The Dos and Don’ts of Moving to a New Apartment

apartment guideEven though the average American will move about 12 times in their life, it really never gets any easier. Moving to new rental spaces can bring a whole bunch of new worries and concerns. Don’t worry, from student housing to a new apartment complex, we have you covered with this quick and easy apartment guide of do’s and don’ts for moving to your new place.

Do understand the layout of your place
You don’t want to get to a new apartment only to bicker with your roommate about who gets what room. You also do not want to buy expensive items just to find they won’t fit in where you thought they might. If you need to know exact measurements of a fixture, don’t be afraid to ask your landlord if you can go in and take some measurements and pictures.

Don’t wait to pack
We get it, moving is stressful and you may want to delay packing as long as possible. Take our advice and pack a little each day, so you won’t be completely overwhelmed the night before the big move.

Do read the lease
Don’t be surprised that you are not allowed to smoke in your apartment or that you have to fork over expensive moving fees the day you get your key. This will all be explained in your lease, so make sure to read thoroughly and ask questions if you have any!

Do be organized
There is no such thing as being too organized when moving. Label boxes for each specific room, and if there are items that can go directly to storage and don’t need to be unpacked right away, label those, too. And don’t forget the importance of a good to-do list.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Everyone has moved at one point in their life, so everyone knows what you are going through. Ask for moving help from your friends and family, and see if they can help you coordinate deliveries so you do not have all your bulky items taking up space in your moving trucks. It’s an unwritten tradition to thank those who pitch in by providing pizza and beer at the end of the day, so be sure and feed your helpers — or they may not volunteer the next time you have to move!

Do have fun
This is an exciting time in your life. You have new neighbors to meet, a new ‘hood to explore, and the opportunity to decorate your place just the way you want it. Take a break from the drudgery of unpacking and enjoy the process.

Just remember this easy apartment guide for the next time you move, and you won’t have anything to worry about!