3 Unexpected Expenses That Go With Moving Off Campus

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This fall, my daughter is moving off campus with her friends. Of course, this process started in the spring, when they went on a waitlist for an apartment complex they wanted to live in.

When they reached the top of the list, they had 24 hours to accept the available unit … or drop back to the bottom of the waitlist. So yes, “we” started paying rent on May 20—three full months before she’ll actually move in.

And while those extra months of rent proved to be an unexpected expense, they were far from the only one students moving off campus face.

9 Things To Consider Before Moving Off Campus

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Are you considering renting an apartment or a house next fall? If so, you will need to consider a number of things—including how to convince your parents. This is especially true if you’ll need them to co-sign the lease.

I’ve signed a few leases myself for my son. And as a mom and a licensed real estate agent, I can tell you, you need to read the fine print! Here are nine things you may need to discuss with your parents before you sign.

How To Deal With Worst-Case Scenarios When Moving

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I have moved enough times that I’ve encountered my fair share of moving dramas—probably more than any human being should. Moving is always stressful, unless you have the money to pay a crew to do everything, including packing, boxing, moving, and lifting. But even if you do, there’s a lot that can still go wrong.

I moved on September 1, and a lot did go wrong. Like, worst-case scenario “wrong.” If you face any of the problems I did, here’s how I dealt with them.

Adjusting From The Dorm To Your Own Apartment

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Well, September 1 is just around the corner, and you know what that means … time to move out!

This year, I’m moving into my first apartment. The excitement of this move rivals what I felt each fall for my college move-ins. However, I have come to realize that preparing to move in and furnish an apartment is very different from moving into a dorm room. Not only does my apartment not come with a bed, dresser, or couches, but there is a lot more space to fill!

Here are three ways that I’m fueling my excitement about moving and decorating—without tapping into my rent money.

Almost Forgot A Mattress: My Crazy Week Of Last-Minute Apartment Shopping

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I would love to tell you that since I’ve been home, I’ve been doing very well with my finances. In fact, I’d probably be lying through my teeth about it if it weren’t for the fact that the editor of this blog caught me splurging on a seafood platter last Monday night.

But after a long few weeks of trying to remember everything I need to get before moving into my new apartment (oven mitts were largely overlooked), I think I deserved it. Here’s what I’ve learned about saving money while apartment shopping.

How To Avoid Common Moving Costs

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It’s that time of year again: Moving Day 2013. In Boston, it seems half the city moves on September 1, because the rental market revolves around students starting the new school year.

Moving can be stressful and expensive. Throughout my childhood, my parents always moved themselves, so there was never a moving truck or paid movers involved. In my adult life, I too have chosen the DIY moving method, mostly to save money.

I’ve moved over 40 times in my life, so I’ve learned a thing or two about managing a move. Here are some tricks I use to cut down on my costs.

What’s A Lease? A Broker? Moving Is Going To Be Quite The Adventure

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Man, I don’t know if it’s all the fun I’m having or the uncertainty that is my life at the moment, but this post-grad summer is flying right on by.

We’re already in the double digits of July, my birthday is coming up (July 16; everyone, mark your calendars), and I still don’t know what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be living come August. (PANIC!)

I’ve kept you up to date with my job search, but I haven’t really told you guys about that living situation thing. Granted, it’s too early for me to have enough money to move out, but here’s how I’ve started the search.