What to Do Before Moving Into an Apartment
Now that you’ve signed your rental lease, the next step is getting ready for your move. We outline each step to help you thoroughly prepare for your move.
Reach Out to Your Current Landlord
Notify your current landlord what day you are moving out. Your landlord will likely want to complete a move-out checklist with you. He or she will also specify when and how you should return your keys.
Contact Your New Landlord
Let your new landlord know what day you plan to move in. You should ask him or her some key questions:
When will you receive your keys?
Where should you park on moving day? Is there a parking area big enough for a truck?
Are there service elevators to move big furniture?
Will you need to complete a move-in checklist before moving in?
How should you pay first month’s rent? If you’re paying rent online, you’ll need to set up your account and add your bank account or credit card.
Make Sure You Have Renters Insurance
Renters insurance is smart to have. In fact, your landlord may have even required it in your rental lease. Renters insurance protects your belongings in case of theft, fires, water damage, etc. It will cover you up to a certain dollar amount to cover any damage done to your belongings. You can have this protection for a low monthly cost, sometimes as low as $10.
If you already have renters insurance for your current apartment, all you need to do is call your renters insurance agent. He or she will walk you through updating your plan for the new address and let you know if there’s a price change.
If you don’t have renters insurance, we recommend renters insurance from Lemonade.
Set Up Your Utilities
Your lease will outline which utilities are your responsibility. It’s common for landlords to cover water and trash, but typically you’ll need to set up gas, electricity, internet, and cable.
An easy way to do this is to set up all of your utilities at once. With My Utilities, you log in, add your new address, and their software offers you multiple different providers to choose from for various utilities. You’ll select which providers and prices you’d like and add it to your cart. It’s a great way to set up all of your utilities at once.
Change Your Address
To change your address, contact USPS. The process is simple. You’ll enter your new address, select whether your new address is temporary or permanent, select whether it’s a family or individual address, and select a forward date. Your forward date should be your move-in date.
Be sure to update your address with your bank, credit card, medical offices, subscriptions, and let your family and friends know, too.
Research Your New Neighborhood
If you’re moving to a new neighborhood, then get acquainted with where the grocery store and convenience stores are. You may want to set up a new gym membership, find out what bars and restaurants are in the area, and what transportation is nearby.
Shop For New Furniture
If your new place is bigger or you need new furniture, we recommend shopping at leading furniture stores like Crate and Barrel or Ikea to find your new furniture.
If you’re downsizing, or there are items you won’t need in your new place, then consider storage. We recommend companies like PODS and Make Space. They will securely store your belongings at a reasonable price.
Pack Your Belongings
The key to making your move go smoothly is to start packing early. You should start with items that you don’t need day-to-day, such as decorations, sentimental belongings, books and movies, and wall art. You can also pack clothes and dishware that you won’t need before your move.
Next, organize the last-minute belongings so you can swiftly pack them closer to the move date. Be sure to disassemble any furniture ahead of time to make the moving day easier.
As you pack boxes, label two sides of each box so you can easily identify what’s in each box. This will also ensure you can read the labels even if boxes are stacked on top of each other.
Consider Hiring Professional Movers
Professional movers will make sure your move goes smoothly. They’ll do all of the heavy lifting. To help you decide whether you need movers, consider the following:
How much it’ll cost and your budget
Cost usually depends on how long the move will take and the movers’ cost per hour
How much you have to move and if you can carry everything yourself
If you’re looking to hire movers, we recommend TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. They are experts at swiftly packing and moving your belongings. Learn why our thousands of tenants trust TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® on moving day or get started with a free moving quote today.
Clean Your Current Apartment
Typically, landlords have a professional cleaning service clean your unit once you move out, but it’s still helpful to clean your place before you leave. Making sure that everything is in tip-top shape before handing the keys back to your landlord helps ensure that you’ll get your full security deposit back.
Make Renting Easy
If you follow the advice in this chapter, then your next move will go smoothly. As moving day approaches, get your new keys (and make sure they work) and you’ll be all set to move into your new place. For more moving tips, check out our ultimate moving checklist.
The process of looking for an apartment, applying, signing a lease, and getting ready to move can be overwhelming, but the advice in this guide will make the process that much easier.
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