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When you’ve been in the moving industry as long as Meelheim’s, you’re going to hear a lot of questions along the way. Here are a few answers to questions you may have, but please ask us directly if you don’t see your question here. We’re more than happy to help out!

How do I choose a mover?

Choosing a mover can be a little bit like choosing a dentist or a doctor. While price is always important, trust is really the overriding concern. When you use a mover, you are entrusting all of your possessions with them, along with your current and new homes! This is why judging a mover solely on cost can be a false economy.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Licensing numbers. Check that the numbers you are given are legitimate here: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Years in business. Generally the longer a company has been operating, the more likely they are to have been reputable and good at what they do.
  • Accreditations and associations. Look for memberships to the AMSA, ProMovers, New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association, Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.
When is the best time to move?

We can accommodate any time of the year, but the busiest times to move are typically summer and the end of a month. We recommend contacting us well in advance of your move to assure that we can schedule your move when you want it.

How far in advance should I call to plan my move?

We suggest that you contact us to prepare your move 2-4 weeks prior to your desired move date. This better ensures that we will have availability in our schedule to perform your move.

How long do moves typically take?

Although every move is unique, local residential moves are typically completed within a day. Your Meelheim’s agent will be able to provide you with a specific timeline for your move.

Moving Time Examples (excluding drive time)*

Type of Home Avg. Sq Feet # of Movers Needed Appx. Loading Time (hrs) Appx. Unloading Time (hrs) Appx. Total Time (hrs)
Studio 450 2 1 1 2 + driving
1 BR Apartment 700 2 2 1/2 1 1/2 4 + driving
2 BR Apartment 900 3 2 1/2 1 1/2 4 + driving
2 BR House 1,100 3 3 1/2 2 1/2 6 + driving
3 BR House 1,750 4 4 1/2 3 1/2 8 + driving
Large House 5,000+ 6+ 6+ 4 1/2+ 10 or more + driving

* All time examples are presented as a general guideline, and are not specific estimates for a particular move. Driving time is not included in these sample estimates.

Is Meelheim’s a fully licensed moving company? Is this important?

Meelheim’s is fully licensed moving company. Our ICC MC# is 248021 and our PC# is PC00457. Moving companies operate equipment under jurisdiction of the US Department of Transportation and local state departments of transportation and are required to receive operating authority numbers, such as the ICC MC and PC numbers. These numbers indicate that companies are allowed to legally operate motor vehicles for commercial purposes.

Is an estimate required for a move?

Written, signed estimates (or waivers) are required for all moves in the state of New Jersey.

How much will my move cost?

Your costs will depend on the type of move (local, interstate, international) you have, the type of items and goods you are moving, and any other special requirements your move might have. Meelheim’s estimates for local moves are based on man-hours for the move. For example, 4 movers on a move that takes 5 hours is estimated at 20 hours (4 movers x 5 hours). For long-distance relocations, Meelheim’s estimates are based on the weight of your goods and the distance they will travel. The total cost of your move will include transportation costs, any “Basic or Full Value” insurance protection you require, and packing, unpacking and other services you would like performed by our staff. These charges are calculated according to our tariff rate schedules.

What is a tariff?

A tariff is an issuance, in whole or part, that a mover is required to have on file with the federal government’s Surface Transportation Board. It contains rates, rules, regulations, classifications, and other provisions related to the service we provide to our customers. It’s basically a price list registered with the government.

When do I pay for my move? What methods of payment can I use?

The moving industry is governed by tariff regulations that require all fees and charges associated with the move be paid before your possessions are unloaded at the destination, unless prior arrangements are made. You can make payments with a credit card or in cash, money order, cashiers check or traveler’s check. Contact if you have any questions about this or any special requests.

What if I need to store my possessions temporarily while I am either preparing for my move or for some time after my move?

For moves that require storage, Meelheim’s provides safe, secure storage facilities on-site at our offices in Toms River. You are responsible for the storage, warehouse handling and final delivery charges.

Am I protected against loss or damage?

You are always protected against potential loss and damage when you move with Meelheims. Before your move, we will provide you with a receipt for your possession, called a Uniform Household Goods Bill of Lading, along with other documentation associated with your move. The Uniform Household Goods Bill of Lading provides for either our “Full Value” protection plan or the “Basic” plan.

With the Basic plan, you are reimbursed for the depreciated value of your possessions in the event of a loss. If you select the Full Value plan, depreciation of your possessions is not factored into your replacement reimbursements.

Can I leave my belongings in chest and dresser drawers?

It is better to empty furniture before it is moved, except for light, non-fragile items such as clothing. Never use drawers to pack heavy or fragile items.

Do I need to do anything special for my appliances?

To ensure safe transportation, many appliances, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, and other electrical / mechanical devices require special servicing prior to moving. Moving parts like motors or washer drums should be secured prior to shipment.

Can I pack my own dishes and glassware, such as crystl and china?

Because we’ve been doing this for decades, most people prefer to have their fragile items packed by our trained professionals. We are well-versed in the specific requirements for successful packing and transferring of these valuable items. If you do pack those items yourself, follow a few basic guidelines to ensure your fragile possessions are packed safely. Make sure no items are loose, and fit firmly within the box, with plenty of cushion, especially around the walls of the box, including both the top and the bottom. Create space between items and include sufficient soft packing and use sturdy boxes to ensure no movement during transit.

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