Moving into a new apartment can be a very exciting process. You are getting a fresh start in the place you’ve chosen. However, it can also be very stressful. If this is your first move for a long time, you may not know what to do and what to expect.
Take a look at this moving into a new apartment checklist to get an idea of where to get started. We’re going to discuss the process of getting ready to move your things.
You can choose to move on your own, but that makes it more likely you will damage your possessions, waste time, and turn the move into an utterly frustrating process. However, you should also be prepared before calling a moving company, ready to find the right option and for them to come to your home.
Here is what you need to do before calling a moving company.
Make an inventory
One of the reasons moving is so difficult is that you have to keep track of so much. You are moving everything you own over the course of a few days. It is easy to lose or misplace items, as well as to forget to make accommodations for fragile objects. The first step you need to take is to make an inventory of your possessions.
Go through your current home slowly but surely, listing everything into a spreadsheet. You don’t need to get super specific. For example, if you have a ton of books on your shelves, you don’t have to go to the trouble of listing them all by name. Rather, list the things that are most at risk and which are too valuable not to keep track of.
Once you have the list, create categories. Some people will prefer to do this the opposite way around – creating categories and then listing each thing into a category – but others prefer to get the inventory down as efficiently as possible.
Your categories should primarily focus on rooms. Ultimately, when you box your possessions, it is important to note which room they need to go to. This will make unpacking a lot easier and save you a lot of trouble when searching for certain items.
Compare moving companies
Don’t just choose the first moving company you find or the one with the most recognizable name. Rather, pay attention to the services they offer and their prices, as well as customer reviews. Some moving companies will offer to pack your possessions into boxes as well as unpack them when you get to your new place. It is up to you what you prefer if these services are affordable.
Any reviews online should be looked at carefully. If there are a lot of negative reviews for a moving company, especially if complaints state that they have damaged or lost peoples’ possessions, you should steer clear. If the difference between a company with a good reputation and one with a bad reputation comes down to price, paying the extra money may well be worth it to keep your things safe.
Box your portable items
If you opt to box your possessions yourself, this is not too difficult a step. Packing is no fun, but it is tedious work rather than hard work. Get a number of boxes for each room, along with plenty of tape. Don’t try to pack the boxes too tightly. You can afford to use extra boxes if need be so that you’re not struggling to seal them or get them around.
For fragile items, you will have to fill the boxes with newspaper and/or bubble wrap. These boxes in particular should not be packed tighter than need be, and extra space should be used for protective packaging.
Be sure to mark the room very clearly on the box. It is not an absolute disaster if you open a box in the wrong room, but it is quite frustrating, especially if the boxes are heavy and the contents are fragile.
Moving is anxiety provoking for most people, but it can be done without too much difficulty. Make sure you get the best moving company available, and be ready to pack up your things effectively.
We hope you found this blog post What To Do Before Calling A Moving Company When Moving Apartment useful. Be sure to check out our post Tips on How to Move Out of State for more great tips!