So you’re moving to Dallas, are you? Welcome! If you are moving here from out of the state or just from some other city in Texas, then you are in for a treat. Dallas is an exciting town, just full of opportunity, nights over 90 degrees, and fancy apartment living! Since you are headed here, and you are sharing a moment with me and my blog, I thought I’d give you a list of things you should do when moving into an apartment. These apply whether you are moving here for the first time, or if you are just moving across town. Since we are local folks, we thought we would help you find your way onto the welcome wagon with these tips.
1. Find an apartment locator who knows the area and can get you the perfect place at a great price. Don’t just go to some online place. Instead, try a local business like EZ Apartment Source. They will listen to your needs and help you find THE apartment. Most other “locators” simply ask you to write them down as a referral when you find your own place.
2. If you’re going to use movers, make sure they are dependable. The best moving companies are found by referral, but if you don’t know anyone that has moved recently, feel free to ask the company for references. We know the guys over at IMS Relocation and can recommend them.
3. Most apartment complexes require renters insurance now – but don’t use the companies they recommend! The insurance companies that the complexes recommend generally have only one option, and it is double the price of what an independent agent can find you. Those companies pay the complex for your business – and they charge you extra so they can afford to pay.
4. Be sure to do the apartment walk-through and fill out the checklist – it only takes a few minutes and can save hundreds when you move out. If you don’t turn in the inspection, the complex is never going to believe that you aren’t responsible for the bloodstain in the carpet.
5. Just like you want an independent agent to shop for your insurance, you should use someone to help you save money on your energy. Even though Dallas is in the oil belt, electricity surely is pricey here. As such, you should use a service like Save On Energy to help you shop for the best rates.
I hope these have been worthwhile tips that will make your transition easier. Why try to do everything yourself? Take advantage of some of the resources I’ve given you here and let the pros work for you. It leaves much more time to party by the pool at your new complex – completely stress-free.