Moving to a rental apartment – how to prepare?

At-Home Packing Tips - November 10, 2021

Having to move can be a real hassle. This is mainly because most people have no earthly idea what they are doing and what they are supposed to be doing. Thankfully, you have us to tell you what to do and what not to do when moving to a rental apartment. Before we begin, and we will mention that later, you need to consider getting plastic moving boxes for the move. They are much more durable and have a variety of uses after you settle in. So, they are a great way to keep everything organized even after you finished moving. With that in mind, there are other things you have to do when preparing for this type of relocation. That said, let’s start off from the beginning!

Buying or renting moving boxes?

So, the first thing we have to talk about is whether you should buy or rent moving boxes for the upcoming relocation. And the answer depends on what type of moving equipment you prefer. For instance, you can always rent plastic moving boxes and afterwards return them. However, since you are moving to a rental apartment, chances are you are going to need some extra storage space in your home. That is why buying moving boxes might be a better idea.

People with boxes on their heads
You have to figure out whether you should buy or rent moving boxes when moving to a rental apartment.

The other important factor that should drive your decision is connected to the budget you set for the move. So, once you figure out the budget for your relocation, you can start the search for moving equipment. And there are basically two roads you can take from here – firstly, you can buy moving boxes and secondly, you can rent moving boxes. More often than not, renting moving boxes is going to be cheaper. However, it may end up driving your overall cost up because you may need some kind of storage space in your home that you are going to end up purchasing. Therefore, we advise you to try to balance out costs and use.

How to start the preparation for moving to a rental apartment?

With regard to everything we’ve said earlier, it’s time to talk about the actual preparation process. So, first of all, what you want to do is to create a packing checklist. This is quite an easy task and one that many people fail to do – either because they are lacking time or lacking the will to actually do it. However, despite it being somewhat of a tedious process, it’s very important. Especially if you are moving to a rental apartment.

The way you should approach handling this task is by getting a pen and paper and going into each room that has to be moved. Once there, you are going to start writing down everything that has to be moved. After you finish that room, you can go to the next one. IMPORTANT NOTE: don’t go into the next room until you finished noting down everything in the previous one. When you complete the list, you should go and take another tour through the house. Just to make sure everything is noted down. And once you’ve done that, it’s time to move on to the next thing – getting moving supplies.

When talking about the standard moving supply kit, we mean that it should contain:

  • Moving boxes/bins
  • Bubble wrap/packing paper
  • Boxcutters
  • Duct tape
  • Labels
  • Markers
Taping a box
Having the right supplies is very important.

However, we recommend you think about getting storage bins, just in case you are going to rent a storage unit. They are a great way to ensure that all of your items are protected from all factors that might damage them. Also, you should get the moving supplies having the packing checklist in mind. This will prevent you from buying excess supplies you don’t need.

After you get the moving supplies, it’s time for packing

After you figure out where you can get moving bins and the other moving materials, it’s time to start packing. So, the process of packing is not really that different when you are moving to a rental apartment. It shouldn’t diverge from the standard model of following the packing checklist you made. So, you made the aforementioned checklist for a reason. If you don’t follow it, then it’s pointless. That said, you should always keep it near you once you start packing.

The best way to approach the process of packing is by figuring out which rooms you want to unpack first. And while this doesn’t play a big role if you unpack your entire home in one day, it can be a bit tricky if the home is bigger. A general rule here is that you should unpack the bathroom and bedroom first. While this is pretty much self-explanatory, we will just note that the bathroom plays quite an important role in moving to a rental apartment. Mainly because you are going to use it during the process of unpacking.

person packing their fragile items for relocation
Be careful when packing and always insulate breakable items.

With that in mind, you should start by packing the “unnecessary rooms” first. These are the rooms that you are going to unpack last – i. e. the living room. Try and use up all the available space in the moving bins and look for the best possible way to sort them before your movers arrive. After you packed up everything, the only thing left to do is to wait for your movers to arrive. Lastly, we have to mention this – don’t forget to label and mark everything. This is very important since your movers are going to be careful, but they will take extra care of boxes labeled “fragile”.

What you should do after moving to a rental apartment?

Well, the only thing left to do is to get adjusted after moving to a new county, right? In a nutshell, yes. However, you should do some things like greeting new neighbors, getting to know your surroundings, etc. All of these will help you to settle in after moving to a rental apartment. Also, they will help you start to love your new environment. That said, we wish you the best of luck with the move! We are certain you are going to nail the move!

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