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Frequently asked questions when hiring a mover

Posted in Moving by bdmovers on January 22, 2013
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questions for your mover

Wondering what to expect on moving day?

Guidelines we share at BD Movers.

What do I need to do on moving day?

If you are doing the packing, finish the packing and have all boxes sealed and labeled.  Remember that lamps, shades and pictures all need to be put in boxes as well. We can pack those if needed, just let us know the day before so we can bring the proper packing materials.

Any money, jewelry or important documents should be moved in your car. We cannot move these items.

Strip the beds and pack the sheets, pillows and blankets (If you need last minute boxes let us know the morning before your move). Empty and disconnect all the appliances such as the refrigerator, washer, and dryer. Have your Flat screens disconnected and off the wall. If you still have the original box, have that ready for us. If you are unable to pack it yourself, let us know, we have TV crates available.

Cribs must be disassembled by the owner; our liability will not cover dis-assembly/assembly of cribs

Weight sets, Universal gyms, treadmills, etc. must be broken down to sizes we can carry and fit through doors.

Shed or garage items should be organized into what goes and what stays. Tools do need to be packed. Large tools like table saws should have the motor secured and the blades removed and packed. Any sharp tools should have the blades removed or covered in cardboard to protect your furniture and your movers.

Hot tubs have to be drained and disconnected.

Gasoline and similar products should be drained from lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc.

We cannot move propane tanks but are more than happy to disconnect them and place them in your car.

Gun cabinets and safes, must be empty. You must move your guns and ammunition.

Items in the attic should already be brought down, unless it is a walk up attic and flooring in place.


How is payment made?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, bank checks, money orders and cash. If you want to pay by credit card, please call our office to arrange this, keep in mind we are not in the office on weekends. Why the hassle? For your security we want to protect your credit information, so …one place and no extra eyes.

Should I tip the movers and how much?

Tips are not required but are much appreciated by your movers. On a local job, most customers are tipping

Tipping on moving day

Should you tip the movers and how much?

$20-$30 per

mover. On a long distance job, you have movers that typically are there to help load and the driver and possibly a couple of other actually deliver your items. Tip the helpers as you would a local move and save a few extra dollars for the crew that delivers.

Can I ride with the movers?


Will the movers arrange my furniture?

Yes, everything will be placed where you tell us, and boxes will be placed in the appropriate rooms.

Will they set up the beds and attach mirrors to dressers?

Yes they will, but there are conditions. If we did not take it apart, we will make every effort to assemble it, but no guarantees if there are parts missing. Sometimes we find the bolts or screws have been stripped and are unsafe to use again.

I have a huge appliance, cabinet or ‘thing’ that needed extra workers, cranes, or special tools to get into the house. Will you move that?

Please call us so we can figure out the best solution, please do not surprise us.

What else should I be aware of?

moving day pictures

Photo Testimonial

The movers may ask for your cell phone number so they can call when they’re getting close to the off load.

The movers may ask if they can have a picture of you alongside them. This is for our photo testimonial album, we love to see our happy customers and it gives your movers the recognition they deserve!

The movers work for BD Movers. If they were to accept a job ‘on the side’, they would be fired.

All our workers have been in my home, I trust them in yours as well. Thank you and have a great move!

Tony Baumer, Owner

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!(tm)


NJ Realtor Commissions

Posted in Realtor by bdmovers on October 20, 2012
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In NJ,  your Realtor commission is negotiable.  You and the Realtor agree on a percentage usually based on sales price of your home.

However, I’ve heard of some instances where the Realtor is asked to take a reduction in commission at closing. The home may have had last-minute issues; the buyer brought less money to the table, the house was filthy, the stove (or water heater, furnace, etc) did not work at the walk through, last-minute mortgage issues, etc. At this point someone says to the Realtor, I had to eat this (or I won’t eat this) so you have to.

I’m told this is legal.

I’m telling you its unethical.

BD Movers says keep your hands off their commission

BD Movers says, keep your hands off their commission!

You work hard for your money, so does the Realtor. You expect to be paid a certain sum for your labor, so do they. Your misfortune or misjudgment is not their fault. It is wrong to dig into anyones  pockets when they did not create the problem.

A friend this summer sold a house. At closing it was discovered the sellers had not moved all their things and a hauling/cleaning company would have to be hired to clear out the old junk. Everyone at the table turned to her and told her unless she paid for it, the deal was off. How is this her problem? Why not the seller who left it a mess? or the Buyer who had bought below market and was expecting to do massive repairs already.

Other Realtors have told me this in not uncommon, they are frequently asked to pay for this or that. They are frequently not reimbursed for out-of-pocket items like smoke alarms if they picked them up for a seller, carpet cleaning or contractors that the realtor met when the buyers were not available.

It is unethical. Don’t do it.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers(r)

NJ Mover, BD Movers, uses innovative crating to speed moves

Posted in Moving,Packing by bdmovers on January 16, 2012
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We recently invested in these crates to speed up moves. We load Flat Screens, pictures, and mirrors in a fraction of the time yet move safely than in cardboard boxes. Win – Win for the client and us.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!(tm)

Moving Tip from the 70’s – moving your CB Radio

Posted in Moving by bdmovers on January 15, 2012
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CB Radios in the 70's

CB Radio

Breaker, Breaker, Do you have a CB Radio you need moved? Perhaps you’re rolling (moving) to Shakey Town (Los Angeles) . If it’s the late 70’s you can pack it up in the original box. You won’t be using it. You might as well pack your 8-track in the same box.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!(tm)

Moving tip from the 70’s – Pet Rocks

Posted in Moving by bdmovers on January 13, 2012
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Remember Pet Rocks?

70's Moving Tip - Pet Rocks

It has been said, if your friend is a Pet Rock,  you need to move to some place where there are people.  If you don’t believe me, look at your mood ring. I bet is is glowing the sad color.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!(tm)

Moving tip from the 70’s

Posted in Moving by bdmovers on January 10, 2012
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Leisure suit

Getting ready to move your leisure suits? Save your money and do not buy wardrobe boxes! Simply roll them up, place in a trash bag, store indefinitely, and discard when done.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there isBD Movers!

My furniture won’t fit up the stairs, now what?

Posted in LBI,Moving by bdmovers on January 2, 2012
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What do you do when the furniture will not fit up the stair case?

Island homes often steal floor space from the staircases, so shore living means we have to hoist sofas or dressers to a top floor. Usually we can do this with ropes and a very experienced crew but sometimes a crane is brought in.

We work with the owner and the crane company to schedule an exact time for the lift. Cranes are charged by the hour so we can’t waste the clients money. If I’m on top of my game, the crane is there for less than 30 minutes since we only need it for truly huge items.

One client needed a hot-tub lifted from the roof (an amazing view while soaking) . Once it was on the ground, we took over and brought it to the new house where it went on the back deck. (not as amazing a view)

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!

Options to hiring an NJ Moving company

Posted in Moving,Uncategorized by bdmovers on December 23, 2011
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I recently gave a short informational talk to a group about moving.

One of the constant questions I get is: “Why hire a mover when I can do this with my friends and family?” I decided to answer that question with a short video of clippings from YouTube.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!

I met your neighbor, you should move!

Posted in Moving by bdmovers on December 21, 2011
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The other day I was doing estimates in a gated community.

very tight parking

The street only had tight parking

Parking was tight and I had to park on the street a little down from my clients house. A neighbor was out their door before I could lock up complaining I was in the spot she leaves open for HER guests.  OK, I’ll move

The estimate went fine, a nice older guy. As I was leaving, another neighbor came out to find out where this guy was moving too?, when?, did I know about the kids and how lousy they were?, etc. I got away from him as quickly as I could.




As I was driving away, a new tagline came to me. “I met your neighbor, you should move!”

Shirts for moving men

I met your neighbor, you should move!










Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!

I want to move now!

Posted in Interstate moving,Moving by bdmovers on December 6, 2010
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I want to move NOW!

I want to move NOW!

Years ago, in less crazy times, people would call and say, “I need to move in 8 weeks, can I have an estimate?”  If they called and needed to move quickly, red flags went up.  You’re moving and it just occured to you?

Now we get calls “I need to move tomorrow” or “I need to move this weekend” . Life has changed. This is the new normal.  Closings are scheduled last minute, mortgage agreements are no longer a quick and easy thing and we get the commitment last minute. Our poor realtors are juggling paperwork and phone calls, trying desperately to make it happen. People really do have to move last minute and they really did “just find out”.

What does that mean for movers? Our schedule is often filling up last minute. We are having trouble hanging on to good employees because the calendar is so erratic.

What does it mean to our clients? They may not be able to hire their first choice of movers. They may have trouble finding a good mover, period.

Can anything be done? Call your mover as far in advance as possible. When we know exactly what you have, we are better able to fit it into the schedule.

Check with your realtor, they may have a relationship with a mover. We have some great relationships with different realty agency’s and I try to move heaven and earth for their clients.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!(tm)

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