Every year thousands – if not tens of thousands – of people move to New York and New York City.
And just like the city itself, these people come from all walks of life. This story is about the type of mover you might be. Maybe it's your first move. Maybe you're moving into together after a wedding. Maybe you're retired and downsizing your home.
Let's take a look at people moving at different stages of their life and the issues that are specific to them: the first-time mover, combining a household (newlyweds), moving with kids, and empty-nest movers.
Building That Love Nest
When two households combine, that's essentially two moves, and it increases the complexity accordingly.
Most longer-distance moves (50 miles or so) are based on weight, so make a complete list of each other's household items. If there are duplicates, decide what to eliminate so you’re not shipping the same article twice.
If using the same movers (New York movers or otherwise) for both moves, be sure your mover knows that. The extra pick-up charge is usually small depending on the distance between the two locations.
And make sure the mover knows the access to both locations. If a large truck is used at one location, and the second location will not accommodate the large truck, there may be a need to have the second location’s goods transferred to the first location in a smaller truck. Again -- these are all things the moving company will need to know in advance.
Items to be moved from both locations should be inventoried by the mover, and loaded so that unloading is smooth. When the goods are coming from two locations, it can be confusing where they’re placed at the destination -- they may go to a different area of the new residence than where they come from at the original residence. Figure this out for your movers and draw up a map.
Bottom line: For this move, communication and planning are crucial.
First-Time Mover: Information Overload
Moving for the first time can be overwhelming, so stop, take a breath, and work through a checklist of things you need to get done. Here are some starters:
* Be sure to find out how these types of moves are priced. Also, every service you request comes at a cost, such as packing and unpacking services, bulky article transportation and any third-party services that you may need. Ask, ask and ask again, you can never have too much information.
Honey, We’re Moving With Kids
* Even though you might not have much stuff, always have at least one reputable moving company perform an in-home survey of your needs so that you have a fair attempt at an estimate.
* Assuming you decided on a budget for expenses, the moving company representative will be able to offer alternative ways of staying within your budget. For example, pack your goods yourself instead of having someone else do it. Or delete some items from your shipment that add extra weight or bulky article charges. You may decide that the cost to move certain items is higher than the sentimental value of those items.
* Always get an estimate in writing, and ask for a guaranteed price. Be aware that any changes you make to services or to the weight of your shipment may cause your guaranteed pricing to be voided. Always discuss any changes with your moving company ahead of the move.
* Start planning early, especially since this is a new experience for you. Depending on the time of the year and your location, plan your move at least a month in advance. Most moving companies will try to accommodate your needs, but the earlier the better to ensure that your requested dates can be met.
Statistics show that a move is one of the most stressful things any family experiences. Uprooting a family’s comfortable surroundings and placing them in a new, unfamiliar home will be difficult even for the most organized families. Here are the key points.
* Don’t pack any items that are special or sensitive to a child. This would include items that a child might sleep with, or favorite toys. If your mover is doing the packing, make sure you have these items separated before the packing starts along with other items you may need to comfort the child during the process.
Downsizing the Nest
* As your mover is packing, loading or unloading, have the child stay with a babysitter or relative. If that is not possible, prepare an area of your home for the children to stay out of the way. A child can be injured when a mover is moving a large item and cannot see the child while carrying it.
* Have toys and other things to occupy their time, because the move may take awhile. Food and drinks should also be handy. Tell your children in advance for what to expect.
People moving for retirement purposes have a lot of things to consider.
* Moving cost is often based on weight, and over the years you might have collected a number of items that you probably won’t use anymore. Do a complete inventory to determine the level of importance for each item (and you never know, you might have to find a storage facility
, because New York homes are notoriously small).
* Determine the amount of space you will have at your new home. Issues like storage space and number of rooms may determine what you can move with you.
* Make a list of things that are necessities, important but not a necessity, things that you would like to keep, and items that you do not use or need. This will help you decide what stays and what goes.
* After you decide which items you want to move, try to have the other items removed from your house prior to getting your estimate from the moving company. Often people will tell a moving company the items to be shipped, and will say that some items will not go. If you decide to change that at the last minute, your pricing can be affected greatly. If you have already gotten rid of things, that temptation will be removed.
* Another important issue for this type of move is the value of the shipment. You might have owned some of your belongings for a long time now, so they may be worth more because they are antiques. Pack and move them accordingly. Also, make sure you have adequate insurance for these items.
How to Be a New Yorker
Karen Tooley is a certified moving consultant with three decades' experience in moving.
By Karen Tooley