Move in day is approaching, and maybe you’re moving into your first apartment or maybe you’re an “old hand” at this. Regardless of the situation, there is a misconception that moving into an apartment takes less time, costs less, and in general is less of a hassle. The reality is, movers may need more time with an apartment move.
The elevator is king
In any apartment move, the elevator controls the pace. The speed, size and weight limit of elevators plays a pivotal role in how quickly an apartment can be moved.
Not only will the elevator slow down the process of an apartment move, but in the case that an item is too big for the elevator, the movers may need to use the stairs.
The property manager knows all
Certain buildings require a security deposit to reserve the elevator and loading dock; ask the property manager about the building’s policies.
There may be restrictions on which days of the week residents are allowed to move in. Check with your rental or leasing office or property manager to make sure you’re moving in on a day that isn’t restricted.
On top of days that you’re allowed to move in, find out what day the trash is collected for your building and schedule around that day. If the crew is blocked by dumpster trucks it can cause delays and subsequently cost you more money.
Protecting your new building
Your property manager may request a Certificate of Insurance (COI) from your mover in the case there is damage in public areas. Make sure to ask your mover if they are insured prior to the move.
Some buildings — higher-end residences for instance — have certain requirements to ensure that public areas are properly protected. This may include the use of building protection materials more suited for commercial moves. Check to confirm the requirements.
Small details add up
One final tip! Don’t forget on-site storage in your building. Certain apartment buildings have storage “cages” for each unit in the basement and can be a good use of space for unused items. These “cages” should also not be overlooked when moving out.
In summary, it is a great idea to talk to your property manager and rental or leasing office well in advance of your move, so that you and the movers are properly prepared on move day so that you may enjoy a worry-free move!
This is part one of our two-part series on apartment moving tips. Click here for part two!