Moving can open the door to new and intense stressors. Renters find themselves moving on a rolling schedule throughout the years from Boston’s South End to downtown Boston and from Back Bay to Beacon Hill. Bostonian renters know the historic nature of the city and the unique architecture that lends itself perfectly to an apartment or new home in the center of the history of a bygone American Revolution yet with all the fixtures and fittings of a modern and beautiful space to live.
Contending with the various elements that threaten to derail a move is difficult enough under normal circumstances, yet the onset of Covid-19 has made for a far more challenging landscape for renters seeking out a new place to call home. Coupled with the New Year and approaching Valentine’s Day, moving might seem out of the question. But with a little planning, you can make the most of your move while still enjoying all the trappings of these early year holidays that mean so much to us all.
Plan for your move with time to spare.
Planning a move takes a lot of work upfront. The move itself is labor-intensive, of course, but this represents the culmination of weeks or months of searching and financial planning that comes ahead of any packing that must be done. Apartments in Boston are numerous, to say the least, so combing through your options based on location, size, and layout should start well in advance of any established move out dates that you’re quickly approaching. These constraints soon become restrictions that will force you to make a decision that you might not like, so starting early is essential.
Location is a particularly important aspect of any apartment search, but especially for a Bostonian looking for a space that provides an easy commute to downtown Boston or Harvard University, across the river in Cambridge. Proximity to the city’s most famous attractions like Faneuil Hall and the Boston Common is something that most Bostonians try to keep in mind when moving to a new location within the city, but there are hundreds of other draws for those from South Boston and the North End alike, as well as out of towners who are moving to the ‘hub of the universe’ for the first time.
Don’t forget about the financial side of things.
In addition to a search through prospective locations, renters who are approaching the end of a lease agreement should begin saving for the expenses of moving as early as possible. In order to make for a smooth transition from one apartment to the next, you should be prepared to fork over a security deposit and make available at least two or three months’ worth of rent in order to make quick work of any additional moving expenses or new furniture or appliance purchases that you find necessary once you’ve settled into the new place. Of course, you should be constantly committed to saving, but this necessity becomes all the more important in the lead up to a move.
Many renters often seek to upgrade during each subsequent move, so the importance of saving should be of no surprise to you as you prepare for your new home. Looking for apartments in the United States, and Boston in particular, with private balconies, convenient access, large living rooms, and luxury inclusions like hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, or bucket sinks has become the norm for those signing new rental leases. Site amenities such as these, and good outdoor amenities, are becoming standard inclusions as landlords have to continually justify the inflated rental prices that are continuing to stream across the city and beyond.
Plan for Valentine’s Day in a streamlined fashion.
Valentine’s Day is an important holiday for couples all around the United States and the world. From South Boston to Back Bay, Bostonians go the whole nine yards for their loved ones on this special day, and moving is no excuse for not making an effort. In order to make a Valentine’s Day special amid a move, start with a bouquet of roses. Roses are the perfect way to make your loved one feel special on this day that’s purpose-built for celebrating great love. Of course, a vase of flowers isn’t the only thing you should do. Organizing a special evening out on the town is typically a staple of the holiday. However, this year may be a little different as we continue to factor in social distancing measures to our daily commute and routines. If a night out on the town is out of the question, then utilizing the space freed up during your packing might be the perfect fallback option.
Making a big deal out of your changing life is a great way to show your partner that you care for them. As you pack up your life and prepare to move into a bigger and better new home on the other side of town, take the time to relish the space that you’re leaving behind. Cook a romantic dinner, and relish in the memories that you’ve made in this home that you’re leaving behind. These memories will stay with you forever, and the chance to relive them on this special day is a great way to make the most of your time together during this dually difficult period in your lives.
Preparing for the big move is a challenge made all the more difficult by a tandem effect of lockdown measures and a spate of winter holidays that seem to come rapidly, one after another. This year, take the time to remember all that has happened over the last twelve months. You’ve grown into this old home during an incredibly consequential time, and taking a few moments to capture these memories as you prepare to move on is something that you’ll not likely soon forget. No matter where you’re moving this year, make sure you cherish the time spent in your previous home as you pack up to start over.
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