Most of the time, people moving in Seattle go from home to home. However, in the last few years, a growing number of people are opting to downsize their residence and move from a suburban home into an inner city Seattle apartment.

If you’re calling the Seattle movers to help you move into your new apartment, the following tips and tricks will come in handy. From furniture sales to reducing your total footprint, these tricks are perfect for downsizing and urban moving.

Take a ‘furniture audit’ before you move

If you’re moving from 2,000 square feet of living space into an apartment with just half as much free space, you’re going to need to downsize your furniture collection in order to enjoy a comfortable residence.

Carry out a ‘furniture audit’ before you move in and sell your old furniture well in advance of the move. Nothing is worse than moving into a stylish new apartment only to have extra furniture blocking walkways and ruining your layout.

Speak to your building about moving furniture

Not all buildings have service elevators. Many old buildings, in fact, have only the most basic of elevators and thin walkways that make it difficult to move furniture such as sofas, tables, and large recliners.

If you’re moving into an older building, talk to your management office regarding the best way to move furniture into your room. The building managers will know how to get your furniture in without causing an inconvenience for other tenants.

Think carefully about peak traffic periods

If you’ve moving into the central city, you’ll need to plan ahead of time to avoid the peak traffic hours. While Seattle traffic isn’t quite as bad as that of Los Angeles and Chicago, it can still be an annoying delay that increases your moving time.

If possible, try and move into your new apartment on the weekend, particularly in the early Morning. Moving during the early afternoon or evening on a weekday will leave you stuck in traffic with less time to unpack and arrange your possessions.