Local moving company suggestions?

moving boxTori emailed us this morning:

I am moving apartments yet again, and am thinking of having movers carry my stuff instead of me this time. Do you have any recommendations for the best/cheapest moving company in the area?
I don't want them to pack up my things, just to carry them from my current apartment to the truck, drive them to the new place, and carry all the furniture and boxes up the stairs.

Anyone have suggestions for Tori? We're hoping she doesn't have to move in the snow.


Hanley Moving 456-8542

Had Tom and his guys move a few random things (couch etc.) many years ago, and when we needed our washer and dryer moved called him again. He specializes in small moves just like yours ie. apartments, already packed boxes, just a few random bulky items.
Honestly I'd be surprised if any of the "big" movers even returned your call--can't be bothered for such small potatoes, even though your stuff is important to you!

My sister paid some guys off craigslist to move her stuff once for like $200 and chinese food. They were pretty nice (there was a bunch of us also helping with lighter stuff). They just helped move stuff out of the truck and up the stairs to her 3rd floor apartment.

I've always gone the other way, and paid for packing -- which is the true drudgery, and more affordable than you may think (hundreds of dollars) -- then moved myself. It's amazing how quickly and cheaply experienced packers can box-up your whole life. Plus, the boxes are all new and square and uniform, and it's much less of an imposition to ask friends to help with the actual moving. Get some quotes for just the packing. Quotes are free.

If that seems reasonable, decide separately if you want to also hire-out the moving. Where they get you is on the combined job. Divide and conquer.


I've used Don's Moving and Storage 3 times and they are great. If you pack all your own stuff, you can probably secure a half day rate. They are really careful and not anxious to finish your job to go to the next. I'll use them again in a heartbeat.

I recommend Dan's Moving & Trucking Inc. in Selkirk (767-2711). They are super nice, efficient, careful with your belongings and prompt. I would call them again in an instant.

We're moving next week... and my experience so far is that most of them are idiots.

We needed movers for a Sunday. Most don't work Sundays. It was like trying to find a nun who wasn't in church on Sunday.

When I finally found those illusive Sunday moving companies, they came over to give me a free quote. And when I went to book them, they immediately back-pedalled on their quote and insisted that they get time and a half on Sundays.

This may be correct -- but not one mentioned this when I told them it was a Sunday move during the free quote meeting. This happened to me with THREE different companies, including a national chain. And none of them had this rate change in writing, even when we received a binding bid from one.

I imagine in my spare time I'll be contacting the AG regarding this seedy business practice. In the meantime, I'm hoping the mover I did eventually hire shows up and doesn't break too much stuff. If he does a great job, I'll pass on his name!

Thanks everyone!

I've used Moving On twice in the past. They're great. They work fast, and are very affordable. We had a large, 3 bedroom apartment that three men moved down the stairs, into the truck, across town and unpacked in 4 hours. 2 moves and they didn't break a thing.

If I ever move again, I'll call Moving On.


Mabey's - a little pricey, but great.

go to http://moverscommunity.com only reliable cheap movers can be found....

Back to report we had a GREAT experience with 5 Star Movers. We had to change our moving date several times, due to the politics of buying a home. They were courteous and worked hard!

Call Nick at 528-4386.

I just moved apts, and was pleased to see this question! I took the recommendation and called Moving On - they did a fabulous job, very fast, nice, and reasonably priced. I would totally recommend them.

And FYI AOA, I chose Moving On and they did a great job!

I used Arnoff when moving last year. They were quick and did a great job. They also give you a binding quote, so the moving price won't go up after they quote you.

I recently relocated to Boston and used Any Day Movers. I do not recommend their services due to unprofessionalism and quality of service.

We hired Moving On Movers for our move earlier this week on the recommendations from this post, and we couldn't have been more impressed. They showed up promptly on time and got right to work. We'd been quoted a time of 3 to 3.5 hours via email, but when they arrived they thought it might take 4. Well, they got it all done in 2.75 hours, and worked like Hercules to get our stuff down 2 flights of stairs and up another 4. I would recommend them to anyone in the area without hesitation.

Thanks to AOA, I used Moving On Movers for a move of about 20 heavy items from a 2nd story apartment in Albany to a house in Columbia County and can not say enough good about them all. I was impressed with the rig they brought with an "l" shaped ramp that allowed them to move things right off my front stoop and into the truck! They acted like my heaviest things were feathers, and got done so fast that it ended up costing me half what I had budgeted, including the travel time. And not only that - it had snowed the day of my move, and they were unfazed - in fact, while I was laying some plastic in my new house for muddy boots, they shoveled the whole area from truck to door to keep from tracking in snow. Amazing service - and I was glad I could give them all good tips with the money their speed saved me. I'll never hire anyone else as long as they are in business.

Per the AOA recommendations above, I used "Moving On" movers. They were extremely professional, fast and very reasonable. Zero stress. Thanks guys!


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