Congratulations! Now you’re ready to sign on the dotted line.
- Read carefully and know what you’re signing.
- Make sure your move in date is guaranteed– if you have the option, plan to overlap lease dates with your old place and new place. If you have your new place a couple days before the move, you can come in and clean it while empty and also have a chance to figure out where your furniture will go. My favorite method: measure dimensions and use masking tape!
When it comes to budget/how much you’re willing to work, decide if you want to:
- Hire movers (call around for quotes first to get the best deal and book at least a couple weeks in advance)
- Move yourself (start gathering or buying boxes early; many stores and restaurants will give them to you for free if you ask)
You can’t always choose when you move but if you do have the choice, here are a few things to consider:
- Spring and Fall are better times of the year to move- better weather and not an influx of other people will be moving at the same time- peaks are at the beginning and end of a year and beginning and end of the summer.
- Moving on a weekday is better than a weekend. Less people in and out of the building and traffic, etc. when everyone else is at work.
- Get an early start no matter what you do- hauling boxes in the dark is no fun!
Lastly, if you’re moving into/out of an apartment building you’ll need to arrange a couple things with building management:
- Loading dock reserved
- Large moving elevator reserved
- Key pick up and drop off with leasing office