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The Moving Guide: Part 1 - Finding Your New Home

Posted on July 27, 2016

Did you know moving is ranked as the 3rd most stressful situation in life, behind death of a loved one and divorce? Oh, and the average person moves ~11 times in their life. That's brutal.

Unfortunately, there's no way around it... Moving is just a part of life. But does it really need to be on par with #1 and #2 on that list? At Doze, we don't think so. We think moving can be part of an exciting new chapter in your life and if you know some of the tricks of the trade, it can be fun, quick, and painless. 

Since buying a new mattress is often a big part of the moving process, we made it as easy and customer friendly as possible (free delivery, reasonable price, 75 night trial) for everyone to get a mattress they love. But we don't want to stop there - we want to make sure that your entire moving experience is as stress-free as possible.

With that in mind, we've compiled our best moving tips, tricks, and general stuff you should keep in mind into a series of blog posts. Welcome to #1 in the series - Finding Your New Home

If you're thinking about moving, in the process of moving, or suspect that "moving" might be an upcoming category in your weekly trivia game, we hope you find these posts helpful!


Finding Your New Home

The first step in moving is figuring out where exactly you're moving to. 

While it may seem overwhelming at first, there are some simple tools & strategies to stay organized and find a place you're going to feel excited about moving into! Here's what we've learned works best to conquer the housing search:

Start with your network 

The best recommendations often come from friends, family, and people in your extended network. Whether you're looking for suggestions on good places to live or you need to find roommates - Facebook is the best way to discover people who can help. It only takes a few minutes and it might save you hours of searching online. 

Try some targeted search tools

Since there is such an overwhelming amount of information available online, using services that specialize in specific locations, demographics, or other characteristics unique to your move can help cut through the clutter. Here are a few we recommend:

Pro Tip

"When choosing a broker to help you locate an apartment, find someone who gravitates to your similarities. They will be better suited to find a place that fits your preferences, and will always be looking out for your best interest." - Max, MyGradPad

Open the housing search floodgates

As you're probably aware, there are countless sites and apps that you can use to browse apartment and housing listings. The most important thing is finding one that works for you.

Start by compiling a list of the most important features of your new home (e.g. pet friendly, on-site laundry, proximity to downtown, rooftop jacuzzi, etc..) and make sure the service you're using has the filters and search tools to narrow in on properties with those features.

Here are a few that we recommend giving a try:

Pro Tip

“In Philadelphia, we recommend that renters start their apartment searches at about 60+ days prior to move-in, begin scheduling viewings at 45-60 days prior to move-in, and ideally sign a lease at 30-45 days prior to move-in. Individual units typically move very quickly but there’s no need to panic if you miss out on your favorite option – Philadelphia tends to have vacancy year-round so you’ll almost always be able to find a solid fit.” - Jack, VeryApt

We hope this helps you feel confident and excited about finding your new place! If you have any suggestions for services to add or other thoughts, comments, or questions, please tweet them at us @DozeBeds

Stay tuned for part #2 of the Moving Guide blog post series, where we talk about getting rid of the sh*t you don't need before you move. 

Happy moving!

- Brendan Rice //

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