Moving into a new place is exciting. Much planning and coordinating are required for it to go smoothly.  Below is a list of items that should be considered before moving into your new place. 


Signing the Lease – You will need to take your photo ID to the lease signing.  Most leasing companies require the security deposit and the rent payment be in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. Pesonal checks are not typically accepted for the initial deposit and rent.  You should also set aside about one hour for lease processing and documentation.


Switching Utilities - Preferably a week before moving, obtain a list of utility companies from the leasing agent.  Most utility companies require a deposit.  You will need to inquire from each of the utility companies whether a deposit is required.  Some utility companies require a copy of the lease before they will transfer the account into your name. The utilities should be coordinated so that they are transfered on the day that you move. this is also a good time to obtain renter’s insurance.  If you have an agent you should give them a few days to process the insurance.  If you do not have an agent, go to the 'Tenant Resources' page for an agent reference.


Moving Your Stuff – It is important to plan ahead for moving day.  Most moving companies require at least a week notice to schedule your move.  If you are going to move yourself, you will need to plan ahead to rent a moving truck.  You are responsible for any damage that is caused to the property.  It is a good idea to have a pre-moving talk with the people helping you, to ensure that they understand that it is important to be careful when moving to prevent causing damage to the property.  You will also need lots of boxes and blankets to protect and store your items. Make moving fun though—take breaks, talk and enjoy making memories.


Budgeting – Moving into a new place usually is accompanied with added expenses—utility deposits, moving expenses, etc.  You should develop a budget before you start looking for a place so that you know what you can afford while taking into account the any new expenses that you will incur. If you don't have one already, it is important to start adding to a “rainy day fund”, so that if you incur an unexpected expense or a change in your job, you will still be able to pay your rent on time.


There are many more things to consider when moving into a new place, but getting a handle on these four items will make moving into a new place much easier.