A local move is when the distance between pick up and delivery is no larger than 100 miles. If you’re moving further than 100 miles, it is considered an intrastate move.
With 40% of the population living in New York City, many individuals and families are moving to the suburbs of New York State. Similarly, there are many people moving into New York City from within the state of New York.
Local moves are charged at an hourly rate, with a minimum charge of between 3-7 hours. Any additional time will usually be charged per hour. You can contact local moving companies and obtain rough quotes over the phone. Once you have narrowed your search for a reputable moving company, a representative can be sent to your home, free of charge to provide you a cost and time estimation for your individual move.
You will want to ensure the moving company you hire is licensed and insured. To check the requirements of New York State, you can visit New York State Department of Transportation.
Insuring your belongings is also advised. Even if you are only moving a short distance, your items will be protected against any potential damage or loss.
If you are considering moving yourself, obtain all possible costs, including: truck rental, mileage, gas, and hired help, for assistance with loading and unloading your items.
Moving locally in New York
Moving to a new home can be very simple. However, some moves require special services, also referred to as accessorial services within the moving industry.
Extra services could include:
Packing/unpacking – professional packers pack and unpack your belongings.
Bulky items – Pianos, pool tables, motorcycles, etc. are considered bulky items. They are heavy and hard to maneuver.
Expedited service – Receiving delivery on a guaranteed date.
Stairs – Flight charge is common above a certain number of stairs. Check with your moving company.
Elevator – Elevator charges are common in the city. More time is spent loading and unloading an elevator when done more than once.
Long carry - If your items need to be carried above a certain distance from the moving truck to delivery location.
Shuttle service – If a large moving truck cannot park by your home, a smaller shuttle truck will need to be used.
Extra services are charged at an additional cost, on top of the estimate provided from your moving company. Before the movers pick up your items, you might have already arranged extra services; therefore they will already be included in your estimate. In some situations, extra services are necessary without prior knowledge, due to unforeseen circumstances. Knowing what the extra services mean will help you better understand what you are being charged for.
How to Downsize Before Moving
Moving home, especially long distance is a great opportunity to reduce your belongings. Before you begin packing your boxes and wrapping furniture to be moved, go through each room in your home to see what items you no longer need.
Depending on the quality of your stuff, a lot of it can be recycled. Having a garage sale, or selling your items online is a great way to reduce and recycle your belongings. If you’ll also be donating, there are many charities and donation drop offs. Some organizations can even pick up your belongings.
If your garage, attic, or basement is being used as a “storage” room, go through these areas first. They can later be used as a space to house the items that you no longer need. The process of downsizing and de-cluttering can make you feel much lighter and make your move easier. As you go through your belongings, decide what can be donated, sold at a garage sale or online, given to friends and family, or thrown away. If you’re indecisive about certain items, ask yourself: will it suit your new home? Can it be replaced? How often do you use this item? Is it valuable or hold sentimental value? Does it need repairing? Could someone enjoy it more than I do?
Taking the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of what is no longer needed, will save you time during the packing and unpacking process, and reduce your moving costs.