On the move?
As soon as you sign the lease for your new apartment, you need to knuckle down and begin the moving process.
Here are the things you need to do to ensure your move to your new apartment is hassle-free and as easy as possible.
First, ensure you’ve notified your current landlord that you’re not renewing your lease and will be moving. Tell them what day you’ll be moving out, and see if there is anything special you need to do before turning in your keys.
Don’t forget to clean up!
Next, check with your new landlord about when you can pick up the keys, what day you can begin moving in, and where you should park while doing so. Finally, ensure that security deposits and the first month’s rent are taken care of, and you understand when rent is due and how it should be paid.
Take Care of Utilities
Your lease will usually cover a few utilities, such as water and trash. Setting up other utilities will be your responsibility. Cancel, transfer, or set up services (electricity, gas, cable, internet, etc.) from your old apartment to your new one.
Update Address Info
Get a change-of-address form from the USPS and fill it out. The forward date should match the day you move into your new apartment. You’ll also want to update your information with your bank, credit card, car loan provider, various subscriptions, etc. Finally, don’t forget to let friends and family know about your new address.
Start earlier than later. Begin with belongings you won’t need immediately, such as books, wall art, DVDs, decorations, memorabilia, etc. This is also an excellent time to pack out-of-season clothing and dishware/cookware you won’t need immediately.
As you get closer to moving day, start packing more immediate items, or at least have them ready to box up the night before moving day. This would also be the time to disassemble as much furniture as practical.
Consider Renting Storage
If you’re downsizing or planning on a whole new look for your living space, you may want to look into renting some secured storage space. This will allow you more room to work on your new apartment, how it will be laid out, and to choose what stays and what goes.
The above items are just the basics. Some other things you may want to consider as you move to your new apartment include:
– Explore your new neighborhood. Learn the locations of stores, restaurants, parks, libraries, etc. It’s also a good way to meet new neighbors.
– Shop for new furniture. Now is the time to abandon brick-and-board bookshelves and go for something more grown-up.
– Get renters insurance. This will help protect your belongings from fire, theft, and water damage. It’s often cheaper than replacing everything out-of-pocket.
– Hire professional movers. They’re insured, so your belongings are covered while being moved, and they’re well-practiced in the art of moving furniture and other belongings quickly, efficiently, and safely.
Moving Made Easy
Moving to a new place can be a big chore. Fortunately, with some careful planning, there’s no reason it shouldn’t go smoothly. Soon you’ll be kicking up your feet and enjoying your new apartment in comfort and satisfaction. Enjoy.
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