Moving in an apartment which is rented is a bit different from the moving you have when you are relocating to a house. In this case you have a lease signed and you have a smaller home with less space to move your things to. That means potentially smaller moving costs and quicker move. What does your rental apartment move in & move out checklist need? Here are a few tips that can help you move when renting an apartment.
Apartment Rental Moving Checklist
- Check what you are going to move with you. If you are currently living in a house this means that you will have too many things to fit into an apartment. In this case you’d better look for a storage facility nearby. Go to every room and area in your home and check what is to be taken, what is to be stored and what is to be donated or sold at a moving sale or online.
- If you are currently living in an apartment but you have things at storage make a visit to it and decide what to take into the new apartment. Take their measures to make sure they fit through the door and will fit inside the rooms as well. See what space you will need for any more things to put into the storage and calculate if you will need extra space.
- Arrange a moving company for your apartment rental move in. Get as many quotes as you can and discuss the possibility of an in home estimate with the movers. It will give you so many more benefits than just finding out the eventual costs only on the phone.
- Decide on a moving day with a mover. This is also going to be the day of termination of your lease contract. Let your landlord know you are moving out and arrange with him the termination of your agreement. At the same time look for an apartment in the state you are going to relocate to. Decide on what you want – size of the place, number of rooms, which floor in the building you prefer, type of area that you would like to live in, and last but not least – plan your budget carefully. On the one hand, it should be within your means and on the other – it should be enough for you to get the type of apartment that you want. You don’t want to get stuck with a rent you can’t actually afford.
- Start the change of your address along with notification of all friends and family and change of made subscriptions. When moving into a rental apartment you can even subscribe to a newspaper at your new home so when you arrive there you have the local news ready waiting for you by the door.
- Prepare for the moving day well. Moving out of your rental apartment will be easier if you have everything packed before, in advance. Label the boxes and get them ready – well taped, secured and everything inside cushioned in order to ensure a safe move for your belongings. Plan how to pack for moving your artwork or glassware. On the other hand, the insurance that the movers provide by obligation is valid only if they pack your belongings. In any other case this insurance is not valid and if you have broken items in the end of the move – even by movers’ fault, they are not going to be responsible for any damages. This means that perhaps you would be better off to find packers and movers online who will do the moving for you and at the same time do the packing.
- Have enough money at your disposal. Remember that after your moving is over and the movers are at your new home looking forward to unloading their vehicle you will have to pay them the rest of the amount of the final cost for relocation.
Before relocating to your new apartment make a visit to it and check:
- Are there any damages to appliances, floor, doors, etc? Is everything working properly? Does it need a renovation first? If so, you have to arrange it before doing the actual relocation.
- When can you sign your lease contract? You have to comply it with the date of move out and finalizing your current apartment rent. Talk to your landlord about this – especially if you want to leave early it may or it may not be possible. Some landlords agree to that and others – don’t. This is what you should consider when preparing your rental apartment move in checklist. The date of termination of your lease contract should be your moving date so that you can move out on time without having to pay rent for an apartment you are no longer living in.
What else do you consider important for your apartment rental move in checklist? If you would like to add something you can do it by sharing your comments below. Remember to share this article by clicking on the g+ tab from the bar to the left. Thank you!
Posted on Jul 10, 2012