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5 Reasons We’re Grateful This Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving week, and we’re getting ready to gather with family and friends, to share a meal, and hopefully enjoy each other’s company.  It’s a fine time for us at Rainbow Movers, in our 35th year, to remember all we have to be thankful for:

Our Rainbow Movers team

One of the best things about running our moving business is the team that we have here.  Some of us have worked together for more than 25 years, most for a decade or more.  We share the same values – an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay and dedication to serving our customer’s needs. It feels good to get up in the morning knowing that if we do our job well today, our customers will keep returning, their associates will hear about us, and our business will continue successfully.

Brooklyn

We love our neighborhood.  Park Slope and Gowanus have grown larger and buildings have grown taller, but they remain diverse communities filled with vibrant, forward-looking people, who occupy a wide range of ethnicities and incomes. This neighborhood still has the pulse of old New York. We are especially grateful for resources like the Park Slope Parents website, an essential online community that helps the families that we move into our neighborhood.

Our landlord and his team

As many renters know, having a great landlord is rare. Especially in the impersonal world of leasing a commercial space, good landlords are hard to find. We are very fortunate to have not only a great space for our office and warehouse, but also to have as our neighbor, a terrific landlord and his team, who are ecologically conscious, civic minded, and honest.

Our extended team

We’re also fortunate to have many wonderful resources. They are not only great partners for our business, but many of them have also become great friends. If you take a look in our moving resources section, you will see many of our friends and partners listed here. We have personally worked with all of the people, and we heartily recommend their services.

Great stories

If you have been reading this site for a while, you’ve probably seen some of our movers’ tales. Another of the rewards of being in business for so long is the opportunity to meet and get to know so many people.  Everyone has their own unique story, and it is fascinating to hear them.   Now we have some too!

I like to hear other people’s stories.  In the early mornings when I commute into the office, I love to play NPR podcasts , particularly The Moth and This American Life-engaging programs telling true stories.

What are you grateful for this year? Best wishes for a peaceful, and fun holiday!

Maximize Your Space

How to Maximize Your Space and Save Money on Storage

New York City apartments are not known for ample square footage. Space can make a huge difference in the quality of life in your home. Storage can make more space for you!

At Rainbow Movers, you can store your extra stuff for as short or as long as you like. We take care of all of the details – from moving it out of your place to our storage, to protecting it, to delivery once you want to retrieve it.

How can you maximize this service so you save money, time, and can easily access your belongings when you need them? Here are 3 ways to make the most of your Rainbow Movers storage space:

Store wisely
We only charge you for the space you use and our minimum space is just 200 cubic square feet. When you store your belongings, choose the items that you truly want to keep but just don’t have space for in your apartment at the moment. You may have belongings that you don’t really need or love – consider selling those or giving them to a good cause instead of storing them needlessly.

Know your retrieval dates
Sometimes you will know ahead of time that you will need to get some of your belongings. If you let us know ahead of time, we’ll be able to save you money on the retrieval by positioning them in storage for easiest access. Be sure to discuss this with us to make the most of this opportunity.

Store seasonally
You probably won’t need your holiday decorations and ski clothes until December or your deck furniture until May. These items are ideal for storage, and since you know when you’ll need to retrieve them, you can just let Rainbow Movers know. Keeping us informed ahead of time will make it easier for us to retrieve what you want when you want it, and will save you money on storage and retrieval fees.

You can learn all about our secure storage in our services section. If you have items you want to store, you can give us a call or email us today.

We’re always happy to speak with you to find out how we can help you make your living space happy and stress free. Because happy is good!

Find Your Best Time to Move Apartments

Four Tips to Find Your Best Time to Move Apartments

Historically, May 1 was known as Moving Day in New York City. That’s because all rental agreements expired on the same date. On February 1, also known as New York City’s Rent Day, landlords would communicate any rent increases, and between February and April, tenants would search for new places to live. When the first of May rolled around, there would be mass chaos of everyone switching apartments on the same day.

Fortunately, moving has changed a lot since the early 20th century, and even since Rainbow Movers started. However, planning ahead and finding your best time to move can reduce stress and make the transition easy.

Scheduling: Know YOUR Moving Season

The most popular months for moving are May through September. For many, it’s because transitioning to a new home is easier when kids are out of school for the summer. The downside is that summer can be more difficult to book your move on the day you wish since many others are moving at the same time.

Know your new building’s rules

Many New York City buildings, particularly those with elevators and doormen, do not allow weekend moves. In addition, many buildings only permit one moving company at a time to access the service elevator. Planning your move ahead of time is key to ensure that your movers will be able to get to your apartment without delays.

If you are moving from house to house, you won’t have the same sorts of restrictions, but you may need to consider other factors like traffic.

Peak season vs. off-peak

If your new home is near a beach route or weekend getaway place, midweek summer moves (Tuesday-Thursday) will save you money by cutting the time your movers are on the road.

During early spring or late fall, you may be able to book your move whenever you like. If you’re buying a place, you might find better deals with fewer buyers on the hunt.

Winter can be even easier to find exactly the home that you desire and the ideal move-in date.

Book your move ahead

The earlier that you can book your move, the more likely you will be able to choose your ideal move date. Because summer is such a popular time to move, many movers get booked weeks in advance.

It’s not wrong to plan a move that’s 6-8 weeks or more in the future. Knowing that you have secured your date can give you peace of mind and reduce your stress.

Discover your best time to move – contact us for schedule options and your free estimate.

How Has Moving in New York Changed Since 1978?

Lenny Sass is the owner and co-founder of Rainbow Movers.  We thought it would be interesting to ask him how moving has changed in the city since he first started the business in 1978.

When my wife and I started Rainbow Movers in 1978, we were charging $12 an hour for myself and our truck, and she ran the office while taking care of two, then three kids.  You could rent an apartment on 2nd Avenue and 10th Street in an elevator/doorman building for $300 a month.   Since then, the company has grown, added services and staff, and moved thousands of people and their possessions into new homes.  And that same East Village apartment is now going for $3,000 a month.  Some things have changed dramatically, and some haven’t really changed at all.

For one thing, dealing with our trucks is a lot different today.  The bike and bus lanes limit the places we can park, so we are much more exposed to parking tickets.  There are a lot more taxis and limos these days.  It’s great for people who want to find a cab, but look down any avenue and imagine the space if the yellow vehicles were not there.  We need them, but we’ve had to crowd ourselves for the convenience.

People were moving into some pretty gritty spaces thirty years ago, huge old loft buildings where we had to pull on a cable to move the elevators up and down.  There were more walk-up buildings then too.  Many of them have now been replaced with skyscrapers, and we live in their shadows:  less sunblock required, but less natural vitamin D as well.  Another trade off.

One definite improvement is there is less pollution in the city today.  The environmental regulations and improvements to furnaces are working.  The soot on windowsills (and windshields) takes longer to accumulate.  And less people are smoking, so our lungs are cleaner.  The city is safer too.  We still see front doors with three or more locks on them, but they are usually a throw back to when they were really necessary.

Even though Americans are larger than ever today, furniture is still furniture.  In the 1970’s, we would still see the occasional large parlor piece from the 1940’s and ‘50’s, inherited from parents and grandparents.  Things have certainly changed with the designs of the day.  TV’s today are flatter and bigger, and furniture to hold them has changed as well.  We also see more IKEA type furniture that people assemble out of the box, but those are not usually passed on from generation to generation.  Audio systems now fit in your pocket.  But until everything else is digitized, we will be helping people move it.

Things will always be changing, people will continue to want new spaces for themselves, and we will continue to help move their belongings.  The one thing that hasn’t changed is that we still do our best to eliminate the stresses that can be part of the process.

Every day might as well be the sweet spot between yesterday and tomorrow.

~Lenny Sass