Upgrading from a small apartment is something that many young people find themselves wanting to do. Although studio apartments are just fine for someone with an organized, minimal lifestyle, they can seem cramped for someone with lots of stuff. If you are planning to upgrade from a studio to a somewhat larger apartment, there are several simple steps you can take to make the process easier. Here are five things you should consider during your apartment search and move.
Talk to your landlord
Many landlords and apartment companies own more than one property, meaning they usually have a range of different apartments to choose from. If you’re looking for something bigger and like your current landlord, consider asking them about larger apartments. If you can keep the same landlord, you’ll find the process of moving to be much easier and faster in terms of securing your new apartment.
Start stockpiling boxes
Even if you haven’t found a new apartment yet, you should start amassing enough boxes to pack up your belongings. If possible, you can even start packing up things you don’t use often to get a jump on the moving process. Local businesses that have boxes to throw away are often all too happy to give them to people in need.
When you have many apartments that you are interested in, it’s a good idea to schedule all of your walk-throughs on the same day. This makes it easier to compare them and lets you save time. If you can schedule everything correctly, you should be able to view all of your prospective new apartments in a single weekend and be able to make a decision relatively quickly. You might also consider bringing a friend or loved one along to help you decide which the best apartment is for you.
Look into professional movers
While you’re looking for your new apartment, you should also be finding out about professional moving services like Bekins Van Lines Inc. or someone similar in your area. A professional crew of movers will ensure that your possessions get into your new apartment with minimal effort on your part. If you want the moving process to be as easy and efficient as possible, you should have a moving company picked out by the time you sign the lease for your new apartment.
Ask friends to help you find apartments
Scrolling through hundreds of online apartment listings can be difficult and tedious. A better approach is to ask your friends, co-workers and even relatives about openings in apartment communities they live in. Not only will this approach speed up the process of finding an apartment, but it will also let you get an unbiased review of the available units from someone you trust.
The process of upgrading from a studio apartment shouldn’t be a difficult or long one. Implement these simple tips in your search, and you’ll be settling into your new apartment before you know it.
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