Moving is always hectic, but moves in cities like New York City are especially difficult. The buildings are older, often have narrow staircases, and some have a lack of elevators that make moving large and heavy items up to the fourth floor nearly impossible. What’s more, even if you do get your stuff up to your apartment’s door-there’s still the matter of getting it inside. Here are some tips for safely navigating this city mobile:
Apartment Buildings require strategic thinking considering elevators
You’ll want to consider the elevator capacity, speed, size and weight of your building.
If there are a lot of people moving into or out of your apartment building in a single day, then you might want to think about how many elevators there are and what is the wait, and the weight capacity. This will help determine if you’re going to be in line for long periods of time or just taking the stairs instead!
If you’re moving into a building with an elevator, be aware that some buildings have some that are small, and some are large. If you’re moving a lot of stuff, or if you have furniture that needs to fit through the doorways of your unit, then this can really help determine which one is right for you.
Consideration for other tenants
When you’re moving into or out of an apartment building, it’s important to consider other tenants. Other people who live in the building may not be as flexible with their schedules as you are and may have a hard time adjusting their plans when your move-in date changes unexpectedly.
You should also make sure that your movers and packers are aware of this fact; if they block hallways or stairwells, it can be disruptive for other residents trying to get around the building during business hours (and even more so at night).
Consideration for neighbors and building staff,
Moving into or out of an apartment building can be disruptive for everyone living there. If you have a large number of people coming in and out at all hours, it can be hard on other residents. If you’re moving during business hours, make sure that your movers aren’t blocking hallways or stairwells;
Maneuvering the load and ultimately the unload
The load and unload process can be a bit of a puzzle. There are many moving companies that offer flat rate pricing, but they don’t always face the same conditions. You may find yourself on an uneven surface or in a tight space, which requires extra effort on your part. The best way to ensure that your belongings arrive safely is by hiring professionals for wrapping and packing, direct traffic and help you maneuver through city streets with care and precision.
Once you reach the moving truck, your journey through New York City begins…with caution and precious cargo!
When it comes to unloading, you want the same thing as when you were loading. The process of unloading is a lot like moving your furniture around in your home—some things are pretty heavy and require some muscle, while others can be moved by one person alone with ease. It’s important that you pay attention to what exactly needs to be moved into your new apartment so that everything is placed where it belongs.A good moving company will properly assess your load and unload, whether they will pack for you, and what size truck will do the job.
Getting out of the way of the movers and packers especially in limited size apartments
As you enter the moving truck, you will notice that the movers have already begun to load your belongings. This is a good time to designate one person who will direct them in their packing efforts and help them understand where everything goes. Once they begin loading your belongings onto the truck, however, keep in mind that your journey through New York City begins…with caution and precious cargo!.
Once they begin loading your belongings onto the truck, however, keep in mind that your journey through New York City begins…with caution and precious cargo!
Moving from New York City, moving from Brooklyn, and moving from Queens takes a special type of service and requires good pricing.
Q: How do I know what my elevator can handle in weight?
A:The easiest thing to do is to ask your property manager, concierge, etc. They are familiar with the capacity of the elevators, or will get you the answer you are looking for.
Q: How do I know that I am using an experienced city mover and packer?
A: You can Google movers in Manhattan, movers in Brooklyn, movers in Queens, etc. Then look for their testimonials and grades on Google. If you have friends who have used the mover of choice, ask how it went.
Q: How do I inform other tenants of my move day?
A: If there is a property manager, building manager, or other person in charge of the building, that’s where you start. Ask the building representative to handle the communication, or start spreading the word yourself a week or so before.
Q: If I have very narrow staircases without an elevator, how can I judge my maneuvers?
Capacity and maneuvering are really questions for your professional movers. If you are moving yourself, make sure you measure not only the width of your staircase, but the height of your space to accommodate large, bulky items.
Moving is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow some basic tips, you can make the process easier and less stressful. Hiring movers and packers that will help with heavy lifting and organizing so that all you have to do is drive to your new home. But no matter what questions you may have moving from Manhattan, moving from Queens, moving from Brooklyn, just reach out to me, Eli at 718.689.6969, Let’s make the best out of your moving day.