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Tips for Working With NYC Moving Companies


Working with NYC moving companies may be an intimidating prospect for some people. Many people hiring movers for the first time do not know what their role is in the process. The speed and efficiency that moving and packing companies utilize can make people wonder exactly what they should be doing and sometimes they feel like they are in the way in their own homes. But, don’t fret. We at Brooklyn movers and storage will help you clarify your role ahead of time. This should help to put you at ease.

The 411 on working with NYC movers

There are many ways to make the most of your move, whether you are doing it by yourself or via a moving company. In any case, you should prepare. Many people make a mistake when they don’t gather the proper information in advance. Our top tips for working with movers include:

  • determine which moving service is right for you
  • how to choose a perfect date for your relocation
  • get things you don’t want to relocate out of the way
  • how to pack things yourself
  • carefully count the furniture and other items
  • let movers know if they’re handling tricky items
  • how to measure narrow passages
  • make your destination ready for relocation
  • what receipt to expect
  • final tip for working with NYC moving companies – don’t forget to leave a tip
A moving professional puts glass into a box.
Movers will take good care of your fragile items.

Choose the perfect moving service for you

Naturally, it’s not the same if you want to relocate to a house next door, a neighboring town, or a different state. For short distances, your best option is to hire local movers, while cross-country movers are a perfect solution for an interstate move. There is a notable difference in price, time, manpower, equipment, and storage space needed to make it happen. If you want to relocate your company or office, you should consider hiring commercial movers.

Choose a good moving date

The next step you should do when relocating is to set a moving date. Carefully take into account your work, school, and other obligations. Don’t forget to consider the schedules of your roommates or family members. Since most people do their relocation during the weekend, on the first and the last days of the month, a good idea is to schedule the moving date midweek or midmonth. You will have more options and will probably get better deals.

Prepare for the movers by removing everything you don’t want packed

Before the movers arrive you can gain control by preparing your belongings for packing. Remove any items attached to your home that you intend to take with you such as curtain rods and napkin dispensers. Also, set aside a room for things that you will be moving on your own and do not want packed. Alternatively, renting a storage unit at storage units Brooklyn is a great way to keep things you don’t want to be touched away from movers. Storage facilities keep your possessions safe, not only from the elements and accidents but also from theft using the latest technology. They use gated access, video cameras, doormen, and more.

If you’re the one doing the packing make sure nothing is loose

Losing your belongings or damaging them during the move is the last thing you want. A common way that happens is during transport. That’s why you should always make sure each box contains a generous amount of padding. Whether you use bubble wrap, moving paper, regular paper, foam, or something else depends entirely on you. Another way is to use moving boxes of appropriate sizes. You can save some cash on padding if your item fits the box perfectly.

Correctly count furniture and other possessions

Make sure to account for every piece of furniture and other belongings. This way, you will avoid unexpected costs or losing an item. Even though movers should already have a list on your moving quote, movers will expect everything you told them is correct regarding the number of furniture, supplies, etc. Doublecheck everything if necessary to make the whole process easier both for you and the movers and save valuable time.

Movers carry a sofa through a narrow doorway, a common sight when working with NYC moving companies.
When working with NYC moving companies a great idea is to measure the passages to make sure nothing gets stuck.

Point out fragile or otherwise sensitive items

When your Brooklyn movers arrive you should point out any fragile or awkward items that you may have. If you’re relocating your office you should handle the equipment and machinery with special care. Professionals like business movers NYC know exactly what to do and how to approach items like these. For any further information about commercial moving feel free to contact them. Although these items should already be listed in your moving quote it is important to point them out to the actual movers that will be packing for you. Once everything is clear the most helpful thing you can do is to stay out of the way. Although you may want to help you should trust that these movers have a system that you may not be able to integrate into.

Movers will appreciate it if you measure stairwells, hallways, and doorways

You can perfectly prepare a piece of furniture and wrap it in protective padding. But, it won’t matter if it can’t get through the doors or down the stairs. That’s why you must measure every passage that could be a potential problem for movers. Most people use a tape measure for this, but if you don’t have one even a tailor’s measuring tape will do. After you’ve measured everything write it down. Even though they aren’t to blame if something doesn’t fit, movers will be very thankful.

Make your destination ready for movers as well

You should arrive at your new home before your movers and label each room. You may want to draw diagrams of where larger furniture will be placed and tape these diagrams to the doors of the room. This prevents you from having to move the furniture into place after the movers leave. As the movers unload your belongings check each box against your inventory to make sure all of your boxes have arrived safely. If you are paying for movers to unpack your belongings you may put away items on shelves as they unpack from the boxes as most movers will unpack only to stable surfaces.

Ask for a receipt

When either making the deal with the moving company or some time during your move you should ask for a receipt called the bill of lading. It’s a legal document that the service provider writes to acknowledge receipt of cargo for shipment. Many industries use it for any type of carriage of goods. The number of items, destinations, beginning and end dates, the total amount to be paid, and payment method is all included.

Don’t forget to leave a tip when working with NYC moving companies

If you’re satisfied with the way your relocation is going, a great way you can award the movers is to give them a tip. As workers partially rely on tips, it’s a common practice. However, if you find the service lacking in any way, you do reserve the right to not leave a tip as it’s not mandatory. Tipping is a huge part of American culture and is strongly recommended. It gives positive feedback to the movers and opens the door for any future cooperation. The amount you should tip if you’re happy with the service is around $4-5 per person for each hour of their work. You should tip this way instead of giving a 20% of the total price as you don’t tip on the additional costs.

A moving professional makes a receipt and gives it to a woman.
Professional movers will give you a receipt containing all details of the service.

Contact us

Remember that this is your move and you are ultimately in charge when working with NYC moving companies. Even if you hire a full service moving company You should be there when your belongings are being packed, loaded, and unpacked at their final destination. Give movers New York a call for further information. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. We will always gladly answer and offer a possible solution for every problem. Our services are tailored to your needs, reliable, affordable, and one of the best in the business.

These guys are TRUE PROFESSIONALS! We've now moved with them twice (once in 2017 and then again this week) and we really can't say enough good things about them. Simi is incredibly easy to work with for scheduling and quotes, and the crews - John, Super Mario, and everyone - are just awesome. They're quick, incredibly careful and conscientious, and super friendly. If we ever move again (and god I hope we don't have to) we're absolutely calling them.

Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

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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