Tips for Moving Out of Apartments in Chico California

Posted by Jenna Redman

March 07, 2018

moving boxes with pictures of itemsLet’s face it, moving is a huge ordeal and there is just nothing simple about it. Many people realize too little too late and discover that unless you want to pull a few all-nighters, you can’t leave everything until the week of moving day.

We understand life gets busy and you don’t always have time to learn everything when it comes to moving out of apartments in Chico California. Isn’t it odd that some moving practices are only obvious once someone mentions them to you? So if you don't have that person in your life offering you moving tips and tricks, you could find yourself in a bind... and the only way out might cost you more than you planned for.

Below, we have shared with you all the moving practices we know that will best prepare you in your move ahead. Uprooting your home can be stressful, so let these tips help put you at ease.

Timeline for Moving 

Planning ahead isn’t everyone’s strong suit. For people who are natural planners, moving apartments will have them planning months ahead to make sure that all their T’s are crossed and their I’s dotted. For everyone else who is not a born planner, it’s best to make a timeline starting around 1 month from your intended move-out date.

We created a timeline for you that is broken up into 4 weeks. Each week has a list of specific tasks you need to complete to stay on schedule. The more time-consuming tasks such as contacting your landlord to start the paperwork, packing, and cleaning are listed under weeks 1 and 2 to make sure that you have enough time to complete them. While items that are less time-consuming like canceling/forwarding subscriptions and scheduling a final walk through are listed on weeks 3 and 4.

Factor in the Time of Year

Moving into apartments in Chico California can be a bit tricky depending on the time of year you choose. Whether you are moving in the dead of winter or during one of our famously hot summers, it’s important to acknowledge and plan how the weather will affect your moving process. For winter moves, it’s important to be even more careful with your fragile items since they can become brittle in the cold weather. In summer months, it’s important to remember that planning your move early in the morning will save you from having to work through the hours of 2 o’clock and 5 o’clock, which is generally the hottest time frame of the day. 

Packing

It’s important to remember that you did at one point move all of your stuff into your current apartment, therefore packing it all up again should be doable, even if you’ve added some things along the way. Just staring at all of your household items and thinking about what it will take to pack it up can surely become overwhelming enough to want to put it off another day. In the short run it’ll feel great, but in the long run it will just stress you out tenfold.

In order to keep that overwhelmed feeling to a minimum, it’s important to be mindful of planning and packing with purpose. Giving yourself a plan when it comes to packing can make the task seem much less daunting. When the time comes to actually start packing, it helps to have tips that will make the process go smoother and feel like you have it together instead of just placing anything you find in a random box. Tip: labeling is your best friend, so don’t be afraid to go overboard on those labels- it will help during the unloading process.

Move It Yourself or Hire a Professional

When it comes time to actually move all the boxes you’ve packed up, do you call your friends or do you cough up the money and hire a professional? If you have lots of friends or family that have big SUVs or trucks and are willing to spend the day moving things back and forth between the apartments in Chico California, then by all means, go that route. Usually it will only cost you the money to feed everyone once the bulk of the move is completed and the knowledge that if any of them ever need help moving you'll be required to help out.

If you don’t have friends and family available or don’t have the right set of wheels to move all your stuff, then it can be extremely beneficial to hire professional movers. One of the biggest upsides to hiring a professional is that they are just that, a professional. They know the best ways to get your couch down the hall and around that tricky corner without leaving a scratch on the wall or your couch. 

Unwanted Items

It’s safe to say not everything you own will be moving with you to your new apartment. You’ve got several options when it comes to getting rid of the clothes you stuffed into the way back of your closet because they don’t fit anymore or the hand-me-down furniture you don’t think is worth another move. Your options consist of recycling, disposing, donating, or selling. Your already messy apartment can get even more hectic when going through all that you own and deciding if it should be placed into one of the above categories. To keep your stress level to a minimum, here are some tips and tricks for bringing order to the chaos that unwanted items bring in apartments in Chico California. 

Cleaning

If you are hoping to get your deposit back or at least not have to pay anything extra, you should absolutely add a cleaning day into your moving schedule. For the best results, wait until you’ve moved out all your furniture and items that take up drawer or counter space. Waiting until the end makes it so you don't have to clean any space twice. Deep cleaning isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s important to know that your apartment manager will be checking the inside of your oven along with the tops of your ceiling fans. Leave nowhere uncleaned. If you aren’t sure if your carpet is something you need to have deep cleaned read over your lease or ask your manager. Creating a list of the things that need to be cleaned can be extremely helpful, for best results see if you can get a copy of the cleaning checklist your manager uses. If they are reluctant to give it to you, here is a thorough list of the places you should make sure are cleaned in-depth before you close your door for good.

Moving out of apartments in Chico California doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Following the tips above will greatly decrease your level of stress during the process of moving. Think about the light at the end of the tunnel, your brand-new apartment! This is the place where you’ll get to try out the new layout or decorating scheme you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest. Reading all of this has already taken care of the mental game it takes to move, leaving just the physical work left. Take a deep breathe, let it out, and go. You got this.

If you’re looking for extra tricks that can save you time and money, like what to use instead of bubble wrap or the benefits of packing a first night box separate from other boxes, download our 16 Mind Blowing Tips for Moving Out Before Moving.

man and a woman happy to be finished packing

Topics: Moving, Cleaning Tips, Rental Living