Moving Tips for New York City Residents
Packing your belongings is one of the most difficult and time-consuming elements of the moving process. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task, but these helpful tips can ease your packing blues and help you set things in motion.
1. Assign a different color packing tape to each room so the boxes are easier to identify - Throughout this last move, I really focused on being more organized – the colored duct tape can be a great timesaver during the unloading process as you can quickly identify into which room each box should be placed.
2. Choose a mover - Make an early, informed decision and then lean on them, so they can help you throughout the process.
3. Create an inventory - Now is the time to take stock of your belongings. We'll help you create a detailed list that can be used to help value your belongings for insurance coverage and keep your packing organized.
4. Order boxes - Be sure to have enough boxes and supplies for your big day! Our relocation specialists can suggest the appropriate style and number of boxes, and can have them delivered right to your home. Or order your supplies at our NYC Moving Supplies Store. Give yourself plenty of time to pack with the proper materials - and remember that [company name] is happy to pack and unpack for you.
5. Stay calm on moving day - Keep important items with you - place essentials in a designated suitcase or bag. Make sure that your Move Book and your jewelry, prescriptions, phones, chargers, etc. are accessible.
6. Have plenty of supplies - You'll need LOTS of boxes - probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from a a NYC moving company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. If you got them free from the grocery, just toss any leftovers.) Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies.
7. Keep things together - Insist on keeping things together when you or the movers are packing boxes. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes -- to keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit.
8. Keep important papers with you - Your list of "important" papers might include: birth certificates, school records, mover estimates, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, closing papers, realtor info, maps, and more.
3-4 Weeks Before Moving
- Get rid of anything you aren't bringing with you.
- Find out where to dispose of household chemicals like old paint.
- Make a list of everything you're bringing to your new home.
- Find out the replacement value of all belongings, for insurance purposes.
- Fill out aUSPS change of address form. Notify friends, family of your new address.
- Fill out an IRS change of address form.
- Get copies of your medical and dental records, if necessary.
- Get copies of veterinary records, if necessary.
- If you're moving out of state, find out about auto licensing and insurance.
- Change your address on your driver's license.
- Notify your kids' schools and have their records transferred to new schools.
- Return any cable equipment.
- Make hotel and airline reservations if you need them.
8 to 14 Days Before Moving
- Return library books or any other borrowed items.
- Collect all the items you may have loaned out.
- Make arrangements to disconnect gas, electric and other utilities.
- Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new place.
- Arrange to have major appliances prepped for the move.
2 to 7 Days Before You Move
- Get rid of all flammables & figure out what you're bringing with you in the car or plane.
- Arrange for removal of "installed items" you're bringing with you.
- Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries you'll need the first day home.
- Pack a special box with other essentials you'll need for the first few days.
The Day Before Moving Day
- Take down curtains and curtain rods.
- Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator..
- Make sure it has 24 hours to air dry.
- Clean and air your stove & Plan your breakfast.
- Pack your personal belongings except your alarm clock.
- Go to sleep early you'll be glad of it tomorrow.
- Collect all keys to locking items. Put them in a safe place.
- Strip the beds but leave them intact. We will dismantle them.
- Make sure you're at home when movers arrive, so you can sign an inventory.
- Walk around with the crew chief while he does the inventory.
- Make sure everything is ready for the move.
- Keep your signed bill of lading and inventory in an easily accessible place.
- Make sure the driver has the correct delivery address and phone number.
- Confirm the expected delivery time with the driver.
- Before you leave, do a final walkt hrough of every room. Check all closets and cabinets.