Moving Apartments Checklist

Moving from one apartment to another shouldn’t have to be a stressful event — after all, it’s an exciting time of change and an opportunity to re-establish yourself.

As long as you’re prepared, you can get from point A to point B without a hitch. Follow our moving apartments checklist to stay organized and stress-free as you transition to your new humble abode.

Steps for Moving Out of Your Apartment

Get in touch with your landlord. Give your landlord a call and go over any moving requirements. Find out what cleaning is required on your part and if there is anything else your lease states you must do prior to moving out. That way you and your landlord are on the same page and there aren’t any surprises come move-out day.

Research moving companies. Do you plan on hiring a moving company? If so, make sure you look at reviews, compare prices and ask friends for references. Schedule your move-out date with the company of your choice, and make sure to get a confirmation of your moving date and itinerary.

Collect moving supplies early. Start gathering moving supplies, like boxes and packing tape, weeks before you move out. Are you going to purchase boxes or get them from other sources, like friends or a grocery store? Don’t wait until it’s the week of the move! You’ll be happy you planned ahead and already have boxes on hand.

Pack non-essentials early. Once you have some moving boxes, start packing up non-essentials. Whatever you don’t use on a daily basis can be packed away until it’s time to move out of the apartment. Things like decorations, seasonal clothes, shoes and books can be packed away weeks before you move. Pre-packing also gives you a chance to start getting rid of things you don’t need for the new place.

Have a yard sale. If you have a lot to get rid of or find there are just some things you don’t want to haul, forgo the donation center and hold a yard sale. You worked hard for everything you own, so it’s worth it to try and make a buck or two — maybe even enough to pay your movers!

Transfer renters insurance to next apartment. It’s easy to transfer your renters insurance to the next apartment. Simply call up your insurance agent and they’ll help you take care of the switch in no time at all. Keep in mind, it’s important you ensure your renters insurance is transferred right away. If you don’t give your insurance agency the new address and you face a loss sometime down the road, you might run into coverage issues.

Don’t have renters insurance? Find out everything you need to know about renters insurance, including why you need it, how much it costs and how it financially protects you from the unexpected.

Fill out change of address form. You’ll want to make sure you take care of this step a few weeks prior to moving so your mail is forwarded to your new address. You can fill out a change of address form provided online by the United States Postal Service or by going to your local post office and requesting a Movers Guide.

Make arrangements with utility companies and internet. You’ll want to schedule the cancellation or transfer of your utilities, such as gas and electricity, as well as your internet and cable service. Scheduling ahead will make the process go faster!

Label your boxes. This one seems obvious, but it’s the simplest way to keep things organized when transferring from one place to another. Clearly label your boxes by the type of items it holds (e.g. dishes, bath towels, clothes, etc.) and the room in which they belong (e.g. kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc.), so when your movers or friends help you move to your new place, they know exactly which room to set the boxes in.

Schedule a walk-through with your landlord. Many people opt to skip this step, but doing so means you won’t be able to argue any security deposit decisions your landlord makes. However, by doing a complete walk-through of the apartment with your landlord, you can explain what is and isn’t your fault (something that should have been noted when moving in) and you’ll have a better chance of getting more back on your deposit.

Post-move checklist. Settling in? Follow our post-move checklist to transition into your new home with ease.

Now that you know the right steps to take when moving out of your apartment, you can focus on pursuing your new chapter.

Bonus: Here are some more tips for a stress-free move!

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