Need a few moving tips?
Moving is a big deal: There are a lot of things to think through and there’s going to be a long to-do list, but you can do it. We want to help make your move as easy as possible, so contact us if you have any questions about moving into your Pacific Crest Real Estate apartment in Seattle. For example, some of our properties have communal utility services, and at others you’ll need to call the utility companies yourself.
Budget for Moving Costs
Rent.com has an excellent blog post on this topic. Here are a few things they urge you to consider when planning your next move:
- Application Fees – often non-refundable, though they vary by property
- Security Deposit – not all apartment complexes require one, so be sure to ask your property manager if a security deposit is required at your property
- First Month’s Rent (and sometimes the last month’s, too) – While you will be expected to pay the first month’s rent, the requirement to pay the last month’s rent varies by property, so ask your leasing agent
- Pet Fees – Not all properties allow pets, and if they do you can bet there is a fee or deposit required
- Elevator Fees – these are pretty uncommon, and we don’t charge them, but it’s something to keep in mind
- Movers and Moving Trucks – Not everyone needs one, but if you do you’ll want to hire a reputable, affordable company. Ask your property manager if they can recommend a local company that they trust.
- Packing Supplies – If you know you’ve got a move coming up, you can start preparing by saving boxes ahead of time. But you’ll probably still need to buy tape, markers, furniture sliders, packaging supplies (like bubble wrap or peanuts), and maybe even equipment like a hand truck. Be sure to check out sites like Freecycle and Craigslist for deals, though many of these supplies can be picked up at mail-service stores and big-box stores, too.
- Travel Expenses – if you’re moving from another state, don’t forget to factor in the cost of gas — for your vehicles and the moving truck — and airfare. If yours will be a multi-day journey, be sure to also budget for hotel expenses and food
- Utilities – Unless you’re just moving across town and will be using the same utility companies, you should probably budget for connection fees and deposits for these services.
- Cable and Internet – Some services may require security deposits, so be sure to inquire with your local provider
- Insurance – Not only will you need to update your current insurers with your new address, we strongly urge all residents to purchase rental insurance upon move-in