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Whether you’re moving homes within Buffalo, leaving to follow your dreams in the Big Apple or starting a new job in California, you need a moving company you can trust. The Buffalo News has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing local availability and consumer reviews of 20 businesses and choosing eight favorites from the top moving companies in Buffalo.

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What Buffalo residents should look for in a moving company

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Whether you’re moving locally from Elmwood Village to Amherst or moving out of New York, it’s important to create a moving plan suited to your needs. Moving is a stressful life event, which is why it’s important to find a licensed, insured mover to protect your belongings as you transition between homes or offices. Many movers in Buffalo offer professional packing services and short-term storage, while some are trained to move specialty items, such as pianos. The movers featured on this guide are hand-picked for their available services and favorable consumer reviews.

Buffalo moving company costs

The average cost of a full-service local move in Buffalo with no special services ranges between $500 and $2,000. Moving more than 100 miles is more likely to cost between $2,000 and $7,000. The cost of moving in Buffalo depends on multiple factors, including distance traveled, size of the move, the level of service and the amount of insurance coverage. Services like packing and furniture disassembly and reassembly can cost between $50 to $80 per labor hour for each professional helping out. Supplies also add to costs.

Another common cost associated with moving is short-term storage. If your move-in and move-out dates don’t line up exactly, storage might be necessary. Costs range from company to company. Storage is generally cheaper in less densely populated areas, where space isn’t so expensive. Don’t forget to consider liability insurance coverage for your belongings while they are being moved or stored.

Buffalo moving laws and regulations

The New York attorney general recommends customers use licensed and/or registered moving companies that meet legal requirements. The websites for the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are useful when researching intrastate and interstate moves, respectively.

Consumers moving within New York state should understand their rights, outlined by the NYSDOT in its Summary of Information for Shippers of Household Goods. The document provides information on moving company laws, like requiring movers to provide a certificate number and address to advertise services. The document states movers are not liable for the full value of lost or damaged goods unless you and your mover have made special arrangements.

New Yorkers wishing to file a complaint about a local mover may do so with the NYSDOT. For interstate moves, contact the FMCSA. If your belongings were damaged by movers and you choose to file a claim, the company is required to respond to your claim within 30 days and has 120 days to resolve your claim, according to the NYSDOT.

Buffalo moving companies FAQ

When should I book a mover in Buffalo?

Book a mover in Buffalo as soon as you can. You have more time to compare options and a better chance to get lower rates. The busiest time for movers is between May and September. Moves made during this time may require four or more weeks of notice.

How much does a local move cost in Buffalo?

A local move, defined as fewer than 100 miles, typically costs between $80 and $100 per hour using professional movers. A local, full-service move can cost between $550 and $2,000 total, factoring in labor hours, supplies, transportation and storage.

How much do you tip movers for a local move in Buffalo?

We recommend tipping between 15% and 20% of the total cost of the move for large moves and 5% to 10% of the total cost for smaller, local moves. However, this can vary depending on the level of satisfaction or the complexity of the move.

How much does it cost to store furniture with a moving company in Buffalo?

Storage costs vary by company, so it’s important to get multiple estimates. Climate-controlled storage costs more than regular storage. For instance, a 10-by-15-foot unit can cost $75 to $140 per month without climate control and between $115 and $150 per month with climate control.

How much does it cost to move a studio apartment in Buffalo?

Moving a studio apartment within Buffalo can cost between $450 to $950 when using professional movers. Moving across the state — for example, from Buffalo to Brooklyn — costs about $1,430 to $1,690 with professional movers.

Buffalo moving company information

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American Van Lines

American Van Lines is a nationwide moving company that performs local, long-distance, military, residential and corporate moves. The company has a flat-rate pricing system and provides free storage for a month. Movers have an average of 10 years of experience. Contact American Van Lines to get a free estimate for your move to or from the Buffalo area.

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Moving Nation

Moving Nation is a nationwide moving company that prides itself on providing fast long-distance moves by trained staff. Buffalo customers can choose from services such as full-service packing, fragile item packing, loading and unloading, and short- and long-term storage. Moving Nation assigns a moving coordinator to each client. Residential, commercial and military moves are available. Contact Moving Nation for a free moving quote.

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Colonial Van Lines

Colonial Van Lines has over 50 years of experience in the moving and storage industry and does over 12,000 moves per year, according to its website. Buffalo customers can choose from various levels of packing services, from a single item to full service. With the company’s free moving app, you can get an estimate, order discounted supplies and view your moving checklist.

Colonial Van Lines Learn More (800) 338-9092
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Safebound Moving & Storage

Safebound Moving & Storage is a professional moving company offering moving services in New York and the rest of the U.S. It provides packing services, helps set up auto transport and has short- and long-term storage options. Contact Safebound Moving & Storage for a free moving quote.

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Bold Moving and Storage

Bold Moving and Storage specializes in long-distance moves to and from the East Coast for homes and businesses. Additional services include auto transport, storage and cleaning services. A white-glove, all-inclusive package is available. Contact Bold Moving and Storage to speak with a moving consultant and get a free quote for your move in or out of Buffalo.

Bold Moving and Storage Learn More (804) 256-3271

Pryority Movers

Pryority Movers, based in Niagara Falls, offers professional moving services, storage and specialty item relocation. The company is on call 24/7 and provides free quotes. Movers also help remove junk and assist with office relocation. Pryority Movers' website has a photo gallery of moves it has done.

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Wayfinder Moving Services

Wayfinder Moving Services provides professional moving services to people moving into, out of and within Buffalo. The company, serving much of upstate New York, offers local moving, senior moving, piano moving, packing services and storage services. It partners with Bekins Van Lines for long-distance moves. Wayfinder Moving is located at 75 Comet Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216.

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The Moving Doctors

The Moving Doctors provides full-service moving and storage for homes and offices in Buffalo and Western New York. The company offers free moving and storage estimates over the phone. Record storage and archiving is also available. The Moving Doctors is located at 118 Killewald Ave., Tonawanda, NY 14150.

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