Five Things You Should Do Ahead of Moving into Your First Apartment in Colorado Springs10/13/2017 Five Things You Should Do Ahead of Moving into Your First Apartment in Colorado Springs Finding and moving into your first apartment in Colorado Springs is an exciting, sometimes crazy, and almost always frenzied time. Planning is the best you can to do keep it all from becoming mind-boggling. If you are moving into an apartment for the first time, here are five things you should do before you get settled in. 1) Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions before signing anything. A lease is a legal, binding document between parties. Sometimes, the language can be bewildering and the terms might not be clear. Or, perhaps, you notice something in the contract that bothers you after you scrutinize it. Perhaps you see something in the initial walk-through that you want to know more about. Whatever your question is, do not be afraid 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 problems in the future because you were confused about something from the start and never asked for an explanation. Landlordology has a worthy of review list of questions to ask your landlord ahead of signing your lease - 20 Revealing Questions that Every Renter Should Ask (from a Landlord's Perspective). 2) Do a walk-through of the apartment with the landlord, if possible, prior to moving your stuff in. On move-in day in Colorado Springs, before you get occupied with the nuttiness of moving in everything you own, see if you can get the landlord to do a once-over of the apartment to look for damages or any other pre-existing issues that might have been missed when they were readying it for your arrival. This is a good idea for multiple reasons. The first is so that you both can see what is going on without the jumble of furniture and boxes. The second reason is that once you move your possessions in, your landlord can say that they have no way to know for sure the matter was there before you arrived. If the damage can be blamed on you instead of the previous renter, the cost of repairs will most 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 anything returned. 3) Ask for help. Part of growing up is being independent, but part of it is also recognizing when you cannot do something by yourself and need to ask for assistance. In regards to moving, you will always need help - with carrying boxes and putting together 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 walk-through before you move in, see if they can do it for you. Be sure they are aware of what information to gather beforehand. 4) CLEAN before unpacking. Generally, renters are tasked to make sure an apartment is cleaned up and in fair condition before they move out, and most landlords will give the apartment a more thorough cleaning in between renters. However, at times, an apartment sits vacant for some time or things get missed. Then, there is the disarray that can happen when you move in. Cleaning up before you unpack will help you find what might have been missed. It will also familiarize you with the space you have and give you a better sense of how you can arrange things than you might have gotten during the walk-through. 5) Be considerate of your neighbors while moving items in. When you are in the middle of moving in, it is easier to look for easy ways to get your belongings into your apartment. Unfortunately, the most convenient [methods|ways]166] to do so can make it more difficult for your neighbors to come and go as they need to and give them the wrong first 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 assimilating with the community in Colorado Springs if you are mindful of them from the onset. If you are ready to find your first apartment in Colorado Springs, A-1 Freeman can help you every step of the way. We can handle every move, no matter how big or small. Click below to get started with your Free Estimate.