I Hate Moving, Any tips on Getting an Apartment?
June 30, 2009 10:25pm CST
I am moving from Northern California to Southern California. I am flying down to my new city in a couple of weeks to find an apartment. Any tips on Apartment hunting? I hate doing this and this is the second time in a year that I have to make a major move like this. I would like to hear any moving stories or tips you have.
1 Jul 09
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1 Jul 09
What part of So. Cal are you moving to? Also what city are you from in No.Cal? I've lived in both. Start packing now. Don't wait. Pack all your winter cloths and stuff you don't need right now. Keep one summer sweater out. L A can be chilly at night. Keep packing everything you aren't using during your spare time until the only things left are the bare necessities of life. This is also a good time to pare down. If you are like most people you have way to much stuff. Give things you don't use away to friends or call a local charity to pick them up. So. Cal is huge. Pick your location carefully. Rent a car and drive around to check out the neighborhoods that suit you. You must have a car in So Cal. When renting, consider your commute. It is best if you live on the opposite side from work than the main rush hour traffic. A drive that might take 10 minutes at noon can take 1.5 hours during rush hour. Also when looking for apartments save time by asking first if they allow pets. It's always more work to find pet friendly housing, but they are out there if you keep looking. I prefer living in small apartment complexes rather than large impersonal ones. That's just me. Ask about what type of people live there; singles, students, families, partiers, quiet people. Pick your apartment accordingly to which suits your lifestyle. If you want to have parties every night look for a place that allows a lot of noise. If you want peace and quiet look for that.
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1 Jul 09
Thats a lot of great info thanks! I am currently residing in Santa Clara. My new job is in Van Nuys. Before I lived in Santa Clara, I lived in Riverside for 5 years so I kind of know what to expect. I just need to find a good area near the school that I will be working for and I don't have much time to do it in. Got to be there for the start of school the last week in August.