8 Things to do Before Moving
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Moving takes a lot of time and organization. Throughout the moving process, you will have a lot on your plate. So many things need to be done in a short amount of time, from paperwork to the actual act of moving furniture from the old apartment to the new one. To save you some time and stress, we have compiled a list of things you should do before moving into your new apartment.
Notify Your Current Landlord of Your Plans to Move
This needs to be completed a few months in advance, giving the property owner ample time to find a new tenant. Your lease should outline the procedures you should follow when moving out. This is an important step to follow before you really get into the moving process otherwise, you risk facing repercussions because of how late you notified the property owner.
Devise a Game Plan
Give yourself enough time to plan everything out in regards to moving day. Now is the time to make decisions regarding how you will move. Will you hire professional movers or enlist a group of friends and family to help you move into your new place? Budget your time wisely and schedule exactly how the day should go. It is also a good idea to look at the floorplan of your new apartment and plan where your furniture will go. This will be extremely helpful for yourself and your movers on moving day.
Create a Moving Budget
Decide exactly how much money you are willing to spend on your move. Set money aside for the cost of professional movers, the moving truck, food, furniture and anything else you may need. A budget will help you stay organized and will keep you from spending more than you need to. The last thing you need on moving day is the added stress of spending more money than you intended to. It is also a good idea to withdraw cash so you can easily tip the movers at the end of the day.
Research and Book Movers
If you choose to hire professional movers, do your research before picking the company that will be highly involved in your big day. Research various companies online and ask around to see if anyone you know has any recommendations. This will allow you to narrow your choices down to a few solid options. Once you have chosen a moving company, contact them as soon as possible to reserve the time and date of your move. As the date approaches, call the moving company to reconfirm the date and assure that there will be no confusion or mix-ups.
Pack as Early as Possible
Don’t procrastinate packing until the night before. Pack your belongings well in advance so there will be no added stress in the days before your move. Be sure to keep items you need on a daily basis easily accessible. This includes clothes and kitchen supplies. Save these items for last and pack everything else as soon as you can.
Change Your Address
Neglecting to change your address on time can delay when you receive mail in your new apartment. When you change your address with the U.S. Postal Service, you can select the date that they should begin forwarding your mail to the new address. This ensures that you will receive mail at the correct address at any time during the moving process. In addition, you should also remember to change your billing address with your bank or any other place that has this information.
Clean Out Your Old Apartment
Take the time to thoroughly clean out your old apartment to avoid any surprise fees or withholding of your security deposit. You should also do a complete walkthrough of the apartment with the property owner so you are aware of any decisions they make regarding your security deposit.
Clean Your New Apartment
In the time that the apartment was on the market, dust has probably accumulated in many places. Before moving new furniture into the apartment, take some time to thoroughly clean every area. Plan to arrive before the movers and anyone else who is helping you move so you can clean the apartment before it becomes crowded with people moving furniture and boxes in. Cleaning the apartment while it is empty will allow you to get to every corner with nothing in the way, leaving you with a spotless apartment upon moving in.