One more week to find a place
August 21, 2008 3:01 PM Subscribe
Is apartment moving always this hard? For everyone? I feel like I must be missing something.
posted by squidlarkin to Home & Garden (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Apologies for this vague, panicked, ranty "question" but I really would like to know what I'm doing wrong and how to avoid this in the future. As far as I can tell, the process goes like this:
-Most openings don't start getting posted until a month before the move-in date.
-Your existing landlord needs to be notified in advance, so you're already committed to moving out.
-The vast majority of places require a $30-$50 credit check fee per person, non-refundable, guaranteeing nothing, before you're even in the running. Which severely limits how many places you can apply to unless you have a lot of money to throw away.
-At least four other people have applied at each apartment. Some of them have better credit and references. Eventually you find out that the places you applied at have all been giving to someone else.
-You start checking prices of self storage units and calling in your couch-surfing favors and hope next month goes better.
Except I don't think the last step is part of the standard procedure for most people. So what am I missing?