Tips for moving into a smaller apartmentBy Asata Moving Posted on 26th April, 2019
One of the things that we definitely don’t like to do is going through the moving process. Every moving process takes a lot of our precious time, gives us headaches and cause unnecessary stress. Whether we are making a long or short-distance move, we have to prepare in advance. In order to finish everything on time, we have to organize, make checklists, sort out our budget and make plans at least two months before the move. However, moving into a smaller apartment requires decluttering and getting rid of some items that we had in our possession for years. So, today we will give you some tips for moving into a smaller apartment!
Tips for moving into a smaller apartment
If you are making a long-distance move and you have to ship household goods overseas, you will have to hire a professional moving company to assist. Hiring professionals help you cope with moving stress. However, a professional mover cannot do everything instead of you. Since you are downsizing, you will have to declutter and get rid of a lot of items you own. So, let’s see now, what are the most important things to know/do if you are downsizing aka moving into a smaller apartment:
- Professional Moving Company
- Calculate your total space
- Make a “must have” list
- Give away or donate some of your belongings
- Hire a company to sell your stuff
- Storage Solutions
Professional Moving Company
First and the most important step is to find a good and licensed mover, especially if you are making a long-distance move. A professional mover will pack and relocate your belongings fast and safely. Every service you request will be on the written document with a signature and you can be sure that there won’t be any extra costs at the end of the move. A professional moving company has plenty of services to offer and some of those services are:
- Excellent communication with their customers
- Packing and Unpacking Services
- Truck and Transport
- Safety and Insurance
- Storage Solutions
- Special Services (Special services cost extra, such as moving a piano or a home safe. Ask your mover for a full list of special services)
Hire a professional moving company to assist you with your move!
Calculate Your Total Space
If you are moving into a smaller apartment, the most important thing to do is calculate the total space of your new home. Before you start packing, find out the total space of each room at your new apartment. This will help you realize how much things you can carry with you. Don’t forget to include basement storage, attic and bike storage, closets, kitchen cabinets, space under the bed etc.
Moving to a smaller apartment – Make A “Must Have” List
In the beginning, the best thing to do is make a “must have” list. If you identify what are the things you must have, it will be easier for you to get rid of unnecessary stuff. Just imagine that you have lost all of your items in a fire. Things that come on your mind first, things that you can not go through the day without, things that you would go and buy immediately, those are the things that you should put on your “must have” list and mark them – “definitely”.
Before you start with packing, make a “must have” list!
Give away or Donate some of Your Belongings
Moving to a smaller apartment means that you will, like it or not, have to get rid of some of your belongings. However, nothing is as bad as it looks at first. You can give some of your items in good condition, such as tables or armoires, to some of your family members, neighbors or friends. Also, you can arrange a yard sale and sell some of the items that you won’t take with you. This is actually a good idea because you will be able to get some money.
Hire a Company to Sell Your Stuff
If you have no time to sell some of the items that you won’t take with you, you should hire a company to sell these items instead of you. Usually, people consider this option if they have to sell a whole bedroom or a whole living room, or both of them together. Even though companies like this take a fee, you can be sure that you will earn some money from the items you gave for auctions.
All of those things you should do before the moving day comes. Prepare well in advance and you will avoid headaches and unnecessary stress. Also, check on top 10 things to do before movers arrive!
Moving into a smaller apartment – Storage Solutions
Most of us have some items that we are emotionally or sentimentally attached to. Whether if that is a small table that our grandfather made for us a long time ago, or a book collection from our uncle, or our grandmothers’ precious vase, it would hurt us if we had to get rid of items like that. So, what should we do with items that we love and we don’t want to get rid of, but at the same time, we won’t have space to place them into our new apartment?
What kind of storage unit do you need? You can choose between outdoor and indoor! Your decision depends on your needs!
Most of the professional moving companies provide storage services and solutions. Even if they don’t, they can help you to find a good storage facility. If you want to store fine arts and antiques, it is highly recommended to get a climate controlled unit. However, if you are storing power tools, gardening tools of some old furniture, outdoor self-storage is a good option.
These were tips for moving into a smaller apartment. It is not necessary to get rid and throw away your belongings, you can always get a storage unit and keep everything, even if you are downsizing! Good luck and have a nice, cozy life in your new apartment!