The thought of moving to a new home or a rental apartment is really exciting. It’s going to be a fresh start for you and your family. There’s a lot of new things to look forward to, like a new neighborhood, new places to explore, people to meet, and more. But, as the excitement takes over, you still need to make sure you are ready for this transition to ensure a smooth process. Here are some of the most important things that renters like you, should do before moving to a new place.
1. Review your new expenses and revisit your budget
Before you finally sign a lease for the new apartment rental, you will need to make sure that you can afford your new expenses. Revisit your monthly budget so that you can plan accordingly. If the new monthly rent doesn’t fit your budget, then you may want to look for another place to rent. But if you find something that is workable for your monthly income, make sure that you read every detail indicated in your lease. Look thoroughly if there are other fees you may be charged for. Also, consider the extra expenses you will have to spend when you move.
2. Take time to get rid of the things you won’t need
When moving to a new place, it’s always best to leave some unnecessary stuff behind. You don’t have to bring all your clutter with you as you move into your new home. Take time to sort all your stuff and identify the important ones you need to bring and the others which you could just probably donate, give away or sell. It’s not something that you can finish doing overnight so make sure you allow enough time for this before the actual move date.
3. Pack everything you will need on your first day in one separate box
One of the most tedious things about moving to a new place is unpacking. It’s not something that you can do in a matter of one day. So to avoid the stress of having to open all the boxes, put together all the things you’ll need on the first day in just one box. You probably need to have just a few items you will most likely use on day 1, or the ones that will allow you to settle comfortably as soon as you arrive.
4. Take care of transferring your utilities to your new home
Before you even get to your new place, it will be best if you already get your services and utilities transferred there. Unpacking in a house with no electricity, cable or internet will just make you feel worse. So, to make your first day comfortable, get these entire utilities ready on the actual day of your move. Also, taking care of the services you’ll need before you move in will give you ample time to compare deals and rates between companies or service providers.
5. Clean your new rental apartment
You want to make sure that your new home will be ready before you move in. So, you have to take time to clean it thoroughly before your transfer. This way, as soon as you arrive, all you will have to do is to unpack your things, arrange furniture and fixtures accordingly and have all your stuff placed in each room where they belong.
6. Have a floor plan
Whether you are moving to a bigger or a smaller place, you need to have a definite plan on how you will utilize the space in your new home. Take the measurements of each room so that it will be easier for you to determine if all your stuff can fit in. It will also be easier for you to make plans on how you will maximize and make use of the space especially if the new place is a bit smaller. Having a clear floor plan will make it easier for you to think about how to design your new home in such a way that it will feel more comfortable to live in.