Moving to a new condominium can be a very exciting experience. It provides you with a fresh start and a chance to decorate your space in a way that shows your personality. After all, you have spent a fortune getting your hands on a new condo launch. However, the process of moving can be rather stressful. Organizing, packing and gathering your supplies can seem like an up hill battle, but with good planning, moving into a new condominium can be less stressful and more fun. In this article, we are going to give you some tips that will help alleviate the stress, and make your move go as smoothly as possible;
1. Start Planning Early
As soon as you decide that you're going to move to a new condominium, you need to start the planning process. If you wait for the last minute to plan your move, you may have many last minute errands which can lead to mistakes. As you're planning your move, you should consider making a detailed checklist of every single task you need to do, and leave enough time to gather your supplies. You should also plan how you are going to move your possessions, and in what order. Consider moving in the larger things 1st and save the smaller and miscellaneous objects for last. Remember to let the new property manager know when you are moving in.
2. Arrange For Help Ahead of Time
Whether you want to hire professional movers, or you intend to ask your family and friends for help, you should make all of your arrangements ahead of time, especially if you are moving at a busy time of year. You will need help with the large items which cannot be moved by 1 person. Having an extra pair of hands also makes things run much faster and more smoothly. The last thing you want before your moving day, is to run around trying to find someone to assist you.
3. Donate or Sell Items You Don't Need
Moving is the best time to see everything you own together in one area. You might be surprised by just how many things you've got that you never really use. You should go through all of your things, find out what you don't need, and then sell or donate those items. If you're planning to sell the items you don't need, you should consider hosting a garage sale a couple of weeks before you moving day. This will make your packing process much easier, since there will be less boxes to haul back and forth. Moreover, you will get some extra cash.
4. Take Thorough Pictures of Both Places
When you are moving to a new condominium, you should take pictures of your previous residence after you have moved your belongings out to help get your deposit back. You should also take pictures of your new condominium prior to moving in so that you can have proof of any damages present, even if it's a tiny stain on the floor/carpet, or a damaged blind. You do not want to be held responsible for it when time comes for you to move out.
5. Pack Early
Make sure you pack in advance. Do not wait until the day you're moving into your new condominium to starting packing. You should start packing a few of weeks in advance. If you usually work all day, consider making a packing schedule in advance; you can pack for at least 30 minutes to an hour every day til your moving day. Packing little by little will be far less stressful than you trying to handle all the work in a single day. Start by packing items you are not currently using and the things you won’t need during or before the move.
6. Use the Right Moving Supplies
Do not dump your clothes and other belongings in your vehicle's trunk and hope they''ll be safe. You should avoid breakages by utilizing the appropriate moving supplies like boxes, cling wraps, bubble wraps, packing tape, among such others. You can even go on social media and find moving supplies from someone who moved recently.
7. Label and Properly Organize Your Boxes
After carefully packing your items, you need to clearly label them. Consider labeling the boxes with the particular room they came from, such as the bathroom or the kitchen. If you happen to end up having lots of boxes per each room, you can number them so as to keep track of just how many boxes per room you have. This will not only be helpful when deciding which things you no longer need, but it'll also make unpacking much faster and simpler. Alternatively, you can list a few items which are inside each of the boxes so it'll jog your memory when you are unpacking in your brand new condominium. You should also clearly label the boxes which have fragile items so that if movers or friends are helping you move, they'll know to be careful with those particular boxes.
8. Consider Hiring Movers
Movers can help make your moving day hassle free and stress free. As mentioned earlier, moving can be very stressful and exhausting, especially if there are stairs that you have to deal with when moving to your new condominium. Having professional movers help you with your move will not only make the entire process go much faster, but it will also allow you to safely move the large pieces without damaging the walls or injuring yourself.
9. Make Copies of All Your Important Documents
You should pack a separate box with copies of your important papers or documents in case of emergency. Though it may be a rather tiring project to copy or scan every passport, birth certificate, proof on insurance papers, social security cards, tax claim, among others, you do not want to risk damaging or losing the only version of your valuable papers when moving.
10. Clean Before You Leave
You should properly clean up your rented space prior to your move. From the walls to the floors, you should make sure that it is totally clean, clutter free, and damage free. This will not only build you a reputation as a good tenant, but you can also be sure that you'll receive the security deposit back.
Also, before placing your boxes furniture in your new condominium, you should start by properly cleaning the place. While you will most probably want to clean the condominium again after you have unpacked, cleaning before unpacking gives you an opportunity to get into the hard to reach areas.
11. Call Your Service Providers
If you haven’t already done so, you should call your service providers to make sure that some things like internet, cable, electricity and water, are up and running. You don't want to move into your new condominium, and wait for a week or 2, in order to get much needed services. You should also change your address before leaving for your new condominium. Make sure you forward your important mails (like bills and bank statements) to your new address; you do not want strangers looking into your personal financial statements.
12. Pick the Appropriate Moving Day
If you intend to use professional movers, make sure you contact them at least one month before your moving day so that you can plan accordingly. If you've a flexible schedule, you can play around with various potential moving dates, and then try to find the cheapest time of the month to make your appointment. Most of the moving companies are usually busiest on weekends, therefore, you should consider skipping the weekend chaos, and schedule for a week day move.
13. Notify Your Landlord a Few Days Before Moving Out
Giving the landlord enough notice usually makes moving out hassle free and much easier. Some complexes or landlords require a written statement about the tenant's plans of not renewing their rent. Some places may even charge you some extra fees if you happen to fail to notify them well ahead of time. Therefore, in order to avoid any sort of trouble with the landlord, you should make sure you notify them a couple of days before your moving day.
While moving can be a rather hectic experience, you should not make it more stressful than it already is. You should plan ahead and follow the above tips to make the moving process as stress free as humanly possible. Happy moving guys!