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How To Guide: Yor Apartment Move-In Checklist

How To Guide: Yor Apartment Move-In Checklist

Transitioning from home to an apartment can be a very daunting task when you start to think of all the things you need pack and the phone calls you need to make prior to moving in. It’s typical to feel a little flustered or scatter minded as this day draws near. Luckily, there are some hacks that can relieve you from these tensions. Here is a condensed list of what to expect and prepare for before moving in, followed by a brief description about each point.

Before You Move in…

Create a Move in List Write down a list of the things you are bringing, things you still need to pack, and things you still need to buy. Organize your list by category (i.e. clothing, toiletries, school/office supplies, kitchenware, bedding, furniture etc.) Here is a template [link to our move-in checklist]  to give you a better idea of what this list could look like.

Parking Passes If you plan on bringing your car to campus, make sure that you budget for a parking pass. If you are living in a crowded apartment complex, passes may be purchased on a first-come-first-serve basis. Usually, each unit is given one parking pass per number of bedrooms available – but it’s always a good idea to secure your spot early! For more information about NIU’s parking passes and how to budget for them, click  here. (How to Budget for your first apartment)

Utilities Always call your electric, gas, and water company at least 10 days in advance to move in day. Make sure that everything is set up and working, and that you write down the account numbers in case you need to refer back to them later on!

Move In Day

Damage Control Perhaps one of the first things you should do before even moving anything in, is doing a walk through the unit. Take pictures of dents, scratches, and anything you see that’s out of the ordinary. If something is missing –  if you see holes or paint chips in the wall – make sure to document it with a photo to present to your realty company. Any damages not reported to them may be taken out of your security deposit at the end of your lease. Having a timestamp with the pictures makes the evidence more reliable.

Payments up to date Make sure you have no outstanding balances on your account. If so, you might not be able to move in until your security deposit is paid in full and all other bank charges are cleared. Communicate any questions or concerns with your property owner. If you are living with a roommate make sure you guys figure how you are going to divide the expenses.  


Before Move in Day:

  • Make a list of the items you intend to bring with you. Organizing them by category will make it easier for you to see what you have and what you still need to get.
  • Secure your parking passes early.
  • Call your Nicor, ComEd, and Water companies at least 10 days in advance of your move in date!

The Day you Move in:

  • Take photos of any and all damages you see. Notify your landlord ASAP.
  • Make sure you don’t have any overdue payments. If you do, come prepared to pay them off that day.


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