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Downsizing into an Apartment? Here’s What to Leave Behind

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Whether due to budget cuts, divorce, job relocation or just because you don’t need all that extra space, you may be facing a downsizing move from a home into an apartment. Apartment living has got lots of perks. You don’t have to worry about maintenance issues that plagued you as a homeowner, for one.

But there is a big downside to downsizing: what do you do with all your stuff? It can be difficult to adjust to a different living situation, especially if you’re leaving behind a ton of spacious rooms, or a grassy backyard. That’s OK, though, because we’re here to tell you how to manage it all.

Assess Your Furniture

The first thing you need to do is eyeball your new space, or take measurements if you can, to determine which pieces of your current furniture will fit. You may have to get rid of that extra couch, that big armoire or that huge bedroom set so you can reasonably accommodate living in the new place. You’ll have to make compromises here. Sell or donate what you can’t fit, or consider putting it in storage.

One good tip is to choose furniture that serves multiple purposes, such as a coffee table that doubles as a storage unit.

What to Keep

When downsizing, only keep things that continue to bring you joy or that serve you well. What you’re left with will be a mixture of necessities and items you really love and couldn’t bear to part with. Think about what amenities will be included in your new apartment. If there will be an on-site gym, you can get rid of your stationary bike. If your unit doesn’t have a washer and dryer already in it but has the hookups available, you’ll want to bring your washer/dryer with you.

Downsizing Checklist

  • Know what size and style apartment you are moving into
  • Measure all furniture pieces you wish to take with you
  • Prioritize multi-functional furniture pieces as well as free-standing storage options and shelves
  • Evaluate what clothing you should keep or toss (Haven’t worn it in a year? Get rid of it)
  • Sift through all of your books, papers, sentimental items, and miscellaneous items
  • Consider included amenities in your new apartment community

Getting organized is priority #1 when planning to downsize from a home to an apartment.

Do’s and Don’ts of Moving to an Apartment

Now, let’s go over some do’s and don’ts before downsizing into an apartment.

DO…

1.     Save Money

You should feel financially comfortable with your decision to move into an apartment. Costs will add up fast and you must know beforehand that you can cover them. Gather enough cash to pay moving costs, first three months’ rent and utility bills, small emergency fund, security deposits, and living expenses for about two months.

2.     Make a Budget

Plan your finances carefully so you can cover all essentials. You should:

  • Estimate moving costs
  • Plan for necessities such as furnishings, pantry items, cleaning supplies, bathroom essentials, and more.
  • Understand your net monthly income, determine what your average monthly living expenses are and how much rent you can reasonably afford.

3.     Location, Location, Location

When choosing location, consider factors such as:

  • How close your workplace or daycare center is.
  • Transportation options, traffic patterns, road infrastructure, any parking issues, public transport availability, and more.
  • Amenities like hair salons, bars, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, parks, etc.
  • Safety/crime rates
  • Quality of schools

Don’t…

4.     Handle the Move on Your Own

Hiring a professional mover service is the only way to guarantee a smooth and successful transition. Experienced professionals will handle all the heavy lifting and logistics for you.

5.     Forget to Reserve Spots

It’s a good idea to call ahead and reserve a parking space at the new apartment to accommodate the moving truck. While you’re at it, make an appointment for the freight elevator as well. Make sure to advise your landlord as to when you’ll be moving in. It’s also considerate to let your immediate neighbors know as well.

Also, learn about any specialty services you may need, such as hoisting services for large or oddly-shaped items that don’t fit in the elevator, down corridors or through doorways.

By heeding these tips, you can handle your apartment move like a champ!

Contact Around the Block Moving Company

Need help coordinating your apartment downsizing? We can help, as we have a lot of experience in apartment moves. Contact us at 214-301-3919.

 

 

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