Some people move to a new place because they want to, while others move because they have no choice. Regardless of the reason, moving can be (and often is) a lot of hassle. If the destination is New York City, it can even get a little bit more cumbersome than you probably expect. There are many reasons why things can get quite dreadful here in New York City, but each difficulty also has a solution. Here is your guide on how to move in NYC.

 1. Get your details updated first. You need to change your mailing address to the new location. The USPS provides an easy method to do it on its website. Inform your credit card companies, student loan companies, or cable TV provider that you are moving as well. Other entities that probably require updated contact information include financial institutions, medical services, and of course the company you work for should also be notified.

 2. Take inventory. To avoid carrying unnecessarily large items, take inventory and then measure the door or area of your new apartment. If something does not fit, there is no point of bringing it all the way to NYC. Consider selling or donating the item instead. Fewer items mean easier move.

 3. Things move fast in NYC. Many (if not most) landlords do not like having lag time between tenants. They don’t want to wait until you finish moving all your items to start the next lease term. In other words, the next lease term begins on the agreed upon time and date whether or not you have finished the moving on that day. Make sure that you (and all the things you need to bring) are ready to go before the next lease term begins.

 4. Avoid the first of the month. Leases usually begin on the first of the month. Coordinate your move with both your existing landlord and the one whose building you are about to occupy. Moving a few days before or after the first of the month is usually a good idea.

 5. Rent a car for a day. On the date when you are supposed to complete the move, rent a car if you don’t have one. Of course, you can also summon Uber or Lyft for that purpose. In case you don’t feel like putting your valuables (laptops, important documents, etc) away from your side during the move – for example with movers – it is wise to get your own vehicle at least for that day.

 6. Find movers. Doing it yourself takes too much time and energy; this valuable time can otherwise be used more productively, like for setting up the new place or completing any other paperwork required to finalize your move. Movers do not come free, but hiring them will reduce your risks of getting back pain and breaking your fragile items into pieces.

There isn’t really any big difference in process between moving to NYC and any other big city. That being said, it is never bad idea to be over-prepared for everything. Communicate with all parties possibly involved in the move (landlords, transportation services, subscription services, your companies, etc) to avoid any problem before, during, and after your move.


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