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Moving Apartment Rental Checklist

Moving can be overwhelming and no matter how much time you allow, it’s hard to keep track of everything. This moving checklist will help you keep track of loose ends, reduce stress, and stay calm, cool and collected while moving into your new place. If your moving timetable is shorter than the one in this checklist, don’t panic! Use this list as a guideline to keep you on track and adjust the weeks to match your timeline.


-- Six to eight weeks before your move --
• Set up a moving notebook or file to keep all of your moving information in one place.
• Make a moving decision. Will you hire a moving company or move yourself?
• If you are hiring a moving service, research and hire a moving company. If you are moving yourself and need family and friends to help with your move make sure to contact them.
• Calculate the costs of your move and set up a moving budget.
• If you are currently renting, check your current lease to see how much notice you need to give to move out.
• Finalize move in-details with your new apartment. Ask if there are any move-in regulations, special hours or special parking arrangements you have to make for moving day.
• Contact your insurance company to arrange for renter’s insurance at your new apartment.
• Make a list of who to notify about your move and when. This list should include friends, creditors, doctors, schools, your current and former employers, and any church or professional organizations to which you belong.
• Start gathering moving supplies and moving boxes.
• Start thinking about how you will arrange your furniture in your new floor plan.

-- Four to five weeks before your move --
• Begin packing your belongings starting with the items you use less frequently.
• Donate or throw away items you don’t need.
• Start using up household items, such as frozen food or detergent, that you will not want to move.
• Cancel or transfer magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
• File a change of address form with the United States Postal Service.
• If you already rent- call your utility providers and make arrangements to have your utilities canceled after you move out. Utilities to cancel may include phone, power, water and cable/satellite.
• Talk to your employer to make sure you can get your moving day off of work.
• Call your bank and credit card companies and ask about the process of changing or moving your accounts.

-- Two to three weeks before your move --
• If you already rent- review your lease agreement to see what kind of cleaning is necessary when you move out.
• Set up your utilities at your new apartment. Utilities to set up may include phone, electricity, water, trash and cable.
-- The week of your move ---
• Confirm appointments with cable or Internet services.
• Order new checks with your new address.
• If you already rent- clean your apartment and prepare it for the check-out process.
• Confirm moving day details with your moving company or truck rental service. Reconfirm plans if friends and family are helping you with your move.
• Make a box of cleaning supplies to keep handy if your new apartment needs cleaning.
• Pack the essentials you will need shortly after you move in a ‘priority box’.
• Pack the clothes, toiletries and personal items you will need in the days following your move in suitcases.
• If you already rent- arrange and conduct your ‘apartment checkout walk through’. Discuss any issues and make arrangements regarding your security deposit. If you are leaving an apartment, sign any final paperwork, perform any necessary final walks through, and turn over your key. Get a copy of any final paperwork for your records. Make sure to give your former management company your new address so they know where to send your security deposit.

-- Moving Day --

• Make sure you arrive at your new apartment before your moving van.
• Check in with your apartment manager to perform an apartment walk through and get your apartment key, if you have not done so already. If you have made any special move-in arrangements, confirm those details with your apartment manager.
• Check to make sure the necessary utilities have been hooked up.
• If you are moving yourself, unload your belongings off your moving truck.
• If you are using a moving company, take note of items as they are unloaded to make sure nothing was damaged in transit. Once all of your belongings have been unloaded, read and sign any final paperwork (inventory, bill of lading, etc.) Keep a copy for your records.
• Unpack your priority box and set up any furniture you will want to use that day, such as beds, chairs, etc.


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