Moving from a house to an apartment isn't as much of a shock as you could think. You may be wondering how you're going to feel about having neighbors right on the other side of the wall, as well as both right above and below you. You'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that it can be even more private than having just a fence to separate you from the folks next door. What can be a surprise is how much downsizing and decluttering you'll need to do, as well as the logistics of moving.
Start with a floor plan of your new apartment, and if you don't already have a copy, you can ask your realtor or new landlord. Using the plan scale as a guide, work out how much of your existing furniture can comfortably fit in the space. You can position your furniture as you see fit, but you may want to avoid crowding. This allows you to work out which items of furniture will need to be discarded (sold, given away to family, donated to charity). Obviously, having less furniture is going to make the move later.
When you start planning your move, one of the first people you should talk to is your new building's super or manager. Are there any restrictions on having a moving truck parked outside the building? If the truck can be unloaded on the building's drive (if one exists), are there time limitations as to how long it can stay there, and any times of the day when it's prohibited? Must this use be reserved in advance? Or does the building even have a loading dock or rear entrance? If the truck is to be parked on the street and unloaded, any restrictions are determined by the local municipality.
Does your new building have a service elevator, or will your possessions need to be transported to your floor in the standard passenger elevator? Regardless of the type of elevator that must be used, measure the dimensions of the car so you can be sure that your furniture will fit. If your apartment is on a lower floor, it may be more practical to carry your possessions up one or two flights of stairs. If this proves to be the most pragmatic option, make sure the staircase has enough clearance for your possessions to be safely carried up.
When you have the answers to all these questions, you're now in a position to book movers. You can provide them with detailed information about the logistics of your move, allowing them to give you an exact quote, so your move can be promptly scheduled. When the day comes, your homework means the process will be as effortless as it can be.
For more info, contact a local moving company.