Five Things You Should Do Before Your Move
In all the excitement of a new move, particularly to aManhattan apartment, many people forget about all the work involved. Taking all of one’s possessions and transporting them to a new location can be thrilling or a chore–it all depends on how much planning was done before the day of the move. Here are some things you can do ahead of time so that the move to your New York City apartment is as smooth a transition as can be.Sort out your Stuff
Start at least a month before your move date by sorting out which of your belongings you won’t be taking to your New York apartment.
Donate old clothes and housewares to charity or send to the recycler for disposal. Treat every move as an opportunity to rid yourself of all but the essentials. Trust me, you won’t miss the extra baggage!
Find a Mover
Contact companies in your area that specialize in easy home or business moving. From carefully packing your belongings to transporting them safely, these experts are worth every penny! But to get the best deal, calculate how much it would cost to move your things yourself, then estimate a fair price for the labor.
Set up your Utilities
To ensure your electricity, gas, phone, internet and TV are set up when you arrive in your new home, call each provider to set up an installation at least two weeks in advance of your move date. In New York, useful websites such as New York Utilities can help you research, compare and contrast utility providers. Once you have your new apartment set up, call your current providers to ensure they cancel services as close as possible to your leaving date.
Call your Doctor
Many people overlook this step, but it is important. Your doctor needs to know you’ll be leaving so he/she can arrange the transfer of your medical records. He or she may even be able to recommend a new doctor for you near your new home. If not, try an online resource like the WebMD Physician Directory. Once you found a new doctor and notified your current doctor of your move, you can ensure a seamless transition of medical records in case of an emergency.
Call your Landlord
Finally, just to make sure your New York rental is ready and to arrange receipt of your keys, call your landlord the week of your move, especially if you’re coming from out-of-town.
By following these simple steps and enlisting the help of a solid New York real estate broker, you can rest assured that your move to New York will be an easy transition.