Challenges Faced By New York City Moving Companies

Running a moving company can be a profitable venture. However, in certain parts of the country, this is a difficult industry in which to be. This is especially true in large cities, that have heavy traffic and regulations. One of the most difficult cities in which to operate is New York City. Here are a couple of challenges that NYC moving companies must face every day in this city.

Heavy Traffic

Without a doubt, NYC traffic is one of the biggest issues that moving companies must face. There are deadlines that companies must hit, but there is only so much you can do when stuck sitting in traffic. While it might be efficient taking public transportation or a taxi in New York City, it is completely different driving a large moving truck through congested streets or navigating across several lanes of fast-moving traffic. Driving is one of the most difficult variables to overcome as a moving company. For this reason, a lot of moving companies recommend moving at odd hours during the day. Although there is still traffic, a lot of times timing helps considerably.



New York City is known for strict regulations on companies. As a moving company, there are many licenses that you must obtain to operate, including getting a NYC Department of Transportation moving license. Not only is this expensive, but the licenses are constantly changing. Many moving company owners must constantly check to make sure their licenses are up-to-date. The fine for operating without a proper license is sky-high, which means that it is worth their time to keep track. Many small business owners are hoping that the regulations start to decrease in the years ahead.

Few Elevators

As a moving company, elevators are a great way to save time and energy. In New York City, however, a lot of buildings are so old that they do not have elevators. This is not a huge issue if you are walking furniture down a building with three flights of stairs. This is completely different if the building is ten times that size. Movers must be prepared to walk heavy furniture down lots of stairs during a day. Not only does this take a lot of time, but it also puts a big strain on their bodies. A lot of movers burn out quickly from the hard work, and the owners must constantly deal with hiring people to fill their spot.


Weather Challenges

If the regulations, lack of elevators, and abundant traffic weren’t enough to consider, there’s also the challenge of unpredictable weather events. For instance, in March of 2017, NYC was hit by the Nor’easter Stella that hit much of the East Coast. The massive storm dumped 7 inches of snow on the ground in a matter of hours. Movers had to scramble to try to make it to jobs, but others simply had to cancel and reschedule because they were unable to get to appointments given the road conditions. The challenges posed by weather and last minute cancellations were highlighted in a piece by Brick Underground, which interviewed our very own Imperial Moving & Storage company.

Running a moving company is a lot harder than many people think. This is especially true in a city like New York. A lot of variables work against moving companies. Not only is traffic terrible, but the high regulations make operating a business more difficult than people realize. The good news is that moving companies are adapting and learning how to make a profit in this difficult industry.


Best Practices for Loading and Unloading a Moving Truck

Nobody enjoys moving. It takes all day and most of the next day. It’s tiring. It’s often expensive, and it causes generally rational people to consider abandoning their property instead of hauling it up three flights of stairs.

Human technology, however, is a magnificent and adaptable thing, and over the course of civilization we’ve come up with some pretty nifty ways to move several heavy objects from one place to the next. From NYC’s best moving companies, here are some best practices for loading and unloading a moving truck.

First in Last Out

The order in which you arrange your items for storage on a moving truck is of vital importance. If your items and boxes are out of order, it will likely automatically add to the time and exhaustion factors of moving. It may also make your moving truck harder to maneuver and could damage your property.

Take some time to think through how to arrange your belongings on the truck before dumping it all on the lawn.
Take some time to think through how to arrange your belongings on the truck before dumping it all on the lawn.

In general, tallest and heaviest items should be loaded first, followed by the longest/widest and lightest items. The main practical reason for this is simple. Taller items can’t be stacked efficiently, and heavy items should always be as close to the moving truck’s deck as possible to avoid tipping accidents.

When you begin loading, your heavy items should start as close to the truck or loading area as possible, with your lightest items further back. This will not only encourage proper ordering but will also reduce exhaustion.

Square Off

If possible, everything should be packed in boxes (check out these by Boxes can be efficiently stacked, arranged in rows and organized by size and type. Moving boxes should also be packed until full, which means if whatever is in the box doesn’t fill its volume completely, the rest of the available area should be packed with protective cushioning or packing paper to prevent items in the box from shifting during the move.

Anything that can be disassembled should be, as smaller items are far easier to navigate into storage containers than larger objects.

Putting everything in uniform boxes makes moving day much easier.
Putting everything in uniform boxes makes moving day much easier.

Don’t Overload

It is tempting to just put all your books in one box. You will recognize the error of this concept when you need three people and a small horse to help you move that box up the three-inch step on your front porch. When in doubt, start another box. Unless necessary, no moving box should exceed about 40 pounds in total weight. This limit is both for safety and practicality.

As always, safety should come first, and hurrying is almost always a bad idea. Moving doesn’t necessarily have to be unpleasant. You will often find moving companies, truck rental companies, and even furniture stores can be an excellent resource if you are looking for advice on how to best move from house to house or business to business.


Top 5 Moving Destinations in 2017

To be successful in the moving industry, you must have a good idea about where people are moving to and why. This year, we anticipate that there will again be more outbound long distance moves from New York than inbound interstate moves. Overall, the nationwide trend is showing more people leaving the crowded urban areas of the Northeast in favor of warmer climates and cities with lower living costs. Here are the top 5 moving destinations for Americans moving in 2017.

5) Fayetteville, Arkansas

Metro Population: 493,095
Median Home Price: $182,508
Median Annual Salary: $43,570

Fayetteville is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Home of the University of Arkansas, this city is set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Fayetteville experiences a humid subtropical climate, which makes for hot summers, cold winters, and wet fringe seasons. Overall, the area sees little snow and few days below freezing. The nearby Ozarks give Fayetteville residents myriad opportunities for exploring the outdoors.

Forbes ranked Fayetteville #27 on its list of Best Places for Businesses and Careers, and the area has experienced great economic development in the last decade. Major employers include the University of Arkansas, Washington Regional Medical Center, and Veterans Administration Medical. As of December 2016, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that the Fayetteville unemployment rate was just 2.5%, which is far below the national average. A healthy job market and low cost of living continue to draw people to this rapidly expanding city.

4) Washington, D.C.

Metro Population: 5,949,403
Median Home Price: $371,772
Median Annual Salary: $65,910

Washington, D.C. is also another excellent place to find employment opportunities, both in private and public sectors. The nation’s capital also has a high median salary, which makes its city living more affordable than many big cities. Federal jobs account for around 29% of employment, while many tangential fields such as law firms, lobbyists, private contractors, etc. account for another large sector of the job market. There are also abundant job opportunities in health care, finance, tourism, and scientific research. The unemployment rate in DC is 5.8%, which is just over 1 percentage point higher than the national rate.

In addition to being a great place to start or grow a career, DC is also noted for its excellent arts and culture scene. The Smithsonian operates a zoo and 17 wonderfully curated museums, including the Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, and the Natural History Museum, in the greater DC area. Washington DC is also home to wonderful national landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, the White House, and the Washington Monument, among others. There’s never a shortage of things to do in DC.

3) San Jose, California

Metro Population: 1,925,706
Median Home Price: $829,792
Median Annual Salary: $78,620

Families looking for good schools might want to consider a move to San Jose. It is ranked number one for college readiness among high school students, which is important for most families or expecting parents looking to move. On top of that, the heart of Silicon Valley has an excellent selection of job opportunities. The tech hub’s fast population growth only adds to its growing economy, which enjoys a low unemployment rate of 4.5%.

This California city enjoys a moderate year-round climate, with 257 days of annual sunshine that are perfect for exploring the city’s nearly 16,000 acres of park land. This thriving city also has tons of shops and restaurants that do well thanks to the area’s affluence. Additionally, the coast is just a short drive away, meaning there’s plenty of opportunities to escape for weekends at the beach.

2) Denver, Colorado

Metro Population: 2,703,972
Median Home Price: $301,300
Median Annual Salary: $54,450

The Mile High City has been on the list of most desirable cities for years. Situated just east of some of America’s best ski resorts and outdoor recreation areas, Denver is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The area enjoys around 245 days of sunshine each year, which means residents have plenty of time to hike, kayak, ski, and explore the great outdoors. For those that prefer urban life, there’s plenty of shopping, eating, and attractions in town including the Denver Art Museum, Confluence Park, the State Botanical Garden, and the 16th Street Mall.

Not only is Denver a fun place to live, but this gorgeous city enjoys a healthy job market and a low unemployment rate. Denver has long been a transportation hub and has a strong presence in the high-tech, finance, healthcare, and education industries. This expanding city is a great place for job seekers to take on a new career.

1) Austin, Texas

Metro Population: 1,889,094
Median Home Price: $262,182
Median Annual Salary: $49,560

Austin, Texas is the number one moving destination in 2017. An alternate place for tech companies, it is considerably cheaper to live in than San Jose for those trying to break into the tech industry. Compare Austin’s median home price to San Jose and you will see the appeal many people relocating find in Austin as opposed to more traditional tech cities like San Jose and Seattle. The third fastest growing city in the United States, Austin’s job market is rapidly expanding and people continue pouring in.

Known as the decidedly liberal capital city of the otherwise conservative Lone Star State, Austin grew from hippy town to modern city in just a matter of decades. Today, the downtown area is bustling with business and it seems high-rises are going up on just about every vacant corner to accommodate the population growth. When residents aren’t exploring food trucks or lining up at the latest BBQ joint, you can find them enjoying the city’s expansive green spaces – like Zilker Park and the Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail.