New Apartment Checklist

The experience of moving to your first apartment will bring with it a lot of excitement as well as stress if you do not handle things right. If you are a first time mover then you probably haven't taken the time to think about all of the things you need to get things done right. Your friends and family will likely be there to cover all of the little things that may slip your mind during the busy period of moving, but a majority of it will be up to you. The common essentials are things you will probably have covered. There are many things at your current home that you probably don’t realize you will need to have for yourself when you get your first apartment. Small kitchen appliances, for example, are things that each home has a stockpile of, but will always stay in that home. Following an organized checklist will help first-time apartment movers stay on top of their move.

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Moving Out Checklist: Before Moving to the New Apartment

Moving to a new apartment is a fun and exciting new adventure. However, as you may have gathered by this point, it can also be very tiring. Well, here is another little checklist to make moving in to your first apartment something that can be fun and easy. Keep this checklist with you, and feel the satisfaction when you check of things during the weeks leading to the move. This checklist breaks down what you should get done week by week when moving to a new apartment.

This checklist breaks down what you should get done week by week when moving to a new apartment.

8 Weeks Prior:

- Sorting and Getting Rid of Things. Before you even think about moving to your new apartment, you should go through all of your things and get rid of what you don't need. You can donate things or just get rid of what you no longer need.

- Moving Companies. Make the executive decision of whether or not you will be using the services of a moving company or if you can move things to the apartment yourself with the help of friends or family.

- Look in to the New City. If you are moving to an apartment in a new city, take a look at what it has to offer. If you are making the move with children, look in to schools and other things for them to do around home. Even if you are staying local, look for things to do and places to shop around the apartment ahead of time so you don’t feel so isolated. Use Google Earth to get a better sense of the area you will be moving to and mentally prepare yourself to get out and about as soon as you settle in to your new apartment.

- Notify the Owner of your Current Property (if applicable).

6 Weeks Prior:

Congratulations! You have made a sizable dent in the tasks piling up before you move to your new apartment. Here are a few more tasks you should complete in this month and a half prior to moving to your new apartment.

- Change Your Address. Begin to have mail forwarded to the new apartment if it is unoccupied.

- Arrange. Make contact with the owner of the apartment complex and notify them of the exact date of move in. Ask if there is a set period of time during the day for move ins, and confirm that there will be a place for the moving truck to park.

- Insurance. Get renters insurance for your new apartment if you will be renting.

- Measure. Get dimensions for the rooms of the new apartment. Take extra care in doing this if you have a lot of furniture or valuables that you will be moving in to the apartment. You have to make sure they fit before taking the trouble to get them in to the apartment unit. Don’t forget to measure doorways.

4 Weeks Prior:

Here it is - the final month before the move!

- Items of Value. List out all of the valuable items you own, and whether or not they require special attention from the movers.

- Use Up What You Will be Buying More of. Eat foods and use supplies that you don’t want to move.

- Begin the process of packing. Start packing up things that you won’t need to use in the next month. Don’t forget to leave a box for essentials that you will need on the actual move day. Feel free to read this article for tips on making packing easier for yourself.

- Transfer Utilities. Call utility companies and arrange to have service transferred to the new apartment. Make sure to arrange for a date to have the cable at your current residence shut off if it will be vacant after your move to the new apartment.

- Banks. If you are moving long distance, notify the bank and find out if you have to do anything in terms of transferring branches.

2 Weeks Prior:

Things are getting good!

- Have a talk with the apartment leasing manager. Contact the apartment manager and arrange a time to pick up keys and get parking transponders, if applicable.

- Moving Van. Get a hold of a moving van for a move at a specific time of the day. Confirm the time with the movers, if needed.

- Clean Up. If you are vacating your current property, take a look at the lease to make sure you don't have to do any cleaning prior to move out. If you do, now is a good time to get this started. There likely won’t be enough time later on.

- Medications. Take care of medications that you may need to refill for use in the coming days.

The Week of the Move:

Yay! You have almost made it! There are just a few more things that need to be taken care of before you move to your new apartment!

- Check Again. Look at the moving notebook you made weeks ago and be sure that you completed everything that you had to. Make sure there are written directions to get to the new apartment complex. Add your cell number to the page and give two copies to the moving company drivers.

- Paying Things. Make sure all last-minute rent is paid and deposits have been made to the new apartment. Also be sure that you have enough cash on hand to give to the movers the day of the move. Most moving companies accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit. Also remember to tip movers if they did a good job.

- Essentials Box. Here we will revisit the box of essentials you begin to prepare weeks ago. Keep this box, bag, or suitcase in the trunk of your car so you will have the things you need with you at all times. Also move small items of special importance in this box. Don’t forget to have a few snacks and toiletries as well.

The Day of the Move:

The big day is here!

After you have completed a successful move in to your new apartment, it is time to take the next steps to comfortable apartment living. Take a look at the following checklists to make sure you get everything you need.

- Cleaning. Do any final cleaning of your old residence before going to the new apartment.

- Walk Through. Take a walk through the old home or room to make sure nothing has been forgotten.

- Get there Ahead of Time. Make sure you are at the new apartment before the movers get there. They can’t begin to unload unless the door has been unlocked. Make sure all of the utilities are functioning. Sign any final paperwork with the apartment manager. Be sure to move rather quickly at this time. Apartment complexes are a little different than residential homes in the sense that you can’t really take up elevators or stair wells with moving materials or boxes. Get off on good terms with your neighbors and the owner by making sure everything that could cause a delay has been taken care of.

- Unpacking the essentials. After the movers have been paid and sent off, begin unpacking. Take care of the boxes containing things you need most, such as toiletries and perishable food. Also, be sure to set up beds and furniture.

- Check with the apartment manager to take sure nothing else needs to be done.

- Introduce yourself to neighbors and thank them for their cooperation on move day.

Apartment Supplies

This section of the Apartment Checklist will come in extreme handy if you are living on your own for the first time. Although it is very useful for anyone moving in to an apartment.

You should not go out and spend thousands of dollars on furniture right before you move in to your first apartment. You can make it through with the essentials until you get more established. You should focus your budget more on things you will have to have.


You should not go out and spend thousands of dollars on furniture right before you move in to your first apartment. You can make it through with the essentials until you get more established. You should focus your budget more on things you will have to have.

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