The summer can be one of the busiest times for moving into an apartment. Many leases are up, families are utilizing moving companies to move into new homes and often students are looking to find a place to stay before the school year begins. For these reasons, it’s best to plan your move ahead of time.
Moving requires a lot of coordination and planning. If it’s your first move, it can be a very stressful undertaking, which often results in instances where you make a mistake. To prevent this, we recommend creating a checklist of all of your items to track during your move. This will at least keep you on track and allow you to have a point of reference to look back on.
Throughout our 30 years in business, we have come across many mistakes that first-time apartment movers make during their first move. Here is a list of some of the most common mistakes.
Moving Mistakes To Avoid
Not planning your move ahead of time
Before you move you should always try to think of your entering and exiting plans. You’ll need to come in one way that has enough room for all of your items, especially your larger ones. Reach out to your landlord before the move to organize a time to reserve the buildings elevator or in some cases, the stairs. It’s also a wise move to plan for an area where you will be able to unload your items from. Some buildings have areas that are reserved for vehicles during moves, but if not try to secure a public parking spot near your building.
Not staying organized
When moving anywhere, keep track of where your items are in each of the boxes. Often, people will just pile up the boxes they’re moving in one room and spend days or weeks moving them around to the appropriate location. By keeping track, you can help reduce a significant amount of time unpacking your items.
Not using the appropriate packing materials
When you’re doing your first move, often, you won’t quite know how to pack things appropriately. It’s best to research the appropriate materials that you’ll need. Some popular moving materials include packing paper for dishes, suitcases for clothes, boxes for books, or plastic wrap for couches.
Not packing an essentials bag
When you’re moving, you will need to have certain items with you during and once you’re done. Frequently used items in an essentials bag include ids, toiletries, lease information, keys, snacks, and any medicines that you take on a regular basis. Not having these items on hand can cause delays in the move or issues with your new apartment.
Not sending in your change of address forms
One of the common things that people forget to do when they move is to change their mailing address. This simple mistake can prevent you from receiving vital information that you need from your workplace, the government, or friends and family.
Not having Renters Insurance
Obtaining rental insurance, or tenant insurance, is very important whenever you start renting an apartment. It ensures that all of your items are protected and that you’re able to get the monetary value of them back in the case that something unforeseen should happen. It’s surprisingly affordable too.
These are just a few of the common mistakes that occur during apartment moves, so make sure to plan ahead and research as much as you can before your move takes place.
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