If you have a New York move coming up soon, you may be considering moving yourself, which is excellent option provided you do a little research and planning. Moving yourself allows you to control your timeline, and it can save you money, but there can be a downside, including risk of injury if you fail to plan properly. So, before you take on the challenge, here are some tips that even professional movers use, to help make your move a success.

  • Know Thyself – Do you have the time, the manpower, and, above all, not a ton of stuff to move?  If you answered yes, then moving yourself is for you.  If you replied no, know that moving yourself isn’t out of the question, and it means more project management that may not necessarily take more time; it just takes time keeping track of the whole process, including keeping an inventory of your household goods, getting packing supplies, doing the packing, renting a truck or a storage unit if needed, and then doing the lifting and moving. Only you know if you are up for all that.
  • Know How – If you are going to move yourself, act like a professional mover, and that starts with having the right tools on hand.  From boxes to tape, to moving blankets and furniture straps, to ramps and dollies, it will make moving so much easier.  Learn the correct method to lifting heavy and bulky furniture—don’t lift from a standing position, do not lock your knees, and pulling is more effective than pushing.  Know proper loading techniques like leaving no dead space in the truck (items will shift, and can fall and break) and load the heaviest items in the truck first.
  • Know the Competition – Call local moving companies and learn about what it takes for them to do your move.  You may find you can hire them to do parts of it that you can’t or don’t want to, and it can be very cost-effective.

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Before you make a move, call Moves LLC today at 212-695-0200 to see how we can help you make sure you will have everything you need on moving day.

Moving heavy furniture can be a challenge that often requires as much brain power as it does brawn. Make a wrong move and not only is your back out of whack for weeks, chances are you probably caused damage to your favorite piece. Whether your move is across New York or across the street, when it comes to taking heavy and bulky furniture with you it requires planning, a little technique, and the right tools to get the job done and done right.

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Here are three tips to consider when moving your favorite piece of furniture:

  • Have the Right Supplies – Furniture sliders help you slide furniture across carpets, tile, or other flooring; moving blankets wrapped around the furniture keep it from getting scratched and dented; and moving straps help you lift heavy furniture around corners and up and down stairs.
  • Have a Plan – Take the time to strategize your route out of one home and into the other.  Take note of staircases, uneven surfaces, sharp turns and narrow passages.  Measure the furniture and the width of the hallways to make sure it can fit, and know how much of the furniture you can disassemble if you need to get it to fit. 
  • Have a Good Grip – Understand how to use your body to help you move the furniture, including the proper way to lift and carry.  Use your back, not your legs, push don’t pull, and bend from the knees and not your waist. The more you know, the less likely you will be to get injured.

While moving furniture on your own sounds like a good way to save money when moving, consider calling professional movers to save yourself from aches and pains, and your favorite piece of furniture from scratches and damage.  Call Moves LLC at 212-695-0200 today to get a quote on moving. Your body will thank you later.

It’s been said that moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life; now, try doing it in New York City with toddlers, and … well, you get the point. Like anything with kids, the only way forward is to take a deep breath, plan, strategize, and summon all your energy, both physical and creative, and turn moving into a well-organized adventure that makes everyone happy.  Here’s how:

  • Speak their language – Explain the concept of moving to them in ways they understand, like in a story form, or create a simple picture book, or use their toy cars and doll houses as you show them leaving one place for another.  Keep it simple; they don’t need to know why you are moving, only that you are going with them and everything will be okay.
  • Let them help – Have them help pack up their books and toys, as well as some of your things, so they understand that the whole family is going, not just them.  Let them decorate the boxes with stickers or crayons that hold their belongings. Make a game of letting them find the boxes when you get to the new place.
  • Wave goodbye and hello – On moving day, when the last boxed is packed, go room to room with your child and say goodbye.  Remind them of something that happened to them in each room, like “This is where you learned to walk,” and then discuss what new and exciting things they will do in their new home. 

Go easy on yourself.  The stress level will be high, so don’t bother fighting it. Ask for help from friends and family to take the kids out for a day, get some of the big packing done during nap time, and allow yourself to soak in the excitement and emotions of going from one place to another. Moves LLC’s friendly and professional staff can help with more tips, so call us today at 212-695-0200.

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 Spring cleaning before you move sounds like a crazy concept, but if you take a moment to think about it … well, it’s actually genius. Consider what spring cleaning is all about; it’s a time to scrub and cleanse the home inside and out, giving you ample opportunity to examine all your household items and begin to purge, and that can save you time and money if you are going to make a residential move in the New York City area.

If your plans include making a move this spring or summer, you are not alone; it’s peak moving time, so spring cleaning is a great way to make your house stand out and help you get organized:

  • Done right, spring cleaning will make your house spotless – a coveted feature for potential buyers.
  • Take the time to go room to room; it will help you re-evaluate your furniture: what’s scratched, what has sentimental value, and how each piece will look in your new home. Weeding out some items means less to move – a cost-effective option.
  • Less furniture and bulk in a room will make it look larger: a great added benefit.
  • Start packing while you are cleaning.  Take the time to not only have the right cleaning supplies, have some boxes or storage containers to put items in that you know for sure you don’t need, but will want in your new place.

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Admittedly, spring cleaning is not the most fun you will ever have, but, if you are moving, it’s a great way to multi-task your “to-do” list, and you can consider it the first step in getting ready to move to your new home. Once that’s done, call Moves LLC at 212-695-0200 to get an estimate on a full service move and find out the many ways we can help – spring cleaning not included.

Let’s face it, New Yorkers love their pets. So, when it comes time to making a residential move, whether its across town or across the country, we want to make sure that we keep their experience, and our own as stress free as possible.  Here are some tips to make the move with your pet as simple as possible.

  • Pre-Move: Make sure your pet has a collar; even if they never wear one, get one. Put your cell phone number on it (or any number that remains consistent in the move) so if your pet should get lost, this makes it easier for someone to find you. Better yet, have your pet microchipped, in case the collar falls off. This is also a good time to inform your veterinarian that you are moving, and to collect any records if you have to make a switch.
  • During the Move: Your dog, cat, or feathered friend will sense that something is about to happen, and, while we think our pets understand everything we say, they really don’t—so go the extra mile to make sure they are kept quiet and safe during the move. Living in New York City, most of us don’t have access to a yard, so ask a neighbor if your pet can stay with them, or put them in their crate or in whatever room the movers haven’t gotten to yet. Put a note on the door telling the movers a pet is in there and not to open the door unless you are present.  Make sure you check in with your pet often to offer a treat or a walk.
  • After the Move: Give your pet a chance to adjust to their new surroundings, even if it means limiting their access to certain rooms for a short time so they can acclimate. If you can be in that room with them, that will help them to feel safer and calmer. Your new place is full of new smells and things to discover, and it can overwhelm them. Try to have some familiar things set up in the home before you introduce your pet to his new place. Your pet will take his cues from you, so, if you can relax, they will, too.

Our animals are more than pets to most of us. They are an extended part of the family, so make sure you take the necessary steps to ensure the move includes them and their needs.  Call Moves LLC at 212-695-0200 to learn more tips on making your move, and theirs, as stress free as possible.

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It seems whenever you tell anyone you are making a move, you inevitably get that look – the one that says “Oh, better you than me.” No matter where you are moving, whether it’s from the East Side to the West Side, or anywhere else, moving doesn’t have to be a hassle.  Moving to a new place can be, well, easy, if you plan ahead, stay organized, and make smart choices like picking the right New York City moving company.

To make your move as easy as possible, consider a “You” versus “Them” approach. Obviously, the more you can do, especially when it comes to packing, the more it will save you time and money. Here are some tips to help you decide who will do what:

Get a Quote -  Call full service moving companies and get an estimate for a complete move, including movers, supplies, packing and unpacking services, and storage availability if you are not doing a house to house move.  Ask them to itemize their services so you know how much each will cost, and use that to help you determine if it’s something you want to do or you will have them do.

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Get Organized – Once you know what parts of the move you will take on, start planning on what you will do first. Before you (or they) pack your first box, take pictures of everything, from the way your electronics are wired, to how the items in your bookcases are displayed. It will take the guesswork out of it when it comes to setting it all back up again.

So, the next time you need to make a move, make your first call to Moves LLC, at 212-695-0200.  The Moves LLC professional staff can provide affordable solutions to help you decide what you will do and what they will do, all in an effort to make your move easy.

Benjamin Franklin once said “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” Then why is it one of the hardest things for us to do, and the and easiest to put off? When it comes to residential moving, being organized will be one of the best things you can do. Not only will your move go smoothly, you’ll apparently find more time in your day – just ask Ben.