Moving to New York City can be quite an adventure, but it doesn’t have to be stressful or unpredictable. With some planning and organization ahead of time, you can keep your costs down and your schedule reasonable. From our many years as one of the most trusted moving companies NYC has to offer, we’ve put together these 5 tips for a cost effective short distance move to New York City.
1. Work Out Your Schedule in Advance
With a short-distance move, you might feel comfortable about procrastinating your moving plans, but this can cause major headaches as you get closer and closer to your moving date. For instance, if you forget to reserve a truck, you could find yourself without one when the day comes to move all of your furniture. Avoid problems like this by thinking ahead. Here are some items to add to your calendar when moving to New York City:
- 6 weeks: Schedule moving and storage in Brooklyn
- 6 weeks: Order packing and moving materials (boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, etc.)
- 6 weeks: Arrange special travel arrangements
- 4 weeks: Schedule utilities disconnections and connections
- 4 weeks: Change addresses with banks, credit cards, magazines
- 4 weeks: Reserve elevators for move
- 3 weeks: Arrange for child care for moving day, if necessary
- 2 weeks: Begin packing
- 1 week: Confirm date and time with moving company
2. Pack Early
Most people are surprised at how much stuff they own that doesn’t get used on a daily basis. Do yourself a favor and begin packing these little-used items early. Such items include tools, off-season clothing, coat closets, storage items, books, decorative items, files, and linens. Moving day itself will be exhausting, so don’t save all of your packing for the last minute.
3. Make an Unpacking Plan
With short-distance moves, it’s tempting to adopt a haphazard attitude and just get everything moved from one place to another, but your life will return to normal quicker if you have an unpacking plan. If you hire movers to help you with moving to New York City, make sure you can tell them where you want all of your items unloaded so you don’t have to go searching through your bedroom for the pots and pans when you’re hungry the day after your move. If you recruit friends to help you move, consider sketching out a plan of where you want all of your furniture to be located in your new home so they can help you unload more efficiently.
4. Use a Dolly or Two
Let’s say you have 30 heavy boxes to transport. You can walk from the truck to your new apartment 30 times, taking one heavy box at a time, or you can walk from the truck to your destination just 6 times, stacking 5 boxes on a dolly and letting wheels do the heavy lifting. Using a dolly can make a real difference in time and in your energy level on moving day. If you’re going to be loading and unloading the truck yourself, consider renting a few dollies to keep everyone working efficiently.
5. Move Midweek if you can
Most people try to take care of short distance moves on the weekend so they don’t have to miss any work, but if you can manage it with your schedule, try to move during the middle of the week. Trucks, dollies, and other moving equipment are often available during the middle of the week and are in higher demand on the weekends. You may be able to acquire this equipment for less mid-week, and chances are better you’ll be able to extend your truck rental if needed when you’re not counting on having them over the weekend.
When moving to New York City, planning makes all the difference. Even once you’ve done all your planning, make sure you get a good night’s sleep the day before the move. Moving is physically and emotionally demanding, and you’ll need all the energy reserves you can muster. wether you are renting to your first apartment in New York City, buying your dream mansion on the upper east side or moving to the subarbs, It is always beneficial for you to talk to a trusted NYC moving company. The expeience that a professional moving company brings to the table can save you a lot of money and hussle on the day of the move. A trusted moving and sorage company will provide you with a moving budget checklist, a list of packing materials appropriate for your move size and help you get al of the permits and insuranccertificates you might need.
One of the best things you can do to make your move smooth and stress-free is to call us at U.Santini Moving and Storage. We’re the original cost effective Park Slope professional moving company, and we’ve been helping people move since 1930. Our family-owned business takes pride in being the best BBB movers in Brooklyn. To learn more about what we can do to help you with your move, contact us at 718-768-6778.