Moving from a House to an Apartment

DownsizingMoving from a house to an apartment can be a big (or smaller) transition in your life. Whether you are downsizing to save money or are moving to a new area, making the move from a larger space to a small shared space can be a real headache.  Check out what Student Movers has to say about downsizing from a house to an apartment.

Compare Floorplans

Make sure you’re going to have room for all of the furniture and belongings you want to take with you before you move. Compare floorplans, square footage, ceiling height, and available wall space. Knowing how much space you have to work with is crucial in evaluating what furniture you will take with you to your new home.

Clear Out That Garage

One of the biggest differences between a home and an apartment is garage space and a lack of personal yard space. You’ll no longer need the lawn mower, weed whacker, leaf blower, rake or garden hose, so you’ll have to decide what you’ll do with your belongings. If you don’t see a need to store them, try selling them on craigslist or at a garage sale. Consider discussing a garage sale with your neighbors and advertising it in the Penny Saver or online. Why not make some extra cash to help pay for that security deposit?

Learn to Stack and Hang

Using space efficiently is one of the biggest tricks to downsizing with style. Try mounting items on walls to save floorspace, buying stacking drawers for small items like toiletries, or hanging things from the ceiling, like pots and pans. The more space you can use efficiently, the less you’ll have to store or sell.

Choose the Right Place

Are you staying in the same town to be near to friends, family, work and school? Are you moving to a new city and getting a fresh start? Either way, consider your apartment or condominium complex and evaluate it for all sorts of things that weren’t a concern in your home; parking, noise level, crime rate, freeway access, utilities, laundry facilities, and amenities such as a pool or fitness center. Rank these items with your family or roommates and decide what is most important to you. Apartments at the end of a unit tend to be quiter, as you only share one wall with neighbors. Also, consider what time of year and for how long you will be living at your new residence. Do you want to live in a beach city during the summer, or maybe a mountain town for the winter?

Check With Family and Friends

When you’re moving and downsizing, check with family and friends to see if they can either help with the move or temporarily store some items for you. Make sure you know if they are going to be using your belongings or storing them, to avoid any messy conflict when you come to get your stuff back. Make sure that any children involved in the move understand why you’re moving, and emphasize the positives – like maybe a new pool or playground just outside the door.

Whatever your reason for moving from a home to an apartment, downsizing can be a stressful time for everyone involved. Know that Student Movers is always here to help, and check out our article on storage units and considering your options before you make any commitments.


Pricing List

Full Service Pricing



Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%

Excludes A Nominal 30% Fuel Charge, Per Truck. Mandatory 8 Hr Min For Same Day Moves/Bookings + Additional $150 Same Day Rush Charge And Any Other Applicable Fees. 4Hrs Minimum. Anything Over Will Be Billed At The Applicable Booked Rates For Service. In Addition, 5% Will Be Billed Per Man For Anything Over 8Hrs.


Additional 3% Processing Fee For All Moves And Additional Fees Apply After 8 Hours. There Is Also An Additional $30 Fee If You Have 2+ Crew On Your Job.

Labor Only Pricing






Labor Only Fee + $30 travel charge


What is a DDT?

DDT sounds like you’re being charged double for drive time but that’s a mistake! The California Public Utilities Commission requires all moving companies to charge DDT on hourly rated moves. DDT means you are charged for the time between the old house (origin) and the new house and the moving company is responsible for the drive time between the warehouse and the origin. DDT actually SAVES you money!

One Hour Arrival Time

Please allow a one hour window for the movers to arrive. Example: 9am-10am

Full Terms & Conditions

The information you provide on the form above is strictly confidential. Your name, e-mail address, or any of the information you provide is NEVER sold, rented, loaned, or made available to anyone outside our organization.

Terms & Conditions
I confirm that by setting an appointment with Student Movers, Inc. that I have read and understand that I’m entering into a legally binding contract with Student Movers, Inc. for moving service.

Cancellation Fee

Cancellation fee of $150 (per a 2 man crew) when order was not cancelled within 72 hours before the move. 4 man crew is $300 cancellation fee. Mandatory 8 hr min for same day moves/bookings + additional $150 same day rush charge and any other applicable fees. I authorize Student Movers, Inc. to assign any charges associated with services to my credit card account I provide prior to the move and/or for any cancellation fee, when 72hrs notice was not given prior to the move date.Bids accepted are non-refundable for long distance moves.

Weight Requirements

Any item that weighs over 250 lbs or requires special equipment may be subject to an additional charge. Please be sure you let us know about any bulky or heavy items before your movers arrive.

2 Days Notice

Please plan for two days in advance and make sure to select the time you prefer so that we can give you priority. Two days notice is recommended, yet we can accommodate same day moves depending on our schedule.