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MOVING TIPS

Pointers for Moving

On the move but don’t know how to begin? Let Moishe’s guide you with some pointers to help you relocate safely and swiftly.

Find a moving company you can trust.
Ask your friends, neighbors, and co-workers for moving company recommendations. Then research the companies you have on your shortlist paying attention to the services they offer and customer reviews. The best moving companies have the best reputation.

Then consult with the top three companies on your list and ask for in-home estimates. Be sure to ask the potential movers these questions:

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What type of protection does the company offer against loss or damages? In accordance with New York state law, moving companies offer basic liability, which covers as little as 30 cents per pound per article. This means if your movers damage a 10-pound stereo that costs $1,000, you would only receive $3 in compensation.
  • What are the pickup and delivery processes?

After you’ve decided on a company, look up their insurance status, licensing, and vehicle inventory on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. You can also learn about your rights and responsibilities. Finally, check the company’s ratings with the American Moving & Storage Association and the Better Business Bureau.

Get estimates.
At Moishe’s, we provide customers with a comprehensive move estimate. We include itemized charges for labor, truck, packing materials, travel time, and valuation coverage or insurance. Make sure you agree with all charges in the written estimate before signing a moving contract.

Moving companies can provide you with a non-binding estimate or a binding estimate. A non-binding estimate is based on actual weight of items moved and is beneficial when you don’t have an itemized list of what you’ll be relocating. A binding estimate is based on a fixed price prior to the move.

When comparing estimates, remember to compare apples with apples and compare each specific service between movers. This allows you to make a fair comparison. Estimates between moving companies should fall within a close range. And if an estimate is too good to be true, it probably is.

Take inventory of your belongings.
Divide your belongings into three categories:

  • Items to be handled by movers
  • Items you will move yourself
  • Goods that you’ll sell, donate, or throw away.

After you’ve decided on what needs to be moved, make a list of those items and the number of boxes you’ll be handing off to movers and those you’ll be handling yourself. This will help you keep track of your belongings and locate items if misplaced or lost.

Pack. 
You will save money if you pack most of your items. Moishe’s packing for local moves guide will lead you through the process. If you have other questions, give us a call and we’ll help make packing easier for you.

Utilize temporary storage.
Ideally, you’d like to relocate all your belongings from your old to new home. But you may need to store some (or all) of your possessions for days or even months during the relocation. Moishe’s offers millions of square feet of secure storage space located throughout the Tri-State area. We can keep your belongings safe until you’re ready to move them.

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stephanie potteiger
stephanie potteiger
21:17 15 Mar 17
Amazing customer service. Very helpful both on the phone and in person. I had to make a change to my moving date and they made it happen with no problems or questions asked. Three guys came in and loaded all of my furniture and boxes onto the truck we didn't have to lift a finger and took it to storage for free. They even measured it on the truck so I knew exactly how big of a room I needed and nothing more. I will recommend them to everyone!!! Thank you so much for making a very stressful situation so convenient!!read more
Cigdem Tankut
Cigdem Tankut
18:59 14 Mar 17
A little over a month ago, I rented a storage space from Moishe's Moving and Storage. I was not looking forward to the day of my move because moving is a very stressful experience. The truck was on time. The two men who did an excellent job of loading, driving and unloading ,were polite, considerate and capable. When we got there, Chris was most helpful in showing me the available spaces.The building was well kept. The paper work was very straight forward. I thank everyone at this storage facility for making my move a very pleasant experience. I am getting ready to rent a second space there this month I know I am in good hands with Moishe's Moving and Storage.read more
George Delgado
George Delgado
17:45 14 Mar 17
We spoke and met with a number of moving companies for estimates, and found Moishe's was both the most professional and the best value. Special thanks to Patrick who did a thorough walk through and put together the estimate, Flavio and his crew for the actual move, and Kat who handled all of the coordination and admin. They stayed in touch as moving day approached and allowed us to easily reschedule when the sale of our apartment was postponed. On moving day they arrived right on time, worked very hard and fast to get everything on the truck and unloaded on the other end. This was our best move every. Very pleased!read more
Claude Chu
Claude Chu
12:03 04 Mar 17
Nice easy smooth move from my old house to my new apartment after my divorce. I called about a week earlier and asked for a ball park quote which Chris was nice enough to give me. I worked for Moishe's in the 80's when he first started the business so I kind of knew what to expect. The crew came early and the move went flawlessly. The packed everything nicely and took care of my stuff like their own. I would highly recommend them. Chris did a follow up call to make sure I was happy with my move.read more
Petra Kotyzova
Petra Kotyzova
23:00 02 Mar 17
We moved our 1BR apt in NYC just recently. Moishe's team was excellent on all levels! Great group of guys who were extremely good and cautious at wrapping our furniture and personal things. Nothing got damaged in the move! Guys were very professional and over all very pleasant to deal with. We got a good deal too (much less than Flat rate). We will definitely use them in the future again if need be and would recommend them to anyone.read more
Suzanne Kennedy
Suzanne Kennedy
00:05 25 Feb 17
Moishe's Moving and Storage is absolutely THE BEST!!! I've moved way more times than I can count and they are the best movers I've ever used! My first experience with Moishe's was in late summer of 2015 when they moved an organizing client of mine from their 2 bedroom apt in Brooklyn to their renovated brownstone. Frank was the foreman and he expertly wrapped and packed their furniture and antiques. He was absolutely meticulous!! Another client of mine used them this past December and again they did an excellent job. Finally, Moishe's moved me at the end of January 2017 and Frank was the supervisor. A lot of my furniture and china, etc. went into storage. Frank was again meticulous and diligent in making sure that all of my items were packed and wrapped with expert care for storage and then managed to fit them all in my storage unit!! I can't say enough good things about Moishe's -- they rock!!!read more
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LONG DISTANCE MOVING TIPS

Tips for Long-Distance Moves

Many tips for long-distance moves are the same as for local moves.

Find a moving company you trust.
As with local moves, ask friends, neighbors and co-workers for moving company recommendations. Research the companies you have on your shortlist using the same criteria as for local moves.

Consult with the top three companies on your list and ask for in-home estimates. In addition to the questions for local moves, be sure to ask the potential movers these questions:

  • What type of protection does the company offer against loss or damages? Under federal regulation and at no additional cost to you, moving companies offer 60 cents per pound per article for damaged or lost items. This means if your movers damage a 10-pound stereo that costs $1,000, you would only receive $6 in compensation.
  • Will the company use third party movers or will they handle the entire move themselves?

Check their insurance status, licensing, and vehicle inventory on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. Read about your rights and responsibilities. Finally, check the company’s ratings with the American Moving & Storage Association and the Better Business Bureau.

Get estimates.
Request itemized charges for labor, truck, packing materials, travel time, and valuation coverage or insurance. Make sure you agree with all charges in the written estimate before signing any contract.

You may receive a non-binding or a binding estimate. The differences are explained in the Local Moving section on this page.

When comparing estimates, remember to compare item by item. Check each specific service between movers. This allows you to make a fair comparison. Estimates should fall within a close range.

Take inventory of your belongings.

  • Those handled by movers
  • Items you will move yourself
  • Goods that you’ll sell, donate, or throw away

Make a list of the items being moved, the number of boxes you’ll be handing off, and those you’ll be moving yourself. This helps you keep track of your belongings and locate them if misplaced or lost.

Pack. 
You save money if you pack most of your items. Moishe’s packing for long-distance moves guide will lead you through the process. If you have further questions, give us a call and we’ll help make packing easier for you. Read about packing tips here.

Utilize temporary storage.
Ideally, you’d like to relocate your belongings directly to the new home. But you may need to store some (or all) your possessions for days, even months during the relocation process. Moishe’s has millions of square feet of secure storage space located throughout the Tri-State area. Let us keep your belongings safe until you’re ready to move them.

COMMERCIAL MOVING TIPS

Commercial Moving Tips

Are you moving your business but don’t know where to start? Moishe’s commercial moving tips guide you to relocate safely and efficiently.

Find a moving company you can trust.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a commercial mover. Prior to contacting a commercial moving company, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do we need to move at night or on a weekend to prevent down time or accommodate elevator schedules?
  • Do we need to have cubicles and office furniture disassembled and/or, assembled?
  • Do we need the movers to pack our computers and other electronics?
  • Do we need our files packed by the moving company?
  • Do we need each employees’ personal belongings packed?
  • What are the buildings requirements for moving in and out?

After you consider the many aspects of your needs, you need to find a company well-versed in the complex requirements of a commercial move. They understand business down time, packing and unpacking, and handling sensitive material and equipment.

Ask colleagues for moving company recommendations. Research the companies on your shortlist. Pay attention to the services they offer and customer reviews.

As with any move, consult with the top three companies on your list and ask for on-location estimates. After you choose a mover, look up their insurance status, licensing, and vehicle inventory. Check the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. Read about your rights and responsibilities. Check the mover’s ratings with the American Moving & Storage Association and the Better Business Bureau.

Next Steps.

  • Get estimates. Follow the same guidelines noted in the Local and Long Distance Moving sections above.
  • Take inventory of your belongings and keep it with you.

Pack. 
Whether you choose to pack your offices or have Moishe’s do the job for you, Moishe’s moving can partner with you in your preparation. We will provide you with packing materials and guidance when you need it. Check our tips on the Packing page here.

Packing a business is no easy task. You may want to pay a little more and allow us to do the work for you. Give us a call to see how we can help make packing easier for you.

Utilize temporary storage.
Some of our commercial moving clients find that their new offices don’t quite accommodate their old furniture, equipment, and documents. To that end, they may need to utilize storage.

We offer millions of square feet of secure storage space located throughout the Tri-State area. Moishe’s state-of-the-art system provides clients with a password protected web based inventory. All items will be barcoded and stored in a secure, fire-resistant facility.