Monthly Archives: May 2018

How to Get a Job as a NYC Mover

With summer fast approaching, many people, especially students, will be looking for summer gigs that are rewarding and provide them with solid income. Becoming a NYC mover is a simple yet rewarding experience that you’ll be glad to be a part of. Thankfully, Metropolis Moving is always looking for candidates who have a strong work ethic and are team players. Read below to see how you can be a part of our team today.

Why Work for Metropolis Moving?

Metropolis Moving has a reputation of being one of New York’s most reliable and friendly moving services. Becoming part of our team will enable you to have a positive impact on the lives of our clients by helping their move be seamless and stress-free. Being a mover is also an excellent way to get yourself in great shape for the summer.

Who Are We Looking For?

NYC Local Moving Company

We’re looking for motivated individuals with a strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile for our clients. You must be a team player and enjoy a challenge. The ideal candidates have the following attributes:

  • Ability to flourish in a team setting
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Customer Service skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Friendly and polite personality
  • Patience, tolerance, and humility
  • Ability to admit mistakes
  • Ability to follow precise directions
  • Positive attitude when things get difficult

Job Responsibilities

NYC Mover places mattress in moving truck

Responsibilities for our movers include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manifest Metropolis Moving’s culture and values
  • Follow safety guidelines, maintaining a safe work environment at all times
  • Pack and prepare household and office items of all shapes and sizes for moving
  • Load, unload, or stack containers, boxes, household items, furniture and more
  • Build and maintain strong customer relationships
  • Class A Driver’s license encouraged to apply

To apply, simply fill out your contact info here:

Are Moving Expenses Tax Deductible?

With the recent graduation of the class of 2018, many college grads will be migrating towards the sky-high opportunities that exist here in the city. Many of their moving expenses will indeed be tax deductible. However, there are three distinct parameters that must be passed in order for moving expenses to be considered tax deductible. Read on to learn if your move is eligible for a tax break.

What Does the IRS Say?

According to the IRS, “If you moved due to a change in your job or business location, or because you started a new job or business, you may be able to deduct your reasonable moving expenses but not any expenses for meals. You can deduct your moving expenses if you meet all three of the following requirements:

  • Your move closely relates to the start of work
  • You meet the distance test
  • You meet the time test”

So what are the specific parameters for passing these requirements? Let’s break it down.

Move Related to Start of Work

According to the IRS website, “Your move must closely relate both in time and in place to the start of work at your new location. You can consider moving expenses incurred within one year from the date you first reported to work at the new location as closely related in time to the start of work. A move generally relates closely in place if the distance from your new home to the new job location isn’t more than the distance from your former home to the new job location.”

This basically means that the move must be within a year of obtaining the new job or employment. This gives people some time to consider their new living location without having to worry about an impossible moving deadline.

The Distance Test

The IRS states “Your new workplace must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your old home.” This means that if your old job was five miles from your old home, your new job must be fifty-five miles from your old home. Unfortunately, if you already had a long commute to your old job, your new job must exceed that by fifty miles for you to be eligible. However, if you had no previous workplace, the new job must be fifty miles or more from your old home.

The Time Test

In order for moving expenses to be deductible, the IRS stipulates that the tax filer must have worked at the new job for almost a full year. According to the IRS, you must meet the following criteria to pass the time test:

“If you’re an employee, you must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new job location. If you’re self-employed, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new work location.”

Basically, if you’re self employed, you must work for essentially two years in your new area for the expense to be deductible.

Other Considerations

If you’ve passed all of these criteria for your move, or plan on passing them, you have a pretty good chance of being eligible for the tax deduction. There are exceptions to some rules under cases of death, disability, involuntary separation, or other serious matters. If you’re a member of the Armed Forces and are moving due to a military order, you do not have to satisfy the distance or time tests. For a comprehensive guide on moving expenses, click here.

Spending Moving Expenses on the Right People

Even though many people will be able to deduct their moving expenses for work, it is equally as important to choose the right movers so that your money is well-spent and you arrive in your new location in a positive, ready-to-work manner. Metropolis Moving has a reputation of being one of New York City’s most reliable and friendly professional moving services. Get a quote today to see how reasonable it is to have top-notch professional movers at your service.

How to Save Money While Living in New York City

The cost of living here can have even the most frugal people wondering how to save money when living in New York City. Manhattan is the most expensive place to live in the US, with Brooklyn not far behind. When you factor in the cost of groceries, insurance, and the lifestyle that comes with living here, costs can seem completely impossible to manage. Follow these tips to plan your spending wisely and make living in the city work for you, no matter what your income is.

Create a Budget

One of the most important steps in saving up cash is knowing where you’re spending your money and knowing what your limitations are for spending on particular items. Budgets are not restrictions but rather controls. They set a limit for spending and help you understand where your money is going. For this reason, be honest about how much everything really costs you and how you can make it workout for yourself financially. It all comes down to making a plan and sticking with that plan.

Do Not Burden Yourself with Expensive Housing

Housing in New York City can be difficult for most people to afford. However, if you pay more than 30% of your income for housing, you are considered cost burdened. If you live somewhere where you can get that number down to the low 20’s, you’ll have so much more money to actually enjoy the wonderful city you live in. Don’t spend all of your time at work to afford an apartment you can’t even enjoy. There are so many fantastic and affordable neighborhoods in all boroughs, including Queens, The Bronx, and Brooklyn. A few extra stops on the subway can save you tons of money.

Live With a Roommate

Rent rates in the city make it nearly essential to live with a roommate. There are so many people with lifestyles of all kinds around the city. Try to meet a roommate who lives a similar lifestyle as you and is on the same page as far as expectations for a roommate. Thankfully, there are many great websites that help you meet roommates in the city.

Don’t Use a Broker If You Have the Time

Most brokers in the New York City will charge a fee of 15% of the annual rent for finding an apartment. While this might save a lot of time for people who are busy, this might not be the best option for everyone. After all, the 15% fee costs almost as much as 2 months of rent. So in theory, when finding an apartment through a broker, people have to pay 14 months of rent to stay for 12 months. This can certainly add up over the years.

Shop Wisely

Whether you like visiting brick-and-mortar stores or do all of your shopping online, shop wisely. Take advantage of discounts and be sure to buy in bulk. Never pay full retail for cleaning, kitchen or bathroom supplies. When it comes to groceries, explore which neighborhoods have the best deals. It may be worth a cab fare or subway ride with grocery bags, especially if your neighborhood’s grocery options are limited.

Eat at Home Before Venturing Out

This one is huge. Never ever leave your apartment hungry. If you’re going out into the city for whatever reason and don’t eat beforehand, odds are you will get hungry at some point. If you’re able to pass on the smaller $5-10 meals and plan ahead, you’ll have more of a budget to enjoy some of the finer cuisine of the city. It’s not about sacrificing dining out, it’s about planning for it.

Surround Yourself with Frugal People

Be sure to surround yourself with people who understand the necessity of spending wisely when living in New York City. Most people trying to make it here understand the necessity to keep things cheap sometimes. Thankfully, there are so many fantastic, free things to do in New York City. Find friends who are able to make small, everyday adventures a fun time.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Let’s face it – many New York City residents come from wealth and receive financial aid through either family or inheritance. Many people in the city live luxurious, spendy lifestyles that simply aren’t feasible for most of us. It’s important not to compare yourself to other people, especially financially. You never know what someone else’s financial situation really is, so don’t judge yourself (or them) too harshly. Most of all, don’t try to live a lifestyle that is out of your means.

Hire Professional Movers

Sometimes, the best way to save money is to save time and mitigate risk by hiring professional movers. Don’t risk damaging your precious belongings with the help of fantastic, yet non-professional friends. Spend your time worrying about setting up your budget, job and social life, and leave the heavy lifting for us. We have a 5-star ranking on Yelp because we know what it takes to move successfully in the city. Get a quote today to see how affordable and reasonable our rates are.

30 Inspirational Quotes About Moving and Change

Moving is an exciting, sometimes stressful transition that most people will go through at least a couple times in their life. It can make you wonder if you’re doing the right thing and what your new life is going to look like. Here are some quotes about moving and change that can be helpful and relatable when going through these experiences:

  1. “Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” –Maxwell Maltz
  2. “Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.” –George Lucas
  3. “Change is a great and horrible thing, and people love it or hate it at the same time. Without change, however, you just don’t move.” –Marc Jacobs
  4. “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” –Benjamin Franklin
  5. “If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can.” –Billy Idol
  6. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney
  7. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” –Dale Carnegie
  8. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” –Seth Godin
  9. “The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.” –Ivy Baker Priest
  10. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” –Albert Einstein
  11. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” –Henry Ford
  12. “Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” –LL Cool J
  13. “There’s no time for regrets. You’ve just got to keep moving forward.” –Mike McCready
  14. “Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation.” –Nia Peeples
  15. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” –Conrad Hilton
  16. “My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.” –Richard Branson
  17. “I find that the best way to do things is to constantly move forward and to never doubt anything and keep moving forward, if you make a mistake say you made a mistake.” –John Frusciante
  18. “It’s in the act of having to do things that you don’t want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego.” –Bell Hooks
  19. “There is no standing still because time is moving forward.” –Greg Lake
  20. “It’s a wonderful world. You can’t go backwards. You’re always moving forward. It’s the wonderful part about life. And that’s terrific.” –Harvey Fierstein
  21. “Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.” –Ben Hecht
  22. “Happiness doesn’t have just one address.” –Anonymous
  23. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” –Paulo Coehlo
  24. “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” –Brian Tracy
  25. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” –Erol Ozan
  26. “It is not down in any map, true places never are.” –Herman Melville
  27. “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” –Harun Yahya
  28. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart!” –Confucius
  29. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” –Neale Donald Walsch
  30. “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” –Judith Thurman

If you find yourself ready to move to a new place here in the city, you’ll need the help of professional moving services to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible. Get a quote today to see why we are one of the most reputable moving services in New York City.

Moving Into a Walk-Up

If you plan on living in New York City, odds are you will be moving into a walk-up at some point. Whether you’re on the first floor or the sixth, it is important to move safely and efficiently when dealing with stairs and heavy belongings. Walk-ups are becoming more and more cherished due to their unique character and history. Living in a walk-up certainly makes it easier to integrate into the community and get to know your neighbors. Follow these tips when moving into a walk-up for an efficient, safe, and stress-free move-in day.

Wear Proper Attire

Don’t show up to move-in day in a pair of tight jeans and a restricting shirt. No matter how fashion-forward you are, be sure to wear gym attire when moving into a walk-up. Also be sure to bring gloves. This will keep you comfortable and nimble, which is huge on move-in day.

Measure First

New York City has an infinite amount of apartments and apartment buildings of all different types. You don’t know the accessibility of the hallways and staircases. For this reason, it is important that you measure the staircases and hallways before you pick up something heavy or awkward. It may need to be disassembled, and you’ll be happy you checked before going halfway up the stairs and discovering you have to turn around.

Stretch!

Before moving anything, it is important that you stretch your muscles. This will help you avoid injury, as it is risky business lifting heavy objects with cold muscles.

Start with the Heaviest Items

Moving your mattress and bedframe up a bunch of flights of stairs is not something to look forward to. You’ll be better off taking care of the heaviest stuff when your energy is at its peak. As your energy goes down, so will the weight of your belongings.

Lift with Your Legs

Don’t throw out your back when lifting heavy objects. When you pick something up, squat down and push through your feet to bring it up. Also, never round your back. Maintain good posture while handling and lifting boxes. Basically, follow proper deadlift form. This will save you and your friends major head (and back) aches.

Set Up a Relay

Working hard is very important, but it’s even more important to work smart. Don’t waste energy where you don’t need to. If you have more than one flight of stairs to tackle, set up a relay of people so that everyone has one consistent, manageable task when moving belongings up stairs.

Thank Your Friends

If you had multiple friends show up and help you move into your new apartment, you’ve got fantastic friends. Show them how grateful you are for their hard work by preparing a feast of cold beverages and delicious pizza.

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Hire Us

Another fantastic option when moving into a walk-up is to hire professional movers. By hiring us, you can do as much or as little of the heavy lifting you want, allowing you to focus on more important things on your move-in day. We have a 5-star rating on Yelp and pride ourselves on making your move-in day as hassle-free, stress-free, and pleasant as possible. Get a quote today.