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Moving Advice for Your First Apartment

There are few things in life more exciting than reserving your first small apartment movers. That being said, there are a lot of things that can go wrong during a move, especially when you haven’t had previous ones with mistakes to learn from. Your moving day can either go smoothly or you can face a ton of bumps along the way that make it the most frustrating day of your life. Unpakt has listed some extremely helpful moving advice that will ensure that you enjoy this day as much as you should.

 

Create a Timeline
Moving day will sneak up on you; it always does. You go from having a month to take care of things to it suddenly being the night before, and you are still not done packing. The more organized and on schedule you can stay, the better off you will be.

Take the time to make lists of absolutely everything that you need to take care from something as small as buying light bulbs to something as important as booking your movers. Once you know everything you need to do, use a calendar, planner, or notebook to schedule each task, so you don’t leave everything to the last minute.

Measure Ahead of Time
One of the most common mistakes made when people move into their first apartment is not taking the time to measure. This does not just include measuring the room for buying furniture either. You need to measure doorways, hallways, and elevators. There is nothing worse than trying to move something that you can’t even get into your new place. When measuring stairways, take the railings into consideration as well.

Don’t Shop
It can be tempting to start shopping ahead of time, but this is just extra stuff that you will need to pack and move. If you find the last one of something on sale that you can’t live without then fine, buy it. However, actually going shopping to buy a lot of new stuff should wait. Plus, quite often, a space is much smaller than what you remember, especially once it is full of boxes and some furniture. You may not have room for all the little extras without it looking cluttered.

Clean First
Chances are good that you are getting the keys to your new place, at least a day, if not a week before. Go over there and clean the apartment first if at all possible. There is nothing more challenging than trying to clean around boxes. You will be glad you did!

Take Care of Utilities Ahead of Time
Just because the electricity and water was on when you looked at the apartment does not mean that it will be on when you get there. Find out which utilities are included and which ones you need to have turned on in your name. Also, you don’t want to schedule your cable or internet installation close to the same time you are moving. Movers rarely get completed on schedule, and you could miss your appointment and get charged a fee.

Research Your Movers
Hiring your small apartment mover is one of the most important steps to a stress-free day. There are a lot of movers out there, but they are not all the same. Do your homework and do a search on them. Also, check to see if they are listed with the BBB, and make sure that they have insurance. The right movers will make your day seem effortless.