10 Miami Apartment Moving Tips for a Stress-Free Move
This blog post was written by guest blogger Daniel Schapiro of American Fargo Moving & Storage in Miami.
Whether you are moving in or out of an apartment in the Miami, FL area, there are a lot of things to consider to get yourself prepared for moving day. With an apartment move, there are typically more rules and regulations that you must be prepared for when moving day finally arrives.
At American Fargo Moving and Storage, we have over 65 years of experience providing relocation services to the residents of Miami and the surrounding areas, we know the ins and outs of what it takes to have a successful apartment move in Miami and are here to provide the Morales Moving and Storage customers with our top tips.
1. Create a Moving Checklist
The last thing that you want to happen on moving day is to realize that you forgot to do something important like changing your utilities or packing up some of your belongings.
Once you have a move-in date decided or know that you are going to be moving, the first thing you should do is sit down and write down everything that you need to have done before your move date. Once you have all your tasks written down, assign deadlines to each task and create a daily plan for what should get done each day during the moving process.
This will save you the stress of constantly worrying that you are forgetting to do something.
2. Hire Professional Miami Apartment Movers
Hiring professional Miami apartment movers can save you the stress of having to move your belongings on your own. If you decide to hire a full-service mover, this can save you even more time and stress as they will take care of the entire moving process for you.
Full-service Miami apartment movers will take care of packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking your items.
A few important things to consider when researching apartment movers in Miami:
Reviews: Looking at reviews for moving companies you are researching can give you a great idea of what their customer service is like. Things like Google reviews, BBB reviews or Yelp reviews are a great place to start. Also, ask around to family and friends who have recently moved about any moving companies that they would recommend.
Years of Experience: How long a moving company has been in business is also an important factor to consider. The more experience that a moving company has, especially in the Miami area, is a great advantage as they have experience in all different types of moves and understand the ins and outs of moving in Miami.
Multiple Quotes: Once you have narrowed down your search to roughly 2-3 moving companies, you will want to receive quotes from each to see who has the best prices for comparable services.
3. Plan Out Your Space
If you are moving into an apartment for the first time, especially if you are coming from a larger space, it is important to plan out your space and where you will want things to go. We recommend setting up a time with your new apartment complex to be able to go into your new apartment before you move so you can measure the space.
Once you have those measurements, you can determine how your current furniture will fit and if you will need to purchase any new items. This also gives you an idea of how much you should be bringing with you which will aid you in the decluttering process.
4. Declutter Before You Start Packing
Once you have your new layout in place and you have determined how much you should be bringing with you, it is time to start decluttering. Go through all your belongings and begin to separate them into piles. Make a pile for keep, donate, sell and trash.
Decluttering before you move will save you time when packing, save money on packing supplies and the stress of having to do it as you unpack into your new home, or shoving it into a closet as a problem for later.
For your unwanted items, most professional moving companies offer junk removal services where they will ship, donate, sell, recycle or properly dispose of your items for you.
5. Be Creative with Your Packing
Packing can be the most time-consuming part of any move. Getting everything into moving boxes and furniture disassembled can be overwhelming and stressful. Here are a few time-saving and money-saving packing hacks we have learned:
- Leave your clothes on the hanger and place a garbage bag over them for easy loading and unloading.
- Ask around to friends and family for free boxes and other packing supplies like bubble wrap, plastic wrap or packing tape.
- Use toilet paper or towels to wrap your items and fill in any gaps in your moving boxes.
6. Talk with the Landlord
Before moving day, get in touch with the landlord of your new apartment complex to discuss any regulations that may be in place for moving your belongings into your new space. Some apartment complexes make you reserve a separate elevator to have your items moved so as not to disrupt other residents.
This will also go for if you are currently living in an apartment. You want to talk with your current landlord to discuss the regulations and rules for moving out.
7. Consider Any Parking Regulations
Along with moving regulations with the apartment complex, there may also be parking regulations put in place. You want to double-check and find out where your moving truck will be able to park to avoid any difficulties on moving day.
Be sure to relay the parking regulation information to your movers so everyone is on the same page.
8. Plan Time for Cleaning and Repairs
If you are moving out of an apartment, it is crucial that you plan time for any repairs and cleaning that will need to be done in the apartment. Your security deposit is typically dependent upon leaving your apartment in virtually the same condition it was originally in, so plan time once all your items have been removed to clean and repair.
9. Take Care of Utilities and Renter’s Insurance
Before moving into any apartment complex here in Miami, you will most likely need to have your utilities already set up before you move in. This goes for your renter’s insurance as well with most requiring you to have some form of this.
It is a good idea to have your utilities set up to begin the day you move in and to have your utilities from your previous home shut off the day after moving day.
10. Don’t Leave Packing to the Last Minute
On moving day, the last thing you want is to pack an entire room in a panic before the movers show up. We recommend having your packing all done at least a few days before moving day so your movers can begin loading your items into the moving truck as soon as they arrive.
These are just a few of our top tips that are sure to save you both time and stress once moving day arrives.