Moving to
Philadelphia

No matter where you are in your moving process, VeryApt is here to help you!
We find the best resources available to help make your move
to Philadelphia as easy as possible.



Before Moving
After Moving
Getting Settled



Before Moving

Apartment Hunt

Find an apartment

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Free
1 hour

We're a bit biased, but if you want to find an apartment personalized for you and read reviews before you move in, there's no better place to look than VeryApt! Try our personalized recommendation engine to find your perfect apartment in Philadelphia!

Planning

Check your credit

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Free
0 - 1 hours

Your credit rating is one of the most important factors impacting your approval as a tenant. In advance of preparing your rental application, be sure to check your credit score so you can understand how likely you are to be approved. Credit Karma is free and will give you consistent updates on your credit and what you can do to improve it. Don't worry - there are no hidden fees or charges. Many of our employees use this service and love it!

Take accurate measurements

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$5-15
0 - 5 days

One of the most frustrating things about moving day can be learning your couch won't fit in your new apartment! Bring a sturdy 12 foot measuring tape to your apartment viewing. Be sure to check the size of doorways, rooms, elevators, etc. to make sure your largest pieces of furniture will fit. Don't forget to also measure storage areas and ceiling clearance as well!

Order boxes

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$2 - 5+ / box
0 - 5 days

We haven't found moving kits we're in love with (tell us at contact@veryapt.com if you do!), so our general suggestion is to take a quick inventory and order the boxes that work best for you from Amazon.
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$10+ / container
0 - 5 days

One often-overlooked packing option is stackable plastic containers. They may cost a bit more than cardboard, but they're sturdy, easy to label, and can be used for later storage and moves. Typically you should be able to find 5-packs of 30-50 quart containers for $50-100. We've linked to the top selling plastic storage containers on Amazon.

Moving

Find movers

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$40 - 80 / hour
1 hour

We love Bellhops for local moves. Bellhops partners with nearby, hard-working college students to help you pack, load, unpack, or unload on your schedule. They're licensed and insured for your peace of mind. Schlepping is hard. Have someone else do it!
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1 hour

Unpakt lets you list the items you're moving *once*, and then provides guaranteed quotes from carefully vetted, insured movers. On average, booking via Unpakt saves 45% compared to calling movers directly. We suggest Unpakt for longer-distance moves. ***Use the link to the left or promo code VERYAPT5 for 5% off of your move.***

Reserve a spot for your movers

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$25+
4 business days

Parking access for your moving truck will vary by property, but the best way to make sure you're all set for moving day is to apply for a parking space from the Philadelphia Streets department. This way you can focus on your move instead of whether you're going to get a ticket!

Storage

Find local storage

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$20+ / month
1 hour

SpareFoot offers access to many of the local options for self-storage. Storage units are typically rented on a month-to-month basis, and we like SpareFoot for quickly comparing units and prices in the Philly area.

Parking and Vehicle Consideration

Find long-term parking

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$35 / vehicle
Varies

For a cheap parking option, scout out street parking that is eligible for residential parking permits that exempt them from meter and time limit restrictions. If you have Pennsylvania license plates and a registered/insured to your home address in Pennsylvania, you can apply for permit parking with proof of vehicle registration, insurance, your driver's license, and your lease/recent utility bill in your name.
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$100+ / month
1 hour

If you're bringing a car and looking for daily or monthly parking, Best Parking is a great resource. You can search by neighborhood or address and find an affordable spot near your new home or office.

Update Your Information

Change your address

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Free
7 - 10 business days

Once you've found your new place, be sure to make sure your mail gets to you! USPS' online change of address form is simple and will begin forwarding your mail in 7-10 business days.

Transfer or cancel your existing utilities

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Free
30 days

In advance of moving, we recommend you transfer any utilities you have to your new property (if applicable) or cancel them if you will be switching utility providers altogether. Generally, this means writing to your providers of electrical, water, and similar services to make sure that they terminate your service after your last day in your current home, and if relevant, transfer the service to your new apartment.




After Moving

Property Inspection and Insurance

Inspect your new apartment

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Free
1 hour

On your first day in your new apartment, check the doors, windows, floors, carpet, rugs, walls, ceiling, electrical, furniture, appliances and plumbing in each room - note if they are in good condition or not and take plenty of pictures. We suggest storing your pictures and notes in a Dropbox folder and then sending a checklist and pictures to your landlord to document the state of the apartment when you move in. You'll thank yourself when you ask for your deposit back!

Get renter's insurance

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$10 - $30 / month
1 hour

Many leases require you to obtain renter's insurance. Take care of it right away before you forget! Bungalow Insurance is a quick one-click style signup with clear explanations of what is covered. Best of all, renter's insurance is pretty cheap for the peace of mind - it will likely run you $150-250/year.

Internet

Sign up for internet

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$40+ / month
1 week

Comcast is definitely the most available option in Philadelphia, given it's based here. Internet-only packages start around ~$50/month. One benefit of Comcast in Philly is the great coverage of Infinity WiFi which allows you to access hotspots throughout the city using your email/username and password. We've linked to the Amazon cable store, where you can sign up for relevant Xfinity internet packages.
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$50+ / month
1 week

Fios isn’t as available as hometown company Comcast is in Philadelphia, so to see you can get it in your new Philadelphia apartment hover over “Shop” in the top menu and then click “Check Availability on the right side of the menu. Options start around $50/month.

Buy your internet hardware

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$70+
1 - 5 days

If you're signing up for cable internet, save yourself the monthly $5-10 modem rental fee and just buy one up front. It can pay for itself in about a year. For most services 150mbs or below, we recommend the ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 (linked) - just make sure it works with your internet provider. For faster speeds, the SB6183 can be a great option.
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$349+
1 - 5 days

Nothing is worse than springing for that pricy internet package only to have your WiFi router constantly hold you back. Eero is a premium product, with a two-pack running $349 and a three-pack running $499, but if you value consistent high speed connectivity throughout your new apartment without the dead spots or hassle of a sophisticated system, we recommend you consider the investment.

Furniture

Furnish your new home

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Free consultation
1+ week

Homee designs your home for a fraction of what most designers ask. Chat with your expert and get a custom design that fits your style & budget. Order the items from your design in one click and enjoy free shipping directly to your doorstep. Whether you need all new furniture or just a few items, Homee can help you love where you live. ***Mention VeryApt to your designer to get 10% off. ***
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$99+ / month
1+ week

CORT furniture rentals are a quick and inexpensive way of making your apartment a home. If you don't plan on staying in your apartment for more than a year or two, you can save money and time with this quick furniture upgrade.

Upgrade your mattress

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$600 - $995
2 - 3 weeks

Helix Sleep is poised to devour the mattress dinosaurs. Order your fully customized and personalized mattress in minutes, and have it delivered to your new apartment. ***Get $50 off your order by using the link to the left.***

Public Transit

Get some SEPTA tokens

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$1.80 / token
0 - 1 hours

Yes, we know it's bizarre that in 2016 we still have to use tokens to get around the city, but make sure to buy some tokens in advance and save 25% off the cash price of the bus, subway, and trolley. They'll run you $1.80 each, and we've linked to the list of locations to buy them.
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$90+
7 - 10 business days

If you're not a big fan of carrying large bags of metal coins around Philly, you can opt to buy your SEPTA tokens online. You'll save 25% off the cash fare (as you would buying them at the machines) but will have to pay some shipping and handling, so this is best used for large orders.

Sign up for ride sharing

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Free signup
5 minutes

Uber has been live in Philly for a while now and is incredibly helpful for getting around. If you are one of the few people who hasn't used Uber yet, we can help! To get your first Uber ride free (up to $15), register at get.uber.com/go/veryapt or download the app, and enter the promo code veryapt.

Vehicles

Update your driver's license

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$29.50
0 - 0 days

For renters moving from another state, you will have to obtain a Pennsylvania Driver's license within 60 days of establishing residency. Find your nearest Department of Transportation center and follow all of their instructions listed online to switch out your old out-of-state license for a shiny new Pennsylvania license (sorry it's not actually shiny).
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Free
10 business days

If you're moving within Pennsylvania, be sure to notify the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation within 15 days. You can update your license online, in person, or via mail.

Sign up for car sharing

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$75+
7 - 10 business days

Enterprise CarShare offers a number of options for renting a vehicle 24/7 from dedicate spots in lots throughout Philly (it's coverage is particularly good throughout Center City and University City). You'll need a valid license, a credit card, and, if you're 18-20, a valid .edu email address.
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$25+
3 - 7 business days

Zipcar offers a number of different options for drivers, including plans that don't require an annual fee. They also have a mobile app for iPhone and Android where you can find, book, and unlock your car. You'll need to be 21 or older (18-20 with an affiliated college) and have a valid driver's license to apply.

Find and pay for hourly parking

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Varies
10 minutes

The Philadelphia Parking Authority has create and app that helps you locate metered parking and pay with your phone. Download the app now so you're prepared.
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Varies
10 minutes

SpotHero simplifies the task of finding a local parking spot. You can compare parking spots for the day/month and then book them quickly on your phone or desktop.

Bill Payments

Pay your rent and bills online

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2.5% credit/0% debit
1 week

Does your landlord require paper checks? Are you tired of mailing your utility bills? Plastiq allows you to pay your bills (including rent!) online. For a 2.5% fee or less, Plastiq will let you pay your bill with a credit card. Debit card transactions are free! They'll send the check for you and even set up recurring payments for your rent.

Manage your bills with roommates

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Free
0 - 1 hours

Splitwise makes it easy to split bills. They help you organize all the shared expenses in one place, and best of all, it's free! In addition, to the website, they offer an app for iPhone and Android.




Getting Settled

Groceries, Food, and Cleaning

Get your food delivered

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Free
0 - 2 hours

For traditional delivery restaurants, Grubhub is great. Grubhub will show you all the local delivery options and allow you to place your order online. They'll even text you when your food is on its way!
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18%+ / order
0 - 2 hours

Caviar offers you access to some of the most prestigious restaurants in Philadelphia via delivery. The charges can add up (18% service fee + delivery) but for larger groups and nicer restaurants it can be a great option.
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$0 - $5
0 - 2 hours

Instacart offers Philadelphia delivery within one-hour for popular grocery stores like Whole Foods, BJ's, and Reading Terminal Market. Get free delivery on your first order over $35!
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$3.99+
0 - 2 hours

For restaurants that don't offer delivery (i.e. Taco Bell), or convenience items, Postmates connects you with one of their delivery people who will grab what you need and bring it to your apartment.

Take care of your home and dry cleaning

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$40+
0 - 1 days

If you're looking for a local cleaner, Handy helps you manage the entire process online. All their professionals are verified and they offer a 100% money-back guarantee.
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$5+
1 days+

Wash Cycle Laundry offers free next-day delivery on all orders over $5 in Philadelphia. You can schedule your pick-up online and help support a green approach to dry cleaning.

Fitness

Discover fitness classes

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$89 / month
Under 1 hour

ClassPass gives you a monthly membership to the best fitness classes in Philadelphia (and elsewhere too). You can visit the same studio up to 3 times per month and take as many classes as you want otherwise. Great for finding your new favorite classes in Philly!

Join a sports league

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Varies
Under 1 hour

PSN is a great way to meet new people in Philly while playing sports you love. They offer basketball, flag football, and soccer among over a dozen sports! League fees vary and they play at a variety of locations.

Pets

Take care of your favorite roommate(s)

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Varies
Under 1 hour

For helping take care of your canine roommates while you're at work or traveling, we suggest checking out Rover. You can quickly learn availability and pricing for dog boarding, house sitting, and dog walking nearby your new apartment in Philly.

Medical

Find healthcare providers

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Free
0 - 1 hours

Finding new doctors (primary care, dentist, eye care, etc.) can be a hassle after moving. ZocDoc's coverage of Philly is great and will help finding doctors that take your insurance easy! You can also schedule your appointment online and some doctors will also let you submit your forms online.

Volunteering

Sign up to volunteer

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Free
0 - 1 days

Offered by the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, SERVE Philadelphia is a good starting point for discovering what volunteer opportunities are available in Philadelphia.
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Free
3 - 4 weeks

At VeryApt, we love Big Brothers Big Sisters and the support it provides to children in Philadelphia. Volunteering takes just a few hours a month and can have an incredible impact on the life of your little brother/sister.