Lessons From a New York Move

This week marks the two-year anniversary since my roommates and I moved into the sweltering concrete jungle of New York City. We learned many things from our cross-country move, but we discovered recently that we were rather clueless about moving cross-town.  Last week we moved downtown 20 blocks, and cross-town 10 blocks to our lovely new walk-up apartment.

You always need one more box.

This is what we learned:

  • Movers are a good choice.  We contemplated renting a U-Haul, paying our friends in pizza and doing the schlep ourselves, but since our move date was July 1 (mid-week) we couldn’t ask our friends to take off work on our behalf. Thus, in interest of full due-diligence, we met with four moving companies and were given quotes ranging from $900 to $2000 to move our 3-bedroom apartment, including flat-rate and hourly bids. Ultimately, we went with the $900 flat-rate option ($300 each) and it was the best decision we could have made. My roommates and I undoubtedly saved many friendships this way, including ours.
  • IKEA dishes break. Our kitchen is a mish-mash of various place settings and upon unpacking we discovered that about half of our IKEA dishes broke, despite being properly wrapped. Considering they were about $0.50 a pop this was not devastating news (normal quality dishes survived unscathed). On the IKEA note, our apartment is essentially an IKEA catalogue and much of our furniture would have likely collapsed had it not been for the movers’ saran-wrap type of plastic that they encased each piece of furniture in before lifting. (Another point for movers!)
  • You always need one more box. I used to pride myself that I could fit my life into two suitcases but that thought is laughable now, as I clearly have more possessions than I care to admit—at least until forced to pack them.  My roommates and I had gathered boxes from stores, the street and even bought a few, yet still found ourselves scrambling to find more boxes to throw in random kitchen appliances (potato masher) and accessories (coozies!) we’ve acquired in the past two years.
  • Internet and cable setup will not be seamless. It might be harder to get Time Warner Cable to your apartment than it is to get into the Boom Boom Room. Typically their appointments are made two weeks out and for a 5-hour time window, meaning you’ll be bumming T.V. and Internet from your friends and neighborhoods long before you’ll have your own set up. (Still waiting, TWC!)
  • Check your cabinets, and then check them again. As our old superintendent made his way up to our apartment for our final checkout, I was going through our kitchen cabinets and realized we neglected to clean out our baking supplies in a tiny side cabinet! We hurriedly threw our flour, sugar and oil in our one remaining box, thereby securing our ability to make Peanut M&M Blondies in the new apartment. Always double check.
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One Response to “Lessons From a New York Move”

  1. Hi Nic,
    Sounds like a Seinfeld episode – or two!
    Love ya,
    ChoChi Cindy

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