10 Things To Do Before Moving Out

Moving out doesn’t have to be stressful. Sorting, packing, cleaning — it can all seem overwhelming at first but, with the right mindset and strategy, moving out of your previous apartment or your parents’ home and into your new place can be made exciting and worth all the trouble. Follow these 10 move-out tips by The Ridge Clemson to make moving into Clemson student apartments all the easier.

1. Enjoy What You Have Before It’s Too Late

Many students move out without having enjoyed all the benefits that Clemson student apartments have to offer — make sure this doesn’t happen to you! Off campus student housing offers lots of community amenities. Here at The Ridge Clemson, our amenities include a clubhouse, a resort-style pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center, just to name a few. Take advantage of what is available to you before you begin packing, invite your friends, and enjoy your time before it's too late. If you are unsure of what your new community offers, check out their website, look at property photos online, or call during office hours to find out.

2. Give Yourself Enough Time For Goodbyes

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of moving out of your parents’ house is having to say goodbye to your friends and family. But allowing yourself enough time to say proper goodbyes can make all the difference. Be sure to make room in your schedule to spend enough quality time with your loved ones or host a going away party. Fortunately, apartments for Clemson students have long before established move-in dates for students to plan accordingly. Find out what your move-in day is ahead of time and properly say goodbye to those you’ll miss.

3. Get Rid Of Clutter

Start focusing on what you need to bring with you and what you should leave behind. Just like a good spring cleaning, moving out should be a time for decluttering and reorganizing your belongings. Consider whether your new apartment includes furniture which you may already own and could possibly leave behind or sell. Off campus apartments nowadays feature convenient furniture packages to simplify moving for students. Make sure you look through the amenities offered at your new apartment.

4. Clean Your Current Home

Apartments for Clemson students have policies for moving out that may require you to return your apartment in its original condition, so clean your apartment well before you move out. This is certainly the case for apartments that require a security deposit to move-in. Check with your apartment community to so that you take the necessary steps before moving out. Fortunately, The Ridge Clemson gives each apartment a thorough cleaning before move-in, as well as other upkeep such as painting and wall-patching.

5. Switch Utilities & Cancel Subscriptions

Utilities under your name need to be transferred or canceled before your move-out date to avoid any inconveniences at your new place. Subscriptions to services such as TV cable and internet should also be taken care of before you move out. Check to see if your new apartment includes utilities or other services in your monthly payments. We strive to make Clemson student housing as convenient as possible, which is why we offer all our residents: free high-speed Wi-Fi, Internet and Cable TV, as well as the option to have electric billing split among roommates.

6. Decide On & Schedule Moving Services

Ask yourself whether you need to hire movers or can transport your belongings yourself. This will all depend on your budget and how much you decide to bring with you after downsizing. If hiring movers, schedule services with considerable time ahead of your move-out date. For students already living in Clemson apartments, attempting to schedule moving services close to the move-out date could prove cumbersome given the large demand for service during this time. We recommend scheduling up to 3 months before your move-out date.

7. Sort, Pack & Label Wisely

Now here comes the challenging part — sorting, packing, and labeling your belongings — but it doesn’t have to be so stressful if done wisely. Pack your belongings according to the room they belong in — like the kitchen, living room, or bathroom — making sure you assess each object and whether you should keep it or toss it. Label these boxes clearly as cardboard boxes are mostly indiscernible from each other. Do all this while listening to your favorite music and reminiscing about the good old days.

8. Stock Up On Packing Supplies

The last thing you want to happen when moving out is to run out of boxes amidst packing or tape after a box has ripped open — stock up on enough packing supplies before you begin. Check your local post office for packing supplies, and supermarkets for produce cartons and containers. Lastly, inspect your boxes for tears and holes before loading onto the truck.

9. Set Aside Your Essentials & Pack An Open-First Box

Before you start stuffing clothing and décor into boxes, prepare an open-first box to get you through those first few days at your new place. This can save you the trouble of frantically looking for your toothbrush in a pile of unopened boxes. Take some time to set a schedule to unpack and fill the open-first box accordingly. 

10. Forward Your Mail

A less thought about aspect of moving out is mail forwarding, but setting this up can save you lots of time and trouble later. Visit the website of your postal service office to request to have your mail forwarded to your new address. You can schedule forwarding to begin after your move-in date, which gives you more time to update all your accounts with your new mailing address.

For more information about moving out of off campus student apartments near Clemson University, contact The Ridge Clemson or schedule a tour.

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