Many of us live in high rise buildings or condos where the easiest way to get around is the elevator... that is, until moving day. Elevators certainly make the work easier than taking the stairs, but it does require some forethought and planning to avoid frustration. Without a good game plan, it can make the move seem like it's taking forever.
Here are some ideas on how to make the move run smoothly.
•First contact – get in touch with your new superintendent and see if you can reserve one of the elevators for the time of your move. You'll want to do this as soon as you can – at least a couple of weeks in advance. Likewise, if the building has a service elevator, you may be able to use it for your move. You'll also want to know if there are any deliveries or other routine incidents that may interrupt you. Ask if you can use the elevator key to hold the door open rather than physically holding it while you load up.
•Dimensions – measure the elevator doors ahead of time to make sure that all your furniture will fit inside. Also check the maximum weight.
•Timing – if you can move during a weekday, during daylight hours, you will likely find there are fewer people in the building and hallways and fewer demands on the elevator.
•Make the most of each run – it makes sense to have a look at your belongings ahead of time and consider how to pack and stack your boxes and furniture most efficiently so that you can load up the elevator with as much as it can carry each time.
•Rule of three – if you have at least three people helping you move, then one person can be on the lower floor, one on the elevator and one on the destination floor. That way you will have your belongings in sight at all times.
•Equipment – if you have a lot of boxes, consider a hand truck or dolly so you can not only stack them up but move them as a unit.
•Protect – stay in your new super's good books by using blankets or plastic wrap to cushion sharp or hard edges and avoid scratching the elevator or hallway.
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