Moving from a house to an apartment is becoming more and more of a common trend. There are many beneficial reasons why people decide to move from an apartment to a home, some of which are: less upkeep, money saving, or maybe even just a personal preference. Either way, the change offers an opportunity for a fresh start on creating a new space and home for you and your loved ones. One of the most common reasons for a move to an apartment is having access to community amenities. You get accessibility to pools, fitness centers, clubhouses and more, all within a few steps of your door. If you’ve never made this kind of change before, it may seem a bit overwhelming, so here are a few tips you can follow in order to help your move go a little more smoothly.
Make Your List, Check It Twice
Moving is always stressful for everyone involved, so planning ahead will ensure less of a headache during this process. As soon as you’ve made the decision to move, you should start a list of all of the items you can’t live without and what you can get rid of by selling or donating. We suggest starting off with identifying what items you use on a regular basis and how often you use everything. If something has been tucked away in your closet for years, it’s probably time to part ways with it, unless of course, it holds sentimental value. Allowing yourself time to get things together will help you slowly organize everything so that by the time your actual move day comes around, it will be smooth and simple. This is also a great way to get some extra cash before settling into your new home.
Preparation For Kids and Pets
You’ve probably experienced quite a lot of change throughout your adult life so the adjustment may not feel as drastic for you, but moving your kids or pets to an apartment could become rather complex. Both children and pets can be very sensitive to change, so it’s important to consider all the changes they will be dealing with and make adjustments.
It’s important to help your kids with any adjustments they will be dealing with that comes with moving into an apartment. Things like possibly having a smaller living space, a new community, and having close neighbors are all things your children may not be used to, but you can encourage your children to look at the positive side to this new change. You can teach your kids how to make new friends with the neighbors and also keep in touch with the old ones by inviting them over to enjoy the community amenities together as your guests. The change will come easier if they know what they’re dealing with ahead of time and have time to adjust.
It’s also important to plan ahead for any adjustments for your pets. If your furry companion is going from a yard to a patio, or to becoming a house dog, be sure you take in the proper measurements for this transition. It might be a good idea to go through some training to ensure they are properly housebroken.
Be sure that all the furniture you are taking to your new apartment home will fit comfortably in your new space. Your new complex should allow you to get the dimensions of each room, so take the time to measure your furniture ahead of time. It may be necessary to get smaller pieces of furniture and leave some furniture behind. Even if you aren’t losing that much in square footage, the layout of your new home may be completely different, so measuring everything ahead of time can save you time and money down the line.
Moving can be tricky but following these tips will make a world of a difference. If you start doing these simple tasks ahead of time, you can turn a stressful move into a new and exciting adventure. These easy steps will have your new apartment feeling like a home in no time.