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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.
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.
First things first No matter what anyone says I am not paid to review this company. I used this company on 1/26/2015 to move my STUDIO apartment 25 miles accross Long Island with NO TOLLS. The quote I received was $375, which for such a small move made sense. There were good aspects to this move and bad aspects, so please read before using them. 1. Before agreeing to work with them, I asked if the crew came from Jersey which is where they are located, or Long Island, which is where I lived. The salesman told me they come from Long Island, which was a lie because the driver came from Jersey and charged me tolls for his travel. The tolls were INFLATED beyond belief to $68. I know that's not how much it costs, but they wouldn't budge. 2. They quoted me at $375, which never mentioned all these small little fees I would have to pay. So YES there are HIDDEN charges. 3. The movers were scheduled for 8am, arrived at 10am. No one ever called me, I had to call them twice before getting an answer as to where they were. 4. Once they came, I must say the crew was VERY nice and handled our furniture, boxes etc. with care. The crew chief kept saying there was no extra charge for blankets and that he'd tell me when there would be an extra charge. Of course they didnt tell me. They wrapped my furniture and hit me with a $91 material charge for wrapping it. Obviously another INFLATED number. 5. Once we left my storage unit to drive to my new apartment, they went to get coffee. I made it from the unit to my new apartment in 35 minutes. It took them (2) hours which I was billed for. Another way for them to inflate the charge. The driver kept mentioning accidents which was ridiculous because I had just made the trip myself. All in all, this is a SAD way to do business. If this company was honest and upfront they would be an awesome company. Their crew was extremely nice, but they lie to you all the time about the most ridiculous things. As if I don't know how much it really costs to buy a roll of wrap and some tape/boxes. Or as if I don't know how much it costs in tolls to get from Jersey to New York. My advice. Whatever they quote you at DOUBLE the quote and that's what you will probably pay. They handle your furniture with care and are nice and put things where you want them. Use at your own risk.
Five Stars With a Bullet! After ten years, it was time to move from our first digs to our new home in another part of the world. We started looking for movers the first Friday of January for a move that was planned for the final week of February. In between seeking quotes and actually moving, our date changed to be two weeks earlier and then back a week later (but still one week before the original moving date) and each time, we reached out to Prisma Cargo Solution and their response? "No problem." When I had narrowed it down to them and one other outfit, they took the time to address my concerns over the phone and answer every question I could think to ask. Further, they were always available via email and prompt in their replies. They were gracious, charming and understanding. No one likes moving and though I was eager to pay someone else to do it for us, I was not excited to pay. They did as much as was possible to allay my concerns. They have their own crews and their own trucks. This is not an outfit that simply handles the scheduling parts of logistics and then moves on, outsourcing the labor and liability to subcontractors. Their guys are GREAT. What's more, they did not just hustle, they had a whistle-why-we-work attitude. Prior to last week, I had never met anyone who greeted moving with anything but disdain. Prisma Cargo were great and showed me I was wrong - there are people who can enjoy the move. They asked our input at every step of the move. They took terrific care of our things. Not a single thing was scratched, miffed, broken, dinged, etc. For anyone still reading this review, I would say that although their prices were a touch higher than some of the other companies we called, the price was all-inclusive. That's ALL we paid. They didn't ding us for tape, mats, crates, carts, fuel surcharge, or anything else. They carefully protected everything else that wasn't boxed or couldn't be boxed and moved it without fuss or delay. When we booked, they were only accepting checks and cash, but by move day, they had started using Square, so paying with plastic was easy too. I cannot recommend Prisma Cargo Solution highly enough. Prisma Cargo is the only outfit I will be recommending. They are just damned good and you will be totally satisfied with their engagement.
Hands down I had a great exper... Hands down I had a great experience with NY Movers 10003 . I was able to schedule a Saturday move with less than 1 week's notice, and even piggy back off of another friend moving on the same day from BK to Manhattan to save everyone time. Price/Quotes: They offered me flat rate which I strongly preferred. Their price comparable to other companies that only offered hourly rates (based up on expected moving time) and very reasonable, but instead of a 3-man crew I got 4 men! 4 moving ninjas. I found the online quote form great to really help you understand how much stuff you REALLY have. I moved from a 3rd floor walk up to a 5th floor walk up. Mover's nightmare, but these moving ninjas took it in stride and were great. They came 1.5 hours early! Luckily I was ready to get moving, but if I wasn't they seemed like it would have been no big deal to wait until my official starting time. My entire 1 bedroom apartment was loaded up and in the truck in just over an hour. How the hell did they do that? I spent hours of the last week just packing! They wrapped up my furniture and were careful with all my belongings. Not at any point did I feel uncomfortable with how they were treating my stuff. Upon move-in, they tackled 4 flights of stairs with a great attitude and were still able to crack some jokes. Even though I offered food, etc., they only accepted some water and Gatorade throughout the day. I'd highly recommend NY Movers 10003 for anyone moving. Screw paying friends with pizza and beer - it's so worth the cost, and instead of taking a long day to move, it's done in an afternoon. We sincerely want to thanks this incredible Moving company - Thank you very much New York Movers 10003 .
I did many phone calls and sent massive emails to a lot of companies around 2 states as I was living in NY and needed to move all the way to Africa for a project. When I was finally talking to the movers that I actually chose to be my first option, I received an email from a company located in New York, their name was Prisma Cargo Solutions, after two minutes reading the email that was fresh in my inbox, suddenly I received a call from Prisma asking if I received the email. They were courteous and very professional when taking all my information and giving me quotes. As it was just one bedroom apartment and I did not have too many things the estimate was low and perfect for me, I told them to let me know where to sign. After 24 hours my items were picked up in Bronx, New York and delivered to storage unit, the company granted me that my items will arrive to Ivory Cost in 24 to 26 days from pick up. The Company kept their word, I arrived to my new apartment in Ivory Coast two 2 weeks later and was preparing everything for the arrival of my items, plus customs were already informed by Prisma and also the mover that was going to deliver my goods. After 10 days on the 25th day, I got a phone call from Prisma asking if the mover contacted me already and I told them that I was waiting to hear from them during that day, they told me to call the movers and ask for Kungal, the manager and speak to him. I gladly called the movers and spoke to Kungal, he was very polite and confirmed that my items were just released from customs and that he will be delivering my goods in the next 24 hours. Prisma kept their word, Kungal also did, what else could I say, Just an amazing experience with a reliable mover.
Before I moved to South Africa, I asked the help of my friends. I made a list of resources I had available. I told my family and close friends if they knew of any reliable moving company: they suggested Prisma Cargo. I was not sent by my company, so I did not have their support, this is why it was more important to me than anybody else to find a good company to help me. For this reason I made arrangements in advance so I could find out if I needed extra assistance. My wife comes from South Africa, so it was easy for her to relocate, but for me…the entire transition was very scary.. I need new friends in order for this to be successful, needed to adapt, find all the new stores, products, college for the kids. She was going to work and I would stay home, this idea was very difficult. Most importantly, I had Prisma Cargo organizing my relocation. They were there to give me advice every time a problem would arise. The internet should not be seen as a replacement for real human contact, and that is why I really appreciated when we met with Prisma employees. They came to our house, made an assessement, gave us a price and stick to it. Later on they were always helpful to exchange emails and available online all the time. I was always afraid to communicate my fears, but I soon realized that I was not the only one, and that moving is always a stressful experience. By now we have received all our belongings and we are happy to relax in our new home. All this was possible with the help of Prisma Cargo. I appreciate it a lot. Austin
I moved recently from US to Romania. I chose Express Cargo USA - http://www.expresscargousa.com/ for a simple reason – they provided the best quote. I was in contact with at least eleven other companies. My contact at the company was Patrick Christopher. Once I chose Express Cargo, the other companies started a scare tactic campaign. “ … they are going to charge you later and is going to be at least twice as much… it is impossible to provide a quote that low, it does not make any sense, you are going to regret the decision … your things will be trapped until you pay more…” I have chosen to pack and load on my own, we kept the container over the weekend and I paid for a 20 ft container; so a 20ft container self pack self load. Guess what, the container arrived safe and sound, on time, with no delay and no overcharges. I am glad I chose Express Cargo. There was a snag at the port in Romania but it was solved quickly by Patrick it took one email from me, he replied promptly and solved the problem. The container was handled from the port by a Romanian company Orbit Transporturi Internationale - http://www.orbitromania.ro/, a company chosen by Patrick to handle things locally in Romania. My contact here was Liliana Burghelea. On a scale from one to ten both companies get a 10; no hassle no headaches. Here is what I think; happy customers rarely provide feedback, unhappy customers will always complain. I am one of the happy ones and it took me a month to provide feedback.
I had organized and confirmed a move within midtown Manhattan for my boss with Jet Moving Systems over a month in advance. They contacted me through a post I had made through Billy.com asking for quotes. The Sunday evening, before the move on Monday morning, I was contacted as promised to confirm the arrival time at 5.10pm. I was then called again an hour later at 6.15pm to tell me they could not make it after all as their truck was broken down due to a snow storm 2 nights before. They did try to reschedule for the following Tuesday but this was not an option. I would not recommend this moving company as I had to spend 3 hours on a Sunday evening trying to find another moving company on such short notice for the following morning.... nightmare situation.... Oh, and they never replied to my email or called to follow up and apologize. The happy ending: Petros at Move -It 4 Less was able to confirm and accomodate my move that evening and had arranged for the movers to arrive first thing on Monday morning. He was in touch with me every step of the way and provided the necessary insurance papers to the management buildings before they arrived. Not only did I save $350 with this Move-It 4 Less, but they also did the move in less time than had been estimated with Jet Moving. I notice their previous reviews are less than complimentary, but in this instance they were amazing.
Dear Tony, We want to express our appreciation for your superb service helping us move our entire household from rural Idaho in the U.S.A. to a small town in rural Devon, UK in the spring of 2012. From our first contact with you via e-mail we could tell you were different from other movers. Your e-mail was intelligent, informative and personal. Your follow up professional telephone manner reassured us that you would be able to handle our complex move and at a price we could afford. The "local experienced" mover quoted us $5000 more and failed to follow up with us! You were always prompt and attentive in returning our calls and e-mails, despite being in a different time zone. Our container arrived on time as promised and we felt you and your staff walked us through all the paperwork requirements for our international move with ease. We were kept informed every step of the way as to what was happening with our goods. They arrived in the UK without any delay, no problem with customs, no extra charges at all and prompt, courteous delivery to our home. The local team in the UK were terrific and we felt spoiled by the excellent service we received at such little cost. We would definitely recommend your company to anyone wishing to relocate from anywhere in the USA to anywhere in mainland Britain. Thanks again Tony. The Drakes
I needed a shipping company to relocate my son from Long Island to France without a lot of notice. I e-mailed Prisma Cargo to inquire about their services and how much notice they needed. Ken Chen called me very quickly and explained their services, costs, and time frame. I had used moving companies before and their costs were very reasonable so I contracted with them to move my son. The contracts were e-mailed to me and the costs were clearly stated. Before the day of the move I was contacted to see if the move date was still the same and to recheck contact numbers. The day of the move, I received a call telling me when the movers would arrive and they were right on time. The three men were very friendly, professional, and neat. While the contracts were being filled out and explained again by the foreman the other two men went right to work. They were very efficient and treated my son's furniture as if it was their own. In no time at all they were packed up. On the way it started to rain. When he arrived to France the men unloaded the truck and worked to keep the furniture and boxes intact ed. Before he knew it they were done! We have never had such a stress-free experience while moving. I would definitely use them again if I need to move and would definitely recommend them if you need shipping.
Overall, we were very satisfied with our shipment. This was our first time to hire movers. The day of our scheduled shipping it was raining buckets of rain that morning. The owner called to let me know that traffic issues due to the rain had delayed the truck by 30 minutes. Perfect, I appreciate knowing about the delay rather than wondering for half an hour where they were. When they arrived, the three guys introduced themselves and looked over what we had, asked a few questions to determine which things to load on the truck first, then went to work. They were careful not to get mud on our carpets. They wrapped furniture carefully and used moving straps to secure each item in the truck. I was impressed. It did take a bit longer than I expected because of the wrapping of furniture. We also shipped a storage unit at the same time, so it was a long day. My only complaint was that they should disclose that the company only has two trucks (at the time of our move), the one we got was maybe 14' long and I was expecting larger based on my original conversation with the owner. It took two trips to move all our stuff plus the storage unit. But then they explained that it will be put in the shipping container later on. They were professional and friendly, making the day a lot less stressful.
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.