Moving to a new apartment can be both exciting and overwhelming. As you embark on this new chapter, it’s crucial to have a plan in place to make the transition as smooth as possible. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process and settle into your new home with ease.
- Give notice
If you are moving out of your current rental, you’ll need to give your landlord proper notice to vacate. Often landlords require 30-60 days notice, but this can vary depending on your lease. Make sure you check your contract! Once you decide you want to move, you’ll most likely have to give written notice to your landlord.
- Schedule movers or rent a moving truck
If you are moving yourself, you’ll want to call companies such as UHaul or Enterprise to rent a truck for your move. If you’d rather hire movers, it’s best to call a few local companies in the area to collect quotes and find the best deal. Once your move is scheduled, you’ll want to reserve a time slot for freight elevator access at your current and new apartments.
- Declutter and Organize
The more organized you are, the easier the move will be! You’ll first want to start by going through your clothes and items – consolidating, donating, or selling them. Consider getting rid of things that you do not use or need any longer. It’s also a smart idea to make a simple inventory list of important items so you know what you have and won’t lose anything.
- Pack Smart
With scheduling your move and decluttering done, the next step on your checklist is packing. You’ll want to get packing supplies – Amazon sells moving kits that come with boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and more! If you need more boxes, check the trash rooms in your buildings or ask around town at grocery stores and local retailers. Once you pack the boxes, clearly label each of them noting which items are stored. This will make it easier for you to unpack! Pack jewelry, electronics, and other valuable items in a separate bag that you’ll bring with you to your new home.
- Clean Your Old Apartment
In order to get your security deposit back, you’ll want to leave your old apartment in a good condition. You may want to do a full cleaning once all your boxes and belongings are cleared out or you can clean as you pack up each room. This includes wiping down surfaces, mopping and vacuuming the floors and carpets, and patching holes in the wall from hanging artwork with spackle. If you have an in-unit washer and dryer, make sure to remove the lint from the dryer. Make note of anything that is damaged, and either repair it or let your landlord know.
- Transfer your utilities and services
Contact your utility, cable and internet service providers and transfer them to your new apartment. In many high-rise buildings, your utilities at your old apartment will stop upon move out and your new apartment will already have utilities set up. If you are moving to a new city, you’ll also want to cancel your gym membership or any other local services that you use.
- Update your address
File for mail forwarding through USPS. Also get in touch with your insurance carrier, phone provider, and bank to update your address and avoid missing important pieces of mail.
- Move-in day
Congratulations on moving into your new home! Before settling in, complete a move-inspection noting the condition of the property. Taking the time to perform a detailed inspection can save you from potential disputes over damages or issues that may arise during your stay. Pay close attention to the condition of the walls, checking for scratches, dents, or marks. Inspect the floors for any signs of stains, scratches, or damage to carpets or hardwood. Examine ceilings for water stains or cracks. Test doors and windows to ensure they open, close, and lock properly. Check appliances for functionality and any visible issues.
- Unpack and Familiarize Yourself
Welcome home! Unpack room by room, starting with the essentials. Focus on setting up your bedroom and kitchen first. Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Building a sense of community can enhance your living experience. In case of an emergency you should also familiarize yourself with emergency exits, fire extinguisher locations, and any other safety features in your new apartment. Walk around the neighborhood to locate your local necessities including grocery stores, convenience stores, dry cleaners, and more.
Moving to a new apartment is a significant life change, and with careful planning and organization, you can turn it into a positive experience. By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating a comfortable and welcoming home in your new space.
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PhillyLiving Management Group is the property management division of PhillyLiving led by Matt Bremner. It is a second generation, family-owned business that began in 1982 when Bob Bremner started managing properties in Washington Square. Today, the company serves homeowners, individual investors, community associations, banks, municipalities, portfolio managers, and national institutions such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. PhillyLiving Management Group has a proven ability to turn around rental investments and solve operational problems. It has grown to 3,000 units under management around the Greater Philadelphia market.