Getting Ready To Move? Read This First.
Last week, I moved to a new apartment in my Los Angeles neighborhood. Although I
relocated less than a mile down the street from my old address, I realized moving to a new
apartment is not quite as easy as settling into a dorm in college. There’s wifi to set up,
furniture to buy (or move) and what feels like countless decisions to make. It can begin to
feel overwhelming! Here are my tips for a smooth and headache-free move.
By Stephanie Mace
FINDING A PLACE
So, you’ve decided to move. Your first step is finding an apartment that will become home.
While searching online and using sites like Apartments.com is helpful, I’d suggest driving
(or walking) around the neighborhood where you’d like to live. Many landlords simply post
a sign outside the building when they have availability and don’t even bother posting
online. Walking or driving around the area will also help you get a good feel for the
Booking movers to help with furniture and scheduling wifi set-up requires planning,
something that us millennials don’t love to do. Set aside a few days to make your move, and
book concrete times for movers and other services. And don’t wait until the last minute -
prices can increase!
TALK TO CO-WORKERS AND FRIENDS
Not sure how to find these movers I keep talking about? Talk to your co-workers and
friends that live in your city. They’ve gone through the moving process as well, and likely
have some helpful tips and recommendations!
TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR NEW APARTMENT
When you see your potential future apartment, be sure to take a lot of photos. This will
help you plan the space and assess what you need. Don’t be shy about capturing pictures of
the entire space or just taking a video! I forgot to check out the bathroom and didn’t realize
I’d need a shower curtain until I moved in.
ASK FOR HELP
Making a move is a lot to take on alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Even having friends
keep you company while you start organizing boxes and folding clothes can be a major
While the moving process is not exactly a great time, there is something special about
creating a new space that will become your home. Try to enjoy the little things - like
searching for the perfect throw pillows or cooking your first dinner in your new apartment!