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

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

Then you receive another estimate that’s a whole lot cheaper than the first two. There is one problem, the estimate seems too good to be true (you’re right).

Your gut instinct tells you, “Don’t accept the offer!” But, you ignore the nagging feeling.

Unfortunately, many consumers fall victim to moving companies that offer dirt cheap rates for subpar service. Let’s face it, we live in a society where people demand high-quality service at rock bottom prices.

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.

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 more than likely have to hire another company (the one they should have hired in the first place) to fix mistakes. There is a logical explanation for why 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 expensive.  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 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 are usually reminded 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.
  • Items were damaged, the company refused to pay for damages.
  • Poor customer communication. No one ever returned our phone calls.

These are just a handful of complaints.

 

How much should you really pay for moving services?

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)

 

Moving rates are subject to change based on the availability and dates. For example, August 30 or the 31th would be more expensive than mid-June due to the high volume of moves and high demand.

There are many components that a moving company takes into the equation when putting out the price tag. One of the main is the self cost of labor.

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 1 single move.

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

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, costs us $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 expense would be $499.00.

When you divide the cost of 7-hours, it comes out to $71.0 self-cost. And, 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 the price.

Only choose experienced moving companies. Experienced 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.

 

Don’t rely on price alone.

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

Don’t rely solely on the search engines and review sites, like Yelp, when checking out a company’s reputation. Yelp and Google reviews are good, but you should also check to see what people are saying ‘right now’ on social media (Facebook and Twitter).  Simply type in the company’s name, in the search area, with the company’s name and 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 of the reasons why the moving industry is saturated with poor service providers is because consumers constantly give them the 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.

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How to Stage Your Home for a Quick and Easy Sale

Home staging secrets that will sell your home faster

Home staging can greatly enhance the beauty of your house and give it that extra oomph it needs to help sell faster. The moment a potential buyer steps foot into your house, he/she should be able to envision living in the home. So, before staging your home, think about who would be more likely to buy your house. The easiest way to figure this out is to consider the type of house you’re selling.

If you’re selling a palatial 5-bedroom ranch style house, your target buyer will more than likely be families with children or people who plan to start a family. If you’re selling a 2-bedroom condominium, your potential buyer could be a single professional, a newlywed couple or a retiree. Figuring out who the potential buyer is should be on the top of every seller’s to-do-list.

 

Getting Started

The secret to successfully staging a home is to focus on what your potential buyer wants, and less on what you like. Do a little research on the latest trends your potential buyer would admire the most. Search in home decorating magazines and websites for the latest trends to get inspiration. Watch home decorating TV shows like HGTV. Pinterest is also a great place get ideas.

 

De-personalizing Your Interior

A home filled with a seller’s personal photos can be very distracting to a home buyer. Replace all of your photographs with neutrals. For example, replace them with photos of nature, city skylines, the beach, mountain views, local landmarks, the museum or the park. Or, you can simply replace your photos with photos of your house listing.

Remember, when a buyer tours your home for the first time, he/she will develop memories. So, first impressions are essential. When a buyer sees graduation photos, wedding photos, and other family photographs, it is very difficult to visualize living in the home.

Additionally, make sure you hide all mail, car keys, and other personal belongings. There is nothing more distracting than touring a kitchen that has mail sprawled out across the countertop. Make sure your countertops are clear of any objects. Interior design experts suggest putting away every day appliances, in addition to personal belongings. Personal items and appliances that are out of sight are out of mind. Remember, you are preparing to sell house, and not items at a garage sale.

 

De Clutter and Pre-Pack at the Same Time

Think about it, you’re going to eventually sell the house, right. Why wait until your house is sold to begin decluttering and packing.  Start off with decluttering one room at a time, so you can see progress. Decluttering each room, a little at a time, makes it more difficult to see any progress. This can be overwhelming and stressful. At Lexel moving, we can help the process go a lot smoother with our professional packing services.

 

Make Small Rooms Appear Larger

One effective way of helping home buyers fall in love with your house is to accentuate the positives and minimize the negatives. For example, make smaller rooms appear larger by using light colors on the walls and the floors.

Create the illusion of spaciousness by placing furniture away from the wall. Wallpaper or paint your ceiling to make the room appear taller. Create the illusion of order and structure in a room by color coding your shelves. Adding stripes to your décor can help make a room appear even more spacious.

Get rid of any furniture item that takes up a lot of space. One mistake many sellers make is keeping oversized furniture items in a room. This will automatically make a room appear smaller. Less is more when it comes to staging a home. Get rid of anything that eats up your square footage. Give your living space some breathing room.

If you plan to keep any of your oversized items, Lexel Moving can come to pick them up to create more space. We will keep them stored safely in our storage facility until the house is sold, and then deliver all the items with the main move.
We offer in-home moving/in-home staging packages at a flat rate of $199.00 for 2 men crew, 1.5 hours of labor with travel time included for all clients within a 25 mile radius. Pricing depends on the amount of furniture/packing, and the total size of the shipment.

Our crew can perform the pick up, and provide detailed inventory sheets that show every item picked up (including the condition of the item). This way you can check off items upon the delivery and make sure everything was delivered.

Use Photos and Video to Attract Online Interest

When selling a house, it’s crucial that it not only shows well offline, but it should photograph well for online buyers. Consider doing an online video tour or a digital walk through of your home. Consider hiring a professional videographer to film the inside and outside of your house. Or, you can film the video on your own. Just make sure you use a high-quality digital camera or a smartphone.

Then upload the video directly to Zillow or Trulia. Then promote the video on Facebook or Instagram and boost the post. Real estate posts that get the most exposure are the ones accompanied with a video.

When taking photo’s of your home, make sure there isn’t any visible clutter. It’s surprising how many real estate photos are taken with clutter in a room.

Avoid taking photos directly across from a mirror to avoid capturing your image. To show more footage of a room, take a photo of all three walls at one time. Don’t forget to wipe the lense before taking photos.

Lastly, make sure you hire a professional cleaning service to give your home a nice white glove treatment. Hiring a home cleaning company will help get rid of any scents lingering in the house, especially if you have pets. If you have carpets, make sure you get them professionally cleaned or replace them with hardwood flooring.

 

Tip: You may love the smell of scented candles, but your buyer may despise the smell. Instead, make a fresh batch of cookies. The smell of fresh baked cookies makes a person feel more at home when touring a house.

If you have any questions regarding our in-home moving/in-home staging packages, feel free to give us a call today at: 1(855) 605-7755.

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Moving Cross-Country

Moving Cross-Country: Practical Tips That Will Save You Time, Effort, and Stress

Decisions, decisions, decisions. There are so many things to consider when you’re planning to move cross country – it can be mind-boggling. For instance, should you hire a moving company? Or, should you rent a large moving truck, and handle the entire move on your own?  If you feel uncertain, here are a few tips to help make your decision.

Is hiring a professional moving company truly worth it?

Moving is both emotionally and physically stressful, especially a cross country move. Hiring a professional moving company, like Lexel Moving, will streamline your moving process, save you time, and money. Most of all, hiring someone will help make your cross-country move more enjoyable and memorable.

What to look for when hiring cross country movers.

Make sure the company you’re hiring is licensed, ensured and bonded. After all, your possessions will be under their care during the entire trip. Before choosing a moving company, ask what will be included in their moving services (i.e. fuel, mileage, tolls, loading, unloading, transportation, furniture disassembly and reassembly, etc.).

Try these moving services to help make your move easier.

Launch a profitable moving sale.

Your junk could be someone else’s treasure. Instead of throwing out your unwanted items, have a garage sale or sell your items on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace or eBay. You’ll be surprised how much money you could possibly earn by selling your unwanted items, especially if you plan to sell quality items. Plus, you will have a lot less to pack for your cross-country journey.

Quick Tip: Make sure your sign is highly visible, use big bold ‘GARAGE SALE‘ lettering (don’t use crayon, pencil or an ink pen). Don’t forget to have enough cash on hand to break change for your customers. If you’re selling online, make sure you take high-quality photos of the items you plan to sell.

What mode of transportation are you planning to take?

There are four common ways to travel: by plane, train, bus or you can drive. Hiring a moving company while you travel by plane is obviously the most efficient choice. Taking a train is convenient, but it could take 3 days or longer to get to your destination. Bus travel can be very uncomfortable, and you run the risk of experiencing major delays if the bus breaks down.

Driving is a good option because you have more leg room. However, you could run into unexpected problems. Are you prepared for a break down? There have been instances where people have driven cross country and broke down on a Friday, and had to wait until the following Monday because the local mechanic shop was closed during the weekend.

Make sure you set aside extra funds to cover for breakdowns, overnight hotel stays, a car rental and food. Always be prepared for the inevitable!

Quick Tip: Do not allow your gas level to go too much below half a tank. There is nothing more frightening than driving on empty when the next gas stop is more than 30 miles away.

Moving on your own in a rental moving truck? 

Many people choose the option of DIY moving because they feel it provides more freedom. Driving cross country is the only way to truly experience the beauty of America. Other forms of transportation aren’t quite the same.

If you’ve moved long distances before, in a rental moving truck, more power to you. However, if you haven’t driven further than 1000 miles, at a time, you might want to think twice before taking the plunge. There is a truckload of things to consider, no pun intended.

Can you find help?

Can you find friends and family who will help you load up your belongings (safely) onto your rental moving truck? Can they load your valuables without dropping or scratching them? If something gets lost or damaged, will they be willing to replace or pay you for the damage?

What if something breaks?

Another thing to consider is if something falls, and breaks during your travels, due to not being positioned properly within the truck. The risk of something getting damaged or broken is less likely to happen when a trained professional is in charge. Plus, movers have experience in transporting goods long distances safely.

DIY moving can be extremely tiring.

You also must consider your level of energy. Be honest, after traveling hundreds of miles, no one feels like unpacking a truck full of boxes and furniture. Plus, you must return your truck rental on time. If you’re planning to drive cross country, you’ll probably need 2-3 days to recuperate from the long travel. Are you prepared to unload your truck on your own immediately after a long travel? Even if you recruit family and friends to help, it is still very exhausting. Unloading your own truck is like a full-time job!

Things to remember and avoid when moving cross country.

  • Do not wait until the last minute to plan a move, if you can. Unless you’re a pro at moving long distances, save yourself the hassle and hire someone to handle your move for you.
  • Never skimp on packing. Make sure you purchase plenty of boxes, in various sizes.
  • Allow yourself PLENTY of time to travel. For example, if it takes an average of 28 hours of travel time to your destination, plan for a longer travel time – like 38 hours. Always plan ahead for unexpected delays (inclement weather, extra rest time, breakdowns, etc.).
  • Make sure you budget enough money for emergencies like breakdowns or unexpected hospital stays. When it comes to DIY moving, always prepare for the worst.

If you’re still debating whether to hire a professional or attempt to move on your own, think about the benefits of both options. What will give you more peace of mind and less stress? The most important thing of all is choosing an option that will transport your belongings to your destination safely, and make our moving experience more enjoyable.

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The Absolute Essential Things to Know When Moving to New York

Living in New York is…

People often say you aren’t a ‘true’ New Yorker until you have seen at least one Broadway show, have become a Yankees or Mets fan and stored at least a dozen crisp bagels in your freezer for a rainy day. New York is the only place that gives you easy access to the best tasting cultured food in the planet. It’s one of the only places to live that gives you easy access to buy Caribbean-Spanish food for breakfast, Turkish food for lunch, authentic Italian cuisine for dinner and Jewish chocolate rugelach for dessert. Living in New York is why everyone should live in New York.

 

Finding the Right Moving Company

If you are moving from Boston to New York, you will need access to professional New York movers to help make your move an easy transition and stress-free. Lexel Moving provides affordable weekly long-distance moves and we specialize in both residential moving and commercial moving services. In addition, our licensed and trained packers provide professional packing services. Our free moving box service will deliver your boxes to your home or office on the day of your move. Thanks to our Boston movers, moving your belongings to New York will be one less thing to worry about on moving day.

 

Where to Buy Train Tickets & MetroCards

Unless you plan on driving, the first thing you will want to do is purchase a MetroCard. A MetroCard gives you access to the New York City subways. MetroCards can be purchased from MTA vending machines, sales booths or any MTA Metro-North Railroad station. You can save time, and avoid long lines, by refilling your MetroCard through EasyPay.

If you plan to live in the suburbs, and work in the city, Long Island Railroad tickets can be purchased at LIRR vending machines at every railroad station (or Mail & Ride). You can buy tickets on the train, but it is more expensive. Traveling peak hours is also more expensive – off-peak is cheap. Consider Park & Ride if you plan to drive and commute by train.

If you will be traveling to New Jersey, Philadelphia, Northeast PA (Poconos/Scranton/Wilkes Barre) or the Casino, Martz Trailways is a convenient mode of transportation. Martz buses have free Wi-Fi and the rates are reasonably priced. Take advantage of their specials, commuter discounts and casino fares. There are also $15 passenger vans that commute from NYC to Stroudsburg, PA and Hazleton, PA daily.

 

Finding Your Dream Job or Place of Business in New York

Manhattan isn’t the only place to find a job or open a business. Long Island is a great place to work and do business. Jericho, Mineola, Westbury, Melville, Hauppauge and Bohemia, NY are considered major business hubs.
If you are an entrepreneur and you have your heart set on staying in the city, you will be pleased to know that NYC has a few affordable, trendy shared office spaces and co-working spaces to choose from. If you’re always on the go, there are even rent-free workspaces. By the way, Central Park and other major NYC parks have free Wi-Fi. If you’re an Apple user, you can visit the 24-hour Apple Store to get your iPhone, iPad or other Apple products repaired.

 

What Every Newcomer to New York Should Know

If you are moving from Boston to New York City, don’t neglect the other areas of New York that are beyond the city boundary. There are so many things to do in New York City that you can easily miss out on A LOT. For example, Long Island has a few nice beaches along the North Shore, South Shore, Fire Island and Hampton Bays. There are also several parks, such as Eisenhower Park, which is one of the closest parks to NYC, on Long Island.

Don’t neglect Upstate New York.  Upstate is north of NYC. Upstate NY is often treated like the unwanted stepchild because most people focus on New York City and Long Island.  Albany, the capital of New York, is a great place to visit. However, it is more rural compared to Long Island. Albany is about 3 hours away from NYC. Upstate New York has several towns, such as Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, etc.  A lot of New Yorkers, who live in the city, love to travel Upstate for weekend getaways.

Some out-of-towners get Staten Island, Long Island City and Long Island mixed up. Long Island is a suburb of NYC (Nassau and Suffolk County). The Island is one of the longest and largest islands in the US (118 miles). Long Island City is in Queens and Staten Island is one of the 5 boroughs of NYC.  If you live in Staten Island, you can take the ferry to get into Manhattan.

Also, Manhattan pizza is good, but it isn’t known as the greatest pizza in the world. Brooklyn and Long Island dominate great authentic Italian Pizza. After you settle in, consider going on a food tour, in NYC, to familiarize yourself with the variety of foods the city has to offer.

 

Things to Do and Places to Go

During the summer, New York City has free concerts in Central Park and Jones Beach. But, there is nothing more intriguing than the live street performers in Manhattan.

Many people talk about the high cost of living in New York. But, you can get good deals, especially on clothes. You’ll find Haute Couture clothing on the Upper East Side along 5th Avenue. Then you’ll find a lot of department store brands all throughout the city. Soho and Chelsea are great places to get clothing deals. But, you are not a true New Yorker until you have purchased at least one or two articles of clothing from a street vendor.

By the way, New York’s sales tax is 8.875%. Clothing or footwear that costs less than $110 is tax-free.

Major events include New York Fashion Week, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Rockefeller Center and the annual September 11th memorial.

If you have kids, don’t forget about the Bronx Zoo, the Planetarium, Coney Island, Rye Playland, Adventureland and a few other amusement parks. Niagara Falls is also a great place to visit with friends and family.

If you love to run and you have dreamed about participating in the New York City marathon, you’ll more than likely be placed on a waiting list. In the meantime, there are many other notable marathons across the state to join.

About 50 miles away from the city, there is a town called Huntington Village, known as Little New York. This town, located on the North Shore on Long Island, is coined as Margaritaville because people love to come from far, to the village, to eat and drink, especially on the weekends. During the day, it is a family-friendly town with a museum and a Cinema Arts Centre. Huntington also hosts the annual Tulip Festival in May, and the October Festival during the fall.

New York has several big malls like the Manhattan Mall, The Shops at Columbus Circle and Brookfield Place. Long Island has a few malls including Roosevelt Field Mall, Green Acres Mall, Westfield Sunrise Mall, Walt Whitman Mall and the Smith Haven Mall. Then you have the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Tanger Outlets in Deer Park and in Riverhead. Then you have Waterloo Premium Outlets in Upstate New York.

 

You Don’t Have to Travel to the Jersey Shore to Visit the Beach

The first thing that comes to mind when people think about New York is the concrete jungle. Most people are unaware that there are 15 major beaches, not including the Hamptons and smaller beaches throughout Long Island. Keep in mind, if you are driving, some beaches charge for parking. If you want to dodge the fee, your best bet is to go to the beach after 6:00 pm.

 

The Best Underrated Places to Eat in New York

It will take a person a total of 8,361 days to eat at each restaurant in New York City – that’s approximately 22.9 years. Here are few good restaurants to start off with.

Make Sandwich (the new sandwich child of Melt Shop), in Union Square, has great gourmet sandwiches. Their chicken and chorizo is to die for!

Katz Deli on 205 E Houston St., on the Lower East Side, has the best sandwiches. Their Pastrami on rye with a Kosher pickle on the side is delicious. It’s a great family-friendly place to eat, but make sure you get there early to beat the crowd. If you’re planning to dine in, make sure you designate someone, from your party, to grab a table while you stand on line. Otherwise, you may not find seating together.

Scoops on 624 Flatbush Ave., in Brooklyn specializes in the tastiest dairy-free ice-cream and vegan, Caribbean comfort food at reasonable prices. Scoops has limited space, so plan on placing your order to-go.

Queens has great authentic Trinidadian style restaurants all throughout Liberty Avenue.  Trini Delite on 110-02 Liberty Ave, South Ozone Park, NY is known for their West Indian vegetarian Roti, chicken Roti and beef Roti. Order two doubles with curried chickpeas (Channa peas) with Tamarind sauce and a wrapped Roti with the bread skins on the side if you are a newbie to West Indian food.

The Bronx has Kai Fan Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar on Riverdale Avenue. Red Apple Restaurant on Hyland Blvd and Incas Grill Peruvian Kitchen in Grant City, in Staten Island, are great restaurants to visit.

If you’re planning to visit Robert Moses State Park Beach (Long Island) this summer, have lunch at Greek Garden restaurant (the last best restaurant before the beach exit), in Babylon Village, they have great Gyros. The Atlantis Diner is a great family-friendly restaurant, they serve Greek and Mediterranean and continental food. If you’re driving, take the scenic route back to NYC on Ocean Parkway – there’s no traffic – the drive alongside Captree State Park and Jones Beach State Park are breathtaking.

 

Groceries are NOT as Expensive as People Claim them to Be

You just have to know which grocery stores and food markets to shop. Whole Foods is not the only grocery store around. If you are a health nut, there are many small mom and pop grocery shops that sell organic foods. For example, Khasky Foods in Gravesend, Brooklyn, on Avenue U, sells affordable imported Kosher foods.

There are fruit and vegetable stands on every corner, in Manhattan. So, you will not have a problem gaining access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Harlem also has a few good organic fruits and vegetable markets. There are some markets in Manhattan that will even deliver fresh organic fruits and vegetables to your home or place of business.

You’ll want to also try the Chinese food markets in Chinatown. Don’t neglect the bodegas, out of pride, they are convenient places to shop when you’re in a hurry. Sometimes bodegas sell ripe mangoes on the cheap.

If you have a big family, and you’re budget conscious, consider stocking up on healthy eats outside of the 5 boroughs (Manhattan, Staten Island, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens) and shop at Costco in Farmingdale and Hauppauge, NY. You can get affordable organic foods at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, NY – they’re open 24-hours. Secaucus, New Jersey also has a 24-hour Walmart close to NYC.

 

Hopefully, these tips have given you the essential things to know when moving to New York. For a quote on our New York movers and Boston movers, call 1 (855) 605-7755 or contact us online.