Anybody who has moved at some point in their life, at least one time knows just how stressful and expensive moving can be. That is why any time that we are moving, we are looking for the best ways to lower the price of that move. From the packing material to find the best moving company with reasonable prices. Lower the price of your move by following some simple rules and steps. This is not an impossible thing to do, it is actually really simple. Here, we will try to explain how to do that. Continue reading “Different ways to lower the price of your move”
When moving house, you usually start by looking at destinations and dreaming big. This is great! However, there are also people who think in a different way. The first question of any student moving to New York is: what are the NYC moving costs? And, we want to keep you informed about this topic. After all, you will reach the dilemma of the budget sooner or later, right? Hence, as experienced movers, U.Santini Moving and Storage Brooklyn brings you: Everything you need to know about the costs of moving to NYC and more! Continue reading “NYC Moving Costs”
Moving into a Manhattan high rise apartment building can be a little tricky, especially if you’ve never done it before. The key to smoothly accomplishing such a move is to work with a moving company that has years of experience in this area. Here at U.Santini, we’ve been moving people in and out of NYC high rise buildings since the Empire State Building was brand new. We’ve seen it all. But even if you decide to turn your move completely over to a professional moving service, it’s still important to know what to expect. That’s why we’ve put this guide together. We hope it’s helpful.
Schedule the Freight Elevator
You may have a hard time making friends with your new neighbors if their first encounter with you involves you hogging the elevator all day. Save yourself (and your new neighbors) a lot of trouble by scheduling an elevator with the doorman or building manager.
Some apartment buildings may charge you a fee for scheduling an elevator. Be sure to call and make your elevator reservation at least a couple of weeks in advance of your move, and follow up the day before your move with a phone call or text to make sure the building management remembers your plans.
Schedule a Parking Space
In NYC, parking spaces are even more precious than elevators, so be a good neighbor and reserve your parking spot before your moving truck shows up on moving day. Again, work with your doorman or the building manager, and let them know several weeks ahead of time about your plans and what you need in the way of parking space. You’ll also need to communicate well with your moving company regarding the rules and regulations of your apartment building.
Find Out About Luggage Carts
Many high rise apartment buildings have luggage carts that you can use for moving your personal belongings, but in order to have access to these carts, you’ll have to ask. Asking in advance will mean you have a better chance of reserving the carts.
Of course, if you work with a moving company, they’ll probably have all the necessary equipment for moving your boxes and furniture in and out of any high rise apartment building.
Reduce Your Belongings
There are several reasons to go through your belongings and get rid of things you don’t really need before you move into a high rise. First of all, most apartments in high rises are tight on space, and your new home will feel roomier if you have less stuff crammed into it.
Secondly, your move will be easier and less expensive if you have pared your belongings down to the items you really need and love. If you have items to get rid of some of your belongings before your move, hold a garage sale or donate your your gently used items to charity. You’ll want to take care of this before you begin packing so you don’t accidentally pack items you’d like to leave behind.
Find a Reliable Moving Company
Whether you want to hire help to cover the entire move from packing to unpacking or you just need to hire a truck, you’ll want to make sure that you find a moving company that is reliable, affordably priced, and easy to work with.
It’s wise to find a moving company that has years of experience in the area you’re moving to, and it never hurts if they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. This rating means that many people have had positive experiences with the company, and when you’re putting all of your worldly possessions into someone else’s hands, reassurance is important.
To learn more about moving into a NYC high rise, contact us at U.Santini. We’re happy to answer your questions or give you a quote on your upcoming move. 718-768-6778.
About U. Santini moving and storage
Based in Brooklyn, New York, U.Santini Moving and Storage is a family-owned and operated moving and storage company serving the metropolitan area for more than three generations.
We are a trusted and reliable moving and logistic company specializing in local and long distance moves, corporate relocation and storage. If you are looking for Moving and storage Brooklyn based company, looking for a cost effective park Slope movers, or a reliable local and long distance moving company, look no further. U.Santini moving and storage will be happy to take on your moving challenge and make sure that your move is effortless and cost effective.
How much does it cost to move? If you’re moving on a budget (and that’s reality for most of us), you’ll have a much better experience if you create a moving budget ahead of time.
Moving on a budget doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming, but when you create your budget ahead of time, you’ll know where you need to save some money and where you can spend more. You can still work with a NYC trusted moving company when you are moving on a budget. Let’s take a look at eight tips for calculating your moving budget.
1. Look At Your Overall Finances
Going into debt for a move is generally not a good idea, so take a look at your finances and decide the total amount you can spend on your upcoming move. It’s wise to come up with this overall figure before you begin to distribute what needs to be bought and paid for as individual line items.
2. Consider Your First Month After Relocation
Don’t forget that your first month after a move can be especially difficult on your budget. If you’ll be renting, make sure you have enough in your bank account for the security deposit and first month’s rent. If you’ll be buying a place, you may need to consider extra fees for closing on a loan or hooking up utilities.
3. Make a Moving Budget Checklist
Once you have an overall budget amount for your move, you can create a checklist that should include your moving expenses. Moves can be very different from household to household, so just include the items you will need. Here are some examples to get you started:
- Moving Company Fee
- Additional Insurance
- Piano Moving
- Professional Packing
- Packing Supplies
- Truck Rental
- Extra Equipment Rental
- Transportation to New Home
- Pet Care
- Temporary Housing
- Storage Fees
- Shipping Fees
4. Shop Around
By shopping around, you may be able to squeeze services into your budget that you didn’t originally think you could afford. For example, people are often surprised that our moving services are so inexpensive, especially considering that we’ve been serving NYC for over 80 years.
5. Choose Non-Peak Times
The weekends at the beginning and ending of summer months are by far the busiest moving times, and you may be able to stretch your budget if you’re willing to be flexible with your schedule. If you can get time off during the middle of the week and do your move in the middle of a month, you’ll find that more moving trucks are available and it’s easier to schedule other services with moving companies. Additionally, you may find yourself paying less for being more flexible.
6. Consider Your Resources
If you have lots of family and friends available to help with packing and loading the truck, you can probably save money on packing and loading and spend more in other areas of your moving budget. If you have more money than time, you’ll probably want to hire help for as many tasks as possible.
7. Add Up Expenses
Once you’ve shopped around, considered your resources, and taken stock of what kinds of services you’re going to need, add up your expenses. If your expenses are within your overall budget, congratulations! You can move forward with your moving preparations. If they exceed your overall budget, you’ll still need Tip #8.
8. Trim Where You Can
The toughest part of moving on a budget is making cuts to stay within your budget. If you find yourself in this position, take heart. With some creativity on your part, you can make it work. For instance, find someone who recently moved and ask if you can use their old boxes. Plenty of people are glad to have you take their used moving boxes off their hands. If you have family in town, offer to buy them pizza if they’ll help you load your truck. By trimming here and there, you will be able to make your move work without getting yourself in financial trouble.
To discuss moving on a limited budget, or to talk about any other moving and storage issue, contact us at U.Santini. We’ve worked with all kinds of New Yorkers on their moves for over 80 years. We’ve seen it all, and we’d like to use that experience to help you. Call us at 718-768-6778. Ask for Dan.
Moving to and from college can really take a bite out of your limited budget if you’re not careful. But with careful planning, a few tricks in your back pocket, and a professional and reasonable student moving service, you can keep your college moves low key and affordable.
After working with many students over the years, we’ve put together some tips to help you with your moves to and from college.
Communicate with Your Roommates
To begin with, talk with your roommates about moving day. If you’ll all be arriving or departing at the same time, you’ll run into traffic problems. It’s helpful to agree on time slots for loading and unloading your belongings.
Additionally, you’ll want to talk about details like who will pick up the keys from your landlord and how you will get the place cleaned up after you move out. Good communication among roommates will keep you all on the same page and working cooperatively.
Communicate with Your Student Moving Service
If you hire a moving service to help you with your college move, be sure to keep the lines of communication open with your moving service as well. If your plans change at all, or if you end up bringing more or less with you to college, be sure to keep your moving service in the loop.
Since you will probably be moving in to an apartment or dorm room with other people, it’s important to stay organized. Instead of just piling your clothes and books into the back seat of your car, take the time to pack your items in boxes, which can be stacked more efficiently and labeled with your name and the container’s contents.
A box of trash bags can be very useful during a college move. You can toss miscellaneous items into trash bags and then label the trash bags. They also can be helpful for keeping bedding and coats from getting dirty during your move.
Moving is hard work, and you’ll maintain your energy and make friends when you order pizza, bring donuts, or pack along some deli sandwiches. And don’t forget to stay hydrated as you work. Packing, moving, and cleaning is hard work, especially in warm weather, so buy a case of bottled water and encourage anyone who comes to help you to drink often.
Book Your Moving Service Early
Certain times of year are busier than others for moving companies, and the beginning and ending of semesters are certainly busy times. To make sure you book the help you need, call your moving service well ahead of time and get yourself on their schedule.
It’s not just the people who are busy, it’s also the equipment. There are only so many trucks, dollies, and moving blankets. If you want to make sure your move runs smoothly, reserve your equipment early.
Think About Your Next Move
When you’re in college, your next move is never too far away. If you think ahead to the next move, your life will be much easier at the end of the semester. Instead of tossing all of your moving materials each time you move, flatten your boxes and store them somewhere out of the way until you need them again. Keep extra packing tape and packing papers with your boxes and you’ll be ready to go next time you move.
Moving in college can be exciting, and it doesn’t need to be difficult. For more information about a student moving services, or for tips about how to move on a budget, contact us at U.Santini. We have been moving New Yorkers for more than 80 years, and we’d be happy to move you. 718-768-6778. Ask for Dan.
Are you looking for a professional and affordable moving company in NYC? Moving can be an expensive proposition, and if you can find an affordable moving company with years of NYC experience, your will have a much better moving experience.
But how do you go about finding such a moving company?
After all, some moving companies have very little experience and even less insurance, and you don’t want to entrust all of your worldly possessions with an unproven company. In the best case scenario, you’ll hire an affordable company that has decades of New York-specific experience under its belt. Here’s how to find such a company and ensure a successful move:
Find a Moving Company With Experience
Moving a household from one location to another seems like a fairly straightforward, simple task, but in New York City, it’s important to find a moving company with plenty of experience. Moving requires attention to detail, proven logistical systems, and contingency plans, and brand new companies tend to be shaky in these areas.
U.Santini has been serving NYC for more than 80 years, and over the decades we’ve learned many ways to move our clients more efficiently and affordably, and we’ve incorporated new technologies as they come along. This experience, plus the benefit of years of loyalty to existing customers, makes for pleasant, stress-free moving.
Check With the Better Business Bureau
When people have problems with local companies, they report their experiences to the Better Business Bureau. BBB standards for trust are high, so when you find a moving company that is accredited by the BBB, you know you’re in good hands.
We’re proud to have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau on a scale of A+ to F. This rating is based on the fact that we have no complaints within the last three years. Another factor for our A+ rating is that we’ve been operating for so long.
Get Estimate Quotes
Once you’ve narrowed your list of movers down to those with high ratings from the BBB and those with significant experience, go ahead and gather estimate quotes. Be sure to ask for details about the quote. Ask if there are any hidden fees, and find out exactly what the quote includes.
Here at U.Santini, we offer free moving estimates. We’ve designed our estimates to help you think through your moving plans so you can consider all the resources you may need. You can sign up for an estimate here.
Look For a Full-Service Moving Company
Even if you don’t plan on using all of the services offered by a moving company, it’s a good idea to go with a company that provides many different services. Why? Because moving can be unpredictable, and it’s helpful to have back-up resources.
For example, if your home loan doesn’t close on time, you may need to put your belongings in storage temporarily. If you have decided to work with a moving company that has its own storage facilities, your life will be much easier during the interim between when you move out of your old home and into your new one.
It’s also nice to work with a moving company that offers professional packing services, supplies, and custom services like office and international moving.
Choose the Right Time to Move
You’ll likely get a better price on your move if you choose a moving day that is less busy. These days include mid-week days in the middle of the month or during the winter months. Weekends during the summer, especially at the beginning or end of the month, are extremely busy, and you may have a difficult time scheduling your move during these times. If you can be flexible on your moving dates you can usually get a better price.
When you follow these tips, you can find a professional and affordable mover in NYC. For more information about moving in NYC, or to get a quote for your move, contact us at U.Santini. Ask for Dan at 718-767-6778.