On moving day, things tend to get a bit hectic. Waking up early to do some last minute packing, making sure your pets are ready for the big move –  the list goes on. No one likes moving, but it doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience. If you take the appropriate steps to be as prepared as possible, moving day can be fun. A new place means a new start, new neighbors and best of all – new coffee shops and restaurants. So here at Stride Movers we created a list of the 10 tips for a successful move. Without further ado –  here they are:

10 Tips for A Successful Move

1. Declutter

This is the first step to a clean, smooth move – and it’s a critical one. By declutter (trimming the fat) you really get a chance to see how many things you’ve accumulated over the years. When my wife and I moved last year during COVID, we were both surprised by how many things we had. We are owners of a moving company and still underestimated our belongs. If this could happen to us, then it could happen to anyone. Every time you move, you will likely have more items than before. So, take the time to look at all your belongings. Think of what needs to go and what you can let go of. The last thing anyone wants is to end up on  Hoarders. I love that show.

2. Update your address with USPS and the DMV

When thinking of moving, you think of packing your stuff, telling your friends but too often we forget about our mail. What’s going to happen that birthday card that grandma sends you every year or the invitation to your cousins wedding? If you forget to forward your mail, it will return to the sender. No one wants that. So, it seems obvious but it’s often overlooked. Go here to update your address with USPS. It costs about $1 to forward your mail for 6 months. Also, updating your address with the DMV will help you with voter registration and accurate licensing. You are also supposed to update your license with your correct address within 10 days of moving. Updating with USPS does not automatically update with the DMV.

3. Setup your utilities

We could all agree that moving into your new place without internet, electricity or gas for the first few days sucks. Therefore, it’s a good idea to schedule your internet installation a week before you move in. Ideally you can get your gas turned on as well by the time you move in. You’ll be back to cooking and Netflix in no time.

4. Make a to-do list

Lists are good because they can help you keep your day organized. When making a list, make sure to list things by priority. Doing things without a list is like taking your hands off the steering while going around a corner. It’s a bad idea and people could get hurt. So, make a to-do list geared toward your moving day and nothing will be overlooked.

5. Buy the right packing supplies

This is extremely important because it will determine if your belongs are well protected or not. Buying the right tape, bubble wrap and packing paper also will come in handy. When buying books beware of everything that you’ll need to pack. This is where your list will be helpful. Write down how many book boxes you’ll need, how many linen boxes and boxes for miscellaneous items. It’s a great idea to stick too small and medium boxes because larger boxes encourages over packing and injury. When it come to packing tape do not, I repeat do not use duck tape. It never works and boxes always open and spill damaging your belongings. We recommend this tape from Amazon. To pack your dishes and valuables, use this newsprint packing paper and bubble cushioning wrap roll

6. Pack smart

We have noticed over the years that customers tend to overpack boxes. Filling medium size boxes with books or putting all their stereo equipment into one box. This only leads to the box breaking or someone getting injured because the box is too heavy. When packing heavier items, try to mix in some lighter items as well. Pack half the book boxes with books and the other half with clothes or linen. This helps to keep the box at a manageable weight, preventing it from breaking and damaging your valuables. If you would like your boxes professionally packed, we offer packing services as well.

7. Know your building rules about moving

Many apartment building have specific rules about how and when a tenant should move in or out of the building. If you decide to hire movers, building managers will often ask to see that the moving company have sufficient insurance. This will require you to attain proof of insurance from your moving company. There are apartment buildings that allow you to move in through the lobby, and others that have special service entrances. It’s helpful for you and your movers to know all the rules of your building before the big day.

8. Be Prepared

The better prepared you are, the more smoothly your move will go. As the old adage goes – “if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Keep all the things you’ll need in the morning out. That includes, but is not limited to a toothbrush, a bar of soap and an outfit. The morning of your move, wake up early and make all last minute packing is done before your movers arrive. Moving all boxes to the middle or to one side of a room will also be extremely helpful to your movers

9. Take your valuables with you

You don’t want to search through boxes to find something you’ll need immediately at your new place. So take your valuables with you in a small bag. This could be your computer, your bong or even a snack. If it’s no trouble to carry it yourself, you’ll thank me later

10. Hire the right moving company

This may be the most important one. Hiring a moving company in NYC is very difficult. You google and sift through dozens of companies, gathering quotes. You have to choose one that meets your standards and will do an amazing job of relocating you and your belongings. Are you stressed yet? A person only moves 8 to 11 times in their lifetime and each time the process is a challenging one. But hiring the right company can make it a LOT less stressful. Just be sure to read the reviews before hiring a company.

The thought of packing up your entire apartment and having friends or family help you move is nerve-racking. You work too hard to have to deal with the details. Buying boxes and tape, renting a truck, finding parking, carefully loading the truck, maneuvering it through the city etc. Moving is definitely NOT a DIY project – like so many things, you get better results when you hire a professional. You want a company that has done thousands of moves. They have all the details figured out and can get the job done with ease. Doesn’t that sound better?

Choose the best, forget the rest

We entered this industry with one goal in mind, and that was to offer the best service. We’re a family-owned business and treat each customer like family – with respect and care. This is a Stride Movers guarantee. With us, you can feel secure knowing that we will take very good care of you.

If you are looking to hire a white-glove moving company, look no further than NYC’s premiere moving specialists – Stride Movers. We serve all 5 boroughs, Long Island, and upstate New York. We are committed to excellence and customer satisfaction. It would be our pleasure to help you with your next relocation. Get a free quote now.