Everything is fast paced in a city that runs 24-7, and your home or office move is no exception. Professional packing services make the difference on any move.
Moving challenges in New York City are unique. With the tight rental market, you have to act quickly to snap up a place that fits your needs. Once you decide to move, the clock starts ticking and the whirlwind begins: finding boxes, packing, renting a truck, enlisting volunteers, strategizing an NYC parking place. Then your possessions have to be carried up and down stairs, along sidewalks, and through cramped corridors, narrow doorways, and crowded elevators.
To complicate matters, challenges are often building-specific. A fifth-floor walk-up may require more move time than an air-conditioned fortieth-floor apartment with elevators. Historic buildings often have narrow hallways and tight corners to negotiate. Each building’s management imposes its own rules for moving. Some require lining floors with Masonite and elevators with protective pads. Elevator use times can be restrictive, and service elevators may be accessible only through basement “dungeon” entrances involving stairs.
Movers Not Shakers has seen these hurdles and knows how to handle them. The parking zones, walk-ups, and furniture sizes are no problem for our team of experienced movers.
Diversity is a hallmark of NYC, and the neighborhoods are as varied as the people. Our team moves clients throughout all NYC boroughs and the Tri-State, and we know that the moving challenges in New York City are unique to each neighborhood and even to each building.
Roads are one aspect of the NYC borough or neighborhood that impacts your move. A NYC apartment on a busy thoroughfare presents challenges to parking and unloading. Sometimes a bus or bike lane is the only available spot; with NYC parking rules, parking tickets are all but guaranteed! Narrow side streets may leave no room for trucks. This can mean parking around the corner and carrying your items longer distances. Cobblestone streets in historic neighborhoods pose difficulties for furniture dollies, slowing the move.
If you are relocating to or from NYC or moving locations within NYC itself, MNS is ready to help. Headquartered in Brooklyn, we also serve the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx, plus the surrounding areas in Connecticut, New Jersey, and upstate New York. We are your go-to NYC moving company, even if the move’s other end is in Florida, Maine, or as far west as Chicago!
We know timing is important, especially in New York. Our expert crew is ready to make even the most complex move easy.
We’re based in Brooklyn and can help you with local moves around NYC or long-distance moves in or out of the city.
For over 20 years and 20,000 moves, Movers, Not Shakers! makes your move stress-free – with as little or as much help as you need.
Every move, big or small, involves some expense. Packing materials, parking, truck fuel, and tolls are costs familiar to anyone who’s been through a relocation. The professionals at MNS know the NYC moving ecosystem and can customize your package to keep expenses under control. Our confidence in estimating costs means that unlike many NYC moving companies, we can bill at a flat rate. Customers can rest assured that hiccups in the move will not bring surprises on the final invoice! Get a quote here.
Some cost considerations are unique to moving in NYC, so bear them in mind when deciding when and how to move:
Small units are the norm; the typical NYC apartment offers less than 800 square feet of living space. Small is advantageous here—limited space means fewer belongings to accumulate. The fewer the items to pack and haul, the cheaper your move will be.
Your possessions need careful packing if you want them to travel safely. If you plan to buy boxes or gather used ones, make sure you have a way to get them home and up to your apartment. Boxes, tape rolls, and bubble wrap take up space, so consider whether you have room for them. You’ll need a way to dispose of them on the other end too. Learn more out prepping for your move Here.
Moving in NYC can come with unexpected fees.
In most NYC boroughs, about 70% of residents are renters. Read the fine print in your lease agreements to make sure you get your security deposit back and to plan for credit check, application, and co-op screening fees. Disconnecting and reconnecting utilities and services can come with extra fees, especially if your provider or package changes in the new location. NYC housing can involve surcharges for air conditioners, dishwashers, and other appliances and units in 421-a tax-exempt buildings.
Once you decide to move, everything happens quickly. Good planning will guarantee a smooth process without unexpected (and costly!) delays.
When you’ve decided to relocate, your first step is to contact your NYC moving company right away. Even without a firm move date, you can communicate your needs and get quotes. This will put you on your moving company’s radar as a client with intent to do business in the near term. Schedule early to secure the services of a reputable NYC moving company
Next, you should contact management at both old and new buildings. Inquire about paperwork required to apply for a move. Request specific instructions regarding elevator accessibility, parking rules, and floor protection. Good news, if your building is in NYC Movers Not Shakers most likely has experience with any rules or regulations your building might have for the moving process!
If you’re doing your own packing, gather supplies early and pace yourself to finish before the movers arrive. For rented crates, order well in advance to guarantee arrival when you need them.
If your moving company will be packing, call to confirm day and time. Donate or dispose of items not moving with you—you’ll save packing time and avoid having those items show up at your new place!
Movers Not Shakers offers both self pack and packing services for your move based on your budget and desired level of involvement.
Certificates of Insurance are necessities for moving into most NYC apartment buildings. These provide documentation of your NYC moving company’s insurance policy, guaranteeing coverage in the event of building damage or employee injury. Each building will have its own form, so be sure to request and share it with your moving company right away. You’ll need the certificate before you can receive moving day approval and possibly even to reserve elevator time.
Will you or someone you know be moving in NYC soon? Call (800) 718-0081 or contact us for a consultation. MNS tailors our service to help you overcome the challenges of moving in New York City!
We offer VIP service at a midrange cost. Once we get your inventory, we evaluate the below factors and give you a price. If your circumstances remain the same, so will the quote.
The factors are:
As a customer of Movers, Not Shakers! you can count on us to do our very best in every situation to make sure your goods are handled with care. We take many steps to reduce waste, reduce stress, and make your move easy and stress-free. If you have any specific questions, please call us: 718-243-0221
We are an insured and licensed moving company. However, your building may require us to present that information in the form of a “Certificate of Insurance.” It is a legal form that needs to include information held by the building, the staff of which either gives that information to you to forward to us, or provides it directly to us, depending on the amount of legal verbiage involved. The document indemnifies the building in the unlikely event something occurs during the move.
Once you’ve signed your lease or closed on your new home or apartment, here are some good general guidelines to follow to help make your move go smoothly.
One month out: