From finding a new apartment to unpacking your belongings, there is much to do when you move around. Use this eight-week move checklist to stay on track when moving to your new apartment.
Six to eight weeks before moving
- Organize documents: Create a file for all your migration related documents, says Apartment Guide. You can do it digitally or in a physical binder, but it is good to get your moving information in one place.
- Notify: Check your leasing to see when you need to let your current landlord know you are moving, Moving.com says. You may be required to give at least 60 days notice.
- Contact Mobilists: If you use professional migrants, ask friends and family for references and research reviews, says Apartment Guide. Moving.com recommends that you receive at least three estimates, either at home or via video chat.
Four to five weeks before your move
- Sort and clear: Review your belongings and decide if there are items you will not bring with you. Sell or donate belongings that you no longer want or don't fit into your new location, Moving.com says. Start separating your valuables so that they will not be damaged during the trip, says the Apartment Guide.
- Change of address: Fill in change of address with post office. Update your address with your bank, credit card company and someone else who can contact you by mail.
- Contact providers: Transfer or cancel your current services, e.g. gas, electricity and cable, says Apartment Guide. If your new neighborhood uses different service providers, contact them to service your new apartment.
- Start packing: Moving.com recommends you to start packing seasonal and non-essential items.
Two to three weeks before Your Move
- Children and pet care. If necessary, arrange child and pet care for the day for your move, Moving.com says.
- Request free time. Let your employer know if you need to take time off work for the move, Moving.com says.
- Clean refrigerator and pantry: Apartment Guide recommends that you eat your food fridge and freezer so you do not need to pack it.
- Clean and repair: Make all necessary repairs, such as covering of nail holes, in your current apartment building. Apartment Guide also recommends that you plan a day to clean so that you leave your place in the condition required by your lease.
One week before moving day
- The necessity of the package: Start packing everyday things, says Moving.com. Apartment Guide recommends that you remove a box for items that you need the moving day.
- Call the mobile company: Confirm the schedule with the mobile company.
- Talk to your landlords: ] Plan a final review with your current landlord, says Apartment Guide. Contact your new real estate manager to schedule a breakthrough and ask when you can retrieve the keys.
- Pack a suitcase: Moving.com recommends packing clothes and toiletries that you need just before and after the move. 1
- Get moving day records: Be prepared to move the day by having extra packaging materials, Water and snacks on hand.
- Clean and double check: Take care of last minute cleaning and take out the trash at your old place, says Apartment Guide. Go through each room, control cabinets and wardrobes to make sure you haven't missed anything.
- Important things in your car: Make sure your bag with bags and suitcase is with you.
- Release of keys: Turn off the lights and release the keys to your old place, says Apartment Guide.
- Arrive early: Get to your new apartment before the move and make a breakthrough before you start loosening anything. 19659004] Keep an inventory: Note things that they are unloading, says Apartment Guide, to be sure that everything is there and your belongings were not damaged during transportation.
- Unpack: Start settling in unpacking your essentials.
Moving to a new apartment building can be both exciting and overwhelming. Having a timeline for the tasks you need to take care of helps make your move easier.
Originally published on September 26, 2012.