With more than 8.2 million people in New York City as of 2011, it is no wonder that the moving business is booming. Just as many people are moving in as are moving out. There are those tired of the hustle and bustle, and there are those who still believe that the “Big Apple” is where dreams come true. Then there are those moving all over town. The waitress that got her big break and first advance decided to move to a bigger, less-infested apartment, making way for the newbie from Ohio that is looking for his own big break. All of them have one thing in common in the great city of New York, movers. They need movers to get them from point A to point B. So how does one go about hiring movers, whether you are looking for moves from out of state, or point-to-point in New York City? Here are some things you need to know:
Know the Dangers
While there are many great movers out there, some are not so terrific. With some of the disreputable ones, they may grab your stuff and throw it around with reckless abandon, and even if they tell you they have insurance, the chances of them actually having insurance are very low. You are left with your stuff in a pile, scratched or falling apart, and no way to have it repaired or replaced without coming up with the funds out of your own pocket.
Mitigate the Dangers
Once you know the potential, you get on with the business of moving into, out of, or around New York. Movers have reputations just like anyone else, so the key is to find the ones with the best reputation that will fit into your moving budget. The best place to start is with people you know who have moved recently. Find out who they used and how they felt about the job that was done. Look through the yellow pages and online as well, just to get some more names to add to the list. Check forums and reviews sites to see if anyone has left reviews, either positive or negative, for any of the movers on your list. Also search for “New York movers” and take a look at companies with web sites, and go from there.
Make the Calls
Once you have a list of names that you feel have a pretty good reputation, make some phone calls. Find out on the phone if they offer a free quote. If they do not, move along. If they do, make an appointment for any of them that you get a good feeling about while talking to them to come out and quote you on what it will cost to move your stuff, and how long it will take to get it where it is going and get it moved in. Make sure that they come out to estimate your costs in person, after seeing your stuff. This will save you from having any unwelcome surprises when it is time to move. Remember to ask about storage if there is a need, and if packing services are needed be certain that is a service they provide and how much that costs. That is almost always a separate charge. Remember to ask about insurance and references as well. You may even be able to get a contact at the insurance company for further assurance.
Make the Decision
Armed with the information found during research and speaking with the mover, as well as the price quoted, you should be able to make a knowledgeable decision that will hopefully be easy on your belongings and your budget. If you need to find New York movers, or just want information on the moving process, click here.