Preparing a Floor Plan
The floor plan: a critical piece of the organizing puzzle that you rarely hear about during a big move. This tool has many benefits. It can:
- Shorten your actual move time
- Help direct movers with your boxes and furniture
- Plan your new layout in advance
- Help you sort your possessions before move-in day
After you’ve done a move with the floor-plan method, you’ll never go back. Most condos, apartments and retirement communities have standard floor plans that you can access.
Pro tip: finalize everything with actual measurements. Your unit could have minor differences compared to others.
Sorting out your possessions, from tossing to donating, is the first step to an organized move. This is very important, especially if you’re downsizing.
Use your floor plan to determine just how much of your existing ‘stuff’ will fit in the new place. This applies to furniture, clothes, books, appliances, silverware, etc.
Pick the Important Pieces
Start with your furniture: pick your favourites or the ones you absolutely will not part with. Apply their measurements to the floor plan to figure out how to make them work. A smaller floor plan may mean you must part with some pieces.
Follow this guide to let go of sentimental items.
Deciding the Layout
It’s not just figuring what items are going into the new plan, but how they fit into it. Being able to lay out your existing furniture measurements on the new floor plan means you can determine where and how everything will fit before you ever move.
This benefits you in several ways:
- Determining which items to keep, give away or sell
- Truly deciding which possessions are most important
- Informing movers exactly where everything goes
- Eliminate post-move stress of arranging unpacked items
Not having to deal with furniture that won’t fit on move day, it will all be done in advance
Here are some other general tips to take advantage of your floor plan:
- Take note of outlet locations (phone, internet, cable and electrical), light fixtures, heating and air vents, windows and doors
- Identify storage areas (in unit and/or building) and electrical panels
- Create layout with safety and accessibility as top priority
- If more storage is needed, include furniture with storage solutions
- Take measurements of new space and furniture to create accurate layout, including closets
- Take measurements of hanging lengths in closets
Testimonials from Client and Retirement Home Personnel
“I would never have thought to place the furniture like that. I love it! This is why we hire a professional.”
“I am so delighted that I can take the furniture that means so much to me. My sofa end table has a new purpose; it becomes a TV stand and remains a part of my living space.”
“Our daughters were very impressed with your proposed floor plan.”
“It often occurs that residents bring too much with them when they move. Your company has guided the new resident to bring the right amount.”
Using a floor plan is a fantastic, and underused, tool for making a smooth move. Ask us about more tips for using floor plans or check out our helpful moving resources.