When you relocate to New York, your moving costs are going to add up quickly. One of the best ways to keep these costs down is to do the actual moving yourself. We'll be blunt - it won't be a pleasant experience, but there are a couple of ways to minimize the pain.
- First and foremost, move early. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but a lot of its residents sure seem to like to sleep in. In the morning the city is always quieter, which means more parking spaces and less traffic – two big wins when you're trying to unload a moving truck.
- Call ahead. Let your landlord or doorman know that you are moving. Some buildings have requirements for when you're permitted to move, so it’s best to get that squared away well before the truck is packed.
- Bring your friends and family. When moving, there always seems to be more steps and stuff than you originally planned. Having an extra set of arms and legs is going to go a long way to get you in and out fast. Plus, if you can’t find a great spot, someone can stay in the truck in case you need to move it. (Buying thank you brunch is a lot cheaper than paying for movers.)
- Plan ahead. Nothing is more mentally and physically exhausting than a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit up the stairs or through the apartment door. Before you move, take a close look and measure any key bottlenecks before loading your furniture on the truck. “I'm pretty sure it will fit” pretty much always ends badly.
- If possible, use your own moving blankets. Those reusable moving blankets are thought to be a hotbed for bed bugs. That’s not the way you want to start your stay in the City.
- Take the gas option. Most moving companies offer an option where you don’t have to bring back the truck with a full tank of gas. There will be plenty of time for you to explore Manhattan in the next several weeks, don’t do it on your first day in the city while looking for a gas station.
- Expect at least one bad moment. A prized possession might break or the truck might go haywire or perhaps you won’t be able to find a parking spot. No one has ever moved themselves without a minor calamity. Anticipate it happening now, so you can take it in stride on moving day.
We can’t guarantee a flawless move, but these tips might make it a little bit easier!