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Moving Tips: Speak with former tenants

Discussing the new home with former tenants could help.

Discussing the new home with former tenants could help.

As you and your moving company get ready for the big move day, you may come in contact with the former tenant at your new place. This unexpected meeting can represent a good opportunity. You should introduce yourself to the former tenant, as they may have some information that you wouldn't have gotten from your landlord.

Whether it is a house or an apartment complex, no one will know your new residence better than the former tenants. They may be more likely to give you pointers on the ins and outs than your landlord. Not only is this because they have lived there constantly, but they don't have any reason to not tell you anything. 

A former resident would be able to inform you of things in the home that you need to look out for. This could be something simple like jiggling the toilet lever to prevent it from running continuously, or even something major like a pest problem. If there is an issue in an area, they should be able to point it out to you before you start moving your stuff in.

Also, they may be able to inform you of how your relationship may go with your new landlord. If they seem to be the same as you habit-wise, and they had a bad relationship with the landlord, you may want to be more careful. 

These former tenants also could tell you how your neighbors are. If you are a tenant that requires peace and quiet, they may be able to let you know how the noise levels are before experiencing them yourself.

Finally, if there are any areas that may concern you, such as damages, these tenants may be willing to point them out to you, especially if it has been there since before they lived there. This could help you take note of the problem areas to report back to your landlord in order to prevent being charged incorrectly for the issue.