LOCAL MOVING TIPS
New York Tri-State Area Local Moving Tips
On the move but you don’t know where to begin? Start with the best!
Let Moishe’s Moving Systems guide you through your relocation safely, swiftly and professionally. Whether you are moving across the street or to a new neighborhood, planning ahead will make all the difference. We’re here to work for you and show you the way.
Choose a moving company you can trust
Talk to your friends, neighbors and co-workers before you turn to the Yellow Pages or the Internet—the best moving companies have the best reputations. Talk to at least three companies and get at least three in-home estimates to be sure you’re getting the best deal.
Here are a few questions you should be asking your potential mover:
- How long has the company been in business?
- What type of protection does the company offer against loss or damages? In most cases they will either offer full replacement value or limited liability, which covers as little as 60 cents per pound per article. This means if your movers damage your 10-pound stereo that cost you $1,000, you would only receive $6 in compensation.
- How will pickup and delivery work?
- Go to the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. There, you can look up the company's insurance status, licensing, and how many trucks it owns. You can also read about your rights and responsibilities.
- Check a company's ratings with the American Moving & Storage Association and the Better Business Bureau.
What to look for in an estimate
At Moishe’s Moving Systems, we give you a comprehensive estimate on the cost of your move. For example, things like labor charges, trucks, packing materials, travel time, and valuation coverage/insurance should all be included in your estimate. Make sure you agree with everything in the written estimate before you sign the moving contract.
A non-binding estimate is beneficial if:
- You are not exactly sure of all the items you are moving ahead of the move date.
- Your move will involve an unusual amount of details, like moving number of fine art pieces or antiques, that you don't want to rush.
A binding estimate is preferable if:
- You want to guarantee your budget.
- You haven't moved often, and you are not familiar with the moving process.
Whichever type of estimate you choose – and whatever mover you work with, we offer you the following helpful hints to ensure yourself a good estimate/moving experience:
- Don't just jump at the lowest price! You need to investigate the estimate to find out if it's realistic. As they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
- Get at least three estimates. This will allow you to make a fair, objective comparison.
- Compare apples to apples. Break down the elements of each mover's estimate and make a detailed, realistic comparison of the parts, as well as the whole.
- Expect estimates to fall within a reasonable range of each other. A good estimate should be no higher – or lower – than 10 percent of the final cost of the move.
Getting an estimate from Moishe’s!
Moishe’s offers you three basic methods for getting an estimate:
- You can go directly to our Get Estimate Section and fill out our submission form for a rough estimate on-line.
- You can speak with one of our estimators and get a general estimate over the phone.
- Or you can call and set up an appointment for one of our experienced estimators to come to your home and give you a much better estimate, in writing. This is by far the best way to go – and will get you a much more accurate and detailed estimate than you can achieve by phone or online.
Our toll-free phone number is: 1.800.266.8387
It all starts with a phone call or an inquiry online. Our estimators are trained and certified. They are available 7 days a week to help you determine your needs – at no cost or obligation to you. And they will also assist you with any problems that arise before, during and after your move. You are not alone in this process. We are with you – every step of the way.
Plan your move and take inventory of your belongings
Once you start packing, you’ll probably realize that your belongings have somehow multiplied like rabbits. You might be wondering how you will fit all of your stuff onto the moving truck on moving day. Planning ahead will lighten your stress load and make moving an overall easier experience. Divide your inventory into three categories: items to be handled by the mover, items you will handle yourself, and items to be sold, donated, or thrown away. Even if you have a large attic or garage awaiting you at your new home, you will probably want to purge as many items that you don’t use anymore because the more things you move, the more expensive your move will be.
Moishe’s will help you organize the packing process. You will save a lot of money if you do the bulk of the packing on your own. If you choose to pack your own things, we can answer questions on subjects such as the amount of time you will need to pack and what packing materials you will need. Need more help planning? Our website offers a detailed, six-week moving timeline to help you keep track of even the smallest detail.
Still have too much stuff?
The ideal move involves relocating all of your belongings from your old place to your new home in one day. But in reality, our clients often need to store some or all of their possessions for a few days or even months. Moishe’s has literally millions of square feet of secure, professionally-operated storage space at facilities located throughout the Tri-State area. We can help you decide what to store, so you can relax and be sure that your things are safe until you’re ready for them.
But what packing materials to use?
Don’t fret! We offer packing supplies to keeping your valuables safe for your move. Ask your Moving Consultant or call us at 800.266.83876. We also provide printable labels to keep all of your boxes organized and going to the right room in your new home. Need boxes? Check out Moishe’s Box Exchange, a website offering you an easy, free way to find reusable boxes (or donate boxes after your move) in your area.