To hire movers or not to hire movers, that is the pressing question for individuals and families making a move, large or small. Especially for those that live in the Big Apple, where streets are busy, space is limited, and services are expensive, moves can be especially complicated. On one hand, hiring movers takes a great deal of the planning and heavy lifting off your hands. Literally. On the other hand, completing the move on your own can save some money and allow for added flexibility with your moving schedule.
To make the most informed choice when planning your NYC move, start by considering the following:
Determine Your Budget
One of the most important factors in determining whether or not you should hire professional movers to assist with your move is your budget. Depending on the company you hire, professional moving services can make somewhat of a dent in your wallet. Additional services such as packing your items for you, wrapping your valuables, and unpacking your belongings in your new home will add to the overall cost.
Determining a budget ahead of your move, whether local or cross-country, is an important step in the planning process. If you find a reputable professional moving company that is within your means, you will absolutely benefit from the added help. If, however, you’ve crunched the numbers and find that movers would pose too much of a financial strain, you may choose to take a more DIY approach to the move.
Inventory Your Belongings
When deciding whether or not to hire professional movers, consider how many items you will actually need to pack. If you’re moving from a large home or apartment, hiring professional movers may be the better choice to avoid an overwhelming moving process. Those moving from the typical small New York apartment who haven’t accumulated a great deal of belongings may find that a DIY move is achievable with proper planning, organization, and assistance from friends and family.
Conducting an inventory of all of your belongings before your move will help you determine the amount of moving supplies and size of moving vehicle required if you decide to forgo professional help.
How Far Are You Moving?
The distance of your move will also have an impact on whether or not it makes sense to hire professional movers for your relocation. If you are moving to a new apartment within the same borough, you may find it easier and more cost-effective to complete the move on your own. For long distance moves, such as those taking place cross country, you will likely appreciate the support and help of professional movers who can handle all of the details of your relocation from start to finish. For a price, professional movers will pack your items, load your boxes and furniture into the moving truck, drive to your new home, and unpack your belongings at your final destination. It is important to always keep in mind that hiring professional movers, especially for long-distance moves, will incur additional costs.
How Difficult Is Your Move?
Moving is always complicated, however certain households have a collection of certain items that are particularly challenging to move. Individuals who have oversized pieces of furniture, delicate antiques, expensive breakables, as well as appliances that require disconnecting or dismantling might be inclined to hire professional movers to get the job done properly. Further, heavy furniture and bulky pieces can be dangerous to lift and transport by non-professionals. If you foresee a particularly difficult move based on your possessions, the job may be done best by the professionals. If your move is fairly straightforward and you don’t anticipate too many tricky obstacles, you may be able to handle the move on your own.
How Long Will the Moving Process Take?
When planning your move, you need to set a realistic timeline of when all the necessary tasks will be completed. A DIY move allows for added freedom and flexibility with your move, however this can lead to procrastination and tasks put off to very last minute. With professional movers, you must stick to a more controlled timeline. Determine how much time you want to spend on your move and how much time you have to realistically dedicate to the process. Remember, professional movers are experts in all things packing, loading, driving, and unloading, and can have your move handled quickly and efficiently.
Do You Have Helpers?
If you’re on the fence of whether or not to hire professional movers, consider first asking friends and family to help transport your items. With the right number of hands, you can safely move furniture, lift heavy boxes, pack, and unpack. If, however, you find yourself without help due to challenging schedules or last minute drop outs, the move may be best left to the professionals to ensure your safety and protection of your belongings.
A cross-country move for a new job, to be closer to family, or just for a new adventure is an exciting change to look forward to. While you may be dreaming of what life will be like in your new home, you’re likely dreading the actual moving process. Bubble wrap, endless cardboard boxes, and mountains of items to sift through can make the move overwhelming. Even more, when your move is across state boundaries the many moving parts involved require a great deal of attention and preparation to ensure a seamless transition. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take to prepare for your cross-country relocation.
1. Determine A Budget and Schedule
There’s no getting around it: moving is expensive. The moving supplies including boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and more are just the tip of the iceberg. You likely need to hire a moving company, purchase one-way plane tickets, or prepare to pay for fuel to get the family car to your new home. Because there are so many potential costs associated with a cross-country move, one of the first steps to take is to set a budget. Setting a budget up-front will give you insight into just how much you’ll need to have in the bank to get you to your destination comfortably. Further, adding a bit of a cushion to your moving budget will help to prepare you for the likely unforeseen expenses that might pop up during your journey.
Once you have your budget set, consider using a calendar to map out a moving schedule. Write in tasks you want to have completed by a certain date, as well as reminders to take care of tasks such as cutting off utilities or updating your car insurance. By writing out all you have to care of in a visible way, you can better remain organized and on task, avoiding the dreaded pre-move all-nighters.
2. Hire a Moving Company
When moving across country you have one of two choices to make when it comes to transporting your items. You can either reserve a moving truck and drive to your new destination yourself, or you can hire movers to make the long haul to your new home. If you choose to hire movers, it is important to do your research. Hiring a reputable moving company that is affordable, respects your schedule, and has a thorough and honest procedure for securely packing your valuables. Spend time browsing online reviews, and consider contacting references to hear first-hand accounts of working with the company you are considering. When requesting a quote from the movers, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is not uncommon for companies to provide a quote that changes drastically by the end of the move due to hidden costs. Find a moving company that guarantees your rate from the start so that there are no costly surprises.
3. Collect Important Items
When starting the challenging process of sorting through all the items in your home, first collect important documents, medications, prescriptions and other small valuables you don’t want to lose in the shuffle. These items, some of which you may need upon arrival at your new home, should be kept in a safe and secure place.
4. Get Organized, Pack Up
The hardest part of relocating cross-country is packing your belongings in an organized manner. Whether you’re hiring a moving company to pack your items for you or packing your belongings yourself, you’ll first have to sort through your possessions to determine what exactly you want to take along with you to your new home.
Start the organizational process by purging all of the things you no longer need. Clothing that doesn’t fit, sports equipment you haven’t touched, and books you’ve already read are a great place to start. Be ruthless with your items. The more you get rid of from the start, the less you’ll have to pack and unpack, and load and unload.
Once you’ve established the chosen items to join you on your relocation journey, figure out if the items to be left behind will be thrown away, donated, or sold. Furniture, clothing, and books in good condition can be sold at consignment shops. If gaining a few extra bucks isn’t the highest priority, contact your local Goodwill or other charity to take the items you longer need off your hands. You are now ready to pull out the moving boxes, bubble wrap, and tape. Pack up!
5. Plan the Moving Details
Once you’re completely packed and ready to go, all you have left to do is to plan the details of your trip. If driving, map out your route to ensure you get to your destination on time. Make hotel reservations if you will be making pit stops along the way, and plan for when you’ll need gas, especially if driving through very rural areas. If flying to your new home, book your flights and plan transportation to the airport.
Ultimately when it comes to a cross-country relocation, the key is starting early, planning, and staying organized!
Whether you’re heading to another city or state for a new job, change of scenery, or with the hopes of new opportunities and adventures, this is likely an incredibly exciting time. Before you can start enjoying all that your new home has to offer, however, you must first endure the dreaded moving process. Even for the most organized individuals, moving always presents unexpected obstacles that can leave you frustrated, exhausted, and maybe even wondering whether you really want to relocate. Fortunately, there are easy hacks you can implement to transform the moving process from stressful to simple.
When it comes to moving, there is no denying that the packing process always ends up taking longer than expected. It is therefore highly recommended that you begin packing as soon as the details of your move are finalized. Consider sorting and packing your belongings over the course of a month or two. Using a calendar, map out the tasks you need to complete to keep you on track. Instead of pulling all-nighters in the days before your move, you’ll find yourself relaxed and ready to enjoy your new home.
Find Moving Materials
Before you begin packing up your belongings, be on the lookout for packing materials. In order to save some money during the pricey moving process, check in with friends or family members who have recently moved to see if they have extra moving boxes still in decent shape that you could reuse. You can even visit local grocery stores and restaurants to see if they have boxes ready to be recycled. Don’t forget to stock up on shipping tape, bubble wrap, and any other moving supplies you might need. By getting these items together early, you’ll save yourself last minute, time-consuming trips to the store as you get your home organized for the move.
Get Rid of Items You No Longer Need
It’s only during a move that realize how much stuff you actually accumulate over time. Old books, barely used equipment, and clothes that haven’t fit for years often clutter closets and garages leaving homeowners overwhelmed come moving time. The first and most important step to getting your home organized before a move is to get rid of items you no longer use or simply don’t need. In the weeks leading up to your move, take note of items in your home that go untouched, or pieces of clothing that remain unworn. These items are great candidates for the donate or sell piles.
By being ruthless with your belongings as you sift through all that you own, you will have less stuff to pack, load and unload, and transport across town or to another state.
Sort Your Belongings by Category
One of the easiest ways to organize your home in preparation for a move is to sort your belongings by category, instead of by room. For example, focus on only clothes, books, shoes, or important papers at a single time. Using this method will help during the packing process as you identify and collect the items throughout your home that should be packed together. Further, focusing on a single category of item makes the sorting and packing process a little less overwhelming, offering a methodical way with which to make your way through your home.
Set Aside Items to Sell
Once you’ve gone through all of your things, you will likely find items you no longer want, but that might make you a few extra bucks. Clothing in good condition, well-maintained pieces of furniture, and no-longer-needed baby items often sell quickly on various online marketplaces or even a garage sale. If you have barely worn brand name clothing or shoes, you might consider visiting a consignment shop to sell your items for you. When it comes to furniture, “Craigslist” and “Offer Up” are always trusted resources for quickly unloading these bulky items to others who need it. For any other items you’d like to get rid of before the move, consider reaching out to your friends or social networks.
Set Aside Items to Donate
As you organize your items, you may also find items to donate. Clothing, shoes, books, toys, and furniture are often sought after by many different charities. A number of charities will even save you a trip by stopping by your home to pick up donated items. Simply schedule a pickup time and leave the items you wish to give on your doorstep. If you have the time to make a few trips, drop off unwanted items at your local Goodwill.
Schedule Disconnect Time for Utilities
One of the final steps to organizing your home before a move is to schedule disconnect times for all your utilities. At least a week before your move, make sure to call your electricity, internet, cable, and gas providers to inform them that you will be relocating. They will help you determine the exact date on which everything will be shut off, and may even help you with set up in your new home.
Subletting an apartment in New York is common, because it offers a convenient living solution to those looking for temporary housing and those in need of a tenant to assume their lease for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re moving for a short period, taking time off to travel the world, temporarily relocating for a work project, or leaving New York for a dream job, you likely won’t want to leave your expensive New York apartment sitting unoccupied. Subletting makes sense in these cases, offering a simple solution that leaves your wallet protected. Though common, the actual process of subletting can be intimidating to individuals who have not done so before. With proper planning and research, however, subletting your apartment can be done in just a few easy steps.
What To Expect Financially
Before beginning the process of subletting your apartment, it is first important to understand what to expect financially from this arrangement. There are a number of factors that will impact the amount of money you recoup, including the demand in your neighborhood, whether it comes furnished, and even the quality of your furnishings. For example, subletted apartments in major cities such as New York or in college towns typically yield a higher return because demand is usually very high. Further, a well-appointed apartment with high quality furniture can be subletted at a higher rate as they often attract more well-off subletters, such as relocating executives. In typical sublet arrangement, you can expect to receive between 70-80% of your rent.
Talk to your Landlord
The first and one of the most important steps to subletting your apartment is speaking with your landlord and receiving their permission to sublet your apartment. Make sure to review the terms of your lease to ensure that there is no clause against subletting. In most cases, an upfront and open discussion about your situation will yield a positive response and permission to proceed with the sublet. In New York State specifically, tenants are legally entitled to request permission to sublet their apartment. The landlord is not allowed to refuse a request to sublet without specific and justified reason.
It is recommended that 30 days before the start of your sublet, you present a certified letter to your landlord detailing the reason for the sublease, the length of the sublease, the amount you will be paid by the subletter, and the name and contact information for your subtenant. Within 10 days, your landlord must give you a response. When they do approve, make sure to get their permission in writing. Though they will likely approve your request, it is important to keep in mind that you are still financially responsible for providing the rent to your landlord each month, and are wholly liable for any damage to the property. Therefore, it is crucial to pick a subtenant wisely.
How to Find a Subletter
When someone is living in your space or a space you are responsible for, you’ll likely want to dedicate a great deal of time and effort in selecting a trust-worthy subletter. One option is to first reach out to your network for someone looking to sublet an apartment. Consider making a post to your social media pages, speaking with friends, or spreading the word around work. By searching for a subtenant that you know (whether closely or through friends), you will likely feel much more comfortable leaving your apartment in their hands.
If you are unsuccessful in finding a subtenant through word of mouth, you can expand your search to include online boards such as Craigslist. Because you will not know the interested parties, it is important that you take certain precautions in order to attract just the right person. In your posting, be specific about the dates of the sublease, financial requirements to proceed with a sublease, proof of employment history, and a request for references. Once you’ve heard back from potential subletters, you’ll want to next conduct interviews.
Taking the time to meet in person or over Skype with your subtenant will give you the opportunity to find out more information about their purpose for subleasing, their expectations for the arrangement, and even their level of cleanliness. Once you’ve found the right fit, its time to sign a written agreement of your sublet arrangement.
Sign a Written Agreement
Whether you’re subletting to a close friend or a complete stranger, it is important to get the details of your sublet into writing. This step is critical, providing a clear understanding to both parties about expectations. This document can also serve to protect you should things not go quite as planned. While you can create the written agreement yourself, it is generally recommended that you utilize a professionally formatted version typically available for a fee.
Prepare your Apartment
With the agreement in place, its time to get your apartment ready. Clean and clear the spaces your subtenant will be using, and store away valuables you want to protect. Before you leave, provide your contact information and the contact information for your landlord.
If your dream of moving to the Big Apple is finally becoming a reality, you’re likely looking forward to the world-renowned dining scene, unmatched nightlife, and rich culture only offered in New York. As you begin your search for the perfect apartment, it will soon become clear that this vibrant atmosphere characteristic of the city can come at a high cost. New York rents are notoriously pricey, leaving many to match up with roommates, sacrifice square footage, or move to more up-and-coming neighborhoods in order to get more bang for their buck.
What many newcomers may not anticipate, however, is the possibility of finding just the right spot that lacks one seemingly fundamental feature: a closet. While you may be scratching your head figuring out how you can make a bedroom without a closet work, there are actually a number of simple and inexpensive solutions to this unusual dilemma. Before passing up a great apartment, consider:
One of the most affordable solutions to a lack of closet space is a sleek garment rack. Available in a variety of lengths and styles, garment racks can integrate seamlessly into small spaces, taking up very little room. Garment racks can be freestanding or mounted onto the wall, giving you the versatility to create a space that is truly your own. Further, you have the option to either keep your clothing exposed and visible, or add a screen or throw that can allow for a little more privacy. Many garment racks come equipped with wheels to make moving your items a breeze, giving you the option to redesign your space as often as you please.
One of the most useful spaces in your room when you don’t have a closet is the space underneath your bed. There now exists an expansive variety of underbed storage containers, bins, drawers, and organizers, making this the perfect location for out of season clothing, bulky shoes, and so much more. The right underbed storage containers, made of durable materials and solidly sealed, will keep your valuables fresh and ready to wear whenever you choose.
When dealing with unconventional spaces, it is necessary to get creative. For your closetless room, you might consider using a bookshelf to store your clothing. Bookshelves are a go-to for rooms without closets because they are tall and spacious, offering an incredible amount of storage space for your items. With a traditional freestanding bookshelf, you can create a truly unique look by mixing books with your clothing. Or, you have the option to cover your bookshelf with a curtain for added privacy if you prefer not to have your unmentionables in sight.
Floating bookshelves are another great option, able to be installed onto your walls with relative ease. Not only will floating shelves take up a small amount of space, they’ll give your room an organized, modern look while offering you full visibility of your items. They can be placed almost anywhere on your wall, so you can create a one-of-a-kind layout you’ll love.
Without a closet, wall space becomes your new best friend. One of the quickest solutions for increasing storage space in your bedroom if there is no closet is by hanging hooks. Hooks can be added virtually anywhere in a matter of minutes. Purses, coats, belts, scarves, jewelry, sweaters, and so much more can find a home on a conveniently placed hook in your room. Further, hooks can add personality to your space, as they are available in virtually any shape, material, design, or color that might catch your eye. The best part about hooks? They’re incredibly inexpensive, so feel free to stock up.
Trunks and Storage Benches
If your room affords you a little more space, consider purchasing a trunk or storage bench for added storage space. Trunks are distinctive in that they are a standout design element that doesn’t sacrifice the functionality of your room. Browse your local home goods store, flea market, or furniture store for a trunk or storage bench that matches your style. Available in styles from vintage to modern, you’re sure to find an option that fits perfectly with your bedroom aesthetic. In your trunk or storage bench, you can store seasonal clothing, rarely worn items, or those pieces that are a little bulkier.
In a room without a closet, you can’t go wrong with a traditional wardrobe. Though larger in size, wardrobes offer an incredible amount of storage space for your clothing. Most wardrobes are designed with space to hang clothes as well as drawers for items that can be folded, ensuring all your items have a place. Though often a bit more expensive, wardrobes are hard to beat in terms of functionality. And, like most pieces furniture, wardrobes give you the opportunity to express your unique style in your space.
Don’t let a lack of closet space deter you from signing a lease on your new New York apartment. With a little imagination and creative use of space, you can build a room that is functional, organized, and truly representative of you.
For decades, individuals and families have flocked to New York City for a chance to experience the hustle, bustle and nonstop action this truly one-of-a-kind city has to offer. Its no surprise that the unmatched night life, incredible diversity, and world class museums, restaurants, and shops leave many wanting a more permanent stay in the city that never sleeps. Once you’ve decided to call New York home, the next step is determining which neighborhood of the city to move into. With so many options to choose from, the process can seem overwhelming. However, with a few key factors in mind, finding the right New York neighborhood that matches your budget, lifestyle, and space needs can be a painless process.
Factors to Keep In Mind When Choosing a New York Neighborhood
Narrowing down your New York neighborhood search can be as simple as considering a few key factors: price, lifestyle, and space needs.
Price: Let’s face it, the most important factor to consider when selecting a neighborhood in New York is cost. Rent in a number of New York neighborhoods are notoriously high, however there are less expensive options available. Whether you’ve got a little more stretch in your wallet and can afford a downtown Manhattan space, or the less expensive outer boroughs are more in your range, New York certainly has options for everyone.
Lifestyle: New York is unique in that its sheer size enables individuals of all different lifestyles to find the neighborhood that suits their specific needs. For example, certain neighborhoods are more suitable for families with school age children, offering outdoor spaces for play, increased levels of safety, and high performing schools. On the other hand, young newcomers to the city often find that a neighborhood featuring trendy restaurants, bars, and an active social scene is of higher interest. Once you’ve identified the important criteria for your neighborhood, you’ll be able to narrow down your search.
Space Needs: When choosing the New York neighborhood that is right for you, keep in mind how much space you’ll need to live comfortably. It’s no secret that in many New York neighborhoods, extra space comes at an added price. Those new to the city often find themselves compromising on space. This is especially true for those who find it necessary to pair up with a roommate or two…or three. However, there are certain areas, such as Brooklyn or Queens, where your dollar can go a little further.
New York Neighborhoods to Consider
Once you’ve taken into account the factors that will ultimately influence the neighborhood you choose, you can begin the exciting process of researching areas that might be the right fit for your new New York life. Ultimately, it’s hard to do wrong no matter where you choose because in New York, you’re always just a brief bus or subway ride from the next adventure. A few of the most popular neighborhoods to consider include:
East Village: East Village is considered to be a hotspot for the dining, culture, and nightlife that many move to the city to experience. Young professionals and students make up a large portion of this area’s residents, particularly due to the presence of a few nearby New York University dorms. Rent in this area averages around $2,800 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, making it one of the more affordable New York neighborhoods. Conveniently situated, public transportation is easy to catch in the East Village.
Williamsburg: Williamsburg is one of New York’s most trendy neighborhoods, credited as the birthplace of the city’s hipster movement. The growing popularity of this area has brought with it clubs, galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars, making it an ideal location for those that value a vibrant social scene. The cost of living in Williamsburg isn’t cheap, as an average one bedroom apartment will set you back around $3,200 each month. Public transportation in Williamsburg is not as well connected, though there are convenient options for those who work in Downtown Manhattan.
Harlem: You’ve likely heard the Harlem name, and there’s much to love about this classic New York neighborhood. Above all, those that call Harlem home take pride in the area’s rich history as the birthplace of the civil rights movement and American jazz. One of the more affordable neighborhood options, Harlem serves as an attractive option for many young professionals and students. The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Harlem sits at about $2,000 per month, and it is well connected to public transportation routes.
Battery Park City: For individuals who are searching for a quieter neighborhood with low crime, strong schools, and beautiful public open spaces, Battery Park City is a great option. An ideal location for families with children, Battery Park City is nestled between the Hudson River and the Financial District. The Battery Park City Esplanade is one of the area’s shining features, offering stunning views of the river and great outdoor spaces to play. With a median rent of about $3,700, Battery Park City proves it’s worth every penny.
For many individuals, living in New York City is the ultimate dream. The bright lights, bustling streets, and crowded sidewalks have an allure unlike any other, making the city that never sleeps a desirable hot spot to live. However, living in this popular destination certainly comes at a cost. In fact, New York City is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities to live in in the United States. If you’ve got your sights set on living in the Big Apple, determining whether or not you have what it takes to turn your dream of city living into a reality requires a great deal of planning. The following information can help you answer the question: can I actually afford to move to New York?
Do I Have a Budget?
Those most successful in making a move to New York are individuals who have set and stick to a strict budget. In a city with such a high cost of living, it is crucial to know where every dollar you spend goes. Do you find yourself grabbing takeout on the way home from work 5 nights a week? Do you treat yourself to luxurious manicures and pedicures on a regular basis? Compiling a detailed budget of your income and expenses will help you figure out what you will be able to afford when living in New York, as well as where you might need to cut back. Your income will need to support your rent, utility bills, and food costs. Other factors you’ll want to take into account include the amount that will go towards your savings, retirement, and emergency funds. When considering a move to New York, many people will explore supplemental income opportunities in order to achieve a more comfortable livelihood.
Finding the Right New York Neighborhood
While conversations of New York typically conjure up images of Manhattan, the city is actually made up of several different boroughs. Within the borders of each borough are wholly unique neighborhoods that offer distinct, one of a kind atmospheres. The neighborhood you choose to move to is one of the largest determining factors in your ability to move to New York.
For example, Harlem is a neighborhood that has grown in popularity among young professionals and student seeking out a more affordable living choice. With an estimated $2,000 median asking rent, Harlem’s diversity and up-and-coming vibe make it an attractive option to New York newcomers. Other more affordable neighborhoods include Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. New Yorkers with a bit more stretch in their wallets flock to the East Village, a hip area full of restaurants, bars, and shops. Boasting a median asking rent of $3,150, the East Village is a top choice among young professionals new to the area.
Which Living Style is Right for Me?
Once you’ve pinpointed your neighborhood of choice for your move to New York, you’ll then have to determine the most realistic living style for your budget. While you may live alone in a 1-bedroom apartment in your current city, newcomers to New York often find themselves searching for roommates to make living in the city possible. There are a number of different resources available to help aid in your roommate search. Once you’ve find the right group to live with, you can find apartment that suits your needs and split all the living costs involved.
An alternative to roommate living is renting a vacant room, or subletting a room under an existing lease. This is an attractive option, as it gives you a relatively inexpensive place to live when you first arrive to New York without confining you to a year-long lease. You will then have the flexibility to explore a more affordable long-term living solution in a neighborhood you love.
A final living style you can consider is to of course rent an apartment on your own. The most expensive of the living style options, you will need to ensure your income will support all monthly expenses associated with your apartment. If you can afford it, living solo provides the peace and solitude rarely found in the city.
Costs of Moving to New York
When determining whether or not you can afford to move to New York, it is important to keep in mind that the costs associated with the move do not start once you get there. In fact, the actual move itself will add up. Do you have to time and energy to pack up your belongings yourself? Have you purchased the right amount of boxes and other moving supplies? Are you planning on hiring movers? Do you have a trusted moving company to handle a cross-country relocation? These are just a few of the questions you will need to ask yourself as you prepare to move to New York. Factoring moving costs into your budget will better situate you once you’ve finally arrived at your new home.
Moving is always stressful, but moving to New York brings a unique set of challenges. Roadway Moving is the number one rated moving company in New York, trusted by thousands of individuals to provide unmatched care and attention to detail for both local and long distance moves. If moving to New York is on your bucket list, contact Roadway Moving today to see how we can help you turn your dream into reality, at an affordable price.
Moving under any circumstance isn’t easy, but moving with a piano in New York City is a whole other story. Figuring out just the right way to maneuver this delicate piece of furniture is a challenge, especially given that most New York homes and apartments feature small rooms and narrow doorways. While you may be tempted to move your piano by yourself with the help of a few friends, it is strongly recommended that moving a piano be done by experienced professionals. If you plan to make the move yourself, there are steps you can take to ensure safety and efficiency.
When moving a heavy and cumbersome piano, ensuring your safety is of the utmost importance. Never attempt to move a piano by yourself. Instead, gather a group of helpers in good health that will be able to easily lift the weight of the piano and maneuver it through the necessary spaces. All should be dressed in appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes to prevent injury. As a group, determine how you will address obstacles such as stairs, carpeting, and elevators. You will also want to ensure that the path you will take is completely clear of all obstructions that might result in trips and/or falls.
Before you attempt to move your piano, you will need to gather the measurements of both the piano and the doorways through which the piano will go through. Measure the length, width, and height of the piano in addition to the height and width of the doorways. If the piano is too big for the doorway, you may need to explore alternative options to get the piano out of your home and should elicit the guidance of moving professionals.
Prepare the Piano
Pianos are expensive and delicate instruments, so properly preparing this valuable addition to your home is incredibly important. Any damage that occurs during the move can result in costly repairs. You will want to wrap the piano in plastic wrap and cloth, securing the lid over the keyboard so that it does not open during the move. Wrapping your piano properly will effectively prevent scratches and scrapes during your transition to your new home.
Moving the Piano
Throughout the duration of the move, it is important to keep the piano in an upright position. Tilting the piano or carrying it on its side could result in damage to the delicate inner workings of the instrument. It is highly recommended that you elicit the assistance of a moving dolly to transport the piano. Not only will a moving dolly make the piano easier to maneuver, it is much safer for you and your helpers. Once the piano is lifted safely onto the dolly, secure it in place with dolly straps to minimize shifting and movement. If you are unable to use a dolly, keep the piano balanced by placing one person at each side while carrying. When lifting, do so from the legs and not the back to avoid serious injuries.
You will want the piano to be the first item in your moving van or truck, placed against the back wall. By doing so, you will be able to better secure the piano with the rest of your items or other pieces of furniture. This will again minimize movement, lowering the risk for damage to your valuable instrument.
Get Professional Assistance
Though you may be enticed to move your piano yourself in order to save money, the safety and peace of mind offered by professional movers is priceless. Hiring professional movers is the best option, as they are highly skilled in moving large and difficult pieces of furniture through even the smallest of spaces.
Roadway Moving is the number one moving company in New York, trusted by residents and businesses time and time again to provide unmatched satisfaction. Our skilled team of movers has the equipment, knowledge, and experience necessary to safely move your piano out of your old home and into your new one. When you contact us, we will schedule an appointment for an on-site estimator to determine the number of movers required to move your piano. You will also receive a comprehensive quote that will not change at any point during the move. Browse our online reviews today to see why New York area families trust Roadway Moving to move their most valued possessions.
There’s no way around it: moving is a challenging task for even the best of us. Whether you live in a small New York City apartment or a spacious home, there are obstacles that make the moving process one that leaves individuals and families at their wits end. One of the most frustrating hurdles that often arise on move day is finding out, to your dismay, that your couch will not get through the door easily. Determining just the right maneuvers to get your couch out of the door, down a narrow hallway, or into an elevator often requires a great deal of time and physical effort. However, with the right preparatory steps, you can make it fit with minimal exertion.
Put the Measuring Tape to Use
The most obvious step that many forget when attempting to move a couch through a small door, is measuring the dimensions of the couch. Often, it is not until you’ve already attempted a great deal of pushing and wiggling before this step occurs. Take out the measuring tape and determine the length, width, and height of your couch. If your couch has legs that cannot be detached, make sure to include their height in the overall length of the furniture. The height of the couch is the distance from the floor to the top of the couch’s back. If the legs can be detached, do so now and measure from the bottom of the couch to the top of the couch back.
After collecting the measurements of the couch, you will need to measure the opening of the door through which the couch needs to go. When dealing with particularly narrow doorways, this is a crucial step in determining just how you’ll situate your couch to successfully fit it through. Using a tape measure, gather the height and width of the door. Make sure to measure each of the doorways in your apartment or home that the couch will need to go through. It is often the case that different doorways have different dimensions, despite being in the same home.
Problem Solving: How to Handle Dimensional Obstacles
After you’ve measured your couch and small doorway, you may need to address obstacles due to differences in their dimensions. If you find that your couch is both too wide and too tall for your door, then the length of the couch will need to be shorter than the door’s height in order for a successful move. Keep in mind that you may be able to gain addition room by removing the actual door from the doorway. Also important to note is the amount of space you have on either side of the doorway to maneuver the couch through. There should be at least a foot of space on either side of the doorway.
If you find that the back of the couch is taller than the width of the door, the couch’s width will have to be narrower than the door’s width. If this is the case, you will be able to successfully slip the couch through the doorway by turning it so that the couch back is facing the ceiling.
Make the Move
If you’ve accounted for the dimensions of your couch and the door, it is time to move the couch. First, make sure to remove all of the couch’s cushions. This will make moving easier as you won’t have pieces falling in your way, and will lighten the weight of the couch. You also might consider placing cardboard down on carpeted surfaces. This will enable you to easily slide your couch on this surface without getting caught. For the moving of the couch, start by standing your couch up on one end with the bottom of the couch facing the doorway. Next, situate the couch so that the back and bottom form a V. Together with a helper, attempt to slide the couch through the door, ensuring the couch’s seat is facing inside. As you slide the couch through the door, let it wrap around the doorway.
Call in the Professionals
If you’ve tried all the techniques recommended and still have no luck, it may be time to reach out to a professional moving company. Our team of skilled movers will be able to determine just the right angles to get your couch out of the narrow doorway, or will have the capabilities to disassemble and reassemble your couch as needed.
Roadway Moving is the leading moving company in New York, helping families safely and efficiently move their valuables in a timely and affordable manner. Our expert crew of movers specialize in solving even the most complicated moving challenges, particularly that of maneuvering large furniture through small spaces. From determining the right angle to get a couch through the doorway, to dismantling and reassembling furniture that is just too big, we have the moving solutions that meet your unique needs.
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When it comes to decorating your home or apartment, adding a chandelier can truly take the appearance of your space to the next level. From small chandeliers that add a pop of elegance to a small New York apartment to show-stopping large fixtures, this design element is one that should not be overlooked.
If you’ve chosen to install a chandelier in your NYC home but are planning to move, the question will arise: how exactly do you move a chandelier?
Moving is often an overwhelming and stressful time for any individual or family, especially in New York. Figuring out how to securely transport a chandelier without causing damage adds an added challenge that might leave you scratching your head. However, with the proper planning, moving even the most elegant of chandeliers can be a smooth process. Whether you choose to move your chandelier yourself, or decide to seek assistance from a trusted and experienced moving company like Roadway, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Prepping a Chandelier for the Move
As you prepare for your big move, you must first get the chandelier ready for removal from its current location. It is important to always have assistance to ensure your safety. If your chandelier is connected to a power source, make sure to turn off the power to the room in which it is kept. Disassemble the chandelier from the ceiling while collecting and securing all mounting hardware. Screws, hooks, wires or other loose pieces can be placed in a plastic bag and marked, so that you have everything you need when it comes time to hang the chandelier in your new home. Any wires or cords should be rolled up and secured with twist-ties to avoid tangling.
Once all the mounting gear is safely packed, begin to disassemble any removable parts from the chandelier. Loose parts might include lampshades, crystals, chains, light bulbs, or other decorative that are detachable. These parts should be wrapped in packing paper and bubble wrap to ensure they can be transported without damage. Once smaller pieces have been packed, wrap the body of the chandelier in a protective layer of packing paper and bubble wrap, covering one section at a time. Every scroll or arm of the chandelier should be completely covered to avoid scratches, dings, or abrasions throughout the move.
Preparing a Shipping Crate and Packing the Chandelier
Once the chandelier has been properly prepared, you will want to purchase a shipping crate in which to transport it. The shipping crate should be able to hold the chandelier with 4-inches of space around each side of the fixture, including at the bottom. Next, you will need to construct a mechanism from which the chandelier will hang within the shipping crate for the move. You will need two 1-by-1 pieces of wood that are 2 inches shorter than the height of the shipping crate, as well as a third piece of wood the length of the crate. Secure the 1-by-1 pieces to the sides of the crate with screws, and place the last piece of wood on top of the ledge made by the side pieces. Secure with screws. Repeat these steps on the other side of the crate. Once complete, the chandelier will be able to hang within the shipping crate during the move.
You will now need to hang the chandelier in the shipping crate. This can be done by first feeding a rope through the mounting chain of the chandelier, and then tying the other end of the rope to the top of the shipping crate so that fixture hangs about two inches from the bottom of the crate. Though you’ve already wrapped the chandelier with packing paper and bubble wrap, you may consider additional padding. One option is to place a garbage bag around the chandelier that is filled with packing peanuts. To prevent the chandelier from swaying during the move, you might also consider filling the shipping crate with packing peanuts as well. Minimizing as much movement as possible is crucial to eliminating the possibility for damage to your chandelier.
The final step in packing your chandelier for the move is to nail the shipping crate shut, and label the top of the box to ensure it remains upright as it is handled.
Leave it to the Experts
While you may be able to disassemble and pack your chandelier yourself, many individuals do not feel comfortable with the work and care necessary to ensure a safe and accident-free move. In this case, it is recommended that you enlist the help of moving professionals. Roadway Moving, the top-rated moving company in New York, has helped many chandelier owners safely transport their chandeliers to their new homes. Large or small, no chandelier is too challenging for our expert trained crew. We go above and beyond to ensure your items are handled with the utmost care, even bringing in electricians or other specialists to properly remove light and decorative fixtures when necessary.
Roadway prides itself on being the one-stop-shop for all your moving needs. But don’t just take our word for it. Browse our online reviews today to see why we are the #1 rated movers in NYC and the surrounding boroughs. Contact us today to discuss how we can prep and move your chandelier safely, efficiently, and in a timely manner.