some information hopefully you find helpful when making
your decision of becoming a first time SpringTown
time to pack up for your first apartment...NOW WHAT??
Here's a helpful list of items to pack last and
keep handy...they're the things you'll need to
get to first and frequently.
Everything's electric these days it seems.
Computers, CD players, your Walkman, all
those little gizmos you just can't seem to live without.
So it just makes sense to keep that extension
cord or pack of new batteries right on top and
within easy reach. Tools. We're talking hammers and
screwdrivers, nails and screws, scotch tape, duct tape
and especially, a tape measure. A bottle opener and glasses. Thirst
always seems to come firstparticularly if
you have to lug that stuff by yourself.
Dehydration is a sneaky beast, so be prepared.
Snack, pizza or fast food coupons. You're
going to work up a hunger so think about treating
yourself to a quick bite or a night out at Mickey D's.
Address book or PDA. Keep those important
telephone numbers handy.
Cell phone or regular telephone with
plug - put these within easy reach. There's always potential
for an emergency.
Sufficient cash. Duh...but
if you're opening a new bank account you may have to
wait for your first check to clear. Traveler's
checks wouldn't hurt either.
A copy of your lease and personal ID,such
as a driver's license. And speaking of banking,
if you're starting a new checking account (or applying
for utilities service) you'll need proof
of your new address too.
Cleaning materials. Especially paper
towels - accidents do happen. Light bulbs, a small lamp (perhaps
a flashlight). It may be dark when you finally move in.
Alarm clock. You don't want to miss
your first day at school, right? Box cutter. Don't pack this puppy
at all! It's the first thing you'll need to open your
Moving Day Checklist Planning the move has been
difficult enough-don't get bogged down with the final
To ease the stress of moving
day, be sure to print out this Check List.
Finish last-minute cleaning.
Take the garbage out.
Turn off the water heater and set the thermostat to
Plan ahead for what you'll need the first day after
your move. Packing a separate bag with your toiletries,
a change of clothes, etc. will avoid unnecessary
scrambling or a run to the local store.
Finish all last-minute packing.
Notify a close friend or relative of your itinerary
in case of emergency.
Meet with the apartment manager or landlord and do
a final walk-through of the apartment. Get a copy
of the apartment inspection and damage
report for your records.
Keep a flashlight handy in case you arrive at your
new place after dark.
Pick up the truck bright and early (or even the day
Make sure it has a full tank of gas.
Do an inspection of the vehicle in order to not any
body damage prior to your rental.
Get contact information for the rental business-you
never know what might happen during your move.
Buy any last minute furniture covers, pads, boxes,
bubble wrap, etc.
Buy a padlock to secure the door of the truck (if
it does not have another lock).
Buy a map or get directions to your new home.
Make an inventory list of what items are in which
boxes. This is accomplished by numbering the boxes
and labelling which room the items belong
When packing the truck, make sure the items you'll
need first are loaded in last (i.e. kids toys, kitchen
items, telephone and radio) to
make access easier.
Use common sense when loading your truck by keeping
in mind the size, sturdiness, and weight of your boxes.
Return the truck with the same amount of gas as it
had when you rented it.
Do another inspection to insure you will not be charged
for any damage that you did not cause.
Check the mover's inventory to be sure that you agree
with the mover's judgment on the condition of your
household goods. Take photographs if there
is a dispute.
Make sure you get a copy of the inventory.
Load items you are taking with you on the trip, including
Search every room before the van leaves.
Check the Bill of Lading for completeness before you
sign it. Retain a copy for your records.
Record the van driver's name and give him contact
numbers at the destination. Confirm directions to
the new residence with your driver.
Check the condition of each carton and household item
as it is unloaded. List all missing or damaged items
on the inventory form.
Since you will probably do some unpacking after the
movers leave, make a note on the inventory form "subject
to inspection for loss or concealed
Get to your new home before the movers. There could
be a waiting charge if you are late.