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Best and Cheapest Movers in NYC

cheap movers NYCMoving apartments in NYC can be challenging at best, purgatory at worst. From climbing fourth-floor walk-ups to steering furniture through narrow doorways and even narrower staircases, it’s safe to say this city presents a series of unique obstacles. You’ve jumped through all the financial hoops and compiled a mountain of paperwork to land a new place in a pinch. The stress of relocating is only exacerbated by having to do so on short notice.

Now it’s time to figure out the logistics. Here’s a few options for schlepping your stuff.

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TaskRabbit is not just for doing random chores. The company actually has a moving division. Simply fill out a few details about your move online, and you’ll be provided on the spot with a list of Taskers ready and able to help. Along with that you’ll get to view their rates as well as reviews from past customers. There’s even an option to select someone who has a van or can assist you with packing and unpacking. If you choose this route, it’s imperative that you read through the contractor reviews to select someone who suits your needs. I recently used them for a studio move and they were done in less than two hours (shout-out to Manuel B!). For small moves, this is probably the most cost-effective option.


  • Contractors determine their own rates, usually in the $60-$100/hour range.

Payment Options

Handy operates similarly to Task Rabbit. Enter the details of your move on their website and they provide a quote. The only drawback is, unlike Task Rabbit, you do not get to select the person to do your move and you have to provide the vehicle. If you’re willing to roll the dice with an independent contractor, Handy is still a viable and affordable option if you’re moving within the five boroughs.

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  • Flat rate determined by number of movers needed, duration of time and distance.

Full-Service Movers

Man With a Van is owned and operated by a man who is a 12-year veteran of the moving business, operating within NYC, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Their sprinter vans can hold the contents of a studio or small one-bedroom, but if you’re planning a larger move they can also arrange for a box truck. Best of all, the crew shows up to your door with tape, shrink-wrap, dollies and blankets — all of which is included in a standard moving rate. If you’re really pressed for time, they’ll pack your loose items for an additional fee. According to their website, they are available on short notice. Man With a Van also works in partnership with Toto reusable moving crates. If you choose to rent them, they’ll deliver the crates for free.

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