Tips For Renters On The Move!

Moving Tips For Arizona Renters

Moving is difficult, whether you’re going a few blocks from where you currently live or you’re moving to a brand new state. When you’re a renter, you also have to make sure to keep your home in good shape and your landlords happy as you move out and then into your new place. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to ease the strain of moving. Follows these moving tips for renters to get through it as seamlessly as possible.

Plan Ahead

Whether you’re going to hire professional movers or con your friends into helping you with the promise of pizza afterward, make sure to make your plans in advance. You may only have a short window of time to move and if you don’t know how you’re going to get your furniture to your new home, it could end up taking days longer than you planned for. If you’re handling the move on your own without professional movers, call several days in advance to hire a truck or book a storage unit.

Use a Moving Pod

If your landlord or will let you, keep a moving container, called a pod, outside your home for a few days before moving day. You can hire a company to come and pick up the pod, which is a huge container that can hold a ton of your stuff, and transport it to your new home. You’ll also want to check with the people in charge of your new apartment to ensure the pod can be dropped off there.

Pack as Early as Possible

While you may need to leave several items for the last week and even last day of your move, there are plenty of things you can pack in advance. Décor, movies, books and clothing alternate seasons can be packed up early. If nobody is currently living in your new home, you may even be able to move some of your boxes there early and start setting up.

Pack Dishware the Right Way

Plates should be loaded into boxes vertically instead of laying them down flat. It’s less likely that they’ll break when they’re stored vertically. When packing stemware, turn them upside down. This ensures that the pressure is on the sturdier part of the glass instead of straining the thin stems.

Don’t Make Boxes Too Heavy

You don’t want to pack a box to its fullest only to find out that you can’t lift it. If the box is too heavy, it also runs the risk of breaking, which could damage your belongings. Pack boxes by layering them. Start with the heaviest items and put them on the bottom. Then add light items on top of it. If the heavy items on the bottom are breakable or fragile, line the bottom of the box with bubble wrap or crushed newspaper. Just make sure that nothing is rattling inside of the box. If you need to fill in extra space on the top or sides, use clothing or crushed paper.

Get Rid of Unnecessary or Unwanted Items

Since you’re going to be going through everything you own in order to pack and move, it’s the perfect time to purge anything you don’t want anymore. This is especially important if you’re moving to a home with less space. Donate items that are in good condition, then toss the rest. You’ll be happy when you can start fresh in a new place without a bunch of old items weighing you down.

Keep Your Necessary Items Easily Accessible

Think about what you’re going to need during the first week in your new place. The clothing you’re going to need for work, your coffee maker, toothpaste…these must-have items should go in a clear box. It’s also a good idea to keep them with you if you’re using a moving company. Load these items into your car so you know exactly where your necessities are. There’s nothing more annoying than not being able to find a fork during your first dinner in your new home! Don’t forget to keep your important paperwork in the box, too. Contracts, ID, lease agreements and other important papers related to Arizona Property Management should be accessible throughout your move.

Label and Number Your Boxes

Label the boxes with the room they belong in. Try to only put room-specific items in one box. For example, mixing up your kitchen items with your clothing will make it difficult to find what you need. You should also number your boxes so that you know how many you have and if one goes missing, which one it is.

Update Your Post Office

Before you move, don’t forget to let your local post office know your new address! You’ll want to fill out a change of address form so that your mail gets forwarded to your new place. This is good to start doing two weeks before moving day so that your mail doesn’t end up going to your old residence for the first few days you’re in your new place.

Take Pictures of Your Old and New Home

Before leaving your current home, take photos of everything. It’s a good idea to do this when you move into your new place, too. If your landlord says that you damaged something when moving out, you can show them that the damage wasn’t there when you left. On the same note, if your new landlord says you damaged something in your new place, you can show them proof that it was that way when you moved in.

Renters have to always keep in mind that their new place isn’t actually owned by them. This can make moving a big tricky. Planning ahead is the best defense.

Need to find a rental still?

The rental market in the Phoenix, Arizona area is still very active. People are choosing to rent over buying a home at an increasing rate. This makes finding a rental tough at times! Most landlords are willing to hold a property for up to 30 days, but more likely 15 days with a Holding Deposit. Be sure to rent from a legitimate landlord! There are many scams in the rental industry. Renting from a Property Management company is usually the safest bet. On Q Property Management is a leading Arizona Property Management company, and has many rentals listed at any given time. We wish you the best in your moving adventure!  Contact our property management specialists online or by calling (480) 470-3906!