I live in the City of Chicago. Along with pizza and sports, Chicago is known for its tall buildings. New skyscrapers appear each year. The result is that many Chicagoans live in very tall buildings. These towers pose unique challenges when it comes time to move in. Here are some practical moving tips for moving into a skyscraper.
Create a Floor Plan
It is crucial to make sure that you know the dimensions of your new home. It is a good idea to make a floor plan drawing to help figure out where your furniture will fit. It is helpful to know what will fit into your new place before moving day. You do not want to go to the effort of hauling a big piece of furniture up to the 20th floor only to find out that it doesn’t fit. Avoid this catastrophe by using a floor plan and measuring tape.
Take this opportunity to pare down your stuff. Let’s face it; we all tend to collect a lot of extra stuff. My friend recommends getting rid of anything that you haven’t used in at least ten years, along with everything that no longer brings you joy. Donations are the lifeblood of charitable organizations. Many of them will even pick up your no longer needed treasures!
Schedule a Move-In Date
Contact the management office at your skyscraper and ask to schedule a date for your move-in. This meeting is essential to make sure that your mover has access to a parking area and the elevators in the building. I also recommend that you ask for a move-in document that provides answers to those frequently asked questions for your building.
Hire a Mover
Please do yourself a favor and do not attempt to move into a skyscraper. These moves are much more complicated due to the reliance on elevators. In general, people who do it themselves tend to annoy both the building management and their new neighbors. You already did the hard work in finding your new home. Let a professional mover take care of moving furniture and boxes into your new home. It’s a good idea to hire a professional who is familiar with your building. I try to notice the moving companies in my neighborhood so that, when it’s time for me to move, I can pick a moving company with experience.
Pre-Move Set Up
Before the arrival of the moving truck, professional relocation specialists suggest that you walk through your new home to child/pet proof. It is much easier to complete essential safety and cleaning steps before your stuff arrives.
The movers take care of most of the details. To make sure that the move goes smoothly, make sure that you know where the moving truck is supposed to park and which elevators your movers can use. Hopefully, your building has freight elevators. Sometimes a bigger tip is warranted when the movers are forced to use the regular lifts.
Moving is always a challenge. Military wives are, by necessity, experts in tackling the problems involved in relocating a household. After all, the average family transfers from one base to another an average of every three years. All of this moving leads to lots of experience! Here are five packing tips from military wives.
Keep track of important papers by creating a moving binder. This binder can also contain checklists so that you feel more relaxed and confident throughout the moving process. Many military wives also suggest that you take photographs of all of your stuff. The pictures serve to document your possessions and also help to remind you of where everything goes once you’re in your new home.
Donate & Sell
Decluttering your house might be the most underrated part of a successful move. Most people collect a lot of things. Often, we are not all that attached to much of the stuff in our house. Moving is a perfect time to donate unwanted items to charity and sell it through yard sales and online websites. Many organizations will make arrangements with you to pick up your donation. My sister, a veteran of many Army moves, suggests offering a bottle of water to the people who pick up your contribution. She says that, if you’re considerate, they will be more willing to pick up the iffy items that the organization might not always accept.
Get children into action by making it fun. For example, one mom encouraged her children to hold a yard sale for the toys that they didn’t need anymore. The yard sale was a success, and the children gave the proceeds to a local animal shelter. This learning experience had the dual effect of reducing the number of items to move and helping homeless animals.
It is a constructive idea to pack a set of bedding in the dresser that goes into the room with the bed. Trust me; by the time your furniture is set up in your new house, you’ll be exhausted. The last thing that you want to do is search through boxes to find bedding that fits each bed. There is something so comforting about climbing into your own bed with your own bedding for the first night in your own home.
While we’re thinking about bedding, it’s also a neat idea to empty your linen closets into large garbage bags before packing them into boxes. Once unpacked, you can put the garbage bag into your new linen closet until you are ready to set up the linen shelves.
Do you ever wonder how military families keep their fragile keepsakes safe through many long-distance moves? The key is to make sure that the movers understand which items need special care. It’s helpful to mark the items as fragile and place them in a central location to pack early in the packing process.
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