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Tips for first-time renters in Brooklyn


When you rent an apartment for the first time there is no person who is not excited. However, there are some things you need to know in advance to properly prepare for it. You need to plan your finances properly, organize your time correctly, and prioritize your moving tasks. If you do that you will have nothing but a perfect moving experience. U.Santini Moving and Storage has a few tips for first-time renters in Brooklyn. With the help of our advice, you will not forget anything and you will successfully start your independent life. Of course, after you find the perfect apartment for you start searching for moving companies Brooklyn to help you with your relocation.

Tips for first-time renters in Brooklyn

To help you with first-time renting in Brooklyn, you need to put together a checklist to assist you with the stressful preparations for finding an apartment and relocation. One of the first things you need to do is to calculate your budget: how much money can you afford for rent and for a move. Your budget for rent should not exceed one-third of your monthly income before taxes. Depending on your budget, you will know what you can afford, whether it is a studio or maybe a one-bedroom apartment. You have to be realistic here. No matter what your desires are, you must first know what your possibilities are. After finding an apartment that suits you and that you can afford, the search begins for the moving company and preparation for moving.

Tips for first-time renters in Brooklyn
Think about your budget – that’s one of the tips for first-time renters in Brooklyn!

Find a Co-Signer

If at all possible, find a Co-Signer. Co-Signer practically guarantees your landlord that the rent will be paid by him if you are unable to pay. Co-Signer should have a good income, good credit, and residential history. Often a co-signer is a parent or a guardian or a family member or a good friend. If you find a person that will sign this kind of contract for you it is a good thing. It will give you the possibility to establish a rental record and a payment record. Also, a landlord will have some kind of security and trust, because the risk for him is much lower. Somebody is guaranteeing that the rent will be paid.

Be responsible – tips for first-time renters in Brooklyn

When it comes to moving is the same as looking for an apartment and renting an apartment, you have to be responsible. Once you have decided to live independently, you must manage your time well. Ah well, and since you’re now living in the 7-bedroom castle with your family of five, you thought you had time to get started? No, don’t do that. You end up living among boxes and dismantled furniture for three and a half weeks and just never find anything again. It’s enough to start packing boxes a week before the move. But if you can’t sit still at all: Why don’t you start in the basement? Look for things that belong to you there and pack them for moving.

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Avoid mistakes and do not leave things to the last minute!

How many boxes do I actually need?

Always ten times more than the number of people living in the household. That’s right! Research shows this is a reasonable number of moving boxes you will need. So with two people, you should be able to get by with twenty boxes. Clothes, pillows, blankets, etc. belong in big black garbage bags, though, okay? That way you’ll have more boxes for the bulky stuff, and the bags are easier to carry when your arms are already sloth-length. Plus, they’re cheap and perfect soft squares. But remember before you do anything start a search for cheap movers NYC. This is not an easy task so do it immediately after you have found your new place of residence.

I’ll just throw the last few things in the box, right?

And you’re like, “Yeah, okay. I’ll find it again. No, you want. If you think also “I have an extra bag/box here so I can find it right after.” It is not a smart thing to do. Everything else that’s lying around flies into this said last box: Remote controls, shoes, documents, the screws for the bed, and any keys join the shower bath, toothpaste, and houseplants and in the end nobody finds anything. First, the box disappears under the many other boxes, then nobody remembers in which box you put the bed screws again and in the end, you sleep with the mattress on the floor. Therefore pack a survival kit – an “open first” box with the essentials you will need on your last day or first day in your new home.

Last tips before the move

Save, recycle or give away any remaining packing materials as soon as you are finished packing. If you can afford it, take the packing services from your moving company  They will ensure more speed, safety, reliability, and security. Obtain appropriate packing materials either from your moving company or from a store: moving boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, etc.  Make note of items with special packing or handling requirements. Decide the fate of each item before moving day.  Sell (online or at a moving sale) any unneeded items or give them away to friends or family members. Or donate them to charity. Prepare your largest household items for packing first, and then consider how to pack your smaller items. In the end, be careful when packing fragile items: use plenty of packing paper, bubble wrap, and padding for extra protection.

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Make sure you pack your valuables securely and have them with you during all phases of your move.

We hope we have helped you with these tips for first-time renters in Brooklyn. Get in touch with us and find out how can we help you to move into your first apartment. We wish you a pleasant transition to an independent life.

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Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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