Moving to the city or an urban area can be an exciting and nerve wrecking experience all at once. The lure of the metropolitan areas is attracting many people to flock to the city, so you aren’t the only newbie in town. Moving into the city can be a difficult experience for those who are not used to moving or living in an urban environment. There are a lot of different logistics to consider in a city compared to moving in any other area, and the purpose of this article is to alert you to these differences.
Parking is an Issue
As you may have already gathered, parking is a big deal in the city. You will need to check with the city about where the car and moving van can park when you are unloading the moving van. Usually, cities will accommodate the needs of people moving in, but how they do so varies largely between cities. Some cities even have official days where tenants are supposed to move in. Plus, you really do not want to end up with a fine or parking ticket on moving day, so taking this precaution will save you a lot of tears and curse words. P.S. Parking is not a detail that you can overlook when you are hiring movers, but consult with the particular moving company to check what their normal procedure is with urban moves.
Watch out for Rush Hour
Welcome to the city, traffic is terrible here! Obviously, you are really not going to want to try to attempt moving during rush hour unless sitting in traffic is a hobby of yours. Moving during the weekends is one of the best times to do it. You can do it really early in the morning, but this is not advisable if you want to make friends with your neighbors who probably all have varying schedules. Late at night can also work, but in some cities, it is illegal to do so, so check with the city first before going this route.
Rent an Elevator
Obviously, every apartment building has a limited amount of elevators, so this can become an issue if you weren’t aware of it in advanced. You will need to schedule elevator time in order to get all of your stuff up to you’re an apartment. All you need to do is talk to the property manager to reserve a time if they haven’t contacted you about renting the elevator. Most of the time this means using a utility elevator that is designed just for the purpose. P.S. You probably should check that all of your furniture will actually fit in the elevator beforehand by measuring out the entrance doors.
Get a Look-Out!
All of your precious belongings unattended in an open van in the middle of the street really isn’t that smart of an idea anywhere, but during the process of a move in an urban area it is down-right crazy. Either bring someone along who wouldn’t mind keeping an eye out for you, or take turns watching it with whoever is helping you move in. Another thing to keep in mind is if you have multiple people helping you move, you’ll need to bring things up in groups. Propping the door open is considered a major neighborly no-no, because then just anyone could walk into the building.
People are Watching and Listening
If you are moving into an apartment building, you are making a first impression on a whole lot of people at once. These are the people that are about to be your new neighbors, so it is important to not ruin your chance at a good first impression. Although it is moving day, do try to keep your temper, language and volume in check. People are trying to go about their daily lives, and they will remember you if you are especially loud and obnoxious when moving in.
Yay, you have finally moved in all of your belongs into your new apartment, condo, house or whatever. Now that you live in an urban area, start taking advantage of it. There is carry-out just about everywhere. Make your first meal in your new home a reward, so that you can start enjoying the benefits of city living on your first night!
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