You Just Signed the Lease, What’s Next? 10 Step Checklist

Klemmbrett benutzenNow that you have signed the lease and are ready to get started moving, there are a lot of things you need to consider. Time can be against you especially if you’re planning on moving out in the middle of the week. You don’t want to forget anything that might be important in your boxes, but what about the services at the home? With all of the things that need to be done, what’s a logical way of completing the task of moving?

1. Scheduling the Movers – Everything hinges on when the movers will be able to get started hauling your possessions around. Once you get a set date, the rest of your planning can fall into place.

2. TV Service- Getting the cable or satellite services turned on can take up to two weeks in some areas. It all depends on how busy the technicians are. Calling them first and setting up the appointment for the day after the move can give you time to get a few things situated before they arrive. (Check out these alternatives for cable TV.)

3. Internet – Your future Internet connection can be another aspect that can take days to get lined up. Call your future ISP now and have the appointment set up for the same day as your television. There’s no sense in waiting to get back on your favorite social site.

4. Electricity – You’re going to need power in your new home. Based on the moving schedule, you can call and make sure the power will be on in your name the day of the move.

5. Phone Services – Whether you are using a mobile device exclusively or would like to have a land-line for emergency purposes, both of these services can be switched to your new location fairly quick. Of course, this also depends on the company you are using for either one.

6. Water – Is the water included in the monthly rent of the new home? If it’s not, you’ll need to call up the company or city and let them know you’re moving in on the specified date. This can ensure that you are billed correctly for usage.

7. Trash Services – Most rentals will have trash services included. However, there are some that don’t, and you need to make sure you have a scheduled pickup and container to use.

8. License – Don’t forget that you will need to change your address with the Department of Motor Vehicles. In some areas, you can be fined for not doing so.

9. Banking Information – Don’t forget to change your banking information. This includes any and all credit cards that you may have. Not only do you want to get your mail at the correct address, but many systems use an address verification process that can decline your card if it differs from your current residence.

10. Change of Address – Last, but not least, submit your change of address form. Although you can contact all of those people and businesses that you want to receive mail from, submitting one of these forms can make sure you get your mail after you move.

Moving entails more than simply packing your boxes and heading out. Services need to be turned off in one location and activated in another. Getting as much done as you can prior to moving day can make sure that your first day in your new home starts off the right way.

Our today’s guest blogger is  Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.


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Comments (4)

  1. Avatar Felicia

    What would I basic startup fee be for putting electricity into an apartment for the first time? I wish there were estimated figures.

    • Admin Admin

      Check out this post about How Much Should You Plan for Utilities. For a better estimate, ask the landlord or the previous tenant how much the average monthly bill is. The best way to find out how much you may have to give to your electric company for deposit is to contact them directly. Good luck with you first apartment!

  2. Avatar NewYawker

    Is it required to change your license, if you’re just attending for graduate studies?

    • Admin Admin

      Hi NewYawker, check out with the DMV. It probably depends whether your keep your permanent address in your home state or change it to NY.