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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.
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I used Provident recently on my move within NJ. (I moved from Riverdale to Wayne ) I had to move OUT of one apartment one day and in to the new one the next day. Day One I was given a 1 hour time frame of when the team would arrive (9-10am). Team showed up at 9:10am and had given me a courtesy call before to let me know they were on the way. The team, led byJack were SO polite and unbelievably efficient. They were in and out in 2 hours (exactly my alloted/estimated time - which I appreciated because I was paying by the hour). They came prepared with all supplies they needed to do their jobs properly and really took excellent care of all of my furniture and belongings.For Day 2 I was given a 3 hour window of arrival (9am - noon). Again the team arrived right around 9am, with a courtesy call ahead of time. They moved all my items in with the same positive attitudes and professionalism they had the previous day. They moved everything, even in the middle of a thunderstorm (stopping occasionally to make sure my furniture didn't get ruined) under 2 hours.I had done a TON of research on this move. Most companies had REALLY high overnight storage fees. Some even had $1000 day minimums because of the 2 day move. Shleppers ended up being the most reasonably priced out of all the big NJ moving companies.I worked with Danielle in their home office and she was always very helpful as well and always returned my phone calls when I had questions if she wasn't at her desk.Very happy I chose Provident for my move.
Highly recommended! The price was definitely not the lowest, but not the highest either. Very suitable for what the situation was, and all the obstacles this move entailed. John the sales manager was by my side the whole way through, I can honestly say I would use them again for my move if we were ever moving again, hopefully we're not though! The price ended up being $100 more because I added some packing for a few pictures I didn't tell anyone about, they must have slipped my mind going through the inventory. Either way, this was very successful, or I'm so happy with the results, thanks Provident
I have moved an obscene number of times. In the last five years alone, my wife and I have moved five times including three cross-country moves. (and before that was perhaps another ten moves in two decades.) Trust me when I say that I have a lot of moving experience.Provident was the best moving experience that we have had. We paid an additional $200 for packing, which didn't seem an unreasonable expense, and they got the job done in amazing time and with everything delivered in one piece. Our items were wrapped and boxed with care but also at lightning speed.One of the things I appreciated is that Provident sent four people to pack and move us rather than the customary three. It kept the packing and move racing along. From the time they showed up to pack us to the time they left the final box in the new apartment a half mile away was just around seven hours.The quote was the quote--there were no surprise charges.If I had minor complaints, they would be this:- The movers showed up about a half hour later than expected (but they still managed to finish at least an hour sooner than I would have guessed.)- One of the movers was perhaps a little too eager to move things along. While nothing got damaged, a couple of times this one knocked into walls or tried to cram a large piece of furniture through a door at a bad angle. Three of the guys earned five stars from me but one of them gets a three-star rating. (Still, proof is in the pudding, and they got the job done right!)We thought the price was right, the job was done right, there were no unpleasant surprises and the move happened quicker than expected. I've never had a more comfortable, fast, reliable move. I'd use Provident again in a heartbeat.
Provident did an outstanding job moving our home. Not only they were on time, the staff was courteous and excellent in all aspects. I recommend them highly to anyone who asks for professional movers. No complaints with the staff as they were excellent, hard-working and extremely professional. I will surely call you again for my next move.
They are supremely professional! The team was helpful and courteous and worth every penny, and then some! Awesome job! Really pleased with the team overall and would definitely use again!
I used Provident Moving for a local Move. The original estimate was accurate and the follow-ups timely, which was important because I had a few complications in selling my house (who doesn't?). The move crew arrived on time, and really HUSTLED to get the work done within the time estimate, but also took excellent care of my stuff. Unfortunately (since my new place was only eight miles away) my things needed to be stored for a couple of days, but this too was no problem. I asked for the same crew for the move-in, and I was just as impressed with how quickly they got things done. From start to finish, the move went very smoothly, and the cost, excluding storage-related expenses, was within the original estimate. Thank you, Provident Moving!
I have used 5 other moving companies in the past and have never been this impressed with a moving company. The guys were so polite and FAST! They were careful and professional. The price was great and, again, I was SO impressed!!! Great company. Highly recommended!!!
Move from Chicago IL to NJ. These guys were great from the first call to the last box moved. The office crew is a great help answering any and all questions quickly and easily. They also provided a very professional reminder call the day prior to my move and a follow-up call to make sure all went well.
STAY AWAY! I wish I could somehow give them lower than 1 star but I am unable. To preface this review I have moved 4 times locally in the NY/NJ area in the past 7 years. I understand there will always be fictitious &quot;extras&quot; that are added to the total of any quote you are given. In my mind if it adds another 10-15% I just kind of live with it as part of the industry. With that being said I was moving a 1 BR apt from Brooklyn to Brooklyn (7 miles away). I was quoted a minimum of 4 hrs at $85/hr plus supplies. I asked the girl on the phone if she could ball park a number for me just so I wouldn't be caught too off guard. She said a 1 BR should be about $150-200 in supplies but could vary depending on how well I packed before. With that quote given I assumed there would be an extra $200 of something on top of that and I was looking at about $800 for the move. As the movers arrived 2 and a half hours late coming from a job in NJ (great planning by dispatch) I again asked the manager among the 3 what he thought supplies would be based on how things looked. He said between $150-180 but couldn't guarantee me anything. After everything was packed up in their truck they give me a bill for over $1,200. I obviously tried having an educated conversation with this guy but that was impossible. I said there was no way I was paying that and he looked at me smugly as they were in possession of all of my goods minus my car and they weren't going to turn it over until I paid the amount in full. Acting like he was doing me a favor he ended up knocking off about $40 off the supply charge which ended up being over $450. To say I would never use this company or trust anyone associated with them would be a huge understatement.
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.