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The Ultimate Apartment Moving Checklist

Moving can be an exciting, exhilarating time, but it doesn’t come without its complexities. You can quickly have too much on your plate and feel overwhelmed. To prevent chaos and confusion, come up with a moving plan that will help you tackle the project in small steps. Put together an effective to-do list that can help you stay organized and ensure that important tasks are not overlooked.

As Schultz Bros. Van & Storage, we’ve been helping Sonoma County homeowners and businesses move for over 100 years! So, it’s fair to say we have a good idea of how to prepare for a move. We’ve created a comprehensive moving checklist to help you plan your apartment move better. Take a look!

2 Months Before the Move

Depending on the terms of your lease, give notice to your current landlord 8-10 weeks before the moving day to make sure that you won’t incur any unexpected charges. Take inventory of your belongings and create your moving folder that you can use to store a copy of your notice letter, notes, reminders, paperwork, and invoices.

Start finding out from your current complex if you need any permits or permissions to allow your mover to park their moving truck/container on site. Determine how much you can spend and create your moving budget.

7 Weeks Before the Move

Start vetting moving companies in Sonoma. Visit the websites of local and national moving companies to see what their customers are talking about them. Talk to the people in your circle who have used the moving services you are considering. Read customer reviews and check movers’ ratings with the BBB. Make sure the moving companies you are considering at this stage are licensed, insured, and have a valid USDOT number.

6 Weeks Before the Move

After you have selected a moving company, call their office to schedule your move. Don’t worry if you are still not sure about the dates, as you can often reschedule your move later as complications arise.

5 Weeks Before the Move

Start collecting moving and packing supplies such as boxes, packing paper, labels, and colored stickers, and packing tape. If your new home provides welcome packets to new residents, get your welcome packet. Now is also the perfect time to sell any items you don’t need.

4 Weeks Before the Move

Make utility transfer requests to your providers. Request the USPS, your bank, and insurance company update your address in their records. If you have pets, collect and store their vaccination records in your moving folder. Request any needed time off from work.

3 Weeks Before Your Move

Remember, the more items you have, the more it will cost to move. If you still have stuff that you no longer use, donate it to the local charity. Have a house cleaning service clean your current apartment.

2 Weeks Before the Move

Start packing your items. If possible, pack one room at a time. Eat as much of the stocked food in your refrigerator as possible. Call your mover to confirm the moving date and that sure you have all the necessary permits.

1 Week Before the Move

Put essential documents in your folder and carry it with you on moving day. Say your goodbyes to your friends and loved ones. If you have kids or pets, make arrangements for them on moving day.

Need help planning your move? Schultz Brothers Van & Storage has got you covered. We are equipped to manage interstate and intrastate moves across the county. We have been serving businesses and homeowners in Sonoma County for over 100 years. Want to talk about your move? Call us today at (707) 546-1616 to schedule an estimate.