Posted in: Living Moving Posted on: Dec 31st, 2014

What Renters Must Know Before Moving to Richmond, VA

The fourth most populated city in Virginia, Richmond, which is also the capital, is home to a number of people in law and government. However, you don’t have to be a politician or a lawyer to find that the city is a worthwhile place to live. There are lots of things to enjoy after moving to Richmond, VA. The sooner you get unpacked and settled, the sooner you can start exploring your new hometown.

Heavy Lifting Tips

Get your move off on the right foot by remembering not to overdo it when moving boxes and furniture off of the truck and into your house. One of the best ways to avoid injury is to hire a moving company to pack up your old house, drive your belongings to your new place and unload everything upon arrival.  But if you’ve decided to take the do it yourself route, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Look for the best place to bring your belongings into the house, both to minimize damage to your possessions and to reduce the risk of injury. Keep in mind that some items might fit into the house better through a window, rather than a door. Remember to take regular breaks throughout the day and to drink plenty of water, especially if you’re moving in the summer.

Dealing with Your Stuff

Once all of the boxes and pieces of furniture are moved into your new space, it’s likely your new home looks a bit chaotic. But this is no reason for despair. It’s a rare person who is able to completely move in and unpack in one day. You have the rest of your time living in Richmond, VA to really  make your new apartment a home. Take things room by room, starting with the most important rooms first.

It might be a good idea to get at least one bathroom set up at the very beginning of your move. Make sure the water works and that you have some hot water. If  not, you’ll have to contact the city’s Department of Public Utilities or your landlord right away, to get the problem fixed. If all’s in working order, set out some hand soap and towels so that you and the moving crew can freshen up as needed.

Cleaning and Organizing

While it’s always a good idea to try to get rid of much stuff as you can before the move, sometimes that’s not always possible. You might find that you need a storage unit to stash extra items or seek the help of a professional organizer to make the most of your new space. Self-storage options in the city include Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, which provides free use of a truck to help you haul your stuff from your apartment to the unit. A personal organizing firm such as Come to Order will help you find a home for the belongings you want to keep and will also help you donate the items you no longer need.

Settling into your new place is just the first step to enjoying life in your new city. Once every thing’s unpacked and organized, you can start to take advantage of all the city has to offer, from performing arts to community gardens.