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What Should You Do Before Moving Out of an Apartment  

November 6, 2022

Before you move out of your apartment, there are a few things you should do to ensure that the transition goes smoothly. From cleaning to turning in your keys, here is a checklist of what to do before moving out of your apartment: 


Deep Clean Your Apartment  

Making sure to get your full deposit back when you move out of an apartment can be a challenge. To make sure you can successfully receive it all, an important step is to give your apartment a deep clean before departure. Take time to scrub floors, wipe down surfaces, clean windows and curtains, and make any minor repairs that need to be done for the property to be returned in the same condition as it was received. This will ensure that everything looks great when the property owners come for the final inspection and show them that you’ve taken great care of their home.  


Sort Through Belongings  

Going through your belongings is a great way to refresh and declutter your life. Gather every item you own together in one place, then sit down and evaluate each item carefully. Ask yourself if you will use the item within the next 12 months or if it brings you joy. If not, decide whether to keep it, sell it, or donate it. Taking this mindful approach can help free up both mental and physical space in your life and bring a great sense of lightness and accomplishment.  


Pack Your Belongings in Advance  

Moving day can be an overwhelming and time-consuming experience, but with a little bit of preparation and organization, it doesn’t have to be. A great way to start is by setting aside some time to pack up your belongings in advance. Get a head start by organizing items you know you won’t need shortly like books, seasonal clothing, and decorations. Be sure that each box is securely taped shut and labeled with which room it will be going in at its new destination. Color coding boxes for each room or using stickers can help your movers navigate the move quickly and efficiently upon arrival. Using these tips can take the stress out of moving day and make your transition easier!  


Update Your Mailing Address  

Moving to a new location is an exciting time, but it’s important to ensure that your mail continues to be delivered without interruption. By taking the simple step of changing your address with the post office and updating your contact information, you can make sure that nothing gets lost on its way to you. You can quickly change your address using the United States Postal Service website, which just requires some basic information and a few clicks. Aside from being an essential piece of the moving process, updating contact information will also help strengthen security and protect you against any type of identity fraud.  


Notify Utility Companies  

Moving out of an apartment can be a stressful experience, and making sure all the necessary steps are taken can be a difficult task. One important part of moving is to make sure your utility companies, such as your power, water, or gas providers, are notified. By taking the time to alert these companies that you will be vacating the apartment, it ensures that payments are not sent for services you may no longer require. Connecting with your utility companies before you leave reduces confusion for both parties and puts you in good standing with those companies in preparation for any future services. 


Schedule Your Movers  

Moving is often a very overwhelming experience, so it can be helpful to take certain steps to make the process easier. Scheduling a time for movers to come and pick up your belongings is one important way of doing so. Having your things picked up at the same time in an organized fashion ensures that everything you need goes with you on your move. Moreover, planning allows you to compare prices among different companies and get the best value for your money. Taking these few simple steps will make the entire moving process smoother and less stressful.  


Moving out of your apartment can be a very overwhelming process, but the tips above will make it seem much more manageable. Taking the time to go through all your belongings, deep clean your apartment, change your address with the post office and update your contact information, and notify your utility companies will save you plenty of stress in the long run. Don’t forget to schedule a time for the movers to come and pick up your things so that everything is moved out on time!  


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