Archive for the ‘Moving’ Category

CityMove: Moving Done Right – August NYC Real Estate Round Up

August 24th, 2014

We want to make ALL aspects of moving in NYC easier for you. We’re recapping the best real estate, decorating, moving tips and need-to-know information so you can catch up on the fly.

Check out this month’s roundup- we’re particularly crazy about how Thrillist decoded the New York City rental vocabulary.

What Landlords in NYC could learn from their Madrid counterparts. Brick Underground

20 NYC Rental Terms and their TRUE meanings. Thrillist

Things everyone forgets to check before signing a lease. Cracked

How to Land your Dream Rental in NYC from the Experts. Douglas Elliman

Easy Paint Calculator: New Home Tips from CityMove

June 10th, 2014

Easy Paint Calculator from CityMoveFollow these three simple steps to calculate how much paint you will actually need to give your new home some color. (Be sure to check your lease to see if painting is allowed – sometimes you have to agree to repaint before you move out!)

1.       Measure. Get out your measuring tape and do the following for each room of your new home:

Use a measuring tape to accurately measure the length of your wall, holding it in the center of the wall, avoiding baseboards.
Measure the height of your wall from floor to ceiling.

*Note: You’ll  need to do this step for each wall that you want to paint. 

2.       Calculate. A little arithmetic will go far to help avoid purchasing extra paint.

Multiply the numbers together for the square footage of your wall. Repeat for each additional wall and add their square footage together. Divide this by 350 (the industry average per gallon of paint from the Home Depot.)

Sample Room:

25 ft (wall length) x 6.5 ft (wall height) = 162.5 x 4 (square room= 4 same sized walls) = 650 total square feet

650 total/ 350 square feet  in a gallon= 1.8  or 2 gallons of paint (per coat)

3.       Purchase.  Select your paint color(s) and purchase the paint gallon(s) needed, as determined in step two.

Remember to buy based on the priming and number of coats you will need for each room and it’s best to buy extra paint when you’re having your paint color mixed to ensure it’s an exact match.


How to Avoid Moving Scams in NYC

May 11th, 2014

“I love the moving process,” said no one ever. CityMove is working to change that, one move at a time. We get that it’s scary to share your personal info on the internet;  in fact we created this site years ago as a resource to take (some of)  the stress out of moving.

Use these four tips to help avoid moving scams:

1.  Only share your personal and move information with verified websites, who are clear that they aren’t selling your info. Some of our customers have learned this the hard way.  Safeguard your information!

2. Be smart about providing full payment before a move is completed. If a moving company is asking up front for your credit card payment- sound the alarm.  If you do prefer to pay online- be sure to have a written agreement.

3. Beware of scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Think about the investment movers should make- watch out for Craigslist scams, scammers create and user fake businesses to get you to give up your personal information. Craigslist provides general warnings and what you  should you find yourself in a compromising situation.

4. Read reviews. You like your “stuff”, right? Make sure it stays in good shape.  Select movers based on verified reviews from real customers. We feel really strongly about this, and invite you to read CityMove verified reviews.

Note: CityMove doesn’t share or sell your information to any of our associated movers. Your personal information is only shared with the mover when you accept their bid. To make the process simple for both our customers and movers, we manage the inter-communication, ensuring there isn’t email overload and that you can select your movers without any pressure or haggling.

 How to Avoid Moving Scams in NYC

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.


Moving With Your Dog In New York City

February 9th, 2014

Dog Friendly Moving Tips

Moving in NYC with your Dog

If you are planning a move in New York City and have a dog, it’s important to factor your four-legged friend into your move.

The first step is to check your lease or purchase agreement to make sure that your new home is dog-friendly and that your dog fits within any breed and size requirements.

Once you’re good to go – preparing your dog to move to a new apartment or house may require some additional time and effort on your part, so be sure to  factor this into your moving timeline.

Frank Bonomo, Founder and Head Trainer of Best Friend’s Dog Training reminds us that while moving can be fun and exciting for the humans, it’s not the same for dogs. He offers these tips to make moving with a dog in New York City a lot less stressful:

  • Be prepared for house training and house manners to go backwards; a helpful solution for this is confining your dog to a comfortable space or crate. This is a moving tip you can begin practicing before you move into your new home!

  • When packing for your move to include your dog’s favorite bed or toys, dogs don’t always recognize items that may be a new version of their own.

Bonomo also recommends increasing the activity level of your dogs, including additional walks. This will help your dog reduce their stress level and burn energy during your move. Use the New York City Parks website and resources like Bring Fido to find dog-friendly parks and areas to explore in your new neighborhood.

You may also want to find a friend that your dog already knows and loves to help you out that day — lots of water, extra walks and attention can make the move happier for EVERY member of your family.

Remember, moving is a  transition time for both you and your dog, so patience and routine will ultimately help shape the experience into a positive one.


5 Things to Consider Before Moving in NYC

February 9th, 2014

Helpful Tips for your NYC Move

5 Tips for your Move in NYC

Planning a move in New York City – whether you already live here or are coming from out-of-town – can be exhilarating, but also overwhelming. There is a lots to consider, and as you start to brainstorm, your mind may run off on an island-long tangent.

Here are five important things to consider before you plan a move to New York City:

1. Money, honey.

This should be the top of your list. The city that doesn’t sleep isn’t cheap, and getting an affordable place requires more than just cheap rent. Take a look at the big picture cost, not just your monthly rental fees. Calculate food, utilities and transportation, such as a MetroCard.

When budgeting your move, be sure to account for an application fee, first and last months rent, a security deposit and a broker fee (if you use one). Also, do your homework and run a credit report  - before a future landlord does – to ensure there aren’t any outstanding issues that could jeopardize your chance at landing your dream apartment.

Don’t forget to budget for associated moving and apartment setup costs, such as moving supplies, movers, cleaning supplies and any necessities you may not already have.

Moving on a tight budget? Consider moving in the middle of the month, as most movers are busiest at the beginning and end of each month.

 2. Your Time Frame

It’s recommended to start looking for a new rental apartment in NYC about 45 days before your current lease expires or your projected move-in date. NYC apartments are in constant turnover, so don’t fear, when you’re ready to begin your search and make a commitment there will be something great available.

3. Find Your NYC Neighborhood

Do your homework on potential neighborhood you are interested in. Which of the five boroughs or surrounding suburbs of New York City are you most interested in?

Don’t forget to factor in the commute to work. If you already live in NY, will moving into a new neighborhood change the cost of your everyday transportation?

If you have kids, you’ll also need to check out schools. The NYC Department of Education website can be a handy resource to determine which school your child would attend.If you’re a foodie, discover the restaurants in your new ‘hood with some great food blogs like Serious Eats or EateryRow.

4. How will you find your new apartment?

There are many online resources to consider when looking for a rental apartment in NYC. Although it’s not always required to use a real estate broker, professional help which will come with a fee,  may enable you to see more apartments in a shorter period of time.

If a broker fee isn’t in your budget, consider searching “no-fee,” sublet and shared apartments using Craigslist or even Facebook.

Remember, it’s always a good tip to  visit an apartment to ensure it meets your expectations and size requirements before you sign any rental agreements.

5. How are you moving your stuff?

Once you’ve found your space, it’s important to budget for the move itself. Will you be doing it yourself or will you leave the heavy lifting to movers?

We’re biased, but we think you should consider selecting your movers using a free and reliable resource like CityMove.com. You simply input when and what you’re looking to move (furniture, boxes, other home goods) and local movers with verified reviews will respond back directly with a bid for your specific job. Then it’s as easy as approving the bid and getting moving.

What else should be on this list?