Getting settled in…
- Please complete your move in walk through checklist. Make note of any damages, and return it to your property manager within 7 days so that we can add it to your file. This protects you from any existing damages so you are not responsible for them upon moving out. It also give us the opportunity to correct those issues. If you have not received a walk through checklist before or upon moving in, please contact your property manager and request one.
- You will be given a code to the front door keypad entry. It’s stated in the Rules and Regulations section, but it bears repeating: please do not share this code with anyone.
- Rent checks may be made out to Beardsworth Properties LLC and deposited in the mail slot in the front door of 1622 Monument Ave. Please consult our Rent Payment section for more details.
- Trash and recycling bins are located in the back alley. Trash pick up is every Wednesday, and recycling pick up is every other Wednesday. Please make sure trash makes it into the cans, and boxes are broken down before being put in the recycling bins. Recycling does not accept plastic bags, styrofoam, or pizza boxes. For more information on what is recyclable, check out Richmond City’s recycling website. Items too large to fit in trash bins (or recycling bins) will not be picked up; you must make special arrangements with the city for them to be picked up.
- You’ll want to set up cable/internet. You may choose between Comcast Xfinity or Verizon FiOS. My experience has been that the pricing and service is generally better for Verizon (I have an internet only plan).
- [Carriage House Only] You’ll want to schedule a date to take over the electric bill from Dominion Energy. Depending on which day the departing residents chose to end service, that may be either July 31st or August 1st.
Life on Monument…
So I’m all moved in, now what?
- Hopefully everything is great and the year is passing by smoothly as you enjoy your apartment and its surroundings. At some point, however, you may need to make a maintenance request. To do so, contact your property manager by text or email, or fill out our maintenance request form. We’ll respond as soon as we are able.
- If you have a life threatening emergency, please dial 911 for police, fire, and emergency services. If it’s a non-life threatening emergency (such as a pipe bursting) and calling and texting the property manager isn’t working, please try knocking on the door of your property manager. If that still yields no results, please call a plumber, electrician, etc. and we will cover the bill.
- At some point, nearly everyone forgets their keys and locks themselves out of their apartment. No need to be shy. No matter what time it is, text, call, or knock on the door of your property manager and they’ll get you safely back into your apartment. That’s what we’re here for!
- Please don’t lock your bikes to any portion of the architecture – inside or outside. If you do, your bike may be removed by management. The best place for your bike is inside your apartment. In lieu of that, chain your bike to a tree or sign outside.
- In accordance with the fire code, bikes may not block any means of ingress or egress. This means you may not keep bikes in the stairwell, on the stairs, or in the main foyer of the building.
- There is a small trash can by the mail box for junk mail. Please do not put any food or drink items, or their containers, in these trash cans. Doing so may attract pests.
- You are responsible for the upkeep of your apartment while living in it. Please keep it clean and organized. Keep up with light bulbs (we’ll help you replace them, just ask!). Any damages, whether by you or normal wear and tear, should be promptly reported to management, as well as any sign of rodent or insect infestation. We want to help you, but we need to know there is an issue before we can address it.
- Heat is generally turned on October 15th, and turned off April 15th. We track the weather as those dates get nearer, and make adjustments as needed.
- There is a $75 per unit per month fee for the use of air conditioning units from May 1st through September 30th. This includes window unit air conditioners as well as free standing portable air conditioning units. You may add this fee to your monthly rent payment (if applicable).
- While we do not allow dogs in the building, tenants may have up to two cats in their apartment. We do not currently charge a pet deposit or monthly pet fee for cats. Pets other than cats may be approved on a case by case basis, but may not exceed the limit of two pets per household.
- You may not make any permanent changes to the apartment. This means installing or removing any fixtures, including, but not limited to, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, doors, shelves, etc.
- Sorry, but you will not be allowed to paint your apartment. If you have issues with any of the interior paint, contact your property manager. We’ll assess the situation and work with you to come to a mutually agreed upon solution.
We hate to see you go…
Here are some helpful tips for when it’s time to move out:
- Clean, Clean, Clean. It’s best to clean periodically throughout your stay, but when it comes time to move out, you’ll need to be more detailed. Clean the inside and outside of stoves and refrigerators. Wipe out all cabinets and drawers. Clean the inside and outside of toilets, tubs, and sinks. Clean windows and mirrors. Dust and wipe down surfaces that have collected dust, especially fan blades, window and door frames, light fixtures, and mantels. Wash smudges off of walls and doors (magic erasers work great for this). Sweep and mop all floors.
- If you’re lazy like me, or pressed for time, consider hiring a cleaning service. It’ll cost a bit, but it saves a lot of time.
- Remove all personal belongings. Please don’t leave anything behind under the assumption that new tenants might want it. All furniture, personal appliances, wall hangings, close hangers, cleaning supplies, shower curtains, etc. must be removed. The apartment should be completely empty aside from the permanent fixtures that were present when you moved in. (I’ll make an exception for leaving one single roll of toilet paper. That’s a lovely consideration for new tenants.)
- Items may not be left in the hallways or foyers. Items left in these areas will be removed at the owners expense.
- Furniture and other large items may not be left by the trash cans. You must arrange for their removal or take them to the dump on your own.
- Empty your mailbox.
- Schedule a final inspection with your property manager. They’ll perform a walk through with you to confirm you’ve completed the above steps to a satisfactory level and collect your keys.
- Remember that, as per your lease, you must be moved out no later than noon on the date specified in your lease (usually July 31st). That means that everything has to be moved out, cleaned up, and inspected before 12:00pm. Please keep this in mind when making your plans to move, and when scheduling your final inspection.
- Don’t forget to supply us with your forwarding address!
- [Carriage House Only] Don’t forget to schedule a date to suspend your electric service from Dominion Energy.