It is very exciting moving into a new apartment, but at the same time it is stressful and time consuming. Here are our top 5 tips to help you reduce that stress.
If You’re Not Going to Use It, Get Rid of It
This seems like a no-brainer, but is hard to do when the “What if one day I need it?” panic starts to set in. Be honest with yourself, if you don’t use it, and it has no sentimental value, get rid of it. Unpacking will take less time, and you will have more storage space in the future. Plus, plenty of charities are grateful to take and put to good use the items you don’t.
Get a “Moving Day – No Parking” sign
Ensure a space in front of your building on the day it matters most. If you’re living in Chicago, Moving Day signs cost $25 and can be purchased from your local alderman’s office. But make sure to purchase the sign roughly a week in advance so it can be placed and the spot is clear when you need it.
Don’t Be Ashamed to Solicit Your Friends
It is wondrous what friends will do for a few beers and a pizza. So take advantage, and have them help every step of the way. Devise a plan; break your friends into groups. The ones that like to chat for hours ask to help pack or unpack. The ones that like a good workout (and the ones that own a truck) ask to help on moving day.
Free Eco-Friendly Packing Materials
For the most part, there’s no need to buy expensive packing materials. Head to your local Home Depot or other hardware store to get free boxes; they are often happy to give them away. And, take advantage of that pile of newspapers, sales ads, or old magazines you’ve been hoarding. They work just fine for wrapping and padding.
If Using a Moving Company, Have Them Pack Your Breakables
The best part about using a moving company is that they are insured, and in turn your possessions are insured. BUT, their insurance only covers your breakables if, and only if, the moving company themselves pack the boxes for you. So whether it’s your best dinnerware or your favorite knick-knacks, have them pack it. It’ll cost a little extra money, but the peace of mind is worth it.
Have your own insider moving tips? We’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below, or on our Facebook page or Twitter feed. And, if you’re looking to move to a great apartment in one of Chicago’s best neighborhoods (Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and the Gold Coast) book an appointment with us online or call (773) 570-3744. One of our expert leasing agents will give you a tour of some of our 3000 Chicago apartments in the neighborhood you’re interested in. Or, if you cannot be there in person, we are happy to walk you through an online tour.