Considering making a move to Houston? You’re not the only one — according to a recent report by Houstonia Magazine, H-Town ranked as one of the top US cities to relocate to over the past year. To help our new neighbors settle in, we’ve compiled a moving checklist for Houston renters!
1. Find an apartment
You’re probably thinking, “duh”. But it’s worth noting that every city’s apartment market is unique, and having a local Houstonian in your corner to represent you in your search is key. Whether it’s narrowing down neighborhoods or even FaceTiming you into an apartment tour, working with an apartment locator is hands-down the easiest (and smartest) way to rent, especially if you’re planning on leasing a unit sight unseen from out of state. It’s our full-time job to keep up with the best deals in the city — browse our recent listings for some of our current favorites!
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2. Lock down renters insurance
Typically, complexes will require proof of renters insurance 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. Houston’s climate is subtropical and prone to some severe weather, so making sure you’re covered when storms roll in is extra important as a resident here. We recommend Lemonade as a provider because of its easy-to-use service and affordable rates.
3. 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.
Navigating service providers in Houston can be a challenge, especially if you aren’t familiar with Texas’ independent power grid. To help renters settle in easily, Smart City Connectwill help conquer your mile-long moving checklist by comparing rates and getting you hooked up to the best plan.
4. Schedule movers
Full transparency — driving on Houston roads can be stressful, especially if you’re new to the city. Which means driving with a truckload of your precious belongings in tow has the potential to be EXTRA stressful. For a less headache-inducing moving day, bringing on professionals to get the job done is a game-changer. We recommend (and can get you discounts with):
Bellhop: Bellhop combines technology with a team of talented workers to offer full-service local, long-distance, and labor-only moving services in more than 70 cities across the US. Get 10% off when you use the Smart City link.
Gozova: Gozova offers flat rates which means no added surprise fees after move-in! Get 10% off when you use the Smart City link.
College Hunks: With the most 5-star reviews in the industry, you can count on the HUNKS to make your move easy & fun. Get $25 off moving services and 10% off moving supplies when you use our link to sign up.
PRO TIP: If you are planning on braving the drive, familiarizing yourself with Houston highway nicknames will help combat on-the-road anxiety.
5. Research your new neighborhood
Foodies, you’re in luck — Houston is famous for its restaurant scene, and for good reason. Browsing menus near your new digs and deciding where you’re going to grab lunch on moving day will give you something to look forward to while you’re hauling the couch up a flight of stairs. Need some recommendations? If you’re working with an apartment locator, they’ll be excited to share the scoop on spots near you. We call out some gems in our neighborhood guides, and following local influencers on social media is a great way to get acquainted with your new favorite brunch spot.
If you want to dive into an even more comprehensive guide, we cover everything from budgeting for an apartment to packing best practices in our Ultimate Guide to Renting an Apartment. Welcome to Houston!