Why You Should Choose a Local Moving Company

When moving and storage is on your list, it can be tempting to call a mover that you hear advertised a lot. There are many chains that spend a great deal on advertising, and although their rates may be appealing, there is a few reasons why choosing a locally owned moving company is a better option.

Drive-time Fees

While that popular moving company may have a lower hourly rate than the local ones you have called, you need to make sure you are asking the right questions. Most will charge you drive-time plus gas from the time they leave their location. So, if they are driving to your home from the closest major city that is an hour away, you have already paid for an hour of work plus extra gas. That will likely end up costing you more than the hourly fee would have if you use a local mover. Read More

Helping the Elderly Move

Moving and storage options for the elderly are some of the most difficult. Often times, you are moving your parent or loved one from a space that they have been in for decades. They are then moved into a space which is not their own and is less personal. Combine these factors with the lack of freedom most elderly experience when moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility, and you can see why it is so important to get your moving and storage options just right. This article will help you understand the moving and storage options that make the most sense for helping the elderly. Read More

Before You Move: Informative Real Estate Websites

The Internet is the most accessible global forum that there has ever been. Anyone can put up a website and say whatever they like, and millions of people do. Some of sites are great and some aren’t. In order to be profitable, a lot of websites think that they have to generate a lot of content very cheaply. Usually that means some kind of automatic generation system or getting users to add useful and informative stuff themselves. The latter approach is better in most cases- out of the top three most popular sites on the internet, two (Facebook and Youtube) have all their content provided by users.

Real estate sites are much the same. The best ones host some information themselves and get estate agents and sellers to do the rest. If you are looking for a NYC mover or are researching moving to a new area, odds are you have visited dozens of real estate websites.  Read More

The Best Time of Year to Move

The ideal time to move depends where you are. Let’s say that your current home is in New York. Choose the wrong month and you might have to deal with heavy snow or sweltering heat. Either one will seriously inconvenience the movers and make your task much more stressful.

Avoid winter if at all possible. Snow is slippery and despite cleared sidewalks, falls and tumbles are always more common in icy weather. Moving heavy boxes and furniture is a tricky business at the best of times, and ice and snow can make it dangerous or even impossible. If moving in winter is unavoidable and you do live in a chilly place, check the adverse weather policy of potential moving companies. Some packers and movers will cancel if it snows on the night before your move, and that could throw all your plans off schedule. Read More

4 Steps to Planning a New Home Color Scheme

Planning a color scheme for your new home is more than just a trip to the paint store.  Now that you’ve successfully moved your home or office, there are several other steps to be taken before you even consider the color of your walls.  Spending a little time up-front will lead to a beautiful and well-thought out room.

So here are the steps:

Step 1 – The Hard Stuff.  No, not difficult to accomplish, but rather, the permanent finishes in your room.  This would encompass your wall and floor finishes such as tile and carpeting, as well as counter tops.  Your color options will be more limited than paint (that’s why you should start here), and paint can always be custom matched to blend with your choices. Read More

Relocating for a Long-Distance Relationship

For those couples thinking about relocating instead of maintaining a long distance relationship it is worth asking one or two questions before making the leap and moving in together. After all, if a couple gets it wrong they could very quickly find themselves having to relocate twice in a short space of time! Far better for the relationship to get it right the first time. And as much as Flatrate Movers hopes they can earn your NYC moving business, we only want to have to move you once!

Long-distance relationships generally get a bad rap and it is true that for many couples the strain of being apart is too much. But one thing every couple in such a position should bear in mind is that if you are not strong enough to be apart for a while, how do you know you will be strong enough to stay together anyway? Read More

Moving During Winter? Cold Moving Tips

Moving can be a pain any time of year, but we have to take extra special care when moving in cold weather. In ideal situations, we can all move on warm, sunny days, but sometimes this is not possible.  Mother Nature throws us a few surprises sometimes but if you follow these suggestions, your move will go much more smoothly. Moving in winter conditions does require some special planning, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.  And the way this New York winter is shaping up, you’re going to want to hire NYC movers who are not afraid to brave the elements!

First of all, check the furnace in your new home to make sure that it is working properly. This way you can avoid a call to the repair man and shivering while waiting for him to appear.

Get your vehicle’s heater in good working condition well before the move. If you are using your personal vehicle, check all hoses, belts, battery, fuses, etc. to ensure that you aren’t sitting on the side of the road in the cold waiting for a tow truck. Stock your car well with an emergency road kit, as well as a first aid kit and battery-operated radio. Check your tires as well, to make sure the treads are in good condition. Get all-season or winter tires if you are moving to an area with very cold winter climates and the possibility of snow and ice. Read More

Moving? The Right Way to Lift Boxes

You should always leave the heavy lifting to the professionals, pun intended.  But if you are inclined to move items from room to room in an attempt to get organized for moving day, please make sure you lift properly.  Failing to do so can cause serious – even permanent – damage.  Consult your physician before any physical activity.

As stupid as it may sound, there is a right way and a wrong way to lift a box.  When it comes to lifting your rare vinyl record collection up from the basement, make sure you follow the following steps:

First, you should plan in advance before you commence lifting anything. This means you need to know where you’re going, what you’re lifting and what might be in your way en route. You don’t want to be stepping over anything unnecessarily and you certainly don’t want to get stuck in a tight doorway or stairwell whilst carrying a heavy load. Read More

8 Ways to Identify a Legitimate Moving Business

Anyone who has ever been to New York City has likely heard of Ray’s Pizza®.

Often imitated, the Ray’s Pizza® that you may have visited might not have been the “original” Ray’s; however, when looking for a piece of pizza sometimes any of the many Ray’s pizza shops will do.

Many businesses make succeed by riding the coat tails of established businesses, businesses that have worked tirelessly to build their reputation.  And, the development of the internet has only exacerbated this problem.

When using the internet to look for any company many people click on the first result that comes up believing that a major search engine will put the most legitimate result up top; this is NOT true!  For example, if you were searching for FlatRate Moving™ you may pull up a  list of moving companies – many which claim to be “FlatRate.” But there is only one legitimate result!

Remember that when you are hiring a moving company you’re hiring a company that will temporarily have complete control over some of your most cherished and valuable possessions;  this is no slice of pizza.

Here are some guidelines to follow so that you can be make sure that you are hiring the reputable company that you thought you were… Read More

Get Cushioned! Use Household Items to Protect Your Goods When Moving

So, you are on the move again and have all of your stuff organized in piles ready to go. You’ve hired a FlatRate mover and have your moving boxes, (either cheap and cheerful crates from your local grocery store, fancy plastic boxes from a supply store, or the sturdy cardboard variety ) and you’re about to start packing. The only thing still to work out is how o pack, so that your prize collection of rare star wars toys doesn’t get damaged in transit!

First, make sure you’ve got your heavy stuff in smaller, more compact and tighter fitting boxes and your lighter items in the bigger boxes. Ensure they’re not too full and that the box lids can close flat. Remember to write ‘fragile’ in large clear letters on the outside of boxes containing valuables and if possible, to make your move easier, pack and mark your boxes by room so that you will know where everything goes in your new house. And most importantly, ensure you have the right materials to pack the boxes with in the first place. Read More