So you’ve landed the perfect apartment — the rent’s within your budget, it’s not far from where you work, and yes, they even have a pool and a gym down the hall. (Eat that, Planet Fitness!) But now it’s time to move. Where do you even begin? What can you do to ensure your moving experience is seamless and hassle-free? Above all, how do you avoid the move-in nightmare?
Relax. You’ve got this. At least you’re doing your research. That’s a great first step! With the right planning, moving into a new apartment is a breeze, a dream come true. Let’s break down how to move into a new apartment step-by-step — easy as the Little Debbie oatmeal cream pie you’ll soon be eating on your move-in couch, binging Netflix, enjoying your new apartment rental.
Make a To-Do List to Move into New Apartment
First, sit down and make a to-do list detailing every step of the move into your new apartment rental. When you have a step-by-step plan, you can keep your move on track. This will relieve stress and help you navigate any bumps in the road.
When you make your list, decide on an official moving date. Consider this a flexible goal — after all, stuff happens! If you have to be out of your current apartment rental by a certain date, allow some extra time in case moving takes longer than you imagined. It’s good to have a little wiggle room.
Decide If You’ll Use Movers, Friends, or Do It Yourself
How do you plan to move? Can you afford to hire a moving company to do the heavy lifting? If that’s not within your budget, do you have friends who can help? (Make sure to bribe them with pizza and beer!) Contact them early so they can fit you into their schedule ahead of time.
If you don’t hire a moving company, you’ll need to rent a truck. Make sure to make a reservation at least a month before you move into your new apartment rental. Truck rentals can book up fast. You might be out of luck if you wait too long.
Downsize Your Apartment — Clear Out the Clutter
Moving into a new apartment is a lot easier when you have less to move. Start by getting rid of the things you don’t need or don’t use. Make a list of unwanted or unnecessary items. Decide what you can sell, give away, donate, or trash. Post valuable items on eBay or hold an old fashioned garage sale. Throw a party and invite your friends to loot the stuff you don’t want. Call your local Goodwill and schedule a pickup.
Start Packing for Your New Apartment
If you’re doing your own packing, start early (at least 2 to 3 weeks) so you have plenty of time. Pack up the stuff you don’t use on a daily basis. Be sure to label each box — note what room it’s going in, as well as the items it contains.
Make sure you’re stocked on boxes, wrapping, and bubble tape. Most truck rental companies will also sell you packing materials. You can hit up grocery stores for boxes if you are on a budget.
Start Moving & Settling into Your New Apartment
Make a plan for moving day. Assign tasks. Streamline the process. Adjust to bumps in the road. Above all, keep your cool. There will be moments of frustration. Allow yourself time to take a break and enjoy some bonding time with your moving buddies.
Once you’ve got your stuff moved in, even if it’s still in boxes, take some time to relax and celebrate a move well done. Order a celebration pizza, turn on some Netflix — crack a cold one. You’ve earned a break. Now it’s time to settle into your new apartment rental and make it feel like home.