Top 5 things to do when moving

Because we have a lot of people moving into apartments in the next couple months, we decided now is the perfect time to offer our list of top 5 things to do when you move.

  1. Measure everything including your furniture, the spaces you have to fit it through to move it out of your old place, and everything in your new place. Measure the width and height of every door and hallway you’ll be maneuvering through. Measure the dimensions of each room. Make sure your furniture will clear all light fixtures, not just the ceiling. Measure all of your new windows for window treatments. Never assume that all the doors in your new place have the same dimensions—interior doors are often narrower than entryway doors.
  2. Pack the essentials conveniently so you have immediate access when you get to the new place. What’s essential? Here’s a brief list:
    – Toilet paper
    – Towels
    – Shower Curtain
    – Bathroom floor mat
    – Pillows and bedding
    – Drinking water or a filter for tap water
    – ID and other important paperwork
    – Checkbook and other things you’ll need for lease signing
  3. Manage your utilities and make sure all accounts are in your name that should be. Know when to expect your first bill and contact the company if it doesn’t arrive when expected as this could be a sign that something went wrong or didn’t get done.
  4. Know the rules about parking at your new place. If you need a parking permit, get that right away. If you have a big moving truck, make sure you’re parking it legally. Heed all signs in the neighborhood and on the property, and check with your landlord on where it’s safe to park for unloading large items as well as what to do until you get your permit.
  5. Bring plenty of water for your and your moving crew. Even if it’s a mild day, you’ll get hot and sweaty while you move, so make sure you have drinking water handy to keep you hydrated, energized, and happy. While you’re at it, pack some healthy snacks.

Have some moving tips of your own? Comment with your own top 5 below!

Moving, or looking for a new place to move to? Contact Prudential Realty Company for our current availability on apartments and townhouses throughout the Pittsburgh area.

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How to decorate a 2 bedroom apartment on a budget: master bedroom

You might think there isn’t a whole lot you can do by way of decorating a master bedroom, but there’s more to it than throwing a mattress on the floor.

The 2 bedrooms at Alvern Gardens Apartments, with their 728 square feet of space, leave plenty of room for a queen size bed, 2 night stands, and a sizable dresser or two. Our old furnishings for this room were classic cherry, with a rather ornate headboard and 2 dressers, one long and low with a mirror hung above it and another tall and slender. Out of all the rooms in the apartment, this one’s decor held up the best over time (the tray of beauty products in front of the mirror was the most dated part).

For our remodel, we decided against cramming in too much furniture and went with just one dresser. The dark wood of the set we chose echoes the living and dining rooms, and the silver details add visual interest. The lines are much cleaner, making this set more modern than the old one. But like the old one, it will look classy for years to come. Our dresser came with a mirror mounted on it, making it sort of a two-in-one dresser-vanity, a nice way to consolidate space while still filling the room, which brings me to headboard and bed-frame options.

master bedroom decor
The grey bedding and black and white picture are a chic contrast to our antique lamp.

Our simple, straightforward headboard is nevertheless nice and big. You might hesitate to move large furniture into an apartment, if only out of dread for the move-out, but big furniture has its advantages. Roomy apartments like the ones you’ll find at Alvern Gardens demand to be filled, and that can be achieved (unless of course you enjoy a nice echo) with lots of little things or a few large pieces. Alternatively, if you want your big furniture to serve a purpose, you could get a bed with storage cubbies and drawers built in, like one of the storage-savvy options at IKEA (luckily for Alvern Gardens residents, the Robinson store is close by).

We still had lots of wall space left over in the room, so we matched the wall decor to our bedding, tying everything together with a large piece of art. Don’t be afraid to hang things on the walls in your rental—just ask your landlord what materials are OK to use, and read your lease carefully. Command™ products are probably fine, and they can hold up most anything.

Contact Alvern Gardens Apartments at 412-561-4663 or alverngardens@yahoo.com to find out if they have a 2 bedroom available for you to decorate (and move into).