Moving to a new place is always exciting, but also a bit frightening too, isn’t it? Not knowing what you’re doing and whether you’re making the right move, as well as being swamped with a ton of work that needs to be done beforehand and having to work out the logistics of the move months in advance is quite hard for some people. Therefore, here are six helpful questions you need to ask yourself before moving to a new apartment.
Is it better than my current apartment?
One of the reasons for moving should be the need for a better life your current place can’t give you anymore. Therefore, don’t even think about moving unless you’re sure something good will come out of it. Compare and contrast your old and new home and see whether the latter excels financially, organizationally and spatially. After all, that’s the only way to make a rational decision when picking between two equally appealing and welcoming homes
What do I want to change?
Changing apartments also means changing your entire lifestyle and you should consider all the things that you’re are about to lose – the sense of familiarity you love so much, the coziness you’ve been building over the years and the organization you’ve grown accustomed to. That’s why you need to ask yourself what you’ll be missing from your old apartment and how you can replace these things in the new apartment.
Are my friends and family close?
Moving to a new address usually means you’ll be far away from your old friends and family, but it doesn’t always have to be that way – just because you’ve moved away doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch and visit each other. Yes, these visits are going to be rare and complicated to organize, but not entirely impossible. The same goes for the family as well, and you’d be surprised how many people pick their new homes based on the proximity of their parents or siblings.
And what about work?
Commuting is more exhausting than you imagine, so be careful when deciding where to move. Try to stay at least as close to your work as you’ve been before, but if you manage to get closer, even better! Think about the time you’ll spend commuting and whether you can live with it before settling on a location for a new home.
How to organize my things?
When packing for a move, first get rid of all the things you don’t need – throw them away, sell them on Craigslist or donate them to a friend. Then pack all that’s left in big cardboard boxes, label them appropriately and you’re good to go! However, think twice before doing everything on your own: while this may sound like a good idea at first, hiring a group of professionals to handle your move instead of you make much more sense.
How to unpack and organize?
Once you’ve moved into your new apartment, you’ll be surrounded by boxes and a ton of mess, so start sorting it out as soon as possible. Begin with the large pieces of furniture and make some room for maneuvering before starting to decorate one room at a time and adapting the new space to your own needs. Don’t forget to check the safety of your home first by installing secure entrance doors, new locks or windows. As soon as you do that, you’ll feel at home again.
Bonus question: What about the finances?
Moving to a new place is rather expensive, so consider selling your old place, renting it or even turning it into a lucrative Airbnb rental. Also, when purchasing a condo, make sure you’ve paid attention to the age restriction rules in your building to prevent problems in the future. After doing all of these things, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new place!