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Apartment Moving Checklist

Posted: August 7, 2023
A renter begins to mark items off the apartment moving checklist.

We’ve created a checklist that you can follow when preparing to move out of your old apartment and into your new one. You can start preparing as early as two to fourth months out. Our apartment moving checklist will remind you of what needs to get done as the countdown begins. 

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2-4 Months out From Your Move

Depending on your lease, you might need to start working through your apartment checklist two to fourth months before moving day. Below are some things to think about during this time period: 

  • You should notify your landlord 
  • You need to look and find a new apartment 
  • Sign a future lease with your new landlord 
  • Figure out how you’re going to move 
  • Create a moving budget 
  • Limit on the new items you buy, so you don’t have to move them 

Your lease could require 90 days or 120 days of notice if you’re not renewing your lease. This is why you might need to start fourth months in advance of moving day. You’ll most likely start two or three months in advance. When it comes to moving, you can never start preparing to move too early. 

1-2 Months out From Your Move

At this point in time, you’ll want to start finding help, reserving moving equipment and begin the process of potentially packing depending on how many items you own and whether you have a short-distance move or a long-distance move. 

  • Find a Moving Help® Service Provider
  • Read Moving Help reviews for your Service Provider 
  • Reserve moving equipment 
  • Figure out moving rules at your new apartment 
  • Gather moving supplies 
  • Declutter items by selling, donating, or throwing away belongings 
  • Start packing and don’t delay 

If you don’t have many items, you might only need a month to pack. If you have many belongings, you might need two months. It always takes longer than expected to pack, but you’ll need to use your own judgement on when to start packing. 

If you move during the summer months, keep in mind moving companies and moving rental equipment book up quickly. You can’t wait until the last minute to make reservations. 

2 Weeks to 1 Month out From Your Move

As the countdown gets closer to moving day, you’ll need to make sure all final arrangements are still good to go. You also want to take care of the food in your house. 

  • Change old address to your new address for subscriptions and websites 
  • If you’re not moving on your day off, ask for time off 
  • Arrange for someone to babysit your child 
  • Arrange for someone to watch your pets 
  • If your pet needs vaccinations, make a vet appointment 
  • Confirm details with your moving labor company 
  • Confirm any other necessary plans for moving day 
  • You can start packing more apartment essentials 
  • Eat all your perishable foods to avoid waste 

You’ll want to make sure your plans are confirmed, you’re not wasting food, and you’re changing your address. You’ll be surprised how many subscriptions, websites, etc. require your address. 

2 Weeks or Less out From Your Move

With two weeks or less until moving day, you’ll need to wrap up the few loose ends that had to wait until the end of your lease. This includes: 

  • Changing your address for your bank accounts, driver’s license, and the United States Postal Service 
  • Finish essential packing 
  • Do a walk-through for your new apartment 
  • If necessary, clean your new apartment 
  • Move 
  • Unload and unpack from moving 
  • Clean your old apartment 
  • Do a final walk-through of your old apartment 
  • Finish unpacking 
  • Celebrate! 

Because of your preparation, moving day will come and go and hopefully it’ll be a breeze for you.

Other Apartment Moving Tips and Guides 

If you’re wanting more apartment tips, we can help you out. We have guides for a studio apartment, a one-bedroom apartment, or a two-bedroom apartment. You also can read a guideline on the best way to move apartments or how to hire a moving labor company for your apartment

Our Apartment Moving Checklist Can Help 

By following our apartment moving checklist, you’ll be able to stay on track. You’ll know when to notify your landlord, when to start packing, and change your address for your bank. Don’t delay preparing to move because you’ll just become more stressed as your moving day gets closer.