Peak moving season is approaching (that’s May through August, in case you were wondering), and with it come the joys and woes of finding an apartment, packing up, and moving. If you’ve already used apartment ratings and reviews to find the perfect new apartment, you know how important it is to have the right resources available during an apartment move. That’s why having a moving inventory can be so useful. Having a comprehensive apartment moving inventory can be a tremendous help, whether you’re embarking upon the move on your own or you are hiring a moving company. If your lease is almost up and you’re wondering how best to get a move on, learn how to make a moving inventory using these methods to get started with the packing process.
Use a Smartphone App to Take Inventory
Moving apartments with a smartphone in tow? There’s an app for that. Try these 5 apps to organize your moving inventory:
• Moving Van and Moving Day: Catalog your moving boxes so you’ll know what’s in each one when it comes time to unpack.
• Evernote: Keep track of your belongings by taking a picture of the inside of each box you pack, then documenting all of the items so you can refer back later.
• State Farm MoveTools™: Provides checklists, virtual packing tools, box inventory, and more.
• iMoving: Lets you inventory your belongings, calculate weight, and get a moving quote.
No chance of this inventory being deleted or misplaced; it’s on the Internet! Use tools like Unpakt to take inventory and get a moving quote all at the same time. If you want to make a custom inventory yourself but are afraid of losing it, make a spreadsheet in Google Drive, so you can access it from anywhere with 3G or Wi-Fi.
Use Pen and Paper
Some people prefer an old-fashioned inventory, and there is no reason that a traditional paper inventory can’t be just as useful for moving apartments. This list can be as general or detailed as you’d like, and can be tailored to fit your apartment and your belongings. To keep things organized, try color-coding your rooms by using corresponding colors on both your paper inventory and on your moving boxes. Plus, packing room-by-room is one of the most efficient ways to get the job done, and inventorying as you go is a great way to do it all at once.
Just Catalog the Important Stuff
If you don’t want (or have time) to inventory your entire apartment, consider just documenting the big stuff. Document and take photos of major furniture items, electronics, expensive items, and other valuables. This is especially important if you are using a moving company, so you have records later if something gets damaged or goes missing.
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