How to Prepare for Your Big City Move

Moving to a new place is always a little daunting, especially when moving into a big city like New York. There are so many different variables to consider–what neighborhood you should move to, how to find roommates, how to transport all of your personal belongings across state lines, and how to avoid the notorious New York City housing nightmares. Not to mention–almost every apartment you’ll find is accompanied by astronomical broker’s fee–add that to your moving expenses and it can seem like a total nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be if you use Bedly.
Bedly is every NYC apartment hunter’s dream–seriously. Located in four of the major New York City neighborhoods, Bedly streamlines your move in process, so you’ll never have to deal with brokers or landlords. All Bedly apartments are fully furnished with all living and bedroom needs, so you don’t have to move or buy furniture. You’ll even find pots, pans and linens if you need them! Your wifi and utilities are already set up and Bedly handles any/all maintenance of the apartment throughout your stay. Added bonus: Bedly helps match you with a roommate and can find you a lease that lasts 12 months or 2–whatever your needs might be! We know, it sounds too good to be true–but it’s not!

Bedly takes all the major stressors out of moving so you focus on other, more personal elements of your moving process. Not to worry though, we’ve got some great tips to help you sort through what DO need to bring with you. Here some tips on how to avoid clutter and bring only the items that mean the most to you. This will let you truly immerse yourself in your new city and your new life.

Tip 1: Only bring the clothes you love.

It may seem a little silly, but come move in day, as your lugging box after box up a flight of stairs while you’re car is parked on the side of the street, you might find yourself wondering if all the clothes you picked out were *really* worth all this hassle. One simple way to get ahead of that problem is to go through everything you own—and we mean everything—before move in day. Hold up each piece of clothing and ask yourself if it’s a “yes” or a “no” (you can have a pile of “maybe’s” as well, but you’ll have to make the tough decision sooner or later, so keep that in mind!) Most likely, you’ll find yourself letting go of a lot of your clothing–it’s amazing how much you hold onto without even realizing it! Plus, you’ll likely find this clearing out to be an emotional relief as well—new city, new you! And your clothes should reflect that as well!

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Tip 2: Make sure you’re ready for ALL the seasons.

And I mean ALL the seasons. New York gets hit with everything–windstorms, snowstorms, blisteringly hot summers, ice cold winters, and even the occasional hurricane. It’s imperative to be equipped with the essentials: shorts, tank-tops, gloves, scarves, hats, raincoats, snow jackets, umbrellas, snow boots, rain boots–anything you can think of! It’s always better to be over prepared—because there’s nothing worse than getting a perfectly cute outfit soaking wet because you don’t have a raincoat.

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Tip 3: Get Serious about your shoe wear

And we don’t just mean Sarah Jessica Parker serious. As a New Yorker, you will be walking more than you’ve ever walked in your life–just ask any native with a fitbit–the average day will have you walking 15,000+ steps! So make sure your boots are ready for walking, walking, and more walking. If you need to wear nicer shoes for work is to commute in your sneakers and change when you get to work. And make sure you break in your snow boots before the winter season kicks in. Your toes will thank you.

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Tip 4: Be strategic about what (if any) books you choose to bring with you.

Bookworm or no, you likely have some nostalgic attachment to a few books (maybe a set of old, hard copy Harry Potter books?) or some serious cook books that your mother gave you in any attempt to keep you from starving. Regardless, as happy and nostalgic as those books might be, it won’t be easy lugging them up the stairs, so make sure it’s worth it!

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Tip 5: Only bring the necessary toiletries

When moving it is always best to be as minimal as possible–especially when it comes to your toiletries and bathroom products. There is absolutely no need to cart toilet paper from one apartment to another–same with toothbrushes and toothpaste. If you can get it from the corner store, there’s no need for it to take up space in your moving boxes. If you have more expensive items like hair products that aren’t as easy to just replace, make sure they’re consolidated and put in plastic bags so you don’t have to worry about them ruining whatever else they’re packed with.

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Tip 6: Save room for some nostalgia

As exciting as this big move is, change isn’t always easy, so make sure to bring some memories with you. Whether it’s framed photos of your family and friends, or even small gifts that remind you of your old home, it can be nice to have physical reminders of where you’ve come from and the people who love you–especially in the early transition months in the city. But make sure to leave room for the newer memories as well–your adventures are just beginning!
Moving isn’t always easy, but Bedly makes sure that once you reach your destination all your housing needs are handled. This gives you time to focus on school, finding a job, or just enjoying the big city.

Don’t let the overwhelming prospect of moving to NYC get you down–check out their listings now!

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