Moving apartments? Don’t forget to read our Apartment Moving Checklist Part One: Pre-Move to prep for your upcoming move. Then, take notes from our checklist below to get settled post-move!
- Inspect your new apartment. Try to arrive at your new place at least an hour before your moving company. Use this time to collect keys from the leasing office and to inspect your new apartment for any pre-existing damage. Look for wall scuffs, check that all outlets work properly, etc. to ensure you won’t be fined when your lease ends from any damage you didn’t actually do! Take pictures and keep a running list of any pre-existing damage you find.
- Prioritize unpacking. Unpack bed sheets, shower curtains, and other essential items you’ll need throughout the first day in your new place before unpacking decorations and other non-essential stuff.
- Check major appliances. Check that your refrigerator runs, freezer is cold and the ice machine works, and that all other major appliances function properly. If your apartment comes with a washer and dryer, check that they are connected and working!
- Unpack. When your moving company arrives, unpack your high-priority items and make your way though boxes and bags.
- Set up your new utilities. If you haven’t already, call your utility companies to turn on electricity, gas, Internet, and cable.
- Arrange and decorate your apartment. As you unpack, arrange your new apartment to make the best use of furniture and space. Also use this time to re-decorate if you’d like! Choose a new theme or simply replicate your old apartment layout in your new space!
- Update your driver’s license. Take a trip to the DMV to update your driver’s license to your new address. You can also try doing this online, as many states allow you to update your driver’s license through an online portal.
- Update your address with insurance companies. Dealing with insurance companies can be a slow process as is, so make sure to initiate your change of address with them to make any future interactions faster. This includes your car insurance, renters insurance, jewelry insurance (engaged and married couples), and others.
- Register to vote. Register to vote in your new city! Not only is it your civic duty, you’ll need to do this in order to vote in local, state, and federal elections. Your voting location will also be updated to a closer, much more convenient place.
- Leave your moving company a review. If your moving company safely transported, delivered, and unpacked your items – leave them an online review! Nothing says thank you quite like a good recommendation for others looking to make a similar move.