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Old 03-29-14, 11:18 PM
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Hey All,

So I just closed on a 1 Bedroom apartment in my area. Hurray! I'll be giving my current building notice on Monday and should be out of here by April 30th.
I've been in my current apartment for almost 18 years. I moved here with one U-haul truck, practically no furniture, and threw most of my things at the time into garbage bags.
Long to short, I feel completely overwhelmed with the thought of moving though I know that I "technically" have plenty of time. The apartment I am moving into is currently empty and I am planning to have it painted etc, before I move in. Since the place is about 3 blocks from where I currently live I was thinking of bringing some things over slowly (I don't drive though so it will be a bit tedious)
Aside from throwing out a lot of stuff I have accumulated any other advice?
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Purging is the best thing you can do. Painting before moving in is the next best. If you can afford to hire movers, do that too.

Get a jump on the packing and plan to live like you're in a hotel for a couple weeks! Good luck.
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3 blocks away? You don't need movers for that. A large catapult should do the trick.

Your plan is a good one. My family had a similar move once that involved painting and moving things to a new place over a period of a couple of weeks. The quicker you can get the painting done the better. It was a relatively smooth process for us to take a load of things over every day or two. Don't know if you plan on moving furniture with the help of others, etc., but it'd be a good idea to target a date for moving the bigger things all at once. And line up the truck and help accordingly.
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Thank you for the replies! Any advice for moving books? My book collection and movie collection are scaring me! Well, my movie collection I think I can handle, but I have read not to pack to many books in boxes because they become to heavy and the movers may want to shank or harm you. I don't see much being purged in those categories :-(
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Congrats! And start packing like, yesterday! And you'd better get that place painted this week because the next 30 days are going to fly by. Is the three blocks long in distance? Buy a hand cart - or borrow one... and walk your stuff over to your new place (weather permitting). Who cares what people will think, it's not like you move all the time. Plus, it'll be a great workout.

If you have a Home Depot close by purchase all your moving boxes there. They sell boxes and packing tape at a fraction of the cost of what a moving company/U-Haul/storage facility would sell them to you for. They have a great sized "small" box for around $.75 each (about the size of a bankers box/file box) 12"x12"16" that is perfect for CD's DVD's and books/paperwork. You could hand cart about 4 of those at a time. If you don't drive have a friend take you to Home Depot, it'll be the best money you spend/save.

*Edited to add... those small Home Depot boxes get heavy with books pretty quick so be careful and use the packing tape liberally, especially on the heavier boxes!
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Go to supermarkets and get cardboard from them for free.

Rent a uhaul.

Either pay your friends to help you or pay them back with food/alcohol. Moving sucks and no one likes helping other people move. Don't be a scumbag friend and just expect them to do it. I helped a friend out once and I wanted pizza in return and she had the nerve to question me when I requested the large when I had just spent 4 hours helping her load up a uhaul, drive it, and unload it in a crammed apartment. Don't be that person.
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Re: Advice for Moving

Originally Posted by zoomgirl View Post
Thank you for the replies! Any advice for moving books? My book collection and movie collection are scaring me! Well, my movie collection I think I can handle, but I have read not to pack to many books in boxes because they become to heavy and the movers may want to shank or harm you. I don't see much being purged in those categories :-(
That may be your biggest challenge. You haven't moved in a long time, so you probably don't have boxes sitting around. Hal's suggestion above may be good. I've never considered Home Depot as an option. I had a connection once with a guy who worked for Kroger. He got me tons of boxes that were used for eggs. They were the perfect size (not too big) and had the cut out "handles" on both ends. That's the key with moving the books. Use smaller boxes to make it more manageable.
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All Good Advice, no don't worry I won't be person that won't feed friends. However, this move I think I will have to get professionals. My friends that helped me back in the day have married, had children, moved out of state, or have moved further out on the island. I have gotten boxes from work and I did talk to the supermarket guy today to get more. Also whenever I go to the basement and see a box that would work I grab it and bring it back up. Nothing but chaos folks.
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Don't have time to make a more in-depth reply right now but I will say if people are helping you move be sure to label the boxes clearly and on multiple sides, especially if they're heavy! It sucks to go to lift a box only to find out it's fifty pounds of books and you weren't ready for it. Can even make a game of it, playing up the heaviness with creative labels (ridiculously heavy, ludicrously heavy, Jabba the Hutt heavy, etc.).
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If I was moving again and had enough stuff (may anyways) if there was time I likely would have a detailed number list box system that would likely be overboard.

Originally Posted by zoomgirl View Post
Thank you for the replies! Any advice for moving books? My book collection and movie collection are scaring me! Well, my movie collection I think I can handle, but I have read not to pack to many books in boxes because they become to heavy and the movers may want to shank or harm you. I don't see much being purged in those categories :-(
Yep, never too much heavy stuff in large containers, HUGE pain! Of course great for other things.
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Walmart has boxes that are inexpensive. I believe they were a dollar or less for a medium. That's a good size for books since it can't get terribly heavy. As was mentioned LABEL THE BOXES. I would label not only a couple sides but the top also. If a box has stuff you will need right away, write "Open First" in red sharpie. Since you're using professionals, don't label specific items on the box that might make that box "disappear." for example I labeled a box "toys" but it contained collectible action figures. What you can do is number each box and keep a personal inventory list of what is in that box.

Even though you have a month, aim to get 90% of your stuff moved in 3 weeks or sooner. Since you're hiring professionals, only have them move stuff you can't. That can save some money.

Being 3 blocks away is a big advantage. You can move smaller stuff yourself. Anything of value small enough to fit in a car, you can take yourself.
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Tip: don't stack your filled (cardboard) boxes for too long before the move. Air moisture can make them soggy, weight of content can cave them in when stacked for too long.
I learned that the hard way when I moved into a new apartment two years ago.
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I just moved myself out of a one bedroom in new York last week. Best thing you can do is not be like me and wait until the last min . Start packing now, all the little things you have laying around the house are a pain in the butt to pack. Also get a dolly to move all the heavy stuff.
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Try to save up $500 or so and have mover do it.

When you have movers do it, all you have to do is pack up the boxes and have it ready. Movers will stop by, take everything downstairs, and back upstairs.
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Lots of small boxes. You don't need to purge now if you don't have the time. A box that never gets unpacked again is perfect for purging next year.
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Lots of good advice, thank you. I have packed about 10 boxes of movies today and still have a cabinet and a half to go! The idea of a hand truck is excellent so I may stop by Home Depot tomorrow and take a look at them. Wouldn't hurt to own one anyway. Again, thanks for the advice. Just have to make manageable steps.
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Costco has a good moving box package. For our last move we rented a U-Haul because it claimed a lower step into the back and it was true - so helpful! I also bought a roller of cellophane-style plastics wrap to keep glass door bookcases closed and safe. Definitely worth it.

Another quick thought: three blocks is close but it's worth your time to plan for one big move than a bunch of little ones. A few years ago, we moved to the apartment just around the corner from ours. Same building, just down the hall 20 feet, turn right, go another 10 and you're there.. We decided since it was so close we wouldn't need help from anyone and didn't even really need to do a lot of packing. It. Took. Forever. We should've boxed stuff up more, organized more, and set aside a major chunk of time instead of piecemeal over a week because we'd come home from work or school, exhausted, and moving a few items became "one more thing" to deal with at the end of the day. I've moved my stuff probably a dozen times, at least, and that was my most stressful move. Never mistake close proximity for easy. It's still a lot of work.
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Lots of good advice, thank you. I have packed about 10 boxes of movies today and still have a cabinet and a half to go! The idea of a hand truck is excellent so I may stop by Home Depot tomorrow and take a look at them. Wouldn't hurt to own one anyway. Again, thanks for the advice. Just have to make manageable steps.
With my last move, an adjustable dolly was a lifesaver. It could convert from vertical to horizontal so I would just load it up and wheel it right in. Certainly beats making dozens of trips hand carrying boxes back and forth even from a rental truck.
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With my last move, an adjustable dolly was a lifesaver. It could convert from vertical to horizontal so I would just load it up and wheel it right in. Certainly beats making dozens of trips hand carrying boxes back and forth even from a rental truck.


I'd second the dolly, I'd rent a good one if you can ... some of them can do a decent job on stairs even. Doing a slow move works at first, but at some point in order to do basic tasks you have part of when you need at one place and the other part somewhere else. That usually moves slow moving into "I just want to get this done quick" moving.

While packing have a "to move" pile and a "I really do not want to carry this pile" and sell/donate/toss the do not want to carry pile
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Labeling boxes is good -- not just contents and light/heavy, but also what room it's going into.

Comic book stores get fresh boxes every week and will likely be more than happy to give them away to you. Music stores too, if such things still exist.
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Labeling boxes is good -- not just contents and light/heavy, but also what room it's going into.

Comic book stores get fresh boxes every week and will likely be more than happy to give them away to you. Music stores too, if such things still exist.
They still exist, at least in Brooklyn.

Also consider an "open first" box and put anything in there you'll need the first day/night--towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, cutlery, a drinking glass, tools, etc.
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3 blocks and plenty of time?
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If you have a lot of electronic equipment in different setups (say a tv setup in the living room, one in the bedroom, a computer) keep all the cables for each setup in different ziplock bags so you don't get things mixed up.

Get your cable and electricity set up a few days before your main move.

I just moved this past weekend for the first time in 8 1/2 years. Real pain in the ass. It was pouring that day too!
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When I moved last I went to WalMart and asked their night stockers to save the cereal boxes for me. Perfect condition, uniform size, completely free. I packed up everything I didn't need for the next month, and stacked them next to a wall in the apartment. Like someone else said, put the heavy stuff on the bottom. I had help when I moved, but having all of the boxes the same size made it easy to put on hand carts and stack up in the moving truck.

Purging before moving is obviously easier, but I don't know many people who do that. It's more obvious the crap you don't need when you're trying to find a place to put it, as opposed to just putting it in boxes.

If you have people help you, movers or otherwise, have your shit packed already. I don't mind helping people move, but I hate packing for them. If I get to a house that hasn't been packed, stuff just goes in boxes and bags randomly. I'm not going to take my time carefully packing things, and I'll be damned if I'm going to lug around boxes while the owner sits in their bedroom putting things in boxes.
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When I moved last I went to WalMart and asked their night stockers to save the cereal boxes for me. Perfect condition, uniform size, completely free.
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