Moving in itself is a tough undertaking. And like most daunting projects, moving to a new apartment can be a lot more manageable if you do some planning first. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan your next move.
More to Move
Many people expect their move to be pretty much exactly like their last one. The problem is, you’ve probably accumulated much more in the time spent in your current home, and haven’t really accounted for that. Take your new possessions and the amount of space and time needed to pack them into consideration. Also, if you own a pet, you’ll need to factor in how to keep your pet occupied and comfortable during the move, and how to get your pet acquainted with the new apartment and surroundings. If you have a dog, take the time to survey the area around your new apartment to see where you might take him or her for a walk.
Money to Move
Moving can be a very financially stressful time. You’ll have to deal with deposits and, potentially, the cost of having to rent a truck or professional movers. If you’re on a shoestring budget during your move, try to have friends help out with the heavy lifting. Also, a friend with a truck that can haul many of your bigger items is ideal. While this may save you a pretty penny on moving expenses, it’s also important to realize having friends help will take much more time than having a rental truck and professional movers, so plan your time wisely.
If you’re leaving an apartment, don’t forget to factor in the time and money needed to clean up the apartment enough to get your security deposit back. Having extra money in your pocket can be a huge weight off your shoulders, especially if you’re having to pay up for a deposit on a new apartment. Sometimes these fees can be hefty, especially with private owners. Some management companies have lowered move in costs to ease the strain of moving, like 1st Lake Properties, who offer deposits starting at $250 and maxing at $400, with additional deposits for pets having payment plan options. Again, these fees may account for the bulk of your moving expenses and comparing and saving on these costs could allow for a better moving process.
Cleaning Up Costs
Simple items like trash bags, household cleaner, paper towels, dusters, vacuums, and mops are probably already in your home. If they aren’t, make room in your moving budget for them so you can properly clean your residence before moving out. It may also be helpful to schedule a walk-through with your outgoing landlord.
Walk the Moving Route
You’ll probably want to take the time to walk through with your new landlord, or apartment manager, documenting problems that exist prior to your moving in. Also see if the layout of the new apartment community will require extra help when moving in. If your apartment is very far from the stairs, renting a dolly can make moving your heavy items much easier, faster, and possibly spare you physical injury.
It’s never too early to start planning your move. As soon as you have your new location decided, start planning a course of action and take the time to map out the financial aspect of moving. Compare rates, deposits, and other fees. A couple hours’ worth of planning before you’re up against the moving deadline can help make the apartment move easier later on.
For more tips and ideas to make your move a smooth one, visit the Moving Tips page by 1st Lake.