Whether you’re moving to a new home or an apartment, there’s one part of the process that no one likes: the moving. The more stuff you have, the more tedious and laborious the moving process can be. There are other factors that make moving even more annoying, like having to downsize. At Apartment Locating Specialists, we don’t just find the perfect apartment for you in DFW. We aim to make sure every step of the process is as easy as possible, and that includes the moving process. Here are our top recommendations to help make the move easier and less of a headache.
Available Space and Your Stuff
We get it, you’ve got stuff. Some people have a lot of stuff, especially if they’re downsizing. If you have a lot of personal belongings that you’ll need to pack and take with you, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have a place to put it all. Going from a two-bedroom living situation down to a studio apartment means you likely aren’t bringing everything with you. In fact, you might even have to get rid of quite a few things unless you have somewhere else to store them. Storage units are an option, but the costs for storage add up quickly to the point where it might not be worth it.
While apartment hunting, think about where all your belongings are going to go, especially furniture that you want to take with you. Once you have a better understanding of the space you’re going to need, you can make a list of what is being kept and what must go. This is sometimes easier said than done, but it’ll be much less of a headache later (and might lower your moving costs in the process).
Label and Account for Everything
It may seem tedious in the beginning, but having a plan for where everything is going to go is a huge help. This includes labeling or tagging your boxes with the rooms they go in: bedroom, bathroom, living room, etc. If you hire a moving company, this can also be helpful to them if they are willing to unload everything in the rooms according to the labels. This will also make unpacking much easier since you aren’t hunting for boxes all over your new apartment trying to get organized.
The dreaded moving day. Though if you don’t have many personal belongings and furniture to move, it’s not nearly as stressful. But a majority of people have some furniture and plenty of personal effects that need to be moved from one location to the next. Moving is one of the more hidden costs of finding a new place to stay, and it can have some sudden costs associated with it too. Many things can affect the cost of your move, including:
- The number of items, furniture, boxes, etc. that need to be moved
- Distance between the old place and the new place
- How it’s all being moved: do-it-yourself, or moving company?
- Are you in a rush?
- Specialty or antique items
If you’re looking to save yourself some energy, hiring a reputable moving company is the best way to go. For some people this can be a little too expensive despite the amount of time it saves, and the convenience. The next option is to rent a moving truck yourself, which is significantly cheaper than hiring a moving company but does require that you provide your own manual labor. Alternatively, you can get friends and family to help you move your belongings with their vehicles, though depending on what you have and how much, this might not be viable.
Be Prepared on Moving Day with the Apartment Locating Specialists
If there’s one thing we know, it’s the apartment life, and with that comes plenty of experience with the moving process. From planning your move to giving you the resources to make a smooth transition for your utilities, Apartment Locating Specialists has you covered. You’ve probably got questions, and we’ve got your answers, so feel free to reach out to us at any time. Or, you can go ahead and start your own search today for free!