Moving into a new apartment soon? There might be a couple things you have forgotten about moving, or perhaps this is the first time you’ve ever moved. Regardless, here are three tips you need to know as you make the transition:

Scouting Out an Apartment

Scouting out an apartment is the first step to successfully finding the apartment you want to live in. There are thousands of apartment ads on the internet and in the newspaper, which makes it hard to know where to start. First, start by asking people you know. Ask your friends and family if they know of any apartments that are suitable for your budget and location. Having personal connections can save you the time from sorting through all the advertisements out on the internet. The second way to find good apartments is to hire a real estate agent. They will gather all of your information such as price range and locations and steer you in the right direction. Most people want to stay below budget and close to family or friends. As you tour apartments, pay attention to certain red flags to ensure that you find the best apartment possible.

Pack Smart

Once you have scouted out your new apartment, it’s time to get ready to move! Packing can be a hassle if you don’t know how to pack correctly. The best way to pack is to buy an assortment of boxes from your local hardware store. Home Depot boxes are pretty good, so you can pick up a few of them if you need more boxes. Pack your items into the boxes, making sure you don’t pack them too heavily or the boxes will break on you. If you are packing fragile items, cushioning for your valuables such as pillows, packing peanuts, or newspaper is wise to add. You know you have successfully packed a box when the box is not too heavy and the items do not shuffle around the box.

Transport Your Belongings

The last step to moving into your new apartment is moving all your belongings to your new abode! This is when you need to decide whether you want to hire a moving company or recruit your friends and family to help you move your belongings. You should base this decision on how far away your old house is from your new apartment. Moving trucks are wonderful for long distances, but trailers and trucks from close friends will work well if your new apartment is close by.

Moving to a new apartment is exciting. Make sure you scout out the best apartments you can, pack smart and decide how you want to transport your belongings. After all the hard work is over, settle into your new apartment and relax!