Man labeling boxes for movingGetting ready to move can take a lot of work and a lot of time, but if you plan your move ahead of time, the process can go smoothly. With the right amount of preparation, you’ll have an easy transition into your new home. Regardless if you’re just renting a Fort Collins apartment across town or you’re moving here from across the country, here are some tips to help you reduce the stress and frustration before moving day.


Don’t Waste Time

The best way to make a move as efficient as possible is to make the most of the amount of time you have before you have to move. Whether you have weeks or months, organizing your time will help you to plan your move accordingly. The best way to do this is to look ahead and determine how much time you have. For example, if you know that your current lease is up in six months, you have six months to comfortably prepare for the move. Even if you only have a month until the move, careful planning and avoiding procrastination will help you stay on top of everything.


Figure Out Your Budget

Moving to a new apartment isn’t cheap. It’s important to have a budget in place that will help you make decisions for the move and stay on track. For example, if you can’t afford a moving company, you can get started on recruiting friends and family with trucks. Other steps you can take to help you minimize moving costs include picking up free boxes advertised on Facebook Marketplace and recycling newspapers or old magazines for packing paper.


On the other hand, if your budget allows it, you can choose to hire a moving company to come in, pack your stuff, and then move it for you. Regardless of what you can afford, the sooner you’ve figured your budget out, the sooner you can coordinate the rest of the move.


Schedule Moving Day

Whether you’re doing the work yourself or hiring a moving company, you’ll have to have moving day marked in your calendar. The sooner you set the day, the easier it will be to book professional help or recruit loved ones. Try to schedule the move with at least a few days of overlap between the two leases. If you move out of your current place days before you have to turn in the keys, you can give yourself more time to get everything moved without rushing or stressing. 


Pack Your Stuff in Boxes

People often underestimate the benefit of packing boxes for a move, especially if the move is just for a short distance. Well-packed boxes are far easier, and quicker, to move than laundry baskets or trash bags or loose items. Boxes can be stacked, positioned, and easily transported, making the process more efficient. Leaving items out or just loading up baskets with things wastes space in moving trucks and it also puts your stuff at risk of getting broken or damaged. Packing can be time-consuming, however, so make sure that you start as soon as possible. Start by packing items that you don’t use regularly or that you can do without until you’ve settled into your new apartment.


Get Rid of What You Don’t Need or Want

While you’re packing boxes, you are sure to find plenty of things that you no longer want or need. Don’t pack those. Put those in a separate box or trash bag that will end up at a thrift store or the dump, rather than at your new apartment. Getting rid of things will also help make the unpacking process quicker and easier.


Work Out the Details for Each Place

Renting an apartment in Fort Collins requires you to take more actions than simply moving boxes and furniture. You will have to give notice to your current landlord and schedule time to clean the old place. You also have to transfer or set up utilities and other services at the new place in addition to changing your mailing address. Make sure that you have a checklist of the details you don’t want to forget as you make the move between your new apartment and your old one.

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