Wednesday, August 3, 2011

moving: simple?

The short answer? No.
Especially when your lease gets screwed up, and your security deposit goes through the roof, and your roommate's grandma died the night before.
Not. Simple.
So how do we make it a wee bit simpler? Excellent question!

First of all, make good plans. On moving day, be prepared for as many eventualities as you can. Bad leases, needing a co-signer, forgetting things, maintenance problems, etc.

Once you get into your new space, take some time to figure it out. Learn the new paths, figure out where the plugs are, where the furniture should go.

Make sure you KNOW YOUR EXPENSES. A small moving truck from U-Haul? Up over $100. If you can afford that, stop reading my blog. (Just kidding, don't, but you know what I mean) Oh, hey, friend with pick-up truck. Internet, electricity, gas, those all have activation fees. Plan for them.  You'll owe rent right away. Save your pennies! (literally, that's what I did... I had $10 worth. Impressive.)

The point, as always, is to think and be smart about things. Think hard. Talk to people you trust. And double check all of the paper work and all of the expenses before you commit to anything.

Good luck!

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