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Moving to the USA
If relocation to New York City from somewhere within the country can be a complicated, often stressful undertaking, international moving is all of that, times two. Times at least two. Finding the right international moving company is definitely key to making your international moving experience as painless as possible, but there are plenty of other special circumstances and challenges to which anyone moving to the USA from abroad needs to attend.
For a good overview of the basics of moving to NYC, take a look at the Urban Edge Renting in New York City Guide, and also our exhaustive Moving Checklist. Of course, everything that helps a domestic relocation go smoothly in terms of organizing and packing applies to international moving as well, but there is also a great deal more to deal with in a move to a NY apartment from another country.
Searching For International Moving Companies
Choosing the international movie company best suited to your particular situation is possibly the most important decision you'll make when moving overseas. Remember, you'll need to choose from among international moving companies who have experience with all of the usual sorts of relocation duties--such as delivering an accurate estimate, packing all of your items so that they will be safe and secure, delivering and unloading everything on time and on budget--and that can also help you understand and navigate the blizzard of paperwork and documentation needed.
And if you're moving from an overseas location to an apartment in NYC—like, if you're literally crossing an ocean to get here—all of your possessions will likely have to pass through multiple loading, unloading, and processing points, so you'll be looking for an international moving company with the institutional reach and knowledge required to coordinate smooth passage through all of checkpoints, and be able to stay in contact with you every step of the way.
International Moving Companies and Storage
Does your international moving requirements include the need for lots of storage for all of the furniture and other household items that won't fit—or that you don't want--in your new home? This is often the case with families moving from a house (even a modest-sized house) located in most places in the world, into a NY apartment (even a largeish one).
Although living in NYC gives you instant access to the best city on the planet—and so, as far as we're concerned, offer the best living option anywhere--they do tend to be on the small side, especially as compared to the square footage of most private homes. The best international moving companies can handle all of your storage needs--either in your country of origin, if the relocation is for a relatively short and specific time period and you plan on returning, or here in the New York City area if things are a bit more open-ended—in conjunction with the move itself.
International Moving and Your Car in New York City
Depending on your place of origin, it might seem inconceivable to you that you could survive without your car. But before you add shipping your automobile to your list of international moving tasks and (not inconsiderable) expenses, we urge you to consider trying to live in your new NY apartment as one of the city's many, many car-free residents.
In fact, most studies put the percentage of New York City households who don't own a car at significantly more than 50%… and that number jumps to more than 75% when you only consider households in Manhattan. New York City has one of the most reliable, most extensive, and least expensive public transportation systems in the world, and most residents try to take full advantage of this remarkable infrastructure.