For many people, moving into a new high rise is an exciting experience. Better views, lots of neighbours, centralized services, what isn’t there to look forward to? One could say that you are literally ‘moving on up’!
Until moving day.
That’s when reality has a tendency to creep in like an ominously slow, yet still incredibly heavy and dangerous, freight train. While it is easy to get pumped about moving into a new condo, it is pretty easy to get rapidly deflated upon realizing that you have two dozens flights of stairs to move your furniture up.
This is where Action Moving & Storage steps in. As Edmonton’s premium moving professionals, we have dealt with the trials and tribulations associated with high rise moves on more occasions than we care to count (let’s just say it out-numbers the steps to your penthouse suite). Moving in to a high rise can certainly offer residents a whole series of challenges, but, as they say, where there is a will there’s a way, and where there’s a challenge, there are solutions:
- Down-size With Care: Prior to moving, one must always consider packing. If you are moving into a condo for the first time, there is a big chance that you are facing a reduction in the square footage of your living space. As that is the case, ensure that you are only packing up the items that you know you will need. If you need to, consider hosting a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items. Save yourself the headache of moving clunky pieces of furniture, and get rid of whatever you know is going to be a major burden prior to moving day. Storage units can be your best friend if you are aiming to only move short-term, just don’t forget about the monthly impact that they will have on your credit card statement.
- Acquire Assistance: If you don’t plan on hiring a professional moving company, be prepared to use your own resources and connections in order to recruit a loyal moving squadron who can lend you a hand. Talk to your friends and colleagues in advance, and be sure to offer them incentives (beer and pizza tend to help align people’s schedules with yours) that will motivate them to help you out. Moving house provides an opportunity to help strengthen bonds with others – if they help you with your condo move, always take a mental note, and remember to return the favour on their moving day!
- Strategize: As much fun as it may seem to lug your 200 lb couch up fourteen flights of stairs, it may unfortunately impact your sanity and physical health in a very detrimental manner. Condos have new people moving in and out on a frequent basis, and most of them have mechanisms in place to make these transitions a lot easier. Prior to your set moving day, talk to the strata, and see if you can book the elevator for a day. Some buildings have hidden maintenance elevators that are primarily used to moving. Talking to your building manager, landlord, or strata members in a manner that allows you to strategize and plan the perfect move will also help you long term, as it will allow you to introduce yourself to your neighbours.
Moving into a high-rise condo is certainly not an easy process, but, by carefully leveraging your resources and planning in advance, you will be able to make the right decisions, and turn your moving nightmare into a simple experience.
Action Moving & Storage is prepared to help you out every step of the way!