I just moved into my new apartment two weeks ago. Fortunately, everything went pretty smoothly and my parents were there to help (shout out to Mom and Dad!), but like any moving day, there were some hitches. The mattress store was out of my mattress size. The couch barely fit through the door. I spilled on my brand new carpet only to realize I owned zero cleaners. You know, just a few minor issues. So to save you the trouble, and to remind myself the next time I decide to relocate, I have compiled a checklist of things to do before you move.
Don't get me wrong - bungee cords, a stressed out father, and my mom's SUV managed to deliver my mattress in one piece, but we could have saved a lot of time and frustration with a pick up truck. Trucks are also useful for bulky items like large cabinets or in my case, my DIY cat tree (more on that one later).
2. Stock up on the essentials.
The last thing you are going to want to do in the middle of unpacking is run out to the store. Depending on where you moved to, you might not even know where it is yet! So before you pick up your new keys, pick up a few other essential items as well.
- Cleaning supplies - paper towels, carpet cleaner, Clorox wipes, dish soap and a sponge
- Scissors - do you know how many times my mom asked me for scissors?
- Toilet paper - this one might be self explanatory...
- Snacks and water - It is going to be a long day! Keeping some light snacks on hand will help keep everyone happy and helpful, rather than hungry and irritable.
3. Schedule an appointment with your internet provider ahead of time
Leah and I both made this mistake. It is really easy to take wifi for granted nowadays, until that is, you are sitting alone in your new place staring at the "safari cannot find page" screen. Internet and cable providers are notoriously busy. By scheduling ahead of time, you will know what equipment you need to buy and be more likely to get a good appointment time.
4. Explore the area
This one might be difficult if you are moving a long distance, but if you are able, it is always best to do some exploring before you move in. Moving day is hectic. You can cut back on the stress by knowing exactly where the nearest coffee shop or hardware store is (both carry many moving day necessities).
5. Buy some thank you notes
Or beer, if you have recruited some guy friends. Helping a friend or family member move isn't fun for anyone. Make sure you are appreciative of everyone's effort by letting them know how invaluable they are. For friends, pick up a bottle of wine or a six pack and invite them over for a night at your place. For mom and dad, this might mean picking up the tab for dinner (even if it's just pizza!). Say thank you. You could't have done it without them.