When moving into a suburban home, space on your moving day generally isn’t a big concern. You can put the truck in the driveway, on the street, or even back it up to the front door if you want. There’s no worrying about elevator access, parking restrictions, or anything else that you face in an urban setting, but let’s face it, many of us don’t dream of a big country home with room for a bunch of kids and dogs to run around in. Some people like the busy, crowded streets of a downtown environment. During an urban move, you do need to take special steps and do a little research to make sure everything is going to go as smoothly as possible on the big day.
First, check with your building owner and/or property manager to figure out what policies they already have in place for moving. Unless it’s a brand new building, they probably have a system set up or they can at least offer you a few tips. It may be your first urban move, but more than likely they’ve done this many times before. Many buildings will want you to take a specific elevator that has been covered in protected sheets. Make sure you follow that rule! Also, they might be able to provide you with an unloading area suggestion so you don’t have to worry about parking or blocking traffic.
Next, let your mover know what special circumstances they might be facing when moving your things. For example, let them know if there are several flights of stairs to maneuver or an elevator. Also, let them know what the parking and loading/unloading situation might be. It’s better for them to know as much as possible ahead of time so they can prepare. Most companies will ask you these questions, but if there is something special or unique, you should let them know as soon as possible.
Being as open as possible during your urban move and sharing as much information as possible can help make a move go much easier—especially in a tricky, city environment. Your movers, your building manager, and even you yourself will be much happier if you look in to as many factors about the day-of moving process as possible.