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Starving Students Movers Moving Tips

How to Pick a Moving Company

  • Verify the company of choice is licensed and insured.
  • Inquire as to whether the movers are full-time employees or day laborers.
  • Contact the Federal or State Department of Transportation and verify the moving company you’re considering has obtained a license to operate. For example: In California, you would want to contact the Public Utilities Commission because they regulate the household goods moving industry. Please see the provided links to the various regulatory authorities.
  • Ensure you’re not liable if an employee becomes injured on your premises. Verify the moving company pays worker’s compensation for their employees.
  • Consider if you’re being charged an hourly rate or by weight of items. Ask about any additional fees or charges for extra large items.
  • Inquire about the company’s policy if damage or loss were to occur.

Organizing Tips

  • Eliminate unnecessary files and transfer hard copy files to a digital medium if possible. Consider donating unwanted office furniture and supplies to charity.
  • File a change of address form at the post office to have your mail forwarded to your new location and notify clients that your office is moving.
  • Have all employees remove their items from the refrigerator.
  • Create a folder for all moving related records and documents for easy access to payment records and other information you may need.
  • Verify freight elevator hours and inquire about special documentation for professional movers with building management.

Packing Tips

  • Label boxes “Fragile” or “This Side Up” according to its contents. All fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap and packaged with Styrofoam peanuts.
  • Dedicate a box to essential work supplies or materials that you will need to access on the first day.
  • Be aware that old boxes are not always strong enough to hold heavy items.
  • Wrap items in bubble wrap and packing paper. (Note: Newspaper may leave black ink residue on items.)
  • Label boxes clearly with the future rooms and offices where the boxes will be unpacked.
  • Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes, if possible.

Customer Reviews

"Best decision we have ever made in a move. Robert and Alfred were absolutely amazing. They worked quickly and were very careful with our things. When it came time to move our Sub Zero very heavy refrigerator up the stairs and into our condo....they did it!(our sofa was no easy task either) I was so amazed at their determination to complete this difficult task. I would definitely recommend them to anyone...anytime! Thank you Alfred and Robert for a wonderful job!"

-- Dean G.

"M Kinley Strahan and T were very professional, polite and worked together very well. All of our belongings were handled with the utmost care. These men worked without taking a break. We bought them each a large drink before we left for the destination, 46 miles away, and that was the only time they were not moving furniture. We were very pleased with the move and will not hesitate to recommend your company."

-- Paula C.

"Daniel and Travis were our movers from Lodi to Reno. They did an excellent job and took great care to ensure what needed wrapping for protection was done. They were courteous and clear about the process and prices. By the way, the cost was at least 1/2 of the other 2 quotes I received from competitors and I do not see how the competitors could have done better. They unloaded our stuff and placed each item in the place in the room that we requested. All in all we couldn\'t have been happier with the entire experience. Obviously I would recommend them highly. Thank you."

-- Steve C.

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