Renewing Your Lease in the Madison Campus/Downtown Area

high rise housing renewingIt’s that time of year. You’ve just moved into your apartment, are finally settling in, and suddenly you’re already being asked about renewing your lease for the 2018-2019 lease term! You may be thinking “I don’t even know if I’m going to like who I’m living with or where I’m living now, so how am I supposed to choose for next year already?”. We totally understand!

Madison’s campus area market is a unique one. Almost all apartments in the campus area begin leasing for the following fall nearly 11 months in advance. It seems crazy, we know, but MPM adheres to this schedule in order to be as fair and efficient as possible for our residents and property owners.

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Post-Move-In Tips for Your New Apartment

apartmentsNow that the craziness is over and you’ve had a few days to get settled into your new apartment, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. While the stress of your actual move may be over, there are still a few things that you should take care of after moving to a new place in order to prevent headaches later. Check out these tips that we recommend to new residents:

Read the Lease

Even though you should have already read the lease at the time of the lease signing, it’s not fresh in your mind. Read it, and then read it again. You may have just initialed where you were told to, but you should have received a copy of your lease with your move-in packet or emailed to you. If you did not receive one, ask your landlord or property representative for a copy. Make sure you understand everything you are responsible for, like making sure your rent is turned into the office before the first of the month, not just postmarking it by then. Continue reading

What to Expect During August | Campus Area Resident Moving Tips

campus movingAugust has arrived, and you can never be too prepared for the craziness and chaos of August turnover. One of our recent blog posts was about Getting Ready to Move in Madison for Non-Campus Area Residents, so this week we wanted to share our tips for Campus area residents and share what to expect while moving in and out during the crazy August in Madison. Be prepared and know what to expect!

Prep for Moving

-Be sure to update your landlord with your forwarding address. Don’t wait until the last minute. With the stress of moving, it could slip your mind. Let your landlord know your new address as soon as you secure your next place.

-Change your mailing address- you can do that through USPS here.

-Update any magazine or newspaper subscriptions with your new address.

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Getting Ready to Move in Madison: Non-Campus Resident Tips

packing to moveYou may have read our post last year about ‘Getting Ready to Move‘, but we felt it necessary to share it again (with a few updates) because you can never be too prepared to move out of your apartment. Moving season for non-campus area apartments is here, so be prepared and avoid stress by following these helpful tips and advice.

Moving Company

If you plan on using a moving company to move, start looking early and find the best fit for you. It’s busy moving season, so be sure to book them well in advance. If you plan to move without a moving company, make sure you are prepared with vehicles that will fit your furniture and extra help if needed. Continue reading

In Need of Last Minute Housing? | Madison Campus Area Apartments

Have you been slacking when it comes to looking for a place to live this fall, and realize you now only have about 2.5 months to find a place? Well, don’t worry, MPM’s got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a place for yourself, or for you and 4 other roommates, we’ve put together a list of some last minute housing options just for you.

High Rises – all utilities, cable and internet included!

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Efficiencies (1-2 people):

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It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking about Subletting your Apartment for Summer

subletting_keysAlthough the snow has arrived, now is the time to be thinking about subletting for the summer.  Whether you are graduating, studying abroad or just heading home for the summer, you probably don’t want to be stuck paying for rent while not living there, right?  Subletting your apartment is the perfect option and we have all of the information you need to know before you start subletting.

What is a Sublet anyway?

Subletting is when you are leasing out a portion of your lease to another person that is not originally involved in the lease agreement.  The sublet tenant will be responsible for the lease terms and obligations, however keep in mind that the original tenant is not let out of their responsibilities when subletting.
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Budgeting For Your Apartment

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You are out of the house, out of the dorms and officially “on your own” in an apartment! It’s a great day to be alive! And now comes the reality of renting an apartment…and really, the reality of life in general: money is a necessity. If you don’t put together a budget for the apartment, you could find yourself heading back to mom and dad’s and the tiny room you grew-up in. Sure, you love that room full of memories, but let’s stick together on this and get you into the grown-up world! Continue reading

The Apartment Checklist

Whether you are moving into your first apartment or you are an “old pro” making yet another move to yet another apartment just down the street, using checklist to help your move go smoothly is a must! You can use a checklist to make sure you have just what you need, organize what you still want to get, and make sure you’re on the same page as your roommates about who is bringing what. Continue reading

Getting Ready to Move

Madison-Move-OutWe are a few short weeks away from the annual “Downtown Moving Day”, and if you aren’t getting ready yet, you should start now. Preparation saves you time, will save you money and will save you lots of frustration. Let’s avoid the stress from moving with a few tips and shortcuts. Continue reading

Moving Back With Parents From Your Apartment

moving-homeMillennials moving back home with their parents isn’t exactly a new phenomenon.  The number of adults who move back in with their folks has increased since 2008; in 2015, one in four adults aged 18-34 moved back home. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 6.3 million adults age 18 to 24 lived at home in 1960. This number more than doubled to almost 15 million young adults moving in with their parents in 2008. People aren’t just moving home for economic reasons, by the way. Recent studies show that millennials feel a stronger bond with their parents than previous generations, and they actually want to spend time with their immediate families. If you’re considering moving back in with dear old Mom and Dad, here are a few things to consider before packing your bags: Continue reading