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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.
Had to schedule move from a 3rd floor apt to a new house (finally!). Elevator worked but its practically too small for anything bigger than a couple lamps and a box. Thought about doing the whole move myself, but decided to look at some prices of movers just to see what was out there. Most of the places around were a little too pricey for what I could have probably done myself, but figured I'd call around. I got a hold of Tim and he seemed a lot more personable than the other places, but the price seemed to be just right for our amount of stuff. Thought I might as well go for it because honestly, I didn't want to do it myself in the snow. Tim was good about calling in advance to verify the times, and showed up himself for the move.I will say, at first I felt like the guys seemed a little rough around the edges, but by the end of the move we were all cracking jokes and I felt like I was part of the family. The move went surprisingly quick, even considering the elevator situation and the snow/rain/gross mix (thanks Wisconsin). Moved everything into our new place, and reassembled the bed and put everything where we wanted it. After they were done, Tim said he felt bad for them tracking in snow and some mud on the front carpet and knocked off $30 just because. I said I would have done the same if I tried do it myself, but he didn't accept no for an answer. Hopefully won't be needing to move soon, but will definitely be recommending to friends!
These movers were great with great personality and work ethic. I don't know what the review below were talking about, but the movers showed up promptly and everything pay wise was correct. They treated my items nice and were a joy to talk to. Very great experience.
Hired Brew City Mivers to move my family on 9/30/2016. During the move they broke both my couches, Tim avoided my husbands calls about getting them fixed. I decided to call and I got him on the phone, we scheduled a day for him to come fix this problem and he no showed and never called. Since 11/7/2016 my calls have gone unanswered. Today I filed a complaint with the BBB. Avoid using these movers, very unprofessional.
Where do we start other than these guys are awful and unprofessional. First, they did not perform an onsite visit to assess the amount of work they needed to do. So, when they arrived with the wrong(too small) truck and it was full of SNOW, it took them two trips. Second, they showed up to move my house furnishings and they had no tools to remove doors from a refrigerator. Not only did we had to provide them tools, it took my kids and YouTube video to perform the task and reassemble it once we got to our new home. When we thought things couldn't get much worse, they damaged an antique vanity (shattered frame & cracked the mirror) and tried to blame it on us because the mirrors would not come off. Eventually, they picked up the vanity to be repaired and subsequently dumped it off at their furniture repair guy. Guess what? They left it on his front porch in the snow and the repair guy was in Florida and could not work on it. Next, they picked up the vanity and it took them MONTHS to deliver to the new furniture repair place and then Tim argued about making the situation whole. No professionalism or appropriate decorum to the client. Would look elsewhere for the next move.
They charged my credit card $10 more than what was written on the receipt and what I signed for. It's not worth my time to argue this charge with my credit card company, but i'm calling it out here as others should know this. I truly hope it was an honest mistake, but I'm skeptical because of the review below and because they also charged me more than what they quoted over the phone. They quoted me $110/hour and $40 fuel/drive fee, but actually ended up charging me $115/hr and $45 fuel/drive fee. I noticed that discrepancy in quote vs actual charges when I signed the receipt, but did not say anything/argue it because they had a few extra guys there helping at the end. The extra guys were only there because the crew at my place was working too slow. They needed the extra help so they could get to their next scheduled job in time. I was also not pleased with their professionalism. The lead guy was on the phone arguing with someone (appeared to be a personal call) for the first 60-90 minutes of the move (while he was hauling stuff), and one guy was almost useless. He seemed like a random guy they grabbed off the street that had no knowledge/experience with moving. Only one of the three guys was really there working hard and being professional. I would not recommend them to anyone in the future.
I don't kow what to say about this place other than if I was able to give them negative stars I would. Brew City Movers was reccomended to me by a friend. When I called to set up a move I was quoted a rate of $86/hr and a $40 fuel surcharge. They were friednly and took all my information and were easy to work with when the date of my move changed. I also liked that they didn't charge you until they got to the location. Two days before my move I got a call asking if the time could be changed. No big deal but then the night before they called to change the time again which was a little frustrating. The actual day of the move they did show up on time at my storage unit. All I can say is that the way they moved me could have been accomplished by a group of college boys for a case of beer. They were not profesional - they were polite but far from professional - they didn't wrap anything and in fact removed my mattress and box spring from the bags I had them stored in and put them in the back of there truck which was a filthy mess of blankets and plastic. I was cringing at the sight of them picking things up and tossing them in the back of the truck with no regard for anything. The same was true for the unloading - when they got to my aparmtent everything was unloaded with haste - but i will say they got it done quickly.In fact they got in done in under an hour start to finish (my dad timed them from the time they pulled up at the storage unti to the time the guy started writing out my invoice) - but when it came time to pay they not only charged me a differnt rate of $105/hr instead of the $86/hr I was told over the phone but then the owner was nice enough to inform me they had a 2.5 hour move minimum. This was not at all what I expecting or what I had been told when making the reservation and considering the unprofessinoal job they did I was blown away at the price tag. $280.00 for a 54 minute move- when I said something about not being aware of the 2.5 hour minimum move he knocked $30 off the balance. He also had me fill out the invoice and sign it before he filled in all the pricing which I never should have done. I was very unimpressed with the whole thing - I had previously used Two Men and a Truck for my last move - they had raised there rate slightly but shame on me or not using them anyways - a lower price ended up not being a lower price. Next time I won't make the same mistake and will use professional movers who clearly outline rates/minimums and don't jsut spring it on you. I ended up having my mattress professinally cleaned after this - partially because it had gotten wet while in storage and partially because the movers had done a nice job of dropping it uncovered in the truck and getting it dirty. The box Spring was also clened at an additional cost to me. I would not use Brew City Movers in the future and would encourage people to get any business you do with them in writing first.
Wanted everyone to know about the great experience I had using Brew City Movers.They helped me move my business and also dropped a few pieces off to my home inBrookfield. I had a lot of nice office furniture and not a scratch on any of it. Highly recommend these guys to anyone. The guys were very professional and hadhad a thorough knowledge of moving furniture. Thanks Austin, Carl, and TimGreat job.
Just had a great experience with Brew City movers over the weekend.Moved my entire house into a storage unit. The guys were so efficient and did a great job. Really professional and good guys. Wrapped all my furniture and protected all my glass. Already recommended Brew City movers to all my friendsand family. Thanks for a job well done.
Not a good experience with these guys. First, they broke multiple items and seemed to have an excuse for everything which mainly focused on it being our fault for packing incorrectly (determined by the owner over the phone). Then one item never showed up, and after he broke that he just decided to give us cash to compensate us. After I realized there were no longer light bulbs in any lamps, days later when Tim finally returned my call, he told me they take those out so nothing gets broken. Seems like a decent idea assuming they put them back?? Last, they over charged us for a half hour stating we always round up 15 minutes and we ended up having more guys than originally agreed upon so it would have taken longer anyways. Customer service lacking across the board. Will be hiring some actual professionals next time.
Just wanted to let everyone know that Brew City movers is a great business that has excellent movers. My wife and I just moved from our 3 bedroom home in Oak Creek and had 3 movers, Austin,Carl, and Dedric. Not only were they good movers they were the nicest guys to work with. They professionally wrapped all of our furniture and pictures. I would recommend this company to everyone that want a great moving experience..
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.