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New Jersey Moving company, hiring and training.

Posted in Moving,Uncategorized by bdmovers on February 7, 2010
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Phil & Customer

Movers are not, well should not be, guys you grab off the street to lug your furniture around. They should be trained and educated on the profession. A good mover will find work in any town in any part of the country. The skill is not easily learned, and difficult to teach.  Why?

Although a sofa may appear to be a sofa like any other, every piece is unique. The furniture industry is still re-inventing the darn things ( I curse the genius that came up with the sofa with reclining chairs at the ends!) Take into consideration that a certain level of strength and endurance is needed before moving skills can even be trained. Add an eye for what will fit and how, some mechanic skills when we must disassemble furniture, and a caring attitude toward customers and their belongings. Not a very easy day.
When I run a help wanted ad, it always states “must be able to lift heavy items with a smile”. So the first thing I look for is a kind and pleasant demeanor. I know from experience that muscles will follow when they apply themselves to the job. Always hire “nice” first!
Training takes place on the job. We go over basics at our meetings, but you learn by doing this job. Do you remember the first time you saw a sofa, larger than the door opening, fit into a room? I can show you, I can’t tell you how to do that. Not all movers hire and train this way. It must be very hard if you are a huge moving company with dozens of trucks and crews. I have the luxury of knowing my crew and often working side by side with them.  The other upside of hiring “nice” …. I like working with them.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers! ™
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Moving requests over the years

These are some of the true requests (in spirit if not in word) I have gotten over the years:

  • Can you move the aquarium with water and fish? No
  • Can I leave the food in my refrigerator and freezer? No
  • Can I leave the clothes in the dressers? Yes
  • Can you move my mother before the ambulance comes? NO!
  • Can I help load the truck? No, you can’t come on the truck but you can move your furniture and boxes to the driveway if you want.
  • Can I drive with you? No
  • Can you move my pets in the truck? no
  • How about my plants? Usually no, but if there is floor space and we are moving a short distance, OK
  • Do I have to pack in boxes, can I use trash bags? OK for soft items like blankets, not OK for lamps.
  • Are you married and would you like to meet my granddaughter? Yes and No
  • Can I leave my items on the truck till I close on the other house? Yes if it’s overnight, no if it’s longer.
  • part 2 of that question is why? Because once your stuff is on my truck, I am out of work.
  • part 3 of that question is but so and so mover will let me. He must have not work for his trucks and you might ask why that is. (January and February are the exceptions to this answer, all movers have trucks that can store for a day or two)
  • Can you stop at my brothers, storage, or ex-wife’s? Yes
  • Will you move gas, oil, propane, chemicals or my foul, putrid compost bin? NO

What is your moving request?

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

International Moves, 5 things to remember

Posted in International moves,Moving,Regulations,Uncategorized by bdmovers on May 4, 2009
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OK, you decided to move to Lithuania or Egypt (both moves we are doing right now) Maybe you ordered the overseas container yourself and are getting anxious to take the next step. Here’s what you need to to remember.

  • 1. Call the embassy or your forwarder and get a fact sheet on the country you’re moving to. They may have restrictions on what you can take. Some countries are very concerned about books, video tapes, and media coming into the country. I won’t point fingers, you can probably guess which ones, but every country has their quirks. Respect them and you avoid a world of trouble.
  • 2.Make a complete inventory of what you are taking. You will need a list for customs that should include all your furniture, appliances, and cartons. You must list what is in the boxes also. If the new country speaks Lithuanian, give us a copy in that language also. Make multiple copies. I like to have one in the container taped to the last bulkhead we build.
  • 3.Check out what appliances will work overseas. Electrical current is different around the world, your TV and toaster may be paperweights over there. By the way, video formats can be different also.
  • 4. Check transit times. Some countries are harder to get to. Some go through a yearly season of strikes, others may be in or close to war zones. If you are over there waiting, have clothes for that climate.
  • 5. Set up bank accounts, credit card, etc before you get there. You may need money readily available.
  • 6. bonus – hire a mover experienced with overseas moves to help you, the learning curve is steep.

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

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The number 1 question to ask your mover

You know to ask for the licence number and you better ask about liability insurance. What else? The number question on the phone should be “will you come out to give me an estimate?” You want reality , not guesses and lies. You want a mover that will take responsibility for your move. The only way he/she can do that is to see what you have. Don’t complain to me that it’s inconvenient or you think it is a waste of time because so many movers will quote on the phone. MAKE THEM BE RESPONSIBLE!
I bet at work there are tasks you must do to be proficient at what you do. Would your boss allow you to “call it in”? You are the boss on moving day, do not let them call it in.
Let’s say you made a couple of movers come the house. What are the most important questions now?

  • Is this price firm or is approximate?
  • What might change the price? (long carries, shuttles, weight, extra packing are all usual extra cost)
  • Will you provide me with a copy of your insurance and License number.
  • Are you a member of the BBB. (Is it them or the Vanline they represent?)
  • Will you guarantee a pickup date and delivery date?
  • Am I the only customer on the truck?
  • What payments will you accept? (certified check and credit cards are the norm)
  • Will you guarantee no damage?  (trick question, accidents happen so what do they do if something is damaged?)

Follow these few guidelines and you will weed out 90% of the bad movers out there.

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

$70 per hour

Posted in Moving,Ocean County,Regulations,Uncategorized by bdmovers on March 9, 2009
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Today I walked into a house where the owner  had beed quoted $70 per hour by an internet company. When they came out the price jumped up. He understandably was not happy.

Lets go through this again, a quote online is worhtless. It is a false leader, a bait and switch, or an out right lie if they quote without seeing your stuff. The reality is a sofa may weight 100lbs or it might be 400lbs, do you know? Neither  do they.  If you get an hourly quote , is it for 2, 3 or 4 men? travel time? packing charges included? driver extra? (not a joke)

$70 sounded too good to be true and it was. Do the math in your head. If we pay each man  x per day, if we allow for a truck expense,  gas and overhead. Still not sure? What would you charge to move your client with a fairly new truck (payments) 3 good guys (not street labor) and make sure you have liability insurance, workers compensation, auto/ cargo insurance.  What do want to make for a days labor?

95% of the moving clients know this, but I can’t help the rant when I am attcked because I can’t match the price of a mover that won’t come to the house, won’t show he has insurance and liability, and will not take responsability for his work.

Other than that, I am I a fine mood today. 😉

Faith can move mountains…for everything else their is BD Movers

Green Movers

Posted in Moving,Ocean County,Uncategorized by bdmovers on February 15, 2009
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Is your mover a “green company”? Its hard to say you are, we use deisel engines, lots of cardboard and packing materials. What is realistic? BD Movers has taken some steps in the right direction.

  • In the office we try to use only recycled paper, we often can’t because of required forms and paperwork that are not available as recycled.
  • We offer plastic totes as an option to cardboard. For all our customers we take back used cardboard and take it to recycling at no charge (day of move). I have experimented with offering used boxes but the risk of passing on bugs makes that a tough option. The used cartons have to be taken away quickly or the risk increases. Even the plastic totes creates a problem of “is it green” because they are rented from a company in north Jersey that will have to transport them and use fuel for that. It seems the carbon footprint math would work on large moves but not small.
  • I can offer biodegradable peanuts, they are fine on short term packing. Long term they could be a food source for rodents or if they get wet, they will start degrading and you would lose the protection.
  • Shredded paper is good on small jobs but it will settle over time. Again, no protection.

Bio-diesel, Electric Hybrid! Sorry, not yet, in my area the bio-diesel is not available (ocean county NJ) and the electric truck is not powerful enough to haul heavy loads over distances.  This link will show some of the possible future: http://www.businesspundit.com/25-most-promising-green-businesses/

So for now, “green” means offering informed options, recycling or reusing where we can, and always considering the impact of our decisions.

Out of State Moves

At BD Movers we do out of state movers as well as local moving. The Carolina’s and Florida are the most popular but recently the action seems to be to the adjoining states, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. The reason is often so they can keep friends, and jobs but avoid our high taxes and high housing cost. If you hire a mover for this, we are going to charge you by weight and mileage. You can’t do a thing about the distance but you can control the weight by getting rid of stuff at this end. Here are some suggestions;

  • Donate. Call your local charity to donate the items you no longer need. In Ocean County we have Habitat for Humanity in Manahawkin and one in Toms River. They will pick up the donated items, use them or sell them, and give you a tax receipt. Everyone benefits. Freecycle is a web site where you can list items for donation and people will come and get them.  Your local church often knows of families that need furniture and appliances. We accept non-perishable food stuffs on moving day and we take them to a local food bank.
  • Recycle. Do not put it to the curb! Your neighbors will be annoyed and it is wasteful. In Ocean County most, if not every, township has an excellent recycling center for paper,plastic, clothes. In Forked River, ours will also take oil, paint, tires, batteries, electronics and cardboard.
  • Call a hauler. I recommend Cleanoutservice here in Manahawkin. Joe is a great guy but I refer him because he will responsibly get rid of the things he picks up, Florescent light bulbs go to one place, metal to another, and so on. Email him at  cleanoutservice@yahoo.com
  • Offer it to the new owners. They may need a bedroom set for the extra room, or they may need the left over paint for touch ups.

Never move the garden bricks, the fireplace wood, the old encylapedias, the freezer your grandparents gave you for the garage. The movers will charge you more than they are worth. Save some money, and help some people at the same time.

Recent Estimates

Posted in Moving,Ocean County,Uncategorized by bdmovers on February 2, 2009
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The other day I was in the home of a man that lost his job and needs to move. Has to move because the apartment is no longer his. I met his wife and 2 sons, all really nice, smart people. I use to think we all make our fortunes, make our luck, but I am meeting too many smart, capable people that have been blind sided by this economy. I often come home depressed from the personal stories I hear each day. Another home had both husand and wife unemployed and in a new house with their young son. Another was moving out of state, (I’m in Ocean County, NJ), but not to a new job or family, just to start over. He said it has to be better somewhere else.

If I may make a suggestion, please thank God for your family, your job, your work. It is too precious to take for granted.
For years now I have told my customers and employees at BD Movers that ” I’ve had work and I’ve had no work… work is better”. Those words are really ringing true for a lot of us.

Who’s coming to your home?

Posted in Moving,Ocean County,Uncategorized by bdmovers on January 30, 2009
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I do not think most people consider who is coming to their home when they move.

When a customer calls BD Movers we insist on coming out to do an on-site estimate. We are often met with resistance to the idea, ” I just want to know how much this will cost!” I have a couple of problems with that.  I have yet to speak with a customer that knew just how much they had in the house. If I make a mistake on the estimate, I live with it. If you did not tell me about the 100 boxes in the attic, you are charged extra. I think everyone understands that.

Now the flip side. You hired a mover over the phone or Internet. You have no idea if they are professional or not, but you did hear a price you liked. I won’t go into how that price is about to change. It will. I want to talk about the 3 or 4 men coming to your home.  Do they seem to be full time employees or “street labor” . On any given day I can swing by certain street corners and hire some guys ALOT CHEAPER than my regular guys. That savings could be passed on to the customer. Why not?

Listen up! This is the important part…. because movers know what you have…… where you live…….and who is vulnerable.  This is not the time to let just anyone move your daughter or elderly parents.  Here in Ocean County NJ we have the greatest consent ration of adult living communities in the country. I shudder each time an elderly customer calls and will not let a mover do an on-site estimate.  Can I be any clearer?