moving tips from professional movers


Moving between apartments in New York can be annoying. Your friends probably don’t even own a vehicle – not to mention a truck. Meanwhile, crowded city streets make the entire process time-consuming.

Fortunately, we want to help. Man With A Van’s professional movers have helped people move in New York City for over a decade. Here are some of the best tips we’ve collected over the years for a fast, efficient, and affordable move in New York City.

You Can Hire Professional Movers at a Surprisingly Affordable Price

Everything is more expensive in New York. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of moving companies available. This competition keeps prices low. That’s why Man With A Van is proud to offer affordable moving rates in New York. We’ll show up with a spacious vehicle – like a sprinter van or box truck, depending on your needs – and two strong, experienced movers. You pay a flat hourly rate, and your move will be over faster than you thought possible.

Whatever moving company you choose, it’s probably not going to be as expensive as you think. You’re unlikely going to have a friend with a truck in New York City, so you’ll have to rent a van anyway. You also need to take things like insurance into account.

When you add up all the costs, you realize professional movers offer very good value in NYC.

Get Rid of Everything You Haven’t Used in 6 Months

Moving in NYC is hard enough. Make your move easier by getting rid of extra stuff. Get rid of everything you haven’t used in 6 months. New York has a very active Craigslist section. If you put something on the “free” section, you could be contacted in seconds. You can also leave pretty much anything (aside from electronics or metal stuff) on the curb to be picked up beside your trash and recycling.

In any case, the less stuff you have to move, the easier your moving day will be.

Shop for Apartments With your Checkbook in Hand

Apartments move quickly in NYC – especially if it’s a fair-priced apartment in a good part of town. If you’re going apartment hunting, you need to bring your checkbook with you. Be prepared to pay one month’s rent, a security deposit, and possibly a broker’s fee the moment you sign the lease. Yes, this is all normal in New York City (although you may be able to find “no fee” apartments that waive the broker fee).

Furnish your Apartment with Craigslist

Up above, we mentioned how active Craigslist can be in New York City. Use this to your advantage by furnishing your apartment on Craigslist. You’ll be amazed by how much stuff is available within walking distance of your apartment. If you don’t want the hassle of moving furniture into or out of the city, Craigslist is a dependable source for used furniture.

Understand the Subway System

Whether you work from home or in the middle of town, you’re probably going to need to take the subway at some point in your life. You should never sign a lease in NYC without checking the subway map first. How far away is the nearest station? What kind of delays and detours can you expect on weekends? (Check for the inside scoop). How long does your commute take, according to Google Maps? (You can typically add 15 to 30 minutes to this commute time). Ultimately, you’re going to be taking the subway a lot in New York City – and you’d be a fool to rent a place without fully understanding the public transit situation.

Where Will You Park?

Whether you’ve rented a moving truck or hired professional movers, you may need to park in front of your apartment to move your stuff inside. Unfortunately, parking isn’t always easy in New York City – especially with a larger moving truck.

That’s where Man With A Van succeeds when others fail: Man With A Van’s moving trucks – including spacious sprinter vans and box trucks – are as maneuverable as any ordinary vehicle, but spacious enough to fit a multi-bedroom apartment or home inside. You get the maneuverability of a car with the size of a moving truck – so parking isn’t a disaster when you roll up to your apartment for the first time.

Ask About Elevator Passes

If you’re moving to or from a large apartment building, then you may need to get an elevator pass. Elevator passes can be reserved for a specific time of day. instead of having to wait for the elevator to go up and down all day, you can get fast access to your apartment to complete the move as quickly as possible.

Man With A Van takes pride in offering competitively-priced moving quotes in New York City. Visit to request your moving quote today!

The Best Secret NYC Moving Tips from Real New Yorkers