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Cool stuff: Movers vying for your business online

By Teri Karush Rogers | January 4, 2010 - 12:30PM
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that every New Yorker eventually needs a man with a van.

But last week’s Craigslist nightmare--in which the seller of an engagement ring was allegedly attacked by a mobster posing as a customer--renewed our anxieties about fulfilling our man-with-a-van yen online.

Then we heard about CityMove.com.   Recently re-launched with a brand new look and many under-the-hood improvements, CityMove looks to be the killer app when it comes to finding excellent movers--for big or small jobs--at the best price.

The reverse-auction site lets customers bid out their jobs to local movers, then vet the movers through the site’s robust customer-review section.  (Click here to peruse a list of the site’s top-rated movers.)  

The reviews impose a short leash on movers who are active on the site: A single drubbing could end a stream of steady business, so movers have a strong motivation to not, say, hold your belongings hostage for an additional fee.

About 200 New Yorkers post their jobs each month, and about half of them hire movers through the site.  CityMove charges the moving companies a modest percentage of the deal price.  

Teri Karush Rogers

Founder & Publisher

Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she covered New York City real estate for the The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri holds a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University. 

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