Living the city life is generally fast-paced, rich in culture, full of opportunities, and some may even say, glamorous. But, there’s certainly one part of city living that isn’t glamorous – moving in or out of the city! While relocating, in general, can be especially stressful due to a slew of unknowns, moving in or out of a city is daunting. From hiring movers to navigating the streets, to working with building management, you’ll find that urban moving is much different than moving from a suburban or rural home to another suburban or rural location. Let’s look at some of the challenges you may face during your urban move, and how to overcome them.
Finding Movers in the City
Whether you are moving into or out of an urban city – finding the right movers for the job can be stressful. Do you move by yourself? Rent a truck? Find someone you know with a car and make small moves at a time? Or, do you find a full-service moving company to move for you? Your options for moving companies may be limited to small move companies if you’re moving out of a city. Your one bedroom apartment is not worth the time or expense of a large freight moving company and their trucks are often too big to navigate urban environments.
You should research local moving companies and small-move companies, such as MiniMoves. These movers are equipped to handle the urban lifestyle and understand the ins and outs of moving out of a city.
Elevator Reservations & Parking Permits
Your relocation challenges when you move into or out of a city, such as San Francisco, will include working with the management companies of the buildings. You might be relocating to a 27-story high-rise apartment building and you’re going to have to organize yourself as soon as you know when your move date will be.
If you are moving into or out of a high-rise building with an elevator, you should make elevator reservations with building management. This way, you are not spending half of your day waiting for an elevator to arrive on your floor, and you won’t upset your neighbors by taking away the only, or one of the only ways out of the building. Some buildings even require this.
Once you’ve secured your elevator, you’ll also want to figure out where your moving truck will park. Whether you choose to rent your own truck or hire movers, talk to your building management about a loading zone permit or a parking permit. Check with the city in which you are moving to and/or from to learn whether there are city ordinances you must adhere to when it comes to parking in loading zones.
Security: You Can’t Do This Alone
If you’re moving in to or out of a city, you’ll need to solicit help. Ensure that there is always someone available to keep your belongings safe and secure from thieves. While this may seem like a farfetched idea, this is one major difference in city living. Hundreds of people will walk by your moving truck during the loading or unloading process, so you do not want to leave anything unattended at any time.
If you plan a DIY move, you should recruit friends or family to play certain roles – one of which will be the security of the truck during loading and unloading. If you hire movers, you’ll want to confirm with the moving company that they will have their own security. You do not want to be put in a situation where you are scrambling last minute to find someone to man the truck during loading and unloading. MiniMoves is well equipped with nearly 30 years of experience helping people relocate out of urban settings and understands this need for security.
Other Building Necessities
While you are organizing your move, check with the management of the building you are moving in to or out of. Ask them if you need any special permits, pay any one-time move-in or move-out fees, whether you must provide proof of insurance from the moving company or any other possible requirements. Keep in mind that while your move may be important to you, you share the common space, elevators, and hallways with your neighbors.
Do you need help navigating your upcoming urban move? Consider contacting a small-move local company such as MiniMoves to get you started. Whether you are moving one piece of furniture across the country or an entire apartment from one state to another, MiniMoves specializes in small-moves and understands the nuances of urban moves. Call us today for a free consultation!