Moving Tips: Things to Know when Moving to a New Apartment
Items you Need the First Morning in your Apartment
There are some things you simple cannot live without in your new home the first night you arrive there.
- Cups and plates
- Kitchen utensils
- Coffee maker
- Tea towels
- Bath towels
- Bath mat
- Shower mat
- Face cloths
- Shower curtain
- Pillow cases
- Folding bed or blowup bed
If you returning home after college, moving for a new job or if it’s your first time leaving home, then you'll find that having a prepared list or itinerary can make things go more smoothly in the long run.
There might be something each morning you cannot go without, like a cup of tea or coffee or a hot shower. If that's the case, then you need to ensure you bring the items with you so you can stick to your routine upon awakening in your new place.
When moving house, it can be nice to leave teabags,coffee, biscuits and milk for the new incoming tenants.
Organizing your Move to your New Apartment
Leaving your current place and buying or renting a new place, then here are a few tips to follow to make your move as seamless as possible. The more organized you are now the less hassle you will have unpacking on arrival at your new place.
- Create as index list for each room
- Organize boxes according to each rooms
- Write out on each box what room it relates to
- Have one box with all the first night essentials you will need for your new place
Kettle | Coffee Maker | Toaster | Cups | Spoons | Knives
Milk | Sugar | Tea | Bread | Butter | Jam
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Checklist for when your Changing Apartments
Duvet & Cover
First Aid Kit
Knives, forks & spoons
Folding Bed/ Blow-up Bed
Moving from Another Location
If you're moving from one city to another, then you might have to wait a few days before the delivery company delivers all of your stuff. If that's the case, then you need to bring some essential items that will last you a few days.
In this box of one week essential items, you need to include kitchen, bathroom and bedroom items.
You can pop into your local grocery store for lunch and dinner produce once you learn how to find your way around your new area.
Make sure you pack everything securely in your car so it doesn't get damaged.
Unpacking your Kitchen Items
Once you arrive at your new place the first thing you will do is unpack this box and put the items from the box into the correct rooms.
Set up your coffee maker, toaster and the kettle on the counter. Wash out all the cupboards and place your dishes and cups in them.
If you have a utensil holder you can pop your knives, forks and spoon in here for the time being.
If you're moving to a new town or city, then you might decide to pack the essential kitchen items you will need for a night or two into a box and then bring it with you in your car to your new place.
If you’re lucky to get an apartment fully furnished with dishes and utensils, you might put these in a spare drawer or your utility room instead of using them as some landlords can factor in the condition of these items when you start looking for your deposit back.
Moving to Home you Built
If you've built your own home, then you won't have to worry about moving every item in all at once. You can do it over a few weeks and bring things in the evening after work especially if you built your house in the same city or town that you are already in.
If you've got a month to move into your new place then you can take your time and move in over a period of weeks
Organizing your Apartment Bathroom
Essential Bathroom Items
The next room you should set up is the bathroom. For the first night in your new place, you'll only need a few items while you wait for all your stuff to be delivered.
You can purchase a lot of the items you need at your local grocery store or if you have space in your car, bring them with you.
Items you can purchase/ bring:
- Toilet paper
- Hand wash
- Shower gel
If you're travelling by plane, it might be cheaper to buy your bathroom supplies when you arrive at your location, especially if your moving supplier isn't arriving until a day or two after your arrival.
If travelling by car, you might decide to bring some necessary items with you like bath towels, hand towels, face clothes, shower mat and bath mat if you plan on having a shower the next morning.
If your bathroom doesn't have a shower door then you are going to need a shower curtain.
You can get things like a toilet brush, a bin, and blinds and first aid kit later on in the week once you're settled in.
How to Prepare when Moving to a New Place
Organizing your Bedroom in your Apartment
Some apartment might already come fully furnished with a bed already in it. If there isn't a bed in your new place, you're going to have to wait for the delivery of yours to come.
The other option for the night is to either sleep on the floor or buy a folding bed or a blow-up bed to sleep in till your own bed get delivered.
You're going to need:
- Pillow cases
- Duvet cover
If you haven't purchased a duvet, you could bring some warm throws to keep you warm for the night till you get a chance to unpack yours.
If you’re sleeping on the floor, you might want a camping mat as most floors in my personal opinion are extremely hard. There's nothing worse than trying to sleep on an uncomfortable hard floor.
It's better to be prepared and have this essential overnight kit ready prior to your moving day as none of these items are perishable. If you are travelling to a new city and you don't have a car you could bring these items in a suitcase as extra luggage. I would advise checking the fee prior to using this method.
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