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Five tips on how to arrange a last minute move


When preparing for the time-consuming, costly and difficult task of moving a house or an apartment, time is usually your alley. The more you prepare and organize your move, the easier and cheaper it will be to execute. It does not matter if you move across town or across the country. Executing a last minute move is always hard and more expensive than a move you have time to plan for. For this reason, it is time to start looking for moving and storage Brooklyn companies since it is almost impossible to move without a good moving company. This is especially true when you need to arrange a last minute move. It might sound difficult, but it is not impossible. Here are all the tips and tricks if you find yourself in this situation.

Outsource the time-consuming parts of your move

Even if you intend to move on your own and not hire New York to Florida movers, consider hiring packers, or a packing service for your move. Packing is time-consuming and labor-intensive. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, then you almost have no choice but to get professional packers to do it for you. The advantage of hiring a packing crew is that they come ready with all the necessary types of packing material, boxes, tape, etc. They will take great care to pack all of your electronics and other valuables so that they will withstand the moving experience and will save you the most precious commodity in a last-minute move situation. If you can’t afford a full pack, then hire packers to pack your sensitive and breakable items. Hiring packers from a trusted moving and storage company will alleviate your stress.

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Don’t pack everything yourself but hire movers

Hire a professional and reliable moving company

If you have just a few days till the move, consider hiring a professional moving company to handle your move. The advantage of hiring a trusted and reputable moving company is that the movers are probably consummate professionals. They will pack and move your stuff from your old place at a much faster pace than you and your friends and family will ever be able to match. If you are moving at the last minute then chances are that you are experiencing a large change in your life. A new job offer, new school, new family commitments, etc. This is probably the most appropriate time for you to use a professional and reliable moving service. This also includes moving your office on short notice. In this case, you should look for commercial moving companies NYC. There is nothing more stressful than moving your office equipment without enough time and movers.

Do your research

Even with the limited time you have, you should not hire the first moving company you call, or the cheapest mover you can find. Research the moving companies you consider for the job and make sure that you get a written estimate for the move. Here is how to arrange a last minute move and find movers:

  • BBB Rating – Only move with companies that have an excellent BBB rating. Having a high grade with the BBB demonstrates that the company cares about its service and provides excellent customer service in case there are any issues with its service
  • DOT record – Check the company’s DOT record and verify that they are licensed to perform the move you need.
  • ICC Record – If you intend to move across the country then check with the Interstate Commerce Commission and verify that the company has a satisfactory rating with this agency. A reliable long-distance mover will make your cross country move much less stressful and will ensure that your goods will arrive at the destination when you are ready to receive them.
  • Online reviews – Check online reputation sources such as Yelp, the company’s Google+ page or Angie’s list. Companies with good ratings should be considered seriously as moving service providers.
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Hire a professional moving company after doing your research

Pack the minimum you need yourself

You might need to live out of these boxes for the first few days in the new place. Label your boxes carefully and use boxes that are clean and appropriate for the task. It is better to have many lightweight boxes than a few big, sturdy and heavy ones. Pack items such as books, clothes, and essentials such as toiletries and a minimal number of kitchen items you will need on the trip, or when you get to your new place. Let the movers pack all the breakables, heavy items, and electronic equipment you own.

Don’t pack anything which is:

  • Perishable
  • Flammable or explosive
  • Poisonous

You can get a list of items movers will not move from your moving company. As you can see by the list, movers will not move anything that is dangerous. These items can cause great damage not only to items but also to all the people involved. For this reason, if you still want to move something, you should find another solution.

Take half a day to arrange the move

Before you do anything else, research reputable moving companies and arrange for an in-house estimate with the ones you choose. It should be an in-house estimate, not only the online version. Movers should come to your house and see all the items. This way, they can make the most accurate estimate. After you receive the estimates, compare them. Some moving companies will not be able to accommodate estimates or move on very short notice. Big moving companies with a lot of overhead and internal bureaucracy are probably not right for moving in a last-minute situation such as yours. Research and choose smaller, probably family-owned moving companies with a great reputation for efficient service and great customer service.  A flexible professional and accommodating moving company is what you are looking for at this time.

How to arrange a last minute move with pets

If you are a proud pet owner, you know how it hard must be for your pet to handle the relocation. Since you do not have much time, you have to do everything extremely fast. This can cause your pet to feel anxious and under a certain tension. In this case, it is better if you can take your pet to your friends or ask a family member to take them in for a couple of days. Since animals do not react well to big changes, it might be better not to cause additional stress by running around the house and bumping into your pet. In addition to this, your pet can easily run away if this whole situation is hard for them to handle. Since you will have people coming in and out, your pet can use this as an opportunity to escape.

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Do not forget about your pets when you are reading tricks on how to arrange a last minute move

What to do about your kids?

If you have children, you should include them. Of course, this depends on their age and everyday obligations. If they are still going to school, the top priority is always homework and studying. However, if they are on the school break, they can help you with packing. You will definitely finish much earlier if you have additional help, not just movers. Some people might not feel comfortable with movers going through their personal items. If you are one of them, you will have to arrange everything. For this reason, having more people to help is definitely a huge plus. On the other hand, if your kids are too small, you will have to make a different arrangement. You should either hire a nanny or ask someone you know to look after them at least on a moving day.

All the tips and trick

As you can see, these would be all the tips and tricks on how to arrange a last minute move. It is not impossible but it will take more energy and effort. The best trick would be to hire a moving company. Since you do not have a lot of time on your hands, you need someone who is professional. Movers have all the necessary equipment, skills, and experience to finish your relocation quickly and successfully.

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Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are your working hours?

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Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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