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Finding the right moving company is essential Finding the right moving company is essential
You’ve found your dream apartment. Now you need to find your dream moving company. If the task feels daunting, you’re not alone. Next to closing a deal on a new apartment, finding a reliable mover can be one of the most challenging parts of the moving process. After all, you are trusting strangers to pack, move, and care for everything you own from personal papers to precious family heirlooms.

Licensed, Bonded, Insured, and Recommended

First, it's important to know what to look for when hiring a mover. The three most important considerations are whether the company is licensed, bonded, and insured. If the company is licensed, they have been authorized to carry out business at the state or federal level. Simply put, this means they are a legitimate business. If they are bonded, it means they offering a financial guarantee that they will fulfill and uphold their contract by carrying out the work they have agreed to do on your behalf. If a company is insured, they are offering an even greater level of assurance—if they lose or break any of your precious items, they are insured to cover the loss.
Beyond these basic considerations, however, you may have specific needs. If you have a large art collection, you may want to contract with a mover who specializes in moving art or antiques. If you’re preparing for a small move of low value, you may more concerned about cost than insuring valuables. Whether you’re moving a million or just a few thousand dollars worth of personal items, however, the most important consideration is that you trust your mover.
Reviews on platforms such as Yelp can be useful but also tap your personal network for recommendations. Start with friends and colleagues, and then check with your doormen or building superintendent. In New York City, building staff often have an insider’s knowledge about which moving companies are organized, courteous, and careful and which ones are not. And if your current building staff has had a good experience with a moving company in the past, you’ll be more likely to avoid tensions with your building staff when moving day comes around.
Moving in New York is tough, but you don't have to do it alone.

Recommended Moving Companies

There are hundreds of moving companies in New York City, as well as individual “man-with-a-van” style movers, though the latter are rarely licensed, bonded, and insured. Below are just five highly recommended moving companies. While all five of these companies get rave reviews from New Yorkers, they also each offer something unique.

Veteran Movers have 450 reviews and five-star rating on Yelp. (https://www.veteranmoversnyc.com/)
Getting a perfect Yelp score is never easy, and next to impossible if you’re a mover. When your job entails moving entire households without losing or breaking a single item, the possibility of disappointing at least a few customers is high. For this reason, it is difficult to ignore Veteran Movers NYC’s 450 reviews and five-star rating on Yelp. In addition to evidence that they are doing something right as movers, when you hire Veteran Movers NYC, you’re also hiring a veteran. The company was started by veteran Jesse Gartman in 2011 after he left the service. As he explains on his website, he wanted to start a company that would also be able to provide meaningful work to fellow veterans. Since then, the company has continued to grow and establish a high reputation across the New York City area.

Rabbit movers specialize in art handling. (http://www.rabbitmovers.com/)
Another highly reputable moving company that only hires movers with a specific background is Rabbit Movers. However, with Rabbit Movers, you’ll be trusting your move to a team of artists not veterans. While one may not immediately think about artists when looking for movers, in fact, many artists are experts on moving large and fragile objects from place to place. Also, if you need to custom-build crates for an heirloom furniture collection, there is no one better to contract with than an artist. Not surprisingly, art handling is also listed among Rabbit Movers special services. The company’s moving teams of artists, which may also include musicians and writers from time to time, have a strong reputation on review platforms, such as Yelp.

https://www.jpurbanmoving.com
JP Urban is another local moving company with an artistic backstory. Co-owner John McCutcheon majored in music at Carnegie Mellon before starting JP Urban. This may explain why the company has an especially good reputation for moving pianos. But JP Urban moves a lot more than pianos. The company offers affordable residential and commercial and covers New York City, as well as the Boston, D.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh areas. If you’re worried about the environment, JP Urban also offers reusable moving bins, which they will both drop off and pick up. In 2015, JP Urban was voted best mover by New York Magazine.

https://www.morganmanhattan.com/
With close to 170 years of experience, you can’t get more established than Morgan Manhattan. While likely not the best choice for a small apartment move on a budget, if you’re moving an entire home and have specialized items (e.g., a grand piano, precious antiques or artwork), Morgan Manhattan has the experience and staff needed to oversee all the details of your move. In addition, Morgan Manhattan has experience overseeing both long-distance and international moves and offers a range of other services from storage to specialized interior design moving services.

http://liftnycmovers.com
Although not nearly established as Morgan Manhattan, Lift NYC Movers has gained a solid reputation for offering personal and professional service over the past three decades. Based in the West Village, Lift is a go-to option for anyone moving in Manhattan, including moving in or out of luxury buildings where attention to detail is especially important. In addition to getting rave reviews for their moves, however, Lift NYC Movers has an outstanding reputation for its customer service. From transparency about pricing to reimbursing customers for anything that doesn’t go exactly as planned, the company is widely known as a reliable and personable moving option.
Whether you are planning a small or large move, and whether you are moving Ikea or couture, hiring a reliable moving company is essential. With many reputable options available in the New York City area, first consider your specific priorities and then start looking for companies with a proven track record.
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Contributing Writer Michelle Cohen Michelle is a New York-based writer and content strategist who has worked extensively with lifestyle brands like Seventeen, Country Living, Harper's Bazaar and iVillage. In addition to being a copywriter for a digital media agency she writes about culture, New York City neighborhoods, real estate, style, design and technology among other topics. She has lived in a number of major US cities on both coasts and in between and loves all things relating to urbanism and culture.
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