Making a checklist can make it a lot easier to move into a new apartment, since you will be able to keep a track of all that needs to be done.
Although, moving into a new apartment is certainly exciting, it also demands a lot of work. It requires balancing the task of moving into the new place as well as getting the old apartment back into shape. You will have to ensure that all your belongings are packed and delivered safely, without any misplacement or breakage. Making a checklist is an ideal way to keep track of things, not miss out on important details, and avoid last-minute chaos.
Use a Handbook
First and foremost, use a handbook or a binder/folder for keeping all the estimates, receipts, inventory lists, etc.. At the same time, make a note of all the important phone numbers you may need to access while packing and moving.
Moving Yourself or Hiring a Moving Company
Now decide whether you wan to move all by yourself or hire a moving company. Before hiring a moving company, you will need to do some thorough research in order to find out some companies that are ready to give you a better deal. On the other hand, if you are moving all by yourself, you may need hire a smaller vehicle or ask a friend to help you move your belongings. You may need to make arrangements for auto shipping, in case you’re moving across states.
Segregate your Belongings
Segregate your belongings into two piles. Keep all the things you plan on taking with you to the new apartment in one section. The things which are damaged and old can be piled and kept for disposal. The items which are in good condition but not needed anymore, can be kept aside for donation or resale.
Organize and Schedule Transfer of Records
Medical, dental, insurance records etc. need to be organized. You may not have to make too many changes if you are planning to move into the same locality as you currently reside. However, if you are moving to a different locality, you will need to make arrangements for transfer of records.
Schedule Moving of Utilities
Shifting utilities is one of the most important parts of moving into an apartment. Arrange for moving utilities like phone, Internet, cable, gas, and electric connection to the new house. These things should be arranged a few days before moving out in order to avoid any inconvenience.
Intimation about Change in Address
This is an important item in the checklist in case you plan on moving out on your own. You will need to fill a ‘Change in Address’ form either at your local post office or on-line. Similarly, you will have to inform other places about your change in address. Employers, family and friends, attorney, accountant, etc. are some of the people who will need to be informed about the change in address. Other than this, you may also want to notify your insurance and credit card company about your scheduled change in address. All your monthly subscriptions will need to be transferred to the new address.
If you have automated payment plans, you will have to cancel them with the bank and make new arrangements for the apartment you are shifting into.
Cleaning and Packing
When you are packing, mark the items which you would plan on carrying to the new place. Pack them according to specific categories, so that you do not lose any precious items. You will also need to clean the apartment after you are doing packing.
You will need to keep some extra packing items such as, screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, tape, etc. These will help you arrange your belongings in the new house.
Always shift before the lease on the old house expires, so that you have sufficient time to check the house once again for anything that you may have left behind. Making a checklist helps to streamline your chores and delegate tasks, which will help save time, effort, and expenses.