Making Your Move From LA To NYC Work

Making Your Move From LA To NYC Work
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Moving from sunny Los Angeles to the big apple can be a bit like moving to a whole new world. This is especially true if you move during fall or winter. If your cross country move comes during the colder months, then you may experience a shock as you move from balmy California to the frigid northeast. You may also experience culture shock, as these two cities are quite different.

One of the biggest differences you may notice about life in New York City is that you don’t really need your car anymore. In fact, it may become a hindrance. Sure, you drove everywhere in Los Angeles. But in New York City, parking spaces are a rarity, the traffic is insane, and most people walk, take the subway, or use taxis to get from point A to point B.

If your move is for the long term, you may want to consider selling your car before you relocate to the east coast. For a short term move, consider storing your vehicle or even leaving it with a trusted friend or family member. If you aren’t going to be traveling much outside of New York City, chances are you won’t need your car.

One way to make your move from LA to NYC as seamless as possible is to visit New York well in advance of your planned move to get the lay of the land. A surprisingly large number of transplants move to NYC without ever actually visiting the city. However, it’s a good time to spend some time in New York before making your life-changing move from Los Angeles.

Another important thing to consider before making your cross-country move is your financial situation. You can’t move to New York City on an empty bank account. Make sure you have some money saved, or a good job waiting for you, to ensure that your move is as financially painless as possible. If you aren’t financially prepared, you won’t be able to make your NYC move work and you may be forced to relocate after a short time. 

Once you’ve visited the city and you’re financially prepared to make the big move, the most important thing to consider is the moving company you choose to handle your move. Moving all the way across the country is a lot different from moving across town. A few friends and U-haul just aren’t going to cut it in your move from Los Angeles to New York City. Instead, use Cross Country Movers to find a great moving company and get free long distance moving quotes. Cross Country Movers can help you make your move from LA to New York as seamless as possible.

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12 Comments

  • Isabel

    I agree. Visit NYC first to see if this is the place for you and to avoid the ‘culture shock.’

  • Christine

    Both are large cities in the US, and yet what a difference! Driving in NYC is a nightmare!

  • Adeline

    From someone that has lived in NYC, I agree, make sure you have a job first. NYC is an incredibly expensive city, possibly more so than LA!

  • Sheila Chingwa

    Saving for a move is important in any situation. Such a large move across the county needs planning and strategic planning a head of time. I can’t imagine trying to make such a large move.

  • Debbie Peterson

    Hiring the right mover makes a world of difference when relocating,
    especially to a place like NYC. That’s quite an adjustment from
    California dreaming to a New York state of mind.

  • Julia Riding

    I’m pretty nervous about living in New York after the laid back
    life in Cali. No way am I giving up my car. I’m used to driving
    everywhere and don’t want to take the subway.

  • Jhei

    From what I know about New York, I’d probably just bring essentials and rent out a small flat. While it is an amazing city, I prefer to raise a family in places where I can use my car. Then again, the suggestions in this article are very helpful.

  • Toni Fontello

    I’ve heard of so many people who want to immediately move to New York City and start a new life and career. But it is so true that you need a plan and funds to start fresh without struggling more than you have to. Planning ahead is a must for any move but especially cross country!

  • Yosleidis Fleitas

    I love NY, is like bubbling with live! But I would hate olive there on a day to day. Moving there is a big commitment, is very different from other big cities. Best way to decide is to stay there for more than a week. Is not cheap and most of the people are lost in their thoughts all the time.

  • Daniel Ong

    Great article on the preparation thoughts migrating from one city to another! Hmmm, got to say that it is a wise choice to travel there as a tourist to experience the life before really settling down with commitment of moving your stuff there and to regret after it! Financial wise will also have to be prepared to ensure it suit your needs over the new city!

  • Samantha

    I never was a big city girl, and grew up in the suburbs, but NYC has the vibrancy and the vibe that just might convince a switch!

  • Grant Davies

    Nice article! In fact I am planning on moving from LA to NY so this come right on time! And what a gorgeous intro image, where did you find that?

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