2 weeks out, if possible
- Schedule your movers
- Or call up friends and offer pizza and beer to anyone who has a truck
- Set up your utilities
- Do a change of address to ensure you get your mail at your new home – usps.gov
- Alert your most important social circle about your move
- This should also include notifying your bank, employer, insurance company, magazine subscriptions – and don’t forget mom.
1 week out, if possible
- Purchase renter’s insurance
- To receive your keys, you will need to show your declarations page, with a minimum of $50,000 in liability coverage.
- If you have a pet, ready them for the move
- Pets are smart, so they probably already know something is going on. But you’ll need to be ready to pay for your pet deposit and fee before moving in.
- If you have kids, register them for their new school
A few days before
- Start packing (or if you’re an early-bird, this was done weeks ago)
- Double-check the details
- Did you remember to call the movers??
- Schedule the pickup of your keys from the leasing office – don’t forget to have a copy of your renter’s insurance declarations page, your electricity account number and provider’s name, pet deposit/fee and first month’s rent paid on the online portal, your Toll Tag number, and a valid photo ID ready to go for moving day.
- Pack a small moving day kit – toiletries, a few paper goods, medications, a change of clothes and dog food are recommended. It always seems like Advil and toilet paper are the hardest things to find when you need them most!