Careful, Friendly, High Quality Moves... at a Fair Price




Serving Commercial and Residential Clients in NH and The Greater Northeast Since 1987


NH ID #30232-3     FMSCA #210-983     US DOT #490801
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find a good mover?

A legal and above-board moving company will cover many of the following points without being prompted, and much of the details will be covered in their contract(s). If you’re not provided with this information, it’s probably a good idea to keep looking.

  • All legitimate movers are licensed and insured. Don’t be shy about asking for proof of these.
  • Know in advance how the moving company charges. Some charge an hourly rate and others charge by weight. Find out about additional fees for travel time, for gasoline, for extra protection of your items, for overnight storage, for large items, for additional crew members who may be deemed necessary once the move has begun, and the like.
  • If it’s applicable to your move, ask if the company can store your goods overnight.
  • Ask if the company requires a minimum charge, and about their cancellation policy.
  • Make sure the company provides workers they’ve trained, You’ll get much better service than you would from a company which used day laborers who may not be adequately trained and who aren’t part of the regular staff.
  • Although tipping is not as traditional as tipping at a restaurant, you might want to reward the crew for service that exceeds your expectation. A common tip is between 5%-10%.
  • If the procedures for handling damage(s) or loss aren’t covered in the mover’s contract, that omission could become a source of contention. If it’s not there, ask how they handle damages and loss and then make sure it’s put in writing. (A 30-day time frame for reporting damages or loss is fairly common, as is the requirement that the moving company has the right to determine who will repair the damages or replace lost items.)
  • Be sure you understand what items the company can’t (or won’t) move. By law, there are items that a moving company is prohibited from transporting. Also, some items are too delicate, or too important, to be loaded onto a truck. A good mover will let you know what those are and how to handle them.
  • Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau.

Does it cost more to move on a weekend?

No, the price is the same regardless of time of month, year, or day.

Is Starving Artists Movers a Licensed and Insured moving company?

Yes we are.

Our NH DOT# is 30232-3.
Our FMSCA # is 210-983.
Our US DOT# is 490801.

Do you move pianos?

Yes, on a case-by-case basis, depending on the size of the piano and the logistics of the move.

Do you move pool tables and other large items?

Yes, on a case-by-case basis, depending on the size of the item(s) and the logistics of the move.

Do you assemble and/or disassemble items?

Generally, yes, and for no extra charge. However we do not assemble cribs or bunk beds. For other items, there's usually no problem. However, per our contract, we're excluded from liability for assembling or disassembling item(s). Please note that if special tools are needed, you are responsible for providing them.

How far in advance should I book a move?

The sooner the better, but if you're caught with short notice, call and ask if there's an open time slot. Last minute moves can often be accommodated.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, check, or cash. However, per Federal regulations, payment for long distance moves must be by cash or certified check and is due prior to unloading.

Can I help move?

Yes you can help, but we ask that you understand a few things:

  • You can’t go on the truck(s).
  • Our crews carry furniture only with other crew members.
  • Finally, if you help with any part of the move, we are excluded from liability, per our contract.

Do I need to be around during the entire move?

Either you, or someone you trust, must be there to facilitate a smooth and well-paced pick-up and delivery. if there is no one there to consult, we are not liable for moving items you hadn't intended to move, or for placing items where you didn't want them to be. To avoid upset and confusion, we reserve the right to insist that someone is there at all times.



"Despite the rainy conditions the 3-man crew worked cheerfully and professionally throughout the move. This is my 3rd move with SAM and I have never heard other than positive remarks from friends who have also used SAM services."
— A.S.M., Moultonboro, NH

"So far the best moving experience we have had. We have moved 6 times since 2003 from Maine to Colorado to NH as we sell our properties along the way. Your crew was not only professional but outstanding!"
— JK, Manchester, NH

"This is one of the best moves I have ever had. Your men have been very well trained in customer service. I will definitely recommend Starving Artists."
— C.K., Laconia, NH

"I have used SAM before and will use them for every move I have. I am a realtor and will recommend them to all my clients. Excellent job."
— P.H., Concord, NH

"Great crew — worked really well together — excellent attitudes, respectful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you guys. Thanks!"
— SWP, Northampton, MA

"The move was handled so well. My things are delivered in excellent shape and the 3 young men were very professional and friendly."
— J.H., Manchester, NH

"Cheerful, polite, knowledgable, able young men. The most painless move ever, even with my aged home."  
— E.B., Henniker, NH

"Very caring people. Did a better job than what we would have done ourselves. Reasonably priced too."
— J.L., Bedford, NH

"Your crew was polite, efficient and treated my belongings with the same care I would use myself. Thanks for a great move."
— SS, Hopkinton, NH

"Third move with Starving Artists. The service begins with initial contact. Pick up and delivery were great. The crew not only did an excellent job — with great care — they did it with humor!"  
— LB, Glover, VT

"We were very satisfied with the overall product. The guys were courteous, helpful and most of all professional. I would certainly use Starving Artists Movers again and would recommend to colleagues."
— BC, Tilton, NH

"Very accommodating, very friendly — great guys! Thanks so much!"
— B.D., Bedford, NH 

"The crew rocked my move! They were very efficient and cautious with all my items. I will recommend them to everyone!"
— KW, New Boston, NH

“The crew was cheerful and very cooperative. They handled our special requests with great efficiency. Great work!” 
— Ronni, Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

"I have moved several times and Starving Artists Movers is by far the most professional and caring moving company that I have every worked with. I highly recommend them and would use them again." 
— Granite Investment Advisors, Duxbury, MA

"What a great crew! So efficient, accommodating — the best! I felt so calm — it seemed so daunting to me — such a huge project!" 
— Meredith Public Library, Meredith, NH

“The men were very polite, efficient, and helpful. And they had to work on the coldest day of the year! We appreciate all that they did.” 
— Nancy Spater, RSVP Director, Concord, NH

“Although it was only a small move, they were professional and efficient!”
— Prudential Witta Family Realtors

“Once again, it was excellent service with total cooperation!! Awesome!!!” 
— Dryer Management, Inc., Hooksett, NH

“Guys were great! Moved everything exactly where we wanted it. They worked hard and had a good time while working hard! Awesome job!” 
— Merrimack County Attorney’s Office, NH

“Excellent as usual.” 
— Real Estate Stop, Concord, NH

“The movers were efficient, quick, polite, and did a great job. Thank you!” 
— NH Municipal Bond Bank

“You are the best.” 
— Federal Bankruptcy Court, Manchester, NH

“Although it was an extremely hot and humid day and the move involved tight spaces and winding staircases, coming and going the crew remained cheerful and polite. They worked very, very hard and did a great job. Everything kept under control. GREAT SERVICE!” 
— Law Office of Peter J. Minkow, Concord, NH

“We experienced skilled people employing creativity and extra effort, along with courtesy and a spirit of personal service, to get a job done that went beyond what could ‘reasonably’ be expected.”
— Rob Reno, Reno Design Group, Hopkinton, NH

“We continue to be very, very happy with all moves Starving Artists has done for us.” 
— Riverbend Community Mental Health Service

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