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, 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.

Moving is regarded as one of the most stressful things that one can do in life, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  The stress of moving often comes from the anxiety of living in a new place, establishing new relationships, and in many ways, restarting your life, so putting all of that aside: is moving really that stressful?  Or can it be a great way to clear your mind?  Acting like you’re moving and the way it forces you to evaluate your possessions, and by extension your life, can be a really cathartic and productive use of your time.

Ending the Clutter

In New York, having a storage unit it almost as necessary as having an elevator.  With real estate at the price level that it is today, it’s nearly impossible to find an apartment that is a livable size for you and able to accommodate all of the things you’ve seemed to amass over your lifetime.  Deciding to go through everything you own, sorting what to keep and what you can trash, can be the first step in not only clearing your apartment, but clearing your mind. 

Selling the Excess

Once you’ve sorted through all of your belongings, chances are that there’s a lot that you don’t need.  Money, or rather lack thereof, is easily one of the biggest stressors that we all have to worry about, so help relieve the stress and make a quick buck!  Sell your discarded belongings! And though they will definitely take time to sell, whether you do it through a garage sale, Craigslist, or eBay, it’s going to take at least a little bit of effort to get your items on the market and into someone else’s home.  If some of the items that you’ve decided to sell are on the larger side, consider hiring a local moving company to do the heavy lifting for you!  By hiring professional movers, you lessen the risk of damaging your stuff, meaning you can get more money for it.

Moving is no breeze, and deciding to fake a move to help your mental health seems insane.  However, being forced to organize your home and compartmentalize your things will result in a natural organization of your mind.  Once you have everything clean, clear, and sorted, your home can feel brand new, and sometimes all we need to get out of a rut is to make a little change. 

Hire Divine Moving for all of your New York moving needs, real or simulated!

It goes without saying that professional movers make any move easier.  They know what they’re doing, they know where to go, and best of all: they do the heavy lifting.  But what about trying to do it on your own?  Should you even attempt it?  If you’re trying to justify moving alone, whether it’s to or from a building with a doorman, a 4-story walk up, or a cozy townhouse, we’re going to convince you that there’s no “I” in move!

Moving to an Apartment Building

If you’re lucky enough to afford an apartment in New York City, then you deserve to move into it with ease.  When you’re moving to a smaller apartment building with only one elevator, that’s going to create a lot of issues.  Waiting for it to come up and down and only being able to cram some of your stuff in each time is going to take forever, and you need all the power you can get.  Multiple team members mean you’ll always be ready to move another load.  Larger apartment buildings will typically have more than one elevator, so use the extra strength to your advantage!  By hiring professional movers, you can have several people making trips at the same time, expediting the moving process.  Not to mention the fact that moving hard objects like furniture and crates can damage an elevator’s interior.  Professional movers know how to get in and out of your building without damaging it.

Moving to a Walk Up

Yikes.  The laws in New York are changing to accommodate those with disabilities, but many buildings 5 stories or less do not have elevators simply because they were never required to.  Whether you’re moving in or out of a walk up, it’s not going to be easy.  This is really where the muscle behind professional movers comes in.  Sure, you can ask your friends to lend a helping hand, but so many trips up and down could make you enemies by the end of the day.

Moving to a Townhouse

A townhouse may seem less daunting than an apartment building due to the sheer size difference, but don’t let them fool you: you’re still going to have to make a lot of trips up the stairs.  Professional movers won’t just leave your stuff on the ground floor to deal with later (which we all might be a little inclined to do after a long day), but they’ll actually take your stuff up to the floor you want it in.

No matter what your move is, do it right, do it easily, and do it with Divine Moving.

 

Everyone knows that although New York City is a city where opportunities are vast, moving there is no easy job. From the consistent traffic to understanding the grid system, there really are no other cities like it, but there also aren’t a lot of NYC moving companies like us at Divine Moving.

 

Finally moving out of the dorms and into an apartment can be one of the most liberating feelings in the world, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Any type of moving is one big headache, regardless of how much planning and preparation you do, no one likes to move.

 

So, you’re finally moving and you’re excited about it, but as soon as you realize how much packing you have to do, the excitement is sucked right out of you. Nobody enjoys packing for a move because the concept of packing everything away into boxes, only to unpack it shortly after the fact – plus, you have to find new places to put all your stuff. With that being said, there are actually some moving hacks out there that will make your packing experience not AS bad, because it’ll be bad regardless.

Sometimes, there are elements within our possession that are difficult to pack, and even thinking of packing them just helps you picture opening a box full of broken glass. Its instances like these where packing hacks are really useful because you can see how ingenious some of movers can be.

10 Packing Hacks for Everyone Moving

  1. Instead of taking all your clothes off the hangars and folding them, take trash bags and just side them over the clothes with the hangars still on then tie the bag. All you’ll need to do in your new home will be to hang the clothes and slide the bags off.
  2. Afraid of plates breaking? Go out and invest in some Styrofoam plates, then place them in between the glass plates — this will prevent any scratching as well as broken glass provided you don’t drop the box.
  3. Speaking of dropping the box, continuously opening and closing the front door can be risky for the belongings in your hands so, take a rubber band and crisscross it over the lock so it’s blocked and can’t retract. This way, you just need to give the door a nudge to get it to open and close.
  4. Pack your basics separately in case you can’t find anything or if anything gets lost or misplaced during the move. This way, you’ll have the essentials you need. It’s best if you just pack this like a vacation bag.
  5. Did you accidentally put some holes in your walls? Use toothpaste to fill them in.
  6. Label all your boxes on the sides rather than the top so you can see what’s inside of them without having to lift a bunch of boxes to get to the one you think you’re looking for.
  7. Don’t wait till the last minute to find a moving company, especially during the summer when all the recent graduates are moving into their new apartments.
  8. If you’re worried about losing little things like screws, put them in zip-lock bags that are labeled and put somewhere that you’ll remember.
  9. When you’re packing any liquids, cover them with plastic wrap so any spills or liquid explosions are contained.
  10. Add handles to your boxes to make carrying them easier by cutting a thin rectangle on each side so you’re not straining your arms trying to reach around and maintain your grip on the box.

 

While its best if you can avoid moving during the winter, some people can’t stay away from it as it’s the only time they’re able to move. No one likes the cold, sure it’s fun to look at, but when you’re packing up your life and moving from one location to another in the middle of a flurry and it becomes far less appealing.

Believe it or not, winter isn’t one of the worst times to move, it’s actually one of the best if you’re looking to save money and look past the weather. In terms of hiring movers or renting a moving truck, you’ll find that they offer cheaper rates during the winter. However, that doesn’t mean moving while its freezing doesn’t require some extra preparation.

3 tips for moving in the winter

  1. Contact the property to make sure you have everything.

    Before you start moving your life into your new home, contact your property agent to make sure you’ll have heating and lights. Considering the temperature outside, this is a tip you don’t want to forget. We recommend that you go to the property a few days before you move to make sure that it’s warm for the move-in. Plus, if you’re moving into a city such as New York, the apartments can take a while to heat up fully so, keep that in mind.

  2. Clear the snow from the entrance.

    If your new home isn’t far from your old, it’d be wise to go there the day before to shovel and salt the walkways. This will make it safer for both you and the movers who are assisting you. If you’re moving into an apartment, you should be able to contact the property manager to make sure that this step is done.

  3. Check for parking space.

    Nothing would be worse than hiring movers and not having a place for them to park. Before the move-in/out day, make sure that there’s guaranteed parking for your vehicle as well as any moving trucks you may be using. You may have do some negotiating with your neighbors, but once you get the parking, make sure it’s shoveled and cleared of snow so the lines are visible.

Moving is no joke. It can cause stress, headaches, and it can cost a pretty penny. However, if you invest in a reliable New York City moving company that’s experienced with navigating around your new local neighborhood, you should be set. As long as you invest in movers that can do the heavy lifting, the only stressful part you have to deal with is figuring out where to put all your stuff in your new home.

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It’s estimated that people move roughly 11 times throughout their life, now when you’re a child, that’s when it’s easy because your parents did all the work (along with the movers), but when you get older and have to move on your own, it can be intimidating, overwhelming, and turn into one big headache if you don’t do it right. Now, with moving being generally stereotyped as a stressful experience, moving into a city can seem like an even more daunting task, unless you find the right movers who can work efficiently and know the area around your new home.

When you’re moving into a big city such as New York, it can be difficult maneuvering through the traffic and getting all your stuff up to your new home. However, if you find the right movers to help you, they’ll make the whole process infinitely easier.

How to Prepare for Your NYC Move

Although movers will help you get a majority of the work done, including the heavy lifting, it’d be wise to do some of the preparation yourself to help get the job done faster. So, rather than waiting until the last minute, plan your move in advance and become an informed mover. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of tips for you if you’re not quite sure where to start.

  1. Get acquainted with your new community. It’ll give you something to look forward to and it can help you set up accounts with service providers for your internet, phone, cable etc. Once you become more familiar with your area, you’ll feel more comfortable about the move because you’ll know of places to go, you won’t be worried about getting lost, and you’ll know where you’ll need to go to get any shopping done.
  2. Get rid of your extra stuff. One of the hardest parts of moving is packing up all your stuff so, to make it easier on yourself, get rid of your extra stuff. If you’re not sure on what to throw out, ask yourself a few questions:
    • Does anyone have any use for this?
    • Is it just taking up space and being unused?
    • Does it have any sentimental value?
  3. Take inventory of everything you’re taking with you and take special note on items that are difficult to replace. While you’re taking inventory, this will also give you time to wrap any breakables safely, and you’ll be able to keep tabs on anything lost. In the event that there is a delay with your moving company, you want to also make sure that you pack an essentials bag that has clothing, toiletries, prescriptions etc.

Moving in New York City is really just like moving anywhere else, it’s just a busier area, but if you find movers who know the city and your borough, they should be able to help make your moving experience easier.