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I'm moving and I need advice!


I'm getting ready to move in September. I'll probably be moving right around September 20, give or take a few days. I'm staying in the DC area, but my roommate and I are parting ways; I'll be moving into the District and she'll be moving closer to her work.

Here's my dilemma: I've looked at apartments (online) in neighborhoods I like and so far, I've found three or four top contenders. There's one that's at the top right now, but I'd have to see them in person to be sure; I think I'd be happy with any of my three or four favorites. All of my favorites offer incentives, move-in specials, like two to three months free rent and/or no amenities fee, etc. This could save me somewhere from $3200-$3700, so it's a substantial amount of money. However, most of the specials are only good if you sign the lease in the month in which you are moving in. (For example, right now, one building is offering two months free rent and a waived amenities fee if you move in by July 30.) I could use the money since I'll have to buy some new things (a new TV and movers being the most sizable expenses) when I move. However, we'll be giving notice at our current apartment on or around July 20. (Our lease expires on September 24 and we are required to give 60 days notice.) I've never given notice somewhere without having somewhere else lined up to live. So, I can't decide if I want to sign a lease now and be assured that I will have somewhere ideal to live (if these buildings will let me sign that far in advance) or if I want to roll the dice and sign a lease at the beginning of September and try to get some bargains. There are pros and cons on both sides; I'm just not sure what to do! I know no one can definitively tell me what to do, but any advice would be appreciated.

lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
Oh, and thankfully, I already have movers that come with several good recommendations from friends and I have common sense, so I know to move the most important things myself...I really don't need advice on that.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
And I've lived alone before, so I know what I need to do to feel safe.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
Cheeky, my problem isn't with how much I can or can't move in, my problem is that I can't afford to pay rent on two places at once.
kikidawn kikidawn 5 years 11 weeks
I don't really have any advice lilk - we are going through a similar thing right now. I am trying to find a new apt and our lease is up in July. So we had to redo the lease at $100 more a month for just one extra month so we can see if we can find somewhere else. I hate the place I am in - the rent is high here (for what you get - and they keep raising it every year), it's 1 bedroom (we need 2), no washer/dryer or connections, and the manager is horid - last Sunday the apt upstairs was leaking water into our bathroom (from their bathroom). I called the emergency maintenace number and they said "well we can't get to it today b/c we don't have anyone on staff" --- So we had to wait until Monday morning! They said they'd be there at 8 and didn't show up until 930. A few months ago we were going to be a few days late on rent after paying on time for 3 years and they wouldn't work with us at all. So we had a late charge b/c my fiance's paycheck happened to be deposited a day later than rent was due. Needless to say I'm sick of this place and now that we have the money to be able to move we are jumping on the chance! So sorry to take over your thread. I'm just so aggrevated and guess I needed a place to rant. I didn't mean to go on and on like that. Cheeky- that story is awesome!! :)
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 5 years 11 weeks
They didn't say HOW MUCH needed to be moved in before that date....there were a few times I signed and moved partially in to make sure I got the place I wanted which then gave me plenty of time to move and properly clean to get my prior deposit back. So....use that to your benefit...move in a little. It is not unusual for a person to show up with some stuff and then the movers come days or even weeks later. Buying new stuff...it will be delivered later probably. Be cautious with movers...read the fine print...look them up on better business bureau. Some of these guys will rip you off. Make sure boxes are taped well and not tampered with. Anything you'd die if you lost it...move yourself. In DC...I had a timer on a few of my lamps and a radio. It is best to "appear" like you do not live alone. I used to yell "See you later babe" when I left each day. It was funny when a neighbor said..."Where is your boyfriend/husband...we NEVER see him? I just shrugged and said they must just miss each other by minutes and told him that my man was a FBI agent. Look on his face was priceless. He stayed away from me like I had germs after that.
Trixie6 Trixie6 5 years 11 weeks
I hope it helps. :-)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
Thanks for the advice, Trix!
Trixie6 Trixie6 5 years 11 weeks
Lilkim - I was a property manager for fifteen years. :-P If they're offering two to three months free rent, their occupancy is hurting. I don't want to sound like a know it all, but when the occupancy is high and there are not a lot of vacant apartments you don't offer specials because they ultimately effect the bottom line. You can definitely use the fact that they need residents to your advantage, but they may be less willing to hold an apartment off the market for an extended period of time. If you talk to the leasing agent of the properties your interested in and explain your situation, they may be willing to give you the special beacuse your putting down your deposit now and let you move in and start actually paying rent in September.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 5 years 11 weeks
Alot of times it is better to pack yourself then things end up where you want them!!Goodluck on the new move!!
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 5 years 11 weeks
Hiring movers sounds so extravagent to me! There's seven people in my family, so we all just pitched in and friends came around to help...wish I were nearby - I'd be gald to help! :) Good luck with it, though! I'll be doing my own sort of moving around that time. I'll be going back to school after taking a year off (which means I probably won't be frequenting sugar sites as much), but school is 3 states away in FL and my sister is going with me, so it'll mean a lot of junk!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
Yeah...It would not be pretty. I'm sure I would swipe a few cars, drive on to a few sidewalks, maybe hit a pedestrian or two...
syako syako 5 years 11 weeks
Oh yeah! I didn't even think of driving a truck. :rotfl: That would be a sight! ;)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
I am cheap, so I will probably pack a lot of the stuff myself. (I've looked into it a bit and a lot of companies charge by the hour, so I figure I will pack everything in the weeks leading up to the move, then have them load it all up and move it.) But, it will be nice to not have to help lift and maneuver a couch and to not have to try to drive a U-Haul through the streets of DC. I can barely drive a car through the streets of DC!
syako syako 5 years 11 weeks
When we moved last summer my husband's company paid for the movers and it was the most amazing thing ever. They even came and packed our house, which made me a wee nervous. But they marked all the boxes with what was inside, packed it, drove it 1000 miles, unloaded it into the new apt. and everything. It was so nice.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
Yeah, I have no problem with signing a lease early, I'm just afraid that if I do, I won't be able to get any specials. Hmm... And yeah, I'm kind of excited about the movers! I mean, it's a little annoying to have to spend the money on them, but I still think it'll be nice to not have to do the heavy lifting.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years 11 weeks
I agree with Haus. See if you can sign the lease early. At my previous apartment I was able to sign about a month early, so it wouldn't hurt to ask. :) And hiring movers sounds SO great! I've never done it and I always wish I had on moving day.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
Anyway, I am off to job #2, where I don't get to sit in front of a computer. I will be back tonight, though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
Good advice, haus! In the one building I like, the top floor units are two-story penthouses, so that wouldn't be possible. It may be in the others, though.
hausfrau hausfrau 5 years 11 weeks
I would help you move if I could! :) I loved living alone. There were times when it got lonely (I hated coming home to a dark house) but most of the time I loved that no one bothered me!! If you can, I always suggest getting an apt on the top floor. I HATE having people above me... usually they are stompers!!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
I will and I'm actually pretty excited! I never would have had the guts to move out here by myself, but I've always kind of wanted to live alone, so I think it'll be fun. Unfortunately, it's coming at a less-than-ideal time because my sister is getting married at the beginning of September, so I've been spending tons of money on stuff for the wedding and she and her fiancee can't help me move because they'll have used their days off work. On top of that, both of my parents are having health problems, so they can't really help me move either. Hence the need for movers. Although, it will be kind of nice to not have to do any heavy lifting.
hausfrau hausfrau 5 years 11 weeks
it cant hurt to try, the worst that can happen is they can say no and you can just be like, Oh ok, I think I'll go with another place thats willing to work with me... So will you be living all alone now??
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years 11 weeks
That's true, haus! People are desperate. And these are somewhat higher-end apartments, so I'm guessing they're hurting for tenants.
hausfrau hausfrau 5 years 11 weeks
Most apts have specials all the time so I wouldn't worry about losing one, but if you want one in particular you could ask for it to be given to you with Sept move in date. People are probably so desperate now that they'll take it!