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!
Rent a U-Haul for the big stuff
Pickup trucks and 9-foot vans start at $20 a day plus mileage. Rates vary by zip code, but 10-foot trucks will run you about $150. Take note: anything larger than a van is considered a truck, so be sure to map out a truck lane route if you move between boroughs.
Install your A/C before you move anything
If you’re moving in the summer, trust us.
Make sure you have someone on truck-watch while you bring stuff in
Cops are always happy to write tickets for double-parked trucks and vans.
Describe the task you need done -- help packing, help with one large item, or someone to move your entire apartment (van included) -- and the site finds local “taskers.” Each tasker has their own hourly rate, along with user reviews and recommendations. Depending on what you need, prices vary from about $40 to $100 per hour.