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 »
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
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.
A shady moving guy won’t show up at your apartment wearing Groucho Marx glasses, twirling a fake mustache. You’re going to have to do your research before choosing a moving company to get to your new apartment. But then again, spotting a bad moving company is pretty easy if you know what to look for. Moving company red flags can be obvious as long as you’re on the lookout. Here is a moving checklist of six things sketchy movers could do to take advantage of you during your apartment move.
Remember, a bad moving company may…
1. Avoid an in-home estimate. If the guy on the phone gives you a moving price up front without checking out your apartment to evaluate your belongings first, beware.
2. Ask for a big payment in advance. It’s common in some situations (like a move in an urban area) to ask for some money up front as a deposit, but the total shouldn’t exceed around $200. Movers shouldn’t normally ask for the majority of payment right away.
3. Not offer you a moving booklet. “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” is a booklet that movers are required by Federal law to give customers who are moving between states. If you are embarking on an inter-state apartment move and don’t receive the booklet, ask why.
4. Fail to identify itself properly. This might include answering the business’s phone with something generic like “Hello, Movers!” rather than “Hello, Amanda’s Amiable Apartment Movers!” You should also check out the company’s listed address and offices. If they are sketchy-looking or non-existent, think twice. Also, the moving truck they use should be clearly marked with the company logo as company-owned truck or fleet truck. No unmarked rental trucks.
5. Not have the right licenses. If the company has expired MC and DOT licenses (or worse, none at all) don’t trust them with your belongings. Licenses should be displayed on their website.
6. Ask you to sign blank or incomplete documents. These include service agreements, which should list your name, the addresses of your old apartment and your new one, the moving date, and the total cost of the move. Signing a document before the price is filled in means that the company is at its leisure to up the price without telling you. After all, they’ll say, you signed the agreement.
Have you had a bad experience with a moving company? What red flags did you see? Let us know by finding ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook and sharing your apartment moving stories and moving checklists.
It’s May, dear renters, which means moving month is upon us. If you’re in the midst of packing up all your worldly possessions and relocating to a new apartment, you may be wondering what to do with your appliances. Unless your new apartment comes already equipped with a washer, dryer, refrigerator, or other appliances, you’re looking at some serious heavy lifting. After consulting your apartment moving checklist, follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to a happier move with all your appliances intact.
Is Your Refrigerator Running?
First, empty your fridge of any food and clean the interior so it’s sparkly and smell-free. (You’ll want to do this regardless of whether the fridge is coming with you or staying behind—your security deposit could hang in the balance.) Next, unplug and defrost your refrigerator to prepare it for the move. Keep the door open so no funny smells crop up.
If your freezer is separate from your fridge, follow the same steps to get it ready for the big day. In addition to cleaning and defrosting, you’ll need to disconnect and drain the icemaker.
Lean, Mean, Washing Machine
To prepare your washer, you’ll need to disconnect it from the water line and drain it completely. Next, secure the electrical cord and washer drum for an easy move. Let the machine air out a bit with the washer door open before transporting it.
Dryer Dryer on the Wall
If you are uncomfortable disconnecting appliances from utility lines, you may want to leave the disconnection of your dryer to the professionals, especially if it is a gas connection. Once that’s done, remove the vent hose, and secure the dryer door.
Some Good Oven
Your oven could probably use a good cleaning before you move, too, so give it a thorough scrub inside and out. You will have to disconnect this as well, and like the dryer, you may want to get a third-party service to do it, especially if the oven is gas-powered. Next, disconnect all removable parts and store them in a clearly-marked bag for transportation to your new apartment.
If your dishwasher is making the trek with you to your new apartment, disconnect it from the water line (again, hire a pro if you’re not sure). Make sure it’s unplugged, completely dry, and (though this should go without saying) has no dishes left in it.