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Old 06-14-2007, 08:24 AM   #1
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Good moving companies rated????

Does anyone know of a good website that will rate movers that move across country and get your things there safely?
I have found some ratings on epinions.com (put moving companies - commercial in search), but wonder if there is any other way to find a good mover other than word of mouth? Unfortunately, I am in an area where nobody seems to go in or out of now, so that is out.

WARNING: Bad moving story about WALD/Mayflower in Houston:

When I moved up north 3 years ago from Houston, I called up 3 moving companies from the yellow pages. Not the best way, but it was all I had at the time available as none of my associates had moved.
Anyway, I chose Wald because over and over they promised they would move my things safely, and--most importantly--I could store my stuff with them until I needed them even for up to a year, if necessary. I went over and over this with the Manager to confirm this with Wald.
Well, they LIED! After 2 months, the same Manager who made this promise to me over and over, called to scream at me to get my things out of his place! Nice.
When the items were delivered, a few unimportant things had broken, and a commercial fan was stolen (pricey one) by one of the movers, but the biggest error was they came to pick-up my things not at the agreed upon time but a WEEK LATE...YES!!!!!!!
I was very lucky the new buyer was a builder, and had been a client of mine before in advertising from another industry. If not, I would have been up s**t creek without a paddle, as they say. He understood, trusted me to get out when my stuff was picked up and saved the day. Whew!
So, folks in Houston, do not use a company named Wald as they are bad, bad, bad!!!!! You've been warned now.
Oh, and epinions.com does have a number of negative reviews on Wald Moving in Houston already. Wish I had found it sooner.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:59 PM   #2
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Here are a couple:

Moving Companies - Reviews on RateItAll

And:

Mover Reviews.com - Ratings and Reviews of Moving Companies - Your Source For Finding a Quality Mover!

The latter seems to be more comprehensive.
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:50 PM   #3
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If you don't mind the "You pack it we move it then you unpack it" approach then you won't find anybody better than ABF U-Pack.
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We used PODS for our move from Boston area to Myrtle Beach.

I fit squeezed a 3 bedroom house into one 8x8x16 foot container. We moved 3 times in 5 years so had gotten rid of a lot of stuff. Also gave away a huge sectional that would have never fit and was on it's last leg..

Cost me $2800 and that included putting it in storage for 1 month before delivery.

Pack it yourself, lock it..

Open it an unpack it.

Great people, service was really fantastic..

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eMove.com - Your one stop moving shop.

Got this from another ER forum member. Roll your own from truck rentals, local moving companies that can load/pack/drive/unload, and storage outfits.
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Consumer Complaints about Moving Companies and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - ProtectYourMove



A fair number of good tips and links regarding moving companies.
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Oh, before you choose a moving company check for complaints with your local Better Business Bureau. BBB
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Every time we have moved, we searched for a reputable moving company. It doesn't help if the movers have a national brand like Allied, Mayflower, Atlas, etc. because they are all locally owned and operated. We got recommendations from Consumer Reports, from friends, from the relo service, from church members, from employers, BBB, etc. Everyone gave a recommendation and we got quotes from the most reputable and selected based on that.

Results: every move we have had has been a disaster. Thank goodness for replacement value insurance. So any given mover can be an angel one day and the next day they are the devil. We always seemed to get angels that had decided to be devils with us.

In one case, they lost our ENTIRE shipment coming back from Europe. It apparently was simply stolen out of US Customs warehouse. In another case, the "reputable" franchise mover declared bankruptcy while our shipment was en route.

My parents moved alot and never seemed to have the trouble we have had, so I don't know what's with us.
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Now I feel a lot better about having moved myself on a trailer and making a few scratches in the wall.

My wife still jabs me about scraping the wall with a little "A professional mover wouldnt have done that...".

Guess I'll have to update her on the plausible alternative implications.
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We also are looking at the possibility of moving in the next few months. After poking around on the internet and reading this thread, I am concluding:

--we must be sure to have replacement value insurance
--move ourselves what cannot be replaced
--maybe we will impose on friends to help us move
--continue selling stuff on Craigslist and giving stuff away or throwing stuff away
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For interstate moves, are most of you planning to move your furniture? I wonder if the cost, physical and mental strain, and hassle of moving beds, sofas, china cabinets, double dressers, and such is even worth it. That's especially true when considering the possibility that at least some of the furniture may not fit or look right in the next home, and it might arrive damaged.

I love the style and function of my present furniture, and it is in great shape. It would last for the duration if I did not move. But realistically, it is 30 year old middle-of-the-line furniture that just hasn't seen any hard wear. The former owner of my present home died in an automobile accident, and I bought it used from her daughter for a song.
Buying all new furniture when I retire sounds pretty expensive for a LBYM'er like me, but when I factor in the easier move and the fun of buying the perfect furniture for the new house, it sounds like it could be the better option. Well, maybe.

The logistics of selling my house and moving to another state is horrendous. Not having to deal with furniture might help in that respect as well. Perhaps I could rent a small truck for the move, and without furniture everything would fit easily in it.

Sorry, just thinking "out loud". The problems are perplexing. I am ambivalent about moving in the first place, and this doesn't make it any easier to make the sensible decision (to go).
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I too have heard great things about Pod. A friend of mine used them several years ago when they sold their house to build. During the construction the family lived in their motor home while their household goods were stored in a climate controlled facility.

What interests me is that we can pack one Pod at the staging stage and another for the 'rest of the stuff'. A check of their website shows that they have 'packer' resources available.

Maybe the RedFin of moving....
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Pod was a little expensive the last time I looked at it...four years or so ago.
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I am nervous about moving my things like you, Want2retire; but, if I may make a suggestion, book your truck EARLY--and CHECK OUT THE TRUCKS where you are renting.
When I needed to move some of my things from Chicago to where I live now, I called a UHaul there. It was an old truck that had side mirrors that did NOT work. What a fun 4 hour drive that was. I couldn't see either side nor behind me. Thank heaven, my son followed right behind me in my car in case.
Then I later had to rent from Bekins--brand new truck and perfect condition--to make another run from Wisconsin, and that went like a dream.
I assumed UHaul would have all decent trucks. NOT! So, trust me on this one, check out the trucks at the spot you are renting from beforehand or you, too, may be driving 4 hours with no mirrors anywhere that work. It was horrible! How can they even rent those trucks in good conscience I'll never know, but that's Chicago and how they care about each other (NOT!).
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I am nervous about moving my things like you, Want2retire; but, if I may make a suggestion, book your truck EARLY--and CHECK OUT THE TRUCKS where you are renting.
When I needed to move some of my things from Chicago to where I live now, I called a UHaul there. It was an old truck that had side mirrors that did NOT work. What a fun 4 hour drive that was. I couldn't see either side nor behind me. Thank heaven, my son followed right behind me in my car in case.
Then I later had to rent from Bekins--brand new truck and perfect condition--to make another run from Wisconsin, and that went like a dream.
I assumed UHaul would have all decent trucks. NOT! So, trust me on this one, check out the trucks at the spot you are renting from beforehand or you, too, may be driving 4 hours with no mirrors anywhere that work. It was horrible! How can they even rent those trucks in good conscience I'll never know, but that's Chicago and how they care about each other (NOT!).
That's amazing! If I go ahead with the truck rental when I move (2009 or 2010), I will definitely check out the truck, after reading about yours. I am hoping to pare things down to where it is one of the smaller rental trucks. None of them sound very easy to drive, even if I got a perfect one.
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Now I feel a lot better about having moved myself on a trailer and making a few scratches in the wall.

My wife still jabs me about scraping the wall with a little "A professional mover wouldnt have done that...".

Guess I'll have to update her on the plausible alternative implications.
Put me down for the club of people who had their house dinged up by professional movers. The issue is that the driver hired local help to unload and the money comes out of their pocket so they hire whomever is hanging out at the day labor center.
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UHaul trucks are often in very poor condition. Their rental agreement puts all the responsibility on the renter (it says if it is not safe you are to decline it). Often they do not have safe suitable trucks available if the one they offer you on the day promised is a POS. Explore all other alternatives.
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Sell everything, move take only your most valuable items on a rental truck you drive, buy all other stuff new when at new house.
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Basically u-haul gives you the crappiest truck they have and sees if you're going to complain.

Tell them up front that if they give you a busted up crappy truck that they're going to keep it. If they give you something substandard, ask for the pretty new one they have sitting out front with the big sign in the windshield. If that doesnt work, go to ryder or budget.
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The problem is you often just can't find a replacement in 15 minutes if the UHaul truck is a looser.

Better to reserve a truck from a reliable company. It is not only the safety of your household goods at risk, it is the safety of the family members riding in the cab.
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