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NYC Moving During the Holidays? December 14, 2013 2 Comments

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It is only the beginning of December and everybody is already in the “holiday mood”: carols and multicolored lights are all around us and the gift craze is on :) Nevertheless, how do you prepare for celebration when you have to move to/from NYC in this time of year? Keeping your family traditions alive might be stressful when you are planning a move in the same time. Moving in general is perceived as a hassle, so be sure to read these quick holiday moving tips to have a great time during the winter holidays:

  • Avoid worrying about finding movers during Christmas Eve and start searching for available moving companies as soon as you know your moving day. Some of them could have limited opening hours during the holidays. Even though the main criteria would be the availability of the moving crew during the holiday, don’t forget to check their reputation and working standards, as moving during winter includes cold weather, icy stairs and difficult traffic conditions.
  • It is best not to mix special holiday items with other items that need to be packed and moved. It will be easier to create a festive, warm atmosphere with decorations box nearby. Your new home will be more welcoming and ready for celebration if you will have your Christmas decorations at hand.
  • Make the moving process as pleasant as possible. Why not set the good mood with a CD with holiday cheerful songs or have a board game nearby for family breaks? The secret is to keep balance between workload and relax time.
  • If you’re new location doesn’t look like a good place for a holiday gathering, why not visit a nice place in town? It would be an opportunity to get a feeling about the community.
  • Be sure to have plan Bs if the moving crew arrives later or your schedule changes. Communicate all the necessary details to your family, friends or other persons that help you with the relocation.

Have you experienced a move during holidays?

5 Tips for Moving During the Wintertime October 21, 2013 3 Comments

Moving in winter can be a great idea – there’s often less competition to find a superior NYC moving company. But on the east coast, you also face the possibility of cold or nasty weather. If you’re planning a move to, from or around the NYC area this winter, here are a few tips to make sure you’re prepared:

1. Be ready for the cold.

Odds are high that a winter move will mean cold temperatures and, possibly, inclement weather. To prepare for the cold, make sure you don’t pack all the clothes you’ll need for low temperatures. Leave out warm pants, sweaters or long-sleeved shirts, boots, gloves, hats and scarves. (You may pack well in advance of the move, and once those boxes are taped shut, it’s sometimes hard to remember what’s in them.) You’ll also want to make sure you have a shovel, sturdy outdoor broom, and salt or a de-icer on hand, in case of snow or ice.

2. Make sure your utilities are working.

If you end up moving during a cold spell, you’ll want to be extra sure the utilities have all been turned on and everything’s working properly in your new space – you don’t want to spend your first night there without lights and, most importantly, heat! Get the gas and electric turned on a few days in advance and, if possible, stop by the new place to make sure everything’s working before you actually move in. You’ll also want to make sure the utilities are on in the old place until you’ve moved out completely.

3. Protect the inside of both spaces.

If the weather gets nasty, you may find that you have a team of movers tracking snow, mud, water and salt all over the inside of your space – on both ends of the move. Buy plastic sheeting, or put down newspapers or cardboard throughout the space, to prevent the need to clean once the move is over. (Cardboard will probably work best – plastic sheeting can be slippery, and newspaper won’t hold up very well under wet boots.) Make sure to leave out some basic cleaning supplies, a mop and a broom for potential cleanup needs.

4. Have warm food and beverages on hand.

It’s always a good idea to have food and beverages on hand for breaks during the move. In the winter months, it’s a good idea to make sure they serve double duty and warm people up. Hot chocolate, coffee or warm tea are the perfect go-to beverages, and you can buy paper cups if you don’t want to keep extra dishes out. Hot snacks might include finger foods like pizza rolls or chicken fingers, or you might even prepare a pot of warm soup the night before the move. Don’t feel like cooking? A couple of piping hot pizzas will surely be a hit.

5. Have a backup plan.

Impossibly bad weather is not likely – but it can happen. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, and be sure to have a backup plan just in case. If you’re not able to stay in the old space for a slightly longer period, if necessary, investigate conveniently located storage spaces and make a list of nearby hotels. Odds are you won’t need them, but it’s always better to have a backup plan for emergencies.

Contact Empire Movers today to help with your upcoming move. As an expert NYC moving company, we provide reliable, trustworthy service to all five boroughs, and we can help you move to or from any location nationwide – in any weather!

10 Things that will make your life easier after a move in NYC October 11, 2013 1 Comment

There’s no doubt about it, New York City is the place to define your career or reinvent yourself. Of course, before you enjoy the best West Village has to offer or shopping in Union Square, you have to move to NYC. There are some things you can do now to make sure that your life easier after you move to the Big Apple.

1. Place Yourself on a Schedule

Time is fleeting during every aspect of your move. So put together a moving calendar to make sure you stay on target.

2. Develop a System

You have things you want to keep, sell, throw in the trash and keep. Unfortunately, these things won’t sort themselves out. Devote at least a week to sorting through your belongings. You may even want to apply the one-year rule. If you haven’t used something in at least one year, you may want to donate or pitch it. The last thing you want to do is get to NYC and wonder why you ever packed that item you haven’t used in since you were in 5th grade.

3. Get help with Your Move

Friends and family are great movers, but unfortunately, they probably aren’t willing to travel to NYC unless you’re paying for their transportation. Even then they may get “lost” in SoHo or Times Square. Consider which professional NYC movers you want. Companies like Empire Movers are:

  • Dependable
  • Responsible
  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal to their clients
  • Offer good prices

Of course, you want to do your research before selecting a moving company. Make a list of professional moving companies and narrow down your options by:

  • Figuring out if the company adapts to your needs
  • If it’s highly professional
  • If it is reliable which means insured and licensed
  • If it is efficient (remember, you want the move done as fast as possible)

4. Plan to Move Pets Separately

Professional movers won’t move your pets. Thus, you have to figure out the best, most comfortable way to transport your pet. You may want to get things like pet seat covers, pet steps (to help them climb in and out of the car) and pet car barriers.

5. Make Sure Someone is there During Packing and Pick Up

You need to be at your old and new place during each phase of the packing and pick up. If you can’t be there, make sure to have a friend or family member there oversee the process and assist your NYC movers.

6. Things to Do Two Months to Moving

Here are the things to do two months before moving:

  • Get estimates from movers
  • Start packing rarely used items
  • Have a yard sale
  • Drop off donations

7. Things to Do One Month to Moving

You want to do some things like:

  • Book your moving company
  • Notify the post office and healthcare providers that you’re moving
  • Order moving supplies
  • Start packing

8. Check with Your Building Manager

If you are moving into a NYC apartment building ask about move-in/move-out times. Often, buildings restrict times when NYC movers can transport your belongings into your new place.

9. Keep in Mind the Extras

There are a lot of little things that can make an inexpensive move more expensive. For instance, if you’re moving into an elevator-less building, NYC movers charge extra to climb up those stairs.

10. Confirm Your Moving Date

Confirm your move date with your NYC movers. For instance, Empire Movers contact you five to seven days before your move to make sure all details are still the same.

The 7 Best Neighborhoods in NYC September 16, 2013 No Comments

New York City is a world city. It has been the largest city in the United States since the United States was founded. And it has a vibrant, diverse culture unlike anywhere else in the world. That’s why even New York’s neighborhoods are so famous – an area of a few blocks can be extremely culturally distinct in its own right. Here are some of the best – which one do you think is the best neighborhood in NYC.

1. Lower East Side

A hundred years ago the Lower East Side was one of the biggest slums in the world. More than a million people, mostly Irish and Italian immigrants, lived in the tiny square of southeastern Manhattan – almost as many as the entire island today. Since then, it’s become a bohemian art utopia, and is slowly becoming a luxury neighborhood. If you like the charm of old New York with modern ingenuity alongside, it’s the best neighborhood in NYC.

2. TriBeCa

Triangle Below Canal Street, but don’t worry about it. Everyone just calls it TriBeCa. Land of boutiques and artsy penthouses, it’s the most expensive neighborhood in New York – even though it’s right next to one of the poorest, Chinatown. If you love celebrities and film, it’s the best neighborhood in NYC.

3. Upper East Side

Old Money. It’s synonymous with the Upper East Side. The old great New York families who used to live in midtown mansions a hundred years ago all live here now. If you love old-school luxury, the lifestyle of the aristocracy, the UES is the best neighborhood in NYC.

4. Harlem

Harlem has been largely African-American for 100 years – a stark contrast to the shifting patterns elsewhere in the city. Through good times (the Harlem Renaissance) and bad (the blaxploitation era), in poverty (the ‘60s) and wealth (today), it’s a center for black life in America, making it arguably the best neighborhood in NYC.

5. Wall Street

Locally known as the Financial District, Wall Street juxtaposes the extreme wealth of the financial industry with the oldest part of New York – sorry, New Amsterdam. The New York Stock Exchange is right next to Trinity Church, established in 1696 and one of the largest landowners. If you like wealth and weird streets, it’s the best neighborhood in NYC.

6. Inwood

Okay, even this neighborhood is obscure. At the very top of Manhattan, it’s one of the most affordable neighborhoods in the city, and it not only has stunning views of the Palisades (the Jersey cliffs), it has an authentic medieval monastery – actually, four. The Met’s medieval museum, The Cloisters, is in the area and made from four different reassemble French monasteries. Thanks, Rockefellers!

7. Williamsburg

New York isn’t just Manhattan, although Brooklyn . Williamsburg is close enough, though. One stop away, it’s party central and art central at the same time, and the hippest new neighborhood. Get there before it gets too expensive – tick tock!

What’s that? You’ve made up your mind, and realized that every neighborhood is the best neighborhood in New York City? You’re going to move here? That’s amazing! In a city of eight million people, there’s always room for one more. And Empire Movers are the experts in getting you there – whether you’re coming from Hudson or Hong Kong, Astoria or Antarctica. Our years of experience and commitment to service, and our intimate knowledge of the city, make us the perfect choice to get you where you need to go: the best neighborhood in New York City.

10 Things that will make you happy if you move to Brooklyn August 19, 2013 No Comments

Are you thinking about moving to Brooklyn? Are you finally moving to Brooklyn? Congratulations – it’s the most populous borough in New York and increasingly the most vibrant. Here are ten reasons why Brooklyn isn’t playing second fiddle to anyone.

1. Brooklyn Museum

The second largest art museum in the city and one of the largest in the world, the Brooklyn Museum is a lot edgier than the Met – it has exhibits pop culture phenomena like Star Wars. It even exhibited counterfeits found in its own collection.

2. Prospect Park

The sequel to Central Park? Sculpted by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux ten years after they finished Central Park, Prospect Park is slightly smaller, but more picturesque, more rugged, and more pastoral, and a good enough reason for moving to Brooklyn on its own. And yes, it has a lake!

3. Coney Island

Coney Island, once the greatest amusement park in the country, isn’t what it was a hundred years ago – it’s better. Recently rebuilt and renovated, Coney Island has rides and cotton candy and Nathan’s hot dogs and everything your parents told you about – but without the crime and decay it once suffered.

4. Brighton Beach

One of the most unique neighborhoods in New York City, Brighton Beach is home to a huge Russian and Central Asian population. That means unique cuisines, drinks (like Russian beer soda), and architecture. It feels like nowhere else in New York.

5. Restaurants

From the classic, traditional (and Michelin starred) Peter Luger to Vinegar Hill House, and hip locations like Do or Dine, and Smorgasburg, Brooklyn has no shortage of great places to eat. If you’re moving to Brooklyn, you’ll have the chance to go to all of them.

6. Williamsburg

Williamsburg isn’t for everybody, but the former hipster mecca is easily the trendiest neighborhood in New York. From artisanal soap stores and vegan fashion boutiques (seriously) to haute couture and $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, Williamsburg is a weird place, but it’s famous for a reason.

7. The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is almost as iconic as the Empire State Building, and for good reason. It’s one of the earliest U.S. suspension bridges, was once the longest in the world, and it’s simply beautiful. With a new park underneath it, the Bridge is as alive as ever.

8. Barclays Center

Brooklyn’s arena had a great first year, and year two keeps getting better. Besides for being the home of the Nets, Barclays has tons of great concerts – from Jay Z to Leonard Cohen – and it’s a lot more comfortable than Madison Square Garden.

9. Brooklyn Brownstones

If skyscrapers define Manhattan, then brownstones define Brooklyn. The oak-lined streets and prewar rowhouses are the visual life of the borough. And you don’t just have to look – you can get one of your own!

10. Pizza

Manhattan pizza? Fuhgeddabout it! New York pizza really means Brooklyn pizza. But I won’t tell you where to go. That ruins the fun of moving to Brooklyn. Hit the streets and find your own favorite!

So if you’re thinking about moving to Brooklyn, why fight it? There’s a lifetime of things to do here. The move itself doesn’t have to be hard, either. Empire Movers makes your move easy – whether you’re moving across the country or just across town. Empire Movers is a family-owned business with years of experience in helping people and a deep commitment to customer service, responsibility, and dependability. We make your move as easy as possible so you can jump right in – and start enjoying life in Brooklyn.

The Best Part About Moving to NYC – Empire Movers Insider Tips August 8, 2013 No Comments

If you want to know the best part about moving to New York City, you’re thinking about it the wrong way. New York is the biggest city in the United States and one of the most important cultural centers in the world. There are so many “best parts” about moving to New York, depending on what you’re interested in. If you’re looking for a moving company in New York City, you’ll soon find that New York doesn’t just have something for everyone – it has a hundred things for everyone.

Just in case you’re skeptical, let’s run through a few of the amazing things you can do in New York – especially things you’ll want to do if you actually live here, rather than just being in town for a week. Needless to say, for a city of eight million people, this doesn’t even come close to scratching the surface. But it will get your imagination going.

Things To Do If You Move To New York

·      Go to Specialty Museums

If you’ve ever visited New York, you’ve probably been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That’s one of the biggest museums in the world, but it’s just one of many museums in New York. If you live here, you’ll have time for all of them. The Cloisters, a museum of medieval art built from four real medieval monasteries. The Museum of the American IndianThe Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, theMuseum of the Moving Image. There’s something here for every art fan.

·      Try World-Class Food and Drink

The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, an Irish pub in lower Manhattan, was just named the best new bar in the world – and its lead server won the best bartender in the world prize at the same conference. If you love cocktails, it’s the place to go (and it’s not even expensive). If you love snacks, you already know you need a Cronut ($5 and a long wait) or a Ramen Burger ($8 and a long wait). Or you could visit the largest collection of Michelin-starred restaurants in North America. Or Shake Shack. New York is a foodie paradise, whether you’re rich or poor.

·      Experience Cinema

You can go to the movies just about anywhere. But it’s different in New York. Most movies open here weeks earlier than anywhere else. Many prestige movies never play anywhere besides New York and LA. And New York has great repertory theaters, playing classic movies every day of the year – from non-profits like Film Forum and BAM to old movie palaces like the Ziegfeld to modern innovations likeNitehawk, which offers gourmet food and table service during film, New York is the best place to live if you’re a cinephile.

There’s infinite other things to do in New York too, of course – from the best nightlife in the country (hello, Williamsburg) to the best opera, from Central Park to haute couture, from penthouses to artist studios, New York isn’t famous for a reason. It’s famous for millions of reasons.

What’s that? You’re packing your bags to move here right now? Excellent choice! First things first: find an apartment. Second things second: move to it. For that, you want to find moving company in New York City, someone who knows New York (I won’t lie: it will take you a while to figure out how to get around), someone experienced in all five boroughs. Go Empire Movers are a family-owned moving company in New York City experienced in long-distance and local moves. They’re professional, reliable, flexible, and efficient, and they offer extremely competitive prices. If you’re looking for a moving company in New York City, they’ll take care of you and make your move as easy as possible. You’ll be standing on line for a Cronut before you know it.

Moving with Kids – Empire Movers’ Tips August 1, 2013 3 Comments

Moving can be a hectic and stressful enough experience. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just moving across town, across the state, or to the other end of the country, moving involves wrapping your mind around many small details and schedules. It can all easily add up to a lot of stress. If you have young kids, moving can become extra stressful. To make your move less stressful on yourself and your kids, you need to have the right preparation. Keep the following tips in mind so you can have calm, easy move with your children.

Keep your kids in the loop
Explain to your kids what will happen and why you will be moving. Give them enough details and information so they know what to expect. Don’t let the move take them by surprise. By sitting them down and explaining your move in clear and easy to understand terms, you help set them at ease. When they expect the move and have some idea as to what to expect before, during, and after the move, chances are they would be calmer and less stressed.

Let your kids help out with the move
One of the biggest causes of stress is the underlying feeling that one has no control over what’s happening. Things are happening to you instead of you having a hand in what is happening. This is true for both adults and children. When you let your kids help out with the move by giving them a small role or a set of small tasks like packing and/or labeling, they feel they are part of what’s happening instead of being swept along by circumstances. Instead of feeling helpless or ‘just along for the ride,’ they actually begin to feel like they are participating in something big. This is an important mind shift from a negative helplessness or passivity to positive participation in a grand adventure. This shift can convert your move from something to be feared or avoided to something fun and exciting. Letting your kids help out and even plan some parts of the move go a long way in addressing some of their understandable apprehension.

Clearly mark the transition
Psychologically speaking, stress and angst tend to build up if there are no clear transitions involving important events. Since moving from a neighborhood they may have set down roots in might stress your children, throw a going away party and invite all their friends. This marks a clear delineation between the experience of living at your old place and moving away. The party doesn’t have to be a block party or anything grand. A simple get together can do the job. The key is to make it clear to all participants that the transition is real, the transition is coming, and that it isn’t anything negative. Instead of unresolved separation anxiety and a feeling of rootlessness, your children can clearly see the transition and celebrate it instead of fearing it. Not only will such small ‘transition rituals’ help your kids when you have to move, it can actually train them to better cope with other major transitions in store for them throughout their lives.

Pace yourself

Your kids are looking at you as their emotional anchor throughout the move. Don’t show signs of cracking because you act as their reference point. Your actions, responses, and overall attitude are their guides on how to handle and respond to the move. At the very least, don’t let your kids see you get upset. Sure, many things can go wrong but you have to keep your cool in front of the kids. If anything, you should look at this whole experience as a great exercise in emotional self-control, proper time management, and pacing your activities.

Prepare games for your move

To minimize stress during your move, you need to pack some group games or research some verbal games you can play with your kids. As much as possible, don’t rely too heavily on game apps on tablets or mobile devices. These games are solo games. You don’t want your kids to cope with the move on a solo basis. Instead, involve the whole family. Play age-appropriate group games that engage your children on a social, emotional, and intellectual level. When they are having a good time with you, they aren’t thinking of the move. More importantly, they never feel alone and always feel connected as part of a larger family enterprise.

By making your move a family adventure, your kids can make the transition to your new location better. Not only will they be less stressed during the move, they might have fond memories of your adventure together as well as learn proper coping skills. It all depends on how you frame their overall experience. When you need a reliable New York moving company to help you simplify your moving experience, make sureyou give Empire Movers a call.

I ♥ Queens! (Tips from a local Queens Moving Company) July 26, 2013 No Comments

Somehow, when people think “New York City”, they assume that it’s synonymous with “Manhattan.” Manhattan is great, but is not the only borough. People who are wary of moving to Queens should take into consideration one of the best traits Queens has- its incredibly rich and diverse neighborhood life. There is something about the segmented, sometimes random structure of Queens’s neighborhoods that just makes it feel like home.

First off, the facts- Queens, sometimes referred to as the “third county of Long Island” because of its geographic location and the sprawling suburban-looking homes you can find in places like Forest Hills and Jamaica Estates, is one of the most diverse and culturally rich places in the country. In fact, Queens College (known to many as “the jewel of the City University of New York system”) recently received a grant to fund the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding. Straddling Jamaica and Flushing,  QC isn’t just a place to watch cultures blends. The College offers a huge array of open classes, community events, and cultural displays, connected both to the students’ studies and CERRU. This year, “The year of India”, included Bollywood performances, art exhbitions on the near East, and a special stand-up appearance by Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari.

If you are not into the collegiate scene, travel down Jewel Avenue and hit the best street for date locations in New York- Austin Street. Lesser known than Metropolitan Avenue, Austin hits two major neighborhoods that are known for family friendliness and good, clean fun. If you are looking to dine, Forest HIlls is where it is at, with places like the Exo Cafe (for culinary inventions), MocCa (for pan-asian fusion), Garcia’s (REAL authentic Mexican food), Juice (for health nuts), and Martha’s Country Bakery (for anyone with a sweet tooth). If you are more of the adventurous type, head 1 stop east on the E or F train (or, if you are taking a car, about 5 minutes worth of driving) and head into Kew Gardens. While parts of the Gardens are still a tight-knit ethnic enclave for the Orthodox and the Haccidim, the community has expanded and become a mini-center of culture and entertainment. Check out Odradeks Coffee House for weird, delicious caffeine beverages (like the “Edgar Allen Poe”, a milkshake with espresso, belgian chocolate, and peanut butter) and events like poetry slams and open mic nights. Up the staircase from Odradeks, you can see Arthouse and independent films at a great price at the Kew Gardens Cinema- there’s usually an amazing Groupon deal for free popcorn and tickets.

Moving further West, you get a flavor for each of the neighborhoods and how they developed.  You can spend entire afternoons searching the fresh markets and dumpling stalls in Downtown Flushing or the bazaar style shops in Jackson Heights. The Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst has everything you could ever want to shop for, while Forest Park (split amongst Glendale and Woodhaven) has amazing trails and beautiful fauna and flora year round.

If you aren’t so into family friendly, never fear. Three neighborhoods compete for the title of Nightlife Champion in Queens- Jamaica, Long Island City, and Astoria. Each boasts their own flair and handles the club and outing scenes different. Jamaica has some of the best acts for ground level hip-hop and rap, and is great for music lovers who want to get in on the next big thing. Long Island City is stylish, with discos (really) and experimental bars. Astoria is the more Bohemian version of nightlife- you can grab a pint of mead at Kickshaw to pregame for the Astoria Beer Garden.

Wherever you move in Queens, you are going to need a Queens moving company to welcome you home. For the best in the business, turn to Empire Movers- established in Middle Village and fully aware of the awesomeness and challenges that daily face Queens residents.

Office Moving in Manhattan July 18, 2013 No Comments

Moving is a fact of life. This necessary eventuality effects not only our home, but our job. According to the latest statistics from the Census Bureau, an estimated 2.4 million people move from major cities to surrounding boroughs and suburbs. The most popular reasons for a city to suburb move are job-related with 46% of moves being made for employment purposes. What you may not realize is that these statistics affect commercial relocation as well.

Moving; a Coordinated Effort

Every office relocation requires planning. Office movers in Manhattan must have expertise in planning, coordinating, and completing this process.

Summer is the primetime for moving outside the city limits. Luckily, Empire Movers NYC has the expertise and resources to help make your commercial move a success. Here are some of the office-to-office relocations the company has completed:

  • Laboratories
  • Hospital administration departments
  • Law offices
  • Information technology firms
  • Libraries
  • Multi-storied office buildings

They have the experience to handle whatever your office move brings.

Unlike other office movers in Manhattan; Empire Movers understands that a relocation involves more than moving office furniture and equipment from one location to another; it involves putting you-the business owner-at ease during the entire process. To help with that goal, we have put together a checklist to help you prepare for moving day.

9 Steps that help the Relocation Stars Align

Office movers in Manhattan know that diligence is key. Tackling a commercial move step-by-step minimizes the possibility for error and reduces costly downtime. We’ve managed to create a nine-step relocation boilerplate to help you stay on track.

Step 1Schedule a planning meeting. During this meeting, review what is expected of key staff members, give everyone a job to do, go over the floor plan of the new space, hire a relocation consultant through Empire Movers, talk to your insurance company, landlord, contractors, and telecommunication providers.

Step 2: Tell your clients. Send letters notifying clients and business associates of the impending relocation. Also, post notices at your current office location. Order office supplies like letterhead that include your updated contact information. Spend some time problem-solving, arrange a grand opening, and update any business permits or licenses.

Step 3: Touch base with your Empire Movers relocation consultant. This is a good time to review security requirements, coordinate staff tours, and notify all vendors and suppliers. Also, review the division of responsibility with your consultant.

Step 4: Take care to redirect. Make sure your bank, insurance carrier, accountant, utility companies, and IT department have taken steps to aid in your relocation. Arrange for shredding and storage services. Send out invitations to grand opening.

Step 5: Take stock of where you are. Meet with your staff and contractors for progress reports. Inventory office equipment so you know what to move, sell, and store.

Step 6Send out reminders. Notify clients by postcard, circulate a newspaper ad, verify moving day with new landlords and IT department, create mock-up for new office space and order any necessary furniture or remaining supplies.

Step 7: The final push. Arrange charity pickup for donations, generate packing lists for non-essential supplies and long-term inventory, coordinate hazmat disposal, and do final walk-through.

Step 8: Pack, assemble, and cater. Pack all of your remaining files and inventory. Double check to make sure new equipment is being delivered and assembled at the new location. Cater lunch for your employees and if possible, take the afternoon off.

Step 9: Moving Day. Give all non-essential personnel the day off. Show up with donuts and coffee for the movers and remaining staff. Make sure someone is at the new location at all times. Facilitate as smooth a move as possible.

Moving is the third most stressful event in life after death and divorce. The biggest tip office movers in Manhattan can give you is: stay calm. You’ll survive this; especially with the help of Empire Movers NYC.

Piano Movers in NYC July 9, 2013 1 Comment

Moving is never an easy thing for any family to do. There are always so much more than just throwing your belongings into boxes and renting a truck. This becomes especially true as we begin to collect heavy, expensive and often antique items. With the rise of so many DIY shows and home improvement stores promoting saving money by doing it yourself, it is easy for people to believe they will save money by not hiring professionals.

Sadly this couldn’t be further from the truth. Moving heavy objects requires a lot more than a ‘can-do’ attitude. When dealing with items which are heave and delicate like a piano, special tools and skills are needed. Piano movers in New York City will tell you there is a lot more to it than just getting the piano from Point A to Point B!

What is Involved
At first glance, the thing people see is that a piano is a big, heavy object. While this is very true, it is not the most important aspect. There are many things in your home which must be moved which are heavy. The difference is you can man-handle a large wooden dresser with some degree of roughness and have it come through fine.

Pianos, on the other hand, are finely tuned instruments and tuning them again is just what you’re going to have to pay for if they are moved, transported or stored improperly. The heavy wooden exterior may hide the delicate strings and hammers but they can and will be effected negatively if moved roughly. Then there are exposed items like the foot-pedals which can easily be damaged especially when being moved through constricted places like doorways.

Hidden Costs
Piano movers in New York City will tell you there are lots of costs the DIY types always run afoul of. In fact the savings one gets from hiring professionals comes from the fact you don’t end up paying for a lot of items you might only use once.

As with many types of large appliances, pianos have to be moved out of the home carefully threading hallways and doors. Depending on the building, a piano above the ground floor will have to be hoisted down because it won’t fit in the elevator. Then there is the proper packaging material to protect it during all this movement along with transport. All of these costs are often missed when the homeowner thinks to save a buck by moving their own stuff.

What is worse is even up-right pianos are not a uniform shape which makes properly packaging them more difficult. Then there is knowing where exactly on the piano it is designed to take more pressure. Professionals deal with things like this on a daily basis whereas the homeowner might never do more than shift their piano around the room a bit. Not knowing the proper place your piano can or cannot take lifting pressure means the difference between a damaged or ruined piano.

Risk Transfer
Successful companies know the best way to do business is to transfer risk of an operation to someone else. In the homeowners case, using piano movers in New York City is a way to not only transfer the risk (by having the work insured) it is the best way to minimize risk due to professionally trained movers doing the job with the right tools.

It’s always best to remember what you are doing. Are you saving money or are you moving your furniture safely? At the end of the day your furniture has to be moved and doing it yourself is not the best way to ensure it is done safely. Furthermore, if your piano is damaged in transit by the movers, it is insured. If you yourself damage or ruin your piano moving it, you’re out the costs of repairing or replacing it. In trying to save money, you end up spending lots more than you had hoped to save.

Piece of Mind
It is hard to put a price tag on this but moving is a stressful time and worrying about your family heirloom piano making to your new house without damage is not something you need. Depending on your home, you may be faced with narrow corridors, steps and stairwells which must be navigated to all the help you’ll need to actually move a heavy piano. One slip and a friend or family member now has a serious injury to deal with.

Don’t Risk It!
When looking for piano movers in New York City, let the professionals at Empire Movers do what they do best: move your prized possessions safely to their new home. Let us do the move so you can rest easy knowing your piano will be ready to play in tune in your new home.