Summer Move-In Success


Warm Up To New Residents On Move-In Day

As we all know, summer is upon us. The season filled with barbeques, vacations and shorts is also known for something else: moving. According to moving and storage company U-Haul: “17 to 20 million people may move this summer” and “Nearly 45 percent of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day.” That’s a lot of people relocating during the warmest time of the year. Reasons vary on why many commit to a summertime move and many of them may be moving into your community. If this is the case, many in multifamily have an opportunity to make a good first impression. Just because a resident signed the lease doesn’t mean they feel comfortable and welcome in the community yet. We have a few ideas on how to break through this barrier to make a lasting impression.

  • Prepare the Property – If you’re about to see an influx of new residents, have the property ready. Will moving trucks be able to easily navigate once on site? Are there any obstructions in the hallways, breezeways or stairwells? Don’t forget that residents may have only seen the property a handful of times before moving in, so they may get confused. Is there any way to help this? These small fixes will make moving in a smoother experience for everyone. Even just being there to assure and answer questions will stand out to new residents.
  • Have Water Ready – Summer is hot. Moving heavy objects in the summer is even hotter. A great way to maintain the rapport you’ve established is to provide cold bottled water on move-in days. Think about it: new residents already feel the stresses of moving and this simple necessity may be overlooked. Your generosity can reinforce their decision to why they wanted to join the community in the first place. As we’ve always said, “A happy resident is a loyal resident.” There’s no reason why this can’t start over some H2O.
  • Summer Swag Bags – Before a resident begins to unload their belongings into their new home, they need to go inside it first. An awesome way to welcome them is to have a summer themed swag bag on the counter waiting for them. From some simple sunglasses to sunscreen, anything that can help the summer moving process is a good start. Not everything has to be summer oriented; throwing in a few essentials that can get overlooked work just as well. Coupons to local establishments are also a great incentive for residents. They can save money while exploring their new surroundings. The only restrictions on swag bags are budgets and imagination, but a little goes a long way! Check out sites like Pinterest for ideas.

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. But moving during it can potentially wear out a future resident. By taking the initiative to make the process slightly easier, you’ll be a hero! And there’s nothing wrong with sharing the move in excitement with social media either. Don’t get burned by summer moves; turn them into the best experience possible.

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Checklist for Moving Out

Whether you’re moving out of an apartment or leaving your school dorm for the summer, there are several things you must not forget. We thought it would be helpful to compile a checklist for anyone who is currently moving or might be in the future so that you feel confident everything you need is accounted for:

  1. Throw Aways: Some junk doesn’t need to go to your new place of residence. It might have worked at your old apartment, or maybe it was just there to hold the table up, but the first step to moving out is throwing away what won’t go with you.
  2. Package by Room: When you’re packing your belongings, it’s best to keep everything from one room together so when you unpack later, objects don’t go missing.
  3. Package by Contents: You can stay even more organized if you package your room boxes by contents. If something is fragile, sharp or dense, keep it together.
  4. Clean It: Once you’re life is packed away in boxes, clean everything in the space you lived: the floors, the walls, the carpets, the kitchen and bathroom. Anything that might have gotten dirty while you lived there.
  5. Take Pictures: Before you vacate the premises, take pictures of the apartment or dorm to ensure that you document the state of any and all property. This will give you a safety net if you are blamed for any damages you didn’t cause.
  6. Return Keys: Finally, return your keys to your landlord or adviser.

Change IS a good thing and with this checklist, you are sure to transition easily from one lovely home to the next.

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