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Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is a tariff?

    A tariff is a publication that is filed with a state or government agency, for the sole purpose of protecting the consumer.

  • How do you determine what my move will cost?

    The cost is normally based on units packed, and time or weight moved.

  • Should my moving company be “licensed”?

    It is important that the moving company be licensed locally in the state in which they are based. They must also have a DOT # to perform a move from one state to another. This is called “interstate rights”.

  • How long does it take to move?

    The amount of inventory, and distance between the origin and destination, determines the time factor for the move.

  • When is the best time to move?

    Usually the cost to move is less expensive between November and April.

  • What is a binding estimate?

    A binding estimate is a set price that is based on moving and packing a specified (exact) inventory from one location to another.

  • When should I call a moving company?

    One should call a moving company 4 – 8 weeks in advance of moving.

Packing & Moving Tips

  • China, Crystal Plates and bowls

    Layer bubble wrap in between, leaving space at the top of the box to fill in with wadded newsprint. Place wadded newsprint or peanuts in the bottom of a box and put layers of plates or bowls standing on end on top. Then fill in top and sides with peanuts or newsprint.

    Seal and mark “Fragile – China.”

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    For a complete and accurate estimate of your move, call First Class Movers, Inc. at (973) 727-9824. A Customer Service Representative will make arrangements for an onsite estimate appointment free of charge.

  • Flammable Items

    You’ll need to:

    Call your local recycling pick-up provider, fire station, or the nearest Environmental Protection Agency office to learn how to properly dispose of flammable and hazardous materials before you move, such as paints, solvents, oil, and gas from your grill. How to pack: DON’T!!!!!

    It’s dangerous and illegal to pack and move flammable and hazardous materials. If you have a small can of turpentine or leftover paint, ask your neighbors if they can use it. Otherwise, dispose of it properly with assistance from your recycling company or the EPA.

    TIP: Many towns have an annual “Hazardous Materials Disposal Drop-Off Day” at a recycling center or fire station. If you know you’re moving, plan ahead to dispose of materials then.

  • Computers

    Back up all the files on your computer.

    Your computer company may recommend that you “park” your hard drive. That means using a special program (possibly called “SHIP.EXE”) that makes recording heads in the hard drive pull back from the data area into a “safer” area of the CPU.

    Pack your disks in a separate box, but not with anything magnetic.
    Bundle cables and wires and color code them to their matching holes so it’s easy to reconnect in your new home.

    If your computer’s completely cooled off, put each component part in a plastic bag to keep dirt out during the move, then inside the foam forms in their original boxes. Fit cables and other accessories in the sides of each box and fill with peanuts.

    If you don’t have the original boxes, use the double-box method. Fill the smaller of the two boxes with Styrofoam peanuts, put the “bagged” monitor or CPU in the middle, and fill the box the rest of the way so the component sits in the middle of the box without touching the sides. Fit in cables and accessories, close and seal that box, then fill the bottom of the second box with peanuts, put the sealed box in, and fill all around the rest of the way with peanuts.

    If you have a small printer, you can pack it with your CPU. Be sure to remove the printer cartridges. If your printer uses pins to form-feed paper, leave the paper in during the move to keep the pins in place.

    Mark each box “Fragile – Computer.”

  • Mirrors

    Put tape across the front of the mirror like an X to keep the pieces in place in case the glass breaks. Wrap in bubble wrap or blank newsprint with cardboard taped around them. Fill loose spaces with lightly wadded paper Put in a flat box, seal, and mark “Fragile – Mirror.”

  • Small Appliances

    Tips on Packing: Don’t use plastic peanuts or shredded newsprint, which could get into the machines and cause damage.

    Group kitchen appliances, like blenders and toasters, or other small household appliances, like hand- held vacuums and telephones, two or three to a box. (Make sure they’re clean don’t pack yesterday’s toast or blender drinks!)

    Make sure the bottom of the box is securely taped, then pad the bottom of the box with blank newsprint (wadded up, not shredded) or your towels and sheets.

    Put the appliances in and pad them well all around with packing material.
    Then put another layer of packing materials on top, seal the box, and mark it “Kitchen Appliances.”



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