Moving is one of the most stressful tasks. I personally have moved nine times in my lifetime, and I have helped my brothers move countless times. I expect that several more moves will be in my future, but it doesn’t always have to be stressful. If you are hunting for an apartment, then you can use some of these tips to make things go more smoothly.
Utilizing Trello to keep track of tasks
I have used Trello for work and other projects to keep track of tasks and to account for what has been completed. Trello allows you to create cards and place them into different columns. These cards can contain whatever information you want to put on them. When I used it for work, I had a few columns to track my workflow from tasks that needed to be completed, tasks that I am currently working on, and a column for completed tasks.
When you are neck-deep in the moving process, you will need to keep track of everything you need to do. This includes finding the right apartment, the documents that you will need to sign and provide, moving tasks, and payment. You can take some of the stress off yourself by using Trello so that you can visually see what still needs to be done. Moreover, you can share your Trello board with friends or family that are involved in the move.
Using Yelp to screen apartments
Believe it or not, you might be able to find Yelp reviews on the apartment building you are looking at. This can give you invaluable insight by seeing what you are getting into, what sort of deals you may be able to work with the landlord, and what the overall opinion of the complex is by people who have live(d) there. This can put another part of the stress of moving, the fear of unknown factors, to rest.
When is it best to move?
Sometimes, we don’t have a choice when we need to move. However, if you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to timing, the best time to move is from November to February. The worst time to move is from May to September. This is in line with the schools since many students are trying to nail down a place to live before the semester starts at the end of summer.
Another reason why the late to early months of the year is the best time to move is because of the holiday season. No one wants to move around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and/or New Year’s, especially if you live in an area that receives significant winter weather storms. But because there is usually a downturn in those looking to move during this time period, you might be able to negotiate a better deal with the landlord.
Landlords want to fill the units so they can make money, and when the demand is low, that is when you can capitalize on getting into a great apartment for a cheaper cost. With these simple steps, you can ensure that your next move is not as stressful as previous moves you have experienced.