Moving Guides

Renting

Moving into or out of a rental property poses unique moving challenges and opportunities. Get the scoop on what to look for, what technical terms you should know, and how to move with confidence.

How to Find a Home for Rent: Best Home Rental Sites and More

If you want to rent your next home, you may wonder how to find houses for rent. It seems that there’s an endless number of rental listing sites for apartments, but homes can be a bit tougher to find. Fortunately, there are several sites that aggregate listings, allowing you to search for the rental home […]

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What to Do If Your Lease Is Ending During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The novel coronavirus pandemic has reached every continent in the world, affecting millions of lives since the end of 2019. Nearly every industry has been impacted, including the housing market. Because of the coronavirus, rent has been a top issue on everyone’s mind. 

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10 Easy Rental Upgrades You Can Do (And Take With You When You Move)

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. A lot of renters settle for an outdated, boring space until they can move into the home of their dreams. Good news, renters: you don’t have to! Here are some […]

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Efficiency Apartment vs. Studio Apartment

When you’re searching for the ideal small apartment, you’re going to see many terms in rental ads, most notably that the terms “studio apartment” and “efficiency apartment” crop up a lot. And that they’re both a little unconventional compared to your average apartment search. Neither a studio nor an efficiency apartment have private sleeping areas. […]

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How to Find a month-to-month Lease

If you are looking for flexibility, a month-to-month lease could be the answer. With no specified end date, they can allow you to reside in the apartment for an extended or limited timeframe. If you take on a traditional lease that renews at the end of 12 or 16 months, you’re required to stay there […]

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Find Your First Apartment in 8 Simple Steps

Although the idea of renting your first apartment is super exciting, finding the perfect place can be stressful and overwhelming if you’re unfamiliar with the process. We want your first rental experience to be as painless as possible, so read on and follow MYMOVE’s simple steps.

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The First-Time Renter’s Guide to Apartment Living

Congratulations! Moving into your first apartment is a major life step. As a new renter, you’re probably feeling a lot of excitement, mixed with the awareness that life is changing in a big way. If you’re feeling a little daunted, don’t worry: We gathered up four of the most important tips for first-time renters. Follow […]

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What to Do If You Can’t Pay Rent

What happens if you don’t pay rent? During these times of record-breaking unemployment, it’s a more popular question now than ever. Whether you’ve fallen on hard times or simply haven’t budgeted your money accordingly, when you can’t afford rent, it’s an extremely stressful situation. Your landlord may legally be able to evict you, potentially leaving you without a roof over your head.

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Breaking a Lease: Everything You Need to Know

No matter how much we plan our lives, unexpected events can happen. This includes moving out of a leased home or apartment before the lease expires. In an ideal scenario, you would provide a proper notice to vacate to your landlord. However, if breaking a lease must occur, here is how to successfully navigate this […]

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How to Avoid Losing Your Security Deposit When You Move

Paying a security deposit when you move into an apartment or rental house certainly isn’t the best thing in the world, and forfeiting that…

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8 Things to Know About Moving into A Condo

Going from renter to homeowner is a big deal. It can mean a lot more freedom, and a lot more fun! Say goodbye to penalties for using nails…

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How Much Should You Spend On Rent?

For some, the responsibility of spending hard-earned money on bills or rent can be anxiety-producing. For others, the thought of getting that first apartment and starting a new life is exciting. But before perusing rental listings, first, you need to answer the question, “how much should I spend on rent?” By understanding the percentage of income that you need for rent, you can answer the question, “how much rent can I afford?”

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6 (Relatively) Big Cities With Affordable Studio Apartments

Living alone is all it’s cracked up to be. You can leave your socks on the floor and the dishes until tomorrow. Plus, the closet is all…

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The Apartment Amenities Renters Really Want

There’s no question: renting is “in.” As of 2016, more U.S. households (36.6 percent) were renting than at any point in 50 years, according…

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How to Find a Roommate When Moving to a New Place

Are you moving to a new place but you’re worried about the extra rent? You need to find a roommate — and fast. You’ll want to find someone reliable who won’t leave their dishes in the sink (at best) and won’t skip out on rent (at worst). Luckily, there are plenty of places to help […]

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How to Give a Notice to Vacate When You’re Moving Out

Moving out of an apartment can be a thrilling prospect, especially if you’re uprooting to far sweeter surroundings. But before you let your…

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Know Your Rights: What Happens If Your Landlord Sells Your Home?

You’re all settled in to your two-bedroom rental. Just as soon as you invest in some Adirondack chairs for the front porch, Murphy’s Law…

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What is a Studio Apartment and Should I Live in One?

When you’re looking for a compact place to live, a studio apartment is an excellent option. What is a studio apartment? In this guide, we dig deeper into the studio apartment definition and outline the pros and cons of living in one. Knowing the details will help you find a cool studio apartment that suits […]

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What Is a Loft Apartment?

A loft apartment is a large and open living space with few or no interior walls. Loft apartments emerged after WWII, in the abandoned infrastructure of industrial New York City. These spaces were pioneered by artists seeking affordable shelter after the war. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that loft apartments became desirable to the […]

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12 Things You Need to Understand About Leases

Signing a lease without understanding it could leave you stuck in an apartment you don’t want or in court fighting with a landlord.While…

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How Closely Have you Read Your New Lease? Look for These Red Flags

You’ve found the perfect apartment. A generous dose of natural light and a community pool can hypnotize you into signing on the dotted line…

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The Pros and Cons of Renting a Home

Whether you are right out of college or you are into your lived-in years, most likely you will rent a home at some point of your life. There are plenty of pros of renting as opposed to owning a home. For some, renting is the perfect option, and for others, owning a piece of real […]

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Subletting Your Home: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re considering subletting your home, you need to understand the concept of sublease agreements, be aware of the risks, and know how to go about subletting the right way.

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8 Signs Your Potential Landlord is Shady

Even when you’re an experienced Craigslist shopper, it’s hard to get rid of that nagging feeling that someone is about to rip you off.Here…

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