Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Is There an Elevator?
Elevators can make a move incredibly simple. Sometimes apartment complexes will advertise that their buildings have elevators and some do not. The best way to know for sure is to ask the apartment manager or look/ask them when viewing the apartment. If there is, you will want to see if it can be reserved for a few hours during your move day. Be sure to try coordinating the time with when your movers will actually be unloading your belongings. Be sure to take measurements of the elevator if you have any large pieces of furniture.
Measure any Tight Spaces that your Furniture has to go Through
This is one of the most aggravating problems that can occur on your moving day if you didn't plan ahead. So remember to measure any tight spaces your furniture must pass through. These usually include doorways, staircases, elevators, and corners. If you need help understanding how to measure these areas or your furniture, please visit our other blog "Did You Measure Your Furniture and Will it Fit in Your New Home?"
Plan where you want Your Furniture in Advance
Many apartment complexes have their floor plans online. This can make planning your furniture arrangements far simpler. All you have to do is print off the floor plan and measure your furniture. If you think your couch would look best in a particular spot, check the dimensions on the floor plan and measure the couch. If the dimensions of the room exceed the size of the couch by at east a few inches, then you will probably be able to put your couch there. I recommend doing this for at least any large furniture items. As an added bonus, if you took the time to clearly mark on the floor planwhere you want your furniture to go, you can give this to your mover on move day. This can prevent some of those "Where would you like this to go?" questions and save time.
Take Photos of the Apartment Before Moving Your Stuff In
Most people who have rented an apartment before know that sometimes management doesn't make it easy to get your deposit back. If management claims that the drops of white paint on the kitchen counter was caused by youwhen those spots were clearly there when you moved in, you have little room to contest their claim without evidence. This is where taking photos of the empty apartment will come in handy. Be sure to photograph anything that is damaged; chipped paint, paint drops, broken hinges, holes in screen doors, or anything thatisn't tip top before you move in. That way when it's time to move out, you'll have a better chance to get your deposit back.