Savvy Ways to Maximize Your Apartment Furnishing Budget


Here’s a secret: you actually don’t have to stress about your apartment furnishing budget. 

We’ve already detailed how much it costs to furnish an apartment, and there are lots of ways to maximize your furniture budget even if you can’t exactly stretch it.

In this post, we’ll cover:

  • How and where to get the quality furnishings you need, (all while saving money) 
  • Factors that heavily influence your apartment furniture budget
  • The best way to hack these influences so you maximize your budget

If you’re on a tight budget for your apartment furniture, or if you have limited space, your money has to go far for everything you buy. Each piece needs to be functional and, basically, worth it.

Here’s exactly how you can maximize your budget to furnish an apartment that you’ll love! 

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Apartment Budget, Get Furniture You Really Need, & Spend Less

1. Use what you already have

The biggest way to stay in control of your apartment furniture budget is to use what you—or family and friends—already have.

Items that you probably already have (and don’t have to buy) can include:

  • Towels/washcloths
  • Bedding/pillows
  • Laundry hamper
  • Clothing hangers

Common items you can ask family/friends for in your new apartment:

  • Flatware 
  • Kitchen dish towels
  • Unwanted plates or glassware
  • Cookware, gadgets, pots & pans
  • Console tables (these can get pricey)
  • Dressers
  • Storage boxes
  • Shelves/Bookshelves
  • Small cooking appliances
  • Unwanted TVs in great condition

Furniture pieces you can get at thrift or consignment stores for under $1,000:

  • Tables
  • Bed Frames
  • Any seating without fabric or cushioning (to avoid insect pests)
  • Shelves & storage boxes
  • TV console/entertainment centers
  • Plates
  • Dressers
  • Planters for your patio or indoor plants
  • Home decorations
  • Wall art
  • Lamps

Apartment furnishings that you can buy brand new for well under $1,000:

  • Sofas/sectionals
  • Bath towels + washcloths
  • Bed linens + pillows
  • Mattresses (get on sale, especially the kind that doesn’t need a box spring)
  • Televisions (look for Black Friday deals or new open box items at Best Buy) 

2. Give your apartment furniture budget a reasonable cap

Once you’re sure you need to move, your next step is to start your budget planning process.

Essentially, give yourself a reasonable limit based on how much you’re willing to spend and the average cost of similar furniture pieces. 

For obvious reasons, this has to be centered around what you can afford.

$1,000? $3,000? $6,000? 

Whatever your budget cap is, make sure it’s within your reach after factoring in all related moving and rent expenses. 

3. Create a comprehensive budget that includes every furniture piece

You need a budget to be able to maximize it in the first place, right?

So, here’s how to furnish your apartment using an actual budget:

  1. Make a list with 2 columns: what you need to buy vs. what you already have 
  2. Create a spreadsheet of options for everything under the ‘Need to Buy’ section and their prices by store 
  3. Find the total cost for purchasing at each store (a simple Google search can turn up items at nearby or online stores, or use our list!)
  4. Calculate how much you have saved vs. the cost of the items at each store

How to Use the Apartment Essentials Budget Sheet

  1. Click the link below to open the Google Sheet.
  2. Simply go to File > Make a copy. This will automatically add the copy to your Google Drive.
  3. Or, you can download it as an Excel (.xlsx) file!
  4. After that, it’s yours to edit as needed. 

It’s super easy to come up with a quick budget for your apartment furniture—no sweat.

4. Buy your apartment essentials first

What good is a beautiful centerpiece or vase if you don’t have a table to sit and eat on?

Unless you absolutely fall in love with a decorative piece, focus on getting the essentials first. Your budget will go a much longer way.

Yes, it’s a master exercise in patience to wait to buy the little knick-knacks that make your apartment feel personal. 

However, by getting your core essentials, it’s likely that you’ll buy decor pieces that you actually love on their own merit—you know, without focusing on interior design trends. 

Remember, you can always get fancy later!

5. Shop seasonally for apartment furniture

You can easily stay under budget if you know the best seasons to purchase your apartment furniture

Sales in the furniture industry mostly follow a seasonal, bi-annual schedule. 

To get the best deals on furnishings, try shopping during one of the following times:  

  • When retailers are getting rid of last season’s inventory prior to bringing in new furniture
  • When there is a holiday or special event sale coming (even if it’s a major competitor’s event, they’ll usually price-match pieces)

Here’s a guide to the best times of year to buy furniture:

Types of Furniture:

Best Times to Buy:

Indoor Furniture

January-February & July-August

Outdoor Furniture

Winter months (can vary by location)

Office Furniture

August-September (during back-to-school season)

Mattresses

3-day weekends & holiday weekends (e.g. Independence Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.)

Televisions

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and in weeks leading up to Super Bowl Sunday

Electronics

July-August, November-December

Appliances & Kitchen gadgets

Late September-October, Black Friday, Cyber Monday 

General Furniture & Decor

Amazon Prime Day & Wayfair’s Way Day (competitors will usually price match)

As an alternative, you can always shop at thrift stores or garage sales, too! If you love a bargain, that may be a better option than buying brand-new items. 

Newer and pricier decor doesn’t necessarily equal top quality. 

So, buy furniture that piques your interest—not someone else’s.

6. Buy smaller pieces in sets

When you’re looking at the smaller items you’ll need to buy for an apartment—like kitchen utensils, chairs, garbage cans, end tables, lamps, etc.—you’ll often need more than one piece.

Even if you found a standalone lamp that you like, you’ll probably need two if they’re both going in your living room. 

So, why not buy in pairs? 

The cost is often substantially lower than buying individual pieces.

Take cooking tools for example: 

Instead of buying each spatula, tong, and serving spoon separately, get a set that includes them all. Heck, sometimes you’ll even find a set with the utensil holder included. You’ll inevitably need all of these items in your kitchen anyway, so you might as well purchase a set when possible. 

Not only will buying items in sets help maximize your budget, but you’ll also save lots of time that’s normally spent shopping around.

Top 3 Factors That Make or Break Your Apartment Furniture Budget

Even if you have a budget, your spending can easily get out of hand if you’re not careful. 

(This is especially true if you tend to have shiny object syndrome or love to shop.)

If you’re looking to furnish your apartment for cheap, get familiar with the factors that can maximize or break your budget. 

For example, if your personal style is more glam or trendy than rustic or Scandinavian, you may have a harder time staying under budget because trendier décor tends to cost more due to demand.  (Think: Z Gallerie modern glam look vs. IKEA functional minimalism.)

Additionally, if you’re spending only a few months to one year in your new apartment, or if you’re saving up for a house, you may not feel the need to invest in high-end or heavy, solid pieces which often cost more. 

How much it will cost to fully furnish your apartment depends on several factors:

#1- Your Style Preferences

Some people prefer IKEA while others fawn over Z Gallerie or Pottery Barn. 

While each has its own merits, they’re clearly in different price ranges.

Your personal tastes will have a huge impact on how much you’re willing to save or stretch your apartment furniture budget…

But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to expand your furniture-buying options by:

  • Doing your research to catch a local sale. Signing up for their email list can often get you at least 10% off. 
  • Browsing furniture consignment shops, membership wholesalers (e.g. Sam’s, Costco), or outlets
  • Saving your online favorites to get alerts when they’re on sale using Shoptagr (now, Karma) or Honey
  • Finding gently-used options on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or neighborhood garage sales
  • Checking out Etsy, Overstock, or flash-sale sites like Gilt and Nordstrom Rack Home

Pro Tip: 

No matter what your favorite furniture style is, look for deals whenever possible!

Always sign up for the company’s texts/emails.

You’ll be alerted when there’s a sale, and you’ll typically get a first-time buyer discount. 

#2- Where you buy your apartment furniture

The stores where you purchase your apartment furniture often use mass-produced pieces from third parties, then markup the price and rename the piece so it can’t be easily identified. 

But now there are direct-to-consumer (DTC) companies that cut out the middleman. Even better: some of them offer design services, too!  

Despite the upfront sticker shock, DTC furniture brands will save you cash in the long run. 

You can save thousands of dollars by furniture shopping with a DTC company.

Just be aware that some DTC brands don’t always have super flexible delivery options.

And, if a design team is involved, you’ll also have to make time to communicate with them about your needs. 

For the time-strapped, this still beats finding every piece by yourself through hours of internet research or weekend store trips!

If you’re a busy workaholic or non-creative type who craves a chic-looking apartment, you’ll love having your furniture and interior design needs bundled into the same deal!

Our picks for top DTC furniture brands and furnishing design services:

  • Furnishr. Work with experts to fully design and furnish any apartment size.
  • Modsy. Starts from $159-$499/room, or $299 for multiple rooms.
  • Havenly. Starts at $129 for decorating from scratch + 0% APR financing via Affirm.
  • Article. Sells furniture, but also offers from-scratch interior design.
  • Burrow. Durable + luxury-focused. USA-made and affordable with plenty of unique patents pending.
  • Interior Define. Chic meets mid-century modern. They’ve got an Austin-based shop and a virtual room in Houston.
  • Inside Weather. Sustainable pieces are made-to-order by California artisans who use upcycled plastic 
  • Maidenhome. Superb quality pieces by the world-renowned furniture craftsmen of North Carolina + lifetime cushion warranties.
  • Sabai. Cozy, sustainable seating with affordable repair pieces & a waste-busting trade-in program that sells refurbished pieces up to 30% off original pricing.
  • The Inside. Be your own designer and customize your fabrics on everything from sofas to peel & stick wallpaper.
  • Albany Park. What’s not to love about designer pieces in apartment-friendly boxes, plus easy assembly and a 30-day warranty?!

Pros & cons of buying furniture from local retailers:

If you prefer the idea of choosing a local furniture retail shop, you’ll probably have a lot more style options.

However, your pieces may not arrive all at once.  And, of course, there’s the drawback of having to look for it all on your own. 

Be aware that delivery fees can vary widely. Local retailers might charge anywhere from $0-$300 for delivery, not including the markup of furniture itself. 

Assembly of your new furniture may or may not be included, so consult the store to be certain. 

#3- How long you’ll live in your new apartment

Moving into an apartment for the short term? 

You probably won’t want to make a big investment in super high-end furniture and lots of decorations. 

In that case, your budget will probably be substantially lower than if you’re moving into a new apartment for your long-term dream job.

Consider renting furniture or possibly even choosing a fully furnished apartment. 

Heck, even an extended stay hotel can be cheaper if you’re moving for a temporary job and want to maximize your salary. 

If you’re moving temporarily and don’t have an extra $5,000-$6,000 to spend on furnishing an apartment, it may be cheaper for you to choose a temporary or extended stay hotel. 

You could pay thousands of dollars less in an extended-stay suite instead of paying for apartment rent, furniture, and utilities. 

Plus, there are a lot fewer headaches you’ll have in a temporary stay hotel, like:

  • Paying for utilities, WiFi, & cable
  • Lugging your clothes to a communal laundromat
  • Cleaning up; many hotels have a daily housekeeper
  • Having a lease

Just note that this option is most financially worthwhile if you plan to move someplace new from one month to a year.  

Wrapping Up

Creating your furniture budget doesn’t have to be super time-consuming. 

Now that you know how to set your apartment furnishing budget and maximize it, you can get to the fun part—decorating!

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The Ultimate, No-Panic Guide to Moving in 2 Weeks


Are you moving out of a house or apartment in 2 weeks and still not ready?

Sure, you’ve got a lot to do in a less-than-ideal amount of time—but it is doableAnd, yes, you can still move. 

Below we cover exactly how to move from anywhere—house or apartment. You’ll know exactly what to do in advance, each week, and the day of your move, plus a free checklist and tips to make the entire process much easier!

Top Things to Do 2 Weeks Ahead (No Matter Where You’re Moving)

“Two weeks will fly by fast, and spots fill up quickly.”

Erin. 3 Men Movers Market Manager, Austin

You probably thought you had more time. After all, two weeks can seem like enough. 

But, it really isn’t… Especially considering everything you have to do, like: 

  • Find a moving company
  • Donate or get rid of anything you don’t want to take with you
  • Packing everything you own (this includes getting the supplies, closing/taping and labeling boxes) 
  • Handle other move-related errands (like changing your address, vehicle, or voter registration, setting up new utilities, etc)
  • And finally, the actual move day

Not to mention unpacking and setting up your new place, or shopping around for anything you need to get settled.

Remember, you’re also competing with hundreds of other people who need to move due to expiring leases!

So, if you’ve done absolutely none of the above, take a deep breath, read on, and download the FREE two-week moving checklist below.

Download Your Free 2-Week Moving Checklist 

Whether you’re moving from a house or apartment, this free, 3-page guide will help you prepare in under two weeks.

Grab the freebie below!

checklist to move in 2 weeks

 

How to Prepare to Move in 2 Weeks:

In the third episode of our Master Your Move series, Erin, our Austin Market Manager, even gives her best advice for moving out in a time crunch

Here are Erin’s top tips on how to prepare for a moving company within two weeks—whether you live in an apartment or a house!

Erin highly recommends some key steps to prepare for moving company in just 2 weeks… no matter where you’re moving to or from:

1. Book a mover as fast as possible.

This is extremely important during peak moving seasons (like summer) when tons of people are moving. Not sure what to look for? We’ve got just the right questions to ask—especially if you want to move quickly—and how to find a legitimate company.  

2. Clearly label all boxes & items

Mark the contents and indicate anything fragile inside (especially glassware!)

3. Check on parking or truck access from the street.

Speak to your landlord or neighbors first to avoid any conflicts.

4. Schedule any necessary appointments as far in advance as possible

Think of anything that could be impacted by your move being longer or shorter than expected (e.g. reserving an elevator, hiring an electrician, locating cleaners or specialty disposal, finding contractors to disassemble/install certain items like playground or workout equipment).

You’ll also want to note the times so your movers can hustle prior to any contractor or vendor visits to your new home.

5. Prepare packing supplies.

Take stock of the easily damaged things you have to move. These could be TVs, mirrors, glasses, artwork, jewelry, or more. This will help you know the types and quantities of moving supplies you need to get prior to your move.

If you’re packing alone, use supplies that will make packing easier: strong boxes, packing tape, permanent markers, blankets for wrapping, bubble wrap, leg casters, box dividers (or clean towels) for glasses and dishes, and plastic wrap or tarp for transporting live, potted plants.  

MASTER TIP: Use the boxes or cases that your devices came in to pack them up (e.g. TVs, jewelry, lamps, cookware). 

6. Call your moving company and check your appointment.

If movers haven’t already done a virtual or in-person walkthrough, take photos or video and send it to them yourself.

This is critical if you’re using the company’s packing services

MASTER TIP: Open all closets, cabinets, doors, and drawers so your movers can accurately gauge how much they’ll be packing and/or moving. Review your quote with them and ask about any additional fees not outlined that could be tacked on if they need to pack your items.

7. Get a good night’s rest 1-2 nights before moving.

Sleep deprivation adds up and can leave you less than alert.

Trust us, you don’t want to be grumpy, groggy, or forgetful on your move day!

8. Pack up the last things you’ll use in the morning.

Toiletries, cosmetics, medication/vitamins, snacks, dog food, kid’s supplies—think of everything you know you’ll need to use on move day that won’t go on the truck.

Keep them easily accessible in a grab bag to toss in your vehicle.

The same goes for live, potted plants. Movers can’t legally transport these in a moving truck, so make room in your vehicle while protecting your floors and upholstery.

MASTER TIP:  Wrap plants and tarp your floor so the soil doesn’t spill.

9. Have your payment ready.

When you first book and sign, all scheduled charges should be explained and documented upfront. You definitely don’t want your move day to arrive and you’re unable to pay. Legally, moving companies can retain your items on their trucks until you can pay as agreed in your contract. No one likes being in that situation, so make sure you have enough money to cover your move (you can always call the mover later if there’s an issue!)  MASTER TIP: If payment is a problem, save yourself and your moving company some awkwardness and cancel or reschedule for when you’re ready. 

10. Check labels & move boxes out of the way.

The best way to make your move faster? Clear a path for your movers to get to and from your apartment door/garage.

It also helps to have fragile boxes in a separate section from heavier items.

Finally, double-check that any descriptions on fragile or important boxes haven’t been mislabeled or misplaced.

MASTER TIP:  Make sure any fragile items are clearly marked on all sides of the box with an arrow facing upwards. 

11. Do one last sweep with movers before leaving.

The worst feeling is leaving something behind.

(It’s also a nightmare if you’re moving long-distance!)

Avoid this by doing one final sweep of your entire apartment or home when before you and the movers head to your new place.

 

How to Prepare to Move From an Apartment in 2 Weeks:

If you’re making the move from an apartment to a house, you’ll have some specific things to consider. Most likely, you’ll have more time constraints moving out than moving into a neighborhood.

According to Erin, here’s how to prep two weeks before moving out of your apartment

As soon as you know you’re moving out of an apartment:

  • Repair any & all damages. This is a big one because apartments will charge you for damages after you’ve moved out (even if they were already there). While you still live in your apartment, it’s 100% free to notify your leasing office about existing damages and have them repaired!
  • RSVP at your apartment complex. You might be required to reserve an elevator, parking spots, or do certain things before you move. The complex may also need to adhere to certain procedures or do things like install hangers in your reserved elevator for the movers. Talk to the leasing office in advance and give them ample details. 
  • Clean your apartment thoroughly. Tackle the biggest, dirtiest jobs first (do a bit every day). Lighter cleaning can wait until move day so you’re not overwhelmed or in the way. You could even get your deposit back if it’s clean enough! MASTER TIP: Schedule your move so you have an extra day to intensively clean your apartment after all the furniture is gone. 

5-7 days before moving from your apartment:  

  • Start packing everything. Being overwhelmed is a major factor of stress during move day. Packing early eliminates that. Moving companies often offer packing and/or unpacking if you don’t want to do it all on your own. At 3 Men Movers, we not only offer both services, but our unpackers will organize everything so you’re prepared to start living.
  • Declutter & see what you can sell/give away. This is a great time not only to pack, but to go through any junk or things you no longer want that can be donated. Certain clothing consignments may be able to give you extra cash for your unwanted attire, or you can drop them off at nonprofit centers.  

2-4 days before moving from your apartment:  

  • Revisit your apartment office & recap your move day. Is there anything you forgot to tell the leasing office? Perhaps there’s something your movers told you that changes your plans a bit? Either way, let your office know. On the flip side, inform your leasing office how your move day will generally go and ensure all your reservations still stand, uninterrupted. Review parking options and the permitted loading areas, then relay this info to your moving company. (You don’t want movers wasting any time trying to determine where to park or load). 
  • Wrap up any major cleaning and repairs. Even if you’ve booked your move so that you have an extra day to clean your empty apartment, you should still have most of it done. Repairs should definitely be done at least a day before movers set foot in your apartment. 

The same day you’re moving out of an apartment:  

  • Communicate with your movers. While they should have all the important information before they arrive, it never hurts to check twice. Call the company when they open and ask if everything is on schedule
  • When movers arrive, show them everything. Like where certain things are, (e.g., stairs, parking and loading dock, elevators, etc.) Also, during peak seasons, some highly-requested crews may be busier than normal. If you’re not the first appointment of the day, this could push back your move start time a bit—especially if the previous job had more items than expected or if they weren’t totally prepared. 


Ho to Prepare to Move From a House in 2 Weeks:

If you’re moving from a house, you do have more flexibility as far as time and parking availability. But there are still some ways you can specifically prepare if you’re two weeks away from moving and not ready. 

As soon as you know you’re moving out of a house:

  • Start packing right away. You might have fewer time constraints than an apartment-dweller, but none of that matters if you’re not packed before move day. Start cleaning and clearing out old junk, too. You’ll likely have more unwanted stuff if you live in a house rather than an apartment. 
  • Talk to your neighbors. Communicate with your neighbors in advance so there will be a spot for your movers’ truck. You don’t want your movers to have to compete with other contractors or personal vehicles if your neighbors are using services or hosting gatherings on the same day. Your move will definitely take longer if crew members have to walk from down the street to move items out of your home.
  • Book your move at the appropriate time. While you don’t have to worry about handing over the keys to a leasing agent right away, you still should be considerate. So when you’re scheduling your move, keep in mind any conflicting information you uncovered while speaking with neighbors. 

7-10 days before moving from a house:  

  • Get repairs and contracting services done. If you’re renting, ask your landlord about repairs. 
  • Thoroughly label and number your boxes. As listed under the General tips, you should already have gotten moving boxes and supplies and started packing. Besides simply writing ‘fragile’ on your boxes, number them to match the rooms they will go into at the new place. (More on that below).

5-10 days before moving out of a house:

  • Schedule contractors to dismantle any special or expensive items. Certain furniture and equipment must be dismantled before moving (like grandfather clocks, light fixtures, Peloton bikes, gun safes that are bolted into the floor or need doors removed). 
  • Get the proper equipment, casing, boxes, wraps, etc. for any instruments, jewelry, ammunition).

1-2 days before your move from a house:

  • Communicate any obstacles getting to your home. When your moving company opens, give them a call to let them know if there’s anything out of the ordinary. Is your street clear? Are your neighbors doing construction or expecting lots of cars on the street? Will there be any hills that movers have to traverse while hauling your stuff to the truck? What about low-hanging trees or cables?
  • Assist with a virtual walkthrough. Send your moving company photos of how much stuff you need to move. A simple cell phone photo of each room will do, but remember to snap your closets, cabinets, dressers with clothing, and outdoor furniture. Knowing how much and what you have to move will help the moving company send you the right crew and inform you of any fee changes. No one likes surprise charges after moving!
  • Check on any storage facility restrictions.  On move day, the clock will be ticking and most movers charge hourly. So waiting on any mishaps at a storage facility could end up being expensive. If you’re moving things into or out of storage, make sure a facility manager is there in case you have issues. It’s also vital to know whether the storage company restricts moves after a certain time
  • Do your laundry. This goes without saying, but no one wants to transport dirty clothing. Plus, you may be able to use clean linens to help you pack delicate items
  • Set up utilities in your new space. Set up or transfer your cable, internet, water, gas, and electricity before your move. In some areas of Texas, like DFW and Houston, you can choose your electricity provider and shop for the cheapest electricity rate.
  • Clean & disconnect appliances. Any appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators should be disconnected at least 24 hours in advance of your move. Some movers will assist you with this, but many others won’t (movers generally aren’t trained to do that kind of thing).  Moving companies will often ask you to waive liability so they aren’t responsible if anything goes wrong. If you need help with disconnecting and reconnecting a washer or dryer, ask your chosen moving company during booking.  
  • MASTER TIP: For dryers, make sure the vent is thoroughly cleaned before installing it in your new home. 

The same day you’re moving out of your home:

  • Charge your cell phone. Before—or even during—your move, the moving company or crew may need to get in touch with you. Keep your cell phone on you and charged at all times so you and your movers don’t miss any important news.  Don’t forget to turn up your ringer volume!
  • Prepare everything you need to use that day. If there are things you know you’ll need (like snacks, medications, or your toothbrush) keep them separate in a backpack or tote bag.
  • Do a walkthrough before & after moving furniture. It seems repetitive, but we can’t stress this enough: open every closet, cabinet, and drawer before your movers start and after everything is moved out. Before you head off to your destination, don’t forget to do one final walkthrough with your movers to ensure nothing’s left behind. It’s also crucial to clear out any drawers with clothing or drawers before dressers get lifted and shifted on a dolly, so items and inner parts don’t rip or break. Make sure the movers do a final check of the truck after you move into the new space. 
  • Label the doors of each room to match your boxes.  Using a sticky note, copy the numbers you put on the boxes to denote where each box will go at your new place. This will prevent movers from constantly having to ask where you want every box placed, and will generally speed up your move.  

*Special Note on When to Pack a House: 

We typically recommend that you start packing a house one month in advance. But if you have a house to pack and haven’t done anything at all, start now

How much time you dedicate to packing and how much you have to pack are huge factors in how long your move takes. 

Will you spend 8 hours a day packing over the course of one or two weekends? 

Do you work such long hours that packing by yourself for 12 hours isn’t possible? 

If either of these scenarios describe your situation, we recommend either packing anywhere from 30 to 60 days in advance. Depending on how much time you’re able to dedicate to finding the supplies and packing everything yourself, you should consider hiring professional packers to ease the workload.

More on what to expect from packers, here

Wrapping Up

If you’re worried about having a last-minute move and have only two weeks to plan—relax

The best thing you can do now is to pack, find a mover, and follow this guide to moving from a house or apartment in 2 weeks

 

Here’s What Really Happens When Movers Damage Your Furniture


The moving industry has a dirty secret, the truth is that the state requirements surrounding claims are not designed to protect you. If you’re dealing with an experienced and professional mover, they should take measures to prevent your belongings from being damaged. But let’s be honest, things happen. If lamp drops, a wall is scratched, or a piece of furniture is dinged most movers use the law in order to ensure that you’re never fairly reimbursed for their mistakes.

They don’t have to fairly reimburse you for damages that they cause

If your mover drops a designer lamp and it shatters, you’d think that they would be obligated to provide you market value for the lamp right? Nope! Movers in the state of Texas are required to provide you with a settlement that is measured by the weight of the item, not the value. The state requires that in the event of a damage movers are required to provide 0.60 per pound per item. What that means is that if your lamp weighs 8 pounds, your movers would only be required to give you $4.80 after destroying it.

They’re not required to get back to you in a timely fashion

On top of not having to rectify their error by giving you what you deserve for your damaged belongings, they don’t even have to respond to you in a reasonable amount of time. According to state requirements, you’ve got 90 days to file a claim with your moving company, which provides you with plenty of time to unpack and inspect all of your belongings. However, your movers have up to 20 days before they are required to even acknowledge your claim and a whopping 90 days to either deny or make a settlement offer. Pretty crazy huh!

If they’re illegal movers they could leave you in the dust

The moving industry is riddled with illegal companies that pop up overnight and begin operating without a license. Often, these companies have fake addresses and even phone numbers that are mysteriously disconnected when a client whose belongings have been damaged tries to get back in contact with them. You could be left with damaged items and no way of tracking them down. Or even scarier, they could load your belongings into the truck and disappear with it all. Before you book, search the company’s name on the TxDMV Truckstop app. If they are verified movers, their credentials will show. If not, you should think twice before booking with them.

How 3 Men Movers Does Things Differently...

1. We use our expertise to prevent damages from occurring

Our damage claim rate is pretty impressive, under 2% (not to brag); which isn’t easy to maintain considering that we handle up to 2,800 moves during our peak months. 3MM crews take great measures to prevent damages including wrapping your furniture with shrink wrap and blankets to keep it protected, pack your belongings tightly in the back of the truck to prevent the items from shifting, we take care when we are loading/unloading to prevent furniture from scratching your walls, and our crews even roll out a blue carpet to protect your floors!

2. If something goes wrong, we’ll be here to make it right

For the 2% of clients that do experience a damage during a move, we go above and beyond to do everything that we can to make the situation right. We believe in accountability and every one of our clients has a number to call and a person to talk to in the event of something going wrong. In fact, the person that you would be speaking to is our Claims Manager Norma! She responds to all claims within a week, and she does everything in her power to ensure that each client’s belongings are either fixed or replaced.

In Conclusion

At 3 Men Movers, we understand that your belongings are more than just material possessions; they’re your memories and should be respected as such. However, there are many moving companies out there that abide by the state requirements and will not go out of there way to make things right. Be careful who you book with and choose a mover who’s on your side!


How To Avoid & Report Damages From Moving


You’ve probably dealt with this before: you’re ready to move, but you’re concerned about potential damages to your home and your belongings. We've got some quick tips on how to prevent damage and handle unexpected bumps.

You’ve probably dealt with this before: you’re ready to move, but you’re concerned about potential damages to your home and your belongings. Packing and prepping your valuables is critical, but it doesn’t hurt to anticipate unforeseen consequences. Here are some tips on how prevent damages during your move:

Step 1: Preventing Damage

  • Pack properly: Never underestimate the advantages of a good packing job. Packing properly not only saves time, but also ensures your items will arrive safely.
  • Empty furniture: It may be tempting to leave items in furniture to avoid having to pack, it could cost you more in the end. Your furniture is not designed to be moved with extra weight inside. Sure, clothes don’t weigh that much, but they do add quite a bit of weight to a dresser set. If you’ve ever had to lug a laundry basket full of clothes, you know what we mean. Furniture can be fragile and collapse under the pressure of being moved. Protect your furniture and empty the drawers.
  • Wrap your furniture: 3 Men Movers uses blankets and shrink wrap to protect furniture while in transit. If you are planning to use our wrapping supplies during a standard move, the blankets and shrink wrap are included in the cost. Once the furniture is delivered, we remove the blankets (they are only available during transit.) If you are using one of our MOVITS portable storage containers or moving items into a storage facility, you will need to purchase the blankets on a separate charge if you plan to keep the items wrapped while in storage. You can also use your own supplies, if you’d rather skip the extra cost. If you decide to not have your items wrapped to save time, you will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
  • Protect Your Floor: 3 Men Movers provides floor protection during moves, so if you’re concerned about your floors getting scratched or your carpet getting dirty, we have you covered! All of our moves come equipped with floor protection, available prior to moving any furniture or boxes.

Step 2: Prepare for the Unexpected

  • Know your mover’s liability: 3 Men Movers is licensed in the state of Texas, and like all licensed movers, we offer a standard liability of 60 cents per pound per article. For example, if you have a 40-pound item that is damaged during your move, the mover is only required to reimburse you $24 (40lbs. X 0.60 = $24).
  • Insurance: If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, you may be covered during your move. However, you should contact your insurance provider prior to your move to ensure you will be covered.

If You Incur Damages

If you suspect that your items have incurred damage or have been lost during your move, contact the movers immediately (if they are still present). If you use our services, we will provide you with a claim form to file a formal written claim with our Customer Service Manager.

It is best to complete the form immediately in order to speed up the process, but you do possess the right to submit a written claim within 90 days of the move date. The moving company then has 20 days to respond acknowledging the claim, and 90 days to provide a resolution (pay, deny, or make a settlement offer). Be sure to take photos of the damages to attach to your claim.

Visit the Texas DMV’s official website for more information on your rights and responsibilities. As always, Happy Moving!