Checklist for Moving In
- Before you move in, take a video or pictures of the apartment. This will verify any damages present when you move in.
- Complete a thorough written inventory of the apartment’s condition and have the landlord sign it. This will help protect you from the landlord claiming you caused the pre-existing damage.
- Plan a time when you and your roommates can move in together. This will help with making decisions about furniture or storage.
- Moving in is a prime time for theft. Keep your car and your apartment doors locked.
- Stay hydrated and take your time moving in especially in the summer months.
- Be careful – damages caused by holes in the walls or broken doors will cost you money.
- Ask family and friends to help you.
- You will want to clean the kitchen and bathroom before you put your belonging away so bring cleaning products.
- Ask management how and where you are to dispose of the boxing and packing materials.
- Make sure you know when the rental truck is due back so you won’t have to pay an extra day.
- Be sure and park legally when moving in to avoid tickets or towing fees.
- To avoid confusion and clutter unpack one room at a time.
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
- Great questions to ask your neighbors are where the closest supermarket, gas station and bus stop are.
- The best way to help you become aware of your surroundings is to get to know the area.
- Have fun getting to know the people living next door and your new apartment community.