Tips for Moving Into a New Apartment

Moving day is hard already, but moving into an apartment is even harder. Between coordinating with the property and manager, getting keys, figuring out logistics and the moving day requirements, it’s a lot of work. But don’t worry, there are ways to make the day a little easier. We’ve compiled some of the best moving tips out there to make the day as stress free as possible.

  1. Make a plan and stick to it: Moving day can be overwhelming, but having a concrete plan in place makes it a little more bearable. It helps to have everything down on paper, so you don’t miss the little things you swore you’d remember. What time are you allowed to move in? When do you need to be out of your old place by? Do you need to make multiple trips? Answering these questions ahead of time will prevent countless headaches the day of your move.
  2. Keep all your documents together: This is so important. Whether it’s a copy of your old lease, proof of insurance, mover’s contract, birth certificate or something even more important, keep it all together! The last thing you want during a move is losing something so key. We suggest getting a secure folder well before your move, and keeping everything in one place. Nothing ruins a move like realizing you left your brand new lease across town.
  3. Label your boxes: This will save you so much time in the long run. When you’re surrounded by a sea of blank boxes, without a clue as to what’s in them, you’ll thank us. This will also save you from lugging boxes back and forth because what you thought was a bedroom box actually belongs in the kitchen. 
  4. Take this opportunity to downsize: Every single item you decide you don’t need anymore is an item you don’t have to pick up and put back down day of. In the weeks before moving, try slowly reducing, recycling and donating unwanted items and clothes. You may even lose a whole box worth of stuff.
  5. Create an ‘Open First’ box: Chances are, after a long day of moving, you’re not going to be able to unpack everything at once. Moving is exhausting. That’s why we suggest having an ‘Open First’ box, with all the essentials. Chargers, toothbrushes, sleep apnea mask, whatever you need to get ready for bed and start the next day. Trust us, you don’t want to go digging through a dozen boxes to find your charger. 
  6. Set up services beforehand: This is so key, and often can be done before moving. Call your utilities and start moving services over. If you do it right, you may be able to get your internet installed the day you move, instead of having to wait several days for them to have an available appointment. 
  7. Have a move in plan: When it comes to moving into an apartment, nothing is easy, which is why we suggest speaking to the property manager ahead of time to get the full scoop. Is there a place to park in front of the building so you can just bring boxes in? Can you reserve the service elevator in advance? What time can you get there? Figuring out these logistics ahead of time will make such a difference the day of your move.
  8. Figure out where everything goes: Carpenters say ‘measure twice, cut once.’ We say, measure twice, move once. Make sure your large items fit in your new place! Whether that’s a heavy bed frame or an awkwardly shaped loveseat, be sure everything fits and has a home ahead of time. 
  9. Final walkthrough: You’re almost done. Now is time for the final walk throughs. Double check every cabinet, open every drawer, because if you forget something in your old place, you’re not going to notice for a while. Next, check your new place. Make sure there’s no damage beforehand, and if there is take pictures and document it.
  10. Order food: You did it! You’re all moved in! Now that you’re in your new place, it’s time to start unpacking, but first, dinner. You deserve it. We suggest something portable like pizza, so you can eat while you wander the maze of boxes and start trying to put stuff away. Or you can wait till tomorrow. 

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