Moving to New York from UK

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Moving to New York from UK

Moving to New York From UK?

You’ve seen it in the movies, you’ve sung along to the songs, and now you’re planning to make it your home!  New York is one of the world’s !iconic cities, which makes moving there an odyssey, and living there an adventure. Schepens has moved businesses and families to every one of the five boroughs that make up this fantastic city and we’ve come to know it well – so here are our top tips for a seamless re-adjustment…

Speak to us today on 01794 323558 for a no obligation removals quote on your removals from the UK to New York.


1. Tipping Matters

This is, perhaps one of the biggest cultural shocks for expats. New Yorkers expect to be tipped in bars, restaurants, shops, cafes – in fact, just about anywhere you go. This means getting used to adjusting prices to include an 18-20% gratuity. And then you need enough small change to get you through the day.

2. Alcohol Rules

New York feels familiar, but don’t be fooled! There are subtle differences that can easily trip you up. Don’t, for example, plan a boozy picnic in Central Park – because it’s illegal to drink in public spaces. And take care when you’re knocking back cocktails and shorts in your local bar – there’s no standard measurement. So if you’re tipping well, you could be looking at quite a hangover…

3. Dress for Winter

If you move to New York in January or February you need to know that winter’s can be brutal! So don’t go underestimating them. It’s also worth remembering that US temperatures are given in Fahrenheit, rather than Celsius. So when you hear that temperatures will be plummeting to -4°, that actually means -17°.

4. Eating Pizza Properly..

… means folding it in half and shoving it into your mouth. Taking a knife and fork to your Margherita is more than just odd; it’s bad mannered! New York portions are enormous and you’re not expected to eat them all in one go. It’s a normal part of visiting a restaurant to ask for a ‘doggy bag’ so you can enjoy the left-overs the next day.

5. British isn’t Special

Ever since Love Actually, we’ve sort of expected Americans to adore us simply because of our British accent. New York is one of the most multicultural cities on earth, so charming accents abound. Knowing from the outset that New Yorkers judge you on who you are, and not how you speak, is a big advantage.

Let Schepens Help if You’re Moving to New York from UK

We’ve been helping people to move to New York for over a hundred years now, and we love the city. Relocating to the US is a huge logistical challenge, and our clients are always understandably apprehensive. That’s why we allocate a dedicated Move Co-ordinator to help with your planning,  deadlines, and shipping.

Customised Moving Packages from Schepens

Every move is unique, which is why Schepens don’t offer standard moving packages. Instead, we take time to find out what kind of support you need for your removals to New York, and then we create a tailored package of services for you. Our driving purpose has always been to reduce the anxiety connected with moving. Providing support tailored to your needs is one of the ways we achieve it.

Our removals services include:

  • Packing. Our BAR trained professional packing teams can pack up your home, label your boxes and create a detailed inventory for shipping.
  • Insurance. Your goods are insured throughout the shipping process. Should you require additional cover, such as Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability, we can arrange cover.
  • Non-Standard Goods. If you’re planning to ship musical instruments, fine art or valuable antiques, we can provide bespoke packaging, insurance and shipping.
  • Storage. Planning to store goods or furniture in the UK? If so, Schepens has local storage facilities, providing a secure, climate-controlled environment.
  • Removals Vehicles. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Customer Service From Schepens

We invest in the training of our professional removals teams, in order to be able to guarantee seamless customer service. Clients’ feedback consistently tells us that they’ve received “first class service” and that their team “went the extra mile to help”. We’re proud of the work that our teams do, and delighted in the proactive service they offer to our clients.


We have helped people to move to all areas in America, including: New York CityWashington DCLos AngelesMiamiSan FranciscoDenverTexasPhiladelphiaAtlanta and Chicago.


If you’re planning a move to New York from the UK, call Schepens today on 01794 323558 to find out how we can support your US removals.