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How to Have a Stress-Free NYC Moving Experience

Moving can be an overwhelming and demanding process. This tension can manifest in very obvious ways, or in more subtle and subconscious ways. Whether you’re moving across the city, or across the country, change is change and can be uncomfortable for anyone. There are many ways to help relieve and reduce this stress.


Moving day in NYC

Plan ahead. This cannot be emphasized enough when one is moving in New York City. There are countless steps, big and small, that go into a NYC move. There more of them that you have written down and a time to tackle each one, the less bumps in the road you will hit.

Things to consider in order to have a stress-free NYC moving experience :

  • Shutting off utilities
  • Submitting address changes
  • Finding the right NY moving company
  • Choosing the right moving date


Have a back-up plan. The world is an unpredictable place, and you can’t let it ruin your big plans when it throws you a curveball. If your moving date is hit with a storm, or you suddenly fall ill, have a rain date. If there’s construction or a detour en route to your new home, make sure that you have an alternate route that is doable for your moving trucks. There’s also a rare, but possible, chance that your moving company doesn’t show up if you hired an unlicensed mover.

You can avoid any added frustration or (further) delays by having your Plan B laid out, and ready to be put into action.


Say a proper goodbye. Whether you have lived in your current place for a year, or 10 years, you called that place home. Take the time to bid adieu to it. Your transition to your new home will be a happy one if you create a positive memory of your old one.

There are many ways to do this. Take strolls through your neighborhood every day and spend time outside of your home to cherish its appearance. Think about the memories you have in your home, and even throw your home a goodbye party with some of your friends. You don’t need to “leave it all” behind just because your moving into a different place- you can take those positive thoughts and memories with you.


Go with the flow. Life is unpredictable, and if everything goes in a straight trajectory, then something must not be right. Allow yourself some breathing room when you need it. Moving in New York City can be emotional and you can slip-up during it. Apologize when it’s due, and move forward from any mistakes you might make. The tension and chaos of packing, hauling, unpacking, logistics and other countless factors can be overwhelming, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself for things to go perfectly for a stress-free NYC moving experience.

Stress-free NYC Moving


Get enough sleep and eat well.  With so many things to plan and consider, moving takes a lot of energy, focus, and dedication. We can often forget to take care of ourselves and make sure that we’re getting some of our most basic needs. Compromising our health to get through the moving process as quickly as possible can actually make the journey that much harder.

Don’t skip meals and listen to your body when it’s telling you it needs rest. The more alert and refreshed you are each day of your move, the more you can expect it to go smoothly resulting in a stress-free NYC moving experience.


Treat yourself. To reiterate, your health and wellbeing is a key component to a successful move. Aside from giving your body what it needs, you need to provide yourself with something for your soul. If you need to take time to get your favorite comfort food, make the trip. If you need to take a couple of hours to see a movie, or get a spa treatment done, delegate that time for yourself.

Even simple things as maintaining some of your regular or routine activities each day will give you a sense of normalcy that you need when you are changing one of the largest parts of your life. If you can conjure up the energy for your morning jog or gym session, or read a book for an hour each morning, take that time to clear your mind and focus on something you enjoy doing. After all, you are the most important moving tool for a stress-free NYC moving experience.


Turn to support when you need it. We often find ourselves having trouble asking for help; however, in stressful periods of time, it’s important to seek support from friends and loved ones. Even if you have a moving company hired, sometimes its best to ask a friend or family member to help you out as well, for moral support.

Don’t be afraid to call a parent, or a friend, if things don’t go as planned and you need to vent. Your circle is there to support you and get you through troublesome situations. Especially if you are doing a long distance move, they will cherish whatever time they will have with you.



Most importantly, take a deep breath. You have a new chapter ahead of you in NYC and an adventure to look forward to.


About Author

Black belt in customer service and moving related needs, planning successful moves across NYC for my clients is my goal (an easily achievable one) Born and raised in NYC working in the moving and storage industry for over 10 years. Beside going the all of NYC cross fit gyms I take the occasional break (most of the time on the subway) to read a good book.

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