Moving into a new apartment can be quite an adventure, one that is far more enjoyable with a little planning. There’s more to moving in than creating the perfect gallery wall or splurging on a gourmet espresso maker. Your new home awaits; being prepared will help to make things go smoothly (and stress-free!).
Here are a few moving etiquette tips and reminders that will make for an easy transition.
Research reliable moving companies. Summer is prime time for movers. Book your appointment early to avoid any schedule conflicts with your move-in date. If you need assistance finding a reputable company, ask friends or the apartment complex staff for their suggestions.
Call your utility providers. It would be unfortunate to spend the first night in your new apartment in the dark, with no air conditioner. Leasing agents often offer a Welcome Packet with all the pertinent information, along with websites and phone numbers. Take the time to read the material provided so there will be no last minute surprises.
Change your address. You can easily change your address via the USPS website here, selecting the date you’d like them to begin forwarding your mail. It only takes a few moments and will ensure timely processing and delivery. Give your online presence the same attention. Update all profiles that use your billing address, such as credit cards, phone bills, and car insurance payments that are automatic.
Arrange for WiFi and other technology needs. You’ll want to be able to quickly hop onto a strong internet signal shortly after your arrival, whether to work from home or relax with your favorite show after a full day of moving furniture. Do your research and schedule the necessary installation appointment or you may be limited to your phone’s data to stream in your favorite Spotify station while unpacking.
Take room measurements. It’s important to know the dimensions of your new living space when you are purchasing new furniture and wall decorations. Keep in mind the height and width of all doors that you will be moving beds, sofas, and large items through.
Bring extra cleaning products. Although most complexes pay for a cleaning service to come in and do a thorough cleanse, not all are up to your high standards. For those who are a little anxious about living in a sanitary space, bring your cleaning supplies to do a once over, making sure that every nook and cranny is spotless! Try an eco-friendly blend of equal parts, vodka, water and vinegar – and for a pleasant fragrance, add your favorite essential oil. When it comes to dealing with smelly carpet, baking soda neutralizes odors.
Offer refreshments to those helping with the move. If friends and family were there to lend a hand in loading the U-Haul and stayed overtime to unpack, grab an easy meal option, even if it’s deli sandwiches and a veggie tray. Remember plastic plates, napkins, and cups. Pick up a bag of ice, gallon of lemonade, and plenty of bottled water. Offer the moving crew a cold drink of water or soda.
Make a positive first impression. Don’t forget your manners on moving day; chances are good you’ll meet a few of your neighbors with the many trips you’ll be making from your apartment door to the parking area. A smile goes a long way, as does being the first to extend a greeting: “Hi! I’m Lisa. As you can tell, I’m new here and excited to get settled in.” No need for a long conversation, but a warm exchange sends a strong message.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Yes, you want to make sure the movers put the boxes in the correct rooms, and that your furniture arrived safely. That said, getting settled in is a process that won’t happen overnight. Allow yourself the luxury of a few days to unpack and create a new living environment you’ll soon love. Enjoy the amenities of your new apartment, including a dip in the pool and a walk around the complex for some fresh air.
Send your friends and family your new address. Invest in some fun “I have moved” stationery and mail out your updated address. You don’t want to miss an invitation because you forgot to let people know you moved! Yes, you can also email or text the information, but there is a strong chance it will get lost in the shuffle. People tend to hold on to an actual card and eventually write it down, or edit your details in their list of contacts.
For more of my etiquette tips, check out my blog on The Huffington Post. Have any suggestions on how else to prepare before your big move? Tweet me @dianegottsman with your response or share on my Facebook page.