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 »
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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
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.
When it comes to finding a new place to live, choosing an apartment isn’t the only thing on your moving checklist. You’ll also be looking the location of that apartment, which means carefully assessing the neighborhoods of your future city and finding the one that best suits your needs. This can be hard if, say, you are making a long distance move and won’t be able to check out all of the apartments in person right away. Even if you’re just moving from across town, it’s best to have all the facts about the area before you make a decision about an apartment.
In celebration of National Moving Month, here are a few moving checklist items to streamline the picking process, so whether you are moving from far away or nearby, you can feel confident about the neighborhood you choose and the apartment in it.
Starting the Moving Checklist
To make a moving checklist when searching for a new neighborhood, you should first make a list of everything you’re looking for in a new community. Consider noise level, price point, and proximity to public transportation, community resources, shopping, activities, area schools, and parks. Make a list of what is important to you, and reference that list as you start your search.
Get the Facts Online
Check comprehensive sites like ApartmentSearch.com to get the facts about apartments in the city in which you’re searching. Narrow down your choices by price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, types of pets allowed, and the amenities various apartments offer.
Check out City Websites
Lots of cities have a website dedicated to information for and about the city’s residents, visitors, and government. Many even have social media monikers! It may take some clicking around, but you can usually find information about the community, maps, demographics, and information by neighborhood.
What’s On Your Moving Checklist?
What was on your moving checklist while looking for a new neighborhood? Share your moving checklist, moving tips, and more with ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook! You can also check out the ApartmentSearch.com Apartment Moving Center for extra moving help.
If the time has come for you to move out of your apartment, you’re probably busy packing and finding a new place to live. But don’t forget to take the right steps to get your security deposit back! Your moving checklist should include a solid plan to clean and repair your apartment so you can get your security deposit returned in full.
First things first: What will your landlord expect of you when it comes to cleaning and repairing your apartment? Consult your lease and figure out what is required of you in order to get your security deposit back, then construct your cleaning and moving checklist accordingly. For example, your apartment may clean your carpets and floors for you upon move-out, but might expect you to paint over any colors you’ve added to the apartment walls on your own. If you aren’t sure what is expected of you, call your landlord and confirm what you need to do to get that security deposit back.
Next, go through the apartment room by room and create a comprehensive cleaning and moving checklist. Below is a moving checklist to help you get started, but be sure to think about the special needs of your apartment as well. And remember, when it comes time for your landlord to inspect your apartment, request to be present during the inspection. That way you’ll be able to address any problems and make adjustments as needed.
- Dust all surfaces thoroughly.
- Vacuum every room.
- Clean all windows thoroughly with a streak-free cleaner.
- Mop the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Remove all wall décor and fill in any holes made by nails or screws.
- Make sure all doors and windows shut smoothly and securely.
- Clean the bathtub and shower.
- Clean and disinfect the sink and bathroom counter.
- Clean grout using bleach or vinegar.
- Clean out bathroom drawers, cabinets, and medicine cabinet.
- Remove any drawer liners.
- Clean the mirror.
- Clean out all appliances, including the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave.
- Sweep and vacuum behind all appliances.
- Clean the fronts and insides of cabinets.
- Clean and disinfect all countertops.
- Sweep all outside areas, including the porch, garage, and doorways.
- Mow the lawn.
- Pull any weeds.
- Remove any yard décor.
- Wash the windows’ exteriors.
For More Moving Tips…
For another useful moving checklist, check out the ApartmentSearchcom Apartment Moving Center. Do you have a tip for get your security deposit back that’s not on this moving checklist? Share your own tips with ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook!
Moving with children in tow can be tricky. A moving checklist can be incredibly helpful in simplifying the moving process. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there are lots of changes that come with a move for the family. New schools, new friends, new home—all will take some adjustment. In keeping with our National Moving Month theme, here is the ApartmentSearch.com moving checklist with top tips for moving with kids.
Talk About the Move
The first item on your moving checklist should be a discussion with the whole family about the move. Moving can be hard on kids, especially if the move is to a new city. Have a conversation about why your family is moving, how you feel about it, and how your children feel about it. Let them know how the moving process will work and what they can expect.
Involve the Kids
Once you’ve held a discussion, next on your moving checklist should be arranging for your children to have a role in the move. Get their input on the options for new houses or apartments, whether that means touring your potential new home or showing them pictures. Involve them in choosing décor for their rooms. When it comes time to start packing, help them sort through their things to decide what they need to bring and what to toss.
Research the Community
Do some research regarding what kinds of activities are available in the area to which you are moving. The more your children can feel included in their new neighborhood, the easier the adjustment will be. Browse their new school’s website, check out what kinds of after-school activities are available in the community, and read the local paper to get a good idea what your new community will be like. Share the information you find with your kids. Don’t feel obligated to overemphasize the positive things; honesty and candor will be much more helpful.
Plan Road Trip Entertainment
If you’re making a long-distance move, make sure that you have taken care of entertainment for the drive. This moving checklist item can be as simple as a family game of “I Spy”, or as planned as a round of road trip bingo. However you choose to entertain them, keeping kids occupied for the duration of the car trip can cut down on parent frustration and kid impatience.
Share Your Moving Checklist and Tips
What are your tips for moving with kids? What items were on your moving checklist, and how did you make the transition easier for your family? Find ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook and share your own moving checklist and moving experiences!
Did you know that May is National Moving Month? It’s true! In honor of the month that marks the beginning of moving season, ApartmentSearch.com has compiled a moving checklist that can help you find the right moving company. In total, the U.S. Census estimates that over 37 million Americans move per year. Unfortunately, many are subject to moving scams that cost them time and money and make the already complicated process of moving even more frustrating. In fact, in 2012 the Better Business Bureau received more than 555,000 moving-related inquiries. Keep reading for a moving checklist that will help you choose the right moving company so you can complete your move safely and with minimum stress.
Research Moving Companies
The first item on your moving checklist should be research. A little research at the beginning of the moving process pays off big in the long run. By checking out a moving company online, you can quickly find out whether or not the company is properly licensed and registered. Likewise, you can often find reviews of various moving companies online; reading about others’ experiences with a company can be invaluable when trying to choose.
Get an In-Home Estimate
When choosing movers, the next step on your moving checklist should be to get at least one written in-home estimate from the moving company. Movers looking to scam customers won’t often consent to an in-home estimate and are much more likely to only offer a quote over the phone.
Treat Documents Carefully
Read documents thoroughly, both those online and in person, as you fill them out and sign them. Never sign a blank document like an estimate; this is a tactic dishonest movers often use to increase the cost of previously-offered quotes and take advantage of customers. Additionally, make sure that you receive a copy of every document you sign.
More Moving Checklist Help
We hope that this moving checklist will help you kick off the moving season with ease. Stay tuned this month for more moving tips. For more information about moving, visit the ApartmentSearch.com Apartment Moving Center. Want to tell us about your own moving checklist or moving tips? Find and follow ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook.