So I'm pretty sure I found a short term apartment I like. I need to move by 11/15 but I haven't found the apartment of my dreams yet. Last night I looked at a studio and it's pretty nice, reasonably priced, in a decent area. I'm thinking of taking it.
I have two primary questions:
1) I asked the owner what their lease expectations were. She responded that her and her husband don't sign leases because it makes them uncomfortable. Is this a red flag? I've never gone apartment shopping before. Keep in mind, I MUCH prefer a month to month lease so this seems perfect to me - I just want to make sure I'm not setting myself up for anguish. They seem like a nice family though.
2) I rely on internets for work as I work from home a non-insignificant amount of time. My plan is to leave a deposit to hold the home and officially move in around 11/10 if all goes well. What should I do to minimize downtime? I'll have to call Verizon I guess but should I call them when I put down my deposit or what?
3) I only have a few pieces of furniture (futon, plasma TV, possibly a desk, and a bunch of boxes). I can get my dad to help. I'm moving within the same city. I'm assuming renting a Hertz truck or van would be - better option than getting movers?