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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?

No

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!

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!”

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I met your neighbor, you should move!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

My phone estimate for moving is only….

Posted in Moving,moving scams,Regulations by bdmovers on November 27, 2010
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I get upset when I hear a client  telling me that so and so, who they found on x list, is only charging….

I get upset because we are not expensive. We charge enough to pay our bills. No vacations in Europe, no fancy cars, no large bank accounts.

 

Let’s look at the other quote logically.

The rate quoted on the phone is for how many men?  If those men had moving skills and years of experience, what would be a fair wage? If the company pays a reasonable wage to each man does that exceed the rate they quoted?
If not, where is the other money coming from?

Speaking of moving men, do they background check their men? Are they men you would want in your house?

Does the quote include a moving van? If you were to rent a truck, what would you expect to pay for the day? Don’t forget gas and tolls.  Oh, and add in the cost of renting dollies and hand-trucks and blankets to protect your furniture.

Does the quote include packing? Can they safely move your Flat screen? (just blankets are not OK)           Hire a good NJ Moving company

Do they charge for tape? Blankets? Stairs?

Does the quote include liability or insurance? If a man falls, are they covered? If not, you will be paying the medical bills. Is the furniture covered if damaged? If not, you’re just out of luck.  If the truck damages your mailbox or gutters, are they covered?

I am all about saving money and cutting corners. I do here at company every day.

I would love to meet these movers that can legitimately offer such great pricing, but I do not meet them at education or training seminars, or association meetings. I do not see them at chamber events nor are they supporting our local charities. They are not found on the BBB with “A” ratings.

They are seen on TV when consumers complain about their last mover and they are found during sting operations. (18 last month in NJ) They are seen picking up day laborers at the local corner or at a tavern. They use a fleet of rental trucks, and do not own their own. They have many business names. The advertise on phone poles, bulletin boards and lists .

They prey on us wanting something for what we know is too good to be true.

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

 

 

You have too much stuff!

Posted in Moving,Uncategorized by bdmovers on November 16, 2010
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When I grew up we each had a small closet and it was enough. Today our clients have walk in closets, usually 2 in the Master Bedroom.  Yours may not look this organized (mine doesn’t) but the point is made, we all have so much more than when we grew up.

Now look in your kitchen, I bet you see the same trend here. We have mixers, pots and pans that our parents never dreamed of. I moved a client that had 8 sets of china. Remember the “good” dishes? Many people now have multiple sets of “good” dishes and Christmas china, and stoneware, and everyday dishes.

Check out the garage! I had a football, basketball and some basic baseball equipment. So did my friends on Staten Island. Today I might find all that and portable baseball courts, extensive soccer gear and nets (in America?), all sorts of practice equipment, skiing stuff , etc.

Back yard! I bet you had a charcoal grill, red, just like everyone else. Now we have grills the size of Buicks! We have 2 patio sets, lounges, fire pits and assorted tables to go with everything else.

Would our grandparents recognize our lives?

When I search on old moving pictures, you can find small horse drawn carts that moved houses. Houses!  Today they might be able to move a room or two worth of stuff.

I have too much stuff and you do too!

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

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