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- Know your credit score. It may sound a bit odd as the first item on this list, but you should be aware that many landlords check your credit history when you are applying for a new home. It is better to know your credit score in advance, so you don't get caught off guard once your landlord runs your credit. Being prepared can be especially useful if your score is lower than average. This way, you'll have time to prepare alternative solutions up front, like asking someone to be a co-signer on your lease or find a roommate to split the rent.
- Find your new home. There is a lot to consider when searching for a new home. What type of place do you want to live in? Which neighborhoods are right for you? And, of course, what fits your budget? Rent.com makes searching for an apartment a breeze. You can see tons of photos, detailed property descriptions and even check the availability of your new apartment, house, townhome or condo online. Don't forget to claim your $100 Prepaid Visa debit card from Rent.com if you sign a lease at a property that features our $100 reward card.
- Notify your current landlord you are moving. Review your current lease to make sure you are giving advance notice so you don't lose your rental deposit or incur any penalty fees. Each agreement is unique, but the general rule of thumb is to give at least 30 days notice, in writing.
- Consider hiring some help for your move. Who couldn't use an extra hand? A little help can be invaluable and there are enough options out there to fit any budget. Self-service moves are a great way to keep costs down, since you pack your belongings, load them into a secure container and the moving company transports the container to your new address. Full-service moves take the weight off your shoulders because the moving service does it all – they load, transport and unload your things at your new place (some will even do the packing for you). For the more budget conscious, renting a truck or hiring labor can be affordable alternatives.
- Hire a moving company. Not sure which option is right for you? You can always get moving quotes for free from multiple moving companies to help you comparison shop. Once you make the decision to move forward, find out how to select a moving company so you can be prepared to ask the right questions for your move. For example, did you know that some moving companies won't move pets or plants? Then, when you've made your final decision regarding your move type, schedule your move. If you have a car, RV, boat, or other vehicle that needs to be shipped, you can get an auto transport quote as well.