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Moving from a metropolis to NYC: A guide


Contrary to the popular belief, moving from one metropolis to another isn’t easy. If you’ve done something similar before, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Each city has its own atmosphere, rules, and special traits. Moving from a metropolis to NYC can be challenging due to various reasons which we at U.Santini Moving & Storage will go through in this text. There are more than a few people in the world who dream of moving to the Big Apple and starting their new lives. Keep reading to find out more about the cost of living in NYC, moving tactics, choosing the perfect moving company, traffic conditions, and many more important things to consider when moving to NYC.

Apartment hunting when relocating from a large city to New York

Big Apple is a bit different than other cities when it comes to apartment sizes. Due to the immense density of population, NYC has tiny, expensive apartments for rent. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in NYC is around $3,5k at the moment. The prices have been soaring for some time now and we expect this trend to continue. The main reason is the fact that there are so many job opportunities that this is actually a pretty decent deal. There are bigger apartments for rent as well but be sure to check them thoroughly beforehand. The average price of a 2 bedroom apartment is just above $5.7k. New York is famous for its scams with renting or buying apartments. There is always the option of hiring a real estate agent to help you out if you are ready for the expenses. But, even with the small apartments and high rent, the typical New York shoebox is worth it. You will soon learn to enjoy minimalism, like many other residents of the city. 

A girl looking through the window at empire state building in NYC
Choose your apartment wisely when moving from a metropolis to NYC

Get rid of the trash before moving to NYC

Since you are looking for a fresh start and moving to one of the most famous cities in the world the last thing you want to do is to take items which you don’t need. You should go through your items carefully and decide which you will be taking with you. Long distance movers Brooklyn know that this falls under one of the most common mistakes people make when moving to NYC. So, here are our tips for getting rid of excess stuff:

  • Be decisive. You won’t have too much time to pack for your move, even if you’ve started early. Keep things simple. First, get rid of the items which you haven’t used for a long time. Do the same with items which are too difficult to transport and not too expensive.
  • Plan beforehand. If you already have a place in mind think of the place where you will put all your items. Try to make a sketch of your new apartment and mark the places where the items will be.
  • Sell items that you don’t need. This is going to reduce your cost of moving in two ways – you will have fewer things to move and more money to pay the movers.
  • Give away the items that you can’t sell or take with you. If you don’t know anyone who needs those items ask some charity organizations in your neighborhood, maybe they need them. You will feel better knowing that someone else is using your old items.

Moving for business in NYC

When it comes to industries NYC has a lot to offer. The top industries in the city are: finance, trade, healthcare, real estate, media, publishing, manufacturing, and information technology. Whatever your business is, business movers NYC are confident that you will have a chance to shoot for the stars in the Big Apple. Be sure to check out all the options when it comes to choosing the right neighborhood, prices tend to vary a lot, especially for business places. The next step would be to obtain all the licenses, employee information, and insurance. Having a business plan in a city this large is a must. Try to secure some start-up funding if possible. Develop a marketing plan. Keep in mind that prices of basically everything are high in NYC – make sure to check all these things before becoming an entrepreneur in the third most expensive city in USA.

A girl is making a list of things to keep before moving from a metropolis to NYC
Always make a list of things to move with you

Think about your budget when moving from a metropolis to NYC

Renting an apartment is expensive, sure, but not as troublesome as everything else. If you compare NYC to other large cities across the US, it still comes out as one of the most expensive ones. Roughly speaking you will need around 1,5k monthly for basic needs not including rent. You will need to re-evaluate your everyday budget and decide how to lower those costs in the Big Apple. Meals in restaurants are particularly pricy so you should think of your kitchen as well when renting an apartment. The alternative is to look for some cheap restaurants which are available but be sure to check the location of those before moving. When it comes to groceries it seems that NYC is 20% above the national average which is not too bad considering the job opportunities.

Choosing the perfect moving company before moving from a metropolis to NYC

In all major cities, the moving industry is booming. But, NYC is a special case.  In a huge city such as this, how does one choose the best NYC moving company for their relocation? Well, start with narrowing the choice to at least three. When it comes to moving costs NYC be sure to get an on-site binding quote instead of an estimate, in order to avoid any extra costs or fees. Then, according to their services and pricing, pick the best one. Be certain that you have your relocation budget properly in order. Try not to go with the cheapest option available – always try to measure the price: quality ratio when choosing the right company. After all, you are only moving once to NYC – you should do it the right way. A lot of people are using a kind of false economy when choosing a moving company. Some of them end up paying more than what they bargained for. This is why we advise you to look carefully for a company that suits your needs the most.

Driving in NYC

A big adjustment when moving from a metropolis to NYC is that you will likely have to leave your car behind. Simply, the benefits of driving in NY aren’t enough to outweigh the disadvantages. Especially if you’re planning on living on a budget here, a vehicle tends to get hard to maintain. Instead, embrace public transportation and buy a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Here’s how to get around NYC without a car:

  • Subway – the cheap and convenient. With your trusty MetroCard, you will be able to take this mode of transportation all around the city. It’s a perfect way to commute.
  • Buses – old but gold. If the subway can’t get you there, a bus can. The best part is that you can use your ticket from the subway for this ride.
  • Taxis – both yellow and green. Taxis are definitely a favorite mode of transportation in New York. They are convenient and available 24 hours a day. If you’re going shopping or carrying heavy luggage, this is a perfect choice.
  • Uber and Lyft are more popular each day. Definitely among the safest and most comfortable options of transportation in the city. Either of these services can be the perfect substitute for a taxi or your car if you’re trying to save some money.
  • Pets on board – sometimes allowed. Taxis and other drivers will sometimes take your pet on board, but it’s up to them. If they are in their carrier, you shouldn’t have trouble. Subway allows service dogs to travel, as well as small pets in carriers.
a dense traffic in NYC
Traffic jams are common in NYC

It’s time to go

Mark Twain once said, “Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.”. Keep this in mind when moving from a metropolis to NYC. Sure, it is pricy, it is crowded but after all, that’s the NYC which we love, and we are sure that residents wouldn’t have it any other way. We totally understand that you want to shoot for the stars. We encourage you to do so and that is why we wrote this post, to make things easier on you. Try to follow it step by step and we are confident that you will fulfill your dreams in this wonderful city.

These guys are TRUE PROFESSIONALS! We've now moved with them twice (once in 2017 and then again this week) and we really can't say enough good things about them. Simi is incredibly easy to work with for scheduling and quotes, and the crews - John, Super Mario, and everyone - are just awesome. They're quick, incredibly careful and conscientious, and super friendly. If we ever move again (and god I hope we don't have to) we're absolutely calling them.

Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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