If you’re planning on moving to NYC for the first time this fall, or even if you’re a veteran New Yorker relocating just a neighborhood or two away–or even a block or two away–you may want to check out the Urban Edge Moving Guide and Resources. It’s a fairly exhaustive (but never exhausting) look at everything that can (and, too often, does) go wrong, and how how to make sure it all goes right.
The Urban Edge Moving Guide and Resources represents the culmination of hours of discussion and research, as well my own personal experience over the course of numerous moves here in town, in several different neighborhoods, over the course of many years.
That said, I’m always looking for fresh tips and ideas to make moving to NYC go smoothly, and last week the New York Times had a post that smartly emphasized a few key points. In case you missed it, here’s a quick look:
The doorways and hallways leading into your New York City rental apartment can be exceptionally narrow, especially in older buildings.
So just because you carefully measured and know that the couch you have your eye on will fit nicely under the windows in your new living room, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be able to get into your apartment. Years ago I had to give away a brand new sofa that no amount of coaxing would get into my new NYC rental apartment. Lesson learned the hard way: measure your home; AND measure the hallways and doorways and elevators and stairwells. BEFORE you buy. There are stores that specialize in apartment sized furniture.
Bedbugs. I’ve been fortunate to live my entire NYC rental apartment life bedbug-free. Friends of mine haven’t been so lucky, and the stress and expense they go through is brutal. As the Times post points out, moving trucks can be a source of bedbug transmission, so before you have all of your stuff loaded onto one, you definitely want to make sure the moving company you choose takes every precaution against contamination. And, of course, you can help by wrapping and boxing everything–don’t forget: bedbugs like wood, not just “beds”–that goes onto the truck.
Other moving preparations specific to NYC rental apartments include confirming the “moving hours” of your new building (many NYC rental apartment buildings don’t allow move-ins or move-outs on weekends, for example); and checking the no-parking/no-standing situation on the blocks of both your new and soon-to-be former homes. We hope these moving to NYC tips are helpful to you!
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