An Easily Forgotten Moving Pro-Tip

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I myself have fallen prey to an overlooked apartment detail…stairwell measurements. It’s not often on the forefront of your list when you’re moving, but it should at least BE on the list. Trust me, there isn’t much worse than getting your box springs stuck going up the stairs.

Preferably before the moving process even begins and while you’re still considering your new apartment, make sure you can actually get your furniture up the stairs or in the elevator and to your prospective spot. You may want to take measurements of the stairwell and the hallway so there are no mishaps. Other tricky and often forgotten spots are hallways, entry doors and secondary doors, and rooms inside the apartment you have to move things through. Unless you plan on selling your large furniture and buying new things, this could be a dealbreaker for the apartment.

When I had my box springs mishap a few years ago, I was thankfully able to narrowly back it out of the cramped stairwell. Then, like an intelligent person, I took the exterior stairs on the back of the building instead. Thankfully that set of stairs didn’t have walls built up around the sides and the open areas allowed my friends and I to move the bed more freely.

Some of the items you might want to measure before you move (from your current space) are:

  • Bed
  • Bed Frame (ideally it comes apart)
  • Sofa
  • Dining Table
  • Desk
  • Bookshelves

Tips For Moving With Pets

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If you’ve just found a new apartment in Gainesville and you’re starting the moving process, you might be wondering about how to successfully relocate your pets. Dogs and cats are sensitive to change and can be challenging to move with. Like everything about moving, you can make a few plans to help alleviate your pets’ anxiety and have an easier time moving.

First, help familiarize your animals with all the moving supplies gradually. They might not be used to so many new things coming in the house all at once, so regularly bring in some packing materials over a week or so until it becomes commonplace. Try not to pack all your belongings in one day either, to minimize the shock to your pets.

If you’re moving from somewhere far from Gainesville, you may want to check with your vet about how to travel successfully with your pet over that distance. Generally, stopping frequently for water, bathroom breaks, and a little leg-stretching is key. If you need to crate them in the car over the trip, make sure they’re used to being crated for that long of a time before the day of the trip. On the day of the move, if you have someone who can keep your dog or cat in a comfortable and familiar place that may be best while you or hired movers are taking care of business.

Once you’re in your new place, make sure it’s pet-proof and safe! Then for a day or so it’s a good idea to keep animals confined to a smaller space rather than allowed to run all over the new apartment. Having free reign can actually increase a pet’s anxiety, while keeping them in a smaller space helps them feel secure. When you’re all moved in, you and your furry friend can relax and have fun!

A One-Box Moving Trick

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Ok, maybe the title is a little on the misleading side. I would never claim to be able to fit all my belongings in one box. But there is something you can do with one solitary box which will make your life a little bit easier. To begin, I recently moved (for what feels like the millionth time) and realized that it’s important to do some planning ahead. I normally like to take things as they come and just go with the flow. However, some things require some forward thinking from time to time.

The one box thing is this: Create your ideal box of items you will need the day you arrive at your new apartment. These are the items which normally you may pack up with the other items in the room they are normally found in. But really what should happen here is to collect items from each room which you will need your first night / morning in your new place. The reason being, if you pack them up with everything else then you have to struggle to find these items in a mountain of boxes at a point which you’re already exhausted.

I had this realization when I woke up on my first morning in my new spot and there was no coffee pot (timed and set the night before) brewing. Tragedy struck. So it’s helpful to make a list of the things you might need in order to avoid such catastrophes, like going to school or work uncaffeinated.

Here are some items you may want to consider throwing in your One Box:

  • Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Phone Charger
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Towel
  • Coffee maker and coffee
  • Non perishable food and snacks
  • A small set of tools
  • Several cooking utensils and dishes (enough for one meal)
  • A book to read (if you’re like me)

Moving Etiquette 101

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If there’s an upcoming move in your future, you probably have more than enough to think about! When you’ve gotten all your pre-moving duties out of the way, you may still want to look over this list of tips on making sure you properly ingratiate yourself with your new neighbors. Moving can be a loud and messy experience and the neighbors have no choice but to put up with it. Hopefully they’ll be understanding because they have been there too, but it doesn’t hurt to have a little common courtesy, right?

First, make sure to introduce yourself to your neighbors when you see them. You don’t necessarily need to go knocking door to door with a cake in hand, but be friendly when you run into them and learn their names. Added bonus, it’s nice to know your neighbors!

Second, find the best place to leave your moving vehicle. Ask the property manager or your neighbors where the best location is to park the moving van. Otherwise you might inconvenience one of your neighbors trying to park their personal vehicle.

Third, learn where the moving trash goes. Know which trash receptacles are available at your disposal and take the time to really keep your moving tidy.

Fourth, schedule your activities so they are not too early in the morning or too late in the evening. Once you get your things moved in, it may be tempting to work all night putting your furniture back together, but the neighbors don’t want to hear that if they have to go to bed at a decent hour and wake up early. Just be conscientious!

Fifth, if you’re moving pets in don’t leave them there for too long right off the bat. Dogs especially may cry and be upset (possibly destructive) if they are unused to the new location and are left alone too long.

 

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Planning Ahead: Moving Day

The new academic year is fast approaching and there’s a good possibility you’re gearing up to move into your new apartment. Moving is probably my least favorite thing in the world, but there are some ways to ease the moving pain! And trust me, you’ll want to ease it as much as possible.

Hiring movers is expensive, but it may be the best way to go. It lessens your stress on the actual moving day (which will already be stressful enough without the heavy lifting) and professional movers will get you in your new place incredibly quickly. They may also provide services like reusable containers so you can skip the cardboard box nightmare.

Set up your new utilities ahead of time! Before the chaos of moving, you can call the utility companies and set a start date for your new spot. Then you don’t have to worry about it later.

If you’re moving nearby, stock bath and kitchen necessities before you officially move so they will be available first thing and not have to be unpacked. Toilet paper, soap, pajamas, and a toothbrush are all good things to have out and ready.

Use up the food in your refrigerator and freezer as best as you can before the move! Less food means less to move.

Most importantly, don’t leave all the packing to the last minute!

Where to Begin: The First Things to Do in Your New Apartment

Moving can be an overwhelming process no matter how organized and methodical you are. Once all the boxes and furniture are moved into your new place, here are some guidelines to help you get started with ease.

Get the things out that you will need to survive the day and following night – your toothbrush, sheets for the bed, a bath towel, phone charger, etc. These things are your lifeline and will help you manage while the rest of the moving and unpacking chaos ensues.

If the apartment is not totally clean from the last tenants, now is a good time to take care of that before it’s all covered in furniture and stacks of belongings! It’s easier to clean the floors when nothing is in the way and it will also prevent your things from getting dirty as you unpack.

Tentatively arrange the furniture and place boxes in their respective rooms before starting to pull things out. This will help tame the clutter of unpacking and hopefully help you retain sanity while doing so! Once you have boxes in the places, pick one room to dedicate the most time to and complete before flitting back and forth all over the place. You’ll be able to find some comfort in having at least one nearly finished space by the end of the night.

Try not to be overwhelmed by the process, as stressful as it can be. The more organized you stay, the less painful the transition will be!

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To tip or not to tip the moving help

First of all, if someone is helping you move, hired or not, they are helping you in a big way so the answer is generally yes, you should tip. If, however, the service was terrible, you’ve had things break, or the movers did not listen to your requests, do not feel like you have to tip, tipping should depend on how good the service was, just like in a restaurant.

  • If there is only one or two movers, about $50-$70 (to split between them) is a good tip. Keep in mind, it you had a lot of heavy stuff, an extra $10 or more might be added.
  • If there was more than one or two movers, $30 for each of them is good. Give the total to the supervisor to make sure that it gets split evenly.
  • Besides money, provide drinks and even lunch if the move takes a long time. It does not have to be a 5-course meal, but ordering a box of pizza or two will be greatly appreciated.

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10 tips for a successful move

Whether you are moving out of your dorm, moving from one apartment to another, moving into your first apartment/house, or even moving back home, the process of packing is never a fun one. Being someone who has gone through a lot of moves, I know the struggle of organizing, packing, and cleaning my apartment/home when it comes time to move out. Here are some tips to make your next move the most successful one yet.

  • Have all of your moving supplies ready before you start packing, as in making sure you have plenty of boxes, tape, and markers right by your side. You don’t want to run out of something as important as boxes in the middle of packing.
  • Make sure you have assembled your boxes properly… you wouldn’t want it falling apart in the middle of the move.
  • Always pack the heavier items at the bottom of a box.
  • If you have a bunch of small boxes filled already, put them all in one big box so you can carry more things at once.
  • Keep your most important items in a specific bag or box that only you will carry. You don’t want to lose them or have something damage it in any of the other boxes.
  • Once your boxes seem full, fill any free spaces with linen or sheets. That gives your sheets a place to stay and it keeps the rest of the items in the box from moving around as much.
  • Don’t use garbage bags as boxes… they will just rip and tear, making more of a mess than actually being useful.
  • If it is absolutely essential that you have to carry liquids, make sure to label the box “this side up” to keep the liquids from spilling.
  • If you’ll need tools to assemble furniture, make sure to keep them near you so they won’t be lost among the rest of the boxes.
  • Mark all of your boxes so you know what’s in each box.

Happy moving!

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