Expect that many landlords don't allow moving between December and February -- and you wouldn't want to move in snow and ice anyway, -- so plan your move accordingly. A copy of your credit report, ID and last two check stubs will greatly expedite the moving process. If you're self-employed, stick a copy of your W2s in your moving folder. Be prepared to bring first month's rent an a security deposit when you sign the lease for home for rent. Most landlords will charge additional security deposits for pets; although, some will also require an additional pet rent every month for Fido or Fluffy.
Though there are no true distinct neighborhoods in Waunakee, that makes it all the more easy to get around and orient oneself to this one-of-a-kind Midwestern town. Everything happens on Main Street, which runs straight through downtown, and this is where you want to look for apartments for rent in Waunakee if you always want to be within walking distance from someplace to eat or shop. However, many of the village schools are located just a couple blocks south of Main Street between South and Division Streets, so you'll want to avoid this area if you aren't a fan of foot, car and bike traffic when school lets out 5 days per week. Toward the northwest, you have the golf course and nicer homes available on the edge of the course. In the very furthest corner, off of 13, is a development that is as quiet as Waunakee gets. Further south on the western edge is Ripp Park, which features almost 90 acres of beautiful outdoors. The duplexes for rent in that neighborhood are perfect if you want to be close to nature or love jogging and hiking.
Waunakee isn't very large, and you'll easily be able to access every corner of the town by car -- and most corners by foot! In general, rental houses are newer than many of those in the state. You'll need a car to get around, especially in winter and to nearby cities. The closeness to Madison means that you get to enjoy small town living and big city life with just a short commute. As the state's biggest college town, Madison is also hip to trends and generally liberal, but Waunakee might offer just what you're looking for if you don't want to live directly in the city. But you don't have to Waunakee, especially when it comes to great food. Check out Zoe's Pizzeria, Culver's, Cucos and Doughboy's Pizza in the city.