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What to pack first when moving to NYC


You decided to move, got all supplies needed, and made an extensive moving schedule. However, it often gets a little confusing when it comes to packing. Most people can’t decide what to pack first when moving to NYC. Fortunately, we at U.Santini Moving & Storage NYC are here to help with some useful tips! In addition, you can come to us when you need a professional moving crew to handle your relocation. We operate as one of the most successful moving companies in NYC and make sure our customers have a blissful moving journey.

Smaller items are first to pack when moving to NYC

Start with items that are easy to lose so you don’t have to worry about them later.

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Smaller and easily breakable items are to pack first when moving to NYC.

Therefore, make sure to buy a bigger essentials bag before you start packing. It must contain all the items that will be necessary for the duration of your move:

  • cars, keys, and personal documents,
  • basic toiletries,
  • tissues and toilet paper,
  • spare comfortable clothes,
  • water and snacks,
  • essential cosmetic products,
  • small first-aid kit.

Later proceed with important paperwork and smaller office supplies. Use file boxes for documents and plastic containers for pens, markers, and other office items. Next, proceed with kitchen appliances. Use dish packs designed to keep dishes and easily breakable items. They have separate compartments that ensure the packed items don’t collide during transport. After packing all the dishes, move on to your room and living room. Pack the books, electronic device parts, and smaller ornaments in small-sized boxes. Further, use medium-sized boxes for miscellaneous items. Pack clothes, sheets, towels, and other lightweight items last and use larger moving boxes. That way, bigger boxes will be easier to carry and load. For these reasons, don’t forget to buy different types of moving boxes.

Avoid packing bulkier items by yourself

Kitchen appliances, gaming equipment, and bulky furniture require professional packing help. These items normally take more time to pack. That’s why it’s much more cost-effective to contact some of the most reputable long distance movers Brooklyn has on offer.

Also, you probably have items that would be safer at indoor climate-controlled storage until the move is over. Electronics, liquids, and decorative items will remain in one piece while waiting in the unit regardless of the season. In addition, storage rental doesn’t have to be pricey at all. There are many storage Brooklyn companies that offer top-notch storage services at reasonable prices. A little bit of internet browsing will take you to the company that fits your relocation preferences.

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Let professional movers secure and pack all bulkier items.

After you are done with the items you should pack first when moving to NYC, take time to deal with stuff you don’t want anymore. You can sell them, donate or recycle. Further, don’t forget to clean the space and cover bulkier items to protect them from dirt until the movers arrive.

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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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