Moving In & Moving Out
At each stage of the moving process, there is something else to focus on. Once the search is behind you, focus on creating a calm, safe, and pretty great living situation. How to do this may take a bit of effort, but it will pay off.
- Make sure you have a plan with your roommates about how the rent, utilities, and common household good costs will be divided.
- Create and go over with your roommates the apartment guidelines. Additionally, make a plan about how to communicate with each other before a situation arises. Reflect on what boundaries are for the apartment, as roommates, for guests, and for your shared space.
- Complete a Living Agreement with your housemates. Each member of the household signs the agreement and is given a copy. You can avoid problems by documenting household understandings and agreements from the start.
- Organize yourself. Make a folder for your important paperwork pertaining to your room/apartment/unit. This should include your rental and house agreements, landlord inspection checklist, renter's insurance, any emails or written correspondence with your landlord, receipts for your deposits, and rent payments.
- Ask your landlord if you need to arrange for any utility hook-ups or name changes on the utility accounts. You may need to contact PG&E and make arrangements for water, garbage, phone, cable and internet service.
- Consider purchasing Renter's Insurance. Your belongings are not covered under the landlord's insurance policy. Renter's insurance protects against property losses such as losses from theft, fire, vandalism or water damage.
Since you're moving in, we hope this means you read your lease carefully! Along with honoring the lease, also honor yourself. This means:
- Taking photos and completing an apartment or room inventory sheet
- Verify with the landlord the room or apt looked like "this" before you move in
- Verify how the rent transaction will be handled so there are no issues
- Realize that you deserve a safe space to live so if anything is not right, contact OCL. However, in any emergency situation, please call 911 then USF's Public Safety Office: (415) 422 2911
Moving out can be a difficult process, but it doesn't have to be!
- Discuss with your roommates what their move out plan is so you are all on the same page. Make sure your landlord is aware of your plans too.
- Figure out how you are all getting your things out of the apartment. This doesn't necessarily have to be done at the same time or in the same manner, but it's important that you all know what each other is doing.
- Take note of any damage you and/or your roommates caused in the apartment. This could be a reason you would not receive your full security deposit back, so make sure you take note of everything before your landlord does the final walk through.
- Clean the space before you leave! Be courteous to your landlord. They will have someone clean before the next tenants move in, but it is the responsible thing to clean up after yourselves as well.