So, you have signed on the dotted line and are ready to move into your new Farmington Hills apartment. In general, moving into any new space is exciting, and a tad bit stressful, especially during the summer months. Similarly, moving to a new city can make you feel a bit turned around. That being said, Farmington Hills is rather user-friendly, and there are a variety of everyday conveniences available, regardless of where your new apartment is located.
If you have not started packing up your old place just yet, there is no need to panic. You can save yourself some time and energy by first and foremost getting organized. This means creating both a moving checklist and an inventory list.
A moving checklist will help you stay focused on the task at hand, and an inventory list comes in handy as well, especially when you are using movers—which we highly recommend. Remember, you are moving in the heat, and no one likes making multiple trips. With movers, you can get settled into your new apartment quickly, and you won’t have to bribe your friends into helping.
In addition to considering movers, there are a few more things you can do to make your summer move more manageable. Here are five tips for moving into your swanky Farmington Hills apartment this summer.
#1. Research and Plan Ahead
Summer is often one of the busiest times for moving companies. Thus, you are going to have to do some research, cost comparison, and plan well in advance. Once you have chosen movers and set a date, try to schedule your move for earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. As you know, it can get pretty hot in the summer, but the temp often is more agreeable in the mornings.
Regardless of the time slot you end up with, if you are doing a lot of the heavy lifting yourself, stay hydrated, schedule breaks, and dress for the occasion. Consider applying sunscreen and bringing portable fans to stay cool and sunburn-free.
Another scheduling issue to stay on top of is the actual date. Unsurprisingly, the beginning and the end of the month tend to be busy days for moving. Moreover, the end of the week and holiday weekends are costly, plus they book up quickly. Therefore, do your research and plan your move sooner rather than later.
#2. Turn On the Utilities ASAP
Moving in the heat is one thing, and getting situated in an apartment that is sweltering hot is another. So, do not forget to turn on your utilities and air-conditioning beforehand. Not only does a cool apartment make moving more enjoyable, but it keeps everyone focused. In fact, if you live close to your new apartment, consider turning the a/c on the night before, especially if your move-in day is going to be a hot one.
Besides turning on the a/c as soon as possible, make sure other utilities you may need immediately are set up already as well. For example, if you need your internet up and running to take care of other business, then set it up prior to moving. Similarly, lights, cable, heat, water, and anything else that you are responsible for turning on should be working on move-in day (do not forget to change your mailing address too).
#3. Be Aware of Items That Are Susceptible to Heat
Moving, whether on your own or with assistance, takes time. In other words, many of your belongings will be sitting in a hot car or truck for possibly a few hours. Therefore, it is in your best interest to put items that do not fare well in warmer weather in a clearly labeled box that goes in first or in a cooler/refrigerator bag (food items, typically). Food and other perishables should be one of the first things you put away, even if you adequately stored them during the trip.
Likewise, try not to leave your electronics in the heat for too long. This can cause irreparable damage to rather expensive stuff like your laptop, smartphone, TV, and vinyl records. Additional items you should not leave in the heat for too long include medicines, formula, water bottles, flammable products, house plants, pets, pet food, and candles or other likely-to-melt items.
#4. Decide What To Do with Pets
Speaking of pets, if you opted not to get a pet sitter, then you need to factor your pet(s) into your moving schedule. For instance, if you have several trips to make, then it is best to have your pet(s) be the last to go. Bringing your pet at the beginning of the move means you have to keep an eye on your furry friend. This means making sure your pet has water, food, and a place to go to the bathroom.
Furthermore, there will likely be people in and out of your apartment on move-in day, and having your pet around may only lead to trouble, ie. people injured, carpet soiled, an escape attempt, etc.
On a slightly different note, before moving, you should also consider taking your pet in for a check-up at the vet. Not only do many apartments require your pet to be up-to-date on their shots, you typically have to provide documentation from the vet stating as much. Remember, moving is stressful for your four-legged friend, so consider a sitter or pet daycare until you get settled in.
#5. Pack Move-In Prep and An Overnight Bag
Another excellent tip for a summertime Farmington Hills move is to make sure you have what you need for the first night in your new apartment. Even the most organized person can forget where they put all their pants, underwear, and everyday toiletries. So, instead of sifting through boxes or having to pack everything all at once, consider packing an overnight or weekend bag. This way, you won’t have to unpack immediately, and you will have everything you need on hand. Consider packing a bag for your children and pets as well—if you have any. Having things they need, like their favorite toys, can help keep them occupied as well as ease them into a new apartment.
In terms of move-in prep, it helps to have cleaning supplies readily available. Generally, all apartments are given the once over before a tenant moves in, however it still does not hurt to wipe down the counters or vacuum after unloading all the boxes. You should consider a quick cleaning of the bathroom(s) too. Ultimately, you will feel more at home, when you know you or a family member has thoroughly cleaned your apartment.
Moving takes a lot of planning and forethought, but that does not mean it cannot be fun. Try keeping a positive attitude, especially in the heat. Additionally, if you have children, have them help out with the move—carrying the throw pillows, the lighter boxes, or something small. Getting the kids involved in the minor details of moving helps make the transition to a new apartment easier. Of course, if your kids are too young to assist, consider a babysitter, or have the grandparents tag along to entertain them.
Finally, once you feel everything and everyone is settled into the new apartment, double-check that you have everything. Nothing is worse than leaving something of value at your old place. Even Though you will likely be exhausted, take a few minutes and do a final walkthrough inspection of your previous home, if you can. Try doing this before the movers show up and after the job is done.