It's just about that time of year where leases start to dry up and new apartment doors open across the country. Since you most likely still have a good amount of time before you sign a new lease, why not take some time to take care of 3 things that will save you from a huge hassle in the future.

1. Settle Roommate Situation

Figure out who you're living with before it's too late. If you wait too long you may end up on Craigslist looking for anyone who can fill the spot (i.e. has a pulse, can hopefully pay bills...). Having a roommate is a good way to keep rent down, and ease the costs of utilities. Choose carefully though, if someone is a little annoying as a friend, they will become increasingly annoying as a roommate.

2. Get Rid of Stuff

Get rid of things. Clean the basement, give the clothes you don't wear away, sell the furniture you don't really want anymore. The less you have to move, the less you have to move. This means when you actually move in, you get to chose the right items for the specific apartment.

3. Plan Ahead

The worst thing to do before your move-out date is procrastinate. A month or two before you leave your place, you need to line up several apartments you would like to live in. A lot of times the good apartments have several applicants, the cheap one's have many as well, and unless you spread out your search you will have a hard time moving into a new place. Pace yourself though, check out 1-2 apartments per week.

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