Moving Out of an Apartment? What to Ask Your Building

You have probably made a moving checklist to make sure every detail of your move is taken care of. You may even know all the right questions to ask when you compare movers, or pick a new doctor, vet, school, etc. Well, if you are moving out of an apartment, did you remember to make a list of questions to ask your building?


When Should We Have a Final Walkthrough?


Do not assume you will receive your full security deposit back just because you leave the place cleaner than when you moved in. Landlords are notorious for finding issues to keep some or all of a deposit. The only way you can make sure you are both on the same page is to perform a final walkthrough together.


When Will I Get My Security Deposit?


If you are moving out of a private apartment, your landlord may write you a check for your deposit minus any cleaning and repairs right away. However, most apartment complexes have policies to follow. Perhaps the accounts payable person only writes them once a week or maybe they have a policy that gives them 30 days to pay. Ask your building when you will get paid. Find out if the check will be mailed, or if you have the option of picking it up, if you prefer. Make sure they have your new address correctly documented, if they will be mailing it.


Does the Elevator Need to Be Reserved?


Just because you didn’t have to reserve the service elevator when you moved in a few years ago does not mean you don’t have to reserve it now. The last thing you want is for your Austin movers to show up, but not have access to an elevator because it is being used by people moving into the building.


Is a Stress-free Move Possible?

Before you read that title and break out in laughter, you should know that a stress-free move really is possible, with the right moving tips. Moving is a lot of work and there are a lot of small details to remember, but with a little extra thought and careful planning, you can make it through without losing sleep or feeling your nerves frazzled.


  • Create a List – The most important thing you can do if you want a move free of stress is to create a list of everything you need to do. You will probably continuously add to it, and that is okay! It will keep you organized so you don’t forget anything.


  • Compare Moving Companies – Moving day is stressful enough without dealing with movers who are late, damaged or stolen property, unexpected fees, or any other act of unprofessionalism. Do not just compare moving quotes; take the time to compare the companies, as well. Make sure the one you choose is licensed, insured, and trusted in the community.


  • Pack Early – One of the main reasons people start moving day all stressed out is because they have spent the last few days power-packing to the point of exhaustion. Pack one or two small boxes a day as soon as you find out you are officially moving and you will barely have any left to do during the final week.


  • Pack a Carry-on Bag – When you arrive at your new place, you should be able to clean and enjoy the unpacking process you do not want to be forced to open every box just so you can shower or find toys for the kids or the bag of dog food. An essentials bag will contain everything you need for at least the first 24 hours.


  • Be Prepared – Stress often stems from surprises, so the better prepared you are the higher chance you have of enjoying a stress-free move. Have a doctor, vet, etc., already picked out. Know where a 24-hour medical clinic or pharmacy is. Have an idea of what public transportation is available, if you will be relying on it. When you make your checklist for moving you can always buy a notepad to use for jotting down this information, so you have it handy if you need it.


How to Organize Your Self-storage Unit

Before you start unloading that moving truck rental you should give a little thought to how you are going to organize the self-storage unit you rented. You need to consider that there is a chance you will realize you forgot something and need to find it. Not to mention, if you hire local movers, NYC companies typically like to load large, heavy items first. So, if your storage unit has all small boxes toward the front, it may slow them down considerably to move these out-of-the-way.

  • Make Use of Shelving and Tables – If you have shelving units, tables, desks, or anything similar, they will play a leading role in organizing your storage unit. These items should be placed against walls, so you can stack boxes and other items on the shelves, and on and under the tables.

  • Leave Large Items Accessible – Rather than load all of your largest and heaviest pieces against the back wall, choose a side wall instead. This will allow the movers to access these items without moving everything else out first.

  • Use Colored Stickers – Chances are good that you are probably using colored stickers to distinguish which room each box goes in. You might as well stack them in the unit grouped with like-colored boxes. This way, when you realize you forgot something, you know which boxes you should be looking in.

  • Leave Walking Paths – Before you pile everything else against the tables and shelving, make sure you leave a small walking path to access these boxes before filling the center of the room.

  • Prioritize – If space is tight in the unit, and you cannot leave a walking path, prioritize your moving boxes. The things least important that you know you absolutely will not need should be closest to the wall, and furthest out of reach.


How to Move Appliances

If you are using moving pods or have secured a moving truck rental for a self-move, you will need to know how to move your appliances. As a rule, appliances should always be thoroughly cleaned prior to a move.


  • Remove all parts that can be removed to wash and dry.
  • Unplug at least 24 hours prior to allow moisture to evaporate.
  • Empty evaporator pan and water reservoir and vacuum compressor or condenser.
  • Disconnect water line, if you have one.


  • Arrange for a service technician to disconnect the gas line, if applicable.
  • Remove, clean, and pack all removable parts.
  • If you have a gas range, you will need to schedule an appointment for a gas installer to come to your new place to connect the line, light the pilot, etc.


  • Disconnect dishwasher and drain hoses at least 48 hours prior to the move.
  • Leave open to air out.
  • Hoses should be wrapped in towels and placed right inside so you know where to find them.

Washing Machine

  • Disconnect at least 24 hours prior and allow to air dry.
  • Use towels to wrap metal connector ends and place them in the washer.
  • Use the manufacturer’s guidelines to secure the tub. You can hire a handyman to do this, if you are not quite sure how, or if you have misplaced your manual.
  • Unless you are comfortable with the installation process you should schedule a qualified installer to come to your new place after the move to handle it.

Clothes Dryer

  • Unplug and clean lint screen.
  • If you have a gas dryer you will need a qualified technician to disconnect the line in your current place and connect in your new home.

It is important to keep in mind that many move-related injuries are sustained because of heavy appliances. Not to mention, there are a lot of moving components that can be damaged through shaking or dropping. You may want to consider hiring one of the best moving companies to at least handle the appliances. It should be noted that movers cannot disconnect or connect gas lines.


Checking Out Your New Neighborhood After Your Move

Once your move is officially done you will likely be either anxious to check out your new neighborhood or you will be a little nervous. Those who are adventurous and have no trouble making friends probably do not need much advice on how to go about exploring. However, if you have never been one to strike up a conversation with strangers, or if you are transitioning from a small town to a larger city, you could be feeling a little intimidating or overwhelmed.

Ask Professional Movers for Ideal Recommendations

Who better to ask about the neighborhood than your movers? Boston, NYC, Austin, and any other busy metropolis are full of hidden gems where locals mingle without worrying about tons of tourists imposing. Ask your movers where the local hotspots are. If anyone will know where the best running trails, happy hour, or farmer’s market is, they will.

Get a Little Lost

The best way to check out your new neighborhood after you unpack is to just let yourself get a little lost. Put on some comfy shoes and walk. You can always get acquainted with the public transportation system, too. Do not worry about getting too lost; there are plenty of phone applications that will help you find your way home. Speaking of apps, you can use these to find destinations in the city.

Make a List

Make a list of the places you want to check out. As you have time to visit them check them off the list. You can use Yelp for ideas of places to add to your list. If you are dying for some time with nature at a park right away, or if you absolutely need pizza or Chinese food for unpacking, your best bet is to definitely ask the movers to point you in the right direction before they go.


Are Professional Movers Worth It?

For some people, the thought of moving house themselves is not even an option. However, there are others who just cannot decide if professional movers are worth the expense. If this sounds like you, maybe you are looking at your budget and thinking you could save a lot of money if you handle it with a few friends. This may sound good in theory, but it is not necessarily the right option.

Reduced Risk of Injury

One of the main reasons professional movers are worth hiring is because they reduce your risk of injury. Just because you consider yourself strong or in shape does not mean you won’t be hurt during a move. You will be using muscles you do not usually use, and it only takes one wrong move to end up in the emergency room and off work with a back injury. Not to mention, you could sustain a fall or suffer from some other random injury.

Reduced Stress

Moving is stressful enough without the added pressure that comes along with a self-move. You will not have to worry if it will be raining or snowing, or be concerned that some of your less reliable friends might not show up to help. When you schedule moving services, you can count on them being there regardless if Mother Nature is cooperating or not. If your friends do not show up, it’s won’t be a big deal.

Proper Equipment

If you handle a move, you have to worry about having essential equipment, such as dollies, ropes, and furniture pads. Not to mention, if you drive a compact hatchback, will you be comfortable maneuvering a moving truck?

Savings Not Sufficient

Most people assume they will save a tremendous amount of money, if they don’t hire professional. By the time you pay for a moving truck rental, mileage, gas, beer to recruit friends, etc., you will be pretty much close to what you would pay to hire a company.