Moving days can be stressful, but they don’t have to be! The key to a stress-free, successful move is planning and organization. The key here is to plan ahead! Often times, you know a couple months in advance that you’re planning to either move out of vacate your apartment for a new one. Don’t waste time once you make your decision! As soon as you decide that you’re going to move, check out online rental sites. They will give you a really good idea of the market, what kinds of places are out there, and what you like and dislike about apartments.
If you make your decision to move well in advance, feel free to be a little picky on your new place. If you see something you don’t love, wait and try to find a different one that suits your needs better. But, don’t start too early. If you look for places months in advance, you run the risk of finding your dream apartment…and not being able to have it because you can’t move in when the landlord wants you to. We found that starting your search about 60 days in advance of Moving Day gives you enough time to look around without risking loving something you can’t have.
For your own sake, try to make a decision at least a month before your moving date. That way, you have plenty of time to make arrangements for travel, pack your stuff, and decide what you need & don’t need. Moving on a tight schedule only increases stress for everyone involved.
Once you pick your place, refer to the infographic below that explains the best timeline for your move!
On actual moving day, try to keep stress-free. By packing up in advance, you alleviate a lot of the day-of jitters. There are some things, like certain clothing and toiletry items, that you’ll need to gather the morning of your move. Keep a duffel bag in your apartment for that very reason. In the morning, pack up those essential items and keep it close by. That can be the first thing you locate and unpack in your new place. Plus, by planning ahead of time, you can afford to take your time and be deliberate about the move itself. Instead of throwing things into boxes last minute, you can organize the boxes into moving trucks and unpack slowly over the rest of the day.
Keep in mind throughout this process that moving can be expensive, so the more money you can save ahead of time and during the time before Moving Day, the better. Make a commitment to yourself to refrain from spending too much–we promise your budget will thank you later! We wish you the best of luck on your move to your first or new apartment! Just be sure to plan ahead and commit to spending time preparing for Moving Day in order to ensure an easy, stress-free move. What other tips do you have for first-time movers? Let us know your no-fair advice in the comments!