5 Things to Know When Moving into A Condo
Just when you think moving into a condo is the same as moving into a house, you stumble across the several staircases, entry doors, elevators and narrow hallways. Condo moving is quite different from other types of moves because there are so many other components that come into play and that directly affect the quality of your move. To ensure a quick, efficient, and enjoyable moving day, here are the five things you need to know prior to the big day.
1. Be Aware of Restricted Days and Hours for Move-Ins
Some condo buildings have specific days in which you’re unable to move into your condo such as Sundays, and some even have restricted hours on other days of the week. So, prior to deciding on a date to move out of your current home, be aware of these restrictions. Have a couple of dates that work for you and head onto the next step.
2. Schedule Your Move-In Date with The Office
Prior to moving, you need to contact the condo manager to schedule your move-in date. Most condos won’t book several move-ins on one day, so be sure to do this well in advance to ensure you get your preferred date.
Alternatively, you may not get your ideal date so it’s important to always book your moving truck and professional movers after you’ve scheduled your move-in date, as changes may result in additional fees.
3. Book an Elevator If One Is Needed
If you’re moving into a condo building that has several floors and you’re on anything other than the first floor, take advantage of the elevators. Most condos will put one of their elevators on hold, so you can use it to move into your condo with minimal wait times and disruption to the other residents.
Additionally, some condos will only hold the elevator for a set amount of time. So, be aware of these stipulations and make use of the time given to you.
4. Find Out If There Are Any Extra Condo Fees for Moving
Unexpected fees are never fun. Some condos charge a moving day fee due to the extra cleanup, work, and inconvenience required for move-ins. So, make sure you’re aware of all moving fees prior to the big day to ensure you can squeeze everything into your moving budget.
5. Iron Out the Details of Condo Moving with The Building Manager
Many condos have specific freight elevators, doors, and loading docks that must be used when moving in. For example, you may not be able to use the regular elevators or the front doors to bring in your belongings. So, ask the building manager for their moving procedures to avoid any delays or discrepancies.
With all the extras associated with moving into a condo, the last thing you’re thinking about is hiring professional movers. However, professional movers are much more of a necessity than they are a luxury when it comes to moving into a condo.
Condo buildings are structured differently than typical houses, so they are more difficult to move into. If there are several doors, long hallways, narrow entryways and weird corners, you’ll definitely want the pros as they know how to maneuver through these types of situations. This is also a huge benefit if you only have your move and elevator booked for a couple of hours.