You’ve unloaded all of your boxes from the truck into your new place. The hardest part of your move is over. Now, you’ve just got to complete a few additional tasks until you can kick your shoes off and call your new apartment home. Not sure what’s left to do? We can help. Here’s our guide for what you need to do right after moving into your new apartment.
Scrub It Clean
Before you unpack your stuff, it’s time for a deep clean. While your apartment should be relatively tidy upon move-in, it’s always a good idea to do some extra cleaning yourself to make sure it’s spic and span and up to your standards. That way, if there is some unwanted dust or dirtiness left behind by the previous tenant, you can take care of it before it gets worse. There’s no better way to start off on the right “foot” in your new apartment than with a sparkling clean space.
One of the first steps towards turning your new space into a home is to get your utilities set up. Depending on your apartment building, you may have to contact a few different people. It’s best to ask your property management company or landlord for advice on the best way to go about setting up your water and electric.
Duplicate Your Keys
This one’s especially important if you don’t have a roommate. Once you’ve got the key to your new abode, go get a duplicate made. You’ll thank yourself when you inevitably lock yourself out of your apartment on a late night. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Keep your spare key in a safe place for emergencies.
Update Your Address
Once you’ve settled into your new Chicago apartment, you’ll need to update your address. Typically, this will involve letting your bank, credit card companies, and any other business or organization to whom you pay a bill to. Write out a list of your monthly bills and contact each company to ensure you don’t miss one.