How do we swap houses with our landlord as smoothly as possible?
July 1, 2010 5:24 AM Subscribe
We have two months to plan a house switch. My housemates and I currently live in a fairly nice three bedroom, two and a half bath row house. Our landlord and his family live in a much nicer four bedroom, three and a half bath row house about half a mile away. At our landlord’s request, we are switching houses around September 1.* We want to make this transition as painless as possible, how can we do that?
posted by SugarAndSass to Home & Garden (13 answers total)
Some questions/things to consider:
1. We are definitely going to hire movers. Should we see if we can get two moving trucks and movers from the same company in order to allow better coordination?
2. We need to thoroughly clean our place. We will probably hire someone to come in and do this. Is it possible to do a deep cleaning before we move our stuff out? If not, how do we deal with cleaning when we won’t have much (if any) time between when we move out and the landlord moves in?
3. We have a dining room that we barely use, and there isn’t much in it. Would it be reasonable for us to suggest that they could move some things here ahead of time, and perhaps we could do the same? They have a much more complicated setup so I’m sure they’d like to be able to move some boxes ahead of time, but I’m not sure they’d be able to let us do the same.
4. What is the best way to try to arrange to meet potential housemates to fill the fourth bedroom when we aren’t living there yet? Should we ask our landlord what he would prefer (ie, would he and his family be able to go out to the zoo or something for a few hours one day while we have interviews and show the house, or would he prefer that we find someone we like and then set up a specific time for them to look)?
5. Our landlord wants us to sign a one-year lease. We’re completely fine with this, but might even prefer a 16-month lease because moving in September is harder than moving over the last week of December/first week of January. Is there a tactful way to request a slightly longer lease?
Any other tips or tricks or anything related to making this situation as easy as possible would be greatly appreciated.
We're in DC, if you have recommendations for movers or a cleaning service.
*Our landlord has a child with disabilities and needs to adjust his budget to afford some in-home help. Though we’d prefer not to move, he’s completely within his rights and is even giving us extra notice (we’re on a month-to-month lease). He suggested switching houses to minimize hassle for everyone involved, and he’s giving us a great deal.