Beginner’s Guide to: Moving 101

Beginner’s Guide to: Moving 101

Moving is a super exciting time, however moving can also be an extremely stressful process. I’ve had to move in and out of college every semester for four years, and then last year I moved from my mom’s house into my own apartment. And now- I’m moving out of my current apartment into a brand new apartment. I love the idea of moving, being able to start fresh somewhere new, and having a clean slate to decorate and start over with, but the actual process of moving makes me want to pull my hair out. I hate packing and building boxes, organizing everything, decluttering items I no longer need, coordinating new and old lease dates, moving trucks, etc. It can get to be a bit much.

That’s why I’ve created a simple set of steps to help anyone of you out there who may in the process of moving, about to move, or planning to move anytime in the future!

Declutter what you no longer use

When you’re packing up to move, you definitely don’t want to pack a bunch of things you don’t really need, or use. Save yourself the extra space and use moving as a reason to declutter all the areas of your life. This could include clothes, books, shoes, beauty products, random kitchen gadgets, whatever it may be that you have a lot of and never really use, get rid of it. You don’t want it clogging up valuable real estate in your moving truck.

Make a List/ Schedule

There can be a ton of things to do before and after you move, so for me I found making a list to be the best way to organize my thoughts. You don’t want to forget to do something, so instead of having everything floating around in your head, write it down in your phone, your planner, a notebook, whatever works for you so you don’t forget any important steps.

Also, something I found helpful was creating a moving schedule/timeline. This helped keep me on track and make sure I was not forgetting anything at whatever stage of the process I was in.

Give yourself plenty of time

Feeling rushed to move literally just makes everything worse. If you can, try to line up your lease/rentals or selling dates so that there is some overlap between your new and old place. Moving everything in one day can be done, but especially if you’re not hiring movers to help you, it may just be easier to give yourself a few days to a week of overlap time so you don’t have to stress yourself out come moving day.

Label everything

When I moved last year, I made the mistake of throwing things in random boxes and labeling nothing. Boy, did I learn that lesson the hard way. When it came time to go to bed that night, I had to open every single box to find my sheets- which was the last thing I wanted to do after a long day of moving. So do your future self a favor, and label what you put in each box. Even if it’s several stuff from several different rooms, write down as much as you can on the box to save yourself the stress later of ripping through every box to find a cup.

☆ Be smart about packing

Going hand in hand with the labeling tip, be smart about how and what you pack. Try to pack similar things together, and make sure you label them “fragile” if it contains breakables. It’s not always possible to group things from one room in a box together, but try to have it make some kind of sense to save yourself some frustration in the future. Also, if you do have overlap with your moving timeline, prioritize what needs to be moved immediately and what you could maybe wait a few days to move. For me these items include my printer, my winter clothes, and some decor. None of these items are essential, and so since I have a week overlap between my two leases, I’m saving myself one less thing to pack and unpack, and moving them later.

Beginner’s Guide to: Apartment Hunting 101

Beginner’s Guide to: Apartment Hunting 101

Welcome back! Today I’m delving into the topic of apartment hunting. Within the past year I’ve had to apartment hunt twice, and I feel like there’s definitely stuff I wish I knew going into the process. It can definitely be an overwhelming process, so today I’m sharing all my tips and recommendations if any of you are about to embark on the apartment hunting journey!

Compromising is inevitable

When you’re looking for an apartment, the odds that you find one in the perfect location, under budget, with all the features you want, is unlikely. You will most likely have to compromise on something, so before you start looking you should try to come up with a list of things that are a non negotiable and……

Prioritize

Take that list of things you absolutely cannot live without, and prioritize the rest. Basically ask yourself: what is the most important feature your new place needs to have? A good way to figure this out is to look at your current living situation and think about all the things you do not like, or wish you could change. It’s a great place to start and then you can slowly build your list of features and qualities you need to have, and those you can live without.

Always visit the apartment if possible

Unless you physically cannot visit an apartment, I highly recommend you do so. It is key to helping determine if you like the apartment or not. Anyone can take pretty pictures and make a space look nice, but seeing it in person is often much different. On the other side of that, some apartments may not have great pictures available, so you’d definitely want to visit to get a good feel for the space and amenities you would have.

Take into account potential extra fees

Apartments are notorious for having numerous random fees that you may not initially take into account. That’s another reason why it’s so important to visit the apartment if you can, or at least speak to a leasing consultant on the phone. You may see one price online, and not be aware of fees for parking, trash removal, sewer, water or pets if you have them. These can easily add up and make your rent much higher than you anticipated.

Write down questions you have in advance before you visit the apartment

Before you tour an apartment, it’s always good to have a list of potential questions ready to go. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re touring and not remember something important that you wanted to ask. It’s happened to me before, and it’s one of the most annoying things. If you know you have a pet, make sure you ask about the pet policy. If you’re wondering about parking, make sure you ask how many spots are allotted for guests. These are just a few examples of some things that are always helpful to know, but you may not think to ask.

Take notes/pictures if you’re touring more than two places

If you’re looking at a bunch of different places, it can get confusing trying to keep track of all of them and which ones you liked, and which ones you didn’t. There’s probably going to be pros and cons of all of them, so I found keeping notes/pictures on each place I visited was extremely helpful when it came time to pick which one I wanted to apply to.

Make a checklist of all the necessary paperwork for an application

When you finally decide on an apartment that you love, I’d recommend making a checklist of all the paperwork you’ll need to provide for either your application or your lease. Some places do not take credit cards or cash for an application fee, so you may have to go to your bank to get a certified check, or use a personal check. Most places will also want proof of income so prepare to have two recent paystubs available to provide.

Be aware of the individual policies that apartments have (Pets, income standards, etc)

Again, a lot of places have different policies that can get confusing to keep track of. Some have income standards, (for example, your income may need to be 3 times the amount of rent), so that’s something important to consider. They may also have specific policies when it comes to pets,(a pet fee, extra rent every month for the rent, specific buildings where pets are allowed). The same goes for parking, utilities, cable ( some places have specific providers you have to use), etc. It’s always good to make sure you’re aware of everything you’re getting into before you sign that lease!

And that’s it! I hope these tips and recommendations can help any of you who are currently or will be hunting for a new apartment! Keep it klassy, xo.