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Helpful Moving Out Tips

By Heather
October 22nd, 2012 - 4:20 PM

Time to move out? If you’ve ever moved before (and even if you haven’t) I’m sure you know that there are many, many things on your moving to-do list. In fact, it can border on overwhelming. U-Pack has designed some great checklists to make it much more manageable. Check out the moving checklist and the moving-to-do list, print them, and keep them with you throughout your entire move. I think you’ll find that when you’re prepared, the process is significantly easier. Now, here are some extra tips to make moving out a little easier.

Let your landlord know. If you’re a renter, your landlord will require advance notice that you’ll be moving out. If you’re hoping to get your security deposit back, make sure to do everything required per your lease. If you’re unsure what’s required, ask. Typically, you must fulfill the terms of the lease, clean out your apartment, and leave it without damage in order to put that money back in your pocket.  

Transfer your utilities. Before you move out you’ll want to talk with your utility companies to have everything switched to your new home, or shut off, depending on whether you’re moving locally or long distance. We recommend scheduling shut-off the day after your move-out day, and turn-on the day before moving into your new home (if that’s possible). (See the moving checklist for a list of utilities to contact.)

Change your address. One thing you definitely want to make sure you do before moving out is to change your address so you can receive your mail at your new home. The United States Postal Service has a convenient online option for changing your address. They have options for permanent changes as well as temporary ones if you plan to move back within 12 months. Just to be on the safe side, you’ll also want to contact your credit card companies, banks, and magazine subscription companies, etc. And, use U-Pack’s fun e-cards to tell your friends you’ve moved. (See the moving checklist for a list of places to send a change of address to.)

Plan for move-out day. If you have limited space for a moving trailer or portable moving and storage container, you’ll want to plan ahead and know exactly where you want it placed before it’s delivered. When you’re packing up your boxes it’s helpful to label them with a short description as well as what room they will be placed in so when you’re unpacking you know where everything goes. Place things that you will need the first night towards the front so they will be easily accessible. You’ll also want to make a plan for where your children and pets will be on move-out day.

Any other questions or helpful advice for move-out day? Leave a comment and let us know!