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February 10, 2012 11:47 AM Subscribe
How does one rent an apartment out-of-state, sight unseen, so it's ready to move in upon arrival?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to grab bag (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I are crawling through Craigslist for an apartment on the other side of the US. We've never done this before. What's the normal procedure for people in our position? How can we ensure that the apartment will be ours to claim and start moving in, the day we arrive with all our stuff? I'd hate to show up on the scene and find out that since we hadn't signed the lease in advance, the unit was rented to someone else (or some other unforeseeable disaster like that). How can we have some peace of mind that home will be waiting for us?
Also, how do we handle mail forwarding? I get that we should submit a change-of-address form with USPS before we move, but how can we make sure any mail sent while we travel will be deposited safely in the new mailbox before we get there?
Any other tips for making the move as smooth as possible would be really helpful too.