Residential and commercial movers are most commonly associated with two things: packing and loading. We call them to pack up everything we want to move, then load it onto trucks. This is, effectively, their job description in a nutshell! However, that’s not all NYC movers are capable of. In fact, most moving companies offer a complete range of services that distinguish them as valuable resources during a relocation.
Below, we’re taking a look at a complete range of moving services and why it’s important to consider what you need before talking with a moving company. Not every company offers all these services, so it’s important to find one that’s capable of giving you the level of service you need for a smooth, effortless relocation.
Beyond packing and loading
Most additional services offered by moving companies are tangential to their core packing and moving capabilities. That doesn’t make them any less valuable! In fact, it’s important to find a mover with the specific capabilities you need so you can enlist their help in a complete capacity. Some of the other services offered by moving companies include:
- Carpentry service for floors and furniture
- Disposal of unwanted items
- Handyman service for odds and ends
- Installation of appliances and electronics
- Locks removal and installation
- Rental of plastic bins for packing
- Upholstery of sofas and chairs
Again, not every mover will offer these services—this is just a smattering of what capabilities you might find when searching for movers. Nonetheless, it’s good to have an idea of what capabilities may or may not appeal to you when searching for an all-inclusive mover.
Types of physical moving services
When it comes to the actual relocation of items, there’s a broad assortment of options for movers out there. Depending on the location, destination or distance between your old place and your new one, you might be in the market for one of the following types of movers:
- Local movers: These are intracity movers. Take New York City, for example. If you’re relocating within metropolitan NYC, you’ll want to find local movers who can get you from one part of the city to another and not have to worry about traveling outside of the city limits.
- Long-distance movers: Long-distance can mean intrastate or cross-country—really, anything that takes you more than 100 miles or so from your original location. Long-distance movers are equipped to deal with the logistics and obstacles of transporting your belongings over great distances.
- International movers: Heading out of the country? You’ll need a mover that’s familiar with extradition—moving your goods from one country to another. Whether it’s north to Canada or across the ocean to Europe, international movers will know how to get everything relocated appropriately.
- Self-storage movers: Sometimes, you may have no choice but to leave your stuff under lock and key for a few weeks… or even longer. Self-storage movers will help you transport your belongings from your current residence to a storage facility—likely one that they own and operate.
- Auto transport movers: These movers specialize in moving automobiles. Call them up if you want to transport your car, rather than drive it to the destination. This often involves a flatbed truck, however they’ll also have enclosed transportation for collectors’ cars and rare vehicles that need extra protection.
- Self-service move: Self-service movers only do the transportation. If you’re looking to save a few bucks on the move, you can pack and load your belongings into a truck, then pay to have someone drive the truck to your destination, where you’ll unload and unpack. Self-service moves are typically very cheap.
- Small move movers: Going from a studio apartment to something bigger? A dorm to a regular apartment? A condo to a house? Small move movers tackle minor moves with efficiency and quickness, so you can get your belongings out of a cramped space and into something that’s a bit more comfortable.
- Office move: Professional movers can help you move your office to a new location. This can include takedown of all furniture and electronics, as well as reinstallation when you arrive at the new location. The scale of the move depends on the size of your business, and the capabilities of every office mover will vary.
Not all moves are created equal! As you consider your upcoming move, make sure you’re choosing the right type of mover and considering all the services they can provide for you.
Handyman services provided by moving companies!
There are a lot of service providers in New York who can assist you in sprucing up your new place or tidying up the one you’re leaving. It’s often a good idea to hire a handyman to help you get your security deposit back or to make sure you’re ready to move into a new place without any snags or setbacks.
Why hire another contractor when many moving companies will provide handyman services on demand? The advantage of using a mover for handyman services is that they’re already on-site and often, you can roll their services into one invoice, for ease of payment after your move. There’s two ways to approach this.
First, you can pay for only the larger services you need. That might include things like the following handyman services:
- Uncrating valuable goods
- Reassembling furniture
- Repairing carpentry
- Patching drywall
- Fixture installation
- Appliance hookups
The list goes on and on. If you know you’ll need a particular group of services, you can ask your moving company to quote them specifically and pay a fee to have them accomplished as part of the scope of work.
The second option is to have the moving company book a flat rate for a set number of hours, dedicated to any handyman projects that might arise. You might not know how much help you need until you get moved in. Paying for three hours of handyman services upfront can give you the peace of mind you need that a professional will be there to help you get things set up.
However you approach handyman services, it’s a smart idea to at least consider them. There’s a lot of extra stuff that comes with a move—having a handyman by your side ensures that they don’t derail you from the main mission of getting moved in.
Don’t forget disposal services
Got stuff that’s not coming with you when you move? Instead of hauling items back and forth to drop-off points or the dump, inquire if your moving company offers disposal services. Many do. It’s a quick and convenient way to get rid of everything you don’t want, without adding a bunch of extra steps to your moving process. Whether it’s unwanted furniture or a few boxes full of damaged junk, a moving company will be able to dispose of things appropriately for you.
No-hassle furniture moving
Furniture can be one of the biggest headaches when moving. It’s best to ask a moving company how they can help you handle furniture—of all sizes and types.
Some furniture can be broken down into smaller pieces and easily transported that way. Other pieces need to be carefully wrapped and sealed for safe moving. High-value items might need to be crated and moved with care. Hefty items like pool tables and pianos require special training and techniques to safely move out of and into homes. Really, there’s a tremendous amount of planning that goes into handling all furniture the right way. It’s best to work with a moving company that offers specific furniture moving services and the experience to do it right.
Find a company that offers it all
When you look at the full scope of your move and start to add up the many different services you’ll need to get it done right, the list can look daunting. The best thing you can do is find a moving company that offers it all—access to a diverse scope of services that can be tailored around the needs of your unique move. From furniture to handyman services, waste disposal to automobile moves, it’s worth paying to have the job done right, by professionals who care.