Bribe friends with beer and pizza
“If you go with this option, stock the fridge with beer and wine BEFORE moving your stuff in so it has time to get cold," James H. says. "Nothing is worse than the ‘are the beers cold?’ check every five minutes." Solid advice, James H. Solid advice, indeed.
Ask your landlord for the keys a few days before your lease start date
This way you can use the subway or cab to bring stuff to the new place over a few days, which will eliminate the bulk of the work on the actual day. Even if you have to pay for the extra days, it's often worth it, particularly if it enables you to get a better deal on a truck/movers.
Use Zipcar for small moves
And take smaller items over in shifts. Zipcars run from either $9.25/hour or $89 for the day (plus a $25 application fee and an annual fee of $70 if you’re new), so be sure of how many trips you need to make. Keep in mind though, most cars won’t be big enough to fit a mattress!