Moving Tips: Two New Services To Consider

Published on Jan 19, 2012

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It's no secret that moving, no matter if it's across the country or just down the block, can be a stressful operation. Also: annoying, exhausting, expensive. Therefore, moving tips are always welcome, even by so-called "veteran" movers. Of course, if you find your dream no fee apartment, the unpleasant moments of the move itself--the packing and organizing, the cleaning and lifting--tend to dim pretty quickly once you've settled in, and started your new life.

Really, no matter the reason behind, or the distance of the move itself, it always amazes me how quickly my new space feels like home, memories of the prior one already fading ("Where did I used to keep these suitcases?" "How did I manage without all of these closets?" "What was the name of that Mexican place around the corner?").

All of this is not to say that there aren't practical steps you can take to make your move go as easily as possible, and to make your new NYC rental apartment as fantastic as it can be. The Urban Edge Renters Guide has tons of solid advice and learned-from-experience moving tips and tricks, but I also recently spotted two articles about services which I know I'll consider the next time I make a move. 

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One of the most crucial tasks in the whole moving process is getting the right boxes. The right number of boxes, in the right sizes. How many times have I ran out of boxes at two in the morning while packing up the kitchen... or spent a fortune on boxes that I never even unfolded and used? Plenty of times. Which is why the New York Times story of two new rent-a-box companies, Bin-It and Jugglebox, caught my eye.

The concept here is simple: rather than buying (or scrounging at the supermarket for) boxes you'll only use for a few days at most, Bin-it and Jugglebox provide you with plastic, stackable boxes, which either company delivers to your old home, and picks up at your new when you're done.

The advantages here are obvious: uniform-sized, heavy-duty boxes make both packing and loading up any moving truck a breeze, whether you and some buddies are doing all the work, or whether it's a moving company charging you by the hour. Both businesses are evolving, experimenting with pricing structures and box sizes--"working out some kinks", as the Times puts it--but the rent-a-box concept seems solid, and I hope it'll be around for my next move. 

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Another interesting idea for anyone moving into a new NYC rental apartment, especially the "spatially challenged": hiring a interior designer. WAIT! Before you cry "only for the rich!", apparently there are any number of interior designers and "stagers" (making your home look its absolute best for potential buyers) who are willing to work for a "renter's budget".

Take Noa Santos, for example, who was interviewed recently in BrickUnderground, and is the founder of the interior design firm 50 for Fifty. For $50, Santos or one of his team will come to your new apartment and give a 50-minute consultation. As Santos points out, that's a huge break from the standard $200-an-hour-and-up interior designer price, not to mention their usual initial consultation fee (from $500 to $5000).

Clearly 50 minutes isn't going to work if you're starting from scratch on a four-bedroom duplex, but for small apartment renters, Santos's advice on furniture (re)arrangement, as well as what sort of pieces you should buy (and get rid of) can make the difference between awkward and comfortable, "meh..." and "wow!"  

So there are two new moving tips for all you readers out there.

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