Great! You’ve finally found the apartment or house of your dreams. The keys are now in your possession and you are ready to move in. How do you get all your belongings from your old space to your new one? Hopefully this was a question you were able to answer before your moving day. You have a couple of options. The first is – you guessed it – DIY. This option is where you rent a truck/van, call a couple of your closest friends and family members and get the job done. The second option is hiring professional movers. You hop onto Google and type “best Brooklyn movers” or “movers in NYC” and you pick the company that best suits your needs.
Do It Yourself
The options above are both legitimate options but they each have their pros and cons. For example, asking your friends to help move you if you have cheap furniture and don’t mind if a few things getting broken is fine. But what if your furniture was purchased from West Elm or Crate & Barrel? If your furniture cost a pretty penny, the DYI option becomes a little less attractive. What if your apartment or house has new floors or walls that were just painted? You would want someone that understands the importance of not dragging furniture on your new floors or scratching your freshly painted walls. This is where you need a professional mover.
Hiring Professional Movers
Hiring professional movers can save you money (yes!), time and injury. When hiring a moving company in NYC, there is a wide range of quality. You could get a team that has been trained in wrapping and protecting your furniture, and that moves at a fast pace without breaking or damaging your belongings. Or you could get a team that’s the complete opposite. Maybe they haven’t been trained, and they take no pride in doing a great job. This team is probably underpaid so they take it out on your belongings. So we come to the question “how much does it cost to hire movers?”
How Much Does it Cost To Hire Movers?
There are few ways that moving companies in NYC structure their pricing. One is a flat rate. Where you google “best movers in NYC” a list comes up, you call them up, give them a list of your inventory and they give you a flat rate based on the items you described.
Flat Rate Option
The flat rate option sounds like an attractive one, but you wouldn’t believe the horror stories we have heard. Suppose you call a moving company and tell them, “I’m looking to move a one bedroom apartment on the 1st”. You give them your inventory and the moving company says, “that’s going to cost you five hundred dollars”. You book your move, when the movers show up to your home, they demand 20% gratuity before even starting the job. Even after you have paid the gratuity, they find other ways to up-charge you. The inventory list was off, there were stairs that you forgot to mention etc. Now that five hundred dollar move turned in to seven hundred dollars, and you feel unhappy.
Then there is the weight option. This option to us seems flawed from its inception because no two items weight the same so this is more a guessing game that anything else. If a moving company is guessing the weight of your furniture chances are they’re not going to get all of them correct. Which puts you in a position to possibly be up-charge when the movers arrive and see more inventory than what’s on their manifest.
Last but not least is our favorite: the hourly option. This option is the best in our minds because it gives the customer flexibility and control over your move. If your inventory increases at the last minute – no problem! Because you hired the crew on an hourly basis. You may be worrying that the movers will milk the clock and take forever. Some companies do, and that’s a shame, but the companies that have a reputation to uphold do not. They also have other moves planned for that day so expediting the move as efficiently as possible is of great important to them.
In conclusion, moving day can be stressful but thanks to all the options you have, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking to move, look no further than NYC’s top-rated moving company – Stride Movers. We are committed to excellence and customer satisfaction. It would be our pleasure to be the movers on your next relocation. Get a free quote now.