Fixing Damages Before Moving Out: A Renter’s Guide

Fixing Damages Before Moving Out: A Renter’s Guide

Moving into a new place is exciting and most of us want nothing more than to get there and bid farewell to our old apartment quickly.  But before we leave our old homes it’s worth taking a careful look around for potential damages. It’s likely that there are holes, scuff marks and broken things here and there. Fixing these will take only a handful of hours and will ensure you’ll get your security deposit back from your landlord. Here are some common apartment damages and how to fix them:

 

Holes in Walls

Your walls will likely have holes from installed art, shelves and televisions. You’ll need putty (like Spackle), sandpaper and a putty knife to fix these. First put enough putty in to fill in the hole, then spread and blend into the wall with a putty knife. Once dry, use the sand paper to smooth out the area.  For large holes you’ll need a mesh repair patch—you’ll cut this to size to fill the hole, then smooth over with putty and sand when dry.

 

Broken Blinds

Look to see if any of your blinds are broken or bent. If bent, you might be able to straighten them by hand. If the damage is beyond simple repair, you might consider grabbing a new set of blinds—which are typically inexpensive—to snap into the place of the old one.

Fixing Damages Before Moving Out: A Renter’s Guide

 

Floor Scratches

Hardwood floors are prone to scratches—from our shoes, impact with objects and pets. Luckily, they are easily fixed. A trip to the hardware store will reveal the plethora of markers, stains and pastes available to fix nicks. Speak to a professional at the store to find the best option for your floor type. Ideally, know the wood and stain color family before going to the store.

 

Carpet Stains

If your old apartment had carpet, look for stains that you might have caused during your stay. You can use a number of stain removers designed for carpets at retailers. If the stains are too hard or large to remove, rent a carpet-cleaning machine that could literally do the heavy (stain) lifting for you.

Fixing Damages Before Moving Out: A Renter’s Guide

Finding Friends After Moving

Finding Friends After Moving

Once the hard task of moving ends, another difficult task begins: Finding new friends and settling in with the neighbors and the neighborhood. While we all seem to do this more naturally as kids, the idea of fitting in seems more trying as adults. But there are some surefire ways to make the process of settling in your new environs a bit easier. Here are some tips:

 

Get to Know Your Neighbors

After you’ve settled in you might try knocking on a few neighboring doors and introducing yourself.  You can also try sending an email—many buildings have an internal listerv—suggesting a get together on the roof, yard or at a local bar. Whatever vehicle you use to get to know your neighbors, you’d be surprised to see how many of them will be on board.

 

Locate Old Friends

Use your social media and contacts to find old acquaintances and friends in the city or town you’ve just moved to. Each person you know has several friends and you are likely to connect to a few of them. The more people you meet, the more your chances of finding like-minded folks.

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Hang out with Co-workers

Happy hours and work functions often lead to friendships. After all, you’re spending eight plus hours with these people and it’s likely you’ll find something in common with them outside the workplace.

 

Join Hobby Groups

Play the Ukelele? Like to mountain climb? There’s a group for that and you can find them via online networking portals like meetup. And if a group you’re interested doesn’t exist, you can create your own.

Finding Friends After Moving

 

Volunteer

Sharing a skill with those who can benefit from it can be both rewarding and fun. Bonus, you might snag a few friends too. Find organizations around your new home that take volunteers and consider making a difference in your community.

 

Take Classes

You’ve always wanted to learn how to water color and take spinning classes. Well, now’s the time to do it and you never know who you might meet while learning something new.  Your new best friend might just be a class away!

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Tips for Moving in the Winter

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Baby it’s cold outside and moving in these temperatures can be a bit trying. But there’s a bit of good news for movers on these dreary days: Relocation companies aren’t as busy as they are during the warmer seasons and you might be able to score better rates for movers and trucks.  Keep these tips in mind and we promise moving in the winter won’t be as bad as it seems:

 

Watch Weather Reports

In the days preceding the move, watch the forecast to make sure a nor’easter or some other extreme weather event is not on the horizon. If conditions are predicted to be dangerous or too difficult, you might want to speak to your moving company about rescheduling.

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Clean Sidewalks

Cold temperatures could mean snow or ice on the sidewalk and while it might not be your job to do this—if you live in a rental or multiple dwelling—you still might want to clear the walkway to make sure anyone carrying boxes will be walking on dry ground. The last thing you want is an unwanted injury.

 

Start Early

The days are short and sunsets take place earlier than in the warmer months.  Start your move early in the day. Sticking to daytime moves means more security, higher temperatures and awareness of slippery surfaces.

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Dress Appropriately

Make sure you’re warm enough to be outside for a good portion of the day but also remember that as you move you might start to feel too warm. So dress in layers—this way you can take off or put on pieces of clothing as needed.

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Prepare Warm Drinks

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate will all be welcomed by the crew when mercury takes a dip. Either make hot drinks and keep in a thermos or plan to make trips to the nearby bodega or store.

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Turn on the Heat

You might think of going to the new place the night before the move and turning on the heat to make sure it’s tolerable as you make your way in.

 

Cover the Floors

Old flatted boxes, drop cloths and tarps make good floor coverings for moving day. Not only do they protect the floors from a mess but they also provide good traction for movers.

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Hire Pros

Professional movers are used to moving in all kinds of weather and know when to take necessary precautions. If you have any doubts about moving yourself, it’s always a good idea to hire a relocation company.

Five Ways to Ring in the New Year at Home

Ring in the New Year at Home

If you just moved into your New York apartment, you might be looking for a low-key New Year celebration. Despite all the activities of our bustling city, it’s nice to stay home where it’s warm and cozy and to not have to worry about transportation, which can be crowded and at times scarce. Here are five ways to ring in 2017 from the comfort of your apartment:

 

Game Night

We’re not just talking Charades and Monopoly. There are so many fun games designed for adults (like Loaded Questions or Wits and Wagers) that you wouldn’t have trouble picking up a few new ones to play on the last eve of 2016. Invite a few friends, get some snacks and drinks and you’ll be sure to have a fun night.

 

Cozy Dinner

Be it a dinner for one, or two or a larger group, there’s nothing nicer than having a pleasant meal at home. You don’t need to get fancy and can keep it simple with dishes like pasta with a store bought sauce or an oven-roasted fish or meat.

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Desserts and Bubbles

If cooking isn’t your thing, plan a night of sweets and sparkling wine. A nice pie or cake, some cookies and chocolates should do the trick. If inviting friends, you can ask them to bring over their favorite sweets or bubblies. That way you can enjoy a variety of after dinner goodies.

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Movie Night

This one’s pretty easy: Load up the Netflix or Hulu or whatever services you subscribe to and have a cozy night of watching your favorite flicks. Then, when the new year rolls around, you can switch to the television, watch the ball drop and count down to a shiny new year.

 

Make Resolutions

Be it with friends or alone, you can spend the last night of 2016 writing down your goals for the new year. More than just jotting down the goals, come up with a list of action items to bring each resolution into fruition.

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Incorporating 2017’s Color of the Year into Your Décor

Last week, Pantone announced 2017’s color of the year as being a yellowish green called Greenery. This vibrant shade of green, reminiscent of spring, is one that can easily work in homes to bring that fresh bit of nature indoors. If you like the shade as much as we do and you’re looking to incorporate it into the décor of your newly moved in apartment, here are some tips:

 

Paint a Wall

Research has shown that the color green enhances creativity. So if you’re in the arts, you might consider painting the wall above your desk or workspace this shade of green. You might think of using this color in your living quarters too, because it brings in that bit of nature we’re always missing in NYC.

 

Decorative Pillows and Throws

We love using decorative pillows and throws as a way to change up the look of a room without investing too much time and energy. Look for colors close to Greenery at your favorite retailers and if you can’t find what you need, head on over to the Garment District to search for the right shade of textile. Even if sewing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of tailors in New York City who will make pillow covers and throws for a reasonable sum.

 

Bed Linens

Be it a duvet, shams or even sheets, you can easily use this cheery hue in bedding. Things will automatically look up when the morning sun angles its way into the room and your eyes land on the fresh color.

 

Kitchen Accessories

Anything that’s out in the kitchen can bring in the color of the year: teapot, kettle, toaster, dishtowels and even fridge magnets. Get imaginative and if you’re having a hard time doing so stare at Greenery. We hear it inspires creativity!  

What Licenses Should Your Movers Have?

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When you’re deciding on the movers that will handle your belongings, you should always look for a company that is legally allowed to operate in the United States. Some relocation companies may claim to be insured and licensed, when in fact they are either not, or not licensed through a legitimate entity. So it’s important to familiarize yourself with industry standards.  Here are licenses to look for to ensure your movers are legit:

 

The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC)

This agency was created to regulate carriers that operate interstate and assigned Interstate Commerce Commission Motor Carrier (or ICC MC) numbers to moving fleets. Although this designation was phased out in 1995, many older and established moving companies still display this number on their trucks. When a moving company still displays an ICC number you know they have at least been in business since 1995.

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Moving companies that operate between states are required to have an FMCSA number. This number designates what each company is allowed to transport and what area they can operate in. There’s a code for each specific item type each moving company can carry. For example, if the moving company engages in interstate transportation of household goods, they will have a number that begins with MC.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Moving companies are required to be registered with the department of Transportation—basically meaning they are registered with the government and are legally allowed to operate.   Always make sure your mover has an assigned USDOT number. You can search for a company’s DOT or MC number and safety ratings on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration page.

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Tips for Beating Moving Stress

Tips for Beating Moving Stress

Moving takes a toll on your wallet, schedule and, most importantly, your sanity. With the many various tasks and chores you have to keep tabs on and perform, you’ll likely be stressed and tired pre, during, and post move. There’s no sure way to eliminate all the stress that comes with moving but there are methods to make the strain less impactful and help you better cope. Here are a few tips we have for beating the stress that comes with relocation:

 

Sleep

Anxiety is an inherent response to change and you’ll likely find it hard to sleep and relax on the days leading up to the move. But getting your Z’s is especially important so you have enough strength and agility left to handle the move. Plan on getting your eight hours of sleep for several nights prior to the move. If you’re having trouble relaxing, opt for some relaxing tea, such as chamomile, or take a hot bath before hitting the sack.  

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Plan Meals

Those last few days before the move, you’ll likely be running around and eating whatever you can grab at the deli or take-out counter. But it’s especially important to nourish your body with foods that will fuel you. Plan easy and nutritious meals several weeks before the move and buy the necessary ingredients beforehand.

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Unpack Slowly

We advocate having a packing and unpacking schedule and sticking to it. But there’s no reason for the schedule to strain you. Plan to do a little each day and stick to it, but if you find yourself approaching your limit, take a break or delay the day’s chore. The box will be there tomorrow.  

 

Ask for Help

It’s nice to be independent and handle a move all by yourself but sometimes a little help can go a long way. Your family, friends and neighbors will be more than happy to lend you a hand and them doing so will make your life a whole lot easier. And if you have several helpers on hand, be sure to delegate tasks.

Tips for Beating Moving Stress

 

Treat Yourself

Anytime, during or after a move, take a moment to pat yourself on the back with something that makes you happy, whether that’s grabbing ice cream, taking a spa day or getting away for the weekend.