A Hassle-Free Move-In Day?
Is that even possible?
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Move-In day is very stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. I tend to move apartments a lot and I’ve had my fair share of this process. The more I moved, the more I learned and the less stressful it was.
Congratulations on getting the keys to your new apartment! You can’t see me but I’m super excited for you. The feeling of starting a new chapter never gets old – see what I did there? Sorry not sorry.
This post will provide some useful tips for your move and my goal is for you to say “hmm, I hadn’t thought about that” while you read and share with your network.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HASSLE-FREE MOVE-IN DAY
You know the saying - ‘Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail’? Well it’s applicable in this context. If you don’t plan properly, your move won’t go smoothly. Once you get planning out of the way, everything else that follows will be a breeze.
CHOOSE YOUR MOVE-IN DATE
The best time to move is in the middle of the week, and any time BUT during the Summer. If you can get a day off work to move and not wait until the weekend when everyone else is moving, you’ll have a less stressful move.
Hire YOUR MOVERS
Whether you plan to get your friends to help you move, or work with a moving company, let them know your intended move date so they can prepare. Both parties have their pros and cons - working with a moving company is more expensive but the job may get done faster and professionally. Getting your friends to help you move is more fun, plus you can always bribe them with food (who doesn’t love that?) or offer to buy them gas for their trucks/cars.
When you hire a moving company, be sure to provide all the details they need - like the size of your stuff (studio apartment, 1 bedroom, etc), and let them know if you need some extra moving supplies.
Don’t wait until it’s too close to your move-in day before remembering to hire movers, and, even if the booking has been confirmed, follow up a few days before your move to make sure everything is still good to go.
Arrange for your services to be transferred to your new place
I made this mistake once. Waited until I was ready to move before calling my cable and internet company to transfer my service. Don’t do it, unless you don’t mind waiting for weeks after you’ve moved. Call ahead of time and let them know you will be moving.
If you do this properly, they can even get everything hooked up the day you move in. That way, you’re not sitting on the floor of your new apartment eating a box of Chinese takeout and staring at the walls.
Find a sitter
If you have kids and/or furry babies, you don’t want them to get in your way. They’ll distract you and slow you down because you will need to constantly pay attention to them. Ask your friend or relative to help you baby sit while you move. Once you’re all settled at the new spot, you can pick them up and take them to their new home.
Notify relevant parties of YOUR address change
This is one step you don’t want to miss. Contact your banks, credit card companies, ministry of transportation, place of employment, other relevant parties and provide them with your new address.
DON’T FORGET PACKING SUPPLIES
Yes, I know you know this but do you know how many people forget the little things? I like using reusable plastic bins to pack my stuff (you know, being environmentally conscious and all that) but if you prefer boxes, check your local stores first and see if they can give you some used boxes before heading off to buy brand new ones because those get expensive.
Frog Box is one of my favourite companies to use. They rent out eco-friendly moving boxes to both companies and individuals. All you need to do is go online, choose your boxes and pick the date you want them delivered to you. After your move, they will meet you at your new address to pick up the boxes - how convenient is that?
CLEAN YOUR NEW PLACE
Yes, I said it. Ensure your new apartment is clean before you move. It’s a bad idea to wait until you’ve moved in before you clean your place.
Trust me, you’re going to be so tired by the time you’re done moving, and it may be too late to order takeout. Having food ready for your move-in day is so important because you’re not only taking care of your body by giving it what it needs, you’re also saving some money.
On the day of
The day has finally come and you’re so excited to begin life in your new apartment. To ensure an even smoother move, here are some helpful tips.
Move perishable items first
You don’t want your food items thawing or getting bad by the end of the day, do you? Complete your move from your old apartment with your food items and begin your move into the new place with them - straight to the fridge or pantry, if you have one.
One trip is all it takes
Okay don’t judge me for singing Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’ while typing this. You should aim to complete your move in a single trip - do this by using fewer boxes or bins and renting a bigger van. Most moving companies charge you per hour so it would make sense to have all your stuff ready to go and completed in one trip.
Place your stuff in the right spot
Do not put your items in one room and decide to sort them out later because that day will never come. They’ll be there for a while. As you bring your stuff in, place them in the rooms where they’ll be. Your box of kitchen utensils for example should be kept in the kitchen area.
PLEASE TIP YOUR MOVERS
Most of you won’t agree with me but moving isn’t easy. If you hire movers and they do an amazing job, please give them a tip. It shows that you appreciate their service.