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Moving Out: Separating a Shared apartment for a Move


It’s true that separating a shared apartment for a move can be a complicated, messy ordeal whether you were just friends while living together, or have been romantically involved. While deciding who owns what, and who keeps the apartment can be difficult, the actual moving day should not be. As with any move, preparation is the key to success. However, when it comes to splitting up a household even more detailed preparation than usual is necessary. In addition, hiring a reputable mover will be necessary in order to make your relocation the least stressful. You can always rely on a team at U.Santini Moving & Storage for top-quality moving help. Since we operate as one of the best moving companies Brooklyn has on offer, you can expect nothing but committed work.

Separating a shared apartment for a move will require you preparation

When working with any Brooklyn moving company, or moving yourself, our first recommendation is always to create an inventory of your belongings. Whether you will pack everything or hire someone to do it for you, it is a good way to know exactly what you have and make sure nothing gets lost. When dividing up a household an inventory is even more essential. It serves to remind both parties of their decisions regarding their belongings. Make a complete list, highlight who gets what in different colors, and have both people sign the list to avoid conflict the day of the move. A detailed inventory list also helps remind the packing party what they can take if the other person is not around on the day of the move.

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Separating a shared apartment for a move can go smoothly if you organize well.

Although hiring a moving company in Brooklyn will take away the extra stress of loading and moving your belongings, you may want to forgo packing services. Professionals may not be able to separate out your belongings as well as you can. Try to pack your things well in advance, and set them aside, clearly labeled with their destination. If you decide to go with a full-service moving company in New York, you may want to set aside the items to be packed in a designated room or hallway to make sure belongings do not get mixed. At this point, making sure you have the correct belongings is more important than making sure all of your kitchen stuff stays in one box. To make sure you can find the items you will need right away, pack an overnight bag with the essentials.

Declutter as much as you can to get rid of extra burden

You’ll feel more at ease after you declutter prior to moving. Plus, you’ll need fewer packing boxes and containers. First, you can get rid of items that don’t hold any value to you anymore. In addition, it’s possible to earn some extra money by selling well-kept clothes, shoes, bags, souvenirs, etc. Therefore, sort your inventory and then decide what to keep, sell, donate or throw away.

Did you know that there are moving apps that can make decluttering and packing process easier? They are free to use and quite convenient:

  • Sortly is a simple app that helps you sort all your inventory into whichever category you choose. That way, you won’t lose track of your items or mix them up with the ones you want to get rid of.
  • Besides online websites, Offer Up is another efficient way to advertise the items you want to sell. All it takes is to create an account and get verified so you put the items up for sale.
  • If you need extra logistical help, TaskRabbit is the app you need. You can easily find additional pair of helping hands straight from your phone and get them paid!

Aks your closest people to help you

Moving after separation is easier to handle when you have your best friend or close relative at your side. Emotional challenges during the move are more common than not, and any help counts. If your closest people aren’t physically available to help you, then phone conversations/video chats might help you mentally prepare for an upcoming endeavor.

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Label your boxes right after packing them with stuff.

Invest enough time searching for top-level moving services

The best you can do to ensure a safe and smooth move is to hire an experienced moving crew. When you have the right team at your side, a seemingly complicated moving endeavor becomes simple and easy. However, not just any moving company should be responsible for your relocation. That’s why is best to make a cup of coffee/tea and browse moving companies and storage units Brooklyn has on offer.

Follow these steps to quickly find the most suitable movers for yourself:

  1. Make sure you’re researching certified moving companies. Also, don’t skip to read about their previous work and check what their former customers had to say.
  2. Call the company and check its available dates.
  3. Don’t hesitate to ask the company’s tram everything you need to know – from price range to the staff training.
  4. Don’t forget to learn your moving rights. You can never be too cautious.
  5. Book at least several commitment-free moving quotes. Pick the one that

Think of storage rental on time

Many factors can get in your way when moving from to a new home. Therefore, don’t avoid storage rental. Nowadays, there are plenty of storage options on the market. Portable containers are ideal for short-term relocations, while indoor, climate-controlled units are the ones you need for longer journeys. It pays off to put your items in a safe and pest-free storage space. Modern New York storage facilities – both outdoor and indoor – are designed to keep your precious valuables safe from outside temperatures. Moreover, it’s possible to extend a rental period in case it takes longer for you to unpack and set up a new place.

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Storage rental is essential to every hassle-free move.

Suspicious moving companies that came out of nowhere are out of the question

Any company that doesn’t fulfill the requirement for a legitimate moving business isn’t worth your time (and money). If you notice that a free estimate is nowhere to be found in their offer, move on to the next company. When a company doesn’t offer a free estimation, rest assured it’s a sign that you shouldn’t deal with them. They are more likely to surprise you with fees you didn’t count on and add up to the total moving cost. Therefore, remember that there are plenty of credible and honest Brooklyn movers who will do their best to execute your move the right way.

Take care of your well-being while separating a shared apartment for a move

Separating households is rarely an easy task. Even if the split is amicable the day of the actual move can be difficult for everyone involved. Do yourself a favor and make sure to put in the extra effort necessary to plan for a smooth transition. In the end, your preparation will make everything just a bit easier.

It’s also important to make sure you stay healthy and relaxed throughout the moving process. In the midst of separating a shared apartment for a move, the best thing to do is watch your nutrition and get plenty of rest. Moving is, in general, a stressful transition in one’s life. Therefore, you’ll help yourself tremendously by keeping your health in check. Eat fresh fruits and food high in proteins and fiber instead of sweets and fast food. Also, reduce caffeine intake as much as you can. Also, plan enough breaks in between the moving tasks. A time for yourself is highly important in order to stay alert and energized during the move. Last but not least – try not to rush the moving process. Your relocation journey will end up sooner than you think when you make small efforts at a time.

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From Brooklyn, NY

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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