Every Person in New York
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A few tips for a smooth move in the city.
BEFORE THE MOVE DATE
Get a written estimate, in person. Beware the lowball. A service that can help when you're looking for movers: Unpakt
Buildings may have rules about hours/days when moving is allowed. Your moving company should have a DOT license and many buildings require a Certificate of Insurance from them.
In terms of insurance for your stuff, you should know that all that's required by NY State is that movers have insurance covering 30¢ per pound per article. It's practically worthless.
Measure your new place, especially if it's a walkup. Make sure your furniture will fit through the hallways and in your apartment. For tight squeezes, Z. Bros. can break down your sofa and put it back together in your new place.
ON THE DAY
Your movers may be late. A previous job could have had parking, elevator, weather or client problems (meaning, the people moving were supposed to be finished packing but they weren't). Factor it in.
You should have bottled water available and, if the move is over lunchtime, providing lunch is a nice gesture.
Move valuable stuff—vital papers, jewelry—yourself.
There's no exact formula for tipping. But generally, $5-$10 per man, per hour. Or another way: roughly what you'd tip in a restaurant: 15%-20% overall for a good move.
We'd use All Star Moving, 212.254.2638. The last thing you want on moving day is hassles from your moving company and you won't get them from All Star – we've been tracking moving companies for a long time now, and this is the company we like best for honesty, reliability, and fair value.
We're also fans of Rabbit Movers, 718.852.2352, which was started by, and staffed with, artists of various stripes, all of whom seem perfectly capable of trading brush for a box of dishes. Their fleet was totaled in Sandy and they're trying to raise money for a new truck.
JP Urban Moving is a new contender. We've gotten good reports on them—but welcome more feedback.
BOXES AND SUPPLIES
Jugglebox makes cardboard boxes a thing of the past, providing you with reusable plastic ones.
Used Cardboard Boxes sells factory misprints, overruns, and used boxes. But they make sure what they sell is sturdy.
If you're going with cardboard, use double wall, heavy-test boxes. They'll hold up better than the flimsy stuff you cadged from your supermarket. Check with your mover to see if they sell them (compare prices, though) or try Pathé Shipping Supplies or Moving Box NY.
Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.