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HELPFUL MOVING CHECKLIST
• Paid Security Deposits, App Fees, Admin Fees, Pet Fees and Pet Deposits
• Change of Address forms filed with your postmaster
- Electric provider set up, cable/internet provider set up
• Temporary Pet Accommodations or moving equipment, food/water bowls, food, toys, treats
• Parking Permit/Sticker/ Gate or KeyFob for New Apartment
• Pool Pass or Keyfob, mailbox key
• Security Cards and Codes for your new apartment
• Electricity - Need to get your electricity through a reliable and competitive company?
Call or email me for contacts to get your electricity taken care of - reliable and reputable company.
- NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT Water, Sewer, Trash Service Connection or Hook Up - These services are handled through your apartment leasing and management office. They typically have have a third party company that bills directly for these services in addition to your rent unless otherwise specified in your lease contract. Select apartment communities offer these services included in one rental payment. Ask me about those.
- Hi-Speed Internet/Cable/Digital TV - this will be a service that you need to hook up for service.
- Rental Truck Reservation/Deposit
- Moving Supplies (boxes, tape, blankets)
HERE ARE THE HIGHEST RANKING SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR 2016
Katy Independent School District, A+
Friendswood Independent School District, A+
Pearland Independent School District, A+
Clear Creek Independent School District, A+
Humble Independent School District, A
Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, A
Klein Independent School District, A
Spring Branch Independent School District, A
Tomball Independent School District, A
Fort Bend Independent School District, A
Alief Independent School District, A-
New Caney Independent School District, B+
Galena Park Independent School District, B
Houston Independent School District, B
Pasadena Independent School District, B
Huffman Independent School District, B
Aldine Independent School District, B-
Sheldon Independent School District, C+
Spring Independent School District, C+
LINKS TO SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR HOUSTON and Surrounding Area School Districts
Rating or Reviews for Area Schools
Clear Creek Independent School District covers the areas including Clear Lake, League City, Seabrook, Webster, Houston 77058 and
77062 - link to the site below
Pearland Independent School District
Pasadena School Information
Deer Park School Information
LaPorte School Information
Humble School Information
Spring Branch School Information
Houston School Information
Katy School Information
Links To City And Area Suburb Sites
Link to the League City Site
Information for Webster, Texas
Information for Friendswood, Texas
Information for Pearland, Texas
Information for Seabrook, Texas
Information for Kemah, Texas
Information for Humble, Texas
Information for Houston, Texas
Moving and Relocation Tips
Self Storage - Althrough there are many storage companies throughout the area, this is one that I have worked with -
Manager - Phillip Ritter.
Your apartment landlord or management office/owner will not be responsible for personal property lost as a result of theft, fire, flood or most any other factor! Your Houston, Texas apartment lease will not include renter's insurance. You will be required in MOST cases to purchase renter's insurance in order to be approved for an apartment. It is a very minimal expense, money well spent!
The apartment community that you will be renting at typically has a relationship with a company that provides this at a reasonable cost to you - be sure to ask them as it's almost always required. I have some local companies that I can also provide contact information as well.
If your lease does not include a provision for renter's insurance, purchase it from a reputable insurance agent.
Only a handful of apartment property owners include basic utilities such as electricity and water as a part of the rental price or lease provision. Such offerings are advertised as "paid utilities" or utilities included. There are very few properties to choose from - they tend to be the older built communities as they're no longer constructed due to a push for energy and water conservation. Some properties charge sub-meter electricity based on usage. In the event the apartment of your choice does not include any paid utilities, contact me for an electric provider.
Do you need an Electricity Provider? Great service, Tips on conserving, weekly usage reports and much more! Call now
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There are several companies that can provide both VOIP and Wireless services in the area - call me for these companies at 281-842-7965
Contact me for Cable and High Speed Internet provider information. Check with your leasing office/landlord to see which services for phone, high speed Internet and/or television or cable services are available with your new apartment home rental.
Gas, Water, Trash, Sewer and pest control - each apartment property has different policies. You are usually responsible for these charges but the leasing office will answer questions about the fees, the system you will be billed through and any average costs. There are a handful of apartments that include these fees in your rental - ask me for help with those.
There is usually an average cost that can be quoted for water, a flat rate for trash, and pest control as well as gas. Water as an example will be based on your number of occupants and sub-metered usage.
Cable, Satellite or Digital
Ask your leasing office for the appropriate contact numbers to get any discount packages for cable, hi-speed internet and land line. Select properties have specific contracts with companies that service that community. The providers most commonly used are Comcast, ATT, TV Max, WATT, Verizon. If you have been approved to have a Satellite Dish, be sure to ask about rules for location, in addition to insurance requirements for the dish.
Here are some things to think about before you decide on the ideal apartment. Security is a cooperative effort.
No matter what type of security effort a landlord makes, the apartment "communal" environment dictates that all residents share in the responsibility for effective security and safety. For this to work, you should get to "know your neighbors".
Many apartment properties feature expensive electronic access control ("card access") at gated entrances and exits. This is not the end all, cure all however, the limited access gates and perimeter fence are not foolproof! People often follow other people in or the gate can be down for repair. It's always recommended to be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye out - no property owner or management company can guarantee your personal safety.
Report Suspicious Persons...
Tailgating is the most common form of unauthorized entry into apartment property grounds. When entering and exiting at controlled portals, be aware of unfamiliar or suspicious-looking persons. Report any suspicious activity to the property security office immediately.
When in doubt, call the office or 911 for emergency concerns and situations
Safety vs. Convenience
In select communities there are electronic digital keypads to provide controlled entry at gated parking and gated pedestrian entrances. While these devices are an added benefit - still, no guarantees - don't give others your gate code. Make it impossible for unauthorized persons to gain entrance.
Some of the newer luxury community rentals offer key fob entry mechanisms. They tend to be offered in High Rise luxury rentals or brand new construction.
Check Out the Neighborhood
The neighborhood surrounding an apartment property should be a primary factor of consideration for the apartment search. The old adage, "look before you leap" also applies to your apartment search. You can check crime statistics for area via the search engines and with your local police department.
As stated at Houston Police On line, "The mission of the Houston Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Houston by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment."
Policing a metro area the size of Houston is a big job. The Houston Police Department does an excellent job in performing its mission. The Seabrook, League City, Webster, Friendswood, Pearland, LaPorte, Pasadena, Baytown, Kemah and Deer Park Police Departments, just to name a few are excellent in their performance as well.
To report an emergency requiring the attention of the police department in and around Houston, Dial 911
While other police jurisdictions police surrounding suburban neighborhoods, the 911 emergency reporting system addresses all of the greater Houston metro area.
To review crime statistics in any Houston, League City, Webster, Woodlands, Sugarland or any part of the Houston area or suburg - search Google or Bing for neighborhood crime stats.
HFD Mission Statement
"The Houston Fire Department is a professional organization continually seeking opportunities to serve our community through fire prevention, emergency operations, patient care and excellent customer service."
Emergency Medical Services 911
Emergency Fire 911
Emergency Police & Law Enforcement 911
Apartment parking accommodations vary from property to property. The Houston apartment hunter can expect to find one of the following types of parking situations at every apartment property in Houston. First, How Many Parking Spaces?
The number of parking spaces is specified in the lease terms. Some apartment operators rent additional parking spaces for an additional monthly fee on a space-available basis. Be sure to ask about the availability of extra parking spaces and extra fees if you
own more than one vehicle.
Exposed, Surface Parking - Surface parking used to be the standard, but few Houston apartment properties today offer only surface parking (i.e., "uncovered" parking).
Several Houston and surrounding suburb apartment operators provide at least one parking space in the lease that is under cover. Apartment communities that provide covered parking usually provide gated security as well, although this is not always the case.
Newer Houston apartment properties offer individual parking garages for an extra monthly fee. However some are included in the rent and they are usually the more exclusive, higher end luxury properties.
The number of parking garages is usually limited. Parking garages are almost always offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Most quality Houston apartments provide a modest number of guest parking spaces.
If you expect lots of visitors, check out the guest parking situation before you sign a lease.
Almost all Houston apartment properties feature a swimming pool. In addition, many feature a clubhouse that can be rented for parties and other special occasions.
Pool safety practices are common sense. If a pool activity doesn't intrude on other residents' privacy or present a safety issue, it's usually permitted.
Few if any Houston apartments provide pool lifeguards. Residents use apartment pool facilities at their own risk.
Apartments with pool facilities will require an adult family member - always present at the pool or hot tub with their children for the safety of anyone under the age of 18, in most communities.
In addition to all the water sports in the Houston area, children's learn-to-swim programs are very popular.
The best area apartment properties feature fairly comprehensive exercise and workout facilities for residents - some include pilates, spinning classes and yoga, as well state of the art equipment that include cardiovascular equipment, treadmills, and free weights and techno-gyms.
In the event that the apartment of your choice does not have a workout facility and you are committed to a regular exercise regimen, consider a membership at one of the fitness clubs in your area. Houston and the surrounding area is home to hundreds of fitness facilities, rec centers and clubs.
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