If you’re relocating to New York City, unless you plan to come with only a suitcase or two of personal belongings, you’ll inevitably experience the ‘only-in-NYC’ moving hassles. For instance, you might encounter bumper-to-bumper traffic and logistics issues, not to mention the challenges that come with moving to an apartment building, such as other tenants, navigating stairs, and elevators.
But beyond moving to the Big Apple, if you already live in the city, switching neighborhoods can be a nightmare as well, especially if you’re ill-prepared.
I moved from Atlanta to New York, and I’d be lying if I said that this long-distance move was a no-brainer, but the move that stands out in my memory as unforgettable (and not in a good way), is my move from the Upper East Side to the Upper West Side. Not only did we hire the wrong movers, but it was our first inner-city move, so Mike and I had a lot to learn about what to do and what not to do. Let’s just say that I learned a few invaluable lessons that I will always take with me so as to try not to make the same mistakes again.
In a nutshell, I’m thankful that our Upper East Side building was flexible in allowing us to take some extra time getting our belongings out. Our movers were able to transport our large pieces, but didn’t finish moving all the miscellaneous items, so we ended up clearing out the space with the help of a few friends. Even though it’s life-saving to have great pals in a pinch, good movers with experience working in NYC are worth every penny. Trust me when I say that a few hundred dollars more would’ve saved us buckets of aggravation in the long run.
For more of my tips how to avoid a New York City moving horror story (like mine), read my latest article on CubeSmart’s NYC city guide.
This article is part of a partnership with CubeSmart, a self-storage and logistics company with locations in the NYC area.