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Top Rated Moving Companies Near Me

Finding top rated moving companies near me is more than just googling a phrase, picking 3 movers and getting quotes. The internet is filled with fake moving companies, faux movers ( aka. brokers) and plenty of scams. Whether you are moving to, from or within your current town heed this single most important piece of advice when looking for the best moving companies nearby: Find a Flat-Rate, Private Moving Company!

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What is a private moving company?

A private moving company is not affiliated with a broker, franchise, or third party. Why is this important to the consumer? Suppose damage or loss happens. When hiring a broker the mover and broker can pass the claims off on each other. If you have hired a franchised moving company – try fighting million-dollar per year attorneys, you’ll give up before you even begin. A private moving company will have an actual physical location in your area and give you the best rates. Private moving companies near me can give better rates because they don’t have to pay a broker or franchise or a third party.

What is a flat rate moving company?

A flat rate moving company will give you a guaranteed not to exceed quote based on an inventory and/or pictures of what you are moving. Getting a flat rate is not the same as a binding quote. A flat rate will not change as a binding quote can change based on the rate per pound.

Top Rated Moving Companies Near Me

Some resources when looking for the best moving companies nearby, word of mouth is really the best as well as checking moving publications.

Move-Line – Move-line is a site dedicated to finding the top 5% of moving companies by verifying insurance, licensing, actual reviews, and overall customer service

Realtors – Your local realtor should have a good idea of the best moving companies in your area. You can find out who realtors voted as the best moving companies in the US

Facebook – Facebook is full of helpful residents who have used various moving companies in your area

THE BEST MOVERS LIST

Monster Movers – Monster Movers is the OG moving company. Having completely changed the way the moving industry operated back in 2014 when they started implementing expedited long distance moves. We highly recommend Monster Movers for an long distance moving companies services.

Movers Near Me – Movers Near Me is a flat rate moving company with multiple family owned and operated locations that are not part of any franchise, third party umbrella or broker association. Simply trained, licensed and insured movers with the best reputation. See if they have local movers in your area.

Giant Movers – Giant Movers are best for small moving jobs needing labor only. If you need to load a storage unit or if you are looking through moving companies to find some one to move just a few things Giant Movers are your best choice.

Moving for Millennials

Moving for Millennials

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Moving for Millennials

I am pretty sure this is going to be my favorite post about moving – ever.  While I am not quite in the millennial cutoff, I feel a kindred spirit to the average millennial- and that’s probably why – millennials are never “average” – a blog about moving to these unique beings with elevated thoughts and feelings seems so basic.

I have read story after story from companies marketing to millennials and how they have to convey their “story” to this crowd.  Well, most corporate “stories” sound like they are mixtures of Ferris Bueller meets Ernest.  You’re too Young…Let it Go. Yet corporations still try to classify and advertise their so-called “stories” to these special snowflakes.  I think not, I have a feeling most millennials can smell a B.S. marketing agenda a mile away.  

Being part of a moving and storage company, not exactly the most buzz-worthy of industries but there are a few things that millennials are doing to affect this industry:

  1.  Millennials don’t move as many things as baby boomers, generation x, y and so on.  Most millennials are super eco-friendly and we love it!  Millennials are more content donating/giving away old furniture than paying for it to move across the country.  The usual millennial move is a few pieces of really nice furniture, a  computer, flat screen tv and about 40 boxes.  There are many moving companies catching on to this and changing the way ( and the speed) in which they get shipments to their customers.
  2. Millennials hate moving companies, and companies in general, that are scams.  Slowly but surely, all of the rogue movers are disappearing.  Millennials are great at exposing exposing scam companies – and writing about it.  So movers – be good!
  3. Most millennials will pay more money for a better moving service.    We have found that millennials are inclined to pay for things like expedited service, same day moves from NYC to Boston/Philadelphia/DC/Providence.  Essentially, millennials don’t like to wait and are willing to shell out a few additional dollars to avoid doing so.  There is no better mover that feels the pain of waiting for things more than Monster Movers – with expedited shipments and advanced logistics – you won’t go wrong.  They haven’t been called the “relocation innovators” for nothing.
  4. Millennials move – a lot!  Although millennial moves are smaller they move every few years or less and usually to other major cities.   There are some major long distance movers that are really catching on to this crowd.

 

 

 

Think You Are Cut Out to be a Mover? Find Out Here

Think You Are Cut Out to be a Mover?  Find Out Here

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Moving Furniture isn’t about Muscle

 

Every spring moving companies receive calls from college student athletes requesting employment opportunities.  One by one, the students come in and shortly ( usually after a week or two of “moving” ), they leave.  Don’t get me wrong – there are those few crew members that stick it out – those that handle the everyday precarious positions that moving twists, turns, bends, squeezes, rotates, wrenches, and distorts your body.

  1.  Its not about muscle.  Being strong is of course an important  characteristic of being a mover but not the most crucial.  Many mover wannabees who are “jacked” don’t understand how they cannot hang with other movers.  The answer is:
  2. ENDURANCE is #1.   Twelve hours, up and down flights of stairs.  This is not easy – period, let alone carrying boxes, couches, mattresses, desks, safes, appliances, etc.  Then, when you think you can take a break – get up the next morning and do it again.
  3. Spacial Recognition is key.  Some great movers have excellent space recognition skills and can negotiate objects easily.  Think a huge game of 3D Tetris with really heavy things.
  4. Kindness and Compassion above all else.  Moving is extremely personal.  Essentially, movers are coming into someones home and taking everything they own.  You can only begin to imagine the intense feelings that sometimes accompany this difficult job of a mover.  Being kind and compassionate, treating the furniture like it belongs to your grandmother – this is what a great mover can do.

The best moving companies hire movers who frankly just love to move.  They love the daily challenge that moving a person’s household goods comes with.  Those are the movers I would want to move my home.

The Worst Advice We’ve Heard About Movers

The Worst Advice We’ve Heard About Movers


I must say, I have been patiently waiting to write this post on the worst advice we’ve heard about movers for a long time.  Having been in the moving and storage industry for over 20 years, we have come across our fair share of horrible advice when it comes to movers.  Here is our all time crappy advice list:

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  1.  Use a Van Line for Long Distance Moves – Just. Don’t.  I cannot believe the moving and storage industry is so out-of-touch with current business practices.  Millennials, baby boomers and those in-between have grown accustomed to getting anything they want – fast.  Long gone are the days of a van line sticking your stuff on a truck and delivering it 14-21 days later!  This just doesn’t make sense anymore.  There are innovative moving companies applying tech and big data to their systems making long distance movers ultra-efficient.
  2. Trust Moving Reviews.  Okay – this one you can take with a grain of salt because some moving review sites work, like moving company reviews from customer lobby.  Others, like yelp and bbb are actually paid sites.  Movers will have to pay to post reviews on yelp and pay to become “accredited bbb movers.”   Now researching the BBB isn’t a bad thing – this outlet gives a rating and if you see a big fat F or even a E or D – stay away.  BBB “paid members” always have A ratings even if  the reviews are horrible so… I would suggest the best movers have a ratings without being accredited which means they didn’t pay for their A
  3. You Don’t Need Insurance.   It is more likely that your things will be damaged in transit than sitting at your house.  If you do have homeowners/renters insurance, I would always suggest purchasing additional coverage.  All movers in the USA are liable for $.60/pound/article which doesn’t equate to much.  Find movers that offer additional coverage for a reasonable rate – this should be around $200 for a 2-3 bedroom home or up to $750 for a 5000 + sq. foot home.
  4.  The Best Movers Rank High on Search Engines.  The “internet of things” tends to rank national sites like yelp and van lines over smaller niche markets which seem to rank movers instead of a higher quality move.  Searching with the term movers near me will give some great local results – you can even search at www.moversnearme.com . The best movers are active in their state/community and have a long history.  You can do a corporation search to see how long your movers have been in business.
  5. You can move yourself.  LOL, No ROFL.  Please, hire movers!  The damage you can do to your vehicle, back, friend’s backs, furniture, dishes, etc.  is not worth the amount you save.  Trust me, hire professional movers – they do this everyday and are experts!  Moving is so hard if you aren’t properly trained.  And, if your friend, etc. gets hurt you could get sued!

I hope this article on the worst advice about movers has helped you in your search and shed light on some of the “good advice” you have heard!

7 Common Misconceptions About Moving Companies


7 Common Misconceptions About Moving Companies


Moving Companies have a notorious history of scamming consumers.  Even movers with stellar customer reviews have been known to take advantage of customers.  This handy-dandy article will guide you through 14 of the most common misconceptions about moving companies so you can protect yourself.

  1. All movers that operate are licensed.  Licensing of moving companies requires the movers to have insurance as well as a drivers license, etc.  Make sure your mover is licensed and check the numbers!  There are estimates of approximately 25% of movers are not licensed, which usually means the company in uninsured
  2. All moving companies do background checks on their employees. A simple CORI check is so easy these days – find a mover who, at least, checks to make sure employees are not felons.
  3. All long distance movers are created equal.  Long distance movers need a specialized license awarded by the DOT.  Find  a long distance mover that gives a flat-rate price and guaranteed moving dates, trust me.
  4. The movers are responsible for any damage.  Moving companies are responsible, by law, for $.60/lb/article.  Essentially if you have a table that weighs 100 lbs – you mover is responsible for $60.  The best moving company offers full replacement value coverage as well – you know you are getting great movers or they would not offer this option.
  5. All movers are shady.  Some untrustworthy moving companies have really ruined this industry’s reputation.  Truthfully, most moving companies are going to do a great job for you but consumers expect there to be an issue.  Relax, hire Monster Movers.
  6. Moving companies are disorganized.  These days, movers have updated systems like truck tracking, moving company software and advanced logistical systems that make the industry much more smooth and organized.
  7. Moving companies are too expensive.  Whether you have a small studio moving in-state or a large home going across the nation – moving companies are always the better option.

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