Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Painless Move

Moving to a new apartment can be intimidating, but it does not have to be a disaster waiting to happen. Before you take steps for your upcoming move to Spokane Valley, take a few minutes to get organized. This can help make sure you end up in the perfect apartment and get all your stuff there in one piece. Taking things one step at a time will help make one big task look like a much easier series of smaller things to take care of. So take a deep breath, remember that moving is the first step in an exciting new life, and then follow these steps.

Step 1: Pick an Apartment

Before you start packing, you should figure out where you are going to live. After all, if you decide that a one-bedroom apartment will suit your new life better than your old two-bedroom place, you will not be able to take everything you have with you. So knowing where you are going and how much space you will have is an important way to stay organized. There are plenty of apartments to choose from in Spokane Valley, and most are in subdivision-style communities. If you prefer something more urban, like a high-rise building, you may want to look in a different part of the Spokane area.

Step 2: Find Movers

If you plan to move your stuff yourself, you should be aware of what it takes to get out to this part of the country. Depending on where you are coming from, you might have to cross mountain passes in order to get to your new home. Another moving method that is rising in popularity is a mix of do-it-yourself and professional service, which involves renting a shipping container, filling it yourself, and letting professionals drive it out to you. If you decide to go this route, you may want help unloading once you get to Spokane Valley. There are local companies there, like Matt’s Moving, that may be able to help.

Image Credit: cambodia4kidsorg

Image Credit: cambodia4kidsorg

Step 3: Pack

Now that you know how much space you will have both once you get to Spokane Valley and during the moving process, you can start packing. This is a difficult process, but you can make it easier by setting emotions aside and getting practical. Sure, that mug your Aunt Sally gave you for your birthday five years ago has sentimental value, but do you really use it? Taking this approach can make it easier to ensure you take only the stuff you need, which will end up making life a lot less cluttered in the long run.

Step 4: Study Your New Neighborhood

Now that you have the basics out of the way, you can focus on what you are going to do once you get settled. Research your new neighborhood. For example, if your new apartment is in the Dishman neighborhood of Spokane Valley, you will have easy access to Edgecliff Park, which has more than 4 acres of space for you to enjoy the outdoors. If you are more of an indoor person, Dishman has some great restaurants, including the Cottage Cafe, which is a popular local breakfast spot. Uncovering interesting spots like this in your new neighborhood will give you something to look forward to.

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