Essential Upper West Side moving tips
Central Park. Riverside Park. The American Museum of Natural History. Lincoln Center. If you don’t know by now, these beloved attractions exist in one New York neighborhood: The Upper West Side. It’s one of the most picturesque (and desirable) parts of the city for many reasons, including the alluring prewar architecture. But moving into a historic building on the Upper West doesn’t come without its challenges. If you plan to call this beautiful slice of Manhattan home, heed these essential Upper West Side moving tips to make your relocation to the neighborhood a little easier.
Measure. Measure. Then measure the building some more.
Since most buildings on the Upper West Side were built in the early part of the 20th century, it should come as no surprise that many have tiny elevators, making a move-in extra tricky. Measure the freight elevator (if your building has one), which is usually larger than the standard elevators and the one you’ll be required to use for moving. Some older buildings provide only one lift, in which case you’ll need to be precise with those dims. And while you’re at it, measure the halls that lead to your apartment as well as your front door. And don’t forget about the ceiling heights. In a moving pickle? Consult the experts at Flatrate Moving. They use only experienced movers, and their team specializes in moves to Upper West Side Buildings.
Survey your furniture.
Many pre-war apartment buildings provide little wiggle room. Take precise dimensions of your furnishings to be sure that you can get your oversized sectional into the building, elevator, and ultimately, your new apartment. Large furniture that can be broken down is your best bet. If elevators can’t handle your biggest belongings, then you’ll have to try the stairs. (More on stairs next.)
Check for stairs at the service entrance.
Just because you chose to live in an elevator building, doesn’t mean you won’t have to do any stairs during your move. There could be stairs to the service entrance, which would be the entrance for all move-ins and move-outs. Check with the building super before you plan the move-in to find out where the service entrance is and if it’s on the ground level. And if you own an extra-large piece, you may have to brave the stairs to get it to your apartment. Check the stairwell for size and clearances just in case. If you rent or buy in a walk-up building, you’ll have no other choice but to use the stairs.
Learn the building rules and restrictions.
You may have to pay a deposit to the landlord or building in case of damage to the walls, doors, etc. while moving. Ask your super so you can factor that cost into your overall budget. (If there are no damages, you should get your deposit back.) Also ask about permitted move-in dates and times (for usage of the elevator). More than likely, nights and weekends will be off limits in prewar high rises and you’ll have a window of a few hours to move in.
Scope out parking ahead of time.
While the Upper West Side isn’t as frantic as Midtown, certain pockets of the neighborhood come up short on parking. Where I live (near Riverside Park), there’s rarely, if ever, street parking. Scope out the street where you’ll be living, as well as surrounding side streets. Most moving trucks will end up double parking since there are few spaces on the street, but will also have to find a place to double park to avoid blocking traffic. Side streets are narrower than avenues and won’t get as much vehicular traffic. Take note of the street cleaning schedule too. You won’t want to schedule a move during those hours because no vehicles will be allowed on the block until after the streets have been swept and washed.
For the least hassle, hire a mover with Upper West Side experience.
Moving anywhere in New York City will be a hassle (unless you move with only a suitcase!), so to avoid a moving debacle, hire a moving team who has experience in the neighborhood. A mover should be familiar with the quirks of Upper West Side buildings. FlatRate’s seasoned teams are pros at maneuvering furniture and finding solutions for your bulkiest and most delicate items. They assigns larger moving crews so the work is divided among several movers, making for a more efficient move. Flatrate movers are accustomed to working with building restrictions and know the nuances of Upper West Side apartment buildings. They can coordinate with your super to get the job done, saving you time and stress on the big day.
Happy moving to the Upper West and welcome to the neighborhood!
This post was sponsored by Flatrate Moving, a company with years of experience moving on the Upper West Side.
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