Moving in Boston can be especially treacherous, when scores of U-Hauls fall prey to the city’s gnarled one-way streets, or worse, the roof-shearing tunnels of Storrow Drive.
At times like these, it pays to have a professional on your side. Whether you’re moving your tiny studio, trying to hoist a piano into a second-story brownstone, or relocating a mansion’s worth of memories, there’s a mover out there for you. Here, we’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you, with a guide to some of Boston’s best moving companies.
If You Want Movers Capable of Scaling Mt. Olympus
Gentle Giant Moving Company
Giant in both name and reputation, this company (which boasts three decades of experience) has racked up numerous awards for Best Movers from Boston magazine over the years, in part for their athletic abilities—the company even has an in-house gym to foster its crew members’ physiques. And Yelpers agree with our assessment. As one rave review puts it: “Simply extraordinary. Arrived early and finished a three hour job in 90 minutes. Consummate, courteous, friendly professionals. Highly recommended.” They’ve earned the “gentle” part of their moniker, too—while their service is speedy, they also get high marks for their care and finesse.
If You’re All Thumbs with That IKEA Wrench
Fabio Moving Services
Based in Brookline, Fabio Moving has a devoted customer base for many reasons—affordable rates, impeccable service—but as one particularly ardent reviewer enthused: “THEY BUILD FURNITURE!!!!!” Speaking of furniture, this company also prides itself on its specialty: moving Craigslist purchases.
If You’re a Collector Moving Your Prized Treasure Trove
Among Raimond’s 199 overwhelmingly five-starred Yelp reviews, customers keep coming back to one thing: These guys are serious when it comes to wrapping furniture and handling your precious belongings with care.
If Your Building Has No Elevator
Precision Moving Company
Every mover in Boston has no doubt seen its share of endless flights of impossibly twisty stairs, but we think this shoutout for Somerville-based Precision Moving—who’ve racked up over 200 rave reviews on Yelp—speaks volumes: “They even carried my couch up 8 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS because it wouldn’t fit in the elevator. They disassembled and reassembled my bed and armoire. Ryan even gave me a great recommendation for a pizza place near my new apartment, and it did NOT disappoint.”
If You’ve Never Hired a Moving Company Before
If this is your first time out at the moving-day rodeo, don’t get Storrowed. Call the professionals. With offices based in Allston/Brighton, where the student-heavy population is about as wet-behind-the-ears as it gets, these guys have seen it all. Judging from its plethora of top rankings, Seven Moving will accommodate even the flakiest clientele with patience and capably guide newbie movees through the entire process.
If You’re Moving a 400-Pound Piano into a Beacon Hill Brownstone
Deathwish Piano Movers
These movers at Deathwish are something of a local legend—and for good reason. They have a penchant for the adrenaline-soaked, white-knuckle-thrill-ride moves that might scare off a lesser moving company, earning them a dedicated following. (Not to mention a TV show.) On their site, they ask: “Got big furniture you need moved out of a small space? Need your grand piano moved out of your 3rd floor walk-up? Have an ‘impossible’ moving situation?” Those kind of jobs are Deathwish’s bread and butter.
If You Need to Move in a Hurry
Just had a nasty, out-of-the-blue breakup? Roomie brought home a giant boa constrictor without telling you? It’s never ideal, but life occasionally forces you to beat a hasty retreat. And when that happens, it’s comforting to know you have options outside of throwing yourself on the mercy of your friends and family. In business since 2001, this Boston-based moving company handles both local and long-distance moves—and they do not shy away from making a sudden move. One past Stairhopper client reported moving with just four days’ notice.
If You’re Moving A Small Office
Pony Express Moving Services
Lots of people seem to be mighty fond of JP-based movers Pony Express, lauding their affordable, fast, and professional services for residential moves both local and out-of-state. But customers sing the praises of their commercial moves, too. According to one reviewer, Pony Express did a bang-up job of moving a 30-person office between two sites the weekend before Christmas: They showed up with nine guys and two trucks, and “stayed late until it was done,” plus followed up the next day to fine-tune the setup.
If You Want a Move That Gives Back
Intelligent Labor & Moving
Usually, moving and charity work come together in the form of your friends taking pity on you and spending an afternoon lugging boxes for you in return for pizza, beer, and good karma. But the folks at Arlington-based company Intelligent Labor don’t just help you move (with their services earning them over 100 five-star ratings on Yelp), they also pay it forward, from providing discounts for local non-profit organizations to supporting small businesses—their Kiva page shows that they’ve funded folks from Pakistani carpenters to Samoan taxi drivers.
If You’re Moving in a Blizzard
A-Plus Moving & Storage
If there’s any worse time to move than September 1—well, there’s no such thing. But if there were, it would be during the Snowpocalypse of 2015. When the weather’s foul, you need a mover that goes above and beyond. And this past winter, during the same season that crippled the T and put Boston in an icy chokehold, A-Plus just plowed right on through, according to reviewers.
If You’re Moving Between Boston and the ’Burbs
Safe Responsible Movers
Why do people keep coming back to Safe Responsible Movers? For one thing, they really live up to their name, according to more than 100 enthusiastic eyewitness accounts. And they can be an especially attractive option for people who need to cover some distance and don’t want to worry about travel time increasing the cost—SRM offers a fixed travel fee. Yelpers report smooth moves in the metro area and beyond.
If You’re Moving Cross-Country
The Other Guys Moving Company
Last year, we gave The Other Guys a Best of Boston Home award for their superior moving, storage, and packing services. But they don’t just go the extra mile with their Massachusetts moves: They’ve proven themselves to be a go-to company for out-of-state moves, with a high percentage of their five-star reviews describing moves between Boston and such far-flung locales as Minneapolis, Bloomington, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia.
If You’re Moving a Couch—or a Studio Apartment
For a minimalist move (studio dwellers, take note), Matt Kuchins and his top-rated crew at Small Haul have got your back. But if your belongings don’t fit in his trailer, they’ll rent a truck for you. In addition to moving day, they’re also the car-free urbanite’s secret weapon: Are the tricky logistics of lugging furniture back to your apartment the only thing keeping you from snapping up that amazing vintage credenza you saw on Craigslist? Better call Small Haul. They do flat-rate IKEA deliveries, too.
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