Step 13: Move-In Checklist

Move-In Day Checklist

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Help Keep Our Community Safe:

One reason students choose UWM is that we are a community that cares for each other. UWM aims to provide a safe environment for students to learn and employees to work during the global COVID-19 pandemic, but we can’t do this without your help.

Pick up your free, reusable UWM mask at the Student Union Information desk.

Know Your Gathering Risk

UWM discourages in-person social gatherings with others outside of your household if social distancing cannot be maintained and face coverings cannot be worn.

All are encourages to evaluate the risk level of events and gatherings as is noted on the CDC website as of Aug. 14.

Lowest risk: Virtual activities, events and gatherings.

More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).

Higher risk: Medium-sized, in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.

Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.

Household COVID-19 Plan with Roommates

It is important that you speak to your roommates about COVID-19 and related topics, such as quarantining, social distancing, gathering expectations, and so on. The pandemic could be with us for the duration of a 1-year lease, so it is crucial to talk about with your family and potential roommates and come to an agreement before signing a lease or as soon as you are able. Write your plan down and post it where everyone can see it.

List of topics and tips to help you communicate with your roommates about COVID-19.

Changing Your Address

Update your UWM address on your PAWS account (free) & with the post office ($1).

Set-Up Utilities

Set-up utilities in your name – WeEnergies, trash and sewer, cable, internet, etc.

Evening Safety Resources

Download the RAVE Guardian App & take advantage of evening safety resources like B.O.S.S. vans to assist you in traveling around the community safely.

Check-In Sheet

Turn-in your check-in sheet to your landlord within 7 days from move-in. The landlord is required by law to provide you with the check-in sheet. If you already moved in before filling out the check-in sheet, still fill it out and submit it to your landlord on time!

Here are two examples of what a check-in sheet may look like:

Check-In Sheet (1)

Check-In Sheet (2)

Completing this form and turning it into your landlord is a good precautionary step to help get the entirety of your security deposit back upon move-out. A landlord will be unable to charge for any preexisting damages if they were documented appropriately. Any photos and videos will also contain a timestamp in case a form of proof is necessary.

Trash and Recycling

Contact your landlord as soon as possible if there are items left on the curb from previous tenants or you are missing trash or recycling bins.

Look up your trash and recycling days. You are responsible for maintaining a clean neighborhood. It’s illegal to throw furniture and unconfined garbage on the curb & you can be fined by the city.

Learning about garbage and recycling rules and regulations as a tenant can be difficult. Read more on helpful garbage and recycling tips.


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