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Rental and relocation tools, tips and resources

 Moving Checklist, utility information, school district links 

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MOVING CHECKLIST

  • All Required Fees and Security Deposits Paid, Pet Deposits/Fees Paid, Confirm Date to Pick Up Keys
  • Change of Address forms filed with your postmaster
  • Electricity provider scheduled for set up, cable and internet provider scheduled for installation or transfer box yourself, renter liability/insurance policy 
  • Temporary pet accommodations if needed; food and water bowls, food, pet meds, crates, leash, harness, toys, blankies, treats
  • Parking Permits/stickers, Gate Card, Key Fob or door keys, signed copy of new Lease Agreement  
  • Pool Pass or Key fob, mailbox key (Don't forget to return these to prior landlord or you'll likely be charged for them) 
  • Security cards and codes for community amenities
  • Moving Company Confirmation and Checklist - OR if you're moving yourself: Rental truck reserved w/deposit, confirm pick up hours, and drop off location, hours
  • Moving Supplies (boxes, tape, blankets, packing materials)
  • Return all keys and gate cards; schedule walk-through with the prior landlord if possible; take pictures; keep lease documents  


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Tips To Narrow Your Apartment Search

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Rental Rate 

Compare the total rental price over the course of the lease term. Example, 

one apartment community may have a higher monthly rent but if they're offering a Free Rent Special of 1 to 2 months free, that can lower the total price significantly over a 12 to 15 month lease term. While not all properties allow prorating it over the lease term, you can do it yourself, call me, 281-414-5258 I'll explain how to do it! 

Lease Term

A 12+ month lease term is how we get the best special, locks your rate in and usually offers the lowest price. Offered specials rarely apply to any lease term that's less than 12 months and sometimes longer. While 6 month leases are still offered at the majority of apartment communities, it can increase the rental rate and those specials could then be off the table. 3 to 5 month lease terms are only offered at select communities and at significantly higher rates. Most properties use dynamic pricing software to set rental prices and are directly impacted by lease term additionally. 

Additional Fees - Paid by Renter 

Additional fees paid separately by the renter can include water, sewer, trash, gas, and pest control. The vast majority of communities charge these fees on a sub-metered or flat rate basis monthly. You may also pay an amenity fee and for parking. There are refundable fees for Gate cards, gym key fobs, parcel acceptance systems or concierge service if offered however some of the luxury communities offer these amenities included in your rental rate.    

Utilities Included Apartments 

All bills paid or utilities included apartments are not as plentiful but they are scattered throughout many parts of greater Houston. They are older-built communities, most have had some interior and amenity upgrades. This type of property rarely include a washer and dryer connections in the unit, however laundry facilities are available on site. A perfect choice for some, no high electric bills in summer or high heat bills in winter. 

Laundry facilities

You’ll be spending time doing laundry, and the convenience of having an apartment with a washer and dryer in the apartment is a big advantage over the complex that provides shared laundry facilities on site. If an apartment comes with washer/dryer connections, factor in the cost of renting $40 to $50 or  buying a washer/dryer. 

 Corporate Apartments

If you're in need of a short term lease, 3 months, a corporate style apartment may be the best alternative. Corporate rentals include rent, furniture, utility allowances, cable, internet, maid service and other features. They come at a premium rate since they're move-in ready, but less than an extended stay hotel with more lifestyle amenities and conveniences. 

Location, Location, Location

  • One apartment may be closer to work, ensuring a shorter commute. 
  • Another may be within walking distance of a grocery store, and shopping. 
  • Still another may be close to school, public transportation, a dog park or even a favorite pub or restaurant to meet up with your friends and colleagues. 
  • It's always a good idea to enter the apartment address into Google Maps to measure travel times for important daily destinations. 
  • I'll assist you with the most suitable location for your wants and needs and your apartment search package provides detailed maps with directions. 

Pet Friendly Apartments

  • Whether you have a cat or a dog, small or large, I can help you find pet friendly apartments to rent. 
  • Do you have a dog on the restricted breed list? Call Kathy Curtis, your local apartment expert at AptExpert.com
  • From bark parks to pet washing stations, apartments in Houston have some impressive perks for pet owners.

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Electricity - Hi-Speed Internet - Digital and Cable Tv - Furniture or Washer/dryer Rental

Call for contact information 281-414-5258 for electricity providers, Hi-Speed Internet services, Cable TV services,  Appliance Rental, Washer and Dryer rental and, or Furniture rental services. These are highly rated providers and services. I can also provide you with a company that can "do it all with one phone call"! - Email or call me 281-414-5258  


Houston School District Links


Clear Creek Independent School District - https://www.ccisd.net/ 

Pearland Independent School District - https://www.pearlandisd.org/

Alvin School District (Some of Pearland properties are zoned to Alvin School District) - https://www.alvinisd.net/ 

Friendswood School District - https://myfisd.com/

Pasadena School Information - https://www1.pasadenaisd.org/ 

Deer Park School Information - https://www.dpisd.org/

LaPorte School Information - https://www.lpisd.org/

Humble School Information - https://www.humbleisd.net/

Spring Branch School Information - https://cms.springbranchisd.com/district  

Houston School Information - https://www.houstonisd.org/

Alief School District - https://www.aliefisd.net/

Katy School Information - http://www.katyisd.org/

Klein School District - https://www.kleinisd.net/

Fort Bend School District - https://www.fortbendisd.com/

Lamar Consolidated School District - https://www.lcisd.org/

Cy Fair School District - https://www.cfisd.net/en/

Spring School District - https://www.springisd.org/ 

Conroe School District - http://www.conroeisd.net/

Magnolia School District - http://www.misd.org/

Other School Information and Ratings  - https://www.greatschools.org/

Storage - Moving and Relocation Tips

Self Storage - There are many storage companies throughout the area, contact me for contact information. 

Renter's Insurance

Your landlord, apartment management, apartment owner is not responsible for your personal belongings or any property losses as a result of natural disasters, theft, fire, pipe bursts, etc.  Most apartment owners require a renter insurance, liability policy. Your leasing office will advise where to obtain the minimum requirements and you can also add on to a liability policy for personal property coverage. 

Call 281-414-5258 or email me for Renter Insurance contacts  

Cable, Satellite or Digital

Most properties do not include cable and internet in the rental price. There are a handful of communities that are in a contract with a specific company and you do pay an additional fee however you're not able to choose a different company of your choice, most do not.  

It's best to ask your leasing office prior to leasing if you're a satellite TV user, some properties have rules and guidelines regarding a satellite dish or Direct TV; follow the rules regarding location or placement of the dish; they may also have insurance liability requirements!  

There are a few properties left that include free basic cable channels as a part of your rental price!      

PARKING

Be sure to ask how many parking spaces you're allowed!

It's best to ask upfront if you own more than one vehicle. Parking can be limited due to high occupancy. Some properties do charge a fee for open, or unassigned parking.

 

Select communities have private detached or attached garages included in your rental price.  


Guest Parking

Ask where your guests should park! Many apartment properties have a limited number of guest parking spaces. Parking in a non-guest space can result in unauthorized vehicles being towed at the vehicle owner's expense.   

If you expect many visitors, check out the guest parking situation before you sign the lease.

FITNESS

The majority of apartments feature exercise and workout facilities for residents as part of their rental amenities - some include separate pilates, spinning and yoga facilities. Newer built properties and luxury apartments feature commercial grade, state of​ the art equipment including cardiovascular, treadmills, free weights, techno-gyms with flat screen televisions, water, towels, scheduled fitness classes, personal trainers and more. 

In the event the apartment of your choice does not have a workout facility, consider a membership at one of the many fitness clubs in your area. Houston is home to hundreds of fitness facilities and recreation centers. Contact me for information in the area you choose to lease your new apartment!      

SWIMMING POOL

The majority of Houston apartment properties feature swimming pools. 

Pool Safety

Pool safety practices are common sense and rules are posted. 

Very few, if any Houston apartments provide pool lifeguards. Residents use apartment pools at their own risk.


Emergency

POLICE or FIRE EMERGENCIES

Houston Police Department 

Link to HPD  https://www.houstontx.gov/police/ 

911

To report an emergency requiring the attention of the police department or fire department, please dial 911

911 is the emergency reporting system for the entire Houston, Texas metroplex.  

FIRE EMERGENCIES

Houston Fire Department 911 

Link to the HFD https://www.houstontx.gov/fire/

Emergency Medical Services 911

Poison Control

(800) 764-7661

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