A lot of effort goes into moving apartments. Relocating can be exciting but also stressful, so we’ve compiled some tips to ensure your process goes as smoothly as possible.
The number one thing? Planning ahead. So, just continue reading and you’re already on the right track.
Who’s going to be helping you move? If you’ve got a substantial amount of furniture and belongings, you may need to hire professional movers. Of course, if you don’t have furniture yet, or you’re downsizing to a smaller apartment, you could try bribing your friends and family with beer and pizza.
Hiring movers will run you at least several hundred dollars, with the exact cost dependent on the distance of the move and the time it takes. Be sure to carefully research moving companies and gravitate to the most reputable one that is known for quality of service. And for a seamless moving experience, tipping 15–20% is usually a good idea.
Whether you’re renting a U-Haul or hiring professionals, think through the logistics involved at both your current apartment and the new one: Is there a parking area? Will you have to prop open doors? Is the elevator available? These may seem like minor details but they can really put a snag in moving day.
Packing and Unpacking
Be sure to pack in advance of moving day — it can take a lot longer than expected, and it’s one less thing you have to worry about on the big day.
Be strategic about packing related items, and fragile ones, in the same box (note: you should be able to find free boxes from friends and neighbors, Craigslist, or any number of places). Label the boxes — you’ll be glad you did when it comes time to unpack.
Commit to a thorough cleaning of your new home before all furniture and belongings are in place and covering up flooring and walls (and, speaking of cleaning: be sure to thoroughly clean your old place in order to get your security deposit back).
When it’s time to unpack, depending on the layout and surface types of your new apartment, it’s usually smart to lay down protection on walls and flooring to prevent damage from furniture being moved.
When you’re unboxing, make sure to inspect items and take note of anything missing or damaged — in which case you’d want to alert the moving company. Start with major furniture first and then unbox smaller belongings. Try to knock it all out on move-in day or shortly thereafter, and that way you’ll really feel at home in your new place.
Remember to transfer your internet, cable or any accounts that you’ll be taking with you — and schedule the installation if needed. Complete a change-of-address form with the Postal Service (available here). Update your billing information, delivery address and any other necessary services and subscriptions.
And, finally, enjoy the experience—it should kick off an exciting new chapter in your life. We hope this guide has been helpful, and good luck!
Remember, planning ahead is key.
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