Expert Tips for Packing and Moving a Wine Collection

Packing and Moving Wine Collection

Whether you are a connoisseur or just a casual sipper, you likely put a lot of time, effort and money into amassing your wine collection. So, if you’re in the process of relocating, it’s important to take the proper steps to protect your valued collection during your move. Keep your collection safe with these tips:

Know the Value of Your Vino

Whether you have an extensive collection or just several bottles of wine, you need to know the value of your collection. It is helpful to take photographs and inventory your collection (there are moving apps that can help!). For more extensive collections, you may want to enlist the help of a wine appraiser to assist you in determining the value of your collection. Appraisers can be located through wine specialty shops or wine relocation specialists. If you are contracting with a moving company, be sure to let them know you are planning to transport wine and fill out a High-Value Inventory, as the general liability coverage may not extend to wine. Many standard movers are not equipped to move wine collections, so be sure to ask about specialized movers and climate controlled vehicles.

Carefully Pack

Specialized wine packing boxes with cardboard or styrofoam inserts are best to use when packing your wine. You want to keep the cork wet, so pack the bottles on their sides or upside down. Be sure to label the boxes as fragile and indicate which side should be up. Open bottles of wine should be set aside and not included in your packing. Be aware of the weight you are packing, particularly if you are planning to move the boxes yourself. A 12-bottle case of wine weighs about 35 pounds.

Consider the Temperature

The ideal temperature for red wine is 55 degrees Fahrenheit. White wines can stand a bit warmer temperatures. Consider the temperature on the day you plan to move. Extreme heat and cold are detrimental to your wine. Spring and fall temperatures are the best for moving without a climate controlled vehicle. For smaller collections, moving the boxes of wine in your personal vehicle may be the best option, as you can control the temperature. For extensive collections, you may need to hire a professional who can provide a climate controlled environment for the duration of the journey.

Check Regulations

Before transporting wine on a cross country move, be sure to check the regulations in the area to which you are moving. Regulations regarding the transport of wine and alcohol vary by states. It is better to know and comply with the regulations than to risk a fine or losing your valuable collection. If you choose to hire a professional mover, they should be well-versed in the various regulations governing the transport of alcoholic beverages.

Let the Wine Rest

Once your wine reaches its destination and is unpacked, allow some time for the wine to rest before opening. The wine may have experienced some bottle shock by shaking a bit during transit which can have an impact the wine’s flavor. A good rule-of-thumb is to allow the wine to rest for seven days for each day in transit before opening.

Taking just a few special precautions can help you maintain the value and flavor of your valuable wine collection. Whether your collection is small or massive, it can be safely moved for you to enjoy in your new home. Cheers!


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10 Things You Must Do After Moving to NYC

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From finding the perfect apartment to navigating the subway system for the first time, a move to NYC can be stressful. It’s time to remind yourself why you came to the city in the first place. Here are 10 things every New Yorker must do after moving to the city.

1. Eat a Hot Dog on a Street Corner

NYC is a city filled with some of the world’s best restaurants. If you can’t snag a table at Per Se, though, you can take comfort knowing that some of the city’s best-loved food can be found at every street corner. Hot dogs, or “dirty water dogs,” are an NYC staple. Don’t be afraid of the dirty looking water. It’s not actually filled with anything unsavory; it’s just a medley of seasonings.

2. Go to Coney Island

No one can call themselves a New Yorker if they haven’t taken a ride on the Coney Island Wonder Wheel. Take a trip to this storied beachside area and take in the sights.

3. Go to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Even the most devoted New York resident wouldn’t compliment the city on its aroma. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where you can stop and smell the roses or the cherry blossoms.

4. See a Broadway Show

Even if musical theater isn’t your thing, Broadway is an NYC institution. Select a long-running show like Wicked or Chicago, or try to snag tickets for the ultra-popular Hamilton. You might just have beginner’s luck!

5. Explore Central Park

From the Central Park Zoo to the Shakespeare Garden, Central Park has no end of sights to see. Lace up your walking shoes and start touring this beloved park.

6. See a Movie at Film Forum

If you’ve recently moved to New York, you’ve probably come to broaden your horizons. There’s no better place for that than Film Forum, the theater where movie lovers go when they want to see a French New Wave retrospective.

7. Eat a Slice at John’s

There’s only one thing New Yorkers love to do more than eating NYC pizza, and that is to argue about the best NYC pizza. One of the contenders for the top spot is John’s. Head down to Bleecker Street to try this brick oven pizzeria.

8. Explore Grand Central

People pass through Grand Central Terminal every day, but if you stop and truly take in your surroundings, you’ll be well rewarded. Inside this testament to NYC’s past, you can find everything from the famous Oyster Bar to the luxurious Campbell Apartment, which is set to reopen in May.

9. See a Concert at Bowery Ballroom

If you’re a serious music lover, the Bowery Ballroom is sure to become your NYC Mecca. This music venue hosts some of indie rock’s best and brightest, and it also has a great bar.

10. Walk Past a Tourist

You can tick off every box on your NYC To Do List. But you won’t be a real New Yorker until you start getting annoyed with slow walking tourists. So, stride proudly past the next pair of map-toting tourists you see.

To maximize the enjoyment of your new hometown, and minimize the pains of moving, be sure to call on Imperial Movers NYC. For over a decade, we have been performing Big Apple moves out of our convenient location in Greenwich Village Manhattan. Whether you need assistance moving between apartments or help with a last minute move to the suburbs, you can trust Manhattan’s best moving company with all of your NYC moving needs.


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Tips for Keeping Your Cool During a Summer Move

Moving to Manhattan During the Summer

New York City is notoriously hot during the summer, so if you’re planning to move here then, it’s best to make sure you’re prepared. Horror stories about “fourth-floor walkups” and “pre-war apartments” abound, but take these with a grain of salt. If you’ve done your research and prepared, a summer move to New York City can be a breeze. Here are our tips for keeping your cool during a move to the Big Apple.

Book Movers in Advance

It’s not just interns keen to find apartments who move in from May to August; tons of people take advantage of warmer weather to move to New York during the summer months. To make sure your move isn’t the last priority, make sure to call a reliable mover at least 8 weeks before you plan to move into a new place. If you’re headed to the Big Apple from another state or country, you should try to book at least 12 weeks in advance. Those just moving between boroughs will likely have more luck booking a last-minute move, just a week or two before the deadline.

Pack Efficiently

In addition to booking your mover in advance, packing efficiently will make the moving process much simpler. Figure out what you want to donate and what you want to toss before you begin packing the items you won’t be able to live without. Decluttering pre-move will cut down on the cost of your move and increase the efficiency of unpacking. Don’t forget to sort all your belongings by room, too! Your movers can help box everything up, but sorting all your items in advance will make everything go much faster when the movers arrive for the big day.

Something else that can help is having a move-centric binder that contains the essentials like receipts for the move, your movers’ contact information, and a schedule of all the important move-related dates. You may also want to download moving apps to keep all your move details organized in your phone.

Scout Out Your New Neighborhood

Packing and planning for a move can be time-consuming. It’s important to take some time to scope out fun things to do once you arrive, so you can balance unpacking and setting up your new place with getting acclimated to the neighborhood. NYCGo is the city’s official guide to the coolest happenings, but the New York Times also has an excellent entertainment guide. New York City is amazing in the summer – there’s always something going on.

One of the most distinctive summer events in New York City is Shakespeare in the Park, a free series of Shakespeare plays in Manhattan’s Central Park. For 2017, Julius Caesar will run for the first part of the summer, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run in the second half. Other ways to stay cool and enjoy an NYC summer include basking under that A/C at your nearest public library location, indulging in a frozen treat at Ample Hills Creamery, or splashing your way through the fountains at Heckscher Playground.

With a bit of planning, your summer move can be easy and stress-free despite the soaring temperatures. Once you’re settled in, be sure to take the time to enjoy NYC’s sunny days.

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7 Things to Purge Before Your Move

7 Things to Purge Before Moving

Moving to a new home? As exciting as relocating might seem, there is a lot of work and advance preparation before the big moving day. Getting rid of your excess clutter can go a long way in easing the transition to your new place – you want to start fresh, clean and organized in your new home. Plus, getting rid of the excess weight can make hiring an NYC moving company cheaper. With these reasons in mind, put some thought into the things you can purge before making your move.

1. Expired Food and Medicine

Go through your pantry and medicine cabinet and check for expiration dates. Dispose of any out-of-date food items or medicines. Donate any non-perishable food that is still good, but that you will not use, to a local food pantry like New York Common Pantry or the Food Bank for New York City. Make sure to dispose of your medicines in an environmentally responsible manner.

2. Books and Magazines

Books and magazines seem to have a way of multiplying on their own, so be ruthless when purging these items. Hospitals and libraries are a good place to donate unwanted magazines and books. Check with your local school, as art teachers often appreciate donations of magazines for art projects. Donate the leftover books to a charity or sell them to a used book vendor.

3. Boxes from Your Last Move That Have Not Been Opened

Most people have a few of these lurking in their attic, basement, or storage unit. If you have not touched it since your last move, chances are, it is not something you want or need, and now is the time to get rid of it! If you can stand it, do not even open the box to see what it contains.

4. Gifts You Never Used

That gaudy Christmas sweater or that tacky jewelry you received from your out-of-touch relatives? You never used them and may have had every intention of re-gifting that them, but if they are still sitting around in the box they came in, it might be time to toss them. Consider donating these items to charity for a tax deduction.

5. Incomplete Projects

Everyone has stashes of unfinished craft projects, like that scarf you started knitting or that quilt you never finished. Go through your craft closet and get rid of what you know you will never use or complete.

6. Extras

Go through your extra items, such as multiple sets of dishes or silverware and keep only the ones you actually use or love. Have your children go through their toys and encourage them to give someone else the ones they no longer play with or have outgrown. This may additionally help kids cope with the moving process.

7. Excess Supplies

 Use up your stash of paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning products, and canned goods. Make effort to use up what you have so you will not have to take it with you. One trip to your favorite big box store can quickly replace those items when you move into your new home.

Taking some time to find a new home for your castoffs will make your move easier and may save some money in the long run since you will not be moving as much. Remember, you can deduct donations to charity from your income tax, so save your receipts.


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7 Things to Do Before Your Movers Arrive

Moving Day New York City

While it can be a headache to undergo a big move, hiring movers is a great decision that will likely make the process much easier. But even if the professionals are handling a big portion of the work, there are still a few important things to do before your movers arrive.

1. Dispose of Things You Don’t Need

One of the most common moving mistakes is not getting rid of things that you don’t need before a move. Be sure to have a purge of your stuff, getting rid of anything that you don’t need. It can be a waste of time and money to have your movers transport things that you won’t be keeping anyway! Additionally, you can take a tax write-off for items donated to a non-profit, so purging pre-move can be a win-win.

2. Deal with the Things Movers Won’t Touch

Be aware that there are some things most movers just won’t be able to move due to various laws. These things include toxic, flammable, and perishable items such as plants, food, weapons, paint, chemicals, oils, and cleaning fluids. Be prepared to transport some of these things on your own, or better yet, get rid of them before the moving day rolls around.

3. Take Inventory

You should take inventory of what is in your house and that you will be moving. This will help you to stay organized and help you to keep a level head during the move. In addition to this organization, it also has the added benefit of helping your case if any items are broken or stolen during the move. Be sure to check out our helpful blog on moving apps, like Sortly, that streamline the home inventory process!

4. Sort Through Smaller Items

While you might enlist a full-service NYC moving company that will do the packing for you, it’s best to sort through some of the smaller items to speed up the process on moving day. Go through drawers, especially in places that tend to accumulate the most clutter, like the kitchen and bathroom. Toss the outdated lip gloss and nail polish, take out menus, and other trash, then use Ziploc bags or clear plastic boxes to organize everything you’re going to keep. Making the effort to sort smaller items now will make it easier to load them into bigger boxes when the movers arrive.

5. Determine What Not to Pack

Make sure that any items that you don’t want the movers to pack up and move, like your essentials box, are clearly marked and out of the way. If you have personal items or things that you plan to transport on your own, or that you will need before or during the move, consider making a clearly-marked “No Pack Zone.”

6. Take Photos

It’s important to be proactive when choosing a moving company and making sure you’ve picked one that you can trust and that is dependable. Taking photos of your items, particularly expensive items or antiques, will allow you to protect yourself in the off chance that the movers prove to be untrustworthy.

7. Transfer Your Utilities

Before moving day, make sure you’ve contacted the appropriate utilities to set up service at your new home. There’s nothing worse than moving into a dark apartment without working water! Check out our New York City utilities article for info on the providers that service the various NYC boroughs.

The above things are some of the main tasks you should do in anticipation of your moving day. These tasks will simply make the process as smooth as possible when the day comes, and help you to keep stress and headaches to a minimum.


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