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9 Local Moving Tips to Help You Survive Moving in NYC

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As of 2023, New York City has a population of 7,888,121, making it the largest city in the US.

It’s a great place to call home, and there’s a huge choice of living options. After moving to NYC, you might decide that your current accommodation isn’t quite right. You can easily find something more suitable, but a local move can still be a pretty big task.

If you’re planning on moving in NYC, there are various things you can do to make the whole process much easier. For nine key moving tips to help you survive your NYC move, keep reading.

1. Learn Your Building’s Loading and Unloading Situation

No matter how well-organized things are, moving day will take a fair amount of work. Because of this, you don’t want to get caught out by any surprises on the day that make things more difficult. You need to assess both the building you’re moving out of and the one you’re moving into to make sure you can transport everything properly.

Look at things like stairway width, tight corners, and elevators, and compare your furniture to make sure it will all fit. Check to see if there’s a freight elevator, and if not, make sure you inform the movers how many flights of stairs there are.

2. Familiarize Yourself With Regulations for Parking Commercial Vehicles

When hiring movers, they’ll likely use large commercial trucks to transport your belongings. Depending on the area of the city you’re moving from/to, there may be certain parking restrictions that you need to be aware of. One of our key moving tips is to avoid doing anything that could have legal repercussions – some of the most notable rules are:

  • You have a maximum of three hours at each end for loading/unloading
  • Someone needs to be with the truck at all times
  • Don’t block any bike lanes

Other basic parking laws apply. You can take a look at the full list of commercial vehicle parking regulations to make sure you’re aware of everything before the day.

3. Figure Out Where You Can Get Moving Boxes

When making moving plans, a lot will be going on, and things can get forgotten. Something like getting boxes isn’t usually too difficult, but if you don’t do it, you’ll be stuck.

You might have some boxes lying around your home, but it’s very unlikely you’ll have enough to move everything you own. It’s also best to have boxes that are durable enough to withstand your move.

You can buy boxes from certain companies that are specifically designed for moving. Things can be a bit easier when hiring movers, as they may be able to provide boxes. Divine Moving and Storage have boxes as well as various other supplies such as tape and bubble wrap, so we’ll help make sure everything is covered.

4. Give Yourself the Time You Need

You don’t want to be rushed when moving in NYC, and you definitely don’t want to run out of time. Speak to your current and new landlords to find dates and times that work well for your move.

Having at least a day or two overlap between your apartments is ideal – especially with the parking laws you need to abide by. Moving on the weekend is often the easiest for most people. You might be tempted to try to save some money by doing it all in one day, but this can make things far more challenging, so is generally a bad idea.

5. Hire a Company That Knows About Local Rules

For a local move, you want to be working with a company that knows the local laws. In NYC, a professional moving company will make things significantly easier, especially when it comes to furniture and other large objects.

Divine Moving and Storage has been operating in NYC since 2000. We have plenty of experience and are familiar with all the rules that need to be followed. We’ll make sure your moving plans are suitable and there aren’t any issues that will cause delays.

6. Create a Checklist and a Timeline

Being organized is key for any move. There are so many things going on, so if you trust it all to memory, you’ll almost certainly forget things. Creating a checklist will ensure you remember to do everything that’s needed.

Setting a timeline will also help. This can be very different for different people, but by planning it out in advance, you can stay on top of things and make sure you’re doing everything when you need to.

7. Take Breaks

Moving homes can take a sizable toll, both physically and mentally. Take breaks from time to time to give yourself a bit of a rest. Stretching can also be a good idea if you’re doing a lot of heavy lifting.

Make sure you’re eating and drinking water throughout the day. If you don’t stay hydrated and fueled up, you’ll burn out easily and won’t be feeling too great towards the end of the day.

8. Complete Admin Tasks Early

There are plenty of admin tasks you need to take care of such as forwarding your mail and changing your address. Get these out of the way early so that they don’t cause you any issues later on.

Create a list of all the people/organizations you need to inform about your move. You can then take care of them as soon as you’ve got the chance. Leaving them until later on will increase the chances of you forgetting.

9. Pack as Much as Possible Ahead of Time

If you leave it too late to start packing, you might find you don’t have as much time as you need. Everything should be packed away well in advance of moving day to avoid any delays. The only things that you should need to pack on the day are things you’ll use that morning such as toiletries and breakfast items.

Vital Moving Tips for NYC

If you’re moving to NYC, or already live here and are moving within the city, things can get a bit tricky. Following these moving tips will help everything run as smoothly as possible.

Hiring a professional moving company is one of the best ways to ensure you don’t have any problems with your move. Divine Moving and Storage offers both residential and commercial moving services throughout NYC. Take a look at our residential moving page for more information on how we can help you move within the city.

About Author

David Cohen, has been in moving for more than 20 years. The company David started, Divine Moving & Storage, stands apart from other NYC movers for our commitment to your satisfaction. We want you to use us again (and again, and again!) and refer your friends, family, and colleagues to us. Our dedication to your satisfactions and happiness means we work night and day to make your move hassle-free and stress-free. In other words, we want you to enjoy the best moving experience you’ve ever had–so you’ll come back to us next time.

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