Moving from an old apartment to a new one would take you lots of time and money. It could also be incredibly stressful to you if your belongings are too much. But the worst in the whole experience is being unprepared of anything.

However, moving should be exciting since after all, you will get an opportunity to meet new friends, build new relationships and live in a whole new area. Moreover, the preparation can help you remove the anxiety and refresh your mind after long days hard-working.

Remember that feeling in your mind before continue reading our checklist. Here is our checklist from 2 months before moving to the previous week before the departure. Make sure you not leaving anything behind or cost more for postponement.

6 to 8 Weeks Before You Move

This is prime time for prep work. It’s also when organizing is the most important. You’ll reap the benefits of the work you do now when you’re in your new apartment.  Here are the tasks you should get done six to eight weeks prior to the big day:

– Create a file for every document related to the move. This can be either digital or physical – the important part is that you have everything you’re going to need all in one place.

– Read your current lease so you know proper protocol for informing your landlord that you’ll vacate – follow the agreed-upon directions. Most landlords require a letter or a signed document one month before you leave. That way, they can take photos and list the property to attract new tenants right away.

– Decide whether you’ll do the move yourself or if you want to hire professional help.

– Research moving companies if you plan to hire professionals. Look at reviews and ask friends for references. Compare prices. You’ll likely have to schedule an in-home estimate, so add that to your calendar.

– Schedule a date with your moving company of choice. You should get a written confirmation of your moving date and an itinerary.

– Devise a moving budget . It should include the cost of movers , any new furniture you’ll need to buy and eating out during your move (who wants to cook when they’re still unpacking kitchen boxes?).

– Inform the proper parties of your move (i.e., your child’s school, doctors, employers, groups you belong to).

– Start to find new professionals (such as doctors) and other services (such as school and childcare) where you’re moving to.

– Transfer your renters insurance to your next apartment. Look into getting insurance for the move itself, in case anything is damaged during the move.

– Start accumulating supplies like boxes and packing tape.

– Request time off from work, preferably at the end of the week. You want to make absolutely sure you have those days off, and moving at the end of the week gives you the weekend to start getting settled in before you have to return to work.

– Start researching your new community for points of interest. You’re going to want to know where you have to go for groceries and the like, and there are always unexpected places you’ll want to check out after you’ve moved.

4 to 5 Weeks Before You Move

As you reach the one-month range, you should start buckling down on moving tasks.

– Set up your organizational system for all your boxes of stuff. There are many different things you can do, and there’s no right answer, but getting it all figured out now will pay off.

– Start sorting through your stuff. You don’t have to pack it all yet but begin purging things you don’t need. For instance, if your worse-for-wear end table won’t fit in your next apartment, either sell it or donate it.

– Finalize your moving arrangements, whether that’s reserving a truck or hiring a company for the specific day.

– Separate your valuables from everything else, so they don’t get mixed up or damaged in the move.

– Check with your moving company to see if you have any items you can’t move. If you do, make arrangements to get those belongings to your new place.

– Fill out the change of address.

– Schedule cancelation or transfer of your utilities, including gas, electricity, and Internet or cable service.

– Make arrangements for pet care if you’re moving out of state and need a pet sitter during this time. Also get new ID tags for your pet with your new address on them.

– Get vehicle stickers for your new location, as many towns require them.

– Arrange for any necessary temporary storage.

– Change your address with your bank and move accounts if necessary.

– Start using perishable items you don’t plan to move, such as food.

– Have a yard sale if your landlord allows it. This way, you can make a little extra money off some of the items you won’t keep.

– Book hotels if you’re moving long distance and need to stay somewhere overnight.

– Take your car in to get serviced. You’re going to be driving a lot during the move, and if you’re using your own car, you don’t want something happening to it while you’re moving – you’re going to be under enough stress already.

2 to 3 Weeks Before You Move

– Pack all nonessentials.

– Return library books or rented DVDs.

– Finish making arrangements with the utility companies , and reconfirm your date with the movers (which can also include friends who are helping you move).

– See what cleaning is required in your lease and schedule a cleaning day.

– In addition to the cleaning, schedule a day to make any repairs your apartment needs.

– Change your address anywhere that you get packages from on a regular basis. Yes, this means Amazon, but anywhere else you frequently order from should be included.

– Use up all your food, to save the trouble of packing up the contents of your fridge.

– Have one last party with friends and family in the area. Your place is still mostly intact, and you might not have the chance to later in the chaos of the move.

1 Week Before You Move

– Finish packing. Label each box with what’s inside based on the organization system you created earlier.

– Create an inventory of all the boxes you have. You might even number them. This will help you ensure you have everything after you move.

– Pack one essentials box that has everything you need for your first night in your new place.

– Pack a suitcase as if you’re going for a trip. Between this and the essentials box, you shouldn’t be scrambling for anything the first night.

– Fill a cleaning supplies box, as scrubbing your old place is likely the last thing you’ll do before you turn in your keys.

– Confirm plans for pet or childcare.

– Confirm the installation date of new utilities, such as Internet, gas, and electricity.

– Confirm details of moving day with your moving company or your helpers.

– Withdraw any cash you’ll need for moving day, such as money for the movers and cash for ordering food.

– Clean the apartment to the required specifications.

– Schedule and complete a walk-through of the apartment with your landlord. Skipping this step forfeits your ability to argue with any security-deposit decisions your landlord makes. If you’re around, you can point out any details and remind your landlord of what is and is not your fault.

– Ask your landlord if you can reserve a parking spot for moving day. That could mean pulling into the back alley or getting the prime parking right out front.

Now you are ready to go. Stay calm and wait until the big day coming. Make sure to be well prepared for everything that may happened during the progress

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