Posts Tagged ‘Renting’

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.


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.

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