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Did you decide to move? Maybe one borough in NYC has become too expensive for you so you want to change. On the other hand, you might have gotten a better job opportunity or found a better apartment so you decided to move. Whatever the reason might be, one thing remains the same, you need to move your entire household. Luckily, you are moving within the city limits so at least you will not spend a lot of money when hiring Divine Moving and Storage company. In addition to this, you can also pack entire or some part of your household by yourself. If this is your plan, here are all the best packing tips for a local move in NYC. 

Packing tips for a local move in NYC – make a plan 

First of all, even though this is a local move, you still need to prepare yourself in advance. This means making a plan at least two months in advance. This starts by deciding whether you will rent moving companies Long Island or not. Having professionals by your side is always extremely helpful. This is especially important if this is your first time moving or you do not have enough time or experience to deal with your relocation. A local move does not mean only moving your items across the street. NYC is huge so moving your items from one part of the city to another one can be quite complicated. For this reason, it is important to make a plan. See whether you will do something by yourself or leave everything to movers. Then, you also need to think about your moving budget. 

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Make a plan before you start packing

Declutter your house 

After you make a plan, it is time to declutter your house. Why is it important to declutter your house? Well, first of all, it is completely unnecessary to move everything that you own. It is only natural that you accumulated a large number of items over time. Do you really need or use them every single day? The question is probably you don’t. For this reason, why waste time and money on packing items that you will not use once you move into your new house? Therefore, it is time to declutter your house to see whether you should keep, donate, or throw away items. 

  • Move – you should move only items that you really need and use every single day. Everything else is easily replaceable. 
  • Donate – all the items that are in good condition. 
  • Throw away – all the items in bad condition. 

Packing tips for a local move in NYC – gathering all the packing supplies 

Once you have the final amount of items that you want to move, it is time to collect all the necessary packing supplies. You have two choices when it comes to getting packing supplies. First of all, you can see with Manhattan movers to either buy or rent packing supplies from them. As you can see, this is a little bit more expensive option since you will have to pay for packing supplies. On the other hand, you can go and try to collect packing supplies on your own. You can get cardboard boxes from any local supermarket, liquor store, offices, and so on. You can also try looking for packing supplies on the Internet since many people are giving them away for free. Mind you, if you decide to find packing supplies this way, make sure they are in good condition. 

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You can easily find cardboard boxes for free

How to start? 

Now that you have everything prepared properly, it is time to start packing everything. First of all, you should pack one room at a time. This means starting from your living room for example and not going to another room before finishing packing your living room. Why is this method the best? If you only focus all of your attention on one room per time, you will not lose or misplace items that easily. If you make a huge mess when you’re packing in your entire house, there is a high possibility of misplacing or losing some of your important items. In addition to this, it can be very uncomfortable to live in a house if you are packing without any plan and making a mess. In order to keep everything well organized and reduce stress, you should use this room-by-room packing system. 

Packing tips for a local move in NYC – how to do it? 

Since it is time to start packing, here is how you should do it. First of all, you should not overpack over your boxes. You will do more harm than good if you go over the boxes’ limit. Then, you should use bubble wrapping for all your expensive and fragile items. Once you put items in the box, make sure to fill the empty space with shredded paper, newspaper, or something similar. After you are done, you should seal the box, check that your items cannot move, and label the box. This is especially important when you are moving your fragile items. In addition to this, if you want to move your large and bulky items, you should first disassemble them, pack each piece and label it. If you cannot disassemble your large items, then you should cover them with moving blankets and secured a blanket with moving straps. 

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Do not forget to label your boxes

How to transport your items  

The last thing you should know would be about transport. First of all, since you’re moving within NYC, you should reserve a parking spot in advance. Then, you should either rent a small van or a moving trunk. You can skip this part if you are using professional moving services. in addition to this, if you are the one loading all the items into the moving truck, make sure to properly organize them. The heavy boxes should go on the bottom and the lighter boxer should go on the top. These would be all the packing tips for a local move in NYC that you should follow. 

About Author

Born and raised in the upper east side of NYC. I consider myself an expert with anything moving or storage related aspects in New York City. Having been in the NYC relocation industry for almost two decades I found myself at a point that I am able to answer and help my clients on the first phone call. NYC is amazing and I can't wait for it to recover from the COVID related closures. Feel free to email or call anytime! 212-244-4011