to research your landlord beforehand, or you could end up with one who has poor ethics or a lack of boundaries, putting you right in the middle of a rental nightmare or even worse -- a courtroom. If you can, ask other renters about their experiences with the landlord.
Before signing anything, take a walk around the neighborhood to get a better sense of the community. This way, you can assess the general age and demographics of the neighborhood, and even make a few new friends. You should also look into the area’s safety record by going online. If moving to a rental with an HOA, get a good understanding of their rules and expectations before signing the lease.
5. Utility Costs
On top of your monthly rent, you’ll have to pay for various utilities, including water, gas, air conditioning, garbage, sewer and electricity. Find out exactly which utilities you are responsible for paying, as some are covered in the rent.
Consider the apartment’s amenities to ensure they fit your lifestyle. Ask yourself:
- Do you need a doorman or added security?
- Do you want an elevator?
- Does your building have a gym?
- Does the apartment unit have a dishwasher?
- How long will your commute be?
- Are there restaurants or shops in the neighborhood?
Call ahead to get moving quotes from a few different movers. Make sure they specialize in apartment moves, which come with their own challenges over home moves due to the tighter space constraints, possible lack of elevators, tight stairways and narrow hallways.
Contact Big Lake Movers
To get your free moving quote on relocating to another apartment, contact us in Kalamazoo at 269-220-6979. We are conveniently located at 3330 Gull Road.