I realize it’s been a while since my last post. In that time I’ve been packing, cleaning, and generally preparing myself, my son, and my cats for the big transition. Here are a few tips that I can pass on from the past few weeks.
It’s a cold weekend in February. I am kid-free and have no plans this particular Sunday afternoon. In order to keep my moving prep on schedule, I decide that I’m going to go ahead and get my walls cleared off and prepped.
No big deal, right? Just need to get nails out and fill the holes. It’s 2pm--I’ll be done by dinner. . .
[Skip ahead 4 hours] . . .Not done yet. . .
I’ve moved several times throughout my life; in college, I moved in and out of dorms every semester; after college, I lived in several different residences before settling down at my first apartment here at Meadowbrook; and now, after ten years in the same place, it’s time to move again.
As I prepare to move this summer, I thought it would be a great opportunity to post a series of blogs to help others who will be moving this year. This first installment involves paring down one’s possessions . . . or getting rid of STUFF!
1. Make arrangements to pay January rent.
January is the easiest month to forget to pay your rent. You can certainly pay your rent online, but if you want to avoid the transaction fees, you can pay your rent before you go or leave a post-dated check with the office. (We can hold post-dated checks as long as they are dated before January 5!)
2. Keep the heat turned on.
Your lease requires you to leave the heat set to 60 degrees during the winter months, even if you are away from your apartment.
Why? -->The heat from the apartments in the building is enough to keep water
pipes running smoothly.
No heat = frozen water and broken pipes.
Broken pipes = lots of water running all over.
Who pays for this damage? -->Whomever turned their heat off.
It’s the week of Thanksgiving. For most people, this is about the time when the cravings for turkey and pumpkin pie overwhelm any desire to be productive. For me, it simply means I have four days to get my apartment clean before family comes over. . .