New Condo: Everything You Need Before You Move In

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Moving to a new condominium unit can be both exciting and daunting. If it’s your first time moving to a condo, you might be surprised at how different it will be from moving to a new house. First, you’ll find that the living space you will be moving in will be limited, and you share the building area with several other tenants and homeowners. So before you go and move into your new condo unit, you need to consider a few important points to make a smooth transition.

Visit and Inspect Your Unit

Pay a quick visit to your condominium unit and thoroughly check the interior. Make sure to measure the door and window dimensions so that you will have an idea on how to fit large furniture and appliances. Include in your checking the area around your unit. Know the pathways, the fire exits, and the elevator and main entrance/exit doors. Also, note the unit’s floor area and compare it with your current home’s floor area so that you’ll have an idea of how many items you need to bring to your condo and how many items you need to discard, sell or give away.

Coordinate With The Condo Administrators

Do not be afraid to ask the right people when it comes to moving into your condo. The condo board or admin are the right people you can ask for important details, such as dedicated elevators, loading docks and parking space for movers. Also ask about the policies about pets, maintenance and in-house rules you need to be aware of. Depending on the elevator use policy of your condominium, you may also have to book the elevator in advance for a smooth transfer process of the movers when the time comes to move in.

Look for Professional Movers

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Since you are going to be transferring to a multi-floor residential area, chances are you are most likely to get a unit above the ground floor. It is highly suggested that you hire the services of professional movers. San Francisco movers emphasize on the quality of service, positive reputation and complete credentials when it comes to choosing a professional moving company. A great plus would be a moving company that cares about the environment. Another recommendation is to find a company that offers a wide variety of moving services, and not just pack haul and unload your stuff. Find movers who can organize your stuff, assemble furniture and help you do a home makeover.

Make The Necessary Notifications of Your Move

When you are going to be moving, you are going to be very busy notifications as the moving day draws nearer. If you are renting your current house, you need to notify the landlord far ahead of time that you intend to move to your own unit. Also, notify the moving company of your upcoming schedule for moving. Notify your employer of your moving schedule and book your vacation leave covering the days before and after your move date. Notify your bank, insurance, credit card company, internet provider, cable company and other services you have an active subscription of your new address. Subsequently, schedule and arrange the disconnection of utilities and service subscriptions to your previous home the day after your move has been completed. Then, arrange for the utilities and subscriptions to redirected and be available at your new unit the day before your move date.

Be Physically Present From Start to End Of Your Move

Since you’re going to be living in your new home, it is important that you are present from the planning up to the implementation of your move. Personally coordinate with the movers for the arrangements, supervise the packing, transport, and unpacking of your stuff and make the necessary review of the moving agreement before making the necessary payment. Personally, check the status of your old home and the new unit. Make sure the old home has been cleaned, locked and the utilities are closed. For the new home, check if the utilities are working properly, check if you have sufficient keys for residence and condo building access and check if every stuff is accounted for. You can then give yourself a pat on the back for a great job.

Now that you know the basic things you need to consider before your big move, you can add to the list other things you can consider as important. The bottom line for any moving activity is a smooth, hassle-free and stress-free transition. You can then be assured of a comfortable first day of transfer and a faster adjustment to your new home.