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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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)

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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