Checklist for Moving to a New Apartment | The Light Lab

Checklist for Moving to a New Apartment

Moving to a new apartment can be an overwhelming adventure. First comes finding your new place, then comes packing and lastly, there’s orchestrating the move itself. In between the cracks items are often forgotten, and these to dos can be some of the most important!

Use our checklist for moving into a new apartment to ensure that your transition goes smoothly and you’re able to settle in comfortably.

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1. Prepare Early

  • Clean out your home. Begin the preparation to move months in advance. Sift through your belongings and purge what you don’t need. If you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it to a charity. Sort through the freezer and begin to eat food now so you won’t have to feel overwhelmed with extra food later. If you’re a gardener, consider giving your friends some of your potted plants or consider which ones you’ll be able to bring, and which ones you won’t.
  • Gather records. If you have children, visit their school and gather up their school records. You can also visit with the pediatrician and make sure you have a copy of their shot records. Keep everything organized in a binder so you won’t misplace them.
  • Measure your furniture. If you’re able to gather dimensions for your new apartment, then cross check and measure your current furniture to make sure it all fits. You’ll also want to make sure the doorway is wide enough to fit sofas and larger pieces of furniture.

2. Hire Movers

Depending on the amount of furniture and personal items you have, you might want to enlist a moving company rather than a friend with a truck to help you get the job done.

Be sure to call them six weeks to one month in advance to schedule the move, and talk with your leasing manager about when you’ll be able to move in. Find out if there are elevators in the building before having movers haul items upstairs.

Separate things like jewelry, passports, and other valuables into a box that you’ll personally move when the day comes.

3. Set Up Utilities

Make sure you get your utilities set up as early as possible. You’ll want to transition from your old place to the new or cut the old off all together if you’re electing to a new company in your new place. 

Some apartment complexes restrict you to which electricity, cable and internet providers you can use, but you’ll still need to put your name on the account.

If you’re able to shop around in a free market, then make sure you spend a little time to find the best deals.

Setting up utilities can take some time, especially if you’re looking for a new provider, so carve out a few hours to make it happen.

4. Pick Up the Key

Make sure you check with the apartment manager when the earliest time is to get your key.

If you’re a night person and expect to move in at odd hours, don’t count on getting your key after hours. Check out the office hours and arrange for the pick up during that window.

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5. Change Your Address

As soon as you learn the apartment number you’ll be moving into, submit a change of address with your local post office. They won’t deliver until the date you list, so get ahead with this so your mail arrives at your new locale seamlessly.

6. Take Off Work

A few weeks prior to the moving date, submit your request for a day off to move. Tag it onto a weekend to give you a full 3 days of moving time.

7. Pack up Pets

If you’re moving over the course of a few days and you’re bringing your pet with you right from the get go, don’t forget to keep their food and water bowls in an accessible place.

You’ll also want to make sure you have their leashes, medications and beds, too.

8. Ensure You Get Your Deposit Back

If you’re moving from one apartment to another, don’t forget the checklist of things you’ll need to accomplish to get your full deposit back at your old place.

If time is a crunch, then find a cleaning company who will come in and clean your old place. It’s better to get back a full month’s rent than forget to clean and forfeit that money.

Make sure you are aware of what you are allowed to do to the walls at your new place so you can plan to get that deposit back as well.

We wish you the best of luck with your move!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.