May 10: MAKING YOUR MOVE FROM HOUSE TO APARTMENT
You’ve decided to move from a house to an apartment—possibly because the nest is now empty, or it’s a smart move financially, or maybe it’s just a personal preference. Regardless of the reason, it doesn’t make the actual process of moving any less overwhelming. Fortunately, we have a few tips to make your house-to-apartment transition a little easier.
GET STARTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Life doesn’t always grant us the time to plan things perfectly. And try as we might, getting things taken care of with ample time to spare doesn’t always happen either. However, if you do have the time, use it wisely to get the process started as soon as you can. It’s always better to plan for the unexpected.
TAKE INVENTORY OF THE THINGS YOU NEED AND THE THINGS YOU DON’T
Obviously, if you are moving from a house to an apartment, there’s bound to be lots of stuff that won’t be able to make the move with you. Start by taking inventory of the things you definitely need and the things you might not.
FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH THE THINGS YOU DON’T NEED
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of stuff over the years—and much of it won’t make the move. You might consider a garage or rummage sale, online sale sites like Craigslist, or even donating to goodwill or to friends and family. Regardless of how you decide to part with the unwanted items, it never hurts to begin deciding what to do with them.
Chances are you’ll quickly find a growing pile of stuff you’re on the fence about, include things you think you might use or stuff that has sentimental value but very little practical value. At some point, you will have to let go. Moving to a new place is like having a clean slate. You don’t want to begin by cluttering up your new space with unessential items. If you still need help, try enlisting a neutral third party to assist with the decision making.
MEASURE TWICE, MOVE ONCE
One of the worst discoveries you can make is moving all your large furniture items only to find they don’t fit in your apartment. This is easily avoided by simply measuring the furniture you plan on taking, as well as the new space. After all, there’s no sense moving things twice if you can help it. As a complimentary service for Summit Vista residents, our Move-in Coordinator
will gladly come to your home and assist in measuring your furniture, as well as drawing it in a scaled floor plan to be used on moving day.
MAKE YOUR MOVE
Decide how you plan on moving, whether on your own or with a moving company. Be sure to shop around if you go with a moving company. Different companies charge differently for their services. Fortunately, our Summit Vista Move-in Coordinator is available to assist you throughout the entire process, including providing recommendations for vetted professional services that include everything from selling your house to movers. Our goal is to make your transition as easy as possible.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF APARTMENT LIFE AT SUMMIT VISTA
Making the move to an apartment home may be a significant life change, but we’re confident it will be one you’ll love. After all, life at Summit Vista comes with the freedom from costly home repairs and worry—not to mention security and all kinds of additional perks and unique amenities, such as an all-season pool, access to health services, a fitness center, continued education, gourmet restaurants, endless clubs and activities, and more. And all of them are within reach without having to maintain them yourself. That’s a major win.
EMBRACE THE NEW LIFE THAT AWAITS YOU
Look at this huge transition in your life as an exciting, fresh start. While no situation is necessarily 100% ideal, life at Summit Vista comes pretty close. Having a house may mean more space and familiarity, but it also means more responsibility, time, and money devoted to maintaining it. On the other hand, an apartment home may be smaller, but the tradeoff is far less responsibility and more time and money to spend on the things that matter most to you.