Follow these tips to make moving in as seamless as possible.
2 Months in Advance:
- Create a folder for important documents
- Purchase renter’s insurance
- Make arrangements with a moving service/truck if necessary
1 Month in Advance:
- Get packing supplies (boxes, tape, labels, etc.)
- Schedule utility connections
- Fill out a change of address form online or at a local post office (usps.com)
2 Weeks in Advance:
- Make a checklist of all the items you are moving to ensure you don’t forget anything
- Secure friends to help you move
- Update your local address with USC on Self-Service Carolina
1 Week in Advance:
- Pack your essential items in an easily accessible bag
- Confirm the exact time and date of your move with your landlord
- Consider purchasing cleaning supplies to thoroughly clean your unit before unpacking everything
- Meet your landlord and get your keys
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors
- Take time-stamped photos of anything damaged, hazardous, or in need of repair. Columbia has minimum standards that properties must meet.
Personally check for the following before moving in:
• At least one window that opens per room
• All electrical fixtures and smoke detectors are working
• Free of rodents and bugs
• All appliances and heat systems work
• All plumbing fixtures are free of leaks and in sanitary and safe working condition
• All doors can be opened and closed
• All locks work
• Ceilings and walls are free of holes
• The unit is clean
• Free of mold and water damage
If anything above is unmet, take pictures and immediately:
• Provide your landlord with a detailed description and pictures of the problems.
Contact Columbia Housing Inspection at 803-545-3430 (if you live in the City of Columbia) to request an inspection. If you live outside the city of Columbia, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
If your landlord is unwilling to fix the problems, set up an appointment with Student Legal Servicesto discuss your rights as a renter.
Following these tips will help protect you from unsafe living conditions and help you avoid being held responsible for pre-existing damages.