It’s the start of a new year, which means the start of a lot of new things in your life. You could be graduating college soon, starting a new job, joining the Peace Corp., or pursuing graduate school. Whatever it is, it will probably eventually involve having to move. Depending on what you’re moving for, it might be quite a milestone, but don’t let all the excitement make you overlook taking care of anything at your current place. I’ve moved more times than I can count, and each time I learn something new about the process – here are a few tips; some old, some new.
Live with roommates? If so, it helps to make a checklist of your items in each room about a week before the move. Go through each corner of every room and write down what’s yours. When it comes time to pack, you can go through the list and rest assured you didn’t leave anything behind.
Instead of just leaving your house/mail key with a roommate, check with your landlord to see who you should leave extras with. You never know what will cost extra money.
This is just a precaution to be on the safe side, have your landlord sign a form saying you are officially off any lease you signed when you first moved in.
Most people don’t submit a change of address until a day or two before they move, but I recommend doing it as much as four or five days before, if possible, as it takes some companies awhile to catch up. This also ensures nothing slips by from major accounts.
Do a cleaning walk-through with your landlord before you move out to make sure you’ve done an acceptable job. Be sure to take photos as proof of how you left the place. This includes fixtures, door trimmings, window blinds, etc.
My two biggest pieces of advice? Start early and take this time to go through your things and purge items you no longer use. No one likes moving a lot of stuff, so the more you find that you don’t use anymore, the better it is to donate. Also, depending on where you live, different rental companies have different move-out requirements, so double check those!