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Moving to a new apartment - what to take and what to leave?


Moving to a new apartment is a joyful event, but still, as popular wisdom says, akin to fire. Favorite sofa, suitcase, bag, as well as several dozen boxes and boxes are finally packed. At the threshold, loaders are already shifting from foot to foot. 

You and your things are ready to go to meet the new living space. However, most often, it is at the very last moment, and usually, after the move, it turns out that the beloved shelf was left a legacy to the new owners, and with it, you forever lost a battery of blanks on the old balcony. But in the coat pocket is still languishing, according to an old memory, the second pair of keys to your apartment is no longer.

To avoid unnecessary frustration and as much as possible to ease the exciting moment of moving, it is better to design everything in advance and as much as possible to specify all the nuances with the buyer of the apartment.

What should be left in the old apartment?
First, it's worth immediately clarifying that there is no universal recipe for this. It will be necessary to solve the issue of things "on load" with the buyer of the apartment.

The only thing that the new owners of real estate should inherit is all the necessary documents, sets of keys, and pay bills for the past few months. Everything else is specified individually. You can leave things, throw them away, or sell them to the new owner of the apartment at a piece price.

The first thing to agree on is the issue of embedded communications. Specify whether you will leave a modem, a telephone, a boiler, a gas stove, lamps, or a safe for the buyer. All this often turns out to be merely unnecessary after the move, as it is selected individually for each living space. At the same time, some buyers often regard such things as an integral part of the purchased apartment.

Then you need to think about the feasibility of transporting furniture. First, measure the doorways and the height of the ceilings in the new apartment. An old sofa may simply not enter new spans, and a wardrobe may be higher than the roofs. The kitchen is not suitable for the layout, and the bed will occupy most of the bedroom. Think about whether the cost of transporting and fitting old furniture is cheaper than buying a new one. At the same time, the new owner can come in handy when repairing a couple of old chairs or a countertop.

How to plan a move?
The most important and simple thing that can be done to facilitate moving is to plan it. Most people walking in a hurry throws things in boxes just a few days or even hours before the movers arrive. This is precisely the main reason for subsequently forgotten items. If you start to prepare for the move at least two months later, everything will go much more calmly.

The primary advice that shipping companies give customers is to pre-number the boxes. If you make a list where you write down what is in a box, then after moving the scale of the mess and the time to search for the right things will noticeably decrease.

For two months:
  • Think over the arrangement in the new apartment. Measure the area of ​​the rooms, the width of the openings, and the height of the ceilings;
  • Search for a company for the transport of goods;
  • Learn more about the infrastructure near the new housing.

Per month:
  • Make a list of the property that you take with you. Take a photo or video of both rooms and all the most important things. This is useful not only for calculating the layout but also for solving possible disputes;
  • Call a specialist from the transportation company to assess and decide on the final date of the move;
  • Notify the public utilities, medical facilities, the bank, and loved ones about the step.

In a couple of weeks:
  • Do not forget to choose clothes from dry cleaning or equipment from repair;
  • If you have objects or things taken for a while from neighbors, return them;
  • If you decide to do the packaging yourself, then it's time to stock up with materials and tools;
  • Start packing items that are not needed in everyday life (books, services, interior decoration items, etc.). Audit the mezzanines, cabinets, and balcony. Pack everything you want to take with you and throw away everything that is not needed;
  • Agree with the company on the final schedule of the relocation process

During the week:
  • Free the walls from paintings, watches, cornices;
  • Make a specialist call to disconnect large household appliances;
  • Inspect furniture, appliances, and fix scratches and damage. The foreman will need this information;
  • Start packing pillows, mattresses, blankets and winter clothes in plastic bags;
  • Closer to the day of moving pack all the clothes. Leave only the most necessary.

For three days:
  • Pack glass shelves mirror in cardboard and cover with tape. Try not to use wool or flannel blankets for packaging: when moving, they will slip out of your hands;
  • Pack all the remaining things, except those that will be needed on the day of the move;
  • Door handles and various decorations on the furniture is better to remove;
  • Disassemble large furniture and fold separately multiple nuts, screws;
  • Write on the boxes, from which closet things and in which room they will be after moving.

Moving tomorrow!
  • Mark boxes with fragile objects and put them separately;
  • Defrost the refrigerator and pack the remaining products;
  • Separate documents, money, jewelry, necessary medicines, and keys separately. These items are best transported on their own;
  • Make sure that the walkways are free. Remove items that could interfere with the work of movers;
  • Once again, inspect the apartment. Make sure you don't forget anything.

Remember, the main thing in moving is calm and maximum preparedness. Plan your fees, negotiate all the details with the buyer of your apartment, and use professional movers. Then the movie can be the beginning of something new in your life.

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