Five Things to Do Prior to Moving into Your First Apartment in Little Rock10/13/2017 Five Things to Do Prior to Moving into Your First Apartment in Little Rock Finding and moving into your first apartment in Little Rock is an exhilarating, sometimes crazy, and always frenzied time. Planning is the best you can to do keep everything from becoming overwhelming. If you are moving into your first apartment, here is a list of five things you should think about before you move the first box. 1) Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions before signing any paperwork. A lease is a legal, binding agreement between parties. Oftentimes, the language can be bewildering and the terms might not make sense. Or, maybe, you notice a clause in the contract that disturbs you after you review it. Possibly you see something in the initial walk-through that you need to know more about. Whatever your question is, do not hesitate to ask it. A good landlord would rather have you walk away with the answers and not signing a lease than see you sign it and have problems in the future because you were puzzled about something in the beginning and never asked for an explanation. Landlordology has a worthy of review list of questions to ask your landlord prior to signing your lease - 20 Revealing Questions that Every Renter Should Ask (from a Landlord's Perspective). 2) Do a once-over of the apartment with the landlord, if possible, before moving anything in. On moving day in Little Rock, before you get caught up in the whirlwind of moving in all of your furnishings, ask the landlord to do an inspection of the apartment to check for damages or any other pre-existing issues that might have been overlooked when they were readying it for you. This is a brilliant idea for multiple reasons. The first is so that you both can understand what is going on without the clutter of furniture and boxes. The second reason is that once you move your belongings in, your landlord can contend that they have no way to know for sure the problem was there before you arrived. If the damage can be blamed on you instead of the previous occupant, the cost of repairs will likely come out of your deposit when you get ready to move away. Depending on what that cost is and the terms of your lease, you might not get any money back. 3) Ask for help. Part of being a grown-up is being independent, but part of it is also recognizing when you cannot do something by yourself and need to ask for assistance. When it comes to moving, you will always need help - with moving boxes and putting together furniture on move-in day at the very least. If you have family or a friend you trust in the area you are moving to and you cannot do a walk-through before you move in, ask them to do it for you. Be sure they are aware of what information to gather beforehand. 4) CLEAN before unpacking. Usually, renters are supposed to make sure an apartment is tidy and in acceptable condition before they vacate, and most landlords will give the apartment a more thorough cleaning between renters. However, at times, an apartment sits vacant for weeks or months or things get missed. Also, there is the disarray that happens when you move in. Cleaning up before you unpack will help you find what might have been neglected. It will also familiarize you with the layout you have and give you a better sense of how you can arrange things than you might have gotten during the walk-through. 5) Be considerate of others while moving items in. When you are in the middle of moving in, it is easier to look for convenient ways to get your stuff into your apartment. Unfortunately, the most convenient [methods|ways]166] to do so can make it more difficult for your neighbors to come and go as they are used to and give them the wrong initial impression of you as their neighbor. It is their community you are joining when you move in, after all. You will have an easier time acclimatizing to the community in Little Rock if you are considerate of them from the beginning. If you are ready to find your first apartment in Little Rock, A-1 Freeman can help you every step of the way. We can handle every move, no matter the size. Click below to get started with your Free Estimate.