Things are moving along with regard to our new townhouse. We have approximately 5-6 weeks to get ready for our move to the new place. I’m excited and ready to leave the apartment.
I thought it might be helpful to share our to-do list for others that are planning to move. I’m sure many of you have some moving tips of your own to add in the comments. I’m used to moving, but it’s still a bit of an adjustment for my husband.
Things to do before we move
Notify landlord/leasing office of the move date. Our yearly lease was up in September and we’ve been going month-to-month with the apartment complex. We gave a date for moving out, and we have some leeway to extend it if necessary mainly due to apartments being empty.
Notify current employers to take some time off. Since I work from home, this isn’t a huge issue. My husband has plenty of time saved to take off from work, and his manager knows about the move. Once we get a solid schedule, he’ll inform the company. He’ll probably just take a day or two off.
Get a few estimates from truck rental companies. Since this will be a local move, it’s going to be much cheaper than some of my past moves. We got rate quotes from different moving companies to get an idea of how much to set aside. I estimated using the truck for an entire day.
- U-Haul: They charge $19.95 plus $7 for a hand truck and $0.89/mile for a 10′ truck.
- Penske: This was the most expensive company, with a quote of $79.95 plus $10 for a hand truck and $0.99/mile for a 12′ truck.
- Budget: They charge $19.99 plus $15 for a hand truck and $0.89/mile for a 10′ truck.
- Ryder: They charge $54.00 with 500 miles included for a 12′-14′ truck. No estimate for the hand truck.
Go to the post office. I need to go grab a change-of-address package to have our mail sent to the new place. I’ll do this 2 weeks before the move to see if I can get a coupon for the move.
Get started with packing. I usually pick up some boxes from a local grocery store. We’re off to a great start and our goal is to do two boxes/day until we’re done.
Clean apartment to get deposit back. I’m enlisting my sister-in-law to help me clean the apartment from top to bottom. I’m hoping (but not counting on) getting some money back so we can add it to our emergency fund.
Switch our utilities. We have to schedule disconnection of all utility services at our current apartment and have them hooked up at the new place when we move. We’ll also have to open an account with the gas company for the town house. While we’re at it, I’m going to check and see if we can get a better deal on our cable TV.
That’s our plan for now. We’re hoping it will be simple and smooth. Am I forgetting anything major? Do you have advice on how make this move go smooth?