Moving Tip #5:

When closing a box there should be some resistance and packing material should be just above the top. Otherwise boxes can crush. Especially when stacked in a truck or when stored.

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Long Island City is LIC – A name guide for future residents

Long Island City gantry

Long Island City gantry Sign

Long Island City (abbreviated LIC) is in the NYC Borough of Queens. On the East River at LIC’s western edge is the famous gantry sign proclaiming LONG ISLAND. Queens and Brooklyn are part of the island called Long Island. Long Island City is not IN Long Island or even ON Long Island. Long Island isn’t even an island.

New York City consists of the 5 Boros of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx. Each borough or boro (not burrow) is also a New York State county. Logically The Bronx is Bronx county. Queens is Queens County. Manhattan is New York County. Brooklyn is Kings County and Staten Island is Richmond County. All the counties’ various neighborhoods are officially the name of the county, except for Queens which has town names. No one actually knows where these are located, except for Astoria and maybe LIC. (No one calls them towns. They are just “parts” of Queens). The Bronx is always The Bronx, but the city is just Manhattan.


If you have been pronouncing LIC as ”lick” this whole time, you are as bridge and tunnel as anyone outside the city. It’s “El eye Sea”.  Hope that clears everything up.

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some tools of the moving trade

Appliance handtruck also known as refer dolly
furniture dolly
paper pads for storage and international
moving blankets also known as moving pads

unprinted newsprint used as protective packing material

moving equipment width=”300″ height=”200″

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Help! My Bed’s Boxspring Mattress won’t fit into the room.

Moving is stressful enough, finding out that your bed supporting boxspring won’t fit makes your move even more stressful. In older Manhattan and Brooklyn walk-up apartments you might think you would have trouble getting a King size mattress up a tight stairway. Your bed mattresses will bend, the more rigid boxsprings wont. The supporting base for a King Mattress are two standard Twin box springs. The Full Size box spring is a little larger than the twin.See size chart below. The Queen Boxsprings are where movers and DIYers encounter issues. Box springs do not bend and there is often there is just no way to get that boxspring upstairs as it is.

Is it your moving skills or is it the Boxspring? This is where it pays to hire professional movers. Movers have the skill and sometimes strength to get the piece in. Sometimes it will fit will a little “finesse”. and Sometimes it just wont fit. You can often see signs of this on the walls of the space. Box springs will compress a little but that may be all you need to get it in. You may damage the walls. Ask previous residents if they had an issue. PRO movers will often ask if you want them to try to squeeze it it. It may damage the wall or the boxspring or both. If the issue is getting the piece out of the space, It was either modified to get into the space, the space was modified after it was moved in (IE a wall or ceiling height was changed). It will fit if you try it another way. Try the box spring with the tall side up or the short side up. Go into a doorway in the opposite direction of where you want to move first. Rotate the boxspring over the top of a railing. Remove teh railing. Angle it up in this space:

Still wont fit? Here are your options.

Try a different approach. Is there another entrance? Try a different stair way or go in a window. Depending how many stories up you are and the site conditions, it may be able to go into a window or up and over a balcony. The mattress will then need to be hoisted. Many moving companies can do this. They may need 3 to 4 movers to hoist it with strapping. They may charge extra or can refer you to a 3rd Party.  Rigging companies can also do this, but the cost of a rigger will most likely exceed the cost of a set of spit boxsprings.

Split Box springs. Clients often learn that yes they do make split box springs that will fit up stairs easily. The queen box spring width is achieved with 2 narrow split box springs. Bed and Mattress stores such as MattressFIRM will have these in stock. has a few more optionas.

Forget the Boxspring all together

  • Just don’t use a box spring. Either for the first night or permanently. Usually you find out the boxspring wont fir the day you are moving it. Whether you are moving yourself or hired professional movers, you are going to be tired at the end of the move. (Tip load the mattress and boxspring last at the pickup to tie off the load and so they are the first to be off loaded)
  • Use bed slats. You can purchase at IKEA. These may have strapping so it can be rolled up easily and ensure proper spacing or you can cut your own to length and secure with screws.
  • Use a platform bed. The base of the bed supports the mattress.
  • Make your own “boxspring”with standard 4′ x8′ plywood sheets. Measure and cut to size. Use two pieces as one layer and two pieces rotated 90 degrees as a second layer. Screw or bolt together.
  • Use IKEA middle support hardware to make a boxspring on a Non IKEA bed. <LINK>
  • Get a new Bed. Mattresses last about 8-10 years. This may be the time to buy a new one. If you ware moving long distance the weight, box,  and cost of boxing the bed can add up.

Modify The Boxspring Yourself

You can pull back the upholstery and cut the wood supporting members of the boxspring and reattached and sister in supports it so i can be bent and carried upstairs. Ask this Old House has an episode where XXXXXX

with a client.

Hire someone to modify it for you

Occasionally movers will have someone in-house that has the skills of a mover, carpenter, and upholsterer. You can also hire companies that specialize in disassembling and reassembling large items <link> Usually sofas or large armoires are the issue but theses specialized companies have theses skills and the cost will match the skill. It will cost about a XXXX to disassemble and reassemble a Queen boxspring at the same location. If you are moving locally you may want to wait until you arrive at the destination and have it reassembled there.

It you need to plan think you might have an issue with a box spring here is a great chart the shows standard dimensions for different types of mattresses.

Mattress Sizes

“But I measured”. Measuring will help fit the piece in the space but moving the piece  in a three dimensional world with weird angles and can only be done with actually trying it. (or you could build a 3D model in CAD). You can make a cardboard or fir strip model of the piece. (This is helpful if you will be moving something heavy and expensive like a Grand piano.)

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Moving Tip #5: Use “Packing” Tape to Pack Boxes

Use “Packing” Tape for packing boxes. It may seem like common sense, but many people use the wrong types of tape that are not designed for sealing cardboard boxes. The wrong tape can rip or not stick to the box.

Packing tape is available for purchase in office supply stores, moving companies, and self storage facilities, and pack and ship companies as well as online.

Standard rolls are 55 yards or 110 yards. Usually available in Tan or clear. Tape is used up pretty quickly. So get plenty. You may want to invest in a tape gun or a simple tape ring with a serrated edge. It makes cutting the tape much quicker.

Do NOT use these types of tape to seal moving boxes:

  • Masking tape
  • Duct tape
  • Painters tape (green or blue)
  • Electrical tape

I have seen people use this type of tape before and it does rip and peel off. Which then requires the mover to re-tape costing you time and money. Or if you have a flat rate move they may not retape and let the box fall apart.

If you pack a box it will be marked as PBO (Packed By Owner). With out any obvious damage to the exterior of the box, Moving companies and their insurers will reject any claim. As the packing was not performed by the company, they do not know if the contents were improperly packed or broken beforehand. If you are taking insurance in additional to standard cargo protection, it may make sense for you to have the mover repack any expensive or fragile items that you have packed yourselves.

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Moving Tip #4: Mark Essential Items Box as “OPEN FIRST LOAD LAST”

Whether you are moving Locally, Long Distance, or Internationally you will want access to some items as soon as you arrive at your new home. Mark the box:


You can mark this in large letters on all sides. You may want to use a brightly colored tape to distinguish it from other boxes.  You can also mention the importance of the box  to the crew. A great place to leave the box is on a kitchen counter. This way it wont be mixed in with other boxes.

A similar box is a hardware box. Some companies use a “PARTS BOX” which is prominently marked and also loaded last and comes off first at the destination. This is done especially when moving long distance or internationally. This contains ALL the hardware for all your items.

Some Suggested Essentials to include are:

  • Bedding
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Clothing

Brings items with you that you need immediate access to, such as new keys, medicine, important papers.

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Moving Tip #3: Fill Moving Boxes Completely

Slightly overfill moving boxes with packing material when sealing shut. A box not completely filled will crush when stacked. Contents may shift if not packed tightly.

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Moving Tip #2: Pack Plates on Edge

If packing your own china and dishes, wrap each plate in unprinted newsprint (or bubblewrap) and stand on edge in a heavy duty box. This is safer than laying them flat.

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New “Tech” Mattress Companies disrupting the sleep industry

As movers know it sometimes is impossible to get a mattress (or more likely boxspring) into a small hallway, stairway, or small elevator. And if you want to move “just” a mattress and boxspring you are looking at a 2 or 3 hour minimum with 2 movers. At around a $100 per hour it sometimes still makes sense as the cost of a new mattress is in the thousands. Part of that expense is all the middlemen and the shipping costs. Not how much the mattress store is charging you for shipping. (That cost is built into the cost of the mattress increasing the price. I once had a woman insist I match to the $30 a mattress company charged her when she bought her mattress new. $2000 to ship a mattress across the US during the busy Summer season. She could have shipped more. There was 2500 pound minimum. She could not understand that it actually costs more than $30 to ship a bed.)

Now two tech companies are looking to disrupt the mattress industry. They are getting rid of the middlemen – distributors, salespeople, showrooms, advertising, and by changing the shipping method from freight or local trucking to a small package company such as UPS or FedEx. The US! manufacturers compress the foam memory mattress so they are UPSable and easily purchased online via Amazon.

You will still need a boxspring, platform bed or the floor for support

Tuft & Needle | | 877-842-2586 | Founded 2012 | $350-$750

Casper | | 888 498 0003 | Founded 2014 | $500-$950

Leesa | | 844 335 3372 | Founded ???? | $425-$1070

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Moving Tip #1 Change Your Address

Change your address with your credit card companies BEFORE the move date. If you are moving long distance they may interpret out of state charges associated to your move as fraudulent and prevent you from using your credit card.

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