Moving into your very first apartment is very much like entering your very first relationship – it is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. This milestone requires thorough planning and preparation if you want to make things work between you and the landlord (which should be the top goal if you wish to have a peaceful and harmonious life in your first apartment).
The best and quickest way to achieve this is by making a good impression. Landlords favor good tenants and are more inclined to grant requests (should the need arise) if you have a good track record.
To help you out, here are five tips you can apply when moving into your first apartment:
1. Communicate Well with Your Landlord from the Get-go
The key to making a good first impression on a person is by maintaining open communication. This means that once you have booked a professional moving company to help with your relocation and finalized a moving date, you should contact your new landlord to let him know.
Talk to him about the specifics of your relocation. While you’re at it, ask questions about whether you need to reserve a slot for the use of the service elevator and the best place to park the moving truck.
Of course, the open communication should not end the moment you move in. If you’re unsure about something, like whether you can keep a pet at home or redo the paint of your unit, make sure to reach out to him. This helps you avoid misunderstandings (and potential legal consequences) and, ultimately, get on his better side.
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2. Read and Understand Your Lease
One thing that would throw off the balance in your new relationship with your landlord is a misunderstanding. Aside from speaking to him openly, you can avoid conflicts by going through your lease from cover to cover before signing it. Not only will this reduce the chances of you violating your contract, but it will also allow you to catch possible issues before you seal the deal.
Many landlords are open to working out the terms of the lease contract to fit specifications that tenants may require before the move. The key is to inform him ahead of time, so he won’t get the wrong impression and see you as a high-maintenance tenant.
And remember, even if you come to a verbal agreement, all the details that he agreed to add to your lease – from allowing pets inside your unit to providing plumbing maintenance services – should also be put in writing for your own protection.
3. Pay the Rent on Time
Pay the rent on time, every time – this is the most basic rule of being a good tenant and it can help you gain favor with your landlord. He shouldn’t need to hunt you down just to get your rent. Set aside time to pay rent on the day it is due.
Unless your lease contract offers a flexible payment due date for your rent, make sure to drop it off on the exact due date or, better yet, give it to him in advance. Aside from that, you also need to be consistent with your payments (in a good way) and set aside the money for your lodging to keep a roof above your head.
4. Maintain Order in Your Unit and the Common Areas
Get a removals and storage solution if you must, just to ensure that all your belongings have a place. But never, ever leave your belongings scattered all over your apartment or the common areas in the complex.
If you want to get on your landlord’s good side, make sure to take care of their property by keeping your own unit clean and contributing to the maintenance of order in the common areas in the complex. Not only does this make you a good tenant, but you’ll also score points for being a great neighbor.
5. Treat the Apartment Like It’s Your Own
Even if you’re only renting, treating your apartment like you own it ensures that you always keep it clean and tidy. It will also prevent you from being careless with furniture and appliances that came with the unit. Seeing that you care so much about his property, your landlord might even consider you his favorite tenant.
A Final Word
Establishing and maintaining a strong and positive relationship with your landlord will benefit you in more ways than one. This can help you gain the upper hand in the rental process and maintain a peaceful life during the duration of your stay in the apartment.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.
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