The day has arrived — it’s time to leave your apartment. Whether it’s been a bumpy ride or smooth sailing, your lease is up and you need to decide whether to renew or move out. There are a few things you should consider before finalizing that decision.

Here are the top five.

Top 5 Things To Know Before You Move Out

1. Your Budget

First of all, can you afford to move out? It’s important to remember how much you’ll need to pay up front. Expect to pay both an application fee and a deposit, though sometimes management will waive one of those. If you have pets, you will most likely have to pay a pet deposit or non-refundable fee. Don’t forget about moving costs, either.

Start by creating a detailed budget and determining your price range.

2. Your Desired Area

Where in town do you want to live? Close to work? Where the best nightlife is? Near your college campus? Prime location will cost you, and you may have to choose between a more upscale apartment and a commute.

For most people, compromise is key. In a sprawling metropolis like Houston, commuting is a way of life for most. Don’t write off an area because it’s a bit of a drive — you may grow to love living farther out.

3. Must-Haves

You might not find a place that checks all your boxes, but it’s useful to make a list of your must-haves. What are the things you cannot live without?

Consider aspects like:

  • Number of bedrooms
  • Complex amenities (pool, gym, etc.)
  • Unit amenities (hardwood floors, granite, etc.)
  • Pet policy
  • Level of security
  • Surrounding area

4. Documentation You Need

As you prepare to move out, start collecting all of the documents you’ll need when you fill out applications. Here are some possible requirements:

  • Your ID
  • Your last 2-3 pay stubs
  • Most recent tax return
  • Most recent bank statement
  • Employment letter with your position, salary, and length of employment

5. Moving Options

If you can help it, don’t wait until the last minute to line up your apartment movers. Movers can’t always accommodate a specific date, especially during the busy season. It’s best to hire movers at least a month before your move.

When you’re planning to move out, make sure to go over your options, finances, and must-haves with a fine-tooth comb. It’s important to have everything in place to simplify your move.

What’s Next?

Another great way to simplify your move is hiring a locally-owned professional company like Ameritex Movers. With over 15 years in the industry, we know a thing or two about both moving and the Greater Houston Area. Our apartment movers are the best of the best, and they’ll handle all of your belongings with the utmost care.

Interested in a truly Stress-Free Move? Give us a call today at 713.484.6683.