If your lease is up and you’re looking to move into a new flat, take heart because the moving process is not quite as stressful as moving to a large house; although it does present unique challenges. Here are some things to take into account when moving to a new flat, as well as some tips that will help ensure a smoother transition.
A thorough cleaning
Your landlord may be responsible for ensuring the flat is in good condition when you occupy it, but you'll still want to conduct your own thorough cleaning before moving in and making it your own. Make sure the previous occupant hasn't left any of their own possessions lying behind a couch or at the back of a cupboard.
Perhaps you have flat mates
If you're the sole occupant of the flat, this won't apply to you. But if you're moving into a flat share, you may want to be more expedient when unpacking. You don't want any of your belongings getting mixed up with those of your flat mates; nor do you want to make a bad first impression by leaving things lying around.
Find out about lifts
A block of flats means lots of stairs, which can make moving heavy furniture tricky. Riding a tiny lift with a bunch of heavy boxes isn't ideal either, especially if there are other residents trying to crowd in with you at the same time. A service lift can be a big help in such a situation, so find out whether the block you're moving into has one available. Some might even let you reserve the lift weeks in advance, so you can have it all to yourself on moving day.
You'll want to contact the building management long in advance to find out if such a service is available. If it's not, then get whatever details you can on the lifts, such as how many there are and what would be the best time of day to use them. You'll want to aim for a time when the lifts will be less busy.
Explore the area
It's tempting to spend your first few days getting familiar with the new flat, but you don't want to spend too much time penned up in there, or else claustrophobia might set in and tarnish your first impressions of your new place.
So spend the first few days making an effort to explore the area around the flat. Find out if there are any nearby hotspots such as cafes, coffee shops, stores and so on. As well as being useful knowledge to have, it will lift your spirits and make the process of moving easier to handle.
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