Top-10 Tips For A Successful Apartment Move
Top-10 Tips For A Successful Apartment Move
Whether you are moving for the first or 10th time, apartment moves require some special preparation. While it is usually physically easier to move from an apartment than a traditional house, you must pay special attention to several important areas of the move. Even if you choose not to hire professionals to help with your apartment moves, you still need to follow a number of tips to make sure your transition goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Go through all of your possessions and be scrupulously honest as to whether you still need each item. Depending on the value of each item, you can sell it online or simply donate unwanted goods to a local charity. Unless you are really broke, save yourself a lot of trouble by donating items such as unused canned goods to the local food bank. The stress and cost of moving a lot of canned goods is just not worth it.
2. Plan to move out on a weekend day if at all possible. Trying to move during the week could slow down your move if a lot of kid and adult neighbors are around. Apply the same advice to your move in date if you are going from one apartment to another.
3. Cleaning your old apartment is an essential step and you should start it early in all apartment moves. If you do not clean the property, you risk not only losing your security deposit but also getting billed for cleaning costs. Everything needs to be spic and span, including often forgotten areas such as the inside of your kitchen oven. If you just do not like cleaning or do not have this kind of time, hire a friend or a professional maid service. The money you spend will be well-worth it in the end. After all, you do not want your old landlord to have anything negative to say about you in the future.
4. Go through the apartment and remove all nails and staples that you used to fasten items to the walls. Make sure there are not any holes that need to be filled with caulk.
5. Get a “magic eraser” and test it on your wall to make sure it is not one that removes paint. Use the magic eraser to remove any scuffs or marks from the apartment walls. This will reduce the chance of your landlord withholding your security deposit or sending a bill for so-called damage to the walls.
6. Cancel utilities in your name. Call every single utility company that bills you and tell them the date on which you move. Otherwise, you could be billed for services in an apartment you vacated.
7. One of the biggest issues people face after apartment moves is not getting important bills at their new addresses. This is a potentially serious problem, because unpaid utility, loan, and credit card bills can damage your credit rating. Hence, you will have more difficulty getting the next apartment or finding companies that will start your cable or electricity services without a hefty security deposit.
File official change of address cards with the post office as soon as you know your new address. Also, manually change your address (online, through the mail, or over the telephone) with important businesses such as credit card lenders, electric, gas, and cable companies. Keep a list of the due dates of all important bills – if you do not get your bills in a timely manner, personally check with the company to find out the problem and make arrangements to pay the bill. These are important ways to protect your credit standing.
8. In apartment moves, you should take pictures of every room once it is empty and clean. Ideally, your landlord performs a move-out inspection. Attend it and get a copy of the move-out checklist. Try to get the landlord to sign off on your pictures during this time.
Send the pictures you took via e-mail (or better yet, get them printed and send them through certified mail) to your soon-to-be-ex-landlord. Send a copy of the package to yourself and do not open it. That way, you have concrete evidence that you did not leave the apartment damaged or messy in the event there is a dispute with the landlord concerning the condition of the apartment. Having this evidence will be critical if you are denied your deposit and must go to court to collect it.
9. Collect any spare keys from hiding places or trusted friends and neighbors. Once you have all keys, hand them over to your landlord or one of his approved representatives.
10. Gather and keep all other documents related to apartment moves, especially your original lease agreement and any rent receipts.