The Essential Moving Timeline

There is nothing more exciting than moving into your new Arcadia Run apartment home! However, the stresses of moving can often overshadow your excitement about your new living situation. Between updating all your new information, packing, unpacking, and figuring out who is going to be doing the manual labor, moving can be extremely stressful. We want you to be as excited as can be when you move to Arcadia Run, so check out some of our moving tips to ensure that you have a smooth transition.

 

Two Months Before

Congratulations, you’ve signed a new lease at Arcadia Run! If you’re moving from another apartment home or need to tell your landlord that you are not renewing your current lease, now is the time to do it. It is always better to be on the safe side when giving notice that you are moving. Start thinking about the furniture and items you will be taking with you and anything that you will need to purchase. If you have a lot of heavy furniture and items that need to be moved, begin researching local moving companies.

 

One Month Before

By now you should have decided on a mover and it’s time to make that reservation. Moving companies are typically busiest on the weekends at the start and end of every month, so be sure to leave plenty of time to make a reservation. Paying your friends in beer and pizza to help you move only works for so long! Make a list of all the things you will need to update with your new address: drivers license, bank information, credit cards, utilities, etc. The list may seem daunting but getting a head start now will ease the stress of so many items to change.

 

Three Weeks Before

Start organizing non-essential items that you don’t see yourself using in the next 3 weeks. This can be anything from your extra towels and linens to the extra pots and pans in the back of your cabinets. Now is also the time to start acquiring any boxes, bins, or bags that you think you will need to box stuff up. Contact your cable or Internet provider and any other utilities to let them know you are moving and to give them a stop service date. This way you won’t overlap with any bills when you move.

 

Two Weeks Before

Somehow, when you start packing to move, stuff keeps coming out of the woodwork! Stomp down your hoarder tendencies and start organizing things to donate, such as that miniskirt from college or those shoes you never wear. Divide things into keep, donate, and discard piles; you’ll be surprised how much you don’t use on a frequent basis! Keep packing up things that you will not need in the next two weeks, such as books or DVDs.

 

One Week Before

Now is usually the time when the moving anxiety really starts to set in. Focus on a different room to pack up every day; breaking up the packing will make it easier to focus on one thing at a time without getting overwhelmed. At the start of the week, pack a bag with all of your clothes, shoes, and toiletries for the upcoming week, and start to pack up everything else. Labeling bags and boxes with what items are in them or rooms they are for will make unpacking a breeze. Toss out any random things that you come across and if you haven’t used it in the last year, you probably don’t need to bring it with you! Plan out where everything is going to go in your new Arcadia Run apartment home; with plenty of storage and cabinet space there will be room for everything.

 

Two Days Before

By now, the majority of your items should be packed. Double check to make sure that everything is all set for moving day, and work out the logistics with any roommates or friends who are helping you. Start cleaning rooms such as the kitchen, or give the bathroom one last good scrub. Don’t forget to empty and clean the refrigerator!

 

The Day Before

The night before you move, you should just have the bare essentials with you. Keep a couple of trash bags handy for any trash or miscellaneous items you find, and be sure everything is emptied out of cabinets and drawers. Walk through every room multiple times to double check you have packed everything you need and that you haven’t left anything behind. The last thing you want is to be scrambling around while the movers are trying to move all of your furniture out.

 

Moving Day

The big day is here! Let the movers do their jobs and help direct them when necessary. When you get to your new apartment home at Arcadia Run, the fun really begins! Due to all of your organizing and labeling prior to your move, you’ll be able to easily locate all of your belongings and get everything unpacked! Set up your bed first, as that will make your new place really feel like home.

 

The Day After

Welcome to your new home at Arcadia Run! Pop down to our clubhouse to check out all of our amenities, or relax at the pool for the day to unwind from moving. Tell all of your friends how much you love your new apartment home, and tell them to visit us online!

Immediately Feel At Home in Your New Apartment

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Sometimes it can take a while for that ‘brand new’ feeling to go away when you move into a new place. At Arcadia Run, we want you to feel comfortable right away in your new apartment home! We’ve come up with a few easy ways to help ease the transition into a new apartment, and will have you feeling right at home in no time.

Set up your bed

There’s nothing like falling asleep in your own bed after the end of a long day. If you’ve just moved into a new apartment home, your bed should be one of the first things you set up. The familiar feel and look of your pillows and blankets will make your bedroom seem cozy and homey right away. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with a little mid-moving nap!

Easy décor       

Don’t worry about decorating your whole apartment right away. If you want to feel more at home, hang up pictures of your friends and family. Seeing friendly faces while you’re busy unpacking the rest of your belongings will make you feel right at home! In addition to photos, pull out those items that have special meaning to you. Whether it’s a jewelry box, your favorite books, or even a tea kettle, you’ll feel more comfortable having those items in sight in your new apartment home.

Get connected

One of the best things to do as you get settled is to have all of your technology needs taken care of. Make sure to call ahead to have your Internet and cable set up for when you move in. There’s nothing better than taking a nice relaxing Netflix break for an hour (or 3) when you’re unpacking! With your Internet set up, you’ll even be able to upload photos to your social media profiles of your new Arcadia Run apartment home.

Explore

The best way to get acquainted with a new apartment and a new area is to go exploring! Head on over to our clubhouse and explore our fitness center, theatre, and dream about future days lounging at the pool. If you ever have questions about where something is located, or the resident conveniences located in the Clubhouse, our leasing team is always around to give you the tour!

Arcadia Run is in a great location right here in Manassas, minutes from Jiffy Lube Live, Manassas Mall, and plenty of dining and shopping options. You’ll feel right at home when you find your new coffee spot, or start hitting our gym every week.

We are so glad that you are now a part of the Arcadia Run community! Check out more of our great amenities by visiting us online.

 

Which Apartment Floor Plan Is Perfect For You?

Choosing the perfect apartment home community was easy with all of the features and amenities here at Arcadia Run in Manassas, VA. Now, it’s time to decide which of our seven different floor plan options will work best for you! Before you make an appointment with our wonderful leasing team to find your perfect floor plan, there are some factors that you should evaluate about your lifestyle and needs.

How much furniture do you have?

With seven different 1 or 2-bedroom apartment floor plans to choose from, each choice will provide a different amount of living space. If you are bringing along furniture from your previous apartment home, consider how much room you will need to fit it all and if you’re willing to sell some, or if you’re going to buy new furniture.

How many bedrooms will you need?

This question may seem obvious, but is an important question to ask. If you are moving to Arcadia Run by yourself, do you want to search for a roommate to share a 2-bedroom apartment or are you looking to live by yourself? There are benefits to both options but you just have to find the right answer for you!

Do you need a space at home to work?

It is not easy to live in an apartment home with other people while trying to get work done if you are studying for school or work a full-time job from home. Arcadia Run offers some floor plans with a den added on, in addition to the standard living area.

What are your storage needs?

Every apartment home at Arcadia Run has multiple closets for ample storage space, but depending on your needs, you may want to consider a larger floor plan. It’s easy to store your wardrobe, linens, pantry items, and kitchenware, but if you have large items like extra furniture, sports equipment, etc., you may need to consider a larger plan that will have one or two more closets.

Do you entertain often?

No matter how many bedrooms you may need in your home, the kitchen and living area are where you will entertain family, friends, neighbors and other guests. Consider looking at the square footage in each available plan, and if you entertain often, you may want something larger than what you originally thought.

What does your budget look like?

If you have a range for your budget, use the importance of other factors to determine which floor plan is right for you! At Arcadia Run, there are apartment homes in a wide range of pricing to fit budgets of any size.

Every apartment home at Arcadia Run includes luxury apartment features, storage space, and modern layouts so you won’t have to sacrifice all of the high-end finishes that you want in your dream apartment. Visit arcadiarun.com for information on how you can rent a brand new apartment home today!

6 Need-to-Know Tips to Make Your Guests Feel at Home

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Summer is here and chances are that friends and family will want to come visit you at your new apartment home at Arcadia Run! Although the apartment homes here are very spacious, the reality is that you probably don’t have a spare guest room for weekend visitors to claim. Thanks to one of our favorite apartment lifestyle sites, Apartment Therapy, we have collected some of the best tips for hosting guests in your apartment home!

Tip #1: Give them a spot for their luggage

Sometimes it can be a bit awkward having your guest’s belongings scattered throughout the apartment while they are visiting. You can eliminate this by giving them a space, such as a closet or dresser, which can be just theirs while they are staying at your place. At Arcadia Run, it will be easy to find a space with the plenty closets and storage in each apartment home.

Tip #2: Supply some necessities

Since guests will most likely be sleeping in a common room of your apartment home, make it feel more like a bedroom by putting a table tray where an end table would normally be. Fill this tray with things like water, a candle, tissues, alarm clock, and even a pair of socks in case they get chilly. Your guests will appreciate that you thought of everything they would grab for the moment they wake up in the morning.

Tip #3: Plan ahead

It is always a good idea to plan activities and meals ahead of time so that you are prepared when your guests arrive. The entire visit will be more relaxing for you and your guests, and they will appreciate your effort for making them feel so welcomed into your home!

Tip #4: Stock your home

Because your guests won’t have a ton of space to themselves, you can make up for this with proper supplies. When we say “supplies” we don’t mean toilet paper. We are talking about the good stuff, like snacks, drinks, movies, and games. This will give you and your guests a lot to do and you will spend less time running errands and more time enjoying each other’s company.

Tip #5: Buy a quality guest bed

If you plan to host guests frequently at your apartment home, it may be wise to invest in a great guest bed. We suggest taking a look at buying a nice sleeper sofa or a high quality air mattress. With guest beds like these, you won’t have to struggle with the idea of giving up your own comfy bed for the couch!

Tip #6: Let them help you

Often times, guests will offer to help you cook or clean and you may be tempted to say “No thanks, I got this.” The truth is, if you let your guests pitch in with some of the daily chores, it can be a great time for bonding and they will probably feel better that you are willing to include them in whatever it is you are doing; even if it requires some elbow grease. Plus – everything will get done that much faster!

With a little bit of planning and thoughtfulness, hosting guests at your apartment home will be a breeze. With all of the great amenities and things to do here at Arcadia Run, there won’t be a shortage of activities! To schedule your tour of our amazing community, visit arcadiarun.com.

Source: apartmenttherapy.com