It’s no secret that living in New York City is darn expensive — it’s also darn expensive to move in NYC. With some careful planning and a bit of due diligence you can also find cheap moving companies NYC has to offer. Be careful, though, because hiccups can have massive financial consequences
Sure, if you’re the DIY type, you could handle all the packing and cleaning yourself and find free boxes from your local store. Then, if you have a friend with a van or a truck you’re in luck. For the cost of a couple of six packs you can enlist the help of some of your best buds.
If this is all too much for you, the next step is moving on up a bit and looking for cheap moving companies NYC does have them believe it or not! Where to start? First, look for recommendations. Ask realtors; ask your friends; ask the landlord of the apartment building you’re moving into. Don’t forget to reach out on social media. A lot of people overlook the power of the Facebook ‘recommendations’ tab to find advice. You can also read through review sites such as YELP or skip that step and first visit NYNJMovers.com who has prescreened movers with A+ ratings to fit most budgets. All you need to do is list your location and what kind of move you’re looking for (whether it’s a short move, a long distance, an office move). Smaller local moving companies will offer flat rates that are determined by size, distance and difficulty of the move (or $100 to $250/hour base rate).
Don’t forget to plan, pack and purge. Know how big your new space is and how your existing furniture might fit in there. That way you can determine what to take and what you need to give away or sell and where to tell the movers to put stuff on moving day. Using an app like Homestyler will help you draw a floor plan to scale so you can place your furniture. Don’t move what you don’t need to! If you can’t bear to part with Grandma’s armoire and it doesn’t fit in with your new decor or small apartment, find a cheap storage unit and remember, the further out of the city, the cheaper.
Again, we don’t need to remind you to do the necessary due diligence on your moving company.Often companies will low-ball your estimate with offers that are too good to be true. Buyer beware, but also know that it is possible to find cheap moving companies. NYC abounds with options, and that’s one reason we love it!