Tips and Reminders
MOVING IN/ MOVING OUT
Moving into your new home away from home is a time of excitement and new found independence. However, there are things to keep in mind as you move in and out of your home that will make the process simple and stress free.
- Create A Checklist: If your landlord does not provide you and roommates a checklist containing amenities of the home and their condition, create one. Inspect each room of the home for any possible repairs. Also check the perimeter of the property for pipes, wiring, etc. Keeping record of the condition of home prior to moving in will greatly assist when you decide to vacate the property.
- Communicate With Your Roommates: Grocery, utilities, sleep schedules, cleaning? You and your roommates are sure to have differences in how you manage these areas. Discuss with your roommates (preferably before move-in) how to divide bills, chores and respecting personal space.
- Meet Your Neighbors: Knowing your neighbors is essential in building familiarity of your new neighborhood. A cordial relationship with your next door neighbors comes in handy especially during extensive time periods that your home is vacant; they can keep a look out for unordinary on goings, etc.
- Protect yourself and Your Home: It is highly recommended to obtain Renter Insurance once you move in. Why? Insurance can protect you in the case of robberies, water or fire damage. Also, check fire alarms throughout the home at move in and throughout your lease to ensure they are working properly in case of an emergency.
Transitioning out of your home:
- Clean Your Home Thoroughly: Why? If your lease is ending and you paid a security deposit before moving into your home, your landlord may not grant you a complete or partial refund if the home is not up to par. Many landlords use security deposits to clean the home once tenants have vacated.
- Dispose of Outside Garbage and Waste: Be sure that all outside garbage and other waste has been disposed by making sure garbage bins are placed for your garbage pickup day.
- Closing out Utility Bills: If your home pays separately for utilities and all housemates are moving out of home permanently, be sure to contact the companies responsible for your utilities to discuss final payments, etc.
- Walkthrough of Home with Landlord: It is common that landlords will provide tenants with a move in/move out check list to record damages or minor kinks in home. Whether your home was provided with a checklist or not, be sure to walkthrough the home with your landlord on the final day in case any questions arise about condition of home.
- Travel in groups and in well-lit areas.
- Use the campus parking lots.
- Use shuttles when possible and use escorts when shuttles are not in service.
- Always keep your keys in your possession. Never keep them under doormats, in mail slots, or in other “hiding” places. Do not have duplicates made.
- Always double check that doors and windows are locked before leaving your residence, even if you are just running to the store.
- Make sure that the entrance to your apartment/house is well lit and inform the landlord to replace lighting when necessary.
- Sofas and La-Z-Boys on the porch scream, “Students live here! “ If you don’t want to be targeted as a student rental property by passersby, consider your outside décor.
FIRE SAFETY—THE FACTS
In cases where fire fatalities occurred in college communities, alcohol was a factor. There is a strong link between alcohol and fire deaths. In more than 50 percent of adult fire fatalities, victims were under the influence at the time of the fire. Alcohol abuse often impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts. Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries on college campuses, closely followed by careless smoking and arson, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
- If a fire breaks out, GET OUT AND STAY OUT! Call 911!
- Do not overload electrical outlets and make sure extension cords are used properly.
- Place smoke alarms in every room and every level of the house.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries every semester.
- Place a properly rated fire extinguisher in a convenient, consistent location.
- Never leave a candle burning when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep.
- Never run extension cords under rugs.
- Make sure cigarettes are extinguished. Don’t smoke in bed.
WHEN LEAVING FOR A BREAK:
- Set some lights on timers, especially when away for a long period of time, to discourage someone from thinking no one is home.
- Lock all doors and windows.
- Have a friend or neighbor staying in the area check on the property during breaks. Make sure they have your number to contact you.
- Take expensive items with you: laptops, jewelry, gaming systems, etc.
Don’t forget to sign up for the La Salle emergency notification alert!
Check out the Campus Security and Safety Web site http://www.lasalle.edu/financeadmin/security/safetyservices.htm to learn about more tips and services.
Risks of not being included on the lease may present personal and financial challenges for the household should unexpected situations arise. Please pick your roommates wisely. There are no easy roommate switches in the Off-Campus Community. Signing a lease is a binding contract. You may have to sublet or move out and continue to pay rent if unforeseen circumstances occur.
- When possible, It is best to be included on the lease to uphold your basic tenant rights
- If your circumstances do not allow you to be on the lease, a written agreement with housemates may clarify living and financial housing arrangements agreed upon.
- Save cleared checks or credit card payments as proof of payment in the event your tenancy is questioned
Your vehicle is a great personal investment. Take the following measures to maximize your car safety today!
- Lock All Doors: Simple concept, but often forgotten. Locking all doors, including the trunk of your vehicle can reduce break-ins
- Do not leave car windows down when vehicle is unattended!
- Turn Off Car Lights Before Walking Away: Leaving your lights on for an extended period of time drains your car battery. Be sure to turn off the lights before departing from your vehicle.
- Utilize La Salle Security and Campus Shuttles to access your vehicle in University Parking lots
- No Valuables In Sight: Remove and store important items (i.e., textbooks, school supplies, electronics) in your vehicle’s storage compartments to reduce chances of break-ins.
- Report all incidents of crime to Security at X1300.