Your boxes are packed and the paperwork is finished for your new apartment. Moving day is just around the corner. Are chaos and drama inevitable parts of moving day, or can they be avoided? They can, with these handy moving day tips from your friends at ApartmentSearch!
1. Get more organized than you think necessary.
Labels are your best friend! Label each and every box, and get specific. Instead of simply writing, “Kitchen,” write, “Kitchen: Plates, bowls, coffee mugs.” When you’re frazzled and trying to find something in your new apartment, you’ll be glad you labeled everything carefully. Plus, this will help your movers know exactly where to put things.
2. Plan your transportation.
If you’re renting a moving truck, figure out exactly when you can pick it up. If you’re moving into an apartment complex, ask the property manager where you can park the truck during loading and unloading – some apartments have designated time slots and parking areas for moving activities. You may even need to book the freight elevator.
If you have generous friends helping you out, make sure they’re aware of your moving schedule. Don’t assume everything will magically come together. Making a schedule ahead of time and discussing your transportation details are crucial to the success of your move!
3. Don’t be afraid to do some spring cleaning.
The less stuff you have to move, the easier your move will be. When you’re packing up your apartment, don’t be afraid to throw out or donate clothes, decor, and knick-knacks that you don’t use anymore. This is a perfect time to reevaluate your belongings and take some donations to Goodwill. There’s no point in hauling your clutter to a new apartment! Our handy list of what NOT to pack can help you get started.
4. Pack a “carry on” bag.
Pack a small suitcase with everything you typically need on a day-to-day basis. This should include a change of clothes, your toiletries, pajamas, medications, and anything else you’d need for a weekend getaway. This will be helpful when you need something but don’t want to tear open all your boxes to find it.
5. Find a pet sitter and/or babysitter for the day.
You’re going to have your hands full on moving day, so give your furry ones and little ones to someone else. If a neither is in the budget, Movers.com suggests assigning older kids the duty of watching the family pet, taking them out for bathroom breaks, tracking their food intake, playing with them, etc. They can also be responsible for packing and unpacking Fido’s food and bed!
6. Thank your movers.
Having great movers, whether hired or friends, can mean all the difference between a chaotic move and a smooth move. Show your appreciation all day so that morale stays high! These creative ideas can help you say “thank you” without breaking the bank.
No matter how carefully you organize and plan your move, getting all of your stuff from Point A to Point B is no easy feat. Simply put, moving is stressful. ApartmentSearch is here to make it easier. Check out our moving services to see how!