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Moving into a Multifamily Property: Tips for Success  

Posted: November 21, 2023
Two Moving Help Service Providers unload a tall cabinet using a dolly out of a U-Haul van rental for a female customer outside of a multifamily apartment complex.

Multifamily properties are becoming increasingly popular, especially in urban areas. Several types of properties exist within the spectrum of multifamily, but Moving Help has you covered regardless of whether you’re moving into an apartment or a duplex.

This handy dandy article will tell you what you need to know when considering a multifamily property as well as useful tips for your move.

What Is a Multifamily Home?

If you’re still considering all your options for your new home, you may not know what a multifamily home is. 

A multifamily property is a type of property comprised of several individual units within a building. This includes apartments, duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, and mixed-use buildings. Multifamily homes also are sometimes referred to as multi-dwelling units, or MDUs.

The Advantages of Multifamily Properties

Many homebuyers choose multifamily properties for their unique advantages. 

  • Multifamily properties tend to cost less than a single-family home.
  • They’re a good option for first-time buyers. 
  • Many of them include additional features from the get-go, such as a gym, built-in smart home electronics, and green energy. 
  • They foster a sense of community among neighbors due to living in close proximity. xw
  • They’re usually built near or within large cities.

Considerations for Multifamily Properties

Likewise, if you’re considering purchasing or renting a multifamily home, you may want to consider some of the following factors. 

  • Some multifamily complexes have private driveways, while others have a parking lot that requires fees or passes. The details vary from complex to complex. 
  • You may or may not oversee building maintenance. You need to make sure you get a report of the building’s condition before making any financial agreement. 
  • If you’re planning to purchase, you might find the different ownership types confusing. Alternatively, you may want to avoid the complexities and instead rent. 
  • Living close to others may be challenging for those who enjoy their space and privacy.

What Is Moving Help®?

Moving Help is an online Marketplace for finding affordable moving labor by the hour from small, local businesses in your area. We work with U-Haul® to provide a manage-it-yourself move.  

You can find Moving Help Service Providers who offer services for loading and unloading, packing and unpacking, cleaning, heavy furniture or specialty moves, and U-Box services.

A set of triplex apartments is pictured within a multifamily community complex. Multifamily housing is a good alternative to a more expensive single-family home.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring Moving Help?

Moving Help is not a full-service moving company. We specialize in providing moving labor to those who’ve decided to DIY their move. Whether you’re driving your own truck or truck rental or shipping your possessions via a storage container, you can count on Moving Help Service Providers to do the labor for you. 

  • Moving Help will be there if you’re unable to lift heavy furniture into your truck or upstairs. Our Service Providers also are experienced in optimally packing your items to keep them as safe as possible during transport. 
  • Moving Help Service Providers are local, meaning they know the area well and can help you whether your new home is a single-family or multifamily property. In fact, many of them have likely serviced your multi-family complex in the past. 
  • Moving Help uses a patented Payment Code system, where your funds are safely held in an escrow account until your Moving Help company has completed the job and you release the funds to them. 
  • Each company has a star rating and a dedicated review section. You can read our transparent and unedited reviews from previous customers to ensure the company you’re working with can be trusted with your possessions. 
  • Our helpers have flexible scheduling options. Some Moving Help Service Providers even offer same-day services.

U-Haul Is a Trusted Name in Multifamily Moving

U-Haul and Moving Help are a match made in heaven. If you’re still in the process of planning your move, you can always count on U-Haul to have all the services and supplies you need to DIY your move. 

Tips for Moving into a Multifamily Property

Moving Help has the moving pros to give you all the best advice when moving to any new place, whether it is a multifamily property or otherwise. These tips will get you started in planning, packing, and more for when you move into your new multifamily home. 

  • Start decluttering early: If you’re several months out and haven’t started packing, you can start downsizing and decluttering. This is especially true if you’re moving from a single-family home to a multifamily home, which are often smaller in square footage. Start with the rooms you use the least, as they most likely have items you can safely get rid of. 
  • Don’t buy new items closer to your move date: If you already spent time decluttering and buying all the necessary boxes, you don’t want to buy new items that could take up space. Hold off on that new coat or ottoman until you’re already at your new place. That way, you know how much you spent on the move, how much space you have available, and you also didn’t crush your favorite desk lamp under that newly added weight. 
  • Keep track of the details: Do yourself a favor and know the little things. How many sets of stairs will you have to climb when unloading and unpacking? Where will you park your truck rental, and will you need a permit? How far will the walk be from where you parked to your unit? If available, do you and your movers have to reserve the elevator? If you have movers or a Moving Help Service Provider, make sure to let them know so they also can plan. 
  • Take photos of your new residence if you’re renting: This one is specific to those renting a multifamily property. Take photos of your space prior to moving your items in. This means taking photos of individual rooms, but also existing damage and wear from previous tenants. You may never need these images, but if it ever comes up because of issues with the property owner, you’ll be happy you had them.  
  • Label your boxes by room to make unpacking easier: If you hire movers or Moving Help, they will know exactly where they go. Likewise, if you’re doing the unloading and unpacking on your own, you can skip a step by taking them directly to where they need to go instead of piling them all in the living room. 

Moving Help Is Your Friend for Multifamily Moving

Whether you’re moving into an apartment, a condo, a duplex, and so on, Moving Help can make your move that much easier. Find Moving Help Service Providers by clicking Book Now or by going to

If you need additional tips and guides for your multifamily move, we have several additional articles to help you.

  • For a comprehensive checklist for moving into your first apartment, you can check out our First Apartment Checklist
  • For a guide to unpacking efficiently after your move, we have a Stress-Free Unpacking Guide
  • For a detailed list of U-Haul Services to combine with your Moving Help order, you can read out U-Haul Services article.