Whether you’re downsizing, getting your first place or just moving from one apartment to the next, moving into an apartment brings some unique challenges that you may not face with a traditional home. Here are some tips to help you make the moving process just a little easier.
Read the Rules
Most apartment communities have rules that govern how you can and cannot utilize the facilities. Read the lease thoroughly before you move so that you know exactly what to expect. For example, you may have a moving window that you have to fit your move into, like two hours for a move. If the facility has multiple stories, you may be required to use a freight elevator instead of the main one. These types of questions need to be answered before you start the move.
Schedule Deliveries Carefully
If you’re stocking the apartment with the necessities, then carefully coordinate deliveries so that you can have everything delivered around the same time. This will ensure you are in line with the delivery rules of your new community, and also helps you focus your time on getting organized once you have everything in place.
Make the Right Moving Arrangements, and Make Them Early
When making the arrangements to move your stuff, try to plan early. If you’re using friends and family, you want to give them enough time to coordinate their schedules. If you’re partnering with professionals, you’ll need to get on the calendar before they are booked. Consider calling the apartment community to see if they have any movers that offer discounts to their community before you book pros.
A small apartment space may mean there’s not a lot of room for unpacking boxes. Pack smart by using clothes to wrap household items and linens as packing “paper.” The fewer boxes you have on moving day, the faster the process will go.
Moving into an apartment is not completely different than moving into a home, but you do need to take some considerations that are unique to this process. With these tips, you can enjoy a fairly stress-free move as you set up in your new space.