Moving can be a tumultuous task. Moving into an apartment building can add an extra challenge, since you have a whole building to navigate before you get to your apartment door.


Unlike a house, you don’t have a driveway to pull into to unload, and getting to your apartment door often means you have to navigate up stairs, around neighbors, in and out of elevators, and around other obstacles. In an effort to make moving into an apartment less challenging, we’ve provided some tips you can follow to help you navigate the moving truck.


●        Call Ahead to Get Details on Parking

The management office at your new building can provide details on where you can park your moving truck. You’ll want to make sure you call them before your moving date. Depending on the building, there may or may not be a designated spot for unloading your moving truck. Sometimes you have to reserve parking spots in advance so you have a spot to park and unload your truck, or there may not be a spot at all and you’ll be left to park on the street outside the building. If you do have to park on the street, you may need a parking permit for your moving truck. Perhaps your new building has a loading dock you’ll be able to use. Waiting until the day of the move to figure out parking adds unnecessary stress. Call the management office in advance to confirm where you’ll be able to park and whether you’ll need a permit.


●        Get Measurements of Stairs and Hallways

Obtain the measurements of apartment complex itself. You can either get these from management at the apartment building or stop by the building to get these measurements yourself. You’ll want the measurements before your move date so you can plan accordingly.


Make sure to obtain measurements of the staircase width, handrail height, amount of space of curves in hallways, and width of the elevator door. Moving large items like couches or mattresses can take some pre-planning, as you’ll want to know whether you need to disassemble any items, or the best way to carry them into your new space.


If you get the measurements in advance, you can plan out how each of your large items needs to be moved. Make sure to also pass measurement details on to your moving company. We’ll need to know these details to ensure a smooth move.


●        Be Kind to Your New Neighbors

The blessing and curse of apartment buildings is that you have neighbors close by. You’ll want to make a good first impression on your new neighbors. One way to do this is to be mindful of movig times. Some apartment complexes have certain hours designated for moving. Find out whether your apartment has moving hours, and make sure to abide by these times. If there aren’t set timeframes for moving, do your best to avoid early-morning or late-night moves. As you move, be on the lookout for children, and do your best to work around them as you move into your new apartment.


●        Reserve the Elevator

If your building has an elevator, make an elevator reservation. The building may prepare the elevator for your move, which will ensure that no one else is moving in that day and preventing you from using the elevator. Reserving the elevator also makes your move easier on your new neighbors, so they know in advance when they can’t use the elevator so they can plan accordingly.


●        Insurance

Your leasing office might require a copy of your moving company’s insurance. If you hire Ed’s Moving & Storage, we can easily provide you with a copy of our Proof of Insurance to pass this along to your building’s management. The document merely proves we are insured and also means we’ll be able to pay if there are any unforeseen damages to the building. It’s unlikely that any damage will take place, and if something doesn happen, you’ll be covered.


Ed’s Moving & Storage is here to help you with your move. There are things you can do in advance to make the move more efficient and less stressful, so let us do the heavy lifting for you. We are here in the Seattle metro to help you pack, load, transport, and unload on moving day.


Not only can we help you move into an apartment, we also offer assistance for military moves, intrastate moves, and full packing services. We are the local movers you should hire, to meet and exceed your expectations. Call us today at (253) 581-2446, or send a message to us at, and we’ll answer any questions you have and get your move booked!