How do I move my stuff to another apartment?

By Julia N
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How Do I Move My Stuff to Another Apartment? 

If you’re moving out of your current apartment and into another, you’ll need to have your furniture and other items moved from one place to the other as well. Whether you’re moving on your own, with help from friends, or with professional movers, it’s important to make sure that everything goes smoothly. This is especially true if you’ll be living in the new apartment before all of your stuff arrives. Follow these tips to successfully move your stuff to another apartment and become an ideal tenant.

How Do I Plan My Move?

Moving into an apartment requires careful planning, so it’s best to start thinking about these things as soon as possible.

One of the first steps to take is figuring out what kind of apartment you need. Do you prefer easy access or additional space? It might sound obvious, but don’t forget to look at different neighborhoods and get a feel for what might suit your lifestyle best.

If you’re looking for some easy ways to make the process a little less painful, here are some ideas: 

#1: Research Throughly

Use your smartphone or laptop to look for apartments for rent in the area you’re moving to and start contacting them as early as possible. Be sure to ask about parking options, utilities included in rent, etc.

#2: Check Reviews

When looking for apartments for rent, don’t forget to check their reviews. Some landlords and buildings are better than others. Reviews can help you easily avoid picking the wrong spot. 

#3: Gather Your Stuff

When you find an apartment that has the right amenities and location and your tenant background check is made by the landlord, start by gathering all of the things you want to take and pile them in one location. This might be a spare room, the basement, or any other place where you can spread out. Once your possessions are collected in an open area, start with the most important ones first: family heirlooms, irreplaceable documents, such as birth certificates and marriage licenses, passports (bring originals), and photographs (digitize those first!). Then proceed through the rest of your belongings by category.

#4: Organize Your Stuff

Get yourself organized before you start packing. Label every box with something that identifies what’s inside and where it goes (e.g., living room or kitchen). This way when you get to your new place and start unpacking, it’ll be that much easier.

#5: Move Furniture Out of the Way

Move furniture out of the way before loading boxes or other items on top of them. It will be tough to move couches and tables once boxes are piled on top of them!

#6: Prepare To Be Living Out of Boxes

Pack enough clothes in advance so that you don’t have to do laundry while unpacking in your new place. Think about all items that are “must-haves” immediately after your move and pack them in their own separate bag or box. Set these items aside.

#7 Pack Fragile Items Carefully

Pack dishes and glasses by hand rathe. And consider not putting especially fragile items in boxes if you want to avoid breakage.

#8 Keep trash bags handy

Be ready to throw away or recycle items you no longer need. And make sure you know how to dispose of hazardous materials, such as paints, oil-based cleaners, batteries, etc. These should never be thrown away with regular garbage.

#9: Cushion Your Items

Fill in any empty space with newspaper, packing paper, or bubble wrap for extra cushioning.

#10: Seal & Label Boxes

Seal your boxes tightly with packing tape to keep items safe in transit. Also, label boxes with a permanent marker so that you and/or your movers know where to put them in your new apartment.

#11: Retrieve Items in Storage

If you have your items with an on-demand storage provider like Clutter’s Smart Storage, set up an appointment to have any needed items delivered to your new location. If your items are in a self-storage facility, block time in your busy schedule to pick them up.

#12: Unpack Methodically

Upon arrival at your destination, unpack one box at a time. Start with the items most critical for life in your new place. But also try to finish unpacking one room before you start the next.

Should I Hire Professional Movers?

Professional movers are a great way to remove stress when moving into an apartment. They provide packing and unpacking services, as well as transportation of your items. They can also help you decide what items you should bring with you vs. dispose of or put into storage. Professional movers can also give you tips on how to pack more efficiently and safely, which can be especially helpful if it’s your first time moving on your own. Moving into an apartment is always easier when you have the right tools for it, for example Clutter’s moving service.

What Happens If Stuff Breaks During My Move?

The last thing you want is for your items to break or be damaged in the process of moving. 

However, what happens if something breaks during the move? Our recommendation is to check out storage insurance options when renting a storage unit, and/or moving insurance options when using professional movers. These policies can help cover any damages incurred in transit. In general, we recommend taking photographs of all furniture and household items before packing them so that any future damage can be tracked. 

If there is an accident with your belongings during the move (e.g., a TV gets dropped), it’s also important to have renters insurance or homeowners insurance in place to make sure you’re covered against accidental losses.

While apartments for rent may not include features like laundry facilities and garage spaces, they still provide residents with enough space to accommodate all their needs without compromising comfort and ease. 

Tips on Unpacking at Your New Place

We recommend starting unpacking the small things, like bedding, before moving on to the larger furniture. This will give you an early sense of accomplishment.

Remember that you can’t unpack until after you get settled in a bit. You’ll need somewhere for all of your clothes and other household items to go, so make sure to find reliable storage space or an apartment for rent before you start packing up boxes. Make sure to leave enough time in between when renting an apartment for rent and your scheduled move-in date to find and move items to your space, though on-demand storage can make this process easier.

There are many wonderful potential benefits to moving into a new apartment for rent, including a lower cost of living, proximity to shopping centers and schools, as well as being closer to family members. 

Moving into a new home can be an exciting new chapter in your life. When it comes to moving, the more tricks you have up your sleeve and the more your plan, the more efficient. We hope the tips in this article will help you to plan the perfect move and make it less difficult and stressful.


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