After spending just over a week in NYC and having the most amazing time getting lost in the city and pretending to be SJP whilst stuffing my face with momofuku truffles (try them if you haven’t – you will not regret it) in just about every part of town, I am having major city withdrawals. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE L.A., the sun, the sand, the slightly terrible and completely self-absorbed people… the large apartments, the fact that I can drive. But, N.Y. has an energy about the city that is inspiring which I have yet to find here in Lala Land. There is absolutely no plans to move in my near future nor would I be ready to move tomorrow but I have always wanted to live in New York at some point in my life, so it got me thinking about rental properties there, which then got me thinking about moving there, which then got me thinking about how terrible the moving process would actually be. So after having done it half a dozen times (and making my fair share of costly mistakes both with decor and moving) I figured that I may have learned something along the way that would serve helpful to another sad little vegabond, hence this little checklist I put together. And because a checklist is the most BORING thing to scroll through I am throwing a few photos of this space I stumbled into that has NYC vibes all over it (including the vomit-inducing price tag the probably paid for the space)
Back to moving. Moving to a new property is exciting, nerve-wracking, stressful yet fun all at the same time. But, before you are ready to sit on the floor of your new apartment or house and order takeout from the local joint whilst deciding on the style of your abode with the newest design magazines sprawled on the floor below you, there are so many tasks that you need to get done before you can actually get there. So to help you make things a little easier, here is my comprehensive guide on everything you need to think about when moving into a new property, and what happens next.
Sell the Old House or Prep it For the Landlord
This is basically number one on any person’s list whether you are buying a new place or looking to rent. And, unless you are Paris Hilton or part of the mega-rich community which I have yet to categorize myself into, you can’t float two properties in your name so do what you need to do to prep the place for your landlord or for the real estate market. This means cleaning, neutralizing decor (if selling), and basically making it seem better than when you got it (which is good for both selling or renting).
If you are selling (which I have never done) there are A LOT more logistical items that come into play, and we all know that the real estate market is pretty insane right now which means selling a house can take a long time, what with real estate agents, unstable buyers, and all of that paperwork. But when it does come time to sell and things are moving slow and you’re in a pinch there are some companies out there that can help to sell my home fast. It might mean a decrease in price, but they can significantly reduce the wait time before you can get going in your new property, which is good if your property has sat on the market for a while. If you are a renter than you don’t have to worry about much in this department other than giving your landlord the adequate amount of notice and then cleaning/repairing to make sure you get your safety deposit back.
Find new property that you love
Ok, so you have sold your property, now you need to find a new property. Most likely this will have happened along the way or before you even put your place on the market or gave your landlord your 30 days notice. But, finding your dream home first and then deciding it is time to move makes things a little difficult as good real estate, or good rentals move fast and typically you need to act within 24 hours to grab it. So was the case with my current apartment, the one that I had originally wanted was swooped from underneath me as I took a few days to get my application back to the landlord. Lesson learned. If you find something you love, act fast.
Now you have a new home or apartment that you like, you can start getting to the really fun bits including interior decoration and my favorite… shopping. Although picking out your house is pretty important, deciding on a style and developing a plan before you start haphazardly purchasing will save you so much time and money. For that reason, once you move in you will need to figure out how you live, what you want your space to look like, and consider the style or styles that you will probably use through the house before you decide or buy anything for the space. Whether that style be industrial, rustic, americana, boho, a retro look, or anything in between pick something that you like for the vibe of your space and develop a plan based on that style.
Consider decor and colors
Once you have the style sorted, then it’s time to go into the details. This means you can start to select colors, furniture, and accessories. Find some spaces that you love and they can help guide you in picking out the decor and colors. From someone that thought they wanted a dark grey living room, spent hours picking the right color, hours painting it, and then quickly decided it was the wrong color after it was up on the walls I can tell you that the right colors are key to your home looking the way you want. So when you start choosing them, you need to bear two things in mind. The first is how much light there is in a room, and what style you want the room to be. Just as painting a room dark doesn’t make it feel cosy, so it is with painting a room white to make it bright. Not every room will reflect the light the way that you hope so if your room doesn’t naturally get a lot of light then consider a slightly off white shade or a light grey or beige as that will help give the room tone rather than make it feel cold and stark. As much as I love to follow the color trends of the season don’t let these sway you completely. Your best, and safest bet is to keep your walls a neutral color, and then bring in your accent color through the accessories and textiles.
Once you have a style and a design plan then it is time to shop. I am very much an impulse shopper. If I see something I love then I buy it, even if that means I don’t have a plan for where it is going or how I might actually use it. So before you start buying random chairs and tables for your space because you “love them” and they are “too beautiful” or “too good of a deal” or “too special” to pass up. Live in your space, decide how you use it and then buy accordingly. Pay attention to where it makes the most sense to throw your keys at the end of the day, or how you like to look out of your windows, or what wall gets the best light in your room. Figuring out those crucial things will help you buy the right pieces of furniture for the right spaces.
Throw a Party
Now that you have spent all this time picking the right place, figuring out your decor, shopping for each and every single piece, and pulling the new space together – you need to enjoy it. So, call your neighbors, your friends, or anyone you want to show off the space to, and enjoy some bubbly whilst yelling at your slightly terrifying neighbor for not taking his shoes off on your new rug.
[Photos via MNArchitecture]