Moving out is a sign of new beginnings, but it can also be a stressful time. AptAmigo has helped thousands of people find their dream apartment; so we made a list of things to do before, during, and after your move. To help your transition between apartments go more smoothly, we’ve created The Ultimate Moving Checklist. Once you’re all moved in, check out our guide on how to unpack in only one day!

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Buy Packing Supplies

You can’t start packing without a place to put your belongings. Check with the nearest hardware or grocery store to see if they have any extra boxes. Or, you can always buy some from Craigslist, or even at an office supply store. Don’t forget to buy sturdy packing tape so that your boxes won’t spill out on the way to your new place.

Consider whether or not you’ll need things like bubble wrap, newspaper, or moving blankets. Short moves might not require these things, but if you’re moving across the country it will be more necessary.

De-clutter Your Life

When you’re living in one place for a long time, it can be easy to accumulate things you don’t need. Moving is a great time to Kon Mari your belongings and lighten your load. Take this time to sort through non-essentials, clean out that “junk” drawer, and purge the things that no longer serve you.

Pack Items You Don’t Use Frequently

The first items to start packing are the things you rarely use. So, that breadmaker you haven’t touched in over a year should be the first thing you put in a box. Start by figuring out your basic necessities, and start packing everything else.

Label Boxes

Make unpacking easier on yourself by labeling the front of each box. This is easy to forget, but will save you tons of time. This way, you’ll know exactly where each item is and can unpack accordingly.

Forward Your Mail

Make sure you don’t miss out on any important mail by updating your address ASAP. It’s actually a lot easier than you think— just go over to USPS.com, enter your information, and pay a $1 verification fee. You’ll start receiving any mail that was sent to your old address in about 7-10 days.

Transfer Utilities

Make a day out of transferring your important services (such as electric, cable, and wifi). It’s not the most exciting task, but it needs to be done. Save yourself late fees and future stress by setting a date and getting it done. Because being stuck in an apartment without WiFi sounds like a modern day horror movie.

Start Packing

In the weeks before moving out, start packing up rooms that you don’t use often. If you barely use your kitchen, start packing up pots and pans, and leave the essentials until move-out day. If your living room has tons of card games and books that you won’t need, just pack them in a box and set it aside. 

Schedule Movers

It’s important to guarantee transportation: whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring movers. Even if you have an SUV, you might still need assistance with larger items. Hiring movers from the start could save you a lot of headache. Just take our word for it— renting a van or hiring movers will guarantee a smooth move-in.

Plan for Your Pets

Moving out is stressful enough, you don’t want to worry about pets adding to the chaos. Pets can become especially anxious and nervous during a move-out. So save Fido from the stress and leave them with a friend or at doggy daycare during the move.

Measure Your New Apartment

Bring a tape measure with you and measure before yo unpack. This way you’ll know where everything fits, and can unpack accordingly. This is important because each apartment’s floor plan can vary, and moving things once they’re unpacked is not as easy as it sounds.

Host a Move-in Party!

Moving with only two hands is hard work. Buy some beer and wine, pair it with some snacks, and invite your friends over! It’s a great way to catch up while also getting help with particularly heavy items. When you’re done, unpack the party games and have a little move-in party!

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