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Moving into a High Rise? Follow These Tips

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You’ve finally made your dream of buying a condo in San Diego a reality. Now it’s time to move into your new home.

Relocating is never easy, but moving into a high rise for the first time presents added challenges. You not only have to deal with sorting, packing, and transporting your belongings, you also need to get familiar with the nuances of living in a building with its own rules.

Follow these tips to make your move as smooth and as stress-free as possible.

  1. Understand the rules of the building

You’ve likely gone through your condo association’s rules and regulations before you finalized the purchase. However, before you move, it’s a good idea to go over everything again and make sure you understand the rules perfectly. If you’re moving with kids, you also need to tell them what they can and cannot do. If there are still questions in your mind, don’t hesitate to ask your condo association or management.

Some of the most important things to know are:

  • The extent of renovations you can make

  • The number of people allowed to stay in your unit at any given time

  • Rules on noise and noisy neighbors

  • Rules on keeping pets

  • How much of your utilities fees are covered by your monthly condo dues

  • The use of facilities and common areas like the elevators, laundry room, recreation areas, and so on

  1. Know the building’s policies and regulations on moving

To protect the privacy and convenience of residents, high-rises often have strict rules on moving. Many require that you call the building manager in advance and make a moving reservation. If you move in without informing the management ahead of time, you might get slapped with a hefty fine.

Inform the manager about the exact date of your move and ask about the arrangements you need to make. The things to know include:

  • What time of day you can move in

  • Which elevators you can use

  • Where the moving trucks can park and unload your things

  • If the building charges a moving fee

  • How to dispose of moving debris

  • If the elevator you use to transport your things need to be padded

  • If the building can provide moving carts and dollies

  1. Take as few things with you as possible

If you’re moving from a single-family home to a high rise, chances are, many of the things you’ve accumulated over the years will not fit into your new space. To avoid cramping your new home, take only what you need and what are truly important to you.

Find a way to dispose of the things you’re not bringing into your new home. Give them away to friends and relatives, donate them to charity, sell them, or throw them away. If you can’t decide what to do with certain items, consider getting a storage unit and keeping them there temporarily. By moving fewer things, you’ll also get to save on moving costs.

  1. Plan your new space in advance

Check to see if your furniture will fit and there’s easy flow of movement when they’re laid out. Ask the building manager for your unit’s floor plan and measure your furniture to determine where each piece should go. Check if your furniture will fit through doors, hallways, and elevators. If any of these poses a problem, consider getting new furniture instead.

  1. Make sure utilities and home systems are in order before moving

Around two weeks before you move, inspect your new space and look into important systems, such as the plumbing, electricity, and HVAC. Make sure these are working properly. If you see a problem, talk with the building manager about it immediately and try to resolve it you it before moving in.

It’s also a good time to inform your service providers about your change of address. You’d want the necessary services to be up and running when you transfer to your new place.

In addition, file a change of address with the Postal Service about a month ahead of time to ensure you receive your mails and magazine or catalog subscriptions in your new home.

  1. Clean up the space

If possible, give your new condo a deep clean while it’s empty. If not, you’ll have to do it after you move in.  Whatever the case, cleaning is a step you simply can’t skip. You can hire professional cleaners to do it for you, or you can do it yourself. Clean everything from the floor to the ceiling, and see to it that all surfaces are spotless and gleaming. If you want to repaint the walls or do minor renovations, check first to make sure you’re not violating any condo rules.

For more tips on moving into a new condo, check out our blog. If you’re looking for condos for sale in San Diego, I can help you find the right property. Please contact Max Mervis of at 619.980.8385 or email max(at)sandiegohighrises(dotted)com for the best and latest listings.