Moving is never an easy experience, but your first time has those additional number of problems that come from simply not having the experience of past moves to help guide you through the inevitable challenges and frustrations that can pop up. That first move has its unique challenges, so read on to learn some tips and advice to make that move a little less hectic and a little smoother.
Whether you’re moving into an apartment right out of high school or moving in after college, that first move will almost certainly be into an unfurnished apartment most of the time. I know in my case understanding a few more things up front would have made the long-term process of moving in much, much easier.
First of all, if you have a sofa bed, make sure you have more than one person to help carry it. Sofa beds tend to be extremely heavy, and if you’re moving to a second or third floor, things can get complicated when there’s no elevator. Also trust me: you want to cable down the fold out bed so it doesn’t spill out and pin all three of you to the stairwell while moving. Not a fun situation to work your way out of.
The second thing to understand is you’re going to probably move your stuff around multiple times. Unless you’re springing for the smallest studio apartment you can find, chances are there will be a lot more space than stuff you have to fill it.
In other words, unpack early for convenience and basic function. You can always run to garage sales, second-hand stores, auctions, and other estate sales to find more end tables, furniture, or other items to help fill out your apartment. You’re not going to get everything perfect on the first attempt.
Next, think about your long-term moving plans. If you know you’re only going to be in your apartment for a year or less, then you might want to hold up on the more expensive (and often larger and heavier) purchases such as wood office desks, large fully framed beds, or impressive book shelves. If you’re going to be moving shortly, it might be well worth the time to wait until you have a better understanding of where you’re going to be living.
Trust me: moving a 350+ lb desk two to three times a year in back-to-back years gets really old, really fast. This is also the type of thing that makes all your moving help disappear as your friends find other excuses not to be part of that mess.
Think about these basic pieces of advice to make your first move, and your second to follow, a little bit easier.