With new residences solely an elevator journey away — and even only a stroll down the corridor — many tenants are discovering they don’t want to rent movers. As an alternative, they’re merely carrying their belongings to their new properties themselves.

Transferring in any method wasn’t one thing, Maria Liesen, 26, and Giacomo Novelli, 25, ever anticipated to be doing so quickly. In spite of everything, they’d solely taken up residence in a one-bedroom condominium at 525 West 52nd, additionally in Hell’s Kitchen, in September.

Current transplants from Chicago, they’d nonetheless been exploring New York’s museums and cocktail bars when the coronavirus hit. Their place had felt loads massive after they had the entire metropolis at their ft, however “the world bought lots smaller once we needed to keep indoors,” stated Mr. Novelli, who works at a buying and selling agency.

At first, he arrange two of his massive buying and selling screens on a card desk in the lounge. Ms. Liesen, a tech program supervisor at Amazon, would travel between the couch and the bed room flooring along with her laptop computer and cellphone. However Mr. Novelli has a booming voice that’s inescapable, stated Ms. Liesen, even when she is in one other room.

“I might hear: ‘Purchase! Promote!’ ” she stated.

Realizing the pandemic might go on for a lot of months, they determined they wanted a long-term resolution that would offer extra separation throughout the workday. Mr. Novelli known as the constructing’s leasing agent and requested whether or not any two-bedroom models had been obtainable. At first there was just one. Then there have been three. In the long run the couple chosen an condominium on the next flooring, with greater ceilings and an expansive south-facing view.

All that, and so they pay solely about $200 extra per thirty days, Mr. Novelli stated, as a result of he entered lease discussions with a agency worth in thoughts.

“The availability and demand elements had been in our favor,” he stated.