Moving Company Cost: Shea Moving
Now that we’re married, my wife and I are in the process of moving apartments and in NYC, moving is an extreme hassle. The traffic and parking are horrible, which means you don’t have very much time to move your stuff into and out of a vehicle. Some buildings are walkups, which means no elevators. On top of that, you have to worry about issues, such as bedbugs, which is a big concern in NYC. Then there’s the moving company aspect . . .
I’m not sure when the reputations of moving companies became worse than that of used-car salesmen but sadly, that can be a pretty accurate opinion these days. It may have something to do with all the shady movers who advertised on Craigslist then tacked on surprise hidden fees and damaged people’s furniture without any compensation. Nevertheless, many great moving companies exist, and I went sleuthing on Yelp to find them. While a lot of them have great reviews, they are still inflicted with the same problem as wedding vendors – price transparency. As a result, I thought I would help unveil as much about the price of a moving company as I could. Here is my analysis of Shea Moving.
Moving Company: Shea Moving
Date Price Quoted: August 2013
Moving Date Quoted For: August 2013 (Friday afternoon)
Number of Movers: 3 Guys
Rate Type: Hourly
Hourly Fee: $147
Restrictions: Minimum 4 Hours
Truck Or Van: Truck
Gratuity: 15% (Not mandatory but basically required by social etiquette)
Total Moving Company Cost: $676.20
The Main Point
Firstly, I found that a moving company can charge anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to $1,000+ for a typical NYC move of a studio or one bedroom. The estimated cost of Shea Moving of $676.20 falls somewhere in the middle. And while $676.20 sounds pricey for a move, compare that figure to renting a U-Haul or some other truck for a couple hundred dollars where you will have to perform the move yourself, refill gas, and maybe get a parking ticket along the way.
For each moving company, you will want to look at many criteria, but the main ones to pay attention to are the following: rate type, number of movers, vehicle type, insurance. Moving companies can quote an hourly rate or a flat rate. In addition, the number of movers will vary but the more movers you have, the faster the move. Next, moving companies tend to have both a van and a truck. If you have a small move, a van might be enough but if you have a lot of stuff, you’ll need a truck. Last but not least, some apartment buildings require the moving company to have insurance.
Shea Moving quoted me three guys and a truck at an hourly rate of $147 with a minimum of four hours. Like almost all moving companies, gratuity isn’t mandatory but for all intent and purposes, it is required. Moving is a labor-intensive service industry and if you don’t tip, you might get a lot of snarky looks. I wish they (and all other industries) would just include gratuity in the price, but I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon. In the end, Shea Moving cost more than what we wanted to spend for a move, but their price is reasonable, and they do get good reviews.
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