Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, settling into a new apartment is an exciting time. The thought of a new space and a bright future is inspiring.

Before you get ready to enjoy the sights of your new neighborhood, check out our ultimate moving checklist to make your move as easy as possible!

6 to 8 Weeks Before You Move: Reserve Movers and Storage Rentals

When it comes to moving, the work starts early. The first thing on your apartment moving checklist is to reserve your movers. Whether hiring professional movers or recruiting friends to help, you need to give people time to put your move on their schedule. 

In addition to movers, now is the time to look into storage unit rentals. Whether you need a place for boxes, large furniture, or vehicle storage, self-storage facilities are a great way to get additional space and help you pace your move.

Now is also a great time to secure boxes and other moving supplies. Sometimes you can collect boxes from stores or friends and family. If you can’t, there are plenty of options for purchasing these items in bulk from local stores and self-storage facilities. Don’t forget a few permanent markers to clearly label all your boxes!

One Month Before You Move: Start Packing and Transfer Utilities

The next major milestone on your apartment moving checklist occurs one month from moving day. Time flies, and it will be moving day before you know it!

Start the apartment moving process early by decluttering your apartment and moving items such as holiday decor and out-of-season clothing into a self-storage unit. Facilities such as Price Self Storage give you the space you need conveniently and cost-effectively. Moving unnecessary items into a storage unit a little at a time reduces the amount of time (and capable hands) you’ll need on moving day.

The next step on your moving/packing checklist is to transfer your utilities. Be sure to let your existing utility companies know when to take the gas, electric, cable, internet, and water out of your name and into the new tenants’. You’ll also want to call the utility companies in your new area to ensure those utilities will be rolled over to you on moving day. Nothing is worse than moving into an apartment without the necessary utilities!

Two Weeks Before You Move: Non-Essentials and Change of Address

Two weeks before moving day, it’s time to get serious about checking things off your apartment moving checklist.

This is the time to pack all non-essential items, such as extra toys, miscellaneous kitchen items, and books. Packing a few boxes a day will ensure that you won’t be packing your entire apartment the night before you move.

Now is also the time to change your address. Go to your local post office or visit usps.com for all the necessary forms to change your address and redirect your mail. You should also reach out to your credit card companies, banks, and other institutions to alert them of your new address. Don’t forget to share it with family and friends too!

One Week Before Your Move: Pack Essentials and Complete Walkthrough

Moving day is almost here! Now that you’re down to the wire, it’s time to take care of the remaining items on your apartment moving checklist.

Take some time to pack all your essentials into a suitcase. Be sure to have whatever clothing you’ll need for the next week readily available, including work uniforms. You should also have a box of daily hygiene items, snacks, and prescription medications. Anything you might need at a moment’s notice between now and moving day should be readily available.

One of the final things on the ultimate moving checklist is to perform a complete walkthrough of your apartment. Now that you’ve removed all the clutter and your belongings are boxed up, it’s time to check for any damage you might be responsible for and make sure all of your belongings are removed from every cabinet and closet.

Moving Day

It’s finally moving day! Your new apartment is ready, and your old one will soon be empty. Although it may seem as though you’ve been preparing for this day for a long time now, you’ll be thankful for all of the work you’ve done. When you follow all of the steps on our ultimate moving checklist, you’ll be ready to move to your new apartment with ease.

If you need help navigating your move, obtaining moving supplies, or storing everything from your wine collection to your Jet Ski, call your local Price Self StorageⓇ. Our complimentary concierge service is available seven days a week to help you make the most of your big move. Contact us today for more information!