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9 Tips For A Successful Apartment Move – 2023

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Are you moving into a new apartment soon? If so, you’re probably wondering how to make a move smooth and stress-free. But moving into a new home is always a hassle and can be challenging if you don’t have any experience doing it. Whether you’re moving across the city or the country, the tips help make your experience much more accessible. We will discuss the ideal apartment move-in checklist and apartments with local move-in specials. Here are nine tips for a successful apartment move, whether local, interstate, long-distance, or international.

  1. Create A Packing Plan before the Apartment Moving Process

Creating a packing plan before you start is helpful if you’re packing yourself. Decide which items will go in which boxes, and list what you need to fill. This will help you stay organized and avoid forgetting something important at the last minute.

Moreover, moving is the perfect opportunity to eliminate unwanted or unnecessary items in your home. Decide whether to keep them or throw them out. When in doubt, it’s always better to toss something than risk carrying an item with you only to find out later that you no longer have use for it.

  1. Hire A Moving Company

If you have a lot of stuff or want someone else to handle all the heavy lifting, consider hiring a moving company. A reputable company can move everything quickly and efficiently without damaging your belongings. Ask for free quotes or instant relocation cost estimates when you shop around.

Just be sure to research the moving companies you’re considering hiring and read reviews from past customers. Select a company with years of experience and good customer service.

  1. Get Help

Moving is a big job, so don’t try it yourself. Select a reputable company with

Suppose you have friends or family who can give you a hand on a moving day, ask them for assistance. Even if they can only come out for an hour or two, their help could make the difference between moving everything in one go and taking multiple trips.

  1. Label Your Boxes Ahead of the Apartment Move.

One of the best ways to ensure that everything arrives at your new place in one piece is to label all of your boxes correctly. Label each box with the room it belongs to, plus special instructions (e.g., ‘fragile’). This will ensure that professional movers know where to put each box without asking you repeatedly.

Moreover, labeling your boxes can also be a great time-saver if you’re unpacking on your own. There’s nothing worse than opening up a box only to realize that it contains something completely unrelated (such as books) when you expect to find something specific (like kitchen supplies).

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Two removal company workers unload boxes from minibusses into the customer’s home.

  1. Start Packing Early before the Apartment Move

Packing is always a hassle, but it can go much more smoothly if you start early enough. Don’t wait until the day before your international move to pack up everything in your apartment; begin packing a few weeks before moving day.

Use packing tape.
  1. Have Your Utilities Turned On Before Moving Day

If you’re moving into a new apartment, ensure your utilities are turned on before arriving. This will save time and hassle so that everything is ready to go when you arrive. If possible, arrange for the previous tenant or owner of the home to have them shut off before they leave.

That way, there’s one less thing to worry about on a moving day.

  1. Take Inventory

Before the big day, inventorying all your belongings is a good idea. This will help you track what’s been packed and what still needs to be packed and give you an idea of what items might need special care during transportation.

You can even use an app to create a digital inventory list to always have it on hand (don’t forget your phone charger!).

  1. Know Where Your Important Documents Are

When moving into a new place, especially if it’ll be your first time living there, it’s always a good practice to have all your essential documents readily accessible. These might include your driver’s license, Social Security card, lease agreement, and other paperwork. You don’t want to spend your first few days scrambling to track down misplaced documents in your new home.

  1. Take A Break

Long-distance moving is hard work, so take time for yourself. Relax and watch your favorite movie, walk around the neighborhood, or catch up on some sleep. You’ll be more productive if you’re well-rested.


Moving can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be with these tips. Follow these guidelines to navigate with minimal stress and disruption.

Written By: Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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