The ultimate moving check list
The ultimate moving check list
Moving tips NYC
June 26, 2023

The Ultimate Moving Checklist: NYC Edition

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To ensure a smooth and stress-free move, we've put together the ultimate moving checklist tailored specifically for the unique challenges of moving in NYC. From pre-move preparations to settling into your new home, this comprehensive guide will help you navigate the complexities of a city move with ease.

Eight Weeks Before the Move:

  • Begin decluttering and organizing your belongings, donating or selling items you no longer need.
  • Research and book a reputable moving company specialized in NYC moves.
  • Notify your utility providers of your move and schedule disconnections or transfers of services.

Six Weeks Before the Move:

  • Start packing non-essential items and label each box with its contents and designated room.
  • Inform important parties of your address change, including the post office, banks, and subscription services.
  • Research and arrange for parking permits or reserve parking space for the moving truck at both your current and new locations.
  • Create a moving folder to keep track of important documents, contracts, and receipts.

Four Weeks Before the Move:

  • Notify your landlord (if applicable) or real estate agent about your move-out date.
  • Obtain renter's insurance or update your homeowner's insurance policy.
  • Gather important documents such as medical records, school records, and legal documents to carry with you personally during the move.
  • Start packing items you use less frequently, ensuring fragile items are properly protected.

Stress-free moving

Two Weeks Before the Move:

  • Confirm the moving date and logistics with your chosen moving company.
  • Notify your employer, friends, and family about your upcoming move.
  • Begin the process of transferring medical prescriptions and finding new healthcare providers if necessary.
  • Arrange for the disconnection and reconnection of essential services like internet and cable.

One Week Before the Move:

  • Pack a "survival kit" with essentials you'll need on moving day (toiletries, clothes, snacks, etc.).
  • Label all remaining boxes clearly, indicating which ones should be unpacked first in your new home.
  • Confirm details with your moving company, including parking arrangements and any specific instructions.
  • Arrange for professional cleaners or schedule a deep cleaning of your current residence.

Moving Day:

  • Stay organized by keeping all important documents and valuable items with you personally.
  • Conduct a final walkthrough of your current residence to ensure nothing is left behind.
  • Communicate with the movers, providing any necessary instructions and overseeing the process.
  • Take note of utility meter readings and ensure all utilities are turned off.

Settling into Your New Home:

  • Clean your new home before the movers arrive, if necessary.
  • Unpack essential items first, ensuring you have the basics in place for the first few days.
  • Update your address with relevant authorities, including the DMV, voter registration, and insurance providers.
  • Explore your new neighborhood, locate essential services, and familiarize yourself with nearby amenities.


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