Ways not to totally suck it.
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Few things are worse than moving around NYC, be it during the midsummer heat or the middle of winter. Moving to NYC during a pandemic, however, presents a number of unique challenges. We know the struggle of boxing your whole life and moving around (while wearing a mask that can be quite toasted). If you’re going to be moving soon, fear not as this guide will help you navigate the beginnings of your new life in a new neighborhood – or a new street if you are just a few blocks away.
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Transfer your data to your new digs
Here you can change your postal address online – it takes 10 days to process.
Contact any agency bothering you for money each month
Credit card companies, student loans, Con Edison and your cable company need to know that you are moving. Log into your Con Ed account and click on Services & Outages to change your address and stop serving in your old apartment. Also a good idea? Notify doctors, banks, and HR in your office.
Be WiFi enabled on day 1
With many people working from home these days, the last thing you have to do is wait until the day after you move in to get internet access. Make sure you plan your WiFi installation in advance, preferably the day you move, so you can relax with Netflix after you’ve put off the box.
When you’ve had enough of your current provider and want to toggle or cancel service, call the numbers provided for Optimum, Verizon, or Spectrum to begin the process. Look out for cancellation fees with some before proceeding.
Measure the doors and rooms of your new apartment
With the pandemic still going on, many brokerage firms do not allow face-to-face demos before moving in. Hence, you likely had to rely on photos, virtual tours, and cumbersome video tours to decide where your next location would be to live. However, one annoying side effect of this is that you don’t really know the dimensions and dimensions of the room until you get there.
If you can, quickly measure your windows, walls, and doors before all of your moving boxes flood your home. Some doors in NYC apartments are insanely small, and you should make sure your sectional sofa will fit through the door and into the actual living space before dragging it for five flights.
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Clean your home of anything that you haven’t used in the last six months
It is time to make a distinction. You probably don’t need that awkward armchair in the corner that nobody sits in … never. And you definitely don’t need a turntable that looks like a suitcase that you got at Urban Outfitters. Instead of throwing them away, donate them, sell them through an app, or put flyers in your building and do a good old-fashioned, socially distant sale. The fewer things you have to move, the cheaper and less time-consuming the moving day will be.
Safe packaging materials …
For reliably robust and new boxes, City Moving Boxes sells boxes and rents reusable boxes with free same-day delivery. With Bin It, a mini storage system, a set of stackable plastic containers is handed over to you and picked up at your new pad two to four weeks later after your move. U-Haul also sells box sets per box.
Search for boxes
Establishments receiving larger shipments on the registry will likely have a large supply of cardboard to unload. Try the nearest grocery / liquor / furniture store and let them know you’re looking for shipping boxes.
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See who else is in town who might be ready to help you
However, expect a valuable tradeoff like cash or at least a good meal afterwards. And if you work up a sweat while lifting, have extra masks ready to replace any soaked masks.
Ask your landlord for the keys a few days before the rental begins
Sometimes a previous tenant literally moved out the day before your lease began, leaving you and your roommates no choice but to all move in on the same day (read: chaos). Still, it is recommended that you check with your new landlord as it pays to plan ahead to ease the stress on your official moving day.
Use Zipcar for small movements
And take on smaller items in layers. Zipcars start at $ 9 an hour or $ 74 per day (plus a $ 25 registration fee and other fees depending on age, mileage, and toll). So make sure how many trips you have to make. Be aware, however, that most cars are not big enough for a mattress!
Rent a U-Haul for the big stuff
At U-Haul, pickups and 9-foot vans start at $ 20 per day plus mileage. Prices vary by zip code, but 10-foot trucks cost around $ 150. Note: Anything larger than a van is considered a truck. So make sure you set a truck lane route when switching between counties.
Install your air conditioner before moving anything
Especially if you move in the summer.
Make sure you have someone on guard while you bring stuff in
Cops always like to write tickets for double parked trucks and vans. And you probably don’t want your things stolen on one of the busiest days of your life.
Type what you need to do into TaskRabbit – help packing, help with a large item, or moving your entire home (including your van) – and the site will find local “Taskers”. Each Tasker has its own hourly rate as well as user reviews and recommendations. Prices vary from $ 40 to $ 100 per hour depending on what you need.
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Bite the ball and hire real movers
It’s the easiest (read: most expensive) way to get around – you probably won’t get away with spending less than $ 400 plus tip. Keep in mind, however, that most companies require you to submit a detailed inventory or even schedule a call to get an idea of your space and its movement before making a bid. Make sure all moving companies you are considering have hygiene measures in place for COVID-19 (gloves and masks). For more information and estimates, see Rabbit Movers, Dumbo Moving, Clean Cut Moving, Intense Movers, or Dyno Moving.
Get moving on a “day off”
When you choose professional moving companies, they are usually busiest at the beginning and end of the month and on weekends. Negotiate a discount by moving mid-week or mid-month.
Tip for your movers
Moving is hard work and there is a reason you hired professionals. Depending on factors like the amount of furniture you have or if you live in a building with no elevator, industry experts can tip anywhere from $ 25 per moving company to 18-25% of the total bill. If they were on time, efficient and didn’t break anything, then as New Yorkers it makes sense to give them a little extra.
Accept the inevitable
It will be a long process and you will probably never want to move again. But at least it’s over when you’re done!
Meagan Drillinger is a freelance writer for Thrillist and owns exactly four pieces of furniture because moving is so painful. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Kristen Adaway is a Thrillist employee who added “Moved During a Pandemic” to her résumé. Follow her on Twitter.