Classes are almost back in session – and in-person – which means it’s time to start packing! Moving can be hectic, especially if this is your first time living off-campus or in a new area. We’ve got tips on how to make this transition as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Utilities: Transfer your utilities ahead of time by telling your providers your expected move-out and move-in dates. Luckily, at DTE we make it easy for you to start, stop or transfer your electric or natural gas service online.

Plan ahead: Communicate with your leasing office or landlord via telephone to confirm your move to minimize being face-to-face with anyone you don’t have to. Provide your DTE confirmation number for proof of service. Additionally, request e-signiture or mail-in forms for any paperwork needed.

Packing supplies: Purchase cardboard boxes or tubs to move your belongings. Labeling your boxes and creating a strategy for organized packing will help you settle into your new place faster and avoid losing track of items.

Moving crew: Asking for help from friends and family or a moving service to help get through the move faster and more efficiently. Make sure everyone stays hydrated and takes breaks throughout the day to avoid exhaustion and injury.

Clean and disinfect: It’s likely you’re moving somewhere that’s been lived in recently by other occupants. To be safe, clean, and disinfect the space before unpacking.

Self-care: Moving can be stressful, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself in ways that work best for you leading up to the move. Familiarizing yourself with the area before moving is a great way to reduce stress when adjusting to new surroundings.

Know someone moving soon? Send them these tips to make sure they’re prepared.

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