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8 Tips For Local Moving in NYC

Whether it is your first move to the city or you’re simply moving to a new place within the city, moving in New York City is a formidable task that requires a fair amount of planning and coordination. You’ll want to do as much groundwork now as possible so that on moving day, the plan you’ve developed is executed flawlessly. By following the tips below, you can turn a stressful, daunting task into an exciting, memorable experience.

1. Take Inventory and Make a Checklist

One of the first steps you can take to ensure a smooth move is to make a checklist. You can utilize apps like Sortly to take inventory and rough value of your items. By keeping an inventory of your items, you’re ensuring that everything is found, packed, brought to your new place, and accounted for.

moving checklist

2. Pack Ahead of Time

Packing seems to be one of the toughest tasks when you’re gearing up to make a move. It doesn’t matter if your house is next door or kilometers away, packing efficiently and effectively is time-consuming and painstaking. However, if you put in the extra effort here, it will pay off when you get settled into your new apartment quicker. Packing effectively can make or break move-in day.

3. Coordinate the Date

Be sure to coordinate with both of your landlords to make sure you’re all on the same page regarding your move. If you have control over when you move, try to avoid moving in the summer, as it is the most hectic time of the year for apartment hunting in the city.

4. Find the Best Movers!

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 move.

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5. On the NYC Moving Day

Keep a mental note of tasks you need to accomplish on this day. For instance, you may be more effective at moving small, scattered items into your new apartment and letting the movers lift the heavy, difficult items. Make sure everything is well-labeled and that you can give the movers clear direction of where everything should go. Plan this out ahead of time and you’ll spend more of your move-in day settling in instead of moving boxes.

Manhattan movers wrapping furniture in padded blanket

6. Overnight bag is a Necessity

Pack yourself an overnight bag with a few day’s worth of clothes, toiletries, and other necessities. No matter how well planned your move is, it is inevitable that it will take a few days for you to find and unpack all of the items you need daily. This will allow you to unpack methodically and not go crazy searching through a mountain of boxes for your toothbrush.

7. Tipping Movers

Hopefully your move-in day is exciting and stress-free, but regardless it is the daily job of our reliable, hardworking staff. Giving a tip can really make your movers feel appreciated for the effort they put forth moving you in. It is usually best to give one tip to the captain of the moving crew instead of individual tips to each mover. This way, they can work it out amongst themselves who gets what amount and there are no favorites being played.

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8. Be ready to accept the inevitable

Whether you’ve planned this day out for months or are flying by the seat of your pants, it is inevitable that this day is going to be somewhat hectic. Accept this and know that, little by little, the effort will pay off when you are a settled resident of New York City!

Whether you’re renting or buying in NYC, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into as an owner or tenant. Check out this guide to Buying an Apartment in NYC.

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.

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