Quiz: Are You Ready To Move Into Your First Apartment?

November 30, 2017

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Approximately 33% of renters move each year, which means there are a number of people who hire San Diego moving services to provide assistance when relocating. But how much do you actually know about being a renter? Our quiz will put your knowledge about apartment living and best moving practices to the test.

When you view an apartment for the first time, you should be on the lookout for:

  • A. Excessive noise
  • B. Maintenance issues
  • C. Convenient parking
  • D. Safety concerns
  • E. All of the above

Answer: E. This one's pretty straightforward. Before you can ever think about hiring a residential moving company to help you move in to your new place, you'll need to evaluate it to ensure you'll be happy there. It's easy to be seduced by aesthetics or a great location, but the factors listed above can quickly turn your love for your new apartment into hate. You can request to take a second look at the apartment to evaluate anything you missed during the first go-around, like signs of water damage or other deterioration. Taking photos can help quite a bit, as can journaling your experience immediately after you take a tour. That way, you won't be as prone to apartment tunnel vision.

Which of these options are considered apartment-friendly pets?

  • A. Cats
  • B. Small dogs
  • C. Chinchillas or guinea pigs
  • D. Fish
  • E. All of the above

Answer: E. While not all landlords will allow pets on their properties, all of the pets listed above are considered to be apartment-friendly -- meaning that they can be content and receive the care they need while living in a smaller dwelling. Some property owners and managers will not allow dogs (or certain breeds of dogs) due to the risk involved. If bringing your pet is a non-negotiable, make sure to make this known to any landlord you speak to before signing a lease and contacting San Diego moving services.

Before moving to an apartment, how much money should you have saved up?

  • A. Three months' worth of rent
  • B. Six months' worth of rent
  • C. One month's worth of rent and security deposit payment
  • D. One month's worth of rent plus expenses
  • E. One year's worth of rent

Answer: A. Realtor.com suggests that you should save up three months' worth of rent before you move so that you can cover your first month, security deposit, and other expenses (like hiring San Diego moving services, utilities, buying furnishings, and other costs). However, it's important to note that you should never sign a lease for an apartment you can't feasibly afford. Most experts suggest you should not spend more than 25% of your gross income on rent. While that may not be entirely possible in many parts of the country, it's a good figure to keep in mind during your search.

Which of these solutions can allow you to save money when moving?

  • A. Moving during a less-busy time of year
  • B. Selling or donating items you don't really need
  • C. Hiring a local and reputable moving company
  • D. Moving on a weekday
  • E. All of the above

Answer: E. If you're a renter, you'll probably be looking to be as economical as possible when you move. By getting rid of what you don't need, picking a less in-demand moving date, and hiring well-respected San Diego moving services who will work within your budget, your move doesn't have to break the bank. You may also find it beneficial to create a moving budget for yourself, which can allow you to really zero in on unnecessary expenses.

Planning for a move may not feel so fun, but we hope this quiz has made you excited to put your newfound knowledge to the test. Of course, our San Diego moving services can make the whole process a breeze. Contact us today to find out more or schedule your move.