moving in: things to consider

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The actual “moving” part of moving-in to a new apartment can be a VERY tedious and involved process. It can take days (sometimes weeks) to get everything sorted in the way that you want. In this lesson we’ll be covering all the things to consider when moving in like the pre-move walkthrough and the move-in process.

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moving in: things to consider

renting an apartment

The actual “moving” part of moving-in to a new apartment can be a VERY tedious and involved process. It can take days (sometimes weeks) to get everything sorted in the way that you want. In this lesson we’ll be covering all the things to consider when moving in like the pre-move walkthrough and the move-in process.

The pre-move walkthrough

 

You’ll want to physically walk through your exact apartment unit with your landlord before starting to move-in. Why? You’ll be able to keep a record of the state of the unit during move-in so that no costs come up when you move out. 

 

If there’s a ding in the wall or a scratch on the bedroom door you’ll want to take note (and photos!) of these things with the landlord so you won’t need to pay for them. 

 

The pre-move walk through helps you get your whole security deposit back.

 

What to consider when moving in

 

  • Figure out the timing. 
  • Collect moving supplies a few weeks before (think: boxes, bags, maybe a bottle of wine?)
  • Packing! Start far in advance. Trust us.
  • Get rid of all the things you don’t need! Time to Marie-Kondo your life a bit.
  • PLAN PLAN PLAN! Lock in your movers in advance, budget accordingly, and get this
  • Unpacking
  • Set up your utilities ahead of time so you can get gas, electricity, internet etc. Don’t forget to cancel everything at your old place if you need to!
  • Update your address on Postmates, Doordash, your Amazon account, etc. You don’t want your burrito bowl order going to some rando in your old apartment!

 

The move-in process

 

You made it! It’s finally time to MOVE. You planned it all out, right? Either way nows the time you’ll need to figure out how to get all your stuff into your unit. 

 

You’ll want to coordinate a few things:

 

  • What time will movers arrive? When will they leave?
  • Where can you park to unload and move-in your stuff?
  • What things do you need access to ASAP when you arrive?
  • Do you need to work out any details with the landlord?

 

Overall, you want to do your best to prepare and plan. Keep in mind that regardless of how much you plan, it’s pretty much standard that something will fall out of line — and that’s ok! You’ll be much more prepared to deal with anything that comes up since you’ve mapped out everything in advance.

what's in this lesson?

The actual “moving” part of moving-in to a new apartment can be a VERY tedious and involved process. It can take days (sometimes weeks) to get everything sorted in the way that you want. In this lesson we’ll be covering all the things to consider when moving in like the pre-move walkthrough and the move-in process.

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The pre-move walkthrough

 

You’ll want to physically walk through your exact apartment unit with your landlord before starting to move-in. Why? You’ll be able to keep a record of the state of the unit during move-in so that no costs come up when you move out. 

 

If there’s a ding in the wall or a scratch on the bedroom door you’ll want to take note (and photos!) of these things with the landlord so you won’t need to pay for them. 

 

The pre-move walk through helps you get your whole security deposit back.

 

What to consider when moving in

 

  • Figure out the timing. 
  • Collect moving supplies a few weeks before (think: boxes, bags, maybe a bottle of wine?)
  • Packing! Start far in advance. Trust us.
  • Get rid of all the things you don’t need! Time to Marie-Kondo your life a bit.
  • PLAN PLAN PLAN! Lock in your movers in advance, budget accordingly, and get this
  • Unpacking
  • Set up your utilities ahead of time so you can get gas, electricity, internet etc. Don’t forget to cancel everything at your old place if you need to!
  • Update your address on Postmates, Doordash, your Amazon account, etc. You don’t want your burrito bowl order going to some rando in your old apartment!

 

The move-in process

 

You made it! It’s finally time to MOVE. You planned it all out, right? Either way nows the time you’ll need to figure out how to get all your stuff into your unit. 

 

You’ll want to coordinate a few things:

 

  • What time will movers arrive? When will they leave?
  • Where can you park to unload and move-in your stuff?
  • What things do you need access to ASAP when you arrive?
  • Do you need to work out any details with the landlord?

 

Overall, you want to do your best to prepare and plan. Keep in mind that regardless of how much you plan, it’s pretty much standard that something will fall out of line — and that’s ok! You’ll be much more prepared to deal with anything that comes up since you’ve mapped out everything in advance.

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