Let’s face it, moving is exhausting. Between packing, finding movers, actually moving and then unpacking everything into your new place, a couple things on your to-do list can get lost in the madness. Below are some tips to smooth out the process of moving into your new apartment.
The moment you have a move in date, start making a list of the things in your current place you want to keep, sell, donate or throw away. This list will help unclutter your current place and your soon-to-be residence. In essence, it will help you to bring only the things you really want and need to your new apartment.
Stock up on boxes and moving materials.
Cardboard boxes, heavy-duty tape, permanent markers, labels, bubble wrap and packing paper are all materials you’ll need to keep your move organized and your stuff safe from breaking during the trip to your new apartment. An extra tip: Check out grocery stores and see if they have any discarded cardboard boxes you can take—you might be able to snag some moving boxes for free.
Avoid getting overwhelmed and exhausted by packing the things you use least, like old books or out-of-season clothing first and leaving the things you use the most, like kitchen and bathroom items for last. Make sure to personally pack valuable items such as jewelry and important documents separately from everything else and an overnight bag with key things you’ll need on the first night in your new apartment. These essentials include toiletries, sleepwear, underwear and snacks. You don’t want to be opening boxes searching for these items after a long day of moving.
Choose your mover.
If it’s a DIY move and you have enough space in your car, congratulations. But if that’s not the case and your car (or the cars of your family and friends who may be helping you move) doesn’t have enough space, make sure to research and reserve a rental truck. If you’re hiring movers, research and select a good moving company to help you transition into your new place.
Cancel/transfer your current services.
Make sure your utilities and other services (electricity, cable, internet, etc.) get cancelled at your old place and transferred to your new apartment address. Confirm the disconnection date and renewal date with each company. Also, be sure to forward any mail to your new address. You can do this by completing a “Change of Address” form at the post office.
Moving into a new apartment is time-consuming and tiring, but the above tips should help with the process. Happy moving!