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7 Things to Do Before You Move Out

Moving to a large city like New York requires a significant amount of planning, research, and careful thought. Follow these tips to become better prepared for your New York City move.

Set Up a Budget

Living in New York City is an exciting and challenging experience that requires you to adapt and be flexible. Many people want to head straight for Manhattan, which is understandable. It should be advised that there are many vibrant, cultural enclaves in Brooklyn and Queens as well, all within a 5 minute subway ride to Midtown. You don’t want to end up only being able to afford your apartment, and be stuck inside in the middle of Manhattan because you can’t afford anything else. You’ll have a much better experience if your expenses are low enough for you to live relatively comfortably, especially with all of the entertainment options in the city.

wallet with magnifying glass

Choose your Neighborhood Wisely

Don’t fall in love with the idea of a neighborhood. New York City has changed over the years, and some neighborhoods, particularly in Manhattan, have fallen victim to over-commercialization. Too many tourists, too many restaurant chains/franchises, and too many billboards can take away from the experience of living in such a vast melting pot of culture. Visit a few neighborhoods and really focus on understanding the vibe so that you can find the one that suits you best.

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Visit Your New Living Space Ahead of Time

If possible, vіѕіt your new living space before your move-in day so that you can make a plan of attack for when that day finally comes. You’ll also get the chance to visualize exactly how you want your new house or apartment to be set up, giving you a better idea of what you’ll need to bring for the new place and what you’ll want to leave behind or sell.


Organize Your Belongings

The first thing you should do is determine which items you consider valuable, and which items others might consider valuable. Once you have done this, make a list of all your valuable items, and take a picture of them. This way, nobody can dispute their original condition, or their presence during the move. Apps like Sortly let you snap photos of your belongings and categorize them. You can also use the checklist provided by Metropolis when you submit a quote.

moving checklist

Set Up New Utilities

Take the time to call utility companies like electric, gas, and internet to see what you’ll need to do to transfer your services from your old residence to your new one. These companies typically encourage customer loyalty to their services and will be happy to assist you in continuing your use of their utilities at your new home.

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Update Your Address

Make arrangements for updating your address іnfоrmаtіоn with all the relevant institutions/offices such аѕ:

  • Cellphone ѕеrvісеs
  • Insurance
  • Lоаnѕ
  • Crеdіt Cаrd services
  • Banks
  • Postal Services
  • Car Rеgіѕtrаtіоn
  • Drіvеrѕ Lісеnѕе
  • Emрlоуеrs

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Hire Reputable Moving Services

While it may have been possible to move in and out of college with the help of your friends and family, moving to New York City demands that you enlist the help of professional movers who understand the ins and outs of the city, from Certificates of Insurance to navigating the busy streets on moving day. Let Metropolis Moving help you with your local or long distance move!

Now that you understand what you can do to make your New York City move go smoothly, be sure to check out our tips for reducing the stress of moving, as well as our blog for all things moving-related. Having the right movers behind you to tackle this intimidating task will help you spend more time planning out the logistics of your move, so fill out our form for a quote and let us do the heavy lifting.

map of New York City