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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)

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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)

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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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)

My phone estimate for moving is only….

Posted in Moving,moving scams,Regulations by bdmovers on November 27, 2010
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BD Movers logo

BD Movers logo(tm)

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)

 

 

Hiring a New Jersey Mover and what are the added costs?

Posted in Barnegat,Moving,moving scams by bdmovers on July 30, 2010
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You are interviewing your NJ Moving company and want to know what could change the price. Here is the potential add on list.

Travel time is the cost of a mover getting to you and back to their warehouse. This is in additional to your hourly

Barnegat Moving company, BD Movers and a happy client

BD Movers, Barnegat moving company, and their smiling customer

move. Some movers may add a nominal fee for this and some add quite a bit. If you are in Cape May and you hire a mover from Hoboken expect lots of travel time.

If you don’t finish the packing;  lamps, pictures, dishes, etc, the mover will and they will charge for that service.  This can be a substantial cost. Be clear with your mover at the time of the estimate on what you will pack and they will pack.

Change of order. You added items or you changed the conditions of the move. For instance, you did not sell the living room set and now it goes, or the movers get to the new house and find it is an apartment with a tiny elevator instead the ranch home they expected.

Some companies charge for tolls.

Some will charge for equipment. Normal use of a hand-truck or dolly is usually included. Piano equipment or hoisting may not be.

Some charge for blankets. It is legal if its in the their tariff, but I think it’s unfair. Does a carpenter charge for his hammer? I should have available to me all the tools that make me a professional.

Some charge for tape. A scam but legal if it’s in their tariff. They use rolls and rolls of it when they put blankets on the furniture.

Never legal are things like a mandatory tip, lunch money or a charge for gas for the trucks.

Faith can move mountains, for everything else there is BD Movers!(tm) your firm price moving company.

Why is my move more expensive than…

Often people want to compare moving prices with their friends, family, well… everyone. Why did Mrs Smith pay

Happy client with NJ movers, BD Movers

Cindy and the moving men on move-in day

more than Mrs Clark when they both had a 3 bedroom house to move?

Every house is not filled equally, you may have a modest bedroom set and they may have a set made for giants.

Are you a one table top TV family or 5 sets with surround sound?

Are you moving the appliances or leaving them?

Do you collect tea cups and have 3 china cabinets filled with them or are you a 4 piece place setting person?

The average home has 100-125 boxes, are you above average? (you should have said yes here)

Are your kids under 5 and have every toy a grandparent can buy them? Or are they older with a xbox and laptop for toys?

Do you live on the 3rd floor of a walk up apartment? You will pay more than the 2nd floor or 1st floor clients. Why? it just takes so much longer to move the same stuff.

Did your friend do their own packing and do want the movers to pack everything?

Are you moving 1 block or to the next county? Are you moving to the Jersey Shore on a weekend in summer (with traffic backed up for miles) or are you moving in March when the roads are free of traffic?

You are unique, celebrate it, and pay the piper his due. 😉

Ultimately, your mover is charging by how long the job will take on local moves or they are charging by weight on long-distance moves (with extra charges for things that take extra time like long carry’s or flights of stairs)

You are in control , only hire a mover to do what makes sense for your budget and ability.

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

Disappointing NJ Movers

Happy NJ moving client at the end her move

Pleased BD Movers customer

I know its summer by the calls my office gets almost everyday.

  • My mover did not show up, are you available? When we question the client a little we find the mover was hired by email or over the phone and never came out.
  • My mover called and he can’t make the agreed moving date, can you? Most reputable movers will honor the moving date, you have a closing don’t you? You must be out. Again we find the mover did not come out and they have no paperwork stating agreed on dates.
  • You gave me an estimate 2 months ago, I want to move tomorrow.  Sorry, all movers need as much time as you can give them. I may be open tomorrow but it will be unlikely.
  • I want to move on the 30th, but everyone is booked!  The 30th and 15th are the most popular dates for closings (and moving) because the math is much easier for taxes and utilities.  Try to pick the 18th or 23rd and you will have better luck.
  • My closing is delayed, can you hold the furniture for a week? Sorry, no. We are moving people everyday and we need the truck you would like us to hold for you. Imagine a carpenter lending his hammer, he is unable to work til it’s returned.  I can move you into a self storage and then move you out when the new house closing takes place.
  • I have a quote of “x”, why is this mover so much cheaper that everyone else?  I don’t know, but you should be asking, what is their reputation? are they licensed and carry insurance? are they listed with the BBB? If all things are equal and they looked you in the eye and said “x” then why not hire them?

Summary – make your mover come out, check them out thouroughly and book early.

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

Moving testimonials for New Jersey Movers

Posted in Moving,Ocean County,Senior moves by bdmovers on May 27, 2010
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This is short and sweet, does your moving company supply testimonials?

New Jersey Movers, BD Movers, picture of pleased customers on moving day

Happy clients of BD Movers

You know, people they have moved?

Or people that would recommend them?

They should.

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