The last thing you want to do when moving into a new place of residence is start off on the wrong foot with your neighbors. Whether you’re moving into a 1-bedroom rental in a New York City apartment building, or a 3-bedroom townhouse out in Suffolk County on Long Island, you have to be mindful of your neighbors, always of course, but especially on move-in day. The chaos of moving day can be overwhelming, but use conscious judgment during the process to prevent potential fallout with the families and individuals who will be nearby residents. You never know when you might need someone close by to watch after your home while you’re away on vacation, water your garden or feed your pet!
Now, before you head over to your new neighborhood to start unloading your belongings, take a look at these actions and regulations to be wary of when moving your stuff into your new home.
One of the best ways to prepare your neighbors for your impending move, is to alert them to it prior. Leaving a simple note introducing yourself and giving the basics of your move (date & time) is a great way to alert those around you of what to expect. This gives them the chance to plan around your move, and it starts off your relationship with them on a positive note.
While moving during the weekend or after work hours might work best for you and your schedule, that’s usually not true for your neighbors. Try to plan your move day for a weekday during the day when most people are away from home and at work. This will cause less disturbances to your neighbors and leave you with more parking spots & open space to utilize.
Whether it’s you and some friends moving all of your belongings into your new abode, or a team of professional movers, be considerate when it comes to blasting music, blocking sidewalks, shouting to one another, moving heavy furniture and how you dispose of garbage. How you behave during this move impacts more than just yourself, it impacts the entire neighborhood and how they view you.
Depending on where it is that you’re moving, there may be different rules and regulations about when you can move, what elevators/stairways you can use, whether you need a certificate of insurance, etc. Be proactive, do your research & find out all of the particulars before moving day.