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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.


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.


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.

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