It’s been a while since you and your partner have been together, and things are going well. Your apartment leases are nearing an end, and you aren’t renewing your current roommate either. You spend a significant amount of time together anyway…why not just move in?
Remember, this is a bold move, but can be the perfect test to see where your relationship is going. It might even allow you to save on rent if you shop for 1 bedroom apartments. But is 1 bedroom or 2 ideal? Consider these factors when shopping for apartments with your significant other. Read the rest of this entry »
Add the stress of traveling 2,000+ miles across the country to the process of packing up all your worldly possessions, and you know stressful moving apartments can be. However, knowing a few helpful tricks to cross-country moving can alleviate a lot of the worry and anxiety that comes with it. Whether you’re moving for job relocation or a fresh start, following these tips can ease the transition process.
Throw Out or Donate Stuff
Haven’t worn that shirt in a year? Donate it. Don’t like that poster from your college dorm anymore? Give it to a friend. Use this move to your advantage and clear out items that aren’t essential or sentimental. The more things you can let go of, the less you have to pack and unpack later. Cleaning off everything before packing it will also cut down your unpacking time it when you get there. Embrace the new chapter of your life and get rid of some of that old stuff! Read the rest of this entry »
These days, lots of people are downsizing and moving into apartment communities to save space and money on homeowner expenses. This trend also means people are moving some of their belongings into self-storage. However, finding the right self-storage space can be a challenging task, especially if you’re not sure what to look for. Storage units are available in a wide range of sizes and a variety of features, which can make the decision process seem endless. By evaluating your exact storage needs, you can determine what the best option and value is best for you. Here are a few tips to consider when selecting a storage unit: Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who has moved apartments knows what a painful process it can be. Packing up all of your life into little boxes can seem pretty impossible at the beginning. However, packing doesn’t have to be so horrible! We’ve got a few essential packing tips that will alleviate some of the stress of moving your whole life to a different place. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving is stressful in any scenario. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there seems to be an insurmountable mountain of preparation. Tasks include finding a new home, finding new schools for your children, packing, moving all your belongings, turning off utilities at your old place at the right time, and turning on the utilities at your new apartment.
However, when you are moving for job relocation, the process is even more complicated. Now, on top of everything else, you have to adjust to a new work environment and fellow employees as well as learn your way around a new city. Fortunately, this is what ApartmentSearch specializes in: helping businesses and people in transition have a smooth and easy move to their new location.
Here are our top tips for helping the business relocation go easier:
1. Living in an apartment for your first year allows you the ability to learn the neighborhood and things to do around you. There is a great risk in buying a home immediately when you are not familiar with the area. This first year should be all about adjustment and learning – not paying a mortgage. Read the rest of this entry »
Many people who move out of an existing apartment end up moving into a new one. If that’s you, congratulations on your new place! Now, how do you get all your stuff from one apartment to the other efficiently and inexpensively?
Don’t Pay for Boxes
Lots of moving stores offer boxes for cheap — but why get boxes for cheap when you could get them for free? Check the bins behind your local liquor store, deli, and self-storage units. In most municipalities, well-constructed, barely-used boxes are plentiful. Just get a roll of quality packing tape, and don’t go box-hunting if there’s been a heavy rainfall. (Soggy moving boxes are a big mistake.) Read the rest of this entry »
To those who have spent their lives driving compact cars and sedans, driving a moving truck looks about as easy as flying the Space Shuttle. If you’ve got enough stuff to move, however, finding a moving truck and hitting the road will definitely be on your apartment moving checklist. But don’t worry! Check out our beginner’s guide to driving a moving truck and you’ll get from Apartment A to Apartment B with far less stress.
Choose the Right Truck Size
If you’ve never driven a moving truck-sized vehicle before, you’ll want to keep your truck square-footage to a minimum. (Plus the smaller the truck, the lower the rental price.) If you’re moving locally and can make multiple moving trips, do so. You’ll save some cash and save yourself the stress of driving an enormous truck rather than a more manageable one. To figure out what kind of truck you need, start by making a home moving inventory and calculating how much space you’ll need for your belongings.
Know Your Route
Staring at a map and driving 14-foot moving truck are two things that should never mix. Familiarize yourself with your route before you leave so you can keep your eyes on the road. If you are directionally-challenged, invest in a GPS, drive with a friend, or use a smartphone app that voices turn-by-turn directions. Even if you’re just driving across town, it will pay to keep your attention on the truck’s handling rather than craning your neck to see street names.
Tips for Driving a Moving Truck
Ready to go? Before you start the engine, review these tips so you have a smoother drive. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving into a new college apartment? Time to buy sheets upon sheets of bubble wrap, box up the dishes, get a dogsitter, and contact a moving company…right?
Slow down! Ideally that list sounds great on paper, but for a college student, moving apartments can get expensive pretty quickly. Here are some tips for moving apartments that will keep your college bank account intact!
Get Your Boxes for Free
If you’re smart about it, you won’t have to pay for any of your moving boxes. Instead, grab some free boxes at your local liquor store or grocery store. Liquor stores have well-constructed boxes that are great for packing. Some of the boxes already have bottle holder compartments, which are great for holding your own drinking glasses. The grocery store is another great place to get boxes. The deli section in particular is bound to have a surplus of boxes.
Sell Your Furniture and Move On
That oversized sofa may have been a great buy at the time, but once the move begins, it won’t fit in your pal’s pickup truck. If you have furniture that won’t move with you, sell it. Not only do you get rid of your furniture that won’t fit, but you get more cash that can go towards new furniture or other expenditures for your new apartment. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to sell your furniture pieces.
Shop Around for Rental Trucks
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So you have an adorable cat at home, and are worried about how it’ll react to a big apartment move. We understand; cats follow a daily routine, and if that’s disrupted they can become very stressed. To minimize the amount of loud meowing you’ll hear during the moving process, we’ve compiled a to-do list for your feline friends:
1. Stay Away from Commotion
On moving day, it’s best to keep your cat away from any chaos by keeping it separated from the movers when they’re going in and out of your home. To do this, you can designate a room that is a “cat-only” room, or you can take him to a kennel while this part of the move is taking place. The first option is less traumatic, but if that isn’t possible, the last thing you want is your cat escaping. Read the rest of this entry »
The home inventory is an apartment moving man’s best friend. If you’re embarking on a DIY move, you’ll be packing and unpacking dozens of boxes in your new apartment, and you may find yourself wondering which boxes to unload first, which to leave for later, and where on earth you put those dishes. If you’re hiring a moving company, you’ll want to make sure their inventory matches yours, and that you can compare the two at the end of the trip when you inspect them for inconsistencies. This is why, either way, an apartment moving checklist with an inventory is a must. But how do you inventory the contents of an entire apartment? What do you include in a moving inventory list? And how do you pack moving boxes so nothing gets lost? Read on for our tips for creating a moving inventory that would make your mama proud.
Making Your Own Moving Inventory List
If you’re a fan of a complete do-it-yourself home inventory and moving checklists, stick to a good ol’ spreadsheet. Use pen and paper, or just a simple Microsoft Excel document. Each feature (color, condition, etc.) should have its own column. If you’re feeling really crazy, color-code each room on your spreadsheet, then label your moving boxes with corresponding colors. Once you’re finished, make two copies and stash one in a safe place.
What to Put on a DIY Moving Inventory List
If you’re doing an apartment moving inventory all on your own, you can be as minimal or as detailed as you like. Here are some details you might want to make note of as you make a list of all the things in your apartment.
- Date purchased
- Place purchased
- Serial number
- Misc. distinctive features
Use Smartphone & Tablet Moving Apps
Not so organizationally-inclined? There’s an app for that. Actually, there are a lot of apps that can help you with a moving inventory. Try out these apps for starters.
- Encircle: Home Inventory
- Home Move Pro
- Items & Storage & Inventory
- Moving Checklist Pro
- Moving Day
- State Farm MoveTools™
More Apartment Moving Resources
Looking for more moving checklists? The ApartmentSearch.com resource center is a great place to start. Work your way through the Ultimate Apartment Moving Checklist, find out what questions to ask on an apartment tour, and more.