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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?

Moving Day Essentials

February 9th, 2014

What You’ll Need for Moving Day in NYC

5 Moving Day Essentials

Congratulations!  Moving day is here. Before you tape up that last box, here are a few things to have on hand that can help make your moving experience an easier transition.

Movers Contact Information: Having a direct form of contact, either a cell phone number or direct operator contact is essential. You’ll want to confirm arrival or pick up time with your movers, and also ensure they have your correct contact information should an issue arise. If you’ve used CityMove.com you can log on to your account to view your mover’s contact information and your move confirmation.   if you’re moving yourself and have rented a truck, be sure to have the truck company’s information for any emergency situations.

Paperwork: Be prepared by carrying your lease or rental agreement and proper identification. If you are picking up keys on the day of your move, you may need to show proof to whomever is providing you with your new keys.

Cleaning Supplies: If you’re moving from one apartment to another, pack these in a clearly labeled box for easy access on moving day. If you’re moving into a new apartment for the first time,  a multi-purpose cleaner and paper towels should be sufficient to get you started.  Don’t forget the garbage bags.

Paper Goods: Bring or purchase a roll of toilet paper to start off at your new place. You don’t want to interrupt the flow of your move or unpacking by having to run out to the store mid-move.  Trust us on this one!

 Water & Snacks: Moving day can be an exhausting experience. We try to make it easy, but it’s always a good idea to plan ahead by stocking  water and  quick grab, protein-filled  snacks for yourself and friends or family who may be helping you move. A few pizzas can go a LONG way!

 Enjoy and welcome home.