We are so excited to be welcoming our very first residents this Friday! Moving in to a new apartment is such a gratifying life event but without proper planning it can be unnecessarily aggravating. We’ve got a plan in place to make the day less stressful for all of us. Here are our tips for moving day to help keep this day exactly the way it should be: full of joy and enthusiasm.
The Day Before the Big Move:
Check in with your move-in coordinator to ensure you’ve got the correct move-in date and time.
Be sure you’ve booked the elevator and moving dock at the building you’re moving out of so there are no delays or mishaps on moving day.
Confirm pick-up time with your movers and make sure they’ve got all the details, such as what floor you’re moving out of and in to, and how they can be reached the day of.
Read the fine print on your contract with the moving company. If you have hired movers, make sure you fully understand and accept all of their policies and terms to avoid disappointment and frustration later.
Pack an overnight bag with items such as snacks, water, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels, a change of clothes, electronics chargers and scissors to get you through the first night without having to tear through boxes in your fatigued state.
Before you unplug the TV take a photo of the back so you know where everything goes when you plug it back in.
Easily pack the clothes on hangers by collecting sections of clothes in trash bags, hangers sticking out of the top. Hang in your new closet and pull the bag off, then put it to good use collecting move-in waste.
Take a photo of your current apartment to ensure the return of your security deposit reflects the condition you left it in.
Make sure you’ve arranged for a caregiver for pets for the day of the move; this is for your sanity as much as it is for theirs.
The Day Of the Big Move:
Wake up bright and early and treat yourself to a well-balanced breakfast and coffee. This one may not sound fun but you’ll thank us by mid-afternoon.
Check the weather and dress accordingly wearing comfortable, seasonally appropriate clothes. Pack extra gloves in Winter and a change of clothes in the heat of Summer.
Fully charge your cellphone and make sure you’ve got all of the important phone numbers on hand for the day: movers, landlord, leasing agents, etc.
Scour the web for close-by restaurants where you can order a quick lunch and dinner without losing much time or energy during the move.
Leave a broom, paper towels and all-purpose cleaner at your old apartment so you can do a final sweep when the last boxes are out.
Try to stay on schedule – we’re thrilled to welcome so many residents in our very first month, but this means we all need to respectful of each other’s time. Please be courteous about the time slot you’ve been assigned and alert your leasing agent or move-in coordinator as soon as you know you might have fallen behind or ahead of schedule.
Save your used boxes (and your tired feet) – once you’ve collected ten used and broken down boxes in your new apartment, let us know! We will gladly collect them from your apartment and recycle the boxes for you.
A Few Green Moving Tips:
Try packing your fragile items in cloth items that are also being packed, such as dishcloths, clean socks, rags or even your clothes. This helps reduce waste and makes packing even more efficient in terms of space.
Take the time to donate or post your unwanted items on Craigslist instead of throwing them away. You’ll be surprised what people will be willing to take off of your hands!
We wish you a safe and happy move, and try not to be late! Emmy will be waiting patiently for you to arrive…
The 2M apartment community cares about our planet and our neighborhood, so we built 2M from the ground up following Green Building Act Certification Standards. From the use of energy efficient appliances to the harvesting of rainwater, we are working to create a healthier, less wasteful home for our residents. In addition to providing a green living environment, we strive to empower our residents to make green choices in their day-to-day lives. With some simple tips and thoughtful products, we’re happy to show you that being green can be easy!
Moving into a new apartment is an inevitable and exciting reality of living in a city. Most of us have gone through the painful experience of paying a ton for cardboard boxes, enduring a stressful move, then trying to figure out what to do with the boxes when all is said and done. Repax was created to help people move by providing a quicker, cleaner and cheaper alternative to cardboard boxes. Using plastic bins that hold up to 30% more than typical moving boxes, Repax will deliver right to your door, then pick the boxes up when you’re all unpacked at your new place. In addition to being larger, these sturdy boxes can handle your heavy items without the risk of a cardboard blowout. Repax estimates that a 2 bedroom move using their products is equivalent to saving 2 trees and 105 cardboard boxes from the landfill!
Green Living Tips
Once you get settled into your new pad, you’ll need some tips to keep that green glow going. Here are a few to get you started:
1) When running a load of laundry, use the cold water option. Your clothes will last longer and save major water-heating energy.
2) Consider picking up a drying rack or using a clothes line to cut back on the energy used to dry your clothes.
3) Cut out the chemicals and begin cleaning and disinfecting with white vinegar and hot water. Add some baking soda to unclog a drain or give the shower a gentle scrubbing.
4) Ditch the plastic water bottles and start using a Brita water filter. Better yet, invest in a water dispenser and have hot and cold water at your fingertips whenever you want it (just remember unplug when you’re not home to conserve energy). Step the eco-friendly power up a notch with Mountain Valley Spring Water, which is delivered in glass containers.
5) Literally green up your space by bringing home some low maintenance plants such as english ivy, peace lilies or mums to help detoxify the air.
6) Plant a balcony garden to control the produce you consume and cut down on transportation and manufacturing costs at the same time.
7) Before bed, take the time to unplug items that are not in use, such as cellphone and computer chargers, and turn off lights, laptops and cable boxes. Once a week, evaluate all outlets; if something hasn’t been used in a week, it should stay unplugged until the next time it’s needed.
8) Pay your bills and your rent online and opt out of credit offers, reducing paper waste and eliminating that nagging stack of mail on your counter.
9) Take a break from your Netflix binge-watching marathon and check out one of the many inspiring documentaries they offer. A few of our favorites are: Food, Inc., Garbage Warrior, Who Killed the Electric Car, Tapped, and Garbage Warrior.
10) Before buying any new furnishings, check out Craigslist or Freecycle for some great finds. For some great up-cycling inspiration, check out the before and after series from Apartment Therapy, offering tips and tutorials for giving your tired furniture a serious makeover.