How I moved in Manhattan for $250

(Scroll to bottom for move details/pricing)

Let’s get one thing straight, here. If you have friends and you want to keep them, you will absolutely not ask them to help you move within the city. It is a completely irrational request and reserved strictly for those moving into the city for the very first time.

No one wants to spend one of their precious weekend days lugging someone else’s stupid 50-pound coffee table halfway across Manhattan.

No, not even if it’s from Crate & Barrel – I promise you.

And so, enter the delightfully vague world of movers. I could pretend as if I did a whole bunch of research that led me to a making an educated decision on which mover to choose, but truth be told, I just went with some sketchy Chinatown moving company run by a guy and his cell-phone that a coworker recommended. 

This is what showed up.

Every now and then, I take a walk on the wild side.

But the risk turned out to be not so much of a risk at all. After a quick Google search, I learned that the company, Sanho, even had Yelp page.

Ipso Facto, they’re legit.

And, they turned out to be legit. Well, for the most part. They were 2 hours late and while the movers were very sweet and swift (the entire process took 2.5 hours once it actually started), the driver was kind of a d-bag.

All-in-all, it was a tad bit G-hetto.

I also think it was illegal that they transported me across Manhattan in the front seat between them, sans a seatbelt, but let’s not get our feathers ruffled over spilt milk. Or whatever.

BUT FIRST...

BUT FIRST...

Point is: New York is a massive place with more resources and options than you could ever compare. Sometimes going for the lesser-known name or off of a recommendation from a trusted friend is the best option out there.

But in case you were reading this in hopes of more beneficial information (and, honestly, whose fault is that?), I’ve listed some more insightful resources below:

How to choose your company:

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/style-design/best-nyc-moving-companies

To Review the company you choose:

 http://www.mymovingreviews.com/move/new-york-city-moving-guide

How to negotiate pricing: http://brickunderground.com/blog/2012/10/negotiating_your_way_to_a_better_price_for_moving

Full Disclosure: I ended up paying $250 all-inclusive (even tip!) to move from Murray Hill to the Upper West Side (30 blocks up & a miserable 9 avenues over). The move was from a door man building with an elevator to a walk-up in a brownstone and included a bed & frame, 6 boxes, an ottoman, 2 small dressers, a bedside table, a light lamp and a suitcase.