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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)


New Jersey Movers Diary

The other day I had an astonishing range of estimates for my company

My first estimate was for a senior moving from the Jersey Shore to be with her daughter in Pennsylvania, both of them were a little (a lot) overwhelmed with the move. Mom had acquired quite a lot of stuff and was hesitant about getting ride of any of it. Thank god the daughters were involved or this would be a fiasco.

A Senior move in Tuckerton NJ

My next client was moving from Toms River into an assisted living facility, for her we will do all the packing along with the move.  Her arthritis has gotten so bad she is starting to need help with cooking and she lives alone. I am constantly amazed at the strength some people show when things are rough. I hope I have the same grace as I get older.

Commercial stove to be moved

From there I went to the Seaside Park area of the Jersey Shore to estimate moving a restaurant. The summer did not pan out quite like they had hoped and they were moving everything into storage, moving all the tables, chairs,  the stoves, ovens and refrigerators. Commercial equipment is much larger and heavier than a household move, so we bring special dollies and hand trucks. I measure the doors to see if any need to come off.  We discuss who is disconnecting the gas and water connections. Often we suggest a bug bomb at storage “just in case”. This looks pretty clean and I expect no problems.

A prior client has called me to give their synagogue an estimate. Everyone is quite excited to be moving into the new place.  There will be a ceremony where they symbolically walk from one to the other carrying the religious scrolls.  We  will move the school and offices. I will be on this job! I already picked up a Mezuzah for them.

Moving on Long Beach Island

My next estimate is a re-estimate. My client has called and is concerned that everything may not fit into his self storage, “could I come out and look one more time”?  I always walk through the house as if I had never been there before so I can be sure of what has changed. There will be no problem with the move. I end up staying longer than I should so they are comfortable with everything we will do on moving day.

My last estimate of the day is on Long Beach Island. They are selling the house and moving inland and then to Florida. The house has been in the family for quite awhile and there are some mixed felling about the move. The taxes are getting beyond what they can afford, but they love the place.

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

Jersey Shore Moving Diary

My first estimate was on LBI island for a couple that are tearing down the home they have so they can build a much larger one with views of the ocean. The last 2 years there have not been many doing this, but this fall I’m getting quite a few calls. My job will be to pack up the house, move it to self storage for the winter and then deliver it all back to the new house. I’ m encouraged that some of the “big money” people are getting optimistic about our economy. What was that commercial? When E F Hutting speaks, people listen?

Movers view

BD Moves arrives at the house

My office calls, one person wants to move from Delaware to Delaware, another one has an eviction on Staten Island that has to go a local storage.  We are not licensed in other states for local moves, my office knows this, but they’re curious why people are calling us. I can usually refer a local mover for them. Delaware I blank out on but I know a great NY mover and give them his name.

My next estimate is local. A women about my age is moving into a much smaller place. Her husband has left, and is going through his “thing”. I often hear one side of the situation when I am in the house and I always believe the one in front of me. Lately I’m hearing this type of story a lot. I really don’t care who was right or wrong, but when you have children and the house is being foreclosed, they are being evicted, and the kids are losing everything. Why do this to your kids? Hate him or her but take care of the kids. Rant over.

Do we move shopping carts?

An interesting call, can we move 15 shopping carts from one store to another? and then back in 2 days? Sure, why? They are filming something and need them for 24 hours.

My next is a repeat customer that bought a sofa that the store couldn’t deliver to the room she wanted it in. I go out to look it over. It will be tight, but really all we need to do is remove a light fixture at the stair landing and it should go. We schedule a date my crew will be in the area.

I love this idea, my next appointment wants to make an offer on a house. He knows the older women is getting a lot of interest and offers so… his contract offer includes paying for local moving cost. His offer will really stand out and she has one less thing to worry about. Clever.

BD Movers apartment move

3rd floor walk up for BD Movers

I stop by a job in progress to see how things are going. My luck, a 3rd floor walk up. I help the guys unload the last of it and set up the beds. We walk room by room to make sure everything is placed where they want it. My legs are a little shaky and I was there less than an hour, how do these guys do this everyday?

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

Boston College Move – Money Saved?

Posted in Interstate moving,Moving by bdmovers on September 3, 2010
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We recently did a move for a college graduate now going to grad school, my daughter, and I planned to stay the weekend helping and enjoying Boston with her and my family. The move started in NJ and ended at an apartment building in the center of a gazillion colleges. The streets were filled with PODS, UHauls, Pickup and trailers, and of course , moving vans. On any given street there may have been 4 or 5 people moving in.

College movers, BD Movers

Happy Grad students with BD Movers on Moving day

My observations:

All the movers showed up with dollies and handtrucks. They were done in 1 to 2 hours. I noticed Flat Rate Movers appeared to be very professional

The UHauls usually had young student types moving the furniture. They used no equipment, no blankets and seemed to be there all day.

The other UHaulers were obviously moving companies that had hired extra trucks and men to handle the busy weekend. In general I was not impressed. They had some equipment but did not use it properly. One crew had a strong alcohol smell as I walked by. I did see one crew that was excellent, and made quick work of their job. (if they had worn their moving shirts or signed the truck I would have given them a link here)

The Pickup people were very harried. They were doubled parked on the road, the loading process was time-consuming and rarely did I see anyone tying off the load. It looked like damages were most likely. Multiple trips were obviously being made.

The PODS were there all weekend, slowly being filled. Again I noticed no equipment , blankets or any effort to tie things securely to the walls.

If I had to guess the return on investment for the moving clients, I think a good mover would be the best choice. I  don’t know how you value your time, but a few hours vs all day. Little or no damage vs splinters. Smiling faces vs scowls.

By the way, my daughter was moved into the 5th floor of her apartment in about 1.5 hours. The rest of the day we helped hang pictures, curtains and unpack. That evening we enjoyed a great Italian restaurant. The next day we bought a few things for the apartment and had the whole day to walk around site seeing (the Public Gardens are amazing) We finished the evening at a small restaurant in Beacon Hill. On Sunday my wife and I had breakfast with our daughter before we left.

Just asking – Is that how your last college move went?

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

A day in the life of a New Jersey Mover

I picked a day at random, not an average day but surely not an atypical day.  I own BD Movers, but my job day to day is  usually  handling the estimates that come in.

NJ Moving Man, Tony starts off with coffee

NJ Moving Man, Tony starts off with coffee

Work usually starts around 630 in the office but today it starts on the road.

The first estimate was in Ocean Grove NJ at 730. Ocean Grove is an old Victorian town founded by the Methodist. It has kept its charm. My client is moving out to a beautiful  new house about 45 minutes away, more suburban.

NJ Mover, at first estimate in Ocean Grove NJ

NJ Mover, at first estimate in Ocean Grove NJ

Street view in Ocean Grove for NJ Moving Moving Company, BD Movers

Street view in Ocean Grove for NJ Moving Moving Company, BD Movers

We started talking about his previous moves. One mover held his furniture ransom after loading the truck and refusing to finish the job without more money. Cops came. 3 years of legal battles. The last mover did some damage and did not own up and fix it. Hence me, number three.  Our policy is to never fire a mover that makes a mistake but rather fire them if they hide a mistake. Big difference.

He is moving because the neighbors are difficult. He loves the location, but the it’s just no fun being there.

Eatontown Mover, BD Movers, onto his senior move estimate

Eatontown Mover, BD Movers, onto his senior move estimate

My next estimate is in Eatontown NJ. This client is moving into assisted living. We are working with a Senior Move manager. Her job is to help them comfortably handle this move. She has done most of the packing, organizing and making arrangements for movers, cleaners and an auctioneer. Our job will be to finish some of the packing, move them, make sure everything is set up again and properly reassembled. Her husband has dementia and his health requires that they find a place that can meet their changing needs.

While I’m there I learn the husband is retired from army and is himself from a long line of military men. The pictures on the wall of a family farm gets her talking of the dairy business the family has in Pennsylvania.  I really like her.

NJ Moving Co, BD Movers, on estimate at a Jackson NJ assisted living facility

NJ Moving Co, BD Movers, on estimate at a Jackson NJ assisted living facility

The next estimate for moving is in Jackson NJ. I am meeting the niece to help pack and move some antiques to self storage till the family figures out what they want to keep.  Our job is to pack the antique lamps, vases, dishes and some pedestals with statues. Some are from the 1800’s and will require some extra care. Our packing crew will go out the day before the move so that everything is ready for the next morning. I hate packing the same day as moving. I find it to be more stressful on the client. ( You hire a mover to make your life easier!)

PA to NJ moving company, BD Movers heads out to give an estimate for moving

PA to NJ moving company, BD Movers heads out to give an estimate for moving

The next estimate is in Coppersburg  PA.  This client is moving to the Jersey Shore. Most movers would not go out to estimate this job because of the distance. This is a referral from another client we moved. I like to see the job so we both know what is required. Who is packing for instance. This way we both agree exactly on what is being moved.

This one is a little emotional for everyone. It’s a divorce. The guy is being very business like, no nonsense. She is obviously trying not to cry.

Our job will be to move him to the Jersey Shore. I know the men I want on the job already because I know they will be gentle with the family and furniture. We will put his stuff into a self storage area he has chosen and move it out to the final destination when he is ready. I’ve helped him decide on the size storage unit he’ll need and we’ll bring paper pads to protect his furniture while its in storage.

Another view of the farm for interstate moving co, BD Movers

Another view of the farm for interstate moving co, BD Movers

View of the farm for PA to NJ, interstate moving co, BD Movers

View of the farm for PA to NJ, interstate moving co, BD Movers

End of the work day for New Jersey Moving Co, BD Movers

End of the work day for New Jersey Moving Co, BD Movers

Total mileage was just under 300 miles.

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