Making the move to Denver?

We’re stoked to help.

Moving to a new city is super hard, but we’re going to try to make it as smooth as possible. We know that deciding on a Denver neighborhood can be difficult, but remember, we’re not just your apartment locator, we’re your first friends in Denver. And we’re here to help you sort through apartments, neighborhoods, and vibes to make sure you feel at home in your new digs!

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions that we usually get from newbies. Hopefully this helps! Either way, give us a ring and we can give you the low-down on all things Denver.

Q : What do I do if I have to move in and start work by a certain date, but I’m not able to visit Denver beforehand?

A : No worries! All of our agents offer video/facetime tours so you can actually see where you’ll be living. Leasing a unit sight unseen can be stressful, we like to send videos so you know if that closet will fit all of your shoes, or if that particular unit has a wine rack. We love wine.

Q : I need to move to Denver 5 months from now, are you guys able to help?

A : This is a big one. We actually only know availability and pricing 60 days out, and while we can definitely start narrowing down potential neighborhoods and apartments, we won’t truly be able to start the search process until we’re 60 days away from move in!

Q : What if I am coming to Denver for only one or two days to look at apartments?

A : This is our full time job, and all of our agents work pretty much all the time. If you’re coming in on a Saturday, just let your agent know and we can have updated availability and pricing for you to look over before you come. We love touring out-of-towners because we get to show off how much we love this city. We can show you the different neighborhoods, best bars to meet new people, and definitely our favorite restaurants. We’re foodies around here!

Q : What neighborhood should I live in?

A : This one is actually tough because there are so many different neighborhoods that we love!! Some of our favorites include LoHi, RiNo and Wash Park. But ultimately there are a lot of other factors to consider when determining what area is right for you, including your budget, the location of your job, what you like to do and more!

Q : How do I set up electricity/utilities?

A : Denver properties require Xcel Electricity, however our concierge team is here to help with Internet + Renters Insurance – just another free service to thank you for choosing Smart City!

Q : What movers should I use?

A : We always tell people to check Yelp reviews for movers, and your specific agent can give you a couple of potential movers that we’ve had good experiences with in the past!

Q : What are my transportation options?

A : Denver has a pretty inclusive public transportation system, known as the RTD, with over 170 bus routes and 11 rail lines. We know of plenty Denver apartments within walking distance to bus stops and rail stations, if you’re not planning on bringing a car. Some higher end properties even have “Car to Go” rental options for those who choose the car payment free route!

Q : Are pets allowed?

A : Denver is SUUUUUPER dog friendly. There are tons of bars and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios and most apartments allow non-aggressive dogs as roommates (with a deposit), some even boasting dog parks, green areas, and even small yards. If you have an “aggressive” breed (we use quotations because we know your pit bull is sweet. Our office husky is the sweetest!) then your options will be more limited, but they still exist. Contact us and we can give you the details on what to expect and different options.

Q : What do deposits and upfront costs look like for renting in Denver?

A : Deposits usually range anywhere from $0-400, sometimes higher if there are credit issues; but no apartment requires first and last months rent, which is awesome! You can expect to also pay an application fee of $15-$25 and admin fee of $200-$300. We’re pretty good at finding deals though, so you shouldn’t expect to pay more than $500 for move in costs with good credit. As noted above, if you have a pet it’ll be a bit more.

Q : Do you offer short-term leases?

A : Our lease minimums start at 6 months or greater, however prepare for a $200-$300 premium when seeking a short term rental. Your agent can scout out the best apartments with the lowest short term premiums!

Q : Fridge, Microwave, Parking?

A : Depending on budget, most apartments in Denver come with a fridge and microwave – we won’t know until we’re diving head first into your apartment search however. Parking is almost always going to be an added fee, even if your spot is unreserved. Head out to the burbs’ if you’d like to cut those parking costs down!

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