Sunday, August 17, 2014

Guide to stress free apartment searching





If your like most apartment hunters, just thinking about the whole process of searching, moving, and settling into your new place can sound like a daunting task. The good news is that it doesn't have to be. With MoveEZ it's actually as simple as 1, 2, 3. Using the MoveEZ apartment search, you can put your next search on auto pilot by calling one of our friendly apartment reps, giving them some criteria on what your looking for, and sitting back and letting us handle the rest.  Best part is that we have our "low rate guarantee" that ensures your getting the lowest price on any apartment Texas. Whats better?  We give you up to a $200 rental rebate when you sign your lease. Review our tips, and give us a call 855.866.8339 or chat with us online www.umoveez.com.

1.  Timing is everything
Most people are unsure of when they should start looking for a new apartment.  A good rule of thumb is 30 days from when your lease expires or when you want to move in.  This lets you do two things.  First, apartments only know whats available 30 days out, and since rental rates are always changing, the apartments don't give out pricing and availability beyond 30 days. Second, you need to prepare for moving out of your apartment by giving your 30 day notice.  This will ensure that you are not breaking your lease and that you will get back your full security deposit.  Check our site for many other tips on moving out of your apartment which we have covered in other posts. 

2.  Have your priorities lined up
Know what you want in your next apartment. Do you want a garage, or a pool?  What areas would you like to live in? Amenities and location can be very important to some people and not so much to others.  Make sure you separate out whats important and a must have, from whats a nice to have. We have another post that outlines the top features of apartment communities, check it and get your list together.

3.  Put your search on auto-pilot
Now that the timing is right, and you have your list of whats important to you, MoveEz is ready to take over and get your apartment search on auto-pilot.  Our friendly agents are ready to chat online or by phone 855.866.8339 and our EZ to use online search toolwww.umoveez.com, will show you everything in your price range and area. With our "Low rent guarantee" and up to $200 rental rebate when you move in, theres no reason to waste your time calling hundreds of apartments to check availability.  So what are you waiting for?  Contact us now!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

10 surprising features renters look for in their next apartment

Renters are often confused about the options available to them at their next apartment. We have been scouring the net to gather a list of apartment amenities that appeal most renters searching the internet for a place to live.  Here is what we have found so far, in order by popularity of searches online.  Do you have any others?

1. Pool or Spa. Pools and hot tubs top the list of searches, especially in Texas where there is always a time to either cool off in the summer, or get in the hot tub for the winter.  Not to mention this is a great place to take the kids, or to have a get together with friends.  Theres no doubt that pools are more popular than ever. 

2. Parking.  This can matter in more ways than one.  Living in an urban area like Downtown Dallas or Houston can present many challenges for parking.  Having a community with parking helps you avoid the hassles that come with trying to find a parking spot.  Have a nice car?  A garage can be a great place to keep your car hidden from the elements, or better yet, a place to store extra stuff that won't fit in your apartment.  Make sure you understand if your parking needs are covered in your rent of if they will cost you extra. 

3. Pet spaces.  We all love our pets.  Being a pet lovers ourselves, we know how important it is to have your furry friend with you.  Most apartments will not take larger breeds, so if you have a dog, make sure you take into consideration the extra cost and potential pet deposit that you will probably need to pay.  Some apartments now have dog parks so you pooch can play with friends as well!

4. Proximity to work.  Some people hate driving.  Finding an apartment thats close to work may be an important feature for you.  Remember to consider routes that take back roads, as you may still be able to get something in a  cool part of town, and take a less used back road to work and avoid all that pesky traffic. 

5. Washer and Dryer.  Most apartments come with washer and dryer connections, which means you will need to supply your own washer and dryer or rent one from the community or a third party.  Some apartments come with washers and dryers in the unit, which is a great way to say money and not worry about the hassle of renting. 

6. Better location.  There are definitely some hot spots in Houston and Dallas with some great urban living.  Not needing a car to go to the grocery store, or for a night out can be a great perk and gas saver for your wallet. 

7. Free Wi-Fi.  Wifi can cost in excess of $60.00 per month.  This can be a nice treat for your bank account, and you would be surprised at how many apartments now offer some form of Wi-Fi in different areas of the complex.  

8. Electronic Payments.  Lets face it, no one, except for my mom, writes checks anymore. Wait, no even she doesn't. Why?  Cause you can pay everything electronically.  Make sure you apartment make its easy for you to pay them with online/electronic payments.

9. Credit Card payments.  Do you get points on your credit card for airline miles or cash back on purchases?  Why not pay your rent with your credit card and kill 2 birds with one stone?

10. Fitness center.  If your an active person and visit the gym a lot, this is yet another way to save money each month.  Most new and renovated apartments are putting in Gym, Yoga, and Cycling that would rival mosts popular gyms and suit even the most avid gym goers. 

There are many other features, in addition to this list, that may be important for you.  Don't spend your time scouring the web and trying to find just the right place with the right availability.  MoveEZ puts your search on auto-pilot with an online search and agents that are here to do all the work.  With our low rent guarantee and up to $200 rental rebate your next move should be to call or chat online with us now.  855.866.8339 or www.umoveez.com.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Whats the best time of year to find an apartment?



Don't get frustrated!! We get asked this question ALOT, and the reality is that it all depends on what your looking for.  There are basically 2 main things you need to consider when trying to find your new apartment. 

1.  Are you looking for deal?
or 
2  Are you looking for alot of choices on where to live?

There are also basically 2 periods within the year that determine what you can expect to find.  

"Plethora of places" - May - September 

Were currently in the best time of the year to find the exact place you want.  Since everyone is out of school, and the weather is nice, people are all running around trying to find a new place to live.  This creates lots of vacancies, and if you have had your eye on a certain apartment complex, chances are they now have something available for you to move into.  Be prepared to quickly move because everyone else is looking too and that perfect place may be the perfect place for several others.  If you want to move during this time, the rental specials will not be as abundant as they usually are, so get ready to pay full price.  If you want that view of the lake, or the best view of downtown, however, this is the best time for find it. 

"Time to wheel and deal" - October - April

This period is quickly approaching, and with it comes the great apartment deals.  The period between October and April is the slow season because the kids are in school, its cold outside, and people aren't really looking to move.  This is the time for the savvy renter to come in and scoop up a great deal on a new apartment.  During this time period, you just need to be more open on availability because it maybe a little harder to find an apartment with all the views, access, or amenities you want.  The upside though, is that you can find an awesome deal and lock yourself into a lower rental rate than anyone else living around you.  That leaves you more cash to save or to fill your apartment with cool things.   

Either way, MoveEZ Apartment Search is here to help make these decisions easier.  Don't spend your whole week calling apartments trying to pin down availability, or get a leasing agent on the phone.  With our simple online search and friendly agents, you show us what kind of apartments you like, and we handle the rest.  We will call, check availability, make appointments, recommend other places, and provide you with the "Lowest rent guarantee".  We even say "Thank you" at the end with up to a $200 rental rebate!  Best of all, this service is free to you, thats right, IT DOESNT COST YOU ANYTHING(other than the rent of course).  So before you go spending your all your time searching for a new apartment, try MoveEZ and see how EZ finding your next apartment can be.  Search online, then call 855.866.8339 or chat with us online, www.umoveez.com.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Refer a Friend and get a $25 GiftCard



This week were thrilled to announce our new referral program aimed at giving back to the community.  Starting today, if you refer a friend to us, and they move in, you will get a $25 gift card to one of the retailers listed below.  There are no catches and no limits to the amount of gift cards you can collect. 

This is our way of saying "Thank you" from our family to yours.  Our success is due to your - our loyal community - and we want to give something back to you.

So, how does the “Refer a Friend and get a $25 GiftCard” program work?  All you need to do is make sure your friend tells us he was referred by you and we will mark you as the referrer in our system.  We will help your friend find an awesome place to stay, and make sure he is happy and all taken care of.  Once your friend is moved in, call 855.866.8339 or chat with us, tell us who your friend was, and let us know where to send your GiftCard, its that EZ. 

We have chosen GiftCards with no fees, so you can choose how and when you want to spend your gift.  Want something that's not on our list?  Let us know and we will do our best to make it available.
  • Best Buy
  • Target
  • Amazon
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Chipotle
  • Starbucks
  • Lowes
  • Petsmart
  • Autozone
  • SpaFinder

We’re thrilled to celebrate our huge achievements to date and that success ultimately comes down to building strong, loyal communities. Thank you, we hope you enjoy the gift.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Important tips for first time apartment renters



Congratulations - you've been waiting a long time to make the move, literally, and the time has finally come for you to move into your first apartment.  While being a first time renter and moving into your first apartment can be challenging, following a few stead fast rules will help make your first experience a great one. Moving into your first apartment can be your first taste of real life, and you must understand that budgeting,  respecting your neighbors/roommates, and the apartment complex are all important factors.  From on-time rent, to avoiding eviction, our tips for first time renters will ensure that you have a solid understanding of the best way to make your first apartment rental a great success.

First time renter tip #1 – Claim your rental reward
Why is our service so popular?  Not only do we provide the best search in the industry, not only do we guarantee the lowest rental rates, not only do we do it for free, but we also give you a Rental Reward when you put our name on the application and let us know about it.  How does it work?  Well its easy - apartments are always looking to stay full and when we refer you to an apartment, we are given a finders fee.  With this fee, we are able to give you a rental reward that can include anything from $250 visa gift card, to a free move to your new place, you decide how you want to use it. To see how easy the process is for yourself, visit us on the web to search or chat, or give us a call 855.866.8339.

First time renter tip #2 – Don't overspend
The most important thing you need to do is figure out what your budget is.  We recommenced that your monthly income is at least 3 to 4 times, or 25%-33% of the monthly rent amount.  Its important that as a first time renter, you don't over spend as creating good rental history should be your number one goal.  If you are unable to pay, not only will your rental history be blemished, making it harder to find another apartment, but your credit history will also take a hit if you get evicted.  When crafting your budget, make sure you are taking your after tax income and subtracting expenses like utilities (electric, water, internet, trash), food, phone, car payment, or anything else that you pay on a monthly regular basis.  When you call your MoveEz apartment specialist, they will inform you of any additional fees or amenities that will be extra or covered by your apartment complex.

First time renter tip #3 – Did you remember deposits and app fees?
This goes hand in hand with the tip from above.  Not only will you need to afford a deposit on the apartment itself but you might also need to pay a fee to have your electricity turned on, cable and internet hooked up, etc. Your security deposit is most often equal to one month’s rent and the other deposits will range anywhere from $25 to $100. Again, make sure that you plan ahead of time before you sign the lease and move in - moving can create a lot of unexpected expenses so make sure you have the money set aside to cover them.  This is a good place to use your Rental Reward once you confirm your move in.

First time renter tip #4 – Respect thy neighbor
We speak from experience, so believe us when we say, nothing can spoil your apartment experience faster than creating issues with a roommate or neighbor.  Respect means that you shouldn't blast your music, or jump up and down if you live above someone.  It also means that if you are having a get together, invite your neighbors or at least give them your number and ask them to let you know if you are troubling or disturbing them. Apartments can and will evict repeat offenders and its not worth the hassle.  Treating your neighbors with respect can work wonders on creating a successful apartment living experience, especially for the first time renter who may not be familiar with apartment living. 

First time renter tip #5 – Do you “need” that?
Most people fail to take this concept into consideration when looking for a new place.  Its important to understand what you need and what you wantFor example, if you don't own a car, you need to be close to public transportation, if you own a car however, you may want a covered parking spot or garage.  You should make a list of the things you need and cannot budge on, and the things you want that you may be willing to look past if the right apartment comes your way.  Your apartment specialist at Move Ez can help ensure that the amenities you need and want in you'r apartment next apartment are taken into consideration when you get your list of places to visit.  With the number of different options on the market today, your MoveEz apartment specialist can help ensure that you have the right features you want and need.

First time renter tip #6 - Never sign a lease before seeing the apartment complex
The last thing you should do is trust a picture or the advice of a friend.  Visit each apartment complex on the list from your MoveEz apartment specialist and take your time in evaluating the different things that you need to take into consideration before moving.  Ask the leasing agent to show you the actual apartment that you will be renting, in addition to the model. Perform a complete walkthrough and check on the unit.

  • How close is the unit from your parking spot or parking area.  Can you walk with a hand full of groceries or in the rain comfortably?
  • Will everything you have fit?  Ask the agent for a floor plan and a pen so you can take notes while you walk the unit.  You can even bring a measuring tape if you have something that is an odd or over sized.
  • Are you close to the pool, or something else that may create an environment for noise?  Some people enjoy this, but you may not.
  • Are you willing to climb 3 flights of stairs?  Remember that everything you move in, you must move out someday.  Will you want to do this?
  • Look in all the closets and cabinets and check faucets and toilets for leaks and signs of existing leaks.
  • Check all appliances to make sure that they work.
  • If you see other tenants in the building, talk with them briefly to get an idea of how they like the property.
If you like the apartment but there is some damage, or the carpet is not in optimal condition, you can request to have it fixed before you move in.  The apartments will usually do what they can to make you happy.
 
First time renter tip #6 – Sleep on it
Unless you have to move today (if you do call us), don’t feel rushed to sign your lease on the spot. Take a copy with you and read it over in its entirety, and if you have any questions, call your MoveEz specialist as they are more than happy to walk through and provide guidance. You should keep an eye out for verbiage that outlines additional deposits, fees, or penalties hidden within various sections of the lease agreement.  Things like pet deposits or long term guests may require additional deposits or application fees and will need to be disclosed on the lease agreement.  You should always trust whats in the contract and not what a leasing agent may have told you, at the end of the day, your contract is what outlines and dictates what your obligated to do. Again, your MoveEz apartment specialist can help walk you through an advise you on what to expect.

First time renter tip #7 – Get renters insurance
You might be thinking that you really don’t own enough stuff to justify paying insurance for it, but think again. Take a look at all your clothes, books, electronics, furniture, appliances, computer and computer software, etc. You really would be out a pretty penny if everything went up in smoke. Renters insurance will run between $10 and $20 a month, depending on where you live (crime rates, propensity for natural disasters and flooding, and more may affect the cost of insurance) and the level of coverage you choose to get. When you get your insurance, the carrier may ask you to retain proof of the items that you’re covering. Take photographs of your furniture, computer and other electronics and place them, along with owner’s manuals, databases and receipts, in a safe deposit box at your bank or purchase a fire proof safe for their safekeeping. Some landlords actually require all renters to carry renters insurance!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hot spots to live, play and work :: West Village



When it comes to work life balance, not many areas of Dallas can boast the ability to exceed your expectations like the West Village.  With an abundance of reatil shopping, restaurants, apartments, and proximity to down town and surrounding employment hubs, West Village has all the ingredients to satisfy even the pickiest of tastes.  What makes West Village so special?  Just see some of the amenities below and you will quickly understand why this gem of a community stands high above the crowd. 



Interested in finding out more about living in the area?  Call, 855.866.8339, or visit our website, www.umoveez.com to search and chat online with a specialist today for more info on availability and West Village apartment specials.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lowest Rent Guarantee


Why spend hours scouring the web for an apartment and the lowest rental rate when MoveEz apartment search is your one stop for both?  Our apartment search systems give us the ability to quickly and accurately check availability in real time and ensure that your getting the lowest rate possible -  guaranteed!

The process is simple.  First, click on a city below to start searching for apartments in that city with our EZ to use search tool. 



Once you have found the apartments you are interested in, either call 855.866.8339, or use the online chat @ umoveez.com to quickly check pricing and availability - its that EZ!  Our specialists will ensure your getting the best rates, specials and availability on the market.

Were so confident - We will meet or beat any rental rate on the market.

Once you have found your apartment, report your lease at umoveez.com or call 855.866.8339 to claim your $$$ rebate.