Staging Job in Charlestown – Stage To Sell & Lexel Moving

 

See Lexel Moving in action while collaborating with staging partner, Stage to Sell, to prepare a home in Charlestown, MA for making a splash in the Boston housing market. The team has a full day ahead – after staging the Charlestown condo, they will head down the road to Cambridge to de-stage a home there that just sold. The guys work fast but they never rush! Notice the delicate care and patience the Lexel Moving team takes with moving, assembling and arranging the furniture. That’s proof you can trust Lexel Moving to be attentive when handling your valuable possessions! Working with boston movers from Lexel Moving, staging companies such as Stage to Sell can be assured that everything in the home will be picture-perfect ready for the prospective home buyers. Watch the property in Charlestown MA transform itself as Jenn Storo from Stage To Sell shares her staging insides and expertise. Will this project go smooth as planned or will there be surprises down the road…?

 

 

 

 

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Moving Tips Every Millennial Should Know About

Moving Tips Every Millennial Should Know About

There are so many details to consider when you are moving that some of the most important things to remember are often neglected. Whether you’re moving to Boston, New York City, Los Angeles or any city in the US, here are a few things to remember.

 

Finding the ‘Right’ Roommates

Finding roommates to share your rental expenses is a great way to save money. Let’s do the math: if your dream apartment is $4,000 a month with utilities, you can take on one or two roommates to share the cost. Make sure you always set aside extra money in case your roommate cannot pay the rent.

If you are moving into an apartment or a rental house, make sure you discuss your goal of having roommates with your landlord. Every landlord is different. Do not be surprised if he/she will require that your roommate signs a lease and leaves a security deposit. Some landlords will require that all tenants have background checks, even temporary roommates.

Make sure you choose like-minded individuals. For example, if you plan to have friends over for parties every night, it may not be a good idea to roommate with college students who plan to use their living space for sleeping and studying.

There should be house rules from the very beginning. Make sure you post a copy of the house rules on the refrigerator or somewhere your roommates can see and remember.

 

Always Have a $1000 Emergency Fund

At some point in everyone’s life, he/she will experience a financial crisis. Some experts say that the average individual experiences a financial shift at least every 7-10 years. It is important to set aside at least $1000 in case you need a car repair, a medical expense, moving expenses or any other unexpected expense.

During one of the hurricanes, a young woman was interviewed on television. She mentioned how she was glad to set aside an emergency fund. Before the hurricane, she was able to use her funds towards her travel expenses to stay with family. When you have money set aside, you are less likely to go into panic mode when there is a life-changing event.

 

Renovating and Remodeling Your New Home

If you are buying a house that needs renovations or needs remodeling, make sure it adds value to your house. For example replacing outdated kitchen cabinets is a smart investment because it adds value. Replacing outdated bathroom fixtures or adding a new bathroom adds value. Choose remodeling and renovation projects that will not break the bank.

 

Choose a Reputable Moving Company

Often times, many millennials will take short cuts to save money on their moving expenses. We all do! Unfortunately, many people have discovered that they actually spent more money than necessary.  When it comes to moving, you have to think about convenience and time. If you are relocating for a job or school and you have a tight deadline, recruiting friends to help you move may not be the best choice. If you have a lot of furniture and belongings, trying to do everything on your own may delay your arrival. Hiring a moving company like Lexel Moving will not only help you move in a timely manner, we make moving less stressful.

Well, there you have it! Moving tips every millennial should know about.

Residential Moving throughout Boston and the entire Mass

Moving to Boston? Here’s What You Need to Know

Getting ready to your relocation to Boston become much easier with Lexel

Boston is absolutely unique in comparison to other U.S. cities. It has centuries-old architecture, a captivating waterfront, wide-ranging dining options, a vibrant theater district, an arts community, and rich history dating back to the American Revolution. These may be solid reasons to start planning a relocation to Boston. Whether you are moving from across the state or country, there are several things you need to know about “The Hub of the Universe.” 

Moving to Boston? Here’s what you need to know

Housing is pricey, but there are affordable options available

Boston’s cost of living is high, ranking among the top 20 most expensive cities. Still, Boston is a city of neighborhoods. Each of them is different in terms of affordability as well as its character, diversity, and environment. Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the North and South Ends are the most popular ones. Yes, homes and apartments are not cheap in certain areas, but you’ll be likely to find the one that won’t bust your budget. If you can’t find a neighborhood that’s right in terms of cost and culture, look into some of Boston’s adjacent towns, such as Cambridge, Somerville, or Watertown.

Get the renter experience

You may want to rent before you purchase property to get a sense of whether the neighborhood or the city is right for you. Many apartments are in two or three-unit houses that are owner-occupied. Having the landlord in the building can be a benefit, assuming they are an expert knowing what they are doing. However, make sure that you are aware of your rights before signing a lease.

If you decide to use a real estate agent to make the apartment search easier, bear in mind that you’ll probably need to pay them a fee equal to one month’s rent. You will also have to pay your first and last month’s rent as well as a security deposit.

Most Boston apartment buildings are walk-ups

Search for appropriate accommodations in Boston in multi-floor buildings, not in apartment complexes. Many of those buildings do not have elevators due to their age. Typically, only modern luxury high-rise buildings have them. Thus, tenants can find themselves walking up three, four, or even five flights of stairs to their living quarters. This would be something to think about if you are preparing to move to one of these “walk-ups.” If you can’t pack light and know you’ll be transporting heavy stuff, it would be wise to consider involving a team of family or friends to help you move. Alternatively, hire professional movers in Boston to get things done quickly.

Weather conditions

Like the rest of New England, Boston gets several inches (sometimes even several feet) of snow each winter. However, there are certain peculiarities that you should take into consideration. Conditions are rather harsh due to the damp North Atlantic winds. They can make the cold downright bone-chilling. For the rest of the year, you can find the weather shifting from chilly and rainy to hot and humid and back to chilly, even in the course of one day! Thus, locals dress in layers and prepare themselves for a weather change at any time. Weather is one of the reasons why some people move from Boston to Chicago and other places with more predictable weather.

Consider different means of transport

There are a few noteworthy things you should learn before making up your decision about relocation to Boston. Keep reading to find out what they are and only then hire a New York to Boston moving company. Life will be different at your new place of residence. Unlike New York City, where most people hop into cabs, Boston residents usually get to work by taking the “T” (as we call the subway, above-ground trolley, and commuter rail system operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.) The T stops operating around 12:30 – 1:00 a.m. (depending on which line you’re on.) Since Boston bars are open until 2:00 a.m., you’ll need to grab a cab or call Uber or Lyft to get you home. 

How to avoid traffic jams

Many people also walk or ride a bike to get to their destination point. Fewer and fewer residents drive cars in Boston. Moreover, many of them don’t even own a car. That’s mainly because of the city’s chaotic road system. Most of Boston roads are crooked rather than organized in a logical grid pattern. As the locals say, Boston’s roads are like the old cow paths they replaced. You will also find rotaries, one-way streets, and random dead ends — enough to get anyone lost or lose their mind.

Because of this situation, traffic jams occur more often than in other U.S. cities. You’ll also be likely to have arguments with Boston drivers. Many of them are brave but very fierce. If you decide to drive a car in Boston, be careful and allow plenty of time to get where you’re going. Such an approach will help you not to lose your cool from traffic, making you late.

Parking in Boston is challenging

If you move to Boston with a car, the question of where you are going to park it is as important as where you are going to live. With its narrow, winding streets offering parking only on one side (if at all), Boston has a dreadful lack of on-street parking spaces. Also, many apartments don‘t offer off-street parking. Even if you acquire a resident parking permit, there’s no guarantee you will find a space when you need one. Although parking garages are available around the city, they can be very pricey (from $40 to $85 per day.)

If you park your car on the street, you may be required to move it during a blizzard to allow for snow plowing. Unique to Boston is the post-snowstorm custom of shoveling out a parking space for your car and reserving it by leaving a chair or something similar in the space. If you have shoveled the space, it is yours for the period agreed with the neighbors (typically 2-4 days). However, if you decide to steal someone else’s shoveled and reserved space, be prepared to find your car with a nasty note or even a flat tire.

Boston’s parking situation is another reason why many city residents forego owning cars and commute by walking, biking, or taking the T.

Boston is a very walkable city

It is easy to get from one side of the city to another on foot. The experience can be truly pleasant as Boston boasts numerous green spaces throughout its many neighborhoods. A walk from Back Bay to the North End can take you through the Public Garden and the Boston Common. Those are beautiful, large parks with tree-lined pathways. Each of them is filled with flowers in spring and summer when the Public Garden offers its Swan Boat rides. The Common’s Frog Pond is set up as a popular skating rink in winter.

Boston has a sports-crazy culture

In case you didn’t already know this, Bostonians take their sports very seriously. Each of the major sports teams has achieved championship status at least once in the past 10 years and has a decades-long record of success. The century-old Fenway Park (where the Red Sox play) and the Garden (which is home to the Celtics and Bruins) are beloved landmarks steeped with history. The sports scene is also rife with rivalries, and none more heated than the one the Boston Red Sox have with the New York Yankees. Any new resident daring to wear a Yankee baseball cap had better be prepared for some serious ribbing from the locals.

Choose the best time to move to the Athens of America

If you are moving to Boston to attend college in the fall semester or you just happen to be planning your move for September 1st, begin your apartment search at least a few months in advance. Boston’s colleges and universities attract a large student population, so this time of year is the busiest (and often craziest) move-in period in the city. Take this into account while moving from Boston to NYC or vice versa. The fall’s influx of new and returning students typically creates total mayhem in the streets. Droves of moving trucks, vans, and other vehicles come to Boston and line up to unload students’ possessions. You will want to avoid Storrow Drive and Memorial Drive because there will always be someone with an oversized truck that gets stuck under one of the overpasses, creating a traffic jam. If you are not a student, we recommend you to plan your move for a less busy time of the year. 

Reduce your relocation’s potential stress by hiring a professional mover who knows the city, its neighborhoods, and the streets. At Lexel Moving, we can help with your packing, provide you with supplies and temporary storage, and assist with scheduling. We’ll make sure that your move will take place at the best time and under the right conditions when traffic is lighter, and parking is less of an issue. We can also get a parking permit and reserve a spot for the moving truck. Plus, we’ll select the right-sized truck for your needs and take your possessions to Boston without getting stuck under an overpass! Dial 855-605-7755 to request our services or ask any questions regarding the upcoming relocation.

College Students: Ways to Make This Fall’s Move Easier

During your college years, you do more moving than perhaps your lifetime — moving in and out of dorms and on and off-campus apartments on a yearly or even a per-semester basis. All that moving can take a toll on both your psyche and your possessions.

Below, we offer several suggestions for how you can make your move this fall a bit easier and much less stressful.  As a mover, we know what works and what doesn’t!

  • Wrap items that may break or get scratched – You don’t want to just place items in a box and hope for the best, because chances are these items will rub against and scratch each other. Breakables that are not covered and protected in some way will likely suffer from the jostling that takes place when boxes are being lifted, moved and set down repeatedly. You want to use some type of packing paper to protect scratching of non-breakables and bubble wrap or another cushioning-type wrap to protect glassware, china and ceramics from breakage. It’s a good idea to group fragile items together in the same box (or boxes) and make sure to label those boxes as “Fragile.”
  • Use very sturdy cardboard or plastic boxes or crates for packing – It may seem easy to just grab an old box or borrow one from the local store for moving your possessions, however used boxes are often compromised or weakened. If there are already dents, tears and wear on a box, loading it up with stuff and putting it through the rigors of moving will only worsen them. Just any old box won’t do — you need to use something very durable, so a thick cardboard or (ideally) a plastic box or crate is your best bet. Make sure to use smaller boxes for heavier items and larger boxes should only be filled with lightweight items.
  • Tape up cardboard boxes securely – You want to make sure that every box is closed securely with tape. In addition to taping the flaps on the top and bottom together, you want to put tape around all the edges where the flaps meet the box. This will prevent the box from having anything slip out as well as strengthen it.
  • Label your boxes – By indicating on each box what’s in it and what room it goes in, you’ll avoid having to relocate boxes from one room to another after the move. That’s also why you want to make sure you only have items from one room in each box.
  • Avoid stacking weak boxes or other items that may break from the weight – One thing people strive to do when moving is make efficient use of space and time. As a result, they often pile boxes and things on top of one another as they’re packing, try to carry two boxes at the same time, and stack and stuff things into a vehicle too small or unsuitable for moving. You want to keep heavier boxes on the bottom of a pile and breakables on top, and remember that items may shift around as you’re moving from one location to the other.
  • Use a dolly or hand truck to transport items more easily and save your back – Moving can be a back-breaking effort and injuries during moves are common. If you’re not already a weight-lifter, athlete or workout devotee (i.e. in good shape), then take it easy by using these tools to move your boxes and heavy items or consider enlisting some help.

There are also two things you want to take care of before your move, particularly if your school is in the City of Boston and/or your building has an elevator:

  1. Secure a parking permit/parking spot – This is a very simple process in which you either go to the Boston City Hall or websitehttps://www.boston.gov/reserve-parking-spot-your-moving-truck. The cost of the permit is around $50. A standard moving truck is 34′ feet long nose-to-tail, therefore it takes up two parking spots that you’ll need to block off with your car and possibly one other (a family member’s or friend’s car).

 

  1. Reserve the elevator in your building – To ensure your move goes smoothly, you need to communicate with your building management as well as any moving company you are using. Having the elevator reserved will save a lot of time and money. Normally, elevator reservations are done in 3-hour increments, so it is important to calculate the right timeframe of your move-in. If your items are loaded in the morning, you should reserve the elevator for the move-in around 12-3 p.m.

 

Could you use some help?

If the thought of your move this fall seems very daunting to you, consider hiring a professional mover such as Lexel Moving. We know the ins and outs of the streets of Boston and its suburbs very well and offer rates that are affordable to college students. We can help you with any aspect of your move — packing, transporting, move-in and/or set up of your possessions. We can also take care of securing the parking permit and posting and removing it. If you have any overnight storage or packing supply needs, we can help you with those as well. Just give us a call at 855-605-7755.

 

5 things people forget

5 Things People Forget to do When They Move

5 Things People Forget to do When They Move

When you’re planning to move, there is so much to remember that you can easily forget the most important things. For instance, getting your medical records transferred and updating your contact information with your bank. There is so much to do and so little time. Here are five things not to forget when you’re moving.

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How to Find NYC Parking the Easy Way

How to Find NYC Parking the Easy Way

While many people are sure that traffic is pretty heavy in New York, it is still possible to find parking. However, you need to master a few life hacks to do it. Learn them from this article to deal with any parking issues you might ever face in the Big Apple. 

The Ins and Outs of Parking While Moving from Boston to New York

Are you moving to New York City with a vehicle? The traffic might be terrible, so you are going to be in for a ride when it comes to finding decent parking. Here are a few ways to help make parking less painful in the big city.

How to Get a Parking Permit in NYC

Currently, government workers, the Department of Education (DOE) employees, clergy, non-profit organizations, and people with severe disabilities are eligible to apply for parking permits. A permit will give you access to parking in all 5-boroughs (Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens).

If you are applying for a disability parking permit, download a copy here: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/parking-people-disabilities 

Teachers, clergy, and non-profits can download the relevant applications here: http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2182/parking-permit 

New York City residents and commuters aren’t eligible for parking permits. However, if you are a resident or a commuter, you can purchase parking cards to find decent lots throughout the city.       

Pre-Paid Parking Cards

If you are moving from Boston to New York with a car or you’re planning to commute into the city, the first thing you’ll need to buy is a pre-paid Parking Card. This card gives you access to parking meters, selected electronic single-space meters (located in Long Island City and Manhattan, and City municipal parking fields.

Costs: You can purchase cards in the amounts of $20, $50, and $100.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) accepts payments by phone, online credit card, or by mail via money order or check. All parking cards are sent out by mail or FedEx.

Download an application here: http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/categories/transportation/driver-resources/index.page#parking

Find Safe Street Side Parking in NYC

If you are struggling to find safe parking in the Big Apple, you might want to consider leaving your car in a local 24-hour parking garage. You can get parking for as low as $10-15 per day and for as much as $20+ per day.  Some parking garages charge by the hour in increments of 4, 8, 12, and 24-hours.

If you are parking in certain areas in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or The Bronx, you may be able to find off-street parking with no problem. However, if you’re moving to Manhattan, it will be more of a hassle. Thus, it is better to hire a professional moving company in New York that has a parking license. 

Safety Measures to Steer Clear of Scammers

Before choosing a parking garage, make sure you shop around to avoid scams. Recently, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has been cracking down on construction companies and real estate developers who have been putting up fake parking signs. According to Eyewitness News, more than 80 residents have been given parking tickets for as much as $115. However, the companies trying to swindle residents out of their parking spaces were fined as much as $300.

Avoid Parking Scams

If you’re wondering how people can get away with fake signs – it’s easy. The DOT gives out construction signs to construction companies and developers to help accommodate their workers. Unfortunately, many take advantage and place signs up in areas where there are no construction sites close by. For example, there were illegal signs placed on streets where the construction site was all the way on a different block. There was even a fake sign that had black tape plastered across the front.

If a sign seems suspicious to you (a faded sign or a sign with tape), take a photo of the sign, notate the street address, find somewhere else to park, and contact the DOT to check whether the sign is legitimate.

If you’re going to park in the city overnight, be on the safe side and find a parking garage. There are two ways of going about this. If you’re moving into a high-rise, you will be more than likely to have access to a parking garage close to your building or within the building underground.

Some residents pay a monthly fee, and some don’t, depending on the type of building amenities. Keep in mind that every high-rise parking garage is different.

Protect Your Car

If you are parking in a garage, make sure you purchase a bumper protector to defend your car against dents, scrapes, and bangs. Some parking valets are known for bumping cars up against walls to squeeze in as many cars as possible.

Improve Security

Never leave anything valuable in your car that goes for jewelry, smartphones, loose change, books, newspapers, toys, groceries, etc. Don’t ever leave your windows open, even if you’re only going to be gone for a minute. Make sure your doors are always locked. Be smart when you park. The same tip is relevant not only for individuals but also for firms all over the U.S. For instance, moving companies from Boston to Chicago use increased protection measures to keep the items safe and sound. Of course, NYC is a less dangerous place than the above-mentioned cities, but it is always good to play on the safe side.

Streamline Parking in NYC Using Modern Technology

Use a series of parking apps for iOS or Android to facilitate your parking experience in New York City.

Parking Apps

To find parking fast, consider downloading a free app like Park Whiz or Parking Panda – On-Demand Parking. These convenient phone apps will provide you with the nearest parking garages. For example, Park Whiz provides the best parking deals, and they even allow you to book for parking in advance from your phone. These apps apply not only to New York but to all major cities across the U.S. For instance, we use them while providing moving services in Boston to avoid parking issues.  

For on-street parking, you may want to download the NYC Parking Meter and Alternate Side Parking Notification app. It helps to prevent parking tickets from expired parking meters. This app even gives you the heads up on parking rules. By the way, you can find more detailed parking rules here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/alternate-side-parking.shtml 

Quick Tip: If your prospective parking garage has a valet (or a parking attendant), it is good parking etiquette to tip. In New York City, a valet is more likely to take care of your vehicle if you tip each time you drop off and pick up your vehicle. Seriously, some people find that they experience less damage to their vehicles when they tip compared to when they do not tip. 

SUV’s and Large Vehicles Pay Extra

Do you drive a large SUV or a pickup truck? Plan on shelling out more money for parking – it can be very expensive. And don’t forget to include taxes. Taxes can rank as far up as 18.375%.

Save Money with Monthly Fees

Undoubtedly, parking garage fees can really add up, especially daily parking fees. Thus, your best bet will be to invest in monthly parking. There are NYC parking garages for as low as $75 per month and as much as $252+ per month (it all depends on where you park.) If you park in a garage on the Upper East Side, you’re obviously going to pay out the roof.

Quick Tip: Ask your tax accountant whether you can deduct your parking expenses, especially if you’re a business owner.   

Hopefully, the advice provided in this article will help you to acquire a clearer perspective on how to park in New York City and relieve the stress associated with it.

Moving rates in boston

How Can a Moving Company Charge $75.00 for a 3 Men Moving Crew?!?!

How to tell best-rate movers in Boston from scammers?

Some people become mesmerized by the possibility of receiving quality for less money.  Somehow, it makes them feel like they’ve beaten the system and won.

Imagine that you request 3-4 estimates from a moving company. Two out of the three assessments are very competitive but close in the price range. These are the standard industry rates.

Then you receive another estimate that’s a whole lot cheaper than the first two. However, there is a problem, the estimate seems too good to be true (and you’re right!) So how do you choose the best-rate movers in Boston without getting scammed?

Your gut instinct might tell you, “Don’t accept the offer!” However, many people tend to ignore the nagging feeling. It is the main reason why consumers often fall victim to moving companies that offer dirt cheap rates for subpar service. 

How can a moving company charge $75.00 for a 3 men moving crew?

Let’s face it — we live in a society where people demand high-quality service at rock bottom prices. A disclaimer should come with every cheap offer. It should read, “Warning pay at your own risk – trouble lies ahead.”

Unfortunately, some people fail to realize they will actually pay more in the long-run because they’ll be likely to hire another company (the one they should have hired in the first place) to fix the mistakes. There is a logical explanation for why so many people make bad buying decisions.

Moving can be expensive

There is one aspect of moving that most people will agree with – moving can be very pricey.  A household move costs approximately $2,300 (intrastate) and $4,300 (interstate) in the United States. It is not surprising when people feel compelled to hire companies that charge way below standard rates – for example, $75.00 for a 3-men moving crew.

A red flag should instantly go up in a person’s mind when a moving company charges extremely low rates.

There are four reasons why a company would charge dirt cheap rates:

  1. They are running a charity.
  2. They don’t have the proper insurance coverage.
  3. They take advantage of their workers by paying them less than the industry standard rates.
  4. They are scammers.

Moving is already a very stressful process. Wouldn’t it be better to pay extra and receive superior service than pay cheap rates and get ripped off?

When it comes to moving, some people should be reminded of the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”  They usually recollect it shortly after enduring a nightmare experience.

Here are common complaints people make after hiring cheap moving companies:

  • The movers were inexperienced and careless
  • They charged hidden fees and held our belongings hostage until we paid them
  • The moving company never showed up
  • Our belongings were lost/stolen
  • Some items were damaged, the company refused to pay for the damage
  • Poor customer communication. No one ever returned our phone calls

Find out about the actual prices to avoid accepting a deceitful offer. The following tips are relevant not only for domestic but also for interstate transfers, for instance, moving from Boston to NYC

How much do moving services really cost?

Many moving companies in Massachusetts offer the following moving service rates:

  • $99.00 / 2 men crew +16′ or 24′ truck (regular rate)
  • $129.00 / 3 men crew + 24′ truck (regular rate)
  • $149.00 / 4 men crew + 24′ moving truck (regular rate)

During the busy season, moving rates tend to go up to the following:

  • $109.00 – 159.00 / 2 men crew +16′ or 24′ truck (subreak and peak rates)
  • $139.00 – 199.00 / 3 men crew + 24′ truck (subpeak and peak rates)
  • $159.00 – 229.00 / 4 men crew + 24′ moving truck (subpeak and peak rates)

There are many components that a moving company takes into the equation when putting out the price tag. Moving rates are subject to change based on availability and dates. For example, August 30 or 31 would be more costly than mid-June due to the high volume of moves and high demand. Movers from Boston to Chicago or another city with a vast number of educational institutions should take this into consideration. Not only will it be expensive, but also more difficult for you to relocate during the time when students are most active. 

The cost of labor is another huge factor that has a strong impact on the company’s pricing strategy.

Drivers get paid $17.00-20.00/Hr on average, and helpers get around $15.00 – $17.00/Hr.

Fuel on a local move, within a 25-mile radius, is around $20.00. Insurance (covering the Workers Compensation, General Liability, and Automotive Insurance) would add around $50.00 on a single move.

According to government regulations, every business falling under the “moving” section has to pay $9.44 per each $100.00 on the Workers Compensation payroll.

Scenario: If a 3-men crew works for about 7-8 hours (an average 2-3BR townhouse) and they get approximately $100.00 each on the payroll ($300.00 total), Lexel Moving owes around $28.00 – $30.00 for the Workers Compensation alone. General Liability and Automotive would add another $20.00 on the same move.

On average, one move of a 2-3BR townhouse takes 7 hours, spends $329.00 on labor, $50.00 on insurance, $20.00 on fuel, around $20.00 on truck expenses, $30.00 wrapping material expenses, and $50.00 on marketing expenses to get the lead/job booked. The total expenses would be around $499.00.

When you divide the cost of 7 hours, it comes out to $71.0 self-cost. Please mind that this doesn’t include parking, storage, office expenses, and office workers’ salaries!

There is no way a professional moving company could offer a rate of $75.00 for a 3-men crew and run a reputable business.

Quality service comes with an adequate price

Only choose experienced moving companies. Professional movers have worked with numerous clients and have an established reputation. Therefore, they have more to lose compared to a moving company​ that hasn’t been around for a while. Additionally, find out about moving prices in NYC and other big cities to compare the offers and sort out the suspicious ones.

Don’t rely on the price alone

Make sure you compare 2-3 moving companies before drawing a final conclusion. Never make your final decision based on price alone. Check the company’s reputation as well. 

Don’t rely solely on the search engines and review sites when checking out a company’s reputation. Yelp and Google reviews are good, but you should also see what people are saying ‘right now’ on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Simply type in the company’s name in the search area together with a hashtag (#themovingcompanyname). Social media is usually the first place that people go to when they want to share their buying experiences. 

Take a stand!

One reason why the moving industry is saturated with poor service providers is that consumers constantly give them satisfaction. When more people stop giving their business to cheap companies, they will have no other choice than to shut their doors or raise the bar.