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Staying organized on moving day is key, and planning is a big part of it. Keep this checklist handy before and during your move to keep things stress-free.
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Staying organized on moving day is key, and planning is a big part of it. Keep this checklist handy before and during your move to keep things stress-free.
Moving takes a lot of planning, and that includes knowing what your moving rights are. Read on to find more about your moving rights and what you can do to prepare.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
Great guys, hardworking, and pleasant. I've been using We-Haul for nearly 10 years and love their work and attitude. We-Haul has also moved about 10 other people that I've recommended, all of these people have told me what a great job they did and how cost effective the movers were. Thank you We-Haul team!!!!
I just sold one home and bought another... with a family of 5 kids, a St. Bernard, my wife, and me. To say we have a lot of stuff would be a gross understatement. We clearly needed help and I looked up Lehigh Valley movers. I did as much research as I could and got estimates from several companies. I also got recommendations from friends and family... and another moving company! One of the companies I called for an estimate was booked on the day of our move, so they recommended Adam Meyer. To me, it says a lot when your peers in any given industry are willing to put their own reputations on the line by recommending you to a customer. Our realtor told us they were the best and our neighbors said the same thing. Rod Pursell, the President of the company, showed up to give us our estimate! He was extremely friendly and open about everything, very easy-going and thorough with his walk-through. When we sat down, he talked a little about the company, which had been started by his great-grandfather. We could easily tell that Adam Meyer Moving & Storage meant the world to Rod and doing a good job was a source of personal pride. He gave us a fair quote, which we immediately accepted. On the day of the move, Rod was one of the four-person crew who showed up to move our belongings. He got right in there with the others, moving the heaviest of our belongings (including a piano). The whole crew really did a fantastic job. They protected our belongings with hundreds of thick pads during the move, laid red carpets on the floors to protect them too, and covered the doors and banisters with thick pads to keep them safe from nicks or gouges. I would strongly recommend Rod and his crew at Adam Meyer, whether it's a local move or a long distance move. Aside from all their professionalism and hard work, the icing on the cake was the bill...... several hundred dollars LESS than the estimate!
This company is, by far, the greatest. I had called for an estimate, and was told it would be about a month before someone could come out. I asked to hold the date I needed to move, but was explained that they work on a first come first serve basis, which I think is very fair. When the estimator, Bob, came out and gave me my estimate, I immediately accepted it. Bob called to the office and scheduled my move right there on the spot. The gentleman and lady that came out to do my move were wonderful. They were very knowledgeable and really knew what they were doing. Overall, I could not be happier with my experience.
Used 7/10/15Showed up with 4 guys and 2 trucks. One of the guys did not speak English. They did not move all of my stuff as they ran out of room. The did damage to walls of our new home and we were told someone would be back to fix but no one has ever contacted us to date. They also went an hour and half over their estimate which I believe was due to the inexperience of their two extra guys. The one that did not speak English (and put laundry room labeled boxes in our bedrooms) and the younger guy maybe 18. Should of used Obriens for the same price quoted.
Was the greatest moving company on our last move so we opted to use them again 5 years later. We booked an estimate as soon as we went under contract for our house and we told them our move out date and they assured us that they would hold it. because it was almost a month and a half before they could do the estimate, so we agreed. When Adam came to do the estimate the price was fair but he told us the moving date had already been filled by someone else, and he couldn't move us for another three weeks after that. He recommended another moving company that was almost twice the price because our move out was so close. At this point it makes more economical sense to sell our belongings and start again because of the cost of the mover he referred. We are now beside ourselves to part with our family furniture and belongings or accept the fact that we have to start over again because we trusted Adam Meyer. Stay away from these people at any cost!!!
This is the greatest moving company I have ever encountered. They were courteous, efficient, and professional. I would definitely move with them again and recommend them to all of my friends and family.
I was EXTREMELY disappointed in Shively's. They were recommended to us so we stupidly didn't call any other moving companies for quotes/references. We had furniture to move and a couple boxes - I moved most of the boxes and smaller things myself to save money. The 3 men that showed up took so many smoke breaks, I felt that a full hour of our charge was spent on them smoking. There was also some articles that were scratched in the move and of course we didn't notice these until after they left. I understand that things happen but was still upset. They had to have noticed they damaged my property and didn't even mention it to me or my husband. I would never use Shively's again.
Terrible company - DO NOT USE WE HAUL MOVING. They will lie, cheat, and steal your money and items.After they received our initial deposit, they show up 1 week late and hungover. They increased the cost from 1800 to 3000 arbitrarily after we already signed the contract. Then, they delivered our damaged and destroyed items a whole month later. They falsified documents and claimed that all of our belongings were damaged before they handled them - as if I would pay thousands of dollars to move destroyed furniture (rips, tears, a hole in my couch), broken desks and chairs, and a completely destroyed bed and bedframe. Also, there were 4 missing boxes full of high-end clothes. Very unprofessional. We trusted them since AllState insurance contracted them out to us. We Haul Moving was very rude, unhelpful and threatening. We trusted them and they totally screwed us over, costing us over $7000. Definitely should have used UHaul. DO NOT USE WE HAUL MOVING COMPANY
Shively's moved our business, on a Saturday, and came in significantly under estimate. They were on time, worked efficiently and carefully, and finished early. They've been in business for many years. Years ago they moved my home as well as my in-laws' home, with similar results. I give them my highest recommendation.
Approximately 6-8 weeks ago, I contracted with Shively's to move me from my 7,000 sq. ft. home and into our new house 5 miles away. I mention the size of the home so you can feel my dispair when Diane from Shively's called me yesterday, 2 weeks before my move, and told me that "she's not going to be able to move me". When I originally contracted with Shively's, Diane told me to get an early settlement, so they could start to unload me as early as possible on day two of the move (one day to move out, one day to move in). I did as she told me and got settlement scheduled for the morning. I called to confirm times with her two days ago and she was concerned that the guys would have to work too late into the night. She asked if they could move us in the following day instead and I agreed that would be fine.Out of the clear blue, she called me yesterday and simply told me "she was not going to be able to move me." Because my husband and I have used them 4 times in the last 4 years, I demanded an explanation. She told me that her husband Joe simultaneously booked a move for the same day and she would have to drop us. I was on her books for 6-8 weeks, moved my business with them, my husband moved his business with them, and we've moved to two different houses all in 4 years and this is how I was treated. I got left high and dry for someone who called them two weeks before their move date!Thank goodness I called Adam Meyer Moving & Storage. They bent over backwards to accomodate our situation. I will be a life-long customer of Adam Meyer!
Every move is different, so it's vital to choose a moving company that's right for you. The first consideration you should make when hiring these professionals is how far you're moving.
Depending on the moving company, local moves are typically anywhere between one and 100 miles within the same state. Local moves are less complicated to plan, both for you and the movers you decide to hire. They're typically priced based on how much you need to move, how many movers the company plans to provide and how long the job is estimated to take.
Long-Distance and Interstate Moves
Even if you're staying in the same state, you may still technically be planning a long-distance move - though the exact mileage varies by moving company, these are typically moves that are more than 50 to 100 miles long or across state or country lines. In fact, even if you're moving within the same state but you have to go through another state or country first, it's likely considered an interstate move, rather than a local one. That's because the movers are technically transferring items between state lines, which means they'll be responsible for having the correct licensing and insurance in place.
Long-distance moves are much more complicated to plan, typically requiring you to pay numerous extra expenses for everything from shipping items to renting storage space.
Are you making a big move and trying to figure out exactly how much you should plan to spend? Or are you on a tight budget and looking to hire a mover who can keep costs low? Either way, it's important to understand how exactly moving companies charge their customers.
As mentioned above, for local moves, companies will charge based on the number of movers they provide and the amount of time they'll need to spend on the project. Generally, the more rooms in your apartment or house, the more movers and time you can expect to be charged for. The price of long-distance or interstate moves, on the other hand, will be based on the amount of belongings you have - and more specifically the weight of those belongings. The heavier the boxes or items you're shipping across state or country lines, the more expensive your move will be.
Moving costs will vary greatly, depending on where you are. Local moves in a small town in the Midwest will be much less expensive than comparable moves in New York City. For that reason, it's best to do some research about the going rates in your area.
No matter what type of move you're making, you can reach out to prospective moving companies for estimates - this is the best way to determine how expensive your move will be based on where you live and what services you're looking for. Typically, the moving company will send someone to your home who will do a walk through of each room, making note of the furniture, valuables and other belongings in each one. Then, he or she will provide an estimate. The exact amount you pay may, however, be different from the amount declared in the estimate. That's where the type of contract comes in.
Nonbinding vs. Binding Contracts
For any move, a company will ask you to sign a contract. It's crucial to know exactly what type of contract you're signing, though, to understand how much you can expect to pay. In basic terms, there are two types of moving contracts: binding and nonbinding. Binding, as well as binding not-to-exceed, contracts are the most preferable for people hiring movers. These list an estimated price the moving company cannot charge more than. So, even if your local move takes an hour longer or your belongings are heavier than expected for an interstate move, you're still only responsible for paying a fixed amount.
Nonbinding contracts, on the other hand, have no fixed final number. Instead, they list a rate - by the hour or by the pound/kilo - and you're responsible for paying exactly how much your move costs in those terms.
Keep in mind that movers provide a variety of services, many of which you may not require. These can affect how expensive your move will be. For example, a full-service move that includes packing and unpacking will be pricier than a local move that only includes loading the truck, driving it to the new home and unloading it.
For any move, there may be extra costs beyond the typical services offered. If you're asking your movers to transport large, hard-to-move items, like pianos, for instance, you'll likely pay an extra fee. Likewise, if your apartment building doesn't have an elevator or the truck has to be parked far from your home, you may be charged extra. Ask about these potential expenses when signing your contract.
Don't rush through the process of hiring a moving company. Make sure the movers you hire are dependable, reputable and the right fit for your needs.
Look for Reviews and Recommendations
When hiring movers, it's a good idea to both look at reviews online and ask your friends and family members for recommendations. Personal endorsements will go a long way toward helping you determine whether you can expect the company to do a quick and professional job.
Choose Top Candidates
As you're vetting candidates through reviews and recommendations, narrow your selection to three or four top options. Make sure the companies offer the type of move you're looking for, whether it's interstate or local. These three or four companies are who you'll contact for estimates.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
After receiving estimates, you'll have a better idea which companies are within your budget. However, this isn't the only factor you should use when choosing movers, especially for more complicated jobs. In fact, you may be willing to pay a little more to hire quality movers who can ensure the safety of your belongings. Don't be afraid to call these companies and ask questions.
During the hiring process, you want to make sure of three things: First, that the moving company is reputable and has the proper licensing and insurance. Second, that the movers are dependable, professional and committed to doing the job correctly. Finally, that the estimate provided is binding and that you're aware of any potential excess costs. With these factors in mind, here are some of the most important questions to ask a moving company:
As with any service profession, there are certain moving companies - though they are few and far between - that aren't reputable or that will try to take advantage of you. It's important to be able to recognize a scam if you come across one.
Call the FMCSA
For long-distance or interstate moves, you can easily check that companies have the proper licensing and insurance, which is a clear indication that they're legitimate. All interstate moving companies must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, so call 888-368-7238 to confirm the licenses, insurance and credentials of the movers you're considering. The FMCSA can also tell you if any complaints have been filed against a particular moving company.
Check with the American Moving and Storage Association
For both local and long-distance moving companies, AMSA is another good place to check out a company's legitimacy. Moving companies aren't required to be an AMSA member, but the ones that are have committed to the association's rules and regulations, which protect both the companies and the consumers hiring them. If a company isn't an AMSA member, that doesn't mean it isn't reputable, but an AMSA membership is a clear indication of legitimacy.
One of the most common fears people face when moving to a new home is that something they own will be lost or damaged in the process. While no company will be able to guarantee everything arrives safely, there are steps you can take to make damage less likely.
Pack and Transport Your Valuables
If you have items that are emotionally or financially valuable to you, do your best to pack and move them yourself. Keep jewelry, expensive artwork, inherited valuables and even costly electronics in your own car - that way you'll have complete control over their safety at all times.
Choose a Moving Company That Plans Ahead
Moving companies can better keep your belongings safe when the movers plan ahead. What does this mean? Many companies take extra time to measure doorways, halls and stairways to find the safest route in and out of your home. They should also provide furniture blankets, covers and moving pads to keep both your home and your belongings free of scratches or other damage.
Keep the Moving Area Safe
There are some things you can control on moving day and some things you simply can't, such as the weather. If you're moving on a snowy, icy or rainy day, keeping all of your paths, stairways and walkways clear and dry is crucial. This can help protect both the movers and the large items they're carrying to and from the truck.
The subject of tipping is relatively unclear when it comes to movers. However, there is a general rule of thumb that most people in the industry agree on: Tip your movers if they've done a good job and you think a tip is warranted.
Generally, a 5 percent tip is considered appropriate, though some people recommend paying $20 per day, per mover for basic, local moves. However, almost everyone agrees you should first do a quick walk-through of your home to check for any damage to your furniture or belongings and to make sure everything is where you'd like it to be.
If you do decide to give a tip, divide it evenly and give money to each individual, rather than giving the entire sum to the head mover and expecting it to be doled out equally. One type of tip to avoid: alcohol. It's usually illegal for movers to have bottles of alcohol in the truck or van, so tipping a bottle of wine or liquor could get them into trouble.