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Moving tips for Millennials moving in Manhattan

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We get it– You’re a millennial moving in Manhattan itching to dive into your move and set yourself up for success in your new place. No matter how many times you’ve moved before, relocating in NYC can be one hell of a headache. Contrary to what you might assume, moving in the city can be done smoothly, affordably and without losing your mind. Divine Moving and Storage has compiled a list of tips for Millennials to help take the stress out of moving in Manhattan.

 

Hire Moving Help

We totally understand the desire to do it yourself and save a couple dollars, but let’s be honest, furniture is heavy. Why risk hurting yourself or dropping your favorite lamp down a flight of stairs when Divine Moving and Storage makes NYC moving so easy and affordable?

 

Create a Packing List

If you’re moving for the first time, there’s a good chance you’ll forget something. There is nothing worse than coming to the end of moving day and finally parking your bum on the couch only to realize you left your television remote control on the counter in your old apartment. Checking things off a list as you go is a great way to avoid forgetting anything you’ll regret later.

 

Downsize Unwanted Items

Take into consideration the size of your new home. How much extra stuff have you accumulated since your last move? Should you downsize? Donating things or giving them away on craigslist is a great option if you have some time to work with. If you don’t, NYC Department of Sanitation is pretty cool about curb side pick-up and will take just about anything that isn’t metal or electronic. Remember that mattresses must be enclosed in a mattress bag and curb side electronic disposal is not permitted per NY laws. This means tables, chairs, sofas and other miscellaneous items are a yes; TVs, DVD players, and computers are a no.

 

Carefully Choose your Move-In Date

Remember, this is New York City! Weekend moves are definitely recommended but don’t always fall on the first of the month. Try reaching out to both your new and prior landlords to coordinate a weekend date that works for everyone. Typically, landlords are willing to give you the keys a couple days early to allow for a weekend move. This gives you time to get things in order before you strut back to work on Monday gloating about your new place.

 

Gather Moving Supplies in Advance

No one wants to be packing up their last box and realize they’ve run out of packing tape. Compile a list of necessary moving supplies in advance.

Some things you’ll need to purchase include:

-Boxes (Small, Medium and Large)

-Packing Tape

-Bubble Wrap

-Markers for Labeling Boxes

-Cleaning Supplies (Paper Towels, Glass cleaner, etc.)

-Cash for tipping your movers

 

No one in NYC has time for the hassle of moving. If you want everything taken care of for you New York City move call Divine for a quick, stress-free, and easy move. We pack you up and move you into your new home in a New York minute. That way you can get back to what’s important: Living your life! For a quick move, call Divine.

Divine Moving & Storage is moving in a flash! 212-244-4011

 

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Bad Weather Moving Tips

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Moving Day can be stressful enough when you’re moving with great weather conditions… It’s definitely not an easy task to load up everything you own in one truck, move it across the city or even between states, and then set up everything in the right place at your new home. However, relocating under unpleasant weather conditions such as rain, snow, and ice can exacerbate the problem. Here are the strategies we’ve learned work best for completing a successful NYC move in bad weather:

 

Make sure your belongings are adequately protected.

 

Divine Moving’s professionals are always prepared to wrap your furniture in moving blankets and plastic wrap before exposing it to the elements on the way to our trucks. We also bring floor runners to your home to minimize the frequency that our movers have to walk on your carpeting with muddy shoes. However, there are steps you should take before our movers arrive to make sure your stuff is kept safe from water and wind.

First, you should make sure you’re only packing your smaller odds and ends into new, sturdy boxes as opposed to “free” used boxes available at grocery stores and other retailers. Used boxes have already been weakened from storing merchandise through transit, and depending on what items they contained, may be damaged from moisture and contain pests. When used boxes are exposed to stormy weather, it’s likely that they will fall apart while being lifted into the truck, or even collapse from the weight of other items during the drive over to your new location. Ask us about the professional boxes we sell for your move.

You should also consider wrapping your mattresses in mattress bags to protect them against precipitation, pests, and dirt before they’re moved. These bags are fairly inexpensive and are also available for sale from our store. Simply ask your scheduling agent to have the crew bring some out on your moving day, and your movers can place your mattresses in the bags before loading them into the truck.

 

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Check out your moving company’s trucks first.

 

Did you know most moving companies don’t own the trucks they use every day? Usually, moving companies rent trucks from U-Haul, Enterprise, or a similar company each morning before heading out to their customers’ homes and businesses because it’s cheaper than purchasing and maintaining their own fleet. Fortunately, Divine Moving owns all of its trucks, so we stay up to date on any issues that could potentially harm your belongings, such as holes in the roof caused by driving underneath tree branches, pests or spills from previous renters. Our trucks are marked with our logo and built for household moves with air ride suspensions and more.

 

Have your movers park strategically.

 

When moving in bad weather that could harm your belongings, it’s a good idea to minimize the amount of time your things are being carried outside between your home and the moving truck. If your house has a driveway that can support the weight of a moving truck, have your movers back into the driveway so they can quickly move things from your front door to the truck. If you’re living in an apartment complex or moving out of an office building that has a parking garage, check to see if the garage has the overhead clearance to allow the truck to park inside. This way, no precipitation should have to touch your belongings at all. If the complex doesn’t have a garage, try and schedule a moving date with your property manager so you can reserve space in front of the building where the truck can be parked for a few hours.

No matter where you’re moving from, be sure you do not ask your movers to park in a yard or field. When it’s raining, snowing, or hailing (or even if it has recently stormed in the past couple of days), a heavy truck will sink into the mud and have to be towed out of the ground.

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Address safety concerns before the move begins.

 

If you know there are safety concerns in your home or office complex, make sure you take care of these problem spots and warn your movers before they begin the job. Are there any wooden steps that become weak and slippery when wet? Does water pool in any lower areas of the ground? Does any snow need to be shoveled, or do any walking surfaces need to be salted before ice can freeze? Make sure we take care of these issues before anyone gets hurt.

 

Unwrap belongings when the move is over.

 

While it’s important to wrap belongings bringing them into the rain or snow to prevent water from getting in, it’s also vital to unwrap furniture and pictures in a timely manner once they’ve been moved to their new location. These items may already have had moisture inside before being wrapped, and locking this moisture in can cause mildew to grow.

 

More bad weather moving tips and general moving tips can be found here:

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Tips For Hassle-Free Moving In NYC

Moving In NYC

No matter if you’ve done it before, moving in NYC is always an ordeal. The narrow streets and cramped apartment buildings often make for a stressful experience. However, with the right preparation, moving in NYC, or moving in Brooklyn or Queens, can become quite possible if you follow these simple tips for hassle-free moving.

 

First, you should plan your move date. Some dates will be easier to move than others. Weekend moves are often the right choice. However, you often don’t get the choice of when you move, because your lease starts on a certain date. However, it is possible for you to arrange both move in and move out dates with your landlord. This could ensure you have an easier time of moving into your New York City or Brooklyn apartment, or moving out.

 

Next, you’ll want to take inventory of what you are planning to move. Moving is really a representation of all the things you have accumulated over the years and you don’t want to be surprised on the day of the move. For this reason, moving is a good time to evaluate what you need and what you may want to get rid of or donate. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s been years since you have used the item, you probably don’t need it. It’s important to keep in mind the parameters of where you are moving. Will all of your stuff fit in your new home? Make sure you have all the information so that the moving process can go quickly. After all, whether you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or any of the other five boroughs, this is coveted real estate so space may be slim.

Of course, you will need tips for the actual day of packing too. It’s possible for you to attempt the move yourself or with a friend, but keep in mind all the supplies you will need to get, including:

 

  • Packing tape
  • Boxes of a variety of sizes and shapes
  • Box cutters
  • Markers for labeling boxes
  • Black trash bags
  • Mattress bags
  • Cleaning supplies (soap, sponge, mop, water, broom, etc)
  • Cash for tipping people that help
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NYC Moving Trucks

However, doing it alone or with friends that are not professionals definitely makes the process much harder. This brings us to the most important tip of moving in New York City: hire a new york moving company. You will want to hire a local moving company. If you’re not new to New York City, you will understand that it is unlike anywhere else in the world. Subsequently, you will need a local moving company that understands the needs of those planning an apartment move in New York City. Divine Moving understands the New York area better than any other local moving company. With years of experience of moving in Queens, moving in Brooklyn and moving in Manhattan, Divine Moving is your best bet to make sure all your belongings are safe and accounted for during your next New York apartment move.

If You Need Hassle Free Moving In NYC Call Today 212-244-4011

 

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No-Fuss Tips On Packing Fragile Items

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NYC Packing Services

Fragile items are everywhere. As much as we adore them on our living spaces, moving them from one location to another in NYC can make us feel like we’re walking on eggshells. One wrong move and your precious antiques can meet their fate on the floor. Rather than calling a doctor to check on your blood pressure, here are our no-fuss tips that will provide reassurance when packing away fragile items. Trust us – we’ve been there.

Use plenty of wrapping supplies

Just like mothers who overdress their kids when the weather drops to frigid temperatures (even if it’s above 50°F), having enough wrapping supplies is crucial when packing away your fragile items. Aside from bubble wrap and packing paper, consider looking into foam dividers when packing away appliances (such as your favorite crockpot and china). If you have any left over packing supplies from your online shopping sprees, be sure to save them in the corner instead of throwing them out. Not only you’re saving money, but you’re also repurposing them for a better use.

Take your time

It’s easier said than done, but the key to packing fragile items is to relax! It’s a good idea to pack your items in advance before your moving date (preferably one month before) so that you can take your time during the process. If you’re feeling nervous, try to see if you can ask your friends and family members on assisting you with wrapping your items. Additionally, try to make a list on which items you should take care of first. Adopt the “triage method” – handle the easy fragile items first before working on towards more difficult packing (i.e. electronics and dishes).

Choose the right type of wrapping

Not all wrapping supplies are made equally. Bubble wrap and packing paper have its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to wrapping your fragile items. For example, if you’re packing away mirrors, you might want to consider using bubble wrap to prevent the glass from breaking. Work on the strengths of your wrapping supplies to ensure that your fragile items are kept safely during transportation. Additionally, you may want to consider having a moving vehicle that has climate control so that way it’ll be the right set of temperature when carrying your fragile items. It’ll help prevent any warping, wear and tear when you decide to unpack your items after a long travel.

 

Provide enough cushion

Go beyond your typical wrapping supplies! If you have pillows, blankets and foam dividers, consider using them to cushion your fragile items in between. Not only it’ll provide enough security during transportation, but it will absorb most of the shock in case if you’re travelling between bumpy roads to your destination.

Avoid loose wrapping

Nothing says like throwing caution into the wind by not wrapping your items securely. It’s a recipe for disaster. When wrapping your items, make sure to seal your items firmly to prevent any jiggling during transportation. If you have wine glasses, cups and mugs, add some crumpled paper in between so that it’ll absorb the shock when moving your items. You can also invest in packing peanuts to place at the bottom of your boxes before adding your fragile items on top. Just be mindful that packing peanuts (like paper) can take up as much space, so make sure that you’re placing a good ratio of your packing supplies with the amount of fragile items inside your boxes.

Packing–let alone moving in NYC–your home and belongings can send anyone into a panic. Divine Moving & Storage takes the stress out of it with our professional movers. Each packing professional has years of experience packing up homes just like yours. They come armed with the moving boxes, packing supplies, and relocation tools to make packing a breeze. There’s packing the hard way, and then there’s packing the Divine way.

Call today for your free quote.

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What supplies do you need for a successful NYC move?

Supplies for a move
Moving Boxes

According to the US Census Bureau, the average American moves to a new home more than 11 times throughout their life…that’s a lot of wear and tear for your belongings to go through! During every move, most people experience some sort of damage to their furniture, such as a scrape or dent, the loss of screws and other hardware needed to re-assemble furniture pieces, something fragile breaking inside a box, or some other unfortunate accident. The best way to avoid these common mishaps is to collect some basic moving supplies before you get started with your packing and moving process.

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Standard Size Storage Boxes

Proper boxes and packing materials

With the exception of your furniture and maybe some larger, awkwardly shaped items, most of your belongings will be packed into boxes before your move. Boxes are handy because they can serve as sturdy surfaces for stacking more boxes on top. However, not all boxes are created equal!

When you select boxes for your move, it’s best to avoid rounding up free, used boxes from liquor marts, grocery stores, and big box stores. For one thing, all of these boxes will have different shapes and sizes, so they won’t stack as efficiently in the back of the truck. When spaces appear between stacked boxes, these allow items to shift during the drive, and that’s when your items inside are most likely to break. More importantly, however, boxes that have been used previously for shipping merchandise (and especially food items) have already been through a lot of movement during transport, and often contain moisture from shifting climates or contents inside. These factors cause the cardboard to be weakened, which can lead to boxes tearing open at the seams during your move or being crushed by the weight of other belongings stacked on top of them. These merchandise boxes can also contain bugs or other pests, especially if they carried fresh produce to a grocery story. We recommend purchasing your boxes in a few standard sizes from your moving and storage company.

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Last minute moving and packing

When packing up your cookware and dishes, we recommend using dish packs (sometimes called dish barrels) because these boxes are double-walled to keep fragile items cushioned. Dish packs also contain adjustable inserts that fit snuggly around your plates, bowls, glasses, pitchers, and other serving dishes.

You can also ask your moving and storage company for supplies for a move or if they offer mirror or art boxes to keep your fragile wall hangings safe. These boxes come broken apart in four separate pieces so you can adjust them to fit snugly around the glass or art you own.

Divine Moving and Storage even offers TV boxes to keep your big-screen television sets safe. These boxes are great alternatives to the box your television originally came in, with cardboard corners that fit around your TV similarly to the foam inserts from the original box. These special corners hold the TV steady inside its box and serve as shock absorbers in case your moving truck has to drive over a bumpy road or come to a sudden stop on the way to your new home.

In addition to purchasing new boxes, you should also be sure to have plenty of packing paper on hand. It’s best to use standard packing paper as opposed to newspaper because the print may come off in places where you don’t want to read the headlines, such as on your white dishes or fabric items. If you have small knick knacks to wrap up that could become lost or accidentally thrown away during the unpacking process, consider using brightly colored tissue paper (like you would use in gift bags).

Finally, be sure to invest in some colored Sharpies for labeling and lots of moving tape. Assign a separate color for each room in your new home so your movers can not only see the name of the room, but associate it quickly with a color to expedite things on Moving Day. When it comes to tape, we suggest buying more than you think you’ll need. One of the most frustrating realizations that can come up on Moving Day is that you’ve run out of tape for the last few boxes.

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Packing tips for your upcoming move.

Supplies for a move

Most of of your moving day supplies should be provided by your Divine Moving and Storage professionals! Every truck we own is fully stocked with dollies, floor protection, fore-arm forklifts, straps, and moving blankets to ensure we keep your belongings and home as safe as possible on Moving Day. However, there are some other supplies you’ll want for your own convenience when the big day arrives.

First, be sure you have some Ziplock bags and extra tape handy. When it comes time to disassemble your bed frame or dining table, you can store the screws and other hardware inside a plastic bag and tape it to the main piece of furniture so it won’t get lost.

We also suggest purchasing some clear plastic bins that you can use to store everything you’ll need as soon as you get to your new home, such as your charging cords, medications, and toiletry items. This way, you can tell the movers to only move the cardboard boxes so you can keep the plastic bins within easy reach in your personal vehicle. The clear plastic will also be useful when you arrive at the new place, because you can easily see what’s inside the box without having to read every single label on the outside of your cardboard boxes to find what you need.

You may want to set aside some cleaning supplies that you pack into the car last so you can do some last-minute cleaning in your old home before you leave, especially if you’re moving out of an apartment where you want to avoid cleaning fees before the next tenant moves in. In this “don’t pack until last” pile, consider including any paperwork you need for the day for the moving team or your new residence, your wallet, and your keys.

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Packing, moving, storage and relocation services

Do you have any other questions about what you’ll need for your big move? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 212-244-4011

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Everything But The Move – Philip Shaw Home Set-Up

For many people unpacking and setting up their home after a move or relocation is a daunting task.
A new home or a newly redone home with different storage solutions can intimidate even the most organized people. So when you’re moving, renovating, or are ready for a face lift for you home, you need an expert to set-up, organize, and stage your home beautifully.
And Philip Shaw’s Everything But The Move is the way to take your home and living spaces to the next level.
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Before and After Images of a NYC Townhouse
For 15 years, Divine Moving & Storage and Philip Shaw’s Everything But The Move have been working together to make your living spaces feel like the home you’re proud of and want to show off. Whether you need to turn the spare office into a nursery for your new baby or want a better space to entertain guests, Philip Shaw has the magic touch when it comes to upgrading your home or office to impress. With Everything But The Move, Philip has been the go-to for organizing, staging, and decorating homes in New York and all around NYC and beyond–from Palm Beach to Greenwich, Connecticut and Philadelphia, he’s so popular he even gets brought down to Puerto Rico for clients who just can’t do without his finishing touches. He knows just where to place items so rooms look done and not cluttered. Everything But The Move even tackles less glamorous and neglected spaces by giving attics, garages, basements, and outdoor spaces beautiful makeovers.

 

With an immaculate eye for design and with full service offerings, Everything But the Move takes care of everything before and after your move–and Divine will take care of everything in between.

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Wood Floors Swap

 

Whether you need help packing and unpacking, reorganizing, redecorating, picking out and shopping for furniture, color coding your closet, staging for your realtor (and removing all personal items so that strangers aren’t going through your personal possessions), Everything But The Move takes care of it all. Clients are always amazed with how amazingly a room can look updated, complete, and refreshed with the right art and furniture placement. Organizing and staging is a skill and Everything But The Move are the best in the industry! And he’ll even arrange for your laundry and dry cleaning to be done, stock your fridge with healthy and gourmet snacks (or fine wine!), water your plants, and take care of your home even after you move (or when you go on vacation). Everything But The Move is like the in-home private concierge you never knew you always needed! They’re here night and day to assist you and take care of anything you may need.

 

Need to baby-proof the living room, stairs, and kitchen?

Philip can take care of that!

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Before and After Living Room Pictures

 

Philip’s hands-on approach allows you to be as involved or uninvolved as you want. If you have ideas or a vision for your space, he’ll work with you to design the perfect space for you, your family, or your business. Or if you just want everything taken care of for you, Everything But The Move is there to do all the legwork so you don’t have to. Even after you’re moved in and unpacked, Everything But The Move can perform regular maintenance on your house or you’re a cash for home buyer. And if you’re going on a vacation–whether for a weekend or a month–they’ll even water the plants, feed the cats, and stock your fridge so that when you return you can get right back to your life without having to worry about tedious errands.

 

Like a house manager or on demand concierge, Philip Shaw is the guy who takes care of it all.

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Reorganizing, Staging and Decluttering Services

 

With Everything But The Move he anticipates your needs before you can even think of them, and customizes your space to your needs and taste. And his favorite form of gratitude? When clients simply say “Thank You” with the glint of divine pleasure in gleaming from their eyes. Philip is only happy when you are, and he won’t stop until you’re ecstatic and completely at home in your house. So when you’re ready to give your home or office an overhaul, reorganization, or a little sprucing up, Everything But The Move’s Philip Shaw is the man to call! Make sure you tell him Divine Moving & Storage sent you so you can get an exclusive discount.
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Full White Glove Packing and Unpacking Services

 

You can reach Philip at Philip@everythingbutthemove.com 
 
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What Not To Move
Rules and Regulations of Packing

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Stamp of approval for safe moving and packing boxes

 

It is very important that you review and understand which
items you cannot ship.

If you are doing your own packing, be sure to read this section before you begin. There are rules and regulations that govern all movers to ensure safety.

  • Drain oil and fuel from lawn mower and other machinery. Discard any partially used cans of paint, thinner, oil or other substances that might leak.
  • All refillable tanks must be purged and sealed by a local propane gas dealer. Discard of non-refillable tanks.
  • Avoid refinishing your furniture before your move. Some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads. Obtain a written appraisal of antiques to verify the value.
  • Think twice before dismantling your outside satellite dish; a new one may cost less than moving the present one.
  • Not all movers move items such as hot tubs, large screen TV’s and some exercise equipment you. Consult with the moving company agent about all items you plan on moving

Follow the list below for information on items not to be shipped prior to packing and loading dates:

Dispose of all flammable, corrosive or explosive items:

Acid / Gasoline Poisons / Charcoal / Lighter Fluid
Fertilizer / Paints / Car Batteries / Matches
Nail Polish & Remover / Ammunition / Liquid Bleach / Stern
Aerosols / Kerosene / Pool Chemicals / Chemistry Sets
Fireworks / Pesticides / Motor Oil / Paint Thinner
Batteries / Loaded Weapons / Weed Killer / Ammonia
Lamp Oil / Propane Tanks / Cleaning Fluid

Don't move these items

Dispose of perishables – Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit:

Frozen Food / Plants
Open Food / Produce

Please note that you should empty your refrigerator and freezers for at least 24 hours before loading. Keep the appliance doors open so the appliance will dry out and prevent the growth of mold and odor.

The moving company agent may agree to transport perishables if they are properly packed and require no servicing in transit and the shipment delivery is less than 150 miles and within 24 hours.

Some articles are not accepted for transportation.

The moving company’s agent assumes no responsibility should these items come into his/her possession without his/her knowledge. Although these articles do not create a physical threat it can create problems if your shipment is delayed or items lost. This can be avoided if all irreplaceable, sentimental items are carried with you.

For example:

Address Books / Files / Personal Video Tapes
Air Line Tickets / Financial Statements / Photos and Albums
Car Keys / Furs / Research Projects
Bonds IRAs / Deeds / Tax Records / School Records
Check Books / Jewelry / Sterling Silver
Coins / Letters / Stocks / Stamp Collection
Computer Software / Disks / Medicine

We are standing by to hear from you! please don’t hesitate to call us anytime with packing questions! 866-668-7666

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Storage units in NYC

When you move, it often seems like the thing you pay the least attention to is your stuff.  Between worrying about your new life, your new expenses, or your new apartment, making sure to delicately transport your armoire seems fairly trivial.  Moving is stressful, but that doesn’t mean that your things should be susceptible to damage in the craziness of it all.  Professional movers know how to protect your things so you don’t have to and have the experience, packing tips, and tricks to make your move as seamless as possible. 

Navigating New York

Moving in New York is tricky.  With apartment building hallways barely wide enough to fit a shopping cart, items like couches and dressers can seem absolutely impossible to get out of the door.  However, if you’re moving items out of your home, it means that they somehow got in to begin with.  As experienced New York City movers, Divine Moving knows how to not only get through tight hallways without bumping and breaking your things, but how to navigate the streets as well.  With so many people and so many cars, driving a moving truck through the city can be difficult.  Quick starts and stops can jostle your things, causing irreversible damage.  We’ve weaved in and out of just about every neighborhood in the city, meaning we’ve got the experience to give your breakables their best possible chance at survival.

Knowing How to Pack

This is absolutely crucial to protecting your belongings during a move.  Anyone can surmise that fragile glass items should be covered in bubble wrap, and that you shouldn’t pile breakables on top of one another without a soft layer separating them, but packing tips go far beyond that.  Our moving company knows how to pack and stack your boxes to ensure optimum security, so you can rest easy and not worry about whether or not your dishes will be in a million pieces bye the time you settle in for dinner at your new place.  For more packing tips, you can check under the “Packing Tips” tab on our website.

Strength and Steadiness

The stronger you are, the more you can carry and the easier you can carry it.  When you’re not physically equipped to do heavy lifting, you run the enormous risk of dropping what you’re trying to transport.  Professional moving companies have the muscle to transport your things carefully and quickly, without dropping, shaking, or losing grip on your belongings. 

Moving is stressful enough, so don’t worry about your stuff getting damaged in the process!  Hire a reliable New York City moving company like Divine Moving and know that your items are safe and sound.

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