Moving into a new apartment can be a hectic, chaotic process. From being excited about the new environment, to worried out about everything that needs done, it’s definitely an emotional roller coaster. Thankfully, people move into new apartments every day and are willing to share tips and tricks to make the transition easier. When move-in day comes, here are seven things you don’t want to forget:
Check your lease.
To begin with, take the time to review your new lease agreement. While you’ve hopefully already analyzed the details, it’s good to look at it again, and anything that might apply to you. For example, is there a pet policy that you need to follow? Are there restrictions on where you can park your car? It’s best to understand these from the beginning, rather than figure it out at a less than ideal time in the future.
Inspect and document.
Most landlords or apartment complex managers will conduct a brief walk through with you prior to moving in. If they don’t, it’s important that you still do it for your own records and peace of mind. Make a note of anything that’s missing, broken, or otherwise different. Make a copy and take it to the manager, if possible. For extra security, take pictures of anything that appears abnormal, as this documentation can save trouble when you move out.
Clean the place.
Hopefully your apartment has been professionally cleaned before you arrive, but it’s best to perform your own deep cleaning prior to unpacking. Purchase some cleaning supplies and attend to the kitchen, bathrooms, and any other areas that appear dirty.
Hold off on major purchases.
Don’t go overboard with purchases when moving in. You’ll likely find yourself making a list of things you need – and that’s totally fine – but avoid making any major purchases before you know how you’ll use the apartment. For example, don’t automatically buy a bedroom set for every room you have; you may end up using one for an office.
Get services squared away.
It can sometimes take a few days to get your cable, internet, and phone services installed. It’s best to get a head start on the process by calling a provider on move-in day, and look for one who bundles services together.
Take a tour of the premises.
If your apartment is part of a larger complex, ask the manager for a tour of the premises. This will allow you to locate the amenities – whether it’s a pool, laundry room, or exercise facility – and learn more about what’s offered on the site.
Sell what you don’t need.
After unpacking and settling in, take inventory of what you don’t need. In an apartment, space comes at a premium and you don’t want stacks of stuff lying around. You can either give your things to charity or sell them for a small profit.
There’s a lot to remember, but don’t let it overwhelm you. Follow these seven tips and the moving process won’t be nearly as stressful as you first imagined!