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Moving to New York

A guide to moving to the Big Apple

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Planning a move to the Big Apple ~or at least thinking about it? Then our article about moving to NYC from the UK is a must! Because we want your move to New York to be as stress free as possible, we have compiled a bunch of information you’ll want to know below, from helpful tips to moving costs and free removal quotes, it’s all here!

How Much Will Moving to New York Cost You?

Since you’ve decided to move -or are at least giving it some thought (why else would you be here?), it’s time to discuss one of the fear-inspiring, harsh realities of moving to New York: the cost *shiver*.

Hold your horses, just before we get to the estimates on the cost of moving to New York from the UK, we just want to mention how important it is to be aware of the cost of container shipping as it has a big effect on your moving costs.

Now, moving to New York can be slow and costly, on average it can take around 4-8 weeks. Below is a rough estimate of how much moving to NYC from London can cost depending on your household’s size:

Household sizeCost
1 bed£2,200 – £3,100
2 bed£2,900 – £4,000
3 bed£5,000 – £6,800
4 bed£5,400 – £7,400
5 bed£7,700 – £10,300

Disclaimer. These prices are only estimates and are not final. Your move will differ in price depending on distance, volume and your individual needs.

Cost Factors

You can influence the cost of your move to New York from the UK by considering the following factors, which can bring the price up or down:

  • Choice of moving company -What’s better than one quote? Multiple free removal quotes for comparison purposes
  • Household size – Did you know the more you move the costlier it is? Of course you did, so why not calculate the volume?
  • Complexity– Got something special to move? Is it heavy, fragile, and awkward to move? It’ll add to the costs
  • Insurance – insurance will add to the cost, but it’ll cover damage during moving and save your wallet some pain
  • Additional services – Packaging, assembling, and storage

From our experience, the cheapest option isn’t always what it seems. You’ve got to keep in mind those pesky hidden costs! And since the move to New York is a long one, don’t skimp on some of the additional costs such as insurance, accidents happen! Also, to make life easier, you should check out our list of the top UK international moving companies.

So, for those of you who are set, ready, and just looking for help moving to New York we have some good information and about packing, and most importantly choosing a moving company. So, fill out the form below!

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Checklist for Moving to New York

Moving is stressful and there’s a lot to do. From our experience a list goes a long way to reducing stress, so here are some things we advise you to take care of before moving to New York!

What you Need to Move


You will have to apply for a visa if you’re wanting to live in America. It can also take some months, so make sure you apply in advance.

Need some useful information about American Visas? We’ve got you covered! Check out our visas page here!


Additional documents that you should prepare before you move to New York include:

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s)
  • Insurance policy
  • Shipping Documents

Sirelo tip: make sure all documents are in date, important documents are duplicated and kept safe. It can be easy to lose track of things when moving, so keep them organised and close at hand, that way you know where to search!

Health Insurance

In the USA, Health care is not free or cheap, so if you don’t want to rack up a big bill if you become ill, it is advised to take out health insurance. In some cases, your employer will cover you, but until then, better safe than sorry. Do you want to know more about health care in the USA to avoid unnecessary medical costs? Just read our page on health care in the USA. The more you know!

Don’t Forget Taxes

There are only two certainties in life, death and taxes, and neither are fun. With the latter, we have experience, of course. So, first thing to do if you’ll be more than a tax year  abroad, contact HM Revenue and Customs to declare that you’ll be living elsewhere. It’s better not to get in trouble with the tax authorities or be taxed twice!

Do you want to know more about the tax situation in the States before you go? Then, you should read our page on taxes in America.

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Do you know what we hate? We hate paying for something we don’t use! So, before you move, be sure to review and cancel any subscriptions or current utilities you will no longer need! Your wallet will thank you. (And hopefully you’ll thank us for reminding you.)

Mail Redirection

You wouldn’t want to miss any letters from your secret admirer, so be sure leave to leave a forwarding address. This can be done with the Royal mail.


We’re sorry to put your adorable pets in miscellaneous, we know they can be like a family member, but not everyone has pets. So, if you are bringing your pets abroad, make sure they are up to date with vaccinations, or they could be denied entry. After all, you don’t want to leave your furry friend behind!

Want to make sure you don’t forget even the tiniest detail during your move? Then check out our moving abroad checklist, it’s a life saver!

Finding Your New Dream Home

So, we probably don’t need to tell you that housing is a must, but it would be nice to know a bit more about housing when moving to New York.

First up, a little break down of the city. New York has 5 boroughs:

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
  • Bronx

Each borough is like a city with its own unique aspects and sites. Manhattan is by far the most expensive, with the Bronx on the lower end. The boroughs are just a subway ride away, except for Staten Island, you may need to take a ferry.

In terms of renting, you will need to pay one month’s rent and one month’s security deposit up front when you decide to take the property. Also. you need to be aware that to rent accommodation you will need to have a clean financial record, when moving to New York, as credit checks are common!

Renting in New York

Being experts in moving doesn’t mean we are unfamiliar with the struggle of renting. So, when renting a property in New York, we suggest that you consider the following points:

  • Join expat communities online to find people who already live in New York and may help you get accommodation in New York. However, be aware of scammers.
  • Have cash ready, for example, in the form of bank-certified check. America is a bit behind when it comes to online banking.
  • If you have a pet, find out before you sign the lease if your pet will be allowed. Buildings in New York either prohibit pets outright or may have limits!
  • If you are moving large items into a city apartment, make sure to find out whether the building has a freight elevator. It is possible that there may be no elevator at all.
  • Is it real, is it fake? Pictures can be deceiving, and rental agents earn commission, so check it out on Google maps or go there if you can, just make sure it’s real. Check Addressreport website to find more information about the address you intend to rent.

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Finding a Job in New York

New York is an expensive city, and the cost of living is high. In the first few weeks you will most likely spend like a tourist and need to pay a lot to settle in. However, after a while you will get a hang of things and start spending like a New Yorker, which can be hard on your wallet.

Finding work in New York is therefore a top priority, if you don’t yet have a one. The job market is highly competitive, and there are plenty of job opportunities available for highly skilled individuals and people who are willing to be flexible in their job search. And as a newcomer, we can imagine you have no desire to see the end of your flashy, New York lifestyle.

Top Industries in New York

Depending on your expertise and expectations, it would be smart start the job search before you move to New York. The sooner you start looking, the sooner you’ll be flushed in cash to enjoy yourself. So, considering the main industries, we’re sure you’ll be well aware of places like Wall St. and all of the skyscrapers in New York, looking at the primary industries, you’ll understand why:

  • Finance & Insurance.
  • Trade
  • Health care
  • Real Estate
  • Mass media
  • Journalism and publishing
  • Manufacturing
  • Information technology

Job Hunting

Narrowing down your search to a specific industry will help you on your way. It can be hard to start searching, but the following can help, even if it’s just something temporary. We’d recommend the following, so happy job hunting:

Did you know? People moving to New York with a master’s degree, prior work experience as well as fluency in languages such as German and Mandarin have an advantage at finding a job in New York.

Ready for Your Move to New York?

Well, this is the end of the article. By now, you likely have a good idea of what moving to New York entails. The question is are you ready to move to a city with a fusion of cultures, delicious food, and more rats than you can shake a stick at?

Okay, so we the last one doesn’t sound all that great, but it’s just a part of city life and it’s a small price to pay for easy access to great entertainment, plenty of museums, warm summers to snowy winters, and a city of opportunities.

Just remember to take the city in your stride! We think you should have a good grip on what to do when moving to New York, if you remember our wise words.

But, for those who don’t feel well prepared just yet, we have a plethora of articles on everything related to moving! Just look click on the links for more information. Do it, you won’t regret it since you’ll then be ready to move with a smile! 😊