Are you planning on moving to the French Quarter in New Orleans? Our guide will help you with the logistics of your move, as well as some handy information for those new to living in the area.
The French Quarter is known as one of the oldest neighborhoods in America. As such, it has also become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city of New Orleans. It is a city that is full of life, culture and history and holds a lot of charm for both residents and tourists. Just like with anything in life, knowing what to do beforehand will save you a lot of trouble and stress, including when it comes to moving into the French Quarter. Not preparing for your move can potentially make your move a difficult one.
Here are a few tips for moving into the French Quarter.
Arrange with the police.
The first thing you need to know about the French Quarter is that it is full of narrow and mostly one-way streets. This is something that you must know when you plan on moving because your moving vans may not be able to pass through just as it could anywhere else. In this case, the most practical way to make sure that your moving van will be able to get to its destination is to call the police and ask them to block the traffic during the time of unloading your van. Otherwise, you will end up blocking traffic and irritating your new neighbors. Although this may seem like a hassle, it is actually the law and there is a fee. The cost usually varies but you pay per hour with a minimum of 3 hours. Arrange with the police at least 5 days before your move in order for them to be able to put you on their schedule. It is also recommended that you make sure that there are no major events on the day of your move or else no officers will be available to help you.
Get exact details prior to your move.
The next tip for you if you plan on moving is to measure dimensions of stairways and doorways. This is highly recommended especially if your new place is on a second floor. This set of information is not always available or listed in the real estate agent’s files so you might have to measure them yourself. Keep in mind that if your apartment is located over a shop or a restaurant, the staircases are most likely very tight. Prepare extra budget to pay the movers their bonus should they need to make multiple trips up and down the stairs.
Secure your apartment.
The last tip is to change your locks. This is not necessarily because of crime. However, there may be chances of someone having a spare set of keys to your French Quarter apartment if they have ever lived there before. Make sure that you property manager or landlord has the full set of keys after you have changed the locks.