10 Tips for Moving Into a New Apartment: Moving can be incredibly exciting. It’s a fresh start, the first page of a new chapter in your life. However, moving also requires a great deal of coordination, along with requiring money and labour. Unfortunately, all these unpleasant factors can sometimes take away from the joy and thrill of a new move.
If you go into the process well-informed and well-prepared, you can avoid this altogether. In this guide, we’ve compiled our top 10 tips for moving into a new apartment. Follow these and your move is sure to be as smooth and simple as possible.
Contact Your Current Landlord
Before you can move into your new place, you need to move out of your old one. A key step in this process is providing notice to your current landlord. The amount of notice you need to provide will vary depending on where you live and the conditions of your lease. In some cases, it’s as little as 30 days’ notice, while other landlords require 60 days’ notice. Be sure to do your research into the regulations of your region and re-read your lease agreement to be extra cautious.
Remember to always provide written notice of your departure whenever possible. This gives you a paper trail to refer back to in the event your landlord tries to avoid giving your deposit back. In your correspondence, inform your landlord of your departure date while being polite and direct. In response, your landlord may want to complete an inspection or a move-out checklist with you. You will also need to coordinate a date to return your keys. Try your best to be as cooperative and collaborative as possible.
Get in Touch With Your New Landlord
Next, you’ll need to contact your new landlord to work out some details with them. You’ll need to organize a date to pick up your keys and verify any pre-move in checklists that they may have as well. You may also want to ask some additional questions, particularly to facilitate moving day, including:
- Is there street parking or a garage that can fit a moving truck?
- Are there service elevators for big pieces of furniture?
- Is there anything I’m not permitted to move in?
- How should I pay first and last month’s rent (cheque or money transfer)?
- Is there anything else I should know about the apartment?
A good landlord will be able to field these questions without issue, so ask to your heart’s content.
Don’t Skip On Renters Insurance
As a tenant, it never hurts to give yourself an added layer of protection. Renters insurance is the perfect way to accomplish this.
Renters insurance is a type of property insurance that covers your belongings, liabilities, and in some cases, additional living expenses (ALE) in the event of a loss. Some of these loss events covered by renters insurance can include theft, fire, vandalism, explosion, and a wide array of other disastrous events.
You can typically find different plans that offer different levels of coverage, so you should have no trouble finding a plan that suits your coverage needs and budget. Although it’s not ideal having to account for another monthly expense, the peace of mind you gain is worth its weight in gold.
Do Your Homework On Your New Neighborhood
You’ll want to know how safe your new neighborhood is, the best restaurants on your block, and where the nearest hospital is. Where’s the best place to grab groceries? Is there a gym you can sign up for? Are you close to bus stops or a train station?
To answer these questions, be sure to do your research into the neighborhood where your new apartment is located. It’s never a bad idea to get a head start on familiarizing yourself with your new area. You can do this in a number of ways: conducting some online research, asking a friend who lives in the area, or walking around the neighborhood yourself. You can even do a test run of your daily commute or grab lunch at one of the restaurants nearby to truly get a feel for what it will be like to live in that environment.
Update Your Documentation
When you move, you’ll need to update your documentation with your new home address. This will help ensure that important letters and notices don’t get sent to your old place, but your new one.
Be sure to contact USPS to update your address with them. You’ll also need to contact your bank, subscription providers, and medical offices. To update your driver’s license with your new address, you’ll need to get in touch with your local transportation department or pay them a visit in person.
Set Up Utilities
In many cases, utilities – such as electricity, heating, and water – will be included in the cost of your rent. However, if your utilities aren’t included in the cost of your rent, you’ll need to set them up yourself. You must also coordinate any other monthly services you’ll need, such as Internet and cable.
To do this, get in touch with the relevant service providers, ideally a few days before moving in. This will give you the chance to set up the necessary appointments for installations (such as router installations) before you get settled.
Think About Your Storage Needs
Are you downsizing to a smaller apartment? If so, then this tip is an absolute must. When moving into a new apartment that’s smaller than your previous one, you likely won’t be able to fit all your belongings into the space. As a result, you need to consider your storage needs. Ask your landlord if your building offers any additional storage, possibly in the basement. If not, you need to ask yourself whether you’ll need to rent a storage unit or simply purge a lot of your items during the move.
Storage units vary in cost depending on the size you need. The more space you need, the more you’ll need to pay for it. Such a monthly expense can add up quickly, so think carefully before going down this route. If you don’t absolutely need the excess stuff, it might be time to donate it to charity or throw it away.
Grab Some Essentials
Whether you own or rent, everyone needs the same staples to make their home livable. Some of the big essentials include furniture, such as a sofa, bed frame and mattress, and a dresser. You’ll also need to grab smaller goods, such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towel, clothes hangers, and some groceries to keep you going for the first few days.
Make It a Home
The essentials are the things you need, but it’s also worth investing in some items that you want. Specifically, grab some homewares or accessories that you love to decorate your new apartment. In case it’s a cool art print to hang on your wall. Maybe it’s an oil diffuser or a scented candle that will bring a cozy energy to your new home. Maybe it’s a couple plants or succulents that add a touch of greenery and life. Grabbing pieces like this will help make them uniquely yours. You’re going to be spending a great deal of time in this environment, so you should make sure it truly feels like home.
Seek Help When You Need It
Moving can be tough, especially if you’re trying to do it alone. It takes a lot of time, energy, and patience. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. This help could come in a couple of different forms.
Your first option is to hire professional movers. These experts specialize in moving people for a living, so enlisting their aid is a surefire way to make sure your move goes smoothly. They can help with just about everything from furniture removal to providing packing materials to transportation. You will need to pay a reasonable amount to secure good movers, so when deciding whether or not to hire them, ask yourself a few questions:
- How much would movers cost? (Compare a few different companies to check out their prices).
- What is my budget for this move?
- How much do you need to move?
- How many large belongings do you need to move? (If it’s mostly small items, you can probably move them on your own).
Your second option is to reach out to your friends or family for their help. There’s a good chance they’ll be more than happy to pitch in, even if it’s just for an hour or two. You can even sweeten the deal a little more for them by offering to buy them dinner or a drink when the move is finished. You’d be surprised how far a simple gesture like that can go.
By following these 10 simple steps, you will greatly facilitate your move into your next apartment. By doing everything in your power to guarantee a smooth move, you’ll ensure that you start this new chapter of your life on the right foot. What this next chapter looks like is entirely up to you to decide. Happy moving!