Pros and Cons of Moving Yourself to New York City

Pros and Cons of Moving Yourself to New York City

Moving to New York City is a very difficult task. You have options when moving, such as moving yourself or hiring someone to move you there, but often the latter is simpler. New York City is a busy and populated location making moving by yourself difficult. Check out the pros and cons below to help you consider moving with a New York City moving company.


Benefits                                                                     Drawbacks
  • You Have Full Control
  • Cheaper
  • Unfamiliar Area
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Planning Issues
  • Handling Unexpected Issues
  • High Stress


Let’s take a closer look at the Benefits, first.

You Have Full Control


When you move by yourself, you are free to control every aspect of the move. Whether this is time frames, packing, or moving supplies, you are in control. Movers dictate a lot about the way your move will go and have your belongings in their hands, which can bring trust issues for many. In New York City, you may desire control because of the busy environment, especially if you want to be responsible for everything that happens when moving into your home. If you are very particular in the way things are done, this would ease your mind.




Moving by yourself to New York City can definitely be cheaper. Movers are costly, often higher priced than expected, especially if unexpected issues arise. Keep in mind, though, of any gas charges or parking fees you’ll have to pay while moving. New York City is notorious for crowded streets and little parking, so this may pose an issue. These can add up if you’re at a great distance from your new home. You may also need to rent a larger vehicle or make multiple trips to carry all of your items.


There are significantly more drawbacks when considering moving to New York City yourself.


Unfamiliar Area


If you are moving from somewhere other than New York City, the city can be overwhelming and confusing at first. There are many rules, tons of people, and a lot of restrictions. Parking patrol presence is high in the City and if you are unaware of various parking restrictions, you can wind up with a lot of costly tickets. In addition, streets in New York City are not easy to navigate. Full of various one-way streets mixed with two ways, if you’ve never been to the area of your new, New York City home, this can pose consequences.


Heavy Lifting


Moving requires a lot of energy and strength. If you are not strong or have back, knee, hip, or various other bone and muscle issues, you should avoid moving yourself and hire a professional mover. Movers in New York City are used to doing heavy lifting jobs and are sure to have an easier time than you will. Moving difficulty increases as the number of stairs and the distance needed to cross increases, so New York City is a very hard area to move to. Appropriate parking can be far from your destination requiring you to hold heavy items for extended periods of time. Hiring a mover when moving to New York City can be more beneficial than moving yourself.


Planning Issues


If you’re not the best at planning things out, moving yourself is probably not the best idea. Moving requires a lot of time management, route planning, and logistics of bringing all of your belongings from place to place. You have to calculate how many things you can fit in your vehicle at once and how many trips you’ll need to take. You need to have a lot of forward thinking and be aware of the area you are moving to. New York City is a difficult area to predict and many issues can occur that can make your plan fade fast.


Handling Unexpected Issues


New York City is full of new things every day. The people who reside there can also be self-focused ultimately making moving in a crowded town difficult. Plenty of problems can arise while moving yourself into New York City. These can include spatial issues, unexpected damage, or forgetting something behind. Examples of spatial issues include not being able to fit a table or other belonging through a small doorway, common in NYC. Movers are specially trained to handle issues like these and are great at problem-solving. If you are unsure about how to handle unexpected problems, moving by yourself without the help of a New York City mover may not be the best idea.


High Stress


Moving is one of the most stressful things that someone can do in life. If you know you do not handle stress well, consider hiring a New York City moving company. Stress can come in many forms such as coming across issues, forgetting belongings, or being unsure of your location. Moving to New York City can be an unfamiliar feat which commonly brings stress into lives. A lot of work and patience must be exerted while moving by yourself. If this is your first move, you may be unprepared for these levels of stress. Having added unnecessary stress could lead to more problems and difficulties while moving, so try to either lower your anxiety level or hire a professional.


Pros and Cons of Moving to NYC by Yourself


New York City is a unique environment where many things can happen unexpectedly. The more you plan your move, the better your move alone will be. If you don’t have proper time or resources to move by yourself, try to hire a mover. While it may seem costlier upfront, with unexpected costs from parking violations or doctor’s appointment from injuries, in the long run moving with a mover is often cheaper and less stressful. Whatever way you choose, you will be able to enjoy your New York City home after all of the time you put into it!

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