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House-moving notes

I have enough stuff left over after packing the pod that it won't all fit in a four-door vehicle. Poking around in search of a cargo van was fruitless, so I'm back to looking at the smallest size of moving trucks. On the plus side, that means I won't have to play an intense game of Packing Tetris. On the minus side, I'll have to drive a moving truck again.

A UHaul 10-footer costs $607. A Penske 14-footer costs $492 (smallest size available). A Budget 10-footer is $425.50.

As discussed with scrottie, I've never rented an apartment before. I can't seem to track down any reviews for one of the management companies that has several rental units available in the radius I'm concentrating on (1-2 miles from campus and the organic grocery store). Have any of you compiled a useful checklist to ask when renting? After everything at the Villa Maria house (and hearing crazy stories from friends coping with the Seattle-area rentals market), I'm wanting to go into the next place well-armed with questions and demands.

Also in discussion with S, it seems that now is a good time to transition over to a smartphone, too, for multiple converging reasons.

On the plus side - the organic grocery co-op will be within walking distance. There's a bike co-op in Lincoln. Also, a ceramics wholesale place, which suggests ceramics studios, too.

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shellynoir
Jan. 15th, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
Penske is a wonderful company. I would buy stock in their company if I could. Buy a steering wheel club lock, bright yellow. Also maybe buy a bike chain and a cement block, chain the steering wheel to the cement block to make it totally obvious that stealing your rental truck is going to be a total pain in the ass.
trifold_flame
Jan. 15th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the housing search. I always made sure to ask questions about utilities when renting- they should be able to give you a cost estimate based on actual data (they'll lie, ask to see historic info). Make sure you know which unit you'll actually be renting and ask to see it. Find out how hot water is produced and if there'll be enough for your needs. Check on their noise regulations and the laundry situation.

With S's situation, you might want to ask what kind of chemical treatments they use for cleaning & pest issues, and if there have been pest issues.

But these are probably all obvious things. I've had difficulties regarding all of them when I was younger and renting my first apartments, though, so maybe they'll save you some of the troubles I had.
annikusrex
Jan. 16th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
i recommend penske over budget, no experience with uhaul.

useful checklist link: http://thebillfold.com/2014/06/what-i-learned-about-renting-while-living-in-canada/

main things include what you actually will have to pay compared to headline listing: are utilities included or extra (water, sewer, gas, garbage, electricity)? how much are utilities during a typical month in the winter/spring? is there anything additional for my cat? if it's not a hard sell situation, see if you can get a copy of the lease before you make the decision and take some time to go over it.

also, because it's nebraska, can you control the temperature in your apartment? especially if you're on an upper floor, can you turn off the heat or open a window?

try to get a feel for what's allowed in the apartment building generally and how thin the walls are--watch out for yippee dogs, e.g.. babies can also be very loud; your landlord cannot legally discriminate against them but you can! so look out for evidence of very small babies. also frat boys. also dive bars next door that may put their sound equipment into an adjoing wall. (ahem.)

try to get a feel for what the neighorhood is like at night and what the entrance to the building is like. can you have packages delivered?

obviously, indoor bike storage that doesn't require carting your bike up and down stairs.

xo good luck!
rebeccmeister
Jan. 16th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you thank you! You rock!

I hope you got a ridiculous package in the mail recently, too.
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