Are you moving to New York? Well, then, good luck! But, let’s be honest, luck won’t be the only thing you’ll need.
New York is one of a kind, and moving there might just be the most terrifying yet the most exciting thing you’ll have to do, especially if you’re moving from a place like Maryland. A shift from Maryland to New York is a HUGE change, some of which you might not be ready for. But NY is a city, where if you make it…you’ve actually made it.
So, to make the moving process just a bit easier for you, risk-takers, here are three tips you should know when moving from Maryland to New York.
1. Make a plan:
First things first- Make a plan!
I know it’s something we all run from but planning ahead of your move is going to be the best decision you’ll make in this entire process. Although nothing can prepare you for what New York has to offer, planning can help you settle down faster.
To plan ahead of time, you need to research as much as you can before moving to New York. Down from what kind of place you want to live into where you’re going to work if you don’t have a job yet.
When looking for places to live in, make a list of things you like and dislike about each area. (You can check sites like StreetEasy, Trulia, Apartments.com for apartments)
However, do keep an open mind when looking at the pictures because they might not tell the whole truth about the place. This is why visiting properties before moving to New York might be a better idea. Or else after moving to New York, be ready to spend at least two weeks searching for the “perfect” place.
2. Hire a mover:
Moving to New York City isn’t an easy task and hiring a mover is very crucial. This is something you might want to spend some money on if you want your items to reach their destination safely and on time.
However, do make sure that the movers you’re hiring are accustomed to the moving process of NY, especially if you’re moving to Manhattan. An experienced Manhattan mover will know the importance of time in Manhattan, know how to move furniture around in congested places, and take care of things like double parking.
Oh, and also, do yourself a favor and get rid of all the extra stuff before moving! Since NY isn’t the kind of city that provides you with a lot of space living-wise, unless you are ready to break your bank, it’s more practical to take what you need and leave the rest behind. Think of it as a fresh start.
3. Start packing a month before moving:
Although this might sound very obvious to some of you, make sure that everything is packed in advance, from your furniture down to your toothbrush. You want to be ready beforehand so that you can pack everything properly with proper precautions and labels on it and secure the boxes with tape.
However, when it comes to things that are too expensive or sentimental to lose, try to save them for the last and hand carry them with you. It’s pretty common for people to lose things during a move but not if you can help it.
These were the three tips that every “soon to be New Yorker” should know when moving from Maryland to New York.
But out of all these tips, the most important one is to just breathe. Moving to New York can be hectic, exciting, and scary all at once. So before getting caught up with all that, just remind yourself that you’re living the dream of thousands of people, so take advantage of all the opportunities New York has to offer!