Loading...

Archive for April, 2014


How to Unpack in your New York City Apartment

April 9th, 2014

Simple Tips to Unpack your apartment logo

There are furniture and boxes all over your new apartment. The moments after your belongings have been delivered by your moving company can be the most overwhelming of the entire moving process. So where do you start? With a plan.

Label: Clearly label your boxes when you are packing to move with a number and room description. This will help set a specific destination for your belongings and ensure nothing gets misplaced along the way.

Organize: Move boxes into each designated room or space. If possible, delegate this task to your movers while they are bringing your belongings into your new apartment.

Delegate: Assign tasks to friends or family who are helping on move in day. Helpers like to feel appreciated, so don’t forget the pizza and beer. If you’re moving by yourself, prioritizing and realizing it’s not a race but a marathon will also help. This is your new apartment and there is no rush.

Prioritize: Start unpacking the rooms you’ll need to use first. Put toiletries you need in the bathroom, and kitchen items in your cupboards. Remember, you can always rearrange, but getting things out of boxes and therefore out of the way should be your priority.

Stay Private: If you haven’t secured blinds or window treatments, be sure to put something over your windows for the first night. Retailers sell paper shades, or even a sheet will suffice for the first night or two.

Build: If you have organizational solutions (bookshelves, shoe racks, etc.)  that store other items, begin by putting these together first. If you’re in a small space and realize this would help- consider looking into space saving and affordable solutions at stores like The Container Store and Ikea.

Sleep: Put linens on your bed before you’re actually ready to use it. It will be the last thing you want to do after a long day of moving and will be something that will make your new apartment feel like home. Consider your clothing, shoes, and  accessories as low hanging fruit. These can be put to the side and unpacked into closets and dressing furniture last.

Review: If you used CityMove.com to select your movers, don’t forget to give them a review on the site.We want to hear what you thought about your New York City movers.  Don’t worry- we’ll send you an email reminder a few days after your move.

 

Packing Tips for Your Move: Easy Moving in New York City

April 8th, 2014

Easy Tips for Packing in NYC

Congratulations, you’ve found your new apartment in New York City and moving day is fast approaching. Before you panic, here are a few quick tips to help smooth your move (yes, we did just say that).

Sort First, Move Second

The first step in packing for a move should be in completing an assessment of your current living space. Are you downsizing? Moving in with a roommate? Buying a home that you’re furnishing fresh? Decide what needs to be packed for the new space, donated or tossed, City Opera Thrift Shop will come pick up your donation items (if you can’t get them to another second-hand drop off) they’ll also donate leftovers to Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Make a List

Make a list of large items or furniture that will need to be moved. As you pack boxes or bags, label each with a number, add the number and a description to your master list. For example, #10- Kitchen Appliances, Utensils. This will help when dropping items in your new place and unpacking.

Use What You’ve Got

Be resourceful while packing and use what you’ve got. New Yorkers are known for finding multiple uses for small spaces, so use those strategies for packing too. Use towels to pack breakables. Keep clothes on hangers, place a large rubber band around top and cover with a garbage bag. Use (clean) garbage cans and laundry baskets for transport of odd-shaped items.

Ask for Help

No one likes the process of moving, especially if you’ve got a lot of stuff to move. Consider hiring movers to pack your stuff or ask your friends or family. It’s easier for someone who isn’t emotionally attached to your belongings to prep them for a move. Just be prepared to return the favor!

We Want to Hear from You! What’s the one thing you wish you did before you started packing?

Moving in New York City: How to Select Movers

April 5th, 2014

4 Simple Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mover

 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Movers

Selecting a moving company to transport your belongings is a critical step in the moving process in NYC. Moving your belongings from your old apartment to your new, can feel overwhelming since there are hundreds of movers throughout New York City and New Jersey and finding one that is trustworthy, reliable, and fits your price range is essential.

Ask yourself these four questions:

1. Do you need or want a moving company with a license or insurance? Check requirements of your new building in advance and confirm your movers official license by visiting the NYC DOT website. Some buildings won’t let you move in without proof – so find out what’s required!

2. Is the mover willing to commit to a set price before moving day? The last thing you want is all of your stuff in boxes – and then a big surprise. If you’ve given an accurate representation of your belongings and the distance you are moving? Then you should be assured that the price you are quoted is the price you will pay. That’s why CityMove asks so many questions ahead of time. We want your moving day to be as stress-free as possible. The movers have all the information they need to give you a confirmed price before you even pack a box.

3. Does your mover answer your questions? If you’ve got a last minute question, or change to your move, it’s important to have a mover who responds quickly to your phone call or email. You should know that the person who is moving all of your stuff is also a person you can reach within a reasonable time.

4. Have you researched the moving company’s reputation? Selecting a mover with a quality track record to move your  belongings is essential. Learn from other New Yorkers experiences by reading the CityMove.com verified reviews — only those who have actually USED these movers can leave reviews – and we publish them all.