7 Tips for Moving Day
Moving can be stressful and sometimes we can get overwhelmed with all that’s entailed. The basics start with contacting your utility companies, changing your address, and updating renters insurance, but as moving day nears you’ll find that you’ll have more to do.
Our tips below will help you prepare for a smooth moving day because we want YOU to benefit from our experience. For example: We’ve seen tenants, all set to move in, that couldn’t get into their new place because they forgot to make sure that their keys worked. It’s also common for movers to rent a moving truck or hire a moving company, only to find that there’s no place to park. These 7 tips will help you avoid “moving nightmares”.
Before Moving Day
Hire Professional Movers
It can be beneficial to hire professional movers to ensure that your moving day goes smoothly for a few reasons.
Professional movers will have all the right supplies, such as boxes, wardrobe boxes, tape, moving dollies, trucks, a ramp to the truck and an experienced moving crew. Make sure to research your moving company before hiring but with the right equipment, crew, and expertise, the move will be easier and faster.
Using professional movers can mean there’s a lower chance of damage to your belongings AND your rental property. Professional movers are trained and skilled at carrying large furniture items and are careful not to scratch walls. Also, professional movers are insured, so if anything does happen, the moving company is responsible for compensating you or your landlord.
Try to hire your movers 2-4 weeks before your scheduled move and remember to confirm at least 24 hours before the movers are scheduled to arrive. A great local moving company we highly recommend is Two Men and a Truck. They have reliable and well-trained crews, are dedicated to outstanding customer service, and they’re licensed, bonded, and insured.
Notify Your New Landlord
After you schedule your movers it’s a good idea to let your new landlord know what time you’ll be arriving on move-in Day. A couple of follow-up questions you can ask your landlord are:
- If you’re moving into a building with an elevator, ask if you need to schedule a time slot for a service elevator.
- Ask your landlord where you should park your moving truck. Your landlord may have a designated area for you to park.
Obtain a Parking Permit
You may need a parking permit if your landlord doesn’t have a designated place for you to park. Some neighborhoods have narrower streets and you may need to block off some space. You should be able to find a daily pass online.
Double Check Your New Keys
Make sure that when you get your new keys you make sure that they work. It’s always a possibility that you were given the wrong keys by accident and you need to be confident that you’ll be able to enter your property on moving day.
Get Furniture Sliders
Furniture sliders are amazing! They help you easily move heavy furniture across carpet and hardwood floors. They’ll save you on your security deposit by ensuring that you don’t scratch your hardwood floors and they can be used to slide beds, tables, dressers and couches across carpets. Most hardware stores carry them and they usually range around $10.
Another thing to think about is buying command strip hooks rather than nails or tacks for your next apartment. Command hooks won’t leave holes or marks on your walls and they’re easily removed. Avoiding damage to your rental property will always save you money by increasing the odds of receiving your full security deposit back.
Try packing ahead of time. We always find that we have more than we thought so getting started early is usually a good idea. We recommend starting with items you don’t use often and then move onto necessities.
- Wall art
- Sentimental objects
- Books and movies
- Clothes and dishware (except for items you need)
- Last minute items
Last minute items can include your toothbrush, cosmetics, shampoo, bedding, and perishable food.
Using bubble wrap to protect your items is also recommended, but you can also use towels and clothes to wrap fragile items.
The best way to pack electronics, especially your television, is in the original packaging. The original packaging is designed to keep your electronics safe during transportation. If you haven’t held onto those boxes, then be sure to properly wrap them.
You may need to disassemble any furniture that won’t fit through the door.
Label each box as you finish packing. Labeling two sides of each box will make it easier to read your labels, even when the boxes are stacked. Labels will greatly help you organize where your boxes will go when you move into your new property.
Think about how you’re going to hold doors open while you move, and where your clear pathways will be before your moving day. It’s also always a good idea to have extra boxes and tape for last minute belongings.
On Moving Day
Check Your Apartment or House Before You Leave
Here are a few things to remember on moving day:
- Remember to check for belongings you may have left behind. Here are a few places to double check:
- Inside the washer and dryer
- Inside the refrigerator and freezer
- Your storage unit
- High-up shelves and cabinets
After making sure that everything is out of the unit, complete some last minute tasks:
- Take out the trash
- Shut off the lights
- Lock up
To Conclude: Preparation is key in order to ensure you have a smooth moving day!