10 Most Important Moving Tips

A new home or apartment is an exciting change – but the packing can be a nightmare. Make sure you expending your energy as efficiently as possible with these packing and moving tips for the big day:

Important Moving Tips for Apartment Renters

Is it worth moving? You don’t need to get rid of family heirlooms but some furnishings may be less expensive to buy new than to relocate. Avoid paying hundreds of dollars to properly pack and move a $50 table.

  1. Gather Packing supplies in advance: Start accumulating boxes, newspaper and tape well before your moving day so you have everything you need.
  2. Buy or borrow more than you need: 20 boxes may look like a lot, until you realize you just used every single one of them to pack your kitchen – and you have multiple rooms to go.
  3. Get multiple quotes: If you are renting a truck or a portable storage unit, get at least three quotes to be sure you are getting a good deal.
  4. Check moving companies out: Once your items are loaded, your life is on that moving truck. Make sure you check out any moving firm you hire to be sure they don’t have dishonest practices. The worst time to find out your mover is a scammer is after your items have left your home.
  5. Pack important heirlooms first: Those things you just can’t live without, one of a kind artwork and other items should be packed with extreme care – do this while you are fresh, not at the end of the day when you are tired.
  6. Start in rooms you don’t use: Pack the spare bedroom, closets and other spaces you don’t use every day first; you won’t need the items right away and it will be easier to load up these prepacked pieces on moving day.
  7. Enlist help (and get a hand truck): 25lbs may not seem like much, but if you have to tote multiple packed boxes down the steps of your old place and up the steps at the new one, you’ll tire out quickly.
  8. Pack essentials in your car: Your phone, laptop, important papers and any prescriptions you take should stay with you – you’ll need these when you unpack your new home.
  9. Pack a first night box or bag: Set aside a set of sheets, paper products and other essentials for the first few nights in your new home. Having all of these items, from forks to toilet paper, will keep you from scrambling for them or running to the store the first few days.
  10. Always start sooner than you need.
Josh Holman
In his current role as Vice President for CALCAP Advisors, Inc., Mr. Holman is responsible for utilizing his deal underwriting and acquisition experience to seek out stalled condominium, townhome and multi-family investment opportunities. He is also a valuable part of the day-to-day management of the residential assets in CALCAP’s portfolio.