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Insider Tips for Your Move to NYC

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Congratulations! You’re moving to New York City, the city that never sleeps. People move to NYC for a myriad of reasons, from accepting an exciting new job to attending one of New York’s renowned colleges. Some people are drawn to the Big Apple because they love the excitement of city life. New York City has so much to offer – arts, culture, fashion, theater, cuisine, attractions, and opportunity. It’s no wonder that approximately 8.5 people choose to call it home. If you’re moving to NYC from, you have a lot to forward to!

But like all moves, moving to the city can be daunting and stressful. Moving is hard work. This is true regardless of whether you are moving from across the country or from a New York suburb, New Jersey or Connecticut. Here are a few strategies and tips to keep in mind in order to make your New York City move a success!

Find A Reputable Moving Company that Knows their Way Around the City.

When you make the decision to move to New York and have secured a place to live, the first step is to find a highly recommended professional moving company with expertise in NYC moving. Ask friends and family for recommendations and do your due diligence by checking reviews and testimonials online. Using a moving company that is very familiar with New York City will provide you with an extra layer of security and ensure a speedier move free of unnecessary road bumps.

All Jersey Moving & Storage has been helping people move to New York City for over two decades. Suffice it to say, we've learned a thing or two along the way and can make you aware of some important pointers specific to your NYC move. When it comes to movers, reputation is everything. We are one of only about 15 movers in New Jersey to be granted the "Circle of Excellence" designation by the New Jersey Warehousemen’s & Movers Association. We are also endorsed by the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. Be sure to find out how long your movers have been in business. All Jersey Moving & Storage has been serving the community since 1992.

Once you have decided on your preferred moving company, book them immediately. Remember – the most reputable movers book up quickly. Although All Jersey Moving & Storage tries to accommodate last minute moves and weekend moving requests whenever possible, if you need to move on a specific date, the sooner you secure it the better. Don’t put yourself in a position where you have to move on a less than ideal date or worse, move with a second-rate moving company!

Pay Attention to Parking.

Have you ever heard that if you can drive in NYC, you can drive anywhere? The truth is that if you aren’t used to living in a bustling city, navigating the always-busy streets and side streets of New York can be nerve-wracking. This is true when you’re driving a regular small vehicle, so you can imagine the added challenge of driving a large moving truck through bad city traffic. Professional moving companies experienced with New York City moves can get your valuable items to your destination safely and on time. But it’s your job to think about where they will park once they have arrived at your new home. Experienced NYC movers will advise you that New York City doesn't provide parking permits to movers.

You don’t need to fret, but you do need a plan. If you're moving into an apartment building, speak with your building manager to see how moves are typically handled and where cargo can be unloaded safely and without penalty. If you need to, get a parking permit for your moving company. In addition to being able to park close to your home or building, your moving company will require use of the freight elevator. Familiarize yourself with any restrictions there may be involving when you can execute your move using the elevator. Try to reserve the freight elevator for a minimum of three to four hours so your movers have sufficient time to safely move all your belongings.

Check the Calendar.

Before committing to a particular moving date, it is advisable to do some research and find out whether any special events are happening in New York City that may complicate or disrupt your move. Some events – such as large parades and marathons – result in street closures or heavy pedestrian traffic that could delay your movers or restrict access to your street. Share your findings with your professional moving company so you can strategize a solution if moving on a particular date is a must.

Investigate Insurance Certificate Requirements.

If you are moving to an apartment, it is important to be aware that it’s your responsibility to let your moving company know if your building requires a certificate of insurance. If the answer is “yes”, let your movers know. After you provide them with the contact information of the building request the certificate, they will get the certificate of insurance issued.

Pack with Precision.

If you are moving from the suburbs or an “out of town” community to New York City, then you need to be mindful of SPACE – or lack thereof. If you are moving from a large home or apartment, then you may have to face the unfortunate reality of downsizing. Moving into a smaller living space will require most likely require you to part with at least some of your belongings.

Try and look at the positive side: Downsizing is an opportunity to get rid of old furniture, appliances, clothing and other “stuff” you have accumulated over the years. As you sort through your belongings, ask yourself: Is this something I want, need or have a use for? If the answer isn’t a resounding “yes!” then it is time to part with these items. Eliminating unnecessary items will help ensure that your home looks comfortable rather than busy, claustrophobic or cluttered. Downsizing is also an opportunity to invest in beautiful city-sized furniture – so get ready to shop!

Don’t Leave Packing to the Last Minute.

Whether you are moving to New York for college or a new job, moving to a new city almost always comes with a long laundry list of things to do. Packing should be right at the top of that list. If you have the luxury of knowing about your move a few months in advance, create a packing schedule so you can tackle packing in stages. This is especially important because if you have to downsize, the packing process will involve more careful thought and consideration. Leaving packing until the last minute can result in packing items unsafely and haphazardly. Get started early in order to ensure that you have the time necessary to create a labelling system and pack each item securely to avoid lost items, damaged items, and chaos when you arrive at your new home. If you do not have the time to pack properly or simply want some help, consider hiring an experienced moving company to do the job for you. All Jersey Moving & Storage offers packing and unpacking services. In most cases, we can complete the packing on the day before the move.

Sell, Toss or Give Away – That is the Question!

As you sort through your belongings, you will come across valuable furniture and other items you no longer want or simply don’t have space for. If you want to sell some of these items to make some money, it’s important to get started early. You may choose to have a garage or content sale or post the items on a platform like Craigslist. These things take time! By starting early, you will give yourself time to allow the items to sell without having to slash prices and accept low offers.

Downsizing to a smaller apartment is also an opportunity to do a good deed. Consider donating your unwanted clothing, furniture and other household items to a local charity. Ask your professional moving company to recommend a charity that will pick up your items well before moving day.

Storage Made Simple.

If you are moving to New York and have to downsize, you may have valuable furniture, antiques, artwork, exercise equipment or other belongings that you want to keep rather than sell or give away. You might also have boxes filled with sentimental items you don’t have room for in your new home. All Jersey Moving & Storage has a containerized storage facility in New Jersey perfect for professionals and families seeking a secure storage solution for their belongings. To ensure items are secure and remain in good condition, furniture and other items are blanked-wrapped and stored in large, sealed wooden containers. At the All Jersey Movers storage facility, movement in and out of the facility is carefully monitored. Another advantage of storing your valuables at the facility is that you pay exclusively for the space that you use, there are no move-in administration fees and rental fees are stable.

Get Familiar with Your New Neighborhood.

Compared to many quiet, more slow-paced cities, New York City is a bustling wonderland. If at all possible, plan a weekend trip and stay at a hotel nearby your new home. Spend the day walking around and getting to know your neighborhood. Where is the closest grocery store, pharmacy and post office?  Where will you have to go to register your vehicle? Where is the closest subway station? Get comfortable using public transportation, especially the routes that you will have to take to get to school or work. The more you know your surroundings, the more comfortable you will be on and immediately after moving day.

New York City Movers at Your Service: All Jersey Moving & Storage

All Jersey Moving & Storage is a New Jersey-based moving company with 20+ years of experience helping individuals and families move to New York City. Some of the services our movers provide include:

*Honest estimates - no-surprises!
*Award-winning service
*Accommodating last-minute moves whenever possible
*Short and long-term storage
*Weekend pick-up and delivery service at no additional charge
*Piano moving
*Packing and unpacking

If you are planning a trip to New York City, you have a lot on your plate. Moving is never easy, especially if you are moving to a new city. By working with a professional moving company experienced with New York City moves like All Jersey Moving & Storage, you can have peace of mind that your move will go smoothly so you can focus on adjusting to life in in the Big Apple.

Contact us today for a free no-obligation estimate.

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