As property managers, we understand how moving can be one of the most stressful events a person can endure in their lifetime. While the pandemic brought many unexpected changes, a recent survey found that twenty percent more people are planning to move in 2021 than did in 2020. No matter if this is your first time moving into an apartment or your tenth, it’s important to plan ahead in order to reduce stress and anxiety. These apartment moving tips will help you be prepared for move-in day!
Send your new apartment complex an email or give them a call to ask if you have any outstanding paperwork, balances due, coordinate key pick-up and get any other last-minute questions answered prior to your move-in date. Doing this one simple step will save time and make for a smooth moving process.
Take inventory of all your belongings. Decide what you want to get rid of, keep, and what you need to buy for your new apartment. Decluttering your belongings in advance will help speed up the packing process so you have time to get rid of old items or donate anything you no longer need. Lastly, make a list of new items to purchase so you can save money buying exactly what you need for your new apartment.
Start by packing any off-season clothing or any items that you rarely use. Doing so will significantly cut down your packing time, leaving only those frequently used possessions to box closer to the actual move-in date. Invest in enough packing materials for the moving process (such as boxes, bubble wrap, and tape) to minimize multiple trips to the store. It’s always better to have more moving supplies than not enough!
Change your address using this USPS official form. The post office can also help to ensure any mail sent to your old address is forwarded to the new one for the first month, six months, or even up to one year. Next, be sure to update all shopping accounts with your new address so any packages will go straight to your new apartment. Notify your insurance and any companies that send reoccurring bills about your new address — and don’t forget to also update your family and friends about your new address!
If you have a pet, make sure you have a plan! Moving with a pet can be difficult and stressful on the animal. Leading up to your move, see if a friend or family member can watch your pet for the day. Another option could be to reach out to a local boarding facility and pay for your pet to be looked after so you can focus on your move. Once you have a safe space set up for your pet, you can introduce them to their new home.
We hope these tips help to prepare you for a smooth moving day! For any questions regarding our properties or services, please feel free to reach out to us via our contact form.
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