Piano Movers

Piano Movers

Piano Moving requires a special skill set aside from moving boxes and basic furniture.  Most movers will sub-contract another moving company to handle your piano move which can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars in addition to your moving bill.  Monster Movers staff are highly trained piano movers – every mover is required to move our own upright piano and grand piano before even going on a move.  Our piano movers carry the best piano moving materials including: piano boards, straps, steamed moving blankets, tools and shrink wrap.

Piano Movers

Piano Movers

It is highly suggested that you hire professional piano movers for any type of piano moving.  Injury, damage and inability to reassemble the piano are common issues of those who attempt to do this alone or with a moving company that is not used to moving pianos.  Below is our crew moving a baby grand piano.  Although it looks easy enough, for those who haven’t done this before – it is  much, much harder to move a piano than it looks

 

Monster Movers is a mover you can trust to move your piano.  Approximate piano movers cost:

Upright Local Alone: $425

Upright When Moving Entire Residence: $200

Baby Grand Local Alone: $450

Baby Grand When Moving Entire Residence: $225

Grand Local Alone: $500

Grand When Moving Entire Residence: $300

Monster Movers also offers long distance piano movers to MA, CT, RI, NH, ME, NY, NYC, PA, NJ, OH, IL, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TX, CO, CA, AZ, UT, and WA.  Please fill out a moving estimate form for a long distance piano move quote.

Here are links to our most common piano movers needed:

Piano Movers Boston

Piano Movers NYC

Piano Movers CA

#Move4EDU

#MOVE4EDU

#Move4Edu is our way of giving back to some special people who have helped us become who we area and who are helping us grow and learn.  Monster Movers offers a  5%  DISCOUNT OFF OF EVERY MOVE to any educators and teachers.

You teach 7th grade? Swimming Coach? Daycare Provider? Cub Scout Parent? Leading a Robotics Club?  We support all those who educate others – young and old.  We celebrate you…every day!

MOVE4EDU
#Move4EDU

 It’s actually really simple to access this 5% off coupon – just tweet @monstermovers or Facebook #move4edu and tell us your story with a few words or a picture and you will instantly get 5% off of your moving costs!

Monster Movers also donates 1% of all income to educational charities including local non-profits, sponsoring educational pursuits and awarding funds to other educational endeavors.

The #Move4Edu discount is good for all local moves and long distance movers!

** Only one discount per move regardless of how many awesome people ( educators) are part of yours 🙂

Moving and Overnight Storage

Moving and Overnight Storage

Nobody likes spending a bunch of money on moving and storage.  Moving is one service where a little information can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars.  Lo and behold – I have a lot of information about moving and moving with overnight storage in particular.  There are a few cities and metro areas where moving with overnight storage presents a specific set of challenges, and those cities would be Boston, NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Austin, Portland and other “college towns” will have date-specific issues – let me explain below:

Most apartments in major cities have a lease date that end on the last day of the month.  These same leases usually begin on the first day of the month.  Essentially, you will literally have until midnight on the last day of the month to move your items out and then at 10am-2pm you can move to the new apartment.  Moving companies in metro areas listed above usually book up completely on the first and last days of the month because of this.  College towns will have issues on 8/31-9/1  and May 30-April 1.

Residents that have bridge loans will also require moving and overnight storage.  A bridge loan is when a resident is selling a house and using the cash from the sale to purchase a new house.  This is very common and usually requires 1-2 days of overnight storage.

Moving and Overnight Storage
Moving and Overnight Storage

Moving and Overnight Storage Options

  1. Renting a Truck and Parking it Overnight – Unless you plan to sleep in or with your truck – this isn’t the best option.  First off, the truck rental facility will charge you for two full days which can be $$$$.  Also, they do not cover anything should your items be stolen, wet (if the truck leaks and it’s raining).  If you do decide to move and store your items in a rental truck – get a lock for the back – rental trucks in a driveway or parking lot overnight are sitting ducks.

2.  Hire a Moving Company to Move You with Overnight Storage –  In the past, moving companies used to charge customers per hour to store there items in a truck overnight.  Although it was a reduced weight while the moving crew wasn’t physically moving furniture – it was still not very economical.  Since then, there have been private moving companies that offer on-board overnight storage – or overnight storage that stays on a truck.  There is no need to hire a mover that will offload your items into a storage facility overnight.  The expense can be twice as much as it should because the crew will be doing two moves.  Monster Movers has locations in many major metro areas and charges $100-$150/night per 26 foot moving truck.  Hiring a mover that will do this is much more economical than paying per hour or paying for two days of a rental truck.

List of Moving Companies with Overnight Storage:

Moving and Overnight Storage Boston

Moving and Overnight Storage NYC

Moving and Overnight Storage FL

Moving and Overnight Storage RI

Moving and Overnight Storage Chicago

Moving and Overnight Storage Miami

Moving and Overnight Storage Austin

Moving and Overnight Storage Portland

Moving and Overnight Storage San Francisco

A Moving Cost Estimator That Won’t Let You Down

Moving Cost Estimator

There are many different ways that moving companies estimate the cost of a move.  The most accurate moving cost estimates are obtained by your moving company getting a 100% complete inventory of what you are moving.

Moving Cost Estimator
Moving Cost Estimator

Here are the ways that your moving cost estimator will do that ( and my 2 cents):

  1. A verbal, over the phone moving cost estimate – This method is typical to your common bait a switch movers.  Let me explain, a person at the end of the phone writes down all of the contents in your home in 30 seconds while as you spew out every piece of furniture.  There is a lot of room for error in this method.  I would only suggest it if you are moving less than 10 pieces or boxes.  Local and long distance movers alike can easily give a low ball moving cost estimate by staying they didn’t “hear” everything going and/or “you didn’t tell me you had all this stuff.”
  2. An on-site estimate –  Essentially a moving cost estimator comes to your home to look at everything going, being packed, etc and will provide an accurate moving estimate for your move.  On-site estimates are usually pretty accurate. However very, very time consuming.  First, you have to take approximately 30-45 minutes out of your day multiplied by however many moving cost estimates you receive.  This usually requires scheduling – if you have kids it cannot be during practice/dinner/etc.
  3. An accurate, online moving cost estimator – With current innovations in the moving industry, it is really easy to obtain an accurate moving cost estimate completely online and virtually instant.  There are a multitude of sites that can provide this to you but none as accurate and quick as this moving cost estimator.  Essentially, you fill out pertinent information ( don’t forget cities and/or zip codes) like email, where you are moving to and from, as well as any additional services you will need.  Another, second form will pop up with the easiest moving cost estimation form you will find available.  This secondary list is a comprehensive inventory list where you can add the items in your home.  The list will be calculated with an advanced algorithm and will generate a completely accurate quote directly to your email.  There are other online moving cost estimators but they are extremely difficult to navigate.   Bonus: You can update your items list at any time for a new quote!
  4. A moving cost estimate app – There are a few moving apps out there that require a video of your home.  The apps I have seen are not accurate unless moving a few large pieces.  Some moving cost estimator apps are used as information gatherers so don’t be surprised if you have a bunch of moving companies call you after downloading the app.

As an aside, if you feel like you cannot accurately go through your home and add your inventory to a moving cost estimation form, your local movers and long distance movers should always offer an on-site moving cost estimate.  If they cannot or won’t, it’s not usually a good sign.

What is the Average Cost of a Move?

What is the Average Cost of a Move

It’s almost impossible to come up with an average cost of a move.  There are so many variables which I will outline below.  However, for the point of conversation – an average local move cost from trustworthy, licensed movers is approximately $1085.  The average long distance moving cost is approximately $4800.  What do these totals actually mean to the average consumer?  I will discuss below:

Average Cost of a Move
Average Cost of a Move

 

Average Cost of a Local Move

The average cost of a local move will depend on a few key factors ( and a few minor ones):

  1.  Size of residence – This one is pretty obvious.  The average local moving cost takes into account all size  homes/townhouses/condos/apartments.
  2. How far you are moving – All moving companies will charge to drive from the old residence to the new one.  An in-state move will be charged at an hourly rate.
  3. How packed you are – If your residence is heavily furnished, you will have more boxes and hence, more items and it takes longer to load/unload.  If your movers are packing for you this will increase your average moving cost.  For the purposes of the average local moving rate of $1085 – we only included moves that did not require more than one hour of packing.  If your movers are packing for you the average packing charge for a move is $655.
  4. Quality of movers – This average total was taken from Monster Movers which is a high quality mover.
  5. Additional Items – There are many additional smaller factors that effect the average local moving costs.  They are: stairs, long haul, overall layout of  your residence.
    1. Stairs/Elevator – If your residence is up/down stairs or an elevator the average moving fee will increase.
    2. Long Haul – Some condos and apartments have long hallways as well some homes have a longer trip to get from residence to the truck.
    3. Overall Layout – If your residence is in an older home that has smaller doorways and tighter spaces to move in/out, expect your move fee to increase.

 

Average Cost of Long Distance Move

The average cost of a long distance move is much more complicated mostly because of the distances traveled.  Here are a few of the considerations included in the cost of an average long distance move.

  1. Rate Per Pound – This is probably the most important factor when considering the average cost of a long distance move.  This is essentially the rate per pound that you are paying for your items to be shipped.  This rate changes depending on it’s own set of details:
    1. Destination City
    2. Origin City
    3. Distance Between the Destination and Origin
    4. Demand – The demand for shipments going from Boston to DC is going to be higher than Boston to Norther Maine.  Therefore, the average long distance moving rates will be more going from Boston to Maine.
  2. Price of Fuel – Many long distance movers add a fuel surcharge onto their long distance moving costs.  As the fuel fee decreases, the fuel surcharge should decrease.  Some movers incorporate the fuel surcharge into their rate per pound ( recommended).
  3. Guaranteed Dates – If a guaranteed pick up date and/or delivery date is required, the average cost of a long distance move will change drastically.

Overall, the average cost of moving services depend  on many different factors.

5 Steps to Completing a Successful Long Distance Commercial Move

5 Steps to Completing a Successful Long Distance Commercial Move


A long distance commercial move, whether a large office, an industrial warehouse, or a retail space can be a daunting task.  It is imperative to plan a long distance commercial move as efficiently as possible – or it could mean lost revenue for you as the process extends.  If you happen to be the person in charge of your office relocation – this is for you.

STEP 1: Writing the Plan

Your office plan should include a number of different factors.  Even if you work for a small company – this part of your commercial move is crucial to the orderliness of your move.  Your plan should include a list of employees – and what department they are in.  Each employee office should have an inventory of what furniture/electronics/etc is located in each office.  I highly suggest getting a blueprint of the new office to determine where each employee will be.  Usually, when performing a long distance office or commercial move, we usually only move a portion of the office – for example one department moves.  A complete inventory of what is going and staying is crucial to the success of a long distance commercial move.

STEP 2: Hiring a Long Distance Commercial Mover

There are a lot of moving companies that offer commercial moving services.  However, few are actually trained office movers.  Monster Movers is a long distance commercial mover that incorporates office and commercial education into the initial training that our movers receive before going on any job.  Monster Movers is a trusted commercial mover that is trusted by Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and everyone in between.  Long distance commercial moves are extremely time sensitive – you need to hire a commercial mover that guarantees delivery dates.

commercial movers
Long Distance Commercial Movers

 

STEP 3: Coordinate and Evaluate

About 2 months before your long distance commercial movers arrive, you should give each employee a small folder that includes:

  1. Orientation Sheet – this will let the office staff know where they are going and where their new office will be
  2. Commercial Relocation Stickers – these stickers should already have the floor/office number that the employee will be occupying
  3. Box Location – I suggest giving employees the boxes at a short meeting or you can let the staff know where to get them
  4. Important Dates

You should also coordinated any computer installation companies, elevator usage, phone services, and utilities services.  Your long distance movers should be notified of elevator days/times in the new location.  Long distance commercial moving is extremely time-sensitive so your movers need this information well in advance.

STEP 4: Make Special Moving Arrangements

With most office moves, there are some pieces of furniture that won’t be going and new furniture that will.  You can call a removal company ( or your commercial mover may be able to do this) to pick up old office furniture for donation.  Contact your office movers and make them aware of any special moving arrangements or last minute moving services.

STEP 5: Label

I have attended some office relocations where the labeling of furnishings, cartons, boxes has been inconsistent and leads to hours of “who’s mousepad and pictures are these.”  Label everything – twice.  Label offices, make signs for your long distance commercial move and employees.

How To Save Time and Money on an Interstate Move

HOW TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY  ON AN INTERSTATE MOVE

Everyone likes to save money on moving – everybody.  Saving $20-$30 on a local in-state move is great but this how to guide could save you thousands on an interstate move – and hopefully many hours  as well. First off, this guide is for interstate ( or out-of-state) moves only.

Interstate Moving
Interstate Moving

Saving Money on Your Interstate Move

 

Saving Money on Packing for Your Interstate Move

  1. When you are moving state-to-state, your shipment is priced by the pound.  So, essentially you should find out how much “per pound” your shipment will cost.  Here are a few averages:

Movers Boston to FL or FL to MA $.75 per pound

Movers Boston to DC or DC to MA $.50 pp

Movers NYC to CA or CA to NYC $1.30 pp

Movers CT to FL or FL to CT $.70pp

Movers MA to TX or TX to MA $1.10pp

Now Having a slight idea of how interstate movers charge – you can go through all of your stuff and determine if  it’s worth keeping.  For example, if you have a statue that is 100 lbs it will cost about $100 to move from MA to IL.  Is the statue worth it?

2. Unless your interstate move is last minute, you should have a yard sale or donate everything you are not taking.  Use Craigslist for furniture.  Unless you have actual junk, there is no need to pay for a removal company to pick up your furniture, etc.  Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity will do this for free in most areas.  If you do have trash while moving, I suggest picking up a trash bag at Home Depot – they are like mini dumpsters that you can keep at your house until you call to get it picked up.

3.  If you don’t want to pack everything on your own, I will have to suggest hiring movers to pack ONLY the breakables.  Hiring an interstate mover that will pack by hour+materials is highly suggested over one that pays per box.  It will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Saving Money on Interstate Movers

When most people are starting their interstate moving company search – they likely go online and start filling out quote forms.  Most quote forms will be sent to as many as 10 moving companies who will compete for your move.  You will be inundated with hundreds of calls, emails, etc from movers offering prices.  I suggest staying away from these sites as the movers involved are not the best choice for saving time and money.  Here’s what you need to know:

  1. You need to find out what your shipment will weigh.  Here is a moving calculator that will do that for you.  It is really important to be as detailed as possible when you are filling this out to get an accurate weight
  2. Next, you will need to compare moving services.  If you want to save money in hotels, extra fees, damage etc on your move, you need to find a private moving company that will guarantee delivery and pick-up dates – also one that provides flat rates.
  3. Make sure your interstate movers offer full replacement coverage.
  4.  Your interstate movers should definitely give you a delivery day – staying in a hotel while you wait for your movers is likely to drive you crazy and can rack up your bills during your interstate move.

 

Saving Time On Your Interstate Move

  1.  Having a guide to help you compare movers is a great way to save time.  This list has a few quick but important questions for you to ask to swiftly eliminate poor interstate movers.
  2. Having movers pack your breakables will save a lot of time.  It usually takes a crew of 2 less than 2 hours to pack a large kitchen.
  3. Finding efficient movers that can have your shipment at its destination in a timely manner is key.  Nobody wants to be living out of a hotel ( or worse a family’s house) while waiting for furniture to arrive.
  4. Check your interstate moving company reviews!  If there are reviews of people having to wait for their shipment – it’s not a good hire.
  5. Label boxes.  The last thing you want to do when you arrive in your new state is search through boxes to find something you need.
  6. Make a necessity bin – TP, towels, paper towels, cleaning supplies, blanket, etc. so you can access these items immediately upon your move in.

 

Not So Quick Tips for Long Distance Moving and Storage

Long Distance Moving and Storage

My top tips for long distance and moving and storage – this is a complete list of what you need to consider during your long distance move that requires storage.  If you don’t need storage – you are in the wrong place – try this

long distance moving and storage
Long Distance Moving and Storage

Long distance moving when you need storage sucks.  Sorry, but anyone who tells you different is most likely an extreme optimist ( do those still exist? ) or fibbing you so they don’t have to help you.  Okay, so now that you understand that LDMandS is a pain, here are some tips to help you get through it:

  1. There is greater chance that your things will be missing/damaged when you need long distance moving and storage in the interim.  Here is why – most movers buy/sell/transfer your move and there are so many hands that touch your shipment.  Let me put it this way – it would be really hard to prove where your things ended up missing/damaged. What can you do to protect your items?  Hire a long distance mover who doesn’t sell/trade/buy shipments. Also the best long distance movers will make sure the same crew that loaded your shipment delivers after storage.
  2. Do your research.  I really hate this cliche – like you don’t already know – check reviews blah blah blah…  Here is the insight I can provide about long distance moving and storage research.  You have to feel comfortable with them.  A nice voice on the phone isn’t the only reason to book with your mover.  And a FYI – BBB, Yelp, HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List are all PAID services.  I suggest finding long distance moving company reviews that are from third -party, verified sites like customer lobby.
  3. Make sure you store your items in the state you are moving to.  A lot of customers store items in their pick-up state they are moving from.  This gives the customer absolutely no leverage if the first move stinks.  Also, the price could change drastically – especially when using containerized storage. Hire long distance movers with flat rate long distance moving fees.
  4. Don’t use containerized storage for long distance moving and storage . First of all, per month storage fees are very high and the units are/can: easy to break into, fall apart, a nice home for insects/rodents, notorious for uncharges, billing issues, and in general horrible customer service.
  5. If you are using long distance moving and storage to move to a new climate say – from NY to FL – you should consider opting for humidity controlled storage unit or FL to NY – heated storage.  This isn’t for everyone… if the most expensive piece of furniture you own is a desk from IKEA – any type of storage should do fine.
  6. Pro-rated storage for your long distance move can save you hundreds.  Most van lines and larger moving operations will charge you for a full month of storage even if you move out on the 5th of the month.
  7. If you are moving long distance and need storage for six months or more – you will need to sign storage documents every six months and if you fail to – your coverage may be voided.  This should be the responsibility of your move to remind you of but it’s always good to be aware.

You can find the best long distance moving and storage operations along the east coast by doing a search for your local Monster Movers.

Monster Movers DC

Monster Movers DC

Are you moving to from or in DC?  I am sure you have heard the crazy moving stories from the media and neighbors about the horrendous moving and storage companies in DC that have been scamming the locals for many years.  Monster Movers DC is a mover that you can trust and will guarantee 100% customer satisfaction on your move to from or within DC.

Movers DC
Movers DC

Our DC moving crews are CORI-checked, full time, licensed crew members.  Our DC moving crews deliver outstanding full service local moves in DC as well as long distance movers to DC and from DC to NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, MA, RI, CT, NC, SC, GA, TX, IL, NYC, CA

Our long distance moving team will give you guaranteed flat rate prices for all long distance movers DC and we also guaranteed pick-up and delivery dates to the states above.  For the other states we offer a 2-3 day delivery window.

Currently, Monster Movers operates in metro-DC, Arlington-VA and Bethesda-MD.  Our current 2016 moving rates in these areas are

2 men and 1 truck $118/hour

3 men and 1 truck $159/hour

4 men and 2 trucks $279/hour

Any time we feel your move will require more than 4 men and 2 trucks, we need to do an on-site estimate.

You can call our call center at 877-470-1247 to request an estimate or visit our free moving estimate page for a virtually instant moving estimate based on your inventory.  The first page of the DC moving estimate is where you will input basic information.  The second page will be a comprehensive inventory where you simply select what you have and we generate a guaranteed moving quote to from or within DC .

How Much Does Moving Cross Country Cost?

How Much Does Moving Cross Country Cost ?

Moving cross country can be a daunting task to undertake.  Packing up everything you own and carting all of your boxes and furniture across multiple states to a new and intimidating city.  Easy Peasy – when you hire a great cross country moving company that is.  The first thing to consider during your cross country moving process is the actual cost of moving cross country.

Moving Cross Country Costs will be dependent on a few factors:

  • Time of Year You are Moving Cross Country  – Traditionally the least expensive months of the year to move cross country are January, February, March and April.  May – November – expect at least a 15% increase in cross country moving company costs.
  • The Weight of Your Cross Country Moving Shipment – Moving shipments are charged by weight.  There are times when your cross country move can be less money the more it weighs!  Ask your mover if they have weight categories.  For example, if your cross country moving company charges 40 cents per pound for 2000-3000lbs but $.38/lb for anything over 3000.
  • The Pick-Up/Delivery Dates for your Move – If you need your shipment picked up and delivered on specific days, this could cost more.  Van lines do not offer guaranteed dates on cross country shipments so, if you do need guaranteed dates it is best to hire a private cross country moving company.
  • Miles You are Moving – The more miles you are moving – the more expensive your cross country move will cost.
  • Additional Cross Country Moving Services ( aka. if you need full packing, hoisting, crating, etc) – Don’t be confused by additional cross country moving services ( packing, full replacement coverage and piano fees) and junk cross country moving fees that you should never be charged for ( mileage fee, shuttle fee, fuel surcharge, taxes, tolls, energy charge, etc).
  • Quality of Cross Country Moving Service – The best long distance movers may be more expensive than an unestablished moving company that you cannot trust.
  • Where You are Moving To and From – If you are moving from Connecticut to Florida, it will generally be more expensive than moving from FL to CT.  The main reasoning for this is because more people move from CT to FL than the other way around.
Cross Country Moving
Cross Country Moving

Cross country moving costs vary drastically and are contingent on the type of moving company you choose.  The easiest way to get guaranteed, flat rate cross country moving estimate is to fill out a moving request on the best cross country moving companies website.

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