Moving into an apartment doesn’t have to be that challenging.
So, you are moving into your new apartment in Lexington and dread moving day. If your budget cannot afford a professional mover, then use these tips to make your move as hassle free as possible.
Wrap your dishes and glassware in your clothes. This will save you money on foam peanuts and bubble wrap, and it reduces the amount of boxes you need to purchase and pack. Place socks inside glasses to reduce the chance they will break.
Label boxes the right way. Place labels on the sides of your boxes instead of the top. This way you can see the labels when many boxes are stacked on top of one another. Save some time by NOT listing everything in the box. Instead, simply place the name of the room where the box needs to go, along with the general description of the box’s contents (e.g., “books”).
Take photos of entertainment system connections. Since you probably did not keep the manual for your flat screen, and don’t know how to connect it to your stereo, take a photo of the connections so you can reference it later. If that doesn’t do the trick, take masking tape and label each wire with the color and location of where it needs to be connected.
Pack suitcases, hampers, drawers. Save a little space and money by reducing the number of boxes you use during your move. Pack your suitcases hampers and drawers with clothing. You’ll also reduce the hassle of having to cut down the boxes later for recycling.
Recruit friends and plan their time. Friends are more than happy to help you move. And, if you make it fun, they’ll help you again next time. Make sure all of your stuff is fully packed before they arrive. There is nothing more potentially embarrassing or just time consuming than packing those last few drawers or toiletries. Create a “party box” full of snacks, beer or other things that you can open with your friends after everything is moved.
Take pictures. After you’ve moved out of your current residence, take photos of each room, walls, ceilings, inside refrigerator, inside oven, and the floors to document their condition. Do the same for your new apartment in Lexington before you unpack.
Change address with the postal service. Two weeks before you move, change your address with the postal service and send out notices to your family, friends, magazine subscriptions and others.
Don’t move food. Plan your grocery shopping before your move so you don’t have to throw food out, or waste energy hauling groceries along with your belongings.
For additional tips on apartment living, visit the Lexington Apartment Guide blog.
About the author:
Townes Rawls is the publisher of Lexington Apartment Guide, which helps renters find the best apartments in Lexington Kentucky.