The City that Never Sleeps is hard to maneuver around on any day, but particularly during the summer months when residents and tourists alike are out in full force to enjoy some of the city’s seasonal events.
This difficulty is increased further when you’re attempting to move in the summer in NYC. Though it’s never going to be exactly easy to pull off a summer move in New York, there are measures you can take to ensure that it’s as simple and smooth as possible.
Opt for Least Crowded Days and Times
One of the best ways to avoid excessive traffic is by planning your move strategically in terms of both day and time. Weekdays will generally be less crowded overall than weekends due to special events and tourism, so if you can pull off a midweek move you are less likely to run into unexpected crowds.
This, of course, comes with the caveat that you keep rush hour in mind, particularly in high traffic neighborhoods. You’ll want to avoid periods where throngs of people are traveling to or from work. This means your best bet is to start your move very early in the morning, or around 10 a.m. with an aim to be finished before 4 p.m.
There’s no exact science to the ebb and flow of traffic in NYC, particularly in the summer, but you’ve likely got a pretty good idea of your own neighborhood’s traffic patterns, and a little common sense will go a long way in helping you avoid the crowds.
Watch out for Summer Festivals
The summer months in New York bring about all sorts of outdoor festivals and events that draw large crowds. These recreational activities could throw a wrench into your moving plans if you’re not careful, as they can create a need for alternate routes or shifted moving schedules.
Stay aware of any events either in your current or new neighborhood that could cause issues with your move. Try to schedule your move several days out from any major events that will be occurring near either location.
Keep Holidays in Mind
There are three major holidays that unofficially fall under the summer season umbrella. These holidays are Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. Even if you don’t make a point to celebrate these events, bear in mind that many other people do.
These days are bound to be marked by parades and other celebratory events which will bring traffic and discord to the surrounding areas. Your best bet is to avoid moving near any of these days at all.
A professional moving company will be particularly equipped to help you figure out a moving date and time that avoids the summer crowds but also works for you. Contact us for a free quote for your upcoming move to see how we can help!