6-8 Weeks Before
Dig up your rental agreement and read through all the fine print to figure out exactly what your landlord or property manager's policies are when moving out. Since your security deposit depends on you meeting all their rules, spend time scrutinizing the details.
Read up on rules and requirements for:
Because your lease agreement is a formal legal document (meaning you're contractually obligated to follow the rules), it's best to stick to the script here. Contact your landlord or property management company and ask them to outline everything they expect from you before, during and after your move. Some properties want to schedule a pre-move walk through and see if there are any minor repairs you need to take care of before you leave. Others have strict policies around cleaning or shampooing carpets. You'll never know until you ask!
4 Weeks Before
2-3 Weeks Before
Take a deep breath--let's do this!
The thought of packing up every single thing you own into boxes is intimidating, but we're going to let you in on a game-changing approach that makes the process a lot easier to manage.
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After a brutal day of moving and cleaning, simple things like electricity and an Internet connection go a long way to make you feel better.
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Like the items on your "fix it" list, your security deposit depends on you meeting the cleaning requirements outlined in your lease.
And we're not talking about sweeping the floors and wiping the crumbs off your counters here. Most Landlords or Property Managers expect every surface of the place to be squeaky clean when a tenant moves out.
Depending on how busy you are, you might want to consider using a cleaning company. Luckily, you still have some time to shop around and check out different services or even find a deal!
7 Days Before
This task is especially important if you're moving more than a few kilometers away. You'd be surprised how time spent sitting in traffic or getting lost on unfamiliar streets can throw a wrench in your moving day schedule!
Log onto Google Maps, enter your current address as the starting point, and your new one as the destination. Then, adjust the "leaving now" time and date to reflect the day and time you plan to start your move.
This is also a good time to look for gas stations and places to stop and grab a quick bite along your route!
Put together a Contact Info Sheet for everyone you've enlisted to help you move.
Your list should look something like this:
Name: First Last
Phone number: 555-555-5555
Role: friend helping move out of current apartment
Payment: Food & Drinks
Address: Meeting at my current place
Call everyone on your list and confirm scheduled times, location, cost and preferred form of payment.
Now that you have a nice, itemized list of moving day costs, head to the bank and withdraw what you need to cover everything. Make sure to visit your bank during business hours so you can also pick up a Bank Draft for the Security Deposit and first month's rent at your new apartment. This is important because most Landlords and Property Managers won't accept cash or a personal check for those items--and some banks don't charge an additional fee for them--so play it safe and get them just in case.
Put each payment in a plain envelope, seal it and write who it's for clearly on the front. For your "cash only" vendors, enclose the exact amount--because there's a good chance they won't be able to give you any change. Traditionally your movers and cleaning crew won't expect a tip--but they'll certainly appreciate bottled water! Plan on having a few on ice when they arrive.
Keep all these envelopes together (preferably in a folder or manila envelope) and store it in a place where it won't get lost or forgotten.
Meet with your new Landlord or Property Management Company and make your new move official! And don't forget to bring the Bank Draft you picked up from the bank!
This is also a great time to ask for more information about their "moving in" policies and procedures. Like whether or not you need to reserve elevator access, designated loading zones and what time you can pick up your new key!
3-4 Days Before
At this point, your entire home should be in boxes except for items set to go into your "Pack Last" and "Open First" boxes.
Your Moving Inventory List helps you keep track of everything you have: the number of boxes, furniture pieces, etc. Check items off the list as you load them into the truck, and cross them off the list as they arrive in your new place. If you're moving long-distance or insured any of your things, include notes about the condition of specific items so you have something to reference in case anything is damaged in transit or goes missing. Create your own list from scratch, or download our template to get started.
Day of the Move
If you've hired movers, ask them to huddle up as soon as they arrive and hand them a copy of your Moving Inventory List.
Explain your color-coding room system, point out any fragile or heavy items, give them a rundown on the day's schedule, confirm they have your new address and coordinate the route they'll take to get there.
If everything goes as it should, you'll be out of there in no time!
It's important to inspect your new home BEFORE you start bringing in your furniture and boxes.
Go room-by-room; turn light switches on and off, test the appliances and outlets. Use the camera on your phone to snap photos of anything that appears broken, chipped or damaged. Then write yourself a few notes about each issue including a short description and where it's located in your apartment.
Once you've completed your inspection, call your Landlord or property Manager ASAP to give them a rundown of what you've found. That way they can't hold you responsible for the repairs--after all, you haven't even moved anything in yet!
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You still have unfinished business there
Clean it from top to bottom. If you've hired a cleaning crew, ask them to huddle up before getting started so you can give them specific instructions and directions on what needs to be cleaned.
Once the cleaning is underway, do a final walkthrough of your old place. Open all the closets and cupboards, unplug appliances (if needed) and throw out any remaining trash.
Return the key to your old place to your Landlord or Property Manager.
... And that's it! Congrats on successfully moving into your new place!