- When it comes to moving, most of the tasks of your moving day will happen well before the scheduled date and time
- The more you prepare ahead of time, the less you have to worry about during or even after the move itself
Moving into a new condo rental is a lot like having a new job. If you do it right, then it’s a dream come true. However, if you do it wrong, it will quickly become a nightmare.
There are so many things to do and so much to consider that it can result in you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and stressed, especially if you are doing it alone. However, you can make the move-in process easier by following the tips we have outlined below. Here we go over all the different steps you need to take, from making the move-in plan to the actual physical move-in, to ensure that your transition is as smooth as possible.
Here are the top 10 tips for moving into your new condo rental like a pro
Moving into a new condo building can be a very exciting time, but you don’t want it to be a source of stress. Here are the things you need to be aware of when moving into a new condo rental building.
Set aside time to plan
When it comes to planning a move, it’s important to give yourself ample time to sort through all the aspects of the move itself. Starting with the audit of your belongings, utilities, who to contact, changing your mailing address with the government, credit card companies, banks, and so much more. Setting enough time early to plan for the move is key to moving in like a pro.
Make a to-do list
As you can see from above, there is a lot to do, a lot of people to contact, and a lot of steps needed for a successful move. It’s important to list absolutely everything you can think of when it comes to a movie. Some tasks can be completed or scheduled far enough in advance, however, some may need to be scheduled on certain dates. It’s important to put those tasks on a calendar before and after your move to know what needs to be done and when.
Take inventory and make a budget
Taking inventory of your current belongings and knowing the size of transport vehicle you need could make a difference as well. You will have to decide about how you would like to move as well. Maybe you are going to rent out a moving truck and accomplish the move yourself with a group of friends or family. Alternatively, you can hire a moving company to help you with that task. Each has its own expenses and it’s good to plan ahead to see which situation works best for you. It’s also important to factor in the expenses added to the moving truck, like dolly rentals, protective moving blankets and boxes as well. Be sure to plan the task of renting out a moving truck far in advance because, like you, a lot of people will be moving into the city that same day. It’s important to schedule the truck as early as possible.
Pack your belongings from room to room and give each box a label
Being organized can help save you hours of packing and unpacking on each side of the move. Packing your belongings based on the different rooms will not only allow you to know what exactly goes where but also it could help the moving company or your helpers know as well. This could help speed up the unpacking process as you step foot into your new place.
Schedule your elevator time in advance
One of the most important aspects of the move should be scheduled first in the elevator time for your move-in day. The time here is what is important to make sure your large belongings are outside of the unit first and you can move all of your belongings within that window. If you are not prepared or if the move-in truck isn’t there in time, or you lose the window, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Be prepared in advance and schedule the move-in truck, support and routes ahead of time based on the elevator time you are allotted in your building both at your current and new place.
Know your route before moving day starts
Whether you are picking up your moving truck or meeting those helping you, it’s important to decide the route you are taking in advance, understand alternate routes and also take into account external factors, like rush hour traffic or construction. It’s important to check on the day of the move as well just in case you come across any issues along the way and have to come up with a solution for them.
Arrange to have help at both your current and new place
Loading in and loading out requires help on both sides. Sometimes they can be different people, based on the schedules of those helping you. Note the timing and schedules of those helping you and accommodate them as best as you can. It’s important to have those helping you be there before the scheduled time for the moving elevators as well. That short window of opportunity is crucial to make sure you get all your valuables in on time.
Schedule your utilities in advance
Whether it’s cancelling or scheduling to activate your utilities, it’s important to think and plan ahead. In a lot of situations, utility companies will allow you to schedule a cut-off date to allow you to cancel or move your utilities. In the case of phone or internet services, you can plan and schedule a date and time after you move in to help get you back online. Scheduling these aspects in advance will save you time and frustration on the other side.
Plan ahead, be organized and don’t be afraid to ask for help
Moving is a team sport. You rely on those helping you to ensure you get all the things you need from your old place to your new one. If you plan ahead, bring snacks and refreshments for those helping you and are organized, that will help everyone involved feel refreshed and perform a successful move. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when it comes to moving things, asking for transportation or helping you with heavier items.
Inquire about obtaining a parking spot in the building in advance
Parking can be a luxury when it comes to a building and not every space is going to have a parking spot for their unit. It’s important to inquire ahead of time, ask the property manager if they have spots available in the month you are moving or what are some alternative solutions. In some cases, you may not be able to have a parking spot for weeks or even months based on availability. Be sure to look for possible alternatives if parking is not already available in the unit you are moving into.
Whether you are a student moving into a unit close to a university or a young professional moving into a high-rise, this post should give you some great tips to have a successful move-in.
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