Moving is stressful, whether you’re moving across state lines, city lines, or two doors down the hall. Dallas is BIG and getting bigger, ranking as the ninth most populous city in the U.S. and the third-largest city in Texas. If you’re one of the many renters moving to the Lone Star State, we’ve compiled a to-do list to get you prepared for the big day!
Step 1: Find an apartment
You’re probably thinking “duh”. But it’s worth noting that every rental market is unique, and the process for securing a place can look very different from city to city. Having a local Dallasite in your corner is key, and we recommend connecting with an apartment locator around 60 days before your desired move-in date to lock down a place. Whether you’re touring units in-person or leasing from out of state, utilizing a professional agent is the easiest (and smartest) way to rent! The best part — their help is completely free.
Setting a budget
Before you begin your apartment search, you’ll want to have a realistic idea of what your budget looks like. Approval for apartments in Dallas typically requires you to be making 3x the market rate, which is real estate jargon for “the price before specials”. We recommend that you math this out or use a calculator tool to figure out a realistic budget that you can get approved for before you start looking.
Finding a neighborhood
If you’re looking for a city with variety, you’re in luck! Whether you’re into the suburbs or craving city life, the Dallas area is home to TONS of neighborhoods and surrounding cities, each with their own unique flair. Need some recommendations? If you’re working with an apartment locator, they’ll be excited to share the scoop on spots near you. If you want to do some research yourself, our friends over at Dallasites101 created an in-depth neighborhood guide.
Step 2: Sort the logistics
Now for the logistics of the move itself. This is where a checklist comes in handy to help you remember the important stuff!
✓ Set up movers
Are you looking for a moving company to pack for you, or are you just needing help with transporting your belongings from point A to point B? For a less headache-inducing moving day, bringing on professionals to get the job done is a game-changer. There’s a reason most people who hire movers say they’ll never go back.
We recommend and can get you exclusive deals with:
- Veterans Moving America
- College Hunks
- The Move Place
✓ Set up services
Depending on the apartment complex you’re moving to, you’ll most likely need to connect utilities prior to move-in day. It’s also a good idea to get your internet connection set up in advance so you’re not left without a way to stream your comfort show in the background while unpacking boxes.
We have a free move-in concierge service to help you compare rates and connect to the best plans. If you’d rather a specialist handle getting you hooked up, learn more about our concierge services here!
✓ Lock down renter’s insurance
Typically, complexes will require proof of this no later than the day your lease officially starts, and the last thing you want to do on move-in day is compare insurance providers. We recommend Lemonade as a provider because of its easy-to-use service and affordable rates.
Step 3: Say goodbye
Moving day is right around the corner, and it’s time to start making your goodbye rounds. Go hit up a few restaurants and neighborhood spots you’ll miss the most, and throw a farewell party for nearby friends and family. Make sure your car is ready for the long drive, and if you’re planning on staying in a hotel, make sure you book it ahead of time.
Good luck, and welcome to Dallas!