As you get closer and closer to moving day, are you prepared? Although most people find moving into a new apartment really exciting, physically moving your belongings can be super stressful.
Thankfully, most of these mistakes are small, but making common mistakes can also slow things down. To help you have a smooth move, we’ve put together a list of 10 steps to help you avoid the most common mistakes.
1. Stop Procrastinating
For a successful apartment move you need to spend a lot of time planning so start early, make a moving plan, and start to pack up anything you don’t need and won’t miss. The closer you get to moving day, the more you can pack. If you procrastinate, you are going to be in for a shock later when you are packing late into the night or running around looking for supplies.
2. Make a Moving Checklist
If you haven’t made a moving checklist you could find yourself unable to keep a check on what you’ve done and haven’t done. Having the checklist will help keep you sane on moving day.
3. Measure the new apartment
Make sure you know what furnishings will and won’t fit in the new apartment by taking a tape measure and getting proper measurements. If they won’t fit you then have time to sell or donate the furniture and replace it with things that will. A good time to do this is during the walk-through; taking pictures and measurements will help you sort out what you can and can’t keep in good time.
4. Purge Before You Pack
Make sure you get rid of anything you no longer need. This can save you a lot of money buying boxes and other packing supplies and could even mean you need a smaller truck. If you haven’t used something in the last 12 months, get rid of it. Unless it is something with sentimental value, avoid keeping things you don’t use. You don’t need to throw it in the trash — donating it to a charity or thrift store means it can go on to someone who needs it.
5. Pack your boxes properly
Packing boxes for moving is a skill which requires thought to maximize space and protect any breakable items. Things like glassware and ceramics should have their own boxes and be protected with bubble wrap. Never over-pack the boxes or put heavier items in on top.
Place all the things from a room into one box, avoid spreading things around — keeping your packing consistent with areas of the home makes it a lot easier when unpacking in the new apartment.
6. Always Vet Movers Before You Hire
Cheap is not always best especially if they turn out to have no insurance! There are thousands of local movers available but it pays to do the research and to vet them before you sign on the dotted line. Ultimately you need trust these people with your belongings.
Ask for referrals and check up on them. Shop around and check out multiple websites. If you don’t do your research and just choose the first company that comes up you could be risking your valuables. Always choose a fully insured and certified mover with a good reputation.
7. Make a First Night Box
After spending weeks packing up your home it won’t come as a surprise to find that it takes weeks to unpack it too. Don’t be caught out with no essential supplies by making sure you pack things you’ll need for the first few nights. Things like toilet paper, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush should all be ready for the first night in your new apartment without having to hunt through piles of packing boxes.
8. Remember the Utilities.
Make sure your utility company is aware that the utilities should be turned off. You will also need to remember to have them turned on at your new address. If you don’t you might find that you spend the first night in candlelight and having cold showers.
9. Buy Renter’s Insurance
Many apartments require this to be in place before you move in. If you don’t remember to purchase a policy you could find your move is delayed. Renter’s insurance is not expensive but it does give you peace of mind knowing that all your personal property and liability is covered and that if you need a temporary rental for some reason it, won’t be a problem.
10. Clean up before you leave
If you don’t make sure your old apartment is nice and clean you could find that you lost money from your security deposit. Make sure you schedule in time to clean the bathrooms, floors, appliances and so forth. It helps to make a checklist to ensure you don’t miss anything.