Essential Checklist for Moving

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Packing is always much easier with an organized list when moving. If you have a ballpark idea of the essentials you will need, it makes prioritizing the order which you pack your stuff with a much simpler process. Imperial Moving and Storage compiled a list of essential items most people will need in their new location, as a starter inventory that you can work with, to make the entire packing experience more organized.


Living Room

  •  Couches
  • Table / Floor Lamps
  • Small TV Cabinet
  • Coasters
  • Wall Decor



  •  Bed
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Full Length Mirror
  • Lamp
  • Hamper
  • Clothes
  • Clothes-Hangers



  •  Shower Curtain, liner, and Rings
  • Bath Mat
  • Scale
  • Plunger
  • Toiletries



  •  Silverware / Cutlery / Plates
  • Can / Bottle Opener
  • Oven mitt
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Wooden spoon, spatula, and safety tongs
  • Toaster / Microwave


Storage Closet

  •  Rubber Gloves
  • All-purpose Cleaner
  • Stove Cleaner
  • Mop & Bucket
  • Broom & Dustpan
  • Toilet Brush and bowl Cleaner


Household Needs

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Bleach
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Tool Sets (hammer, screwdrivers [Phillips and Flathead], nails, hooks, fasteners, etc..)
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Duct Tape (the essential godsend tool)



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Hiring Professional Movers

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When selecting a moving company in NYC you don’t have to risk ending up with extra fees on your bill that you never signed up for. By paying attention to the company you choose and the contract that you have with it, you can have a moving experience that will cause you neither problems nor stress. Here are few tip on hiring professional movers in NYC.

1. Do Your Research

With internet access you can look into which moving companies behave professionally. There are even sites available now where you can see reviews that will tell you who is trustworthy and who to avoid at all costs. You might also consider asking friends and family or co-workers about their experiences with moving companies.

2. Ask for Estimates

Charges are often levied depending on the weight of what you are moving, as well as the distance and whether you use the company’s packing service. Choose a few top companies that you’re considering and get estimates from each of them a few months ahead of your move date. Some companies will send someone to your home to take a look and give you a more accurate estimate.

3. Insuring Your Move

Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance insure your belongings while they are in your home, but it won’t cover the same items during your move. To be safe, think about obtaining moving insurance. This type of insurance will not only cover loss, but also breakage as long as the moving company does your packing.

4. Read Your Contract

While it might seem like common sense, many people never read their moving contract. Inspect your contract carefully, then keep a copy of it in the event that something goes wrong. If it doesn’t say precisely what you were told by the movers, or if something sounds fishy, stop and ask questions until you’re satisfied. There are moving company scams out there, and a simple reading of your contract can help you avoid them.

5. Consider the Timing of Your Move

Depending on the time of year, your move might end up more expensive. Winter moves tend not to be as pricy, since companies aren’t generally as busy during this time. Ask about a company’s slowest periods of the year, and if you can move during those months, it will be easier on not only your pocketbook but the stress level of everyone involved.

6. Maintain Your Schedule

After your belongings have been loaded up, make sure to stick to the date you’re supposed to move into your new home. If the date is delayed, you could end up with extra fees or be forced to put your items into storage – both will cost you quite a bit of money.

7. Check for Damage and Loss

As your belongings are being delivered, check them off the inventory sheet. Open boxes containing items that can be broken or damaged and verify that they are still in the condition you packed them away in. The moving company is responsible for any lost or damaged belongings, so make sure that you hold them to it.

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Tips For Surviving NYC

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New York City is one of the premier destinations in the world. However, when living in the city, it can be tricky to get a handle on how to navigate the city to the point that you can have fun, while at the same time be able to avoid any monetary pitfalls and struggles that often come with moving to a big city. This is especially relevant for those who are new to NYC. By adhering to the following tips for surviving NYC, you will discover that moving to NYC doesn’t have to be as daunting as you think.

Relieve Stress By Taking a Calming Walk Around the City

Everyone who lives in NYC will go through stress from time to time. The great thing about NYC is that you can find tons of places you never knew existed within the city by just taking a walk. Whether walking to the Hudson River or Coney Island, there are lots of peaceful locations within the city that will help ease your stress.

Explore the City and Take Advantage of All There is To Offer

One of the best aspects of NYC is that it is as huge and diverse as any in the world. Exploring the city whenever you have time will help you to find neighborhoods, park benches, outdoor concerts and food vendors that can make your time in the city highly memorable.

Always Carry Water When Traveling to Any Part of the City

When traveling in the city, it is important to always try to carry a beverage with you in order to stay hydrated should anything happen. You never know when your taxi will get into a traffic jam or the subway become stuck while you’re on it. Carrying a water or lemonade bottle will keep you prepared for these situations.

Understand That Moving to NYC is Hard For Everyone

Practically everyone that moves to NYC will have it rough at the beginning. The first year or so is always difficult when attempting to get a handle on everything. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you make a mistake. You will soon find that living in the city becomes much easier.

Make Sure to Manage Your Money Effectively

Managing your money effectively is of the utmost importance if you want to live here for a long time. Make a budget and stick to it. Keep track of all your finances. Don’t feel bad for having to buy cheap foods or rent as cheap an apartment as you can find, everyone has to. Use the subway system and forgo cabs as often as possible.

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What to Do first after you have moved

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You may think that once the movers have come and gone from your new place the hard work is over, unless you hire a full service moving company that will do the unpacking. But that’s not the case for many people that move. There are many things you still have to do, but certain things need to be done first.

Check your space before unpacking

The very first thing you need to do once you are moved into your new place is to check the space to make sure it is in the same condition as the last time you saw it. Hopefully, you took pictures during your final walk through, and you should compare them to what you see in your space now. If you see anything that seems different, such as damage that wasn’t there before or missing fixtures, you should document the changes and let your landlord or real estate agent know right away.

Unpack your boxes

After a long day of moving, you might be tempted to just leave everything as is and tackle it after a good night’s sleep. That’s not a good idea. You need to immediately unpack everything to be sure all of your possessions are there and that they have not been damaged. If you were smart, you labeled your boxes so you know where everything is.

Set up utilities and make sure they work

If you didn’t get all your utilities set up before you moved in, you will want to do that as soon as possible, especially essentials such as electricity and gas. Assuming your utilities are already set up, you want to check as soon as possible to make sure they work. Make sure all light switches work and plug electronics into outlets to make sure those work as well. You also want to plug devices into cable and phone outlets to make sure your cables, phone and Internet services work.

Buy essentials

Once you’ve unpacked and checked that your utilities work, it’s time to hit the store to buy any essentials you didn’t bring with you. Though you can hit a fast food restaurant for dinner, it makes sense to go to a grocery store to get essential food and toiletry items that you will need in your first couple of days in your new place.

Scope out your neighborhood

Another important thing to do shortly after you move into your new place in NY is to investigate the surrounding neighborhood. You should try to meet your neighbors and introduce yourself. Also walk a few blocks in all directions to see what the neighborhood is like and what amenities such as parks are nearby. Additional things you want to look for are access to public transportation and whether you are within walking distance to gyms, restaurants, a post office and other services.

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7 Reasons Why Hiring a Moving Company Isn’t As Expensive

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You want to move. You need to move. You have to move. Whatever the situation, moving is a reality that you’re tested to face. You’re able to move. You think you know how to pack a box and figure that loading a truck just takes a Sunday afternoon. The baby grand piano? No problem, you have some friends who played football in a group text. It’s all figured out… until, your back goes out, all your friends suddenly caught the “flu” and the Uhaul you rented might cost more than your home by the time you’re done making 75 trips back and forth or cross country. Often times, hiring a moving company is cheaper—substantially cheaper and best of all it doesn’t come with preconceived notions if you select the best company that supplies the best moving solutions for you. We have 7 Reasons Why Hiring a Moving Company Isn’t As Expensive.


1.      Supplies


Moving supplies can be purchased everywhere. Or, if you choose to use old banana boxes from Costa Rica, that’s up to you. But, keep in mind that you may be purchasing either too much of something, an inadequate amount, or an inadequate product. Purchasing too many supplies just adds to the often pricy bill of moving. Using scrap supplies can put your materials at risk: healing a broken vase because you didn’t pack it right is a real bother. We’ve seen it occur before. Save on experts who know how to pack using the right packing tape, boxes and protective materials.


2.  Time


Expert movers, professionals who focus daily, dedicating their time to this profession know a thing or two about moving efficiently. Did you photograph and properly bundle the cords to all your electronics? Did you properly tape bags of screws, tiny washers and ornamentally small and easily misplaced nuts together and safely attach them to the item they belong to? Or donate and dispose unwanted items for you without day-of-hassle? Take a deep breath. Then remember that saving yourself time, is as good as saving yourself money. Quality movers expedite the move and make the process efficient for you. And, they won’t lose anything if they’re good at what they do.


3. Your Effort


Moving takes a lot of effort. During these high-effort circumstances, injurious situations are more likely to occur. If injuries do occur mental and physical exhaustion or hospital bills may be on your horizon. Do it yourself movers might forget how to lift properly or entirely. Protect yourself positive energies and your items by hiring expert movers to do the heavy lifting for you. You will save on the back break.


4.  Insurance Issues


If you own a business or have very valuable items, hiring a mover makes the most sense. That’s not even up for discussion. If your items are damaged — because you damaged them— say bye, bye to business and personal assets. If for some reason an expert mover damages your items you get cash and reimbursement. Insurance makes sense, so does hiring someone who is used to moving your possessions.


5.  Big Delays


Your truck may be loaded and ready to go, but that unforeseeable snow storm just tossed a wrench under your wheel and you’ve not only totaled your vehicle but have lost a few family heirlooms in the wreck. Prevent the costs of pricey automotive accidents and delays. Instead focus on the things you can control, like choosing your travel day or how you travel. Expert movers see around delays and should have all your belongings arrive where they need to, on time. That way you don’t have to bother with staying in a hotel and delaying your move completion any longer than necessary.


6. Unpacking


Professional movers have phenomenal installation and deinstallation minds. When these individuals unpack you, you can have access to your belongings sooner rather than later. Instead of not being able to find your pots and pans (because you forgot to label a box) and eating out for the next three weeks because you’re busy adapting to your busy schedule, hired movers can literally transfer and set up your belongings in less than a day. Don’t call on Domino’s for weekly support. They’ll charge you for a product that’s just not that tasty. No matter what the proclamation. You’ll just get fatter and never make any progress. Don’t be a cheesy potato. Hire movers. They can prevent these types of day-after move expenses.


7.  Children and Pets


We’ve known a few people in our time who can juggle almost anything. But, if you have three kids, two dogs, a gold fish, and a husband that practically wears a diaper, it might be best to hire a mover to take care of the heavy lifting. The emotional expense you have on moving yourself is far greater than when you hire a qualified and esteemed moving company. If you put more control between you, your kids, your pooch and the goldfish, you’re likely to save time and therefore money on your move. Keep those expenses down!

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