Living in a high-rise apartment is the stuff dreams are made of for many a modern-day urbanite. Enjoying endless amenities, waking up on the 15th floor to a breathtaking view of the city, mountains, or beach…it sounds like a dream come true.
Yet, while living in a high-rise may be an answered dream, moving into such an apartment can be a nightmare for the ill prepared. And that’s why your favorite Sydney removalists are here to help. We’ve gathered a list of 6 of our favorite insider tips that will help you ensure an effortless transition into high-rise life.
Let’s dive right in!
1. Make Sure You’ve Chosen the Right High Rise
Odds are you’re signing a lease that commits to you living in your chosen high rise for at least one year, so it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the best option for yourself.
Find out if your new building offers a monthly “meet the neighbors” event. Even if they don’t, try to contact people currently living in the building. Ask them what they love about it…and what they don’t. At worst, you may find out this building is not the best fit for you (which isn’t really a bad thing), and at best you’ve confirmed this is your dream home and met some of your neighbors in the process.
2. Plan the Layout of Your New Space
There is nothing worse than hiring a removal team to haul your belongings up 15 stories only to discover you have more furniture than your apartment can hold…and paying them again to haul the extras back downstairs.
Do yourself a favor and take the time to really think about where each piece of furniture, kitchen equipment and décor is going to live before you pay movers to move it.
3. Make a Moving Checklist
There’s no such thing as being over prepared for a move. It’s a big deal that requires careful planning to pull it off in a way that is seamless and stress free.
Create a moving binder where you keep all information that is relevant to the move…and one of those items should be a moving checklist (if you need a little help getting organised, check out our ultimate moving checklist).
4. Declutter Before You Move
Getting rid of items you never use is an important part of prepping for any move…but it is particularly important when you’re transitioning into a high-rise unit.
If you are moving from one apartment to another, you may only need to get rid of a few things. But if you are moving from a three-bedroom home into an apartment, you’ll likely have plenty to get rid of. Take note of exactly how much storage space your new place offers…and prepare accordingly.
And take comfort in the fact that you can make a pretty penny selling items in good condition at a pre-move garage sale, thereby offsetting some of the costs incurred during a high-rise move.
5. Talk to Your Landlord About Moving Regulations
Unlike moving into a home, where you can schedule the movers to arrive at almost any time that is convenient to you, coordinating a move into a high-rise requires quite a bit more planning. Talk to the building administrator and request move-in information. It should include approved hours for moving in, information on where your moving van can park, and which lifts or staircases your moving team is approved to use. Be sure to share any information you receive with your removal team, so everyone is on the same page.
You’ll also want to get the green light from the building admins that your desired move-in day is available. While it may seem inconvenient, think how happy you’ll be when you’re the only tenant using the stairs and service elevator on the day you move in.
6. Confirm Your Removal Company is Insured
If you’re moving into a second-story apartment, you may be able to get by using an uninsured moving company (though we wouldn’t recommend it), but most high-rise buildings require that the removalists you use carry insurance. This protects both you and the building owners in the event of a moving mishap.
When you start calling removal companies for estimates, make sure to ask whether they carry insurance. If they don’t, keep moving down your list.
Moving into a high-rise doesn’t have to be stress inducing. With proper preparation and the right removal team, you’ll be enjoying the high life in no time. If you’re looking for a team of removalists who will listen to your concerns and take every precaution with your belongings, we hope you’ll contact us at Holloway Removals.
Moving is a breeze when you do it the right way…with Holloway.