Moving from a house to a high-rise apartment is usually very exciting, but in terms of the move organization and logistics it may be very challenging.
It’s a totally different experience from moving into a house, so there are several considerations to take into account while preparing for such a huge change.
– Hire movers
Moving on your own is certainly doable, but it will require much more time and effort. Professional movers have a lot of experience, they know how to organize and perform the move efficiently. Since the costs of moving services usually vary, request several quotes and check if some of them fit your moving budget. When calculating the moving budget, make sure to include: moving company charges, packing expenses, storage and insurance expenses, security deposit,… Also, if you are NYC resident you may incur a move in fee, so make sure to include that charge as well.
– Take safety precautions
Your family’s safety should be a top priority. There are a lot of different residents in high-rises, so logical thing to do would be to take some safety precautions like locking the front door and installing special security system. Have the locks changed before you move in and have it in writing. Also, when you are looking for an apartment in NYC, research the neighborhoods thoroughly. Check which New York City neighborhoods meet your lifestyle criteria. If safety is one of the most important factors, pay attention to the crime rate in the areas you are interested in.
– Space issues
Moving from a house to an apartment means that you will have less space at your disposal. On top of that, high-rise apartments are reachable via elevator or several flights of stairs. As a result, not everything you own will fit in your new apartment, so it is a perfect moment to clean up your home. Go through your stuff and decide what to sell, donate, recycle, throw away or store. Let go of things you haven’t been using for a couple of years. Try not to overload your new place immediately, since you may want to change the interior design and purchase some new furniture, decorations,… If you think that you might want to use some items sometimes in the future but there is no space in your new apartment at the moment, opt for storing them. Bare in mind that some items, however precious for you, might be very difficult to transport. Also, sometimes moving certain items may cost you more than purchasing the new ones.
– Floor plan
Due to a limited space in your new high-rise apartment, you should plan in advance the position of every piece of furniture and other household items. An efficient floor plan will save you a lot of time and money. Measure hallways, doors and check whether bulky pieces of furniture will actually fit. Moving to a high-rise apartment often requires professional advice or help, so do not hesitate to contact a professional NYC moving company in order to get an accurate moving estimate. They will also explain what’s worth moving or not. There’s no point in moving some huge household items, just to find out they won’t fit through the door.
– Make the reservations
Ask your landlord or building manager if you can reserve the elevator for a couple of hours on the moving day. If you manage to get the permission to use the maintenance elevator, it will take less time to transport your household items. Also, make sure to reserve a parking space for the moving truck. If the moving truck is parked nearby probably you won’t incur long carry charges. Also, make sure there is a place near the entrance where the movers can load off your goods.