Mark Ehrhardt Talks Moving in NYC with The Bamberger Group

Movers, Not Shakers! Founder Mark Ehrhardt recently spoke with Murray Hill’s neighborhood experts at The Bamberger Group to shed light on how to handle a move in New York City. Below are some excerpts from their conversation.

You can read the full article on their real estate blog, Bamberger Answers.

Mark Ehrhardt

[The Bamberger Group]“Most co-ops and condos have move-in and move-out fees, as well as security deposits to protect against damages that might occur during a move. How common is it to have property that was actually damaged as a result of a move?”

[Mark Ehrhardt] “We’ve been in business for 15 years, so I’ve dealt with everything before. As far as common area damage is concerned, it’s probably very low on the list of things that occur. And when it does, you just deal with it in the terms that are required. Most of the time it’s wallpaper, maybe a floor is scratched, maybe a sconce, something like that. Maybe two guys are walking down a hallway with sconces and they’ve got a Tempur-Pedic mattress, and it falls to one side. You can’t get around the fact that one of the reasons that movers exist is because it’s not an easy job to do, and things happen.”

[TBG] “Is there a seasonality to the moving business? Do certain months of the year have surge pricing? Are there days of the week customers should know to avoid or prefer? And on average, how long ahead does someone need to call you to ensure a booking?”

[Mark Ehrhardt] “From a seasonality perspective, absolutely there is [seasonality]. It generally gets started in May and goes through till the end of the year, but there is a bit of a slowdown from the peak when we get into September. From January till April, it’s generally our least busy time, every year.

You should definitely start to book about a month in advance, maybe 3 weeks, especially if you’re moving at the end of a month in a peak month. In terms of surge pricing, we don’t actually do that. But we may discount if you go, let’s say in the middle of the month or the middle of the week.

Sunday is the least busy day of the week. Also Monday and Tuesday are less busy than Thursday and Friday. If you’re in a building that doesn’t allow moves on the weekends, you might want to move on a Monday or Tuesday. Thursdays and Fridays are generally busier.”

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