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What mistakes to avoid when moving to New York

May 14, 2018

Since we like to think that our readers are smart movers (why else would you be reading articles about moving?), we’d like to warn them of the mistakes they could make when moving to New York City and how to avoid the worst of them. Without further ado, here is the Empire Movers list of mistakes you need to avoid when moving to New York.

Going for the DYI method without proper research

This one is probably the biggest and simplest mistake to move when moving to New York City. Regardless of whether you’re moving across the country or across the street, it’s unlikely you will factor in all the aspects. You’ll be lured in by the potential of saving money. But if you don’t pack your items correctly and damage them during the transport, or don’t account for extra fuel costs or rent the wrong size moving truck, you’ll soon find out that moving to New York can prove to be costlier when done yourself.

Not booking your movers ahead of time

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are certain times during the year when moving companies are simply too busy to take on more jobs. If you’re moving to NYC, you should be sure to book your movers with plenty of time ahead. Another mistake to avoid is not getting an accurate estimate from them. Ask about any possible extra charges and fees. This way you won’t get any nasty surprises at the end of the day.

Not checking up on insurance

This works both for your items, as well as the movers, funny enough. If you’re planning a big move in New York, be sure to ask if your moving company is going to pay in case any accidents occur. They might only offer partial coverage, in which case you might want to check out any additional insurance deals they might offer, to make sure your precious antique china is protected. Furthermore, smaller companies don’t actually cover the costs for any injuries that the movers incur while in your house. So if you’re moving into New York, be aware of the risks an incomplete insurance can bring with it.

Not cleaning up the place before moving to New York

We all know it’s really hard to say goodbye to that old sweater your grandma knit you and all the pretty items you’ve gotten on sale that have done nothing but collect dust for the past five years. If you haven’t undertaken a purge of your current place, moving to New York will prove that much more difficult. And costly. All those items that you don’t need and never really use will cost you extra time and money. They will have to packed and loaded and unloaded in the new place.

Furthermore, you’ll find that you’ll be hard-pressed to find space for everything and your new place will look cluttered. Can you see why this would be a good idea? Our advice is that before moving to New York, you should sort your belongings and only take the ones you actually use.

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