Whilst moving to a new city-apartment can be very exciting, it can also be a little bit daunting at times. Whether you are downsizing from a house to an apartment, you are a first time buyer or you are even just relocating to a new city pad, there are a number of tips and tricks that you should know before you make your move. Remembering these points whilst you look around will make your transition to your new home a whole lot smoother.
Use your space effectively
With apartments typically smaller than most homes it is vital to plan well so that you use every inch of your new home’s space as effectively as possible. Having less space can be incredibly rewarding when planned to suit your lifestyle.
Before you make your move, establish what space you have and work out how exactly you can maximise the space to your advantage. If you think you will be short on space, there are many clever storage hacks that can give you that added space with style and ease. Like any house move, the process offers the perfect opportunity to streamline your possessions - this can be particularly useful when moving to a smaller space. When you do manage to get round to the sorting, be sure you make some lists.
Keep the items on your list of needs, and if you have space you can keep the items you want. If you can, sell any unwanted items, this will give you a little cash bonus. You can even donate the rest if it is still in decent condition.
Inject individuality with homely touches
There are a few quick tricks that can turn your apartment into a home. If you manage to sell your belongings before the big move, you can invest this money into a few key items to make your new apartment cosy and chic: mirrors can make your apartment feel bigger, brighter and more atmospheric; or if you are feeling crafty you can up-cycle your old stuff into new and modern pieces.
Do your research
It is important to get to know your potential new neighbourhood prior to relocating to make sure you like the area. Often with new apartments, they tend to be in a prime city location close to all the amenities you need. Make sure you know what exactly is nearby and that you would feel comfortable taking a stroll around the neighbourhood.
Become more organised
Organisation is key to apartment living. With a house it is very easy to just leave a room and tidy it later, however with an apartment it is important to have a place for everything and have regular ‘touch up’ tidies to keep your living space clean and tidy. With fewer rooms, it is likely each and every room will be used on a daily basis, making it all the more important to keep on top of the tidying.
Alter your living habits
You might find that apartment living may call for you to adapt your everyday routine to fit your space. City-living means being less reliant on cars, closer to a thriving social scene and a more adaptable, more social living space – you will get to know your neighbours as the months go on, and who knows they might be your next set of best friends.
If you are looking for a beautiful apartment close to a thriving city center, check out Quartermile, based in the heart of Edinburgh.