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pet fees explained

Our pets are valuable members of our families. We’re willing to search high and low for pet-friendly apartments and we accept that it may cost a little bit extra. Many states lack specific statutes regulating pet fees, so what — and whether — to charge is at the discretion of your landlord or property manager. This could lead to confusion and questions such as ‘are pet deposits refundable?’ and ‘does pet rent cover more than one pet?’ Here are three types of fees you might encounter when renting with a pet.

Everything You'll Need for an Apartment Application

Are you asking, "What do I need to rent an apartment?" Like a job application, an apartment application requires you to attach additional documents. Simply filling out the form with your information and a list of past apartments isn't enough for the landlord to decide whether you're reliable as a tenant. As such, he or she will ask for more items that will show that you're on top of your game.

downsizing to move

Downsizing is both freeing and stressful. It's never easy to pare down a lifetime of memories, and most of us tend to associate our belongings with events and the people we love. Here are some downsizing tips to help make sure you don't make any mistakes, but pare down enough to happily move to a smaller home or apartment.

downsizing is good for you

If your kids have moved out and you no longer want or need a big house, chances are you’re going to downsize at some point in your life – maybe more than once. The good news is this: Going smaller is good for you! Here are five reasons bigger isn’t always better:

1. You’ll save money

This one’s obvious: In general, smaller spaces are less expensive. Downsizing to a smaller house or apartment is good for your wallet:

Gather together all the things you will need in your new home immediately in one place: your priority box!
Get your moving priorities straight, so you can have a relaxing first night in your new apartment. One of the niftiest packing tips to make your move easier is to create a priority box that is loaded with items you’ll need the night you move in and the morning after. Build this box into your moving plan to ensure an easy move with much less stress. Consider these items to include in your priority box(es):

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For me, packing for a move has historically consisted of half-full cardboard boxes, clothes strewn about, and the ensuing tears of stress. In fact, it wasn't until my last couple of moves that I really got an organizational system figured…

Consult this handy checklist to help keep track of all the details of your move.

Moving can be an incredibly stressful time, as you pack, move and unpack your belongings. What makes the whole experience more stressful, however, is being unprepared. Really, moving should be exciting-- after all, you're getting a whole new place just…

Apartment Guide Moving Checklist

Moving can be an incredibly stressful time, as you pack, move and unpack your belongings. What makes the whole experience more stressful, however, is being unprepared. Really, moving should be exciting-- after all, you're getting a whole new place just…

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