Top Tips for Moving into a New Apartment
Moving can be one of the most stressful times that you experience. Uprooting your life and moving into an entirely new space can be difficult enough; however, dealing with all of the logistical issues can be a nightmare. It’s no cakewalk to move, even if it’s to smaller spaces such as one or two bedroom apartments. When we move, we’re usually confronted with how much stuff we actually have and that can add a lot of stress to the process. It’s important to enlist the help of friends, family and even paid professionals when you move so you can make it a little easier on yourself. Are you making a big move soon? Here from Westbay Management Company are some top tips to keep in mind when moving into a new apartment.
Start sorting through months in advance
Going at it in one go can be extremely overwhelming. What you can do a few months in advance is to go through all of the things in your home and decide what you want to keep and what you want to give away. Make sure you hold on to things that you really, really need or use, or things that have a high sentimental value to you. Everything in between can (and should) be donated. This goes for big-ticket items like tables, lamps and sofas, too. There are many charitable organizations that are ready and willing to pick up your items, often for free.
Clean your new place
When you have received the keys to your new place, it’s important to give it a good scrub down before you place a single thing of yours in the house. You can call a professional cleaner to do the job for you, or you can do it yourself. Make sure to get all those hard-to-reach places, as you don’t want someone else’s dust all over your new home. If you’re renting, you may also want to take photos of the place so that you document how the place looked like before you moved in. This will be important for getting back your deposit when you move out.
In addition, if you’re planning to do any work on the house, such as giving it a new coat of paint, renovating or installing carpets, rugs and lights, this will also be a good time to do so. Having these bases covered before you move in will give you great peace of mind.
Pack for a few days away
Many people make the mistake of packing absolutely everything in boxes. People often only realize that this is an error on their first night at their new place. They may not be able to find basics like shampoo, toothpaste, clean clothes and their phone charger. What we recommend is packing a small suitcase as you would when you go on a weekend trip. This bag will carry all of your essentials for the next few days, so you can concentrate on unpacking your boxes in a relaxed and methodological fashion. You may also want to consider having food and groceries delivered to your new place before you get there. It will make you feel more at home—and a full fridge can provide you with a lot of energy for the unpacking ahead.
Save on boxes and wrapping
Moving materials like boxes, bubble wrap and cling wrap can be expensive. They are also not ideal for the environment, as the use is only for a short amount of time and the plastic materials, in particular, are not easily biodegradable. It’s a shame to buy these materials when you might have packing materials already in your home. You can use suitcases, laundry baskets, standalone closets and more to pack items in. To wrap your valuables, you can use fabrics such as towels, bed sheets, clothing, socks and curtains. Using items you already have to wrap and transport your things can also save you a lot of transportation space.
Use vacuum sealing and plastic wrap
You can save even more space on transportation of bulky items by bringing out your vacuum sealer. This is especially good for beddings, pillows, clothing and towels. Furthermore, by sealing up these items, you’ll keep them clean while you move. Investing in a few rolls of big plastic wrap is also essential to keep scratches and nicks away from your furniture—especially wooden pieces.
Moving can indeed be a difficult thing, but planning ahead and gathering the right tools and help can go a long way. When moving into a new home, it’s a good idea to get off on the right foot!