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NYC Moving Tips
1. Make a Moving list.
Whether moving from an apartment in New York City to a brownstone in Brooklyn, or a condo in Manhattan to a house in LA to keep your move organized, write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. The easiest way is to use your computer and print out a moving list of numbered with a space to write the contents of each room of your NY Apartment. If you do not have a computer available, a spiral-bound notebook will do the job just fine. It’s easy to put a number on EVERY box of your contents moving list as you pack. Keep one spot in your NY apartment as “moving central”. If you now to always look for your moving packing list in this spot, it will never get lost! In your Moving Central spot is where you will keep all your moving and packing supplies such as your moving labels, moving box marking pens, moving box tape, moving boxes and all of your other moving supplies other supplies. When you mark your moving box contents, always be certain to be specific –“Files types/names” is better than “files”, and “breakable kitchen dishes” is better than “misc. kitchen”.
2. Have plenty of moving boxes and moving supplies.
Remember, you’ll need lots of moving boxes –almost always more moving boxes than you think you will ever use. Having enough moving boxes on hand will make your life easier! You can buy all sizes of moving boxes and moving supplies for your NYC move directly form Ben Hur Moving and Storage Company, any unused moving boxes can be returned to Ben Hur Moving Company for a refund. It is always a good idea to have at least 10 moving boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You also should have a good supply of a few rolls of strong packing tape to close up all of those moving boxes securely. Do not use newsprint as it can stain your items, use unprinted newsprint, packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap (all available from Ben Hur Moving Company) and be certain to cushion household goods and carefully wrap any breakables in moving paper and bubble wrap. Remember, you’ll need lots more moving supplies than you think, so always have extra moving boxes and moving supplies to assure your move and packing go smoothly. Return any unused moving supplies after the truck is completely packed.
3. Utilize Moving wardrobe boxes, moving clothing any other way is not advised.
These tall Moving Wardrobe boxes are perfect way for moving your clothing form your New York apartment, from bulky clothing items to, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets and any clothing that should remain hanging for your move. Call Ben Hur Moving or go to the moving supplies section of our website moving supplies or phone one of our NYC moving experts to ask enquire about the width of the wardrobe moving boxes to best fit your moving needs. Measure your clothes in each one of your closets, don’t forget your coat closets, and you will be able to quickly figure out how many Moving wardrobe boxes you’ll need. Wardrobe boxes are also great for packing other NYC Apartment items such as closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such as fabric bolts, large baskets, or gift wrap tubes, comforters etc. Hint: Do not make the boxes so heavy that you or the movers cannot lift them.
4. Wardrobe moving box strategy.
Ben Hur Moving company will be happy to deliver any of your NYC moving boxes ahead of your moving day It is always a good idea a few days before your move the contents of your NY apartment or condo to fill some sturdy handled shopping bags with bulky closet items such as shoes, sweaters, belts, and jeans. On moving day, fill the bottom of the wardrobe moving boxes with some of the shopping bags, then add your hanging clothing. Be certain to pack your hanging items tightly so things won’t move around and fall off of hangers while in the wardrobe box. Hint: To keep your clothing dust-free during your move, it is always a good idea to cover the shoulders of your clothes (a dry cleaning bag works well. Those shopping bags on the bottom of your wardrobe boxes will also make it easier to retrieve your belongings from the bottoms of tall moving boxes.
5. Color coordinate your NYC move.
Designate a color for each room in the new apartment or home you are moving to, such as green for kitchen, blue for dining room, red for the bedroom etc. Either use colored markers on each box or simply apply colored sticker (and tape over with clear movers packing tape) to box near the box number. In your new home, put a matching sticker or color marked sign on each room’s door. This will allow our movers to know exactly and easily where to put each moving box when they arrive at the destination. It’s also recommended that you post a big sign on the wall of each room where you would like your moving boxes stacked, (“Moving Boxes go here, please”).
6. Keep your moving boxes and other items you are moving together.
By keeping things together you are moving, then, no matter who is packing, you or the Ben Hur movers can easily pack up all your items into the correct moving boxes. Keeping like items together will also help when unboxing at your final destination, keep books together with bookends, and extension cords with appliances they plug into. Use moving tape and plastic Baggies or envelopes to keep all those small, loose parts or screws. Remember, you have to unpack and reassemble all these items wherever you move to, so keep picture hooks with pictures, shelves and shelf brackets together with the bookcase they came from, include any special tools and bolts and wall unit bolts. Keep larger items and pieces along with any screws together with corresponding items (such as a cable TV cord) in a sealable plastic bag, and tape these with movers tape to the underside or back of the item.
7. Pack for your move ahead of time.
Moving is time consuming and can be emotional. The more you can pack ahead of time, the less you will need to do on the actual moving day. Pack “seasonally. If you are moving in the winter, first pack your summer items into boxes then you can unpack these last. Keep one television and one radio available; pack the others up in advance of your move. Use a “travel kit” for the last week or so and pack up all those bathroom items you do not use on a daily basis, remember to color code each box you pack so that the moving company knows which room to put each moving box when it arrived to your new residence. Same holds true for pots, pans and utensils, you do not need much and hey, why not take the move as an opportunity to explore a few new places you always wanted to try for dinner before you move. You do not need more than one trashcan or wastebasket; they also make great places to put your odd sized moving items into.
8. Consolidate cleaning supplies, do you really need to move them too?
Most places you are leaving call for you to clean the apartment before you move out, use supplies you have that are partially full, create a moving out kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags. Clean anything possible before the and whenever you can, vacuum each room as movers empty it into the moving truck. Any cleaning supplies that are more than half empty are probably not worth the move; throw them away after you clean out your old apartment.
9. Use your luggage for your move; hey they are designed for packing, right?
Fill any luggage you are going to move, put clothing and soft items such as towels and bedding into any duffle bags. Keep clothing you need to get to quickly in the suitcases, it will be easy to spot and remember when the movers unload the moving truck into your new home. Doesn’t matter if it is a long Distance Move or a Local move you’ll quickly be able to hone in on your suitcase while that moving box with the outfit you were going to wear for work might take days to find.
10. Safeguard and prepare valued items you are going to move.
If possible, keep your valuable items and possessions, like silverware, collectables, breakables and antiques, with you. If you are doing a long distance move and no room in your car, be sure to check your homeowner’s insurance at new you are moving to and the old place you are moving from to check and verify your coverage during the move Ben Hur Moving Company also offers additional moving insurance. Make certain that you at least personally carry all paperwork (receipts, appraisals, videos and photos); you will not want to pack these in a box for the move.
11. Move these yourself! Keep all personal and important papers with you.
Before the move, make copies of ALL your important papers. Make sure that the copies are packed in one place, while the originals are always with you. Important papers include but are not limited to, might include: school records, passports, birth certificates, closing papers for the home you are moving to, mover estimates, new location job contacts, the utility company numbers for both where you are moving from and to your new home you are moving to, account numbers and bank records, current bills, phone lists, realtor info, maps to your home you are moving to, and more. Don’t leave these to the responsibility of moving company or mover. Keep them with you at all times!
12. Personal boxes, makes the move much easier for each individual family member.
Use a bright or pastel colored storage boxe, one for each member of the household. Let everyone fill their own colored box with the items they want right away after the move. Its that can go in each moving box vary form person to person and may include such things bedding, an extension cord, phone, nightlight and flashlight, address book, writing instruments a small pad, keys, tissues, bath towels a travel kit, everyone has different needs, but no mater yours, once you move, you will be very glad you have your own moving tote box.
13. Once you arrive at your new apartment or home Re-Key all locks.
You’ll have piece of mind. Moving into an existing NYC apartment means other people may have keys! You just do not know if there are any other keys to the apartment or home you are moving into. It is an expense that will provide safety and piece of mind.
14. Closet Systems, after all, you need somewhere organized to put all those items you moved with you .
Having all the items you moved from you old place into you new home well organized and having a proper space will make your move worthwhile and make you feel at home as quickly as possible after the move. If at all possible, do not wait till you move to have your closet organizers installed. Whether you are handy and want to try and tackle it yourselves or you hire a professional closet organization company install it for you, you will be very happy you did, one less headache after that bing NYC move!