Preparing to move into a new apartment after an exhausting search for an apartment can be a daunting task. If you've put a lot of effort into taking time to find apartments the next few steps of actually moving into that apartment might seem overwhelming. It can be hard to know where to start, and what to prioritize, especially if you've never had to search for an apartment and move into one before. There's a lot to think about, and the best way to make things go smoothly is to prepare for your move as much as possible. Preparation can make things much easier, and if you put in some effort in the days or weeks leading up to your move you will find that moving day itself will be a breeze. Or at least not the headache you might be imagining right now. Here are five tips that can keep you from losing your mind when you're moving into your new apartment.

1. Make Sure You Understand Your Lease

This might seem like something that is so basic it isn't worth mentioning, but you'd be wrong about that. Read your lease several times. Make sure you understand everything that is involved with your new apartment. You'll need to know which utilities you should plan on setting up, and which ones will be covered by your rent. If you have a pet you'll need to make sure your apartment allows pets, and what extra deposits might be involved in having those pets with you. Your lease should document anything that might be currently wrong with the apartment. If something like a closet door is dented, or a screen is missing from a window, make sure that's all written down. You do not want to miss something while you're getting ready to move in because it could result in you being charged to fix or replace it when you move out. Putting a little extra time into reading and re-reading your lease will result in you knowing your rights, what to expect in terms of extra costs like utilities, and where to go if you need help with emergency repairs. If there's something you don't understand, make sure you ask about it before you move in. You should be fully confident in what you are signing before you sign and move. It's okay to ask questions. This is going to be your new home so don't hesitate to make sure you'll be comfortable living there.

2. Be Aware Of Space Constraints

If you're moving into a new apartment you need to make sure what you're bringing with you will fit into your new place. If you have a large piece of furniture like a sectional couch, take a look at how you plan to get it into your apartment. Make sure there's a clear plan in place before you start moving. No one wants to be stuck in the hallway holding a couch with no clear idea of how it's getting into your new place. If you take a look around and see what obstacles there might be before you actually start moving you can put a plan in place to avoid situations like being stuck on a staircase you weren't planning for. Make sure you also are planning out where smaller things will go. Keep in mind what space you have for storage in key areas like your kitchen and closets. If you're moving to somewhere with a smaller storage space in key areas you'll find things are less hectic if you know how you're going to handle where everything should go.

3. Label Your Boxes While You're Packing

Moving day isn't the only part of moving into an apartment that can be stressful. Unpacking your things can get overwhelming quickly if you don't try to stay as organized as possible. The easiest way to do this is to label your boxes as you are packing them. Ideally you'd want to state what's in the box and which room the box should be placed in. If you're packing pots and pans you probably don't want to find that box randomly when you're trying to get your bathroom unpacked and situated. A few extra seconds to write what's going where on the outside of the box can really save you time and energy when you're unpacking.

4. Figure Out What You'll Need To Buy

Moving into a new apartment can be expensive, but it doesn't have to get out of hand. Take note of what you are going to need in your new place. If you already have kitchen supplies then you can avoid having to look for new plates and silverware. If you don't have a key piece of furniture you might not want to wait too long to purchase that. Keep in mind what you'll want to use daily. Couches, tables, dressers and even things like a TV are all items you probably won't want to go without for very long. If you organize a list of what you'll need you can even start hunting for bargains on Craigslist or Facebook to help save some money. You can also make a note of things you'd like to have eventually but may not be needed right away. If you think your apartment would look better with an area rug, for instance, you could add that to a list of things to watch for but aren't urgent purchases.

5. Figure Out Your Moving Vehicle Situation

If you don't own a vehicle that will hold more than a box or two this is going to require some advanced planning. It's best to take this into consideration while you're still a few weeks out from your move-in date. You will find things will go a lot more smoothly if you know you have a truck you can depend on using in advance. If you wait until the last minute to think about this, you could end up stuck with a really expensive rental truck or having to call friend after friend until you find someone willing to help. As you're planning out your vehicle situation it's also a good time to make a plan for who is going to be helping with the move. Remember, having everything mapped out beforehand is going to make moving day so much easier for you. Ask about help and vehicles well in advance and you'll have one less thing to worry about.

The search for an apartment and eventual move into that apartment is definitely a process that takes some effort and planning. Keeping these tips in mind as you finish up that process and actually prepare to move will help you stay as calm as possible while moving into your new place. It might seem tedious to plan out some of these things, but on the day of your move, you'll be glad you took the time to be proactive. Moving is already inherently stressful, so give yourself a break and take these tips to heart. You'll be thankful you did.



Published by Mohsin Ahsan