Eager to start searching for your new apartment? If you’re itching to move, you might want to get a head start on apartment hunting. But how soon is too soon when it comes to looking for suites?
We’re going to cover how to plan your timeline and what you need to consider before you start searching for an apartment:
When do you plan to move out? This is perhaps the most crucial question to ask yourself. If you’re bound to a lease, the answer is easy: You’ll need a new place before the renewal date. But how far in advance should you start looking?
So, when’s the perfect time to start your search? The earliest we suggest is 3 months. 1-2 months is the sweet spot in the middle, while 2 weeks is cutting it a little close.
If you aren’t bound to a lease or deadline, you have a lot more freedom. You can even choose which season you want to move in—each one has pros and cons.
During the warmer months, it’s much easier to move your belongings into a new apartment. But you’ll be competing with all the other tenants who had the same idea. This means that you’ll find fewer available properties in the summer, and it may be tougher to book moving services. Prices tend to be higher because of the higher demand.
In the winter, it’s more of a hassle to move in the cold and ice. That being said, prices are lower, and more apartments are usually available.
Need a hand with your move? A month or two before the big day, we suggest that you arrange any services you need. For example:
Once you start searching, you might be overwhelmed by all your options. Narrow your search by separating what you need from what you want.
Here’s an example:
If you don’t have a car, you might need a place that’s close to your workplace or school.
You want one that’s near your favourite restaurant—but that’s less important.
We suggest writing out your “needs” and “wants” in two columns. When you’ve got it down on paper, it’s easier to keep your priorities in mind while you search.
You’ve found the perfect apartment to call home. Now, it’s time to submit your application and hope that it’ll be accepted.
We suggest getting your documents in order before you start apartment hunting. That way, you’ll be ready to apply the moment you find your dream suite.
A few documents you’ll need include:
If you’re gearing up for moving day, you might be equal parts excited and nervous. Now that your search is over, it’s time to pack up. But how soon is too soon to start packing?
If you start packing boxes 30 days before you move, you’ll have plenty of time to get organized. Be sure to leave your essentials unpacked until the last day. You don’t want to put away your favourite pair of jeans, then spend an hour tearing apart boxes to find them.
We’ll leave you with this moving pro-tip: Label your boxes. All of them. You’ll think you’ll recognize them later—you won’t.
We’ve given you a general review of everything you need to do before the big day. For reference, we’re going to put it all together in this table. Here’s the ultimate apartment hunting time:
Are you looking for apartments in Winnipeg? At Globe Property Management, our Find an Apartment tool makes it easy to discover exactly what you’re looking for. Filter results by desired possession date to see what’s available when you’re ready to move. Once you find the perfect apartment, give us a call!