5 Tips for Moving on Short Notice
Whether you’re an apartment dweller at Forest Properties or a homeowner, preparing yourself, your belongings, and your to-do list for a last-minute move is much easier said than done. Thankfully, you are not the first person who is faced with moving on a time crunch, which is important to remember as you scout for tips to stay cool, calm, and collected. With that being said, let’s not waste any time and jump into our 5 helpful tips for moving on short notice.
Make Moving Arrangements
When we say make arrangements ASAP, we mean it! Between packing, fixing apartment damage, and handing in your apartment keys, time will fly by before you know it. From the moment you provide written notice to your landlord, the clock starts ticking. To keep yourself up to speed on what needs to be done, grab your to-do list and tackle the following:
- Establish moving day. Before you schedule any kind of moving arrangement, be sure you and your landlord agree on a moving date. This will influence hired help and any time off you may need to take from work.
- Hire a moving company. While this is not essential, it definitely is helpful. Movers may have a busy schedule depending on the season, so book Raimond’s Movers in Boston as soon as you can.
- Reserve a moving truck. If you’re tackling your move DIY-style and need to rent a moving trick, give yourself time to research which size truck best suits your needs.
Hire a Cleaning Service
Let’s be honest – cleaning is not everyone’s favorite activity (especially when you’re crunched for time). If you find yourself scrambling to sort through and pack up your apartment, give yourself peace of mind and additional time by hiring a cleaning service. As you wrangle with a roll of packaging tape, Maids of Boston will scout for dust bunnies, scrub the tub, and polish the floors. In fact, cleaning the rental you’re moving out of and the one you’re moving into is an important step of the moving process.
Pro Tip: If you’re moving out of a rental and want to get your security deposit back, it’s even more critical to leave the space as you found it – squeaky clean – with our apartment cleaning tips!
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Begin to Prepack
When time is the name of the game, you don’t need to wait for every piece of paperwork to be filled out to get a head start on packing. A good rule of thumb is to pack a few boxes per day with non-essential items, like your DVD collection, seasonal clothing, and kitchen dishware. Not only will prepacking help you feel less rushed, but it’ll also help you decide what to keep, sell, and donate.
Decide What to Keep, Sell, and Donate
If you’re moving to The Parkside in Boston for a career change, upcoming school year, or simply a change of scenery, it’s always helpful to relocate without less stuff. The best way to go about this for a short notice move? Decide what to keep, what to sell, and what to donate.
While there’s no need to rummage through your closet and analyze every sweater and sock, focus on big-ticket items like furniture sets, heavy area rugs, and that recliner you’ve had since college. To speed up this decision process, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Am I downsizing or upgrading to a larger floor plan?
- Will my furniture compliment my new apartment at Spring Hill?
- Which items are replaceable, irreplaceable, and sentimental?
Next, create a list of items that didn’t make the cut to move into your new abode. Research local nonprofits that accept used furniture, such as The Salvation Army and Goodwill. If the items you’re parting with are in decent shape, consider selling them on Craigslist or a local yard sale to earn a few extra bucks to spruce up your new Wyndham Park apartment!
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The golden rule of packing an apartment: label everything. While it may seem easier to throw your closet linens and kitchen pantry into large bags and call it a day, it’s very important to stay as organized as possible. Pack up your apartment room by room with appropriate packaging supplies and clearly label each box. It may take a few extra minutes, but trust us – your future self will thank you when it comes time to unpack!
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