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Start Planning Your Next Move this Spring Season

So the winter season is about over and you're not happy with your current rental dwelling.  Well then it is time to start envisioning yourself in a new environment this time next year!

Sometimes we think we made wise choices when selecting a new place to live, but we later learn, usually soon after moving,  why the last residents moved out and why the rental unit or home went empty for so long.  "Was it a leaky roof?  Inadequate heating or cooling?  Was the neighbor keeping up a fuss?" we think.  Then the problems show up. 

Begin listing all the issues you have been having with your current place and what has yet to be addressed.  This way when you meet with management when you are ready to give your 30 day notice, he or she will be aware.  Do note dates and times you brought issues to managment and how long it took before your concern was addressed.  This information will come in handy in case you ever have a legal issue regarding your security deposit refund. 

Next, you will want to start planning to spend less and start saving monies toward your next apartment home.  What do you think you can afford?  An application fee will most likely be expected.  First and possibly second month's rent will be required depending on credit history.  You will also be expected to put a small amount of money to hold the apartment in some cases.  That money is typically put toward your move-in balance.

Take a look around your place.  How much room do you think you will need?  Then go outdoors, walk the property and the neighborhood.  What do you want nearby your next home and what don't you want?  Imagine what would make you most happy then pursue it by checking out guides, classfied ads, and blogs about rental locations in your area.  You will also want to check with a property management agency to see what rentals will be available soon. 

Don't expect leasing consultants and managers to be your friends while you apartment shop.  Remember, they want to sell you a suite and meet management goals.  So be sure you know what you need, what you can afford, and whatever else that will make you happy!

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