Whether you’re moving for a new job, for school, to be closer to (or further away from) family, or simply for a new start, it will always be a significant event in your life. Because where you live affects so many things, your move must be as smooth as possible.
Winter Moving & Storage is an expert relocation outfit that will get you and your belongings where you need to go, on time and in good condition.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you will need to keep in mind when moving out of your apartment that will make the whole process as smooth as can be.
Timing your Move
Moving to a university or college community will best be done during the summer months when school is out since you will find the most variety of available apartments. It’s a good idea to have your move planned out in advance, however, since many people just like you will also be making the same plans.
Should you be moving to another city, perhaps for work purposes, the ideal moving season varies. Late April is a good time to avoid the summer rush, and the mild weather won’t pose any challenges. The holiday season spanning from November to early January is usually a difficult period for apartment-hunting, as most people will be staying put for the festivities.
The best time to move apartments will depend on a variety of factors, so it’s always best to look at your situation and do some research on it since what works for others might not necessarily work for you.
Finding a New Apartment
The best time to start looking for the apartment of your dreams is now. Whether you’re looking for a simple living setting or luxury accommodations, the more time you spend doing so will increase your chances of getting that perfect apartment. Figure out which neighborhood will suit you and get a move on scheduling viewing appointments in the area to know what your options are.
Some of the things you might want to test out or investigate during these sessions are the light fixtures (carry a light bulb); unlit areas (flashlight); space for your furniture (tape measure with your furniture dimensions handy); and the power outlets (a plug-in light). You can also politely ask the neighbors already living in the area about their experience living there and any problems they face.
Before Putting Pen to Paper
Signing the lease agreement on your new digs is the moment of truth – there’s no turning back. Be sure that you have thoroughly read and understood all the information outlined in the lease agreement. Ask questions if you’re unsure of anything, and negotiate for any changes you feel you might want to be amended in the agreement.
Be especially careful to note any damage to the property and who is supposed to pay for the repairs (lease agreements should include detailed descriptions of each room’s condition).
Look out for any additional fees (utility, parking, sewage, pest control, trash, lawn care, etc.) that you might be responsible for aside from your rent. Make sure everything you and the landlord or agent agree to is in writing, as you will need it to back you up in case of any disputes down the road.
It’s easy to overlook important things when making a move, as this can be a hectic time. Go down this checklist to ensure everything runs smoothly:
1 Month to Moving Day:
- Transfer or close charge accounts
- Confirm travel arrangements and reservations
- Make a floor plan of how your furniture will fit in the new place
1 Week to Moving Day:
- Start packing suitcases
- Put aside what you will carry in your car (include medicine, snacks, important documents, etc.)
- Make sure your utility providers (phone, power, water, etc.) know that you will be moving out.
- Please make sure all the items to be packed by the movers are left in place (it’s easier for them, and they know the best ways to pack them safely and efficiently)
- Have a special box with the items you will need immediately upon arrival, such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, some kitchen utensils, paper plates, pen and paper, towels, and some emergency medical supplies (bandages, aspirin, etc.)
- Defrost your refrigerator and leave it clean and dry
- Make sure you will be free and available to the movers on this day if anything comes up that requires your attention. You will have to sign the Bill of Lading (confirming the inventory is correct) and double-check to ensure they have the correct destination address and estimated delivery date.
- Make a final check on all the apartment areas, and ensure all doors and windows are locked up before transferring the keys.
Settling your Affairs
If everything is in order, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting back your security deposit at least 30 days after you move out. You will, however, need to have given the landlord or agent the advance notice stipulated in the lease agreement you signed with them (it’s a courteous gesture even if the lease didn’t mention it). Make sure they know where to send the check.
If you need help with moving to your next new spot, contact Winter Moving & Storage today!