Between 2010 and 2012, more than 161,000 people moved to New York City, according to an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau. That means about 6,700 new people move to the city each month. If you’ve decided to become one of them, make sure you follow these tips to make the transition to the Big Apple as easy as pie.

 

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1. Find a place to live. Moving to New York City can be as stressful as it is exciting—especially as you shop for a new pad. Whether you plan to buy or rent, finding the perfect place can be exhausting. Check this out for some good tips on finding your first NYC apartment.

 

2. Get some boxes. As soon as you know you’ll be moving, you should start gathering boxes. Manhattan Mini Storage offers a wide selection of moving supplies and packing materials so you can ensure all of your stuff is properly packed and secured. Start packing the items you know you won’t need until after moving day.

 

3. Reserve a moving truck. Decide whether you will rent a truck and do all the heavy lifting yourself or hire a professional moving company. Shop around for the best deal and get quotes from several companies. Once you know what will fit best with your budget, reserve a truck or company for your moving day.

 

4. Disconnect. Schedule an end service date for your utilities, such as water, electricity and gas. Entertainment service, such as TV and Internet, may also have to be canceled. However, in some cases, you may be able to transfer service to your new address.

 

5. Change your address. First, forward your mail and change your address with the Post Office. Then make sure you notify your loan lenders, credit card companies and bank of the change. Also, don’t forget to change your address for important online accounts.

 

6. Shop for energy. New York has a deregulated energy market, which means you can shop among dozens of energy service companies (ESCOs) for the lowest electric and natural gas rates. Before you move, make sure you enroll with an ESCO so you’ll have power on moving day.

 

7. Plan to take time off work. If you’re relocating to NYC for work, make sure you arrange for enough time off to accommodate your move. For a cross-country move, a week is typically long enough for you to drive to your new home, unpack the essentials and settle into your new neighborhood. If you’re not moving far, you may be able to squeeze the whole move into one weekend and avoid taking any time off.

 

8. Sell your car. Between paying for parking and sitting in traffic, owning a car in NYC can be a hassle. Fortunately, the city has an extensive network of public transportation, so you can still zip around easily. Before you make the move, ditch your car. Eliminating the monthly car payment will give you extra income to put toward the astronomical price you’ll pay for your new apartment. Not ready to give up your car? There are many ParkFast locations with monthly parking in NYC.

 

9. Pack an emergency kit. The last thing you want to have to do when you move is dig out the toilet paper that’s buried under six boxes in the back of a moving truck. Keep an emergency kit handy with all the essentials you’ll need on moving day: pack snacks, drinks, first aid supplies and, of course, toilet paper.

 

10. Rent storage. In NYC, space is limited. If you don’t have room in your new place for all of your stuff, make sure you rent NYC storage space at Manhattan Mini Storage.