Moving into a new place is a process which can take a lot of your time, but also patience. It also requires a lot of preparation and thorough planning if you want everything to go smoothly on the day you move and in the weeks that follow. In fact, how easily you move and get used to the new place often depends on how well you organize things before you leave your previous apartment. So, in order to save you the unnecessary stress, here are some things you should do before moving into a new apartment.
Be in touch with both your landlords
Once you decide you’re moving, make sure you inform your current landlord of your decision early enough. They’ll probably want to go through the apartment with you to see if everything is in order before they give you your deposit back, and they’ll let you know when you can return your set of keys to them. On the other hand, your new landlord should tell you exactly when you can move into the new place, when you’ll get the keys to it, but you can also ask them about some things important for the moving process. For instance, has your new building got a service elevator big enough for your furniture, or if there’s enough parking space around the building for the van or the truck with your stuff. You’ll also want to know when and how you’ll pay the rent, so that you can set up your account in case the rent has to be paid online.
Make the necessary arrangements on time
Once you know the exact date when you’re moving, sit down and make the list of things you have to organize and schedule before that. For instance, you might need help with the furniture, so either ask your friends if they can give you a hand, or hire a few workers instead.
Also, if neither you nor anybody you know owns a truck or a van which can fit all your belongings, find a reliable cheap car rental company, since those often rent moving trucks. Check if you can transfer your cable and internet to your new address and how long it takes. Once you get to your new place, you’ll want to be able to go online, so don’t forget to make these arrangements as well. Finally, if you want to hire a professional cleaning crew to deal with your old apartment, the new one, or both, you should also contact them early, so that everything gets done on time.
Pack like a pro
Packing can be exhausting, especially if you leave too much of it for the last second. So, to avoid any complications, make sure that you get enough boxes and bags for all your things, as well as some wide and strong duct tape and plenty of magic markers to label everything. You can actually start packing the moment you decide to move, since there are surely some things, such as decorations, books and out-of-season clothes you won’t really be using in the meantime. As you pack everything, think about where you’ll want the things put once you get to your new place. This means that you shouldn’t only label the boxes with what’s in them, but also write down the room where you want each box taken by whoever helps you move. You can also put numbers on the boxes, so that it’s easier to account for all of them in your new place, and so that you can notice immediately if something goes missing.
Use the tape measure
Before you move the bigger pieces of furniture, you should measure all of it, as well as the rooms in your new apartment. If you know exactly where each piece will go, the movers will know exactly where to put everything as they bring it into the place. Otherwise, you’ll end up with piled-up furniture, perhaps you won’t have enough place to maneuver the boxes, and you’ll have to move everything around all over again, which can prove to be quite a difficult task for a single person. This way you’ll also know if certain pieces of furniture won’t even fit your new apartment so that you can sell them and buy the ones which will work for the new space. Perhaps you’ll also need to rent a storage unit somewhere, especially if you’re downsizing and you can’t take all of your furniture or other belongings with you, but you aren’t ready to give up on them yet.
Doing as much work as possible in the weeks, or even months before you finally move can make the process far less complicated and difficult. So, make all the preparations in advance and your transition may not be as scary or stressful as you might imagine.