Moving day is exciting, but it is also extremely stressful. Unfortunately, that means that you’re likely to overlook some very important steps. Here are just a few of the important things you should do while you’re moving into your new Bend apartment.
Understanding your lease
Taking the time to understand your new lease is boring, but it is important. Your Bend apartment lease will clearly outline everything that’s expected of you while you’re living in the unit, as well as what’s expected when you move out. You should know exactly how much of your security deposit is refundable, how much notice you have to give in order to move out, and whether professional cleaning services are required before you turn the unit back over to the rental property.
Believe it or not, but you can request a change to the lease if you think something that’s listed is unreasonable. You won’t be able to change everything, but you may be able to negotiate things like a shorter move out notice with the Bend apartment manager.
Inspect the unit carefully with a checklist
Your landlord should provide you with a detailed list of the condition of the apartment when you move in. Take a careful look at this list and add anything that they may have missed. Make sure you take clear photos of all your findings and request a representative from the Bend apartment to sign off on the new list. If you find major problems, schedule a new inspection. You don’t want to get stuck paying for an issue that existed before you even moved into the apartment.
Maintenance and repairs
Unfortunately, there are just some features of an apartment that get overlooked during the inspection that may cause grief for you when you move in. Clogged drains, slow water heaters, and leaky pipes are all things that can’t really be identified unless you’re living in the apartment. In order to make sure that everything goes smoothly during your first couple of weeks, discuss the proper maintenance and repair protocol with the Bend apartment office. Keep the maintenance phone number and email handy, as it’s the best way to fix problems that may arise in the future.