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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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They moved us to our new home. It was a local move only about 7 miles. We hired them for all the furniture and about 50 boxes. We got one other bid from a competitor and Piccolo's Friendly Movers. I spoke to Jeff, the owner, about my quote. His quote was competitive with the other quote I received. Piccolo's had the better insurance coverage included in his price, the other company tried to sell me more coverage. Member Comments: Jeff, sent me an email about the rooms and items I wanted moved as a confirmation. Jeff also called me the day before the move to ensure everything was still good for our move. The morning of the move the team showed up at the time they said they would, they also called on their way to my house. The moving team was four guys, with one of them being the foreman. The crew was very friendly. They all introduced themselves to me before we did a walk through of my house to confirm and identify what was being moved. They were very good with our stuff. They took their time on some very heavy pieces that needed to be moved from the 2nd floor. They actually did a better job moving the items than the delivery company that delivered the items to our home originally. They wrapped all furniture in the room before they moved it to the truck. They also took apart all the beds and bed frames and wrapped those items as well. They also moved our upright piano. Upon arriving at our new house, again they were very courteous and asked where all the pieces should go. They reassembled all the items they had disassembled. They were careful bringing in all the pieces and boxes. As we unpack or looked over our furniture we did not see any damage. It was a long day and the crew worked very hard from beginning to the end. They made my family very happy by getting us setup in our new home. This was our first experience using a mover and we were afraid of all the rumors about bad experiences with movers. I am glad to say that Piccolo's Friendly Movers, has proved those to be nothing but rumors. Our experience was very positive and I would not hesitate using them or recommending them to someone who needs to move.
Price estimate given on the phone by Jeff immediately, final price came in a little under the upper part of the range. Received multiple confirmation phone calls, guys arrived at 2 different locations with 2 different trucks as expected. They were friendly, professional, and kept working without issue. Sure, they chatted from time to time, but generally seemed to get along well and consequently worked as a team. They had issues getting a sofa bed pushed back into place, but got it done without complaint and made sure they tied it together so it wouldn't happen when we go to move the sofa bed again. They were also good at making sure everything got into the POD and storage unit safely. All of the guys were great about wrapping everything to keep it safe, more than I ever would - but much appreciated! I would hire them again - and just may have to when it comes to loading the stuff from the storage unit into another POD for travel! It's nice to stand out of the way and watch them work so effortlessly. No regrets whatsoever and happy to recommend their services.I've used Piccolo's twice. Both involving more than one location. The first time furniture was being taken from 3 different houses and loaded into a POD, the second time it was being taken from 2 different properties, some stuff dropped at a third, and the balance loaded into a storage unit.
We hired Piccolo's Friendly Movers to move us from a townhouse to a 4 bedroom single home. I cannot say enough great things about our experience. The day before our move Jeff called to confirm our appointment, he was very friendly and helped put my mind at ease. The morning of our move the movers were running ahead of schedule and called to make sure an early arrival would be ok. Things went very smoothly at our old house and when they arrived at our new house they were just as quick and efficient. They estimated that the move would take 7 hours but they finished early. I really cannot say enough wonderful things about how professional, efficient, and personable they were, although we are not planning on moving again anytime soon I would use them again in a heartbeat.Also, although I read a few reviews on here stating that this business has an F rating with the BBB and all bad reviews with angies list, I checked and found the exact opposite. They actually have an A+ rating with the BBB and are the highest rated local moving company on all of angies list and saw that they actually just won some super service award. I highly recommend these guys!
We were extremely pleased with this moving company. We have moved a number of times with various results from moving companies. There are several reasons we would (and have) recommended Piccolo's. First and over the phone quote was quite helpful. The result (due to my over estimate of the amount to be moved) was a bill below the quoted amount. But more importantly, the movers called as they were on the way and arrived when agreed upon. They worked quickly, professionally and treated our furniture as though it was their own. The crew that did the work was polite and willing to answer any questions we had. They packed, unpacked, reassembled and placed our furniture exactly where we wanted. In one case I had miscalculated the size of one of the rooms and we needed to change the furniture configuration - they did this willingly and did not make me feel as though I was imposing upon them. All in all, we were so pleased that we have just booked them for our next move which will be in a couple of months. We most definitely recommend this company!!!
This could not have possibly gone more smoothly. They showed up to our townhouse about 15 minutes early. I took our three kids and pet to the new house and they coordinated with my husband. They had the furniture disassembled, wrapped and on the truck with our boxes within about 3 hours. At the new house they reassembled everything and placed it all for us. They even managed to deal with two tricky twin beds that somehow had about 1,000 parts a piece! They were very fast, really nice guys, very careful. We've unpacked about 85% of the boxes and so far, not a single thing broken. All said, they managed to move us in about 6 hours. Worth every penny and more!The team moved us out of a 3 story town house with narrow, pokey stairs and into a ranch. The townhouse was built in 1892 so had tall, narrow stairs, narrow hallways, narrow everything! I am absolutely amazed with these guys' hard work.
These guys helped us get from Harrisburg to New York City. I have moved several times, due to my job, and I must say that these were the nicest movers I have ever had. From the moment they walked in, I was extremely comfortable. Not only were they nice but they were awesome! They wrapped every piece of furniture before moving it onto the truck. They took everything apart and put it back together for us in NY. They even packed a few odds and ends for us that we had forgotten to pack. Jeff had given us a price range for the move and I honestly thought that the high number of the price range would be our final price. When it was time to pay and Jeff and I talked, I was completely SHOCKED to hear the the final price was actually BELOW the low price of the range. He told me that he overestimated the gas so the price would be a little lower. I would recommend them to anyone!!!
I spoke with five different moving companies before deciding on using these guys. The price Jeff gave on the phone wasn't the highest or the lowest out of all the quotes we received. The reason i used this company was because Jeff made me feel very comfortable. I made a great decision. We were moving a 2,000 square foot home and a large storage unit into a home. A problem with closing delayed us about 3 hours, and the guys didn't bat an eye! They were extremely helpful. When I called Jeff, he told me to take care of what I had to and they would be ready when we were done. Besides the fact that the move went exactly how we had wished it would, the guys were extremely fun to be around. This made for a less stressful moving day. I have already referred to coworkers to them and won't hesitate to refer anyone who asks. Thanks Piccolo's for making our move a great experience!
I can't say enough positive things about Jeff and his company. We had another moving company, Moving Made Awesome, not show up on our moving day. In a panic, my wife and I did not know what to do. I got ahold of Jeff, and he said that he could have his team get to my house after the job they were already doing. They showed up at about 2pm, about an hour earlier that he had said. They worked until 830pm to get us fully moved. We had to get moved that day because our closing was at 830am the next day. Not only did they get all of our stuff moved safely, but they did it at a price that was even better that the original guys we hired that never showed up. On top of all of that, they made the move fun. They made our two young boys feel like they were contributing and our boys were actually sad to see them go when the move was done. I would recommend them to anyone!!
I normally do not take the time to leave reviews, but I had to here. I had a moving company not show up for our move. I frantically was calling around and Jeff called me back. I'd like to add that I left about 10 voice mails for different companies, and Jeff was the only one that called me back. I was in a 2 bedroom townhome. Jeff explained that he was fully booked but asked if he could call me back n about 10 minutes. I honestly thought I would never hear from him again. He called me back and said the crew he had out was willing to come move me after their current move was finished. They showed up at 3pm and worked straight through until almost 9, a crew of 3. Not once did they complain. They were suoer friendly and actually it was fun. The move went great. Nothing was damaged. I am so appreciative for these guys. Jeff, you have a great crew! Thank you.
These guys were amazing from my initial phone call until our final piece of furniture was put back together. Everything that the owner, Jeff, said would happen, happened. They called a few days before the move to confirm the move and let us know who the foreman would be. The guys called on the way to our house on the day of our move. Then to watch these guys work as a team was amazing. The took everything apart and by the time they actually carried to the truck, everything was completely protected. I'm not exactly sure how they fit so much stuff in that truck. Then at our new house, they put everything where we wanted it and put everything back together for us. We have 2 kids and they were great with them as well. Not only was the job done to my satisfaction, but these guys made our move fun. I would recommend these guys highly to anyone looking for movers!
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.