When you’re forced to do something you don’t want to do, the best thing you can do is to step up, face it and get it over as quickly as possible. Moving in New York City is no different. It’s a major inconvenience for many people and they just want to be done with the process! Unfortunately, moving tends to take longer and involve more steps than we want it to.
How can you speed up moving, so it goes as quickly as possible? There are actually more opportunities to expedite the moving process than most people realize! Here’s a look at some of the best ways to speed through a move without making it more difficult and cumbersome. Follow these 10 tips for speeding up your NYC move:
- Pre-pack. As soon as you know your moving date, start packing. It might seem like this tip adds time to your moving experience, but in reality, it speeds up the actual move itself. Instead of packing one or two days before you’re set to move, packing in advance makes it easy to quickly load up and transport your items on moving day.
- Pre-move. If there are things you know you won’t need immediately before or after a move, tend to them as soon as you know you’re relocating. Rent self-storage, pack unnecessary items and give them a temporary home until after the move. When moving day arrives, you’ll have less to worry about.
- Name boxes. You don’t want to waste time trying to coordinate boxes without knowing what’s inside of them. Label boxes as specifically as you can, with naming conventions and corresponding lists for what’s inside of them. If you know what’s in a box at a glance, your move will go much quicker and be much more organized.
- Call utilities in advance. Starting and stopping service ahead of time is a great way to expedite your move. Call the energy company, your internet provider and the cable company to tell them when you’re leaving your old place and when you’ll get into your new place, so service is automatically switched over for you on those dates.
- Consolidate your stuff. The fastest way to relocate your items is to purge them while you’re packing. If you don’t want it or need it, it doesn’t need to make the trip. Instant time saved! As a bonus, you can donate, sell or give away what you don’t need, helping you stay organized even after your move is over.
- Ask for help. It’s amazing what friends and family will help you with if you furnish them with pizza and beer. If you’ve got a big packing or moving job ahead, one of the quickest ways to speed it up is to get more people involved. As the old saying goes, “more hands make less work.”
- Pack in reverse. Adopt the “first in, last out” method of packing to make the last stretch of your move quicker. If you load the truck in reverse order of what you’ll need, it means the last stuff loaded will be the first things you take off the truck when you arrive at your new place. Likewise, the less-urgent items will be the last things off the truck.
- Clean as you go. If you take the time to clean rooms as you pack and empty them, the entire moving process will go quicker. If you pack and downside, then go back and clean, it’s going to take you twice as long to go through and tidy everything up. Cleaning along the way will also help the move-out process feel more natural.
- Start early. Wake up early in the morning and get started on the day of your move. Even if you’re not an early riser, getting up and jumping right into a relocation is one of the best ways to make it feel like it’s going quicker than it is. If you’re all moved out and relocated by the early afternoon, it won’t feel like it took the whole day!
- Hire professionals. We’ve saved the best for last! Nothing expedites a move and speeds things up like leaving it to the professionals. Put your packing, loading, moving and unloading in the hands of experts and watch how fast everything goes. There’s no better way to speed up your move in New York City!
While most of these tips are just common sense and good practice during the move, together they add up to a much quicker process. Saving a few minutes here or an hour there can add up to much less stress as you try to coordinate a headache-free relocation. If you’re not excited about your upcoming move, these tips will make it easier to grit your teeth and bear it.