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Apartment Move-in Guide

Congratulations on moving into your new apartment! This marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life. To ensure a smooth transition and to make your move with Foshee Residential as seamless as possible, we’ve created this detailed move-in guide. Whether you’re a first-time renter or an experienced mover, this guide will address important tasks and help you turn your new apartment into a comfortable, welcoming home.

Prior to Move-in Day

What to Bring

Here is a brief list of the basic items to add to your packing list. Be sure to keep in mind that this probably isn’t everything you will need in your new apartment, but it’s a good place to start. Feel free to adjust this list based on your preferences and your apartment.


  • Silverware
  • Utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Small appliances
  • Trashcan


  • Bed
  • Bedding
  • Mattress
  • Pillows
  • Nightstands
  • Hangers


  • Towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Shower curtain hooks
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Miniature trash can

Living Area

  • Blankets
  • Television
  • Seating
  • Coffee table


  • Chargers for your electronics
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Decorations
  • Storage bins
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • First aid kit
  • Power strips
  • Batteries

What NOT to Bring

All of our properties are non-smoking, so please keep this in mind when moving into your new apartment. Prior to moving in, make sure to closely read over your apartment’s pet policy. Some apartments strictly prohibit all animals, some have weight limits or breed restrictions, and some welcome all furry friends. Refrain from bringing clutter or items you don’t use anymore. Prior to moving in, go through your closet and donate any items you haven’t worn recently.

Tips for Packing

1. Stay organized

Staying organized is crucial to having a successful move-in experience. Label every box and bag so you know which room it belongs in.

2. Purchase the blue Ikea bags

These Ikea bags are a lifesaver when moving into a new apartment. They are perfect for storing clothing items, accessories, bedding, towels, and so much more.

3. Refrain from putting breakables in moving trucks

Carefully pack your breakable and valuable items and keep them in the car with you. Do not put items like candles in moving trucks, as they could melt or break.

4. Pack an overnight bag for your first night

Pack a small duffle bag with the necessities you will need for your first night in your new apartment. Be sure to include items like toiletries, a change of clothes, a phone charger, etc.

5. Make sure you have adequate tools

Prior to move-in day, make note of all of the tools you might need to put together new furniture or to hang up your decor. Head over to your home improvement store of choice and create a toolbox based on your needs.

On Move-in Day

The day has finally come! Move-in day can be overwhelming for everyone involved. Here are some tips for a successful move-in!

  • Stay hydrated: Especially if you are moving in during the summer months, staying hydrated is crucial.
  • Prioritize the necessities: Don’t just start unpacking random boxes. Prioritize what you know you use the most, and begin unpacking those boxes first.
  • Organize your items: When unloading your car or the moving truck, place the boxes or furniture into the rooms to which they belong.
  • Recruit help: Moving heavy furniture is no joke. Ask your friends and family members to give you a helping hand or consider hiring professional movers.

After Move-in day

Congratulations on moving into your new apartment! However, there are still a few things you need to do. Here are a few things to keep in mind after moving in:

  • Organize and clean your apartment: Don’t leave unpacked boxes lying around for weeks after move-in day.
  • Address change: Make sure to fill out a change of address form for your new apartment. This can easily be done through the USPS website.
  • Set up utilities: If utilities are not included in your apartment’s rent, make sure you get those set up immediately. Typical utilities include water, electricity, and internet.

After you get these necessities out of the way, take some time to settle into your new space. Introduce yourself to your neighbors, check out the amazing amenities, or shop for some new decor! Welcome home.

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