The NY1 Real Estate Report has all the tips you need to make sure your next move goes smoothly. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.
Moving is always a stressful process but moving from one apartment to another in NYC has its own set of challenges. There are a lot of obstacles that can arise.
NY1 asked David Donen of Oz Moving and Storage for some advice on how get yourself and your stuff from Point A to Point B while keeping your sanity in check.
First, Donen says timing is everything. Try to book your mover as far ahead as possible. Also, movers tend to be more booked on Fridays and at the end and beginning of each month. If you can move mid-month or mid-week, you may have more flexibility and could save yourself a few bucks.
But before you book the move, book your elevators.
"Make sure your elevators are booked in both buildings," Donen says. "You need to synchronize so you know the morning you will be coming out of one building and you’ll usually need the afternoon in the other building or if you need full packing, the next day for 9 a.m. But book both elevators."
If you are moving into a walkup with odd-shaped steps, ask the super or building manager for advice ahead of time so you don’t get stuck.
Also, find out all the rules in advance.
"Don't wait until moving day to find out the rules," Donen says. "Most buildings have cut off times. Some require certificates of insurance and workers' comp. So find out the rules ahead of time. Don’t be surprised."
"Speaking of surprises, one surprise you don’t want is bed bugs. So ask your mover and your building about their bed bug prevention policies.
"Unfortunately, in this day and age, bed bugs come into play a lot in these apartment buildings," Donen says. "Check with the moving company and see what their policy is. If they have a dog that checks out the blankets and trucks ahead of time, check with the building and see if they have requirements. Some don’t allow blankets and only allow disposable materials."
And lastly, a big question people ask is whether they should pay a flat price or an hourly fee. Donen suggests an hourly rate if you are doing all the packing yourself and if you're in a studio or one bedroom. If you need the movers to pack or if you have a larger apartment, he says you should have someone come out for an estimate to give you fixed price.