Moving in with a roommate
Whether you are moving in with your best friend or a total stranger, it is very important to plan ahead for your move and the days that follow. Living with a roommate requires flexibility and patience. Regardless of the situation, you must thoroughly plan the process when moving in with a roommate. Are you moving into someone else’s apartment or are you both moving into an apartment at the same time? When will you be moving in? Will these be different times? When moving in with a roommate you are not just relying on yourself. You and your roommate must be on the same page to ensure a successful relocation process. Learn more from our tips on moving in with a roommate.
Whether you’re rooming with a friend or someone completely random, both of you must agree on some ground rules prior to moving in together. Avoid any unwelcome surprises and discuss living habits in length. Be aware of each other’s needs and get to know them as much as possible. After learning intimate details about one another, you must now plan for the big moving day.
If you are moving into an apartment that is already occupied by your roommate, you will for the most part need to plan and prepare for the move on your own. Ensure the apartment will be accessible on your preferred move date and begin planning for your move. Be cautious of asking friends for help, they are not experienced in lifting heavy furniture or driving a moving truck. This may seem like the cost effective idea at first, but replacing damaged furniture can quickly cost you much more than you bargained for. Shop around for a licensed and insured moving company that is within your budget. They are fully trained to get your belongings safely from point A to point B. Check with your roommate or the building management for any restrictions to the building. Some buildings will only allow you to move in by 4 pm, no later. Once you have moved your belongings to your shared apartment, you will want to organize things as soon as possible. You don’t want to frustrate your new roommate with moving boxes being in the way and furniture that is out of place. Ask your moving company if they can set up the furniture for you and place the boxes in their respective places. This will give you a head start and may leave you with very little left to do.
If you and your roomie are moving into an empty apartment that neither of you have occupied, then you should plan for the move together. It is ideal to move in on the same day. Organizing and sorting out furniture placement together will make things much less stressful for the both of you. If possible, avoid moving in at different times. It can be frustrating for the one that has already moved and settled in to have to deal with another move. Moving on the same day will also allow you to book a moving company together and potentially save money.