A Beginner’s Guide to Moving Out of Your Apartment
If you’re one of the 35.5 million Americans who have moved or will be moving within the year, then you know exactly how stressful moving can be.
In addition to being stressful, moving is emotional and just plain exhausting. Many people assume the larger the house, the harder it is to move, but moving is an impactful life event no matter if you live in a large home or an apartment.
Don’t reject the idea of hiring professional movers because it’s ‘just an apartment’. For long-distance moves especially, professional cross country movers can take much of the stress away so that you can focus on creating a new life wherever you’re planted.
Sure there are things you’ll still have to do, but nothing compares to the support of professional movers. If you’re moving an apartment for the first time, this helpful guide will give you all the tips and tricks.
Checklist: Moving out of your old apartment
Just because your apartment isn’t a full-sized house, doesn’t mean you won’t get full-sized anxiety come moving day. Apartments come with their own unique challenges, and if you don’t own the property yourself, you might actually need a longer time frame for preparation.
One thing is for sure, when moving out of an apartment there is a list of things you want to get done in order. Thankfully we’ve got that chronological checklist for you here.
- Always, always notify your landlord of your intent to move out and when. Many leases require up to 60 days’ notice before moving out, or fees may apply.
- Start to declutter. Try making three piles: donate, sell and throw away. You’ll be surprised by how much less stuff you’ll have to move.
- Collect packing supplies. When you do this slowly, but surely, it takes away the stress and scramble of looking for boxes the day you need to move.
- Turn off and re-establish utilities. If you let your landlord know you’re moving out, might as well let your utility companies know as well, and get to know you knew utility companies.
- Once you start packing, label everything by its contents and location (e.g., Dishes, Kitchen). Just don’t put away your valuables or important documents, always keep those with you personally when you move.
- If you are moving across the country, leave a suitcase behind for overnight essentials.
- Clean out your appliances and apartment overall. Don’t forget your landlord might keep your security deposit if you leave your apartment in bad condition. Leave it in the same move-in quality that you would expect.
- When it’s time to move out, be as thorough as possible. Check appliance, lock windows and make sure the A/C is turned off. And of course, don’t forget anything.
What do I need to do when moving into a new apartment?
Goodbye old apartment, hello new one. Unfortunately, if you thought the hardest part was over, it’s not.
It might be shiny and new, but your new apartment needs just as much attention as your old one. There are utilities, the mail situation, decorating, furniture, and have you even checked the smoke detectors?
Having an extra set of towels on hand is nice, but let’s cover the most important things first, which are: changing your mailing address, turning on your utilities, and ensuring that all appliances (including smoke detectors) are in safe, working condition. Without these three things, you might miss out on some highly confidential information or be living in an unsafe environment.
Once you’ve got this taken care of go ahead and paint, buy new furniture, get a toolbox, say hi to your neighbors, spruce up the place, and definitely, relax.
How do you prepare to move into an apartment?
When it comes to moving into an apartment there’s physically prepared, mentally prepared, and emotionally prepared. You might never be ready to ‘leave home’, but that’s okay.
Packing and getting all your ducks physically in a row is one part of the preparation, but there are several other aspects that prepare you to move into an apartment.
For example, make sure you have a budget and stick to it. Moving into an apartment for the first or fifth time comes with different expenses each time. Always start by paying for things with cash, reducing your utility bills as much as possible, and minding your spending, at least in the beginning.
An apartment complex is like a little community. Part of living there means understanding your lease, the rules, and the layout of the complex. Familiarize yourself with all of these things. You don’t want to get yourself into any trouble by not understanding the terms of your lease, or doing something that is not allowed at the complex.
Lastly, just because you’re in your own apartment now, doesn’t mean you’re alone. Reach out to friends and family members as much as you need to. They can provide helpful tips for living on your own, moral support, and of course physically help you get settled into your new space.
What do they look for in an apartment inspection?
Whether you’re moving in or moving out of an apartment, there’s one thing you can count on: the inspection.
An apartment inspection is mutually beneficial for you and the landlord. Upon moving out, your landlord wants to ensure you treated the property well, and upon moving in, you want to ensure that the place you are spending money on meets your standards.
This process is known as a walk-through and is typically done, both times; moving out and in, with your landlord present. Here’s what you and your landlord will be looking for in an apartment inspection:
- Broken appliances
- Damages such as holes in the walls or flooring
- Signs of pets, specifically when pets were not allowed
- Signs of smoking, if also not permitted
- Safety such as working smoke detectors
- Any permanent changes or alterations that were not approved beforehand
If you’ve never had a pet, never smoked, and never punched a hole in the wall for no reason, you’ll be in the clear when moving out. If there’s anything questionable when moving in, either a smell, crack, or other suspicious issues, don’t ever be afraid to speak up.
The quality of your apartment moving in and out all comes down to your security deposit. You want to know that its money well spent, and you also want to do your best to have it returned to you when you move out.
How do you pack to move out of an apartment?
Packing might as well be a science or an art form at the very least. The more you know about it, the less stressful your moving experience will be overall.
If you’ve never learned or heard anything about packing, consider this your crash course.
- Boxes: Spending money on a box that you’re just going to get rid of anyway, is probably one of the most aggravating parts of moving. You need boxes, clearly, but try to get them for free. Free moving boxes can be found at most clothing and grocery stores, as well as Craigslist.
- Clothes: Don’t ever remove all of your clothes from the closet and fold them neatly into a box. Instead, leave the clothes on their hangers, zip tie the hangers together and wrap them up in a trash bag. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to pack and unpack your clothes then.
- Color coordination: Instead of scrambling for that permanent marker that is almost out of ink, use simple colored dot stickers to indicate which boxes go where. Green for kitchen boxes, blue for bathroom, how much more simple can it get?
- Drawers: Drawers can be extremely useful when packing. Try this: fill them with stuff and then you don’t have to waste another box. Just be sure to remove the hardware such as handles so they don’t scratch anything on the move.
- Dishes: Odds are you’ve been stacking your plates all wrong; mostly because they shouldn’t be stacked in the first place. Place plates in boxes vertically and they will be less likely to break. Then fill with all the bubble wrap, newspaper, and packing peanuts that your heart desires.
- Towels and blankets: Have you ever noticed how many towels and blankets you actually have? The truth is placing them all in a box would just be heavy and cumbersome. Instead, use towels and sheets to wrap fragile items.
- Holes: Holes in the walls are natural; you hang up picture frames don’t you? For small picture frame and similar holes, gently rub a bar of soap over the hole until it’s filled.
While this might seem simple enough now, the question is: how are you going to get it from one place to another, especially when moving from state to state?
It used to be that options for choosing a moving company were pretty limited. That’s no longer the case. Now professional movers are highly common and easy to use. Our company, Pricing Van Lines, specializes in long-distance and state to state moving.
Our services include convenient, online quotes; trusted, large moving vehicles; and a premium moving planner that takes care of all the organization for you. Hiring Pricing Van Lines makes moving become actually manageable so that you have more time to focus on yourself, your family, and your new life ahead.