New York City is one of the greatest places in the world to live. However, if you are moving to NYC from across the country, it can be a daunting task. Do you sell everything and start over or pack up everything and bring it with you? Most importantly, how do you plan and organize a move of that magnitude?
While moving is never fun, luckily, Divine Moving has a few tips that will help make moving to Manhattan a breeze.
- Pack light. Figure out what you need to take and what you can sell. If you are relocating from LA to NYC, you may be better prepared because the cost of living and living space is comparable in both cities. However, if you are coming from Spokane, WA to NYC, you might be in for a shock at how much, or should we say how little, space your budget gets you in the Big Apple. Knowing exactly what you need will help you downsize to furnish your new home with just the right amount of amenities.
- Ship smart. If you have a heap of valuables that you want to take with you, make sure you insure them before you ship. Many companies that provide homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will extend coverage during a move. In cases where your existing policy does not cover a move, you can take out additional coverage for this special event. In either case, start by consulting your insurance company to determine policy coverage and get advice on your best options for shipping valuables cross country.
- Carry on. While you might keep your passport in your top dresser drawer ordinarily, it is not a good idea to leave it there during a cross country move. In fact, personal items like business documents, birth certificates and personal financial information should travel on your person for a move like this. Replacing a broken lamp is far easier and less costly than cancelling all your credit cards and monitoring your credit report for suspicious activity because your passport and birth certificate came up missing during the move.
- List it. Make an inventory of what it is in each box and label each with the corresponding room. It may seems like an unnecessary task during the packing phase, but when it comes time to unpack, you will have a much simpler time as a result of your foresight.
- Plan ahead. That sounds redundant but it is worth repeating, especially for the procrastinators out there. Waiting until the last minute to list your condo as a rental property, sell any items you do not want, or select Manhattan movers is a terrible idea that will lead to unnecessary stress for you and everyone else involved in the move. Take heed: get a realtor and list items for sale on Craigslist as soon as possible. Six months before your move to NYC is a good turnaround time to list your home or condo for rent.To get the best deals for your items for sale, list them online three to four months before the big move.