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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.
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When I needed a moving company to move my daughter to downtown Philadelphia, I figured I’m screwed. I mean the average person ‘moves” what, maybe 3 or 4 times tops in their lifetime? So why the hell should they care if I’m a ‘satisfied customer’? So I Googled, “moving company”, “Philadelphia”, and got exactly what I expected. EVERY “moving company” website looked the same. And then I saw this: Mambo Movers - Philadelphia's premier movers, local artists and musicians. OK, at least something different, not exactly what I had in mind, ‘local artists and musicians’. I guess I had ‘local weight lifters’ or ‘local ex-bouncers’ in mind, but what the hell, I’ll take a look. OK, so I’ll call. Spoke with Serge, described on the site as “mover emeritus / graphic manipulator” and he looked normal in his photo so I figure I’ll give it a shot. Short and sweet conversation, “yes we are available March 3rd”, “yes we will move the contents of your daughter’s 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in West Chester to a 3rd floor apartment in Center City in Philly, “our rates are simple; 20 foot truck, 3 guys, all padding, etc $117 per hour”, “you pay with cash, money order or certified check at the completion of the move”, nothing up-front, no contract, “when we say we’ll be there, we’ll be there”. Checked the Better Business Bureau, A rating, BBB Accredited, so I gave Serge the OK and held my breath for 2 weeks. We got a call from ‘Nelson’ on March 3rd saying that Mambo Movers would be there in 1 hour. Everything was packed and ready to go, I was just praying they were too. The doorbell rang and here it was, an ‘artfully adorned’ 20 foot moving truck and 3 of ‘Philadelphia's premier movers, local artists and musicians’. And my fears were realized, not a bouncer or weight lifter in the bunch, hell the 3 of them combined didn’t weigh as much as my daughter’s dining room table. Nelson, the crew leader introduced himself and his crew, Victor and Jeremy. I pointed out that everything was packed and in the living room and dining room and all bedroom furniture was packed and up stairs. As I was laying out my ‘ground rules’ to Nelson; “everything is boxed and packed” and to “be careful with the wood furniture” and….. I turned around as Victor buzzed by us with 3, yes 3 Home Depot “Large” packing boxes ON HIS BACK followed within 5 feet by Jeremy with 3 Home Depot “Large” packing boxes on HIS back heading to the truck. I stood stunned for a moment BECAUSE, while packing, I had made sure that no one packed the Home Depot “Large” packing boxes too heavily so they could be carried INDIVIDUALLY . Here I should say that I am 6 foot 1, 235 lbs and was college football player. None of these guys, NOT ONE weighed over 160 lbs. soaking wet and they were carrying 3 of the boxes that I had determined were of the proper weight to be carried INDIVIDUALLY! OK, so here I had to get my bearings, I’m still in charge here. Nelson then stated, “This will be a piece of cake, we’ll be done in an hour and a half, you guys did a good job packing”. An hour and a half, are you kidding me? OK, so Nelson was wrong, it took Nelson, the video producer, Victor the art show coordinator and I forget what Jeremy does, 1 HOUR and 20 MINUTES to load the truck and get on the road! I won’t bore you with any more details but in the end my daughter paid Mambo Movers about $250 MORE for this move than if we had rented a 16 foot Uhaul, moving pads, a dolly, gas and mileage charges AND DONE ALL THE LABOR OURSELVES, which wouldn’t have been possible. I’ve never written a recommendation for anyone, in my 60 years, but Mambo Movers deserve it.
Olympus Moving and Storage were great from start to finish. I found Olympus Moving and Storage on Google when I was planning my move to Portland, OR. The reviews were positive, so I decided to take a chance. I was glad I did! David Kline, my relocation specialist, did a great job of helping me plan the move, explained the process, and provided an accurate estimate up front that I felt was very fair. We planned my move as a two-day move, with a pack on the first day and the actual move on the second. On the packing day, the packing crew arrived, professionally dressed and on time, and after introducing themselves and my signing the paperwork, they immediately got underway. I was totally floored by how quickly, carefully and expertly they could pack a large filled residence. What would have taken me a month, they did in about 8 hours. Everything got plenty of protection, padding, paper, blankets, stretch-wrap, etc. They were conservative and used extra materials to make absolutely sure my fragile stuff would be safe. Every single one of them worked nonstop, diligently and with care. I don't know where they get the energy - I was exhausted just watching them! David had arranged in advance for my couch, bed and a few necessities to remain unpacked until the next morning, so I didn't have to get a hotel room. Very cool! On the moving day, the same crew arrived, again professionally dressed and on time, and they got underway immediately. Again, I have no idea where these guys get so much energy. Without any delays, they carefully and expertly moved all my boxes, furniture, everything out to the truck, and were very careful in the way they packed the truck and where they put certain extra-fragile items. In no time at all, my residence was empty! When Olympus Movers arrived to my new house, the moving crew did an expert job of moving all of our stuff in. They set up the bed, helped us move furniture where we wanted it, super helpful! I felt that everyone at Olympus Moving and Storage did a very professional job throughout my move, from David Kline, who managed the whole experience and made it go smoothly from beginning to end, to the crew lead, who expertly led the packing and moving, to the packers and movers who packed and taped and moved the boxes and furniture. This was a hassle-free, relaxing and pleasurable move at a fair price - an extraordinary value.
The move was flawless. Can't recommend Olympus Moving and Storage enough they were AMAZING!! I just read a couple negative reviews and I couldn't disagree more. I can't say enough good things. I had a pretty complicated move this summer. I was moving from Bloomfield, NJ to Memphis, TN, but I also had some things in storage. I've never used a moving service before, but I thought I would try one for this move. I got reasonable quotes from Olympus Moving and Storage for different options and also some tips to help facilitate my packing/unpacking. The moving day went very smoothly. While one truck moved items from my old place, a diffrent truck picked up items from the storage facility and DELIVERED EVERITHING to my new place in TN. Olympus Movers handled everything like clockwork. After watching them moving a few items out of my old place, I knew I didn't have to worry about them being careful. Everything was wrapped in blankets and you could tell they were really experienced. They were also really courteous and even made sure to not track in dirt on my carpet by placing tarps down. They also put things in the rooms where they belong. Best part: when my bedroom was being set up, I couldn't decide which way I wanted the bed to be. The moving guys saw the indecision on my face and gladly offered to try different orientations and gave suggestions! A moving guy with knowledge of Feng Shui! What more can you ask for? We filled up two trucks (having three kids will do that to you) and nothing was broken or damaged. By state law they have to provide some insurance and that process scared me a bit.. because they have a minimum.. which I thought wasnt enough.. but luckily I got the right team.. and that makes one of the most stressful things a family can do (did i mention three kids under 5) an extremely pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend Olympus Moving and Storage for your move. These guys worked hard! I can't say enough good things. The move was flawless. Can't recommend them enough! Worth every penny.
I can't say enough good things about Olympus Moving and Storage. I loved the efficiency of this company. This was my first experience using Olympus Moving. From my initial phone call, to the estimate visit, to the actual moving day this was a great experience start to finish. I rarely write reviews, but Olympus Moving and Storage actually earn and deserve the praise on this site. On the day I had the pre-move estimate visit scheduled, a last minute conflict arose for me during the appointment time. When I called Lisa Bell (the estimator) about the conflict, she was able to move around Adam`s schedule that morning to arrive an hour earlier. That was a huge help, otherwise I was going to have to take another morning off from work to be there to meet him. When Adam came to my apartment for the estimate, he not only gave me a very fair "not to exceed" quote but he also offered some helpful packing advice like how to pack bedding in empty dresser drawers and the cheapest places in my area to buy good boxes (Home Depot). Adam was polite and professional and knows his stuff. I felt immediately like I'd be in good hands if I went with Olympus Moving and Storage, though I did shop around before committing. One thing you realize is that after a week (or weeks) preparing for a big move by the time moving day arrives you are physically exhausted. It makes a huge difference to have people come in who know what they're doing, can pinch hit if you need a random item packed that you forgot to do yourself, and who are self-supervised to get the job done quickly and carefully. Leo is an excellent team leader, and his team was great. After the move was over and the truck was leaving, Leo even thought to tell me at the very end which box they packed the remote controls for my TV and stereo in case I wanted to find them quickly. All in all, moving is brutal and exhausting but these guys made it much more bearable. I will definitely call Olympus Moving again the next time I move.
What a great experience! They saved the day! They saved the move! On moving day, they saved my life! I should say that I didn't completely believe the reviews on the internet because they seemed too good to be true. But my need was urgent and I just called Olympus Moving and Storage. Now I know why Olympus Moving are 5-star movers - they truly deserve it!! In the past few years of hiring various services I have worked with only one or two companies who were really 5-star worthy. Olympus Moving and Storage is one of them. We were moving from a 4 bedrooms townhouse with some heavy furniture's to another 4 bedrooms townhouse. Most importantly we sold our home so it was very important that there are no damages to the home we were moving out of. Finally I only gave Olympus Moving (David) two days notice to schedule the move. In the both the old and new places Olympus Movers have ensured that there is not a single scratch to the walls nor did they break or lose any of the stuff being moved. All of the movers were really nice, professional and polite gentlemen's. This is the email I wrote to the owner of Olympus Moving and Storage: &quot;Thanks for all the super-quick turnaround time, working with me to fit me in at the last moment while not making me feel that you are doing me a favor. it has been a very long time since I have see this level of service. kudos to you. beyond the fact that I am happy with the excellent job and attitude of your employees and your comapny I also foresee that you are going to be very successful in your life. your service is an epitome of what business used to stand for in this great country - customer is king - unfortunately not all businesses are paying attention to this all important factor&quot; Olympus Moving and Storage are an exceptionally efficient and professional moving company and one I have/will recommend to anyone I know.
WOW. This seriously was the best moving experience of my life. Olympus Moving and Storage are awesome. I've moved twice with them and they actually put a smile on my face on moving day. Not an easy feat. Let's start with the scheduling. So easy. I love that you can make a few clicks on the online checklist and they get back to you with a quote and an offer to set up your appointment within a day. Drama free. Love it! On to moving day. Well, before moving day they call to confirm. On the day, they call to tell you when they're coming. Olympus Movers take care of everything, where they're going to put the truck, how to block the doors, etc. Maybe moving companies do this all the time but my previous movers from Craigslist, a couple of teenagers wearing flip flops, never took care of that stuff. It's nice not having to worry about the basics. They also shrink wrapped all my furniture and art work so it didn't get scratched. Olympus Moving even made sure to set everything up at the new place and double checked when they were done to make sure I didn't want help moving anything. Awesome! Both times the Olympus movers handled all of my items with utmost care and have never broken a thing. The best part about Olympus Moving and Storage is that the guys genuinely seem to enjoy what they're doing and they have fun together. They're having fun which kind of makes you feel like you're having fun. They never even blinked at having to carry all my stuff up two flights of narrow stairway. I don't know how they do it and make it seem like the best time ever. I love Olympus Moving and Storage. The worst part about the whole experience was when they left...and left me with all these boxes. WAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
I can't rate Olympus Moving and Storage highly enough! They were professional, careful and simply excellent. From the estimators, to the wrapping expert, to the heavy lifters--they were all the best! There really is no way to describe their &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;whatever you need&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; attitudes; Olympus Moving really exemplified OUTSTANDING customer service in every aspect of my dealings with them. They called to confirm, they arrived as expected, they had smiles and create a genuine support system for those moving—Olympus Moving and Storage is a gift to all those fortunate to live nearby their services. In Stratford, CT, I had many boxes wrapped and ready to go, but the larger furniture items, and paintings also had to be wrapped. Olympus Movers wrapped everything with great care--way beyond expectations--they even wrapped my bike! The inventory was meticulously done and the movers were incredibly efficient and kind. I drove to Chicago, IL confident that my belongings were safe and in good hands. In Chicago a few days later, the moving crew was waiting for me. When speaking with them, I realized that I had forgotten to get the required cashier's check. Any other moving company would likely have been angered and probably charged me more for the wait, but the Olympus crew told me not to worry and waited while I rushed to the bank. They too had the most amazing attitudes. They were unbelievably courteous and ran up three flights of stairs with smiles. Everything was delivered as promised, the crew was just amazing, and I will never move without Olympus Moving and Storage. THANK YOU!
First class moving company. What an excellent service! Olympus Moving and Storage is a FABULOUS company. Not only in their customer service top-notch (a rare find in today's marketplace) their concept is stellar. I am SO HAPPY I decided to go with Olympus Moving and Storage. I was debating a number of moving companies, some were more expensive, some were less expensive but did not have websites or reviews. The mixed reviews made me nervous about Olympus Moving, but I eventually decided that most people only review when they are really happy or really upset with an experience, and moving companies probably get more of a hard time than other kinds of companies. My wife and I used this company to move out of our 3200 SF, 5 bedroom/4 bath house in October. Olympus Movers showed up on time, were very friendly, and I was amazed at how fast they were able to get things done. We have a lot of antiques and fragile items that they did an outstanding job securely packaging and transporting for us. Not one item was broken, scuffed, or banged up. They provided all of the packing tape, blankets, and boxes for items we didn't have packed already like our big flat screen TV's, large mirrors, and glass decor. The wardrobe boxes they supplied made it easy to pack up our clothes in just a few minutes, which was really nice. Olympus Movers load up at our previous house and unload at the new one, including furniture set up and putting the labeled boxes in each room! Olympus Moving and Storage worth every penny!!! I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who wants to take the worry and stress out of moving.
Choosing Olympus Moving and Storage was the best decision I ever made. I could not be happier with the experience I had with Olympus Moving and Storage. From the office to the moving crew - this is a very well run operation. On the day of the move 4 movers and truck arrived. All 4 of the movers were completely professional and worked really hard all day long. It took them 9 hours which may seem like a long time but some of our previous moves have taken nearly twice as long - I guess we have a lot of stuff. Olympus Movers were all very upbeat and friendly all day long. They seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs and they were awesome at it. I've had movers before that grumbled about anything like having to take doors off the hinges, boxes that aren't taped up well, getting creative to fit something over a staircase..... all of these things happened and not once did anyone act like it was a problem. It was always an attitude of &amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;not a problem.&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; Oh, and not one single thing got broken, not one scratch or scuff on any of the walls or doors in the house we moved out of or the house we moved in to. That has never happened before. I really could not have asked for a better crew to take care of my family on such a difficult day. Olympus Movers were pure professionals and I recommend you hire them for any moving needs. Your money will be worth every cent. These guys will definitely be my &amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;go to&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; moving company for any future moving needs and I have recommended them already to 2 friends.
We were very impressed with Olympus Moving and Storage. These guys are amazing. Olympus Moving and Storage was absolutely amazing and I would recommend them to everyone reading this. Moving is difficult and finding smart, professional, efficient, reliable movers is not an easy task. We hired Olympus Moving after much research. Natalie responded to the form I filled out on their website, where I wrote a long detailed list of everything being moved! Her response was quick with an estimated quote that ended up being right on the money. Their rates were fair compared with other movers in the city. We signed up immediately! Any questions or confirmations we needed prior to the move were answered fast. The moving crew leader, Don, called me the day before the move to go over all the details. On moving day, the 4-man crew (Don, Josh, Roland and Daniel) were absolutely wonderful! They were VERY hardworking, careful with my furniture and boxes, and extraordinarily capable when it came to taking apart/reassembling furniture. Some of the furniture was big, heavy, and awkward. Olympus Movers were able to maneuver it in the hallways and elevators very well and I imagine it was certainly a challenge. There were also issues with my building's loading dock, etc. that they handled very well. It was an impressive operation and we couldn't have been more relieved to have such a fabulous experience with Olympus Moving and Storage. This is an excellent and honest company! Five stars all the way. We would hire Olympus Moving again in a heartbeat.
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.