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How to Prepare Your Apartment For Moving

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Moving to a new apartment is the beginning of a new chapter in a person’s life. As much as the experience might sound exciting to you, but trust me, moving by yourself, could also prove to be an extremely stressful experience for you.

Ask anyone in your circle who has recently moved to a new place, ask them, how right planning and following little tricks and tips make the moving process so much easier and smoother.

Now presenting you with some of the most effective tips and tricks, that will enable you to move to your new apartment with ease.

We will make sure that our handy tips will pave the way for a hassle-free move, so you get to enjoy the experience to the fullest.

1. Create a To-do List

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So first things first, even prior to planning, create a to-do-list to ensure everything’s done smoothly, without creating any unnecessary panic.

A to-do list will ensure you keep your move on track.

Create your list and divide your list into two sections; one list should have all the Essentials that you URGENTLY need, another one with all the Nonessentials, that you MIGHT need.

The idea is to create a list stating down anything and everything, even things that you don’t necessarily need in order to avoid last minute rush.

2. Hire Movers

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The best tip anyone can offer you is to hire movers. Make sure you hire them at least a month, prior to your move. If, in case, your budget isn’t so grand, make sure to call multiple moving companies in order to get the best deal.

Bonus tip

Before hiring movers, Google them, read online reviews and ratings and make sure you’re hiring a reputable and experienced company.

Double Bonus tip

If you are not on a tight budget and stressed about the whole moving thing. You can always hire packers, it may seem like an additional expense, but it will literally make your life easy.

3. Read Your Lease Carefully

Once your move is finalized, it’s time to re-read your lease. Go through each and every section mentioned in the lease carefully. You can even double check with the landlord in case certain points need clarification.

Make sure you follow the proper procedure to notify your landlord once your move is finalized.

Normally all landlords require you to send a written notification prior to 30 or 60 days of your move. If you don’t follow the proper protocol mentioned in the lease, you can even end up paying an extra month’s rent.

Also make sure you don’t miss out reading any sections of the lease, especially, read the return of your security deposit section, carefully. Or, if there’s any mention of damage or a cleaning fees.

4. Buy Your Moving Supplies

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Once you have finally decided to move out to a new apartment, it’s time to start preparing.  So before you start packing, make sure you have all the necessary packing accessories.

5. Packing Accessories

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Packing accessories include tape, boxes of all sizes, box cutters, packing paper or bubble wrap and a permanent marker, and a tool kit.

6. Sell or donate your unwanted belongings

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Before you set out to pack your belongings, make sure you sort out things in your closet, keep those you really need, anything you don’t use, donate it to charity or give it to a friend

Consider moving a perfect opportunity to get rid of the unwanted clothes hanging in your closet that you never wear, accessories you never use. You can sell those clothes that are in good condition (since you are going to need a lot of cash) you can even consider donating the stuff that you never liked or don’t want to carry to a brand new place with you.

You can also donate your old books, kitchen utensils and heavy furniture that’s difficult to move. You can search for charities online. Some charities would even take the responsibility to pick up the items you would like to donate.

Moreover, you can also store some of your items. Please see here some of the storage types we offer.

Bonus point

If you intend to sell your belongings, make sure to list them online prior a month to your move in order to receive the best offers possible.

Did you know you could even donate your sealed pantry items such as peanut butter, canned beans, vegetables, pasta, and cake mix to the needy communities around you?

You will have less to pack to your new apartment; also it will provide you with the opportunity to help needy people in your community.

7. Find Free Moving Boxes

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Another important tip we have for you is to save unnecessary cost on items, which are not necessary to buy but can be utilized for free.

As we all know moving to a new place is itself expensive, and hence additional cost of unexpected items can literally drain us with all our savings or whatever money we are left with.

One expense that we can easily save on is buying moving boxes. Clothing and grocery stores are the best places to find free of cost perfect good boxes.

Using old newspapers as packing material for your breakables, such as China and vases can also save you some bucks.

Bonus tip

You can also check out the Craigslist free section, you may even borrow some from your friends and family. (Most of these boxes are only taking up space; hence your friends will be too happy to lend you some of them). Just make sure to test how strong any of the borrowed boxes are before using them for your heavy items.

8. Save time by packing clothes on Hangers

Do you want to save time while packing, then packing clothes on hangers is the best thing for you, just zip-tie the hangers together and wrap the whole lot in a plastic wrap.

9. Load Furniture with Drawers

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Another handy tip we have for you is to use your load furniture with your drawers, too, to store other items as well.

Also, unscrew the hardware and place the handles on the inside, so that other items also get prevented from scratching during the move.

10. Stick Color-Code

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Finding things is one of the biggest challenges when a person arrive to a new apartment. Hence sharing one handy organizing tip to keep all your stuff organized!

All you have to do is:

  • Pick a color for each room; label the room’s handle with the assigned color.
  • Now place a bright colored code on each box.

Hence you just need a quick glance at each box to know which room the content belongs to.

One disaster you definitely want to avoid is getting your expensive crockery broken. They come expensive; hence we need to take extra care while packing them at the time of the move.

So another effective tip we have for you is just packing all your plates vertically, like records, they’re less likely to be damaged on the move.

11. Pack Mirrors and Pictures

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Keeping plates intact is one thing, and packing Mirrors and glass picture is another. Packing glasses and frame picture is a tricky job as they can be quite risky to travel around with, especially when moving out to a new place, so make sure you pack each item separately with bubble wrap or with packing paper so that it gets prevented from breaking.

Bonus tip

Make sure you label the outside of each box, carrying your mirror and glass pictures, as ‘fragile.’ And carry these boxes either separately or put them on top

12. Use Your Towels and Sheets

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Since we all know, while packing, linen and towels are two items that take up a lot of space in boxes. But they too can put into good use while moving. So the thing is just wrapped all your fragile items in your towels and sheets. This way, you will be using less space for maximum items. It will decrease your travel load, and you will end up saving yourself some bubble wrap, too. Isn’t it superb? That’s called killing two birds’ one stone!

13.Pack a TV

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Now if you thought glasses and mirrors were difficult to pack, then wait till you pack your television. Televisions are another risky items to pack when it comes to moving. But don’t worry we have you fully covered even on this. You can cover the screen of your TV with a towel, or you could also get a special customized box prepared for your TV. It will cost you a little more bucks but, rest assured, your TV will stay safe from any possible damage.

Bonus tip

Always make sure to keep your flat screen standing and always keep your packaging material with you, in case you want to move to a new location and might need to pack your TV set

14. Last moment chores

  • Look around for any items that can possibly be left behind.
  • Empty your trash can.
  • Return library books or any rented DVDs.
  • Pay your utility bills and other bills that include your Internet, or phone bill.
  • See if the apartment needs a thorough cleaning, if yes, assign one day to clean.
  • Also see, if there are any repairs that your apartment needs. Schedule a day for those, too.
  • Change your mailing address anywhere that you frequently get your get packages from.
  • Make sure you utilize all the stored food items in your pantry and fridge to save yourself the trouble of packing up the contents of your fridge.
  • Call your family, friends, and neighbors; say goodbye and inform them about your new address.

So that’s all folks! Hope you found our tips and tricks for moving to a new apartment useful. Happy moving out!