Moving season is fast approaching, and if you’re a renter moving apartments, you’ll soon be embarking on a journey fraught with cleaning supplies, cardboard boxes, and heavy lifting. Let’s face it: summer moving can be a stressful process if you’re not prepared. But fear not, renter-to-be. Get a jump on your change-of-address with these tips from Renter’s Voice to make your summer move easier.
1. Be Smart About Finding an Apartment
Be smart about how you look for apartments during the summer. Because competition is high for good apartments during the summer, you’ll have to hunt efficiently. Whether you are moving apartments for a better rent rate, in the military undergoing a COS, or moving into a college apartment for the first time, it’s best to shop around and check apartment reviews before choosing an apartment. A little research in the beginning will pay off in the long run. Use apartment reviews to find the best apartments and choose the one with an ideal rate, perfect location, and the right amenities.
2. Book Your Transportation Early
Because summer is the busiest moving season of the year, it’s best to book your moving service or moving truck early. Compare rates to find the best price, then call as far ahead of time as you can (aim for 6 weeks ahead, if you can) and schedule your appointment for a moving cost estimate (if you’re using a company) or your van pick-up (if you’re doing a DIY move). The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get the date you want, and the higher the rates will be.
3. Avoid the Busiest Summer Moving Days
Moving companies are the most booked up during Memorial Day weekend and the last weekend in July, so skip those if you can help it. For a better price, it’s usually optimal to move on a weekday in the middle of the month.
When you’re loading up the moving truck, keep CDs, DVDs, candles, and plastic-wrapped leather furniture out of there. CDs and DVDs can warp, candles can melt, and leather furniture will “sweat” if wrapped in the plastic you use on wood and cloth furniture. Protect it with padding instead.
5. Set up Utilities Beforehand
If you’ve been sweating unloading boxes for hours on end, wouldn’t you rather be greeted by a cool blast of A/C when you walk into your new apartment on moving day? To avoid sleeping in a stuffy apartment on your first night, call the utility companies ahead of time to set up your activation date and billing start date.
6. Stay Hydrated
It’s easy to forget about hydration in the hustle and bustle of summer moving, so remember to drink plenty of water as you pack, load, and unload. You’ll be more energized and feel better at the end of the day. If you are using a moving company, provide some water for the movers, too; they’ll thank you for it!
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