Downsizing to a condo is a popular move many people are making. Whether you want to be closer to the city and take advantage of all it has to offer or you’re an empty nester who doesn’t require all the space of a large home in the suburbs anymore, condo living may be for you.
If you’re moving from a house to a condo, however, you’re likely going to face some unique hurdles that don’t occur when you’re moving from one house to another. You may need to come up with some creative solutions to ensure the move to the condo is efficient, smooth, and quick.
Here are some moving tips to consider when downsizing into a condo.
1. Declutter and Get Rid of Items
Of course, houses have much more space than condos. The home you’re moving out of may be three, four, or five times larger than the downtown condo you’re moving into. Each of the rooms in your home is likely filled with furniture and possessions. The closets are likely filled. All of these possessions aren’t going to fit into your new condo’s smaller space, so you’ll need to spend quite a bit of time decluttering and determining which items you won’t need anymore.
Consider the must-haves, such as living room and bedroom furniture, and then consider which items you don’t really need that likely won’t fit into your new condo. This furniture will likely come from your basement, your second living room, spare rooms, your large dining room, or the attic, since you likely won’t have these rooms in the condo.
2. Be Systematic in Your Organization
During every move, whether you’re moving to a large home or a small apartment, organization is important to ensure a smooth moving process. However, it’s even more important if you’re downsizing to a condo. If you’re going from house to house, you can label boxes to go in the same room they came out of in the old home, such as the spare room or the basement. But you likely won’t have these types of rooms in the condo, so you’ll want to carefully consider where these items will go.
3. Measure, Measure, Measure
Rooms in houses are typically larger than the rooms in condos. That’s why it’s so important to measure your large furniture before the move. You may have a large dining room table and six chairs in your home, but you might only have a small breakfast nook in your condo. Will the large table fit? You may have to downsize your furniture as well. It’s also a good idea to measure elevators, staircases, and door frames to ensure larger furniture will fit.
4. Secure a Storage Space
Movers can split your move between your new condo and a storage unit. As you’re decluttering, you may want to donate items, offer them to friends or family, sell them, or put them in storage. If you’re not quite ready to get rid of certain possessions but you know they won’t fit in the smaller condo space, it’s a good idea to rent a storage unit. These units come in all sizes, so you can find one that meets your needs.
5. Book the Service Elevator
Condos have specific rules and regulations for moving, and you’ll need to do your research to determine whether or not you have to book the service elevator. Don’t leave this step to the last minute, particularly if you’re moving at the start or end of the month, as many other tenants may be booking the service elevator. It’s also important to book the elevator early as you’ll likely only be able to book it during certain hours, and you’ll need to book your movers accordingly.