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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-
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.
Your apartment landlord or management office/owner is not liable or responsible for personal property lost as a result of theft, fire, flood, etc. You will be required by most all apartments for rent in the Houston area to purchase renter's insurance/liability policy. It is a minimal expense and money well spent. Your leasing office will advise you. Companies such as State Farm, Allstate, Farmers and many other companies can provide you with reasonable quotes.
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, or all bills paid. There are very few of these apartment communities to choose from. All are older built communities and are no longer constructed due to the push for energy and water conservation. Some properties charge offer what's called sub-metered electricity based on usage. In the event the apartment of your choice does not include any paid utilities, contact me for an electric provider.
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Gas, Water, Trash, Sewer and pest control - each apartment property has different policies but most "do not" include these fees in your rental price! You will be responsible for paying these additional fees - leasing office can answer questions about all additional fees and how their utility system billing works. Typically - you receive statements from the apartment community utility billing provider with a small monthly fee for the statement. There are a handful of apartments that include some or all of these fees in your rental price, and some that ad it to your monthly rental price upon rental.
The leasing office will generally explain what the trash fee is - flat rate from $5 to $30
pest control is $1.50 to $5. and
Gas and water are based on the number of occupants and billed as a sub-metered usage which can average from $25 to $50.
Cable, Satellite or Digital
Contact your leasing office for possible discount packages with cable and hi-speed internet. I can provide the contact information however select properties have preferred providers or contracts.
The providers most commonly used are Xfinity/Comcast and ATT-Uverse.
If your new apartment allows a Satellite Dish, be sure to get the rules regarding location or placement of the dish and insurance liability requirements.
There are a handful of properties that include basic cable as a part of your rental price but most are no longer including it.
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. A helpful idea is to get to know your neighbors through community activities, at the amenities and even while walking your dog.
Many apartment properties feature electronic access control ("card access") at gated entrances, even exits. This is not the end all, cure all however, the limited access gates and perimeter fence can't be foolproof. People often follow other people into gate or they can be down for repair quite frequently. 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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