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For a while, urban areas were loosing their popularity among the new generation of homeowners and first-time renters. However, the trendiness and desirability of living in an urban area is creating an influx of urban movers. Living in a populated area, such as in the center of a major city, has its perks. There is greater access to nearly everything that someone may need. Relocating to an urban area does come with its set of challenges, as does every other move. Here we will discuss some of the perks of urban moving, as well as how you can make your next urban move a little bit easier.
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Parking is more of a commodity than you would expect.
Areas with larger populations tend to mean that there are a lot more cars that need parking. Building owners see this as an opportunity for profit, and will go to surprising lengths to make sure they get money for that spot in the parking garage. You should check with your building manager prior to move in regarding a place where you can temporarily park your car and moving van. New residents typically get priority parking until they move in. Some cities may require that you purchase a temporary permit for your car and the moving van. Check with the local police department for more information on this. Some streets also have truck weight restrictions; call your building manager for more info on this.
Timing is everything.
Urban moves need to be timed very specifically in order for everything to go well. If you are relocating into a large building or loft, then you should begin the actual move in at a time when there are less residents in it. Elevators will be more readily available, and there will be more space for the truck to park. If you are going to begin the move in the morning, then you should be considerate of residents who are sleeping.
Ask about using special equipment.
A lot of taller residential buildings have elevators specifically for freight transport. Ask the building manager if you can use these on moving day. There will probably be a key or pass that you will have to get from the manager, so be sure to get this ahead of time.
If you were moving into a home, security would not be a problem since your goods are sitting in the moving van parked right out front. However, this wont be the case if you are moving into a loft or apartment building. You should ask a friend or family member to come over on moving day to sit with your items while everyone else is taking things up. If you can avoid it, try not to leave the main building door open as you are taking things inside. This will put the safety and security of your neighbors at risk. Try to take things upstairs in groups.
When doing an urban move, you will probably be moving into a building with many other neighbors that you share walls with. This means that you all share the responsibility of keeping the building a safe and happy place for everyone to move. Make sure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your unit are fully functional. Be sure you know the escape routes for the building, especially if you live on a higher floor.
After move in.
You know what they say- you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The neighbors will likely be seeing you for the first time on moving day. You probably wont be in the most social of moods on the day of the move, but at least try to get out there a little bit. Being friends with your neighbors will make living in a communal building a whole lot easier. Watch your language and anger for the day, even if it becomes very hard to do so.
Have a little fun when its all done.
Urban moves mean that you will be closer to a lot of the action that comes with a large city. If you're feeling up to it, go out for a little celebration. If you aren't used to all of the noise that comes with living in a large city, then you might want to invest in a good set of earplugs to cancel out some noise.