Five Things You Should Do Before Moving into Your First Apartment in Wichita Falls10/13/2017 Five Things You Should Do Before Moving into Your First Apartment in Wichita Falls Looking for and moving into your first apartment in Wichita Falls is an electrifying, sometimes crazy, and always chaotic adventure. Planning is the best you can to do keep things from becoming mind-boggling. If you are moving into your first apartment, here is a list of five things you should be aware of before you move any boxes. 1) Ask questions before signing anything. A lease is a legal, binding document between you and your landlord. Oftentimes, the language can seen complicated and the terms might not be clear. Or, maybe, you notice something in the contract that concerns you after you read through it. Possibly you see something in the initial walk-through that you want to know more about. Whatever your question is, do not wait to ask it. A good landlord would rather have you walk away with the answers and not signing a lease than see you sign it and have issues later because you were confused about something in the beginning and never asked for an explanation. Landlordology has a good list of questions to ask your landlord prior to signing your lease - 20 Revealing Questions that Every Renter Should Ask (from a Landlord's Perspective). 2) Do a once-over of the apartment with the landlord, if possible, ahead of moving your belongings in. On move-in day in Wichita Falls, before you get occupied with the nuttiness of moving in everything you own, see if you can get the landlord to do an inspection of the apartment to look for damages or any other pre-existing issues that might have been overlooked when they were preparing it for you. This is a brilliant idea for two reasons. The first is so that you both can understand what is going on without the clutter of furniture and boxes. The second reason is that once you move your stuff in, your landlord can contend that they have no way to know for sure the matter was there prior to your arrival. If a finger can be pointed at you for the damage instead of the previous renter, the cost of repairs will likely come out of your deposit when you get ready to move somewhere else. Depending on what that cost is and the terms of your lease, you might not get any money back. 3) Ask for help. Part of being a grown-up is being independent, but part of it is also recognizing when you cannot do something alone and need to ask for support. When it comes to moving, you will always need help - with carrying boxes and assembling furniture on move-in day at the very least. If you have family or a friend you trust in the area you are moving to and you cannot do a inspection before you move in, ask them to do it for you. Be sure they understand what information to seek out beforehand. 4) CLEAN before unpacking. Generally speaking, renters are supposed to make sure an apartment is clean and in good condition before they vacate, and most landlords will give the apartment a more thorough cleaning in between renters. However, occasionally, an apartment sits uninhabited for weeks or months or things get missed. Also, there is the mayhem that happens when you move in. Cleaning up before you unpack will help you give attention to what might have been neglected. It will also familiarize you with the space you have and give you a better feeling for how you can arrange things than you might have gotten during the walk-through. 5) Be considerate of others while moving items in. When you are amidst moving in, it is easier to look for easy ways to get your stuff into your apartment. Unfortunately, the most convenient [methods|ways]166] to do so can make it a bother for your neighbors to come and go as they are accustomed to and give them the wrong initial impression of you as their neighbor. It is their community you are joining when you move in, after all. You will have an easier time acclimatizing to the community in Wichita Falls if you are considerate of them from the start. If you are ready to find your first apartment in Wichita Falls, A-1 Freeman can help you from start to finish. We can handle every move, no matter how big or small. Click below to get started with your Free Estimate.