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New Year, New Apartment? Follow This Moving Checklist.


Schedule cancelation of utilities and other services you may have in the area.

A month or two before your moving date you should reach out to your utility providers to cancel or transfer service. You should also do this with your renter’s insurance, gym membership, internet, and any other services you may have.


Start going through your stuff.

If you don’t love it don’t move it. Go through each room and decide what you want to throw away, donate, and keep. This will help cut down on what you need to pack so you aren’t bringing items with you that you don’t want or need.


Figure out your moving strategy.

Decide if you are going to hire movers, ask friends to help you move, rent a truck, etc. Get all of this in place a month ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling to find moving assistance.


Update your address with the USPS Official USPS® Change-of-Address Form

You can do this ahead of time and select what date you would like your mail to start going to the new address. That way this is one less thing to worry about during the hustle and bustle of moving.

Pack everything you can.

Leading up to moving day pack everything you can that you don’t immediately need to use. This could be things like extra linens, clothes you don’t wear often, etc. Pack everything you can ahead of time so that on moving day all you have to do is pack things you needed that morning such as toiletries.


Clean your old place.

Make sure you have time to do a clean of the place you are leaving. Dust, vacuum, sweep, and wipe down surfaces. You can patch up holes as well if you had anything hanging on the walls. This step may help you get more of your deposit back.


Turn in your keys.

Last, but not least don’t forget to turn in your keys to the leasing office!