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Posted on 03/08/2012 8:33:06 AM PST by Nifster
I need to send some furniture to my daughter in Georgia. It is not a full sized load but rather one room's worth. I want to be sure it gets there as it has sentimental value (and is really nice furniture to boot).
Since I figure that FR is the location of some of the most knowledgeable people around I figured some of you might have a recommendation or two for me.
It would be good to know the ^starting^ point.
Rent a Uhaul and drive it. Probably the cheapest option.
BE careful....use a reputable firm....make sure they have insurance, and make sure you have copies of the list of items...and I’d take pictures of the items too, with dates. (I’ve moved about 10 times in 28 years.....have fired movers in the midst of move, etc. BE careful.
The big ones like Mayflower, Allied etc carry the best insurance and actually train their people.
Ive gone cheap and end up with a mess. Some of them will steal and intentionally damage.
In 1979 we moved a whole house full of furniture and stuff from Calif to WA State by UNITED. No complaints.
If you don’t mind loading container yourself, I would without a doubt go with ABF. They drop off the container and give you usually 3 business days to load it then pick it up and drop it off at the requested location. Of course your daughter will have to unload it at the other end. We used them to move from FL to NV and were highly impressed. We used two 6x7x8 foot containers (we gave away or sold a LOT before the move) and the total cost was a shade over $3,000. We checked with PODS and they wanted $5,000 per container and told us we’d need two of them. We opted for the ABF guys and couldn’t have been more pleased. Type in ABF freight in your search engine and check it out. Just remember to pack it high and tight. They have several different options but worth a look.
Atlas Van Lines. Have used them twice. No problems. Avoid “Bubba and Cousin Elwood” type operations.
There is no one who will take as good quality care, will be as careful moving, or be as careful driving as you.
Some will recommend U-Haul, and having moved from Austin to Seatle (U-haul caught fire), from Seatle back to Austin (had to unload/reload in Phoenix - transmission went out), and finally from South Austin to north Austin (had to again switch vehicles) I make it my point in life to bypass U-Haul. I’ve used Penske - they use NEW trucks - and have never had a problem since. Yes, a little more expensive; but spending a day with a broken vehicle and then unloading/reloading a vehicle to complete a trip will more than make up any ‘cost savings’ - and that doesn’t include the pain-in-the-butt of the unload/reload.
A freind used what appeared to be a reputable firm - no previous complaints, did work for the military, and recommended by a former client. It was incredible the number of problems involved, including overcharges contrary to the contract.
We use the pod. We pack it our selves, they pick up deliver and unpack it our selves.
If you care that much about this furniture, remember the adage, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
If you can’t drive it yourself, rent a uhaul and pay a friend to drive it for you.
Always moved via government contract. No issues.
Safety tip: Always feed/water the packers. . .I always buy them lunch from some fast-food place (I ask then what they prefer), and this usually gets you bonus points from the packers as they will take better care of your stuff if you show you are taking care of them.
For Uhaul all maintenance is done at the cost of the franchisee. So the place you rent from pays for maintenance.
So they dont do any maintenance unless they have to, which results in poorly maintained vehicles.
I have used uship.com in the past. Their service launched the show “Shipping Wars” on TV. You give the specifics of what you’re shipping. Be precise as you can. Where to where, give a time frame to pick up and deliver, etc. Members of the site will probably ask you more questions about the job. The members will have ratings. Since it’s one room, the shippers are always looking for loads to supplement others.
IF you have a max. price, list it . they’ll make bids.
My recommendation: Rent a truck. Deliver it in person.
Try Greyhound. Seriously. I’m not trying to be cute.
We bought a rather large coffee table from a store in Virginia, and they shipped it to CA via Greyhound for $100.
Took about a week.
We’re former military, moved at least 25 times.
We retired a long time ago, but have moved cross country four times.
Considering cost of rental, fuel, travel, I would take a long serious look at my stuff and ask if it would be cheaper, easier to “sell out” and purchase replacements at destination.
Just a thought.
I apologize! Read without my glasses, and missed sentimental!
Yep, that has been my experience also. In order to get full insurance coverage though, they need to do 100% of the packing, which may not cost as much as you might imagine.
One thing way that they can do the one-room move is bring large wood crates and pack the stuff in the crate. This way, there is not a way for this small load to get tangled up with a mixed load of other stuff on the truck.
I used this method once myself for a 4 bedroom house of stuff when there was a gap of a couple of months between when I needed to move from the old house and when the new once was available for moving into. The crates were put into warehouse storage until the moving destination was ready to go.
What you want is a door-to-door. In my experience (28 years of military moves) most damage occurs when they get back to the warehouse. Then it comes off the van and they repack it into a large wooden crate It will be handled roughly because the owners are not there to overwatch it. Then it’s more or less subjected to the elements, as the crate(s) containing your goods are shipped on an open flatbed trailer. So the door-to-door means it’s delivered from the same van it was loaded onto.
Amen. I'd offer an example of what can be avoided by DIY moving, but it would trigger my PTSD. Several PTSD's in fact.
What's wrong with this answer?
My first question to his response would be "If he hurts you, his rates are high and his breath stinks, why do you go to him?".
My second would be, "If Smith is so much better, and Jones sux, aren't you kinda stupid to go to him when you could get better service and lower rates from Smith?" Most people don't like to admit that they go suckered or paid too much for something.
We've all said or heard similar responses on various subjects. As they say, OPINIONS are like A$$holes.....everybody has one. Plus, "Misery loves company". And, look at me ------> For what it's worth, I have an OPINION. : )
I think it was Atlas that moved my husband’s things here 3 years ago. It was probably a couple rooms’ worth, not a full truck. Had no problem, everything went smoothly. I agree with the posters suggesting you have food and/or drinks for the workers.
I used Allied 15 years ago to move from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh. They broke one of our items and I suggested a way to fix it that would have cost them about $100. They played hardball and I took them to arbitration and won. It was sent out for repair and wound up costing them $900. I’ll never use them again.
And a hell-yeah to that! Let someone else trust YOU with THEIR stuff. If something's going to get banged up, let it be the rented truck. Not your heirlooms!
email me and I can give you advice
FWIW, When I moved in 2003 I used a large Penske truck with a towing trailer for my car. I used some guys from a Boy Scout troop to load the truck. Paid them $20 each plus pizza. On this end, paid some guys working on my new house to unload. Everything went smooth as silk, thank the Good Lord.
Ya. I have a couple of those muh own self. Now I figure if I mess up, it’s on me. But someone else doing the messing up is just unacceptable. No one is gonna love your stuff the way you do.
I actually run a moving company, we are an agent for the second largest van line in the country. I won’t give myself any shameless plugs, but I would be happy to give some advice:
1.) DO NOT shop on the internet. You will end up with every two bit worthless broker trying to guarantee you unbeliveable rates. They’re unbelievable for a reason.
2.) Stick with the major van lines. North American, Atlas, United, Allied, and Mayflower.
3.) Be sure they include Full Value Protection in the estimate they provide, and make sure it is zero deductible. Ask for it specifically.
4.) I would not take the lowest estimate. Estimators make incorrect calls and it ends up costing in poor service and higher charges at delivery. Get at least two estimates (three is ideal) and count on the average of the three being an accurate representation of your move.
5.) Low cost generally means poor service. Experienced and quality conscious professional van operators will refuse to service cut-rate and underestimated moves. What you’ll end up with is a low experience, grumpy, high-claims driver who will aggravate the daylights out of you.
If you PM me the town you need to move the items from and to, I can recommend one of our top quality agents who can service it, or if I can do so, I will service it myself.
Or if they do, it gets lost in transit.
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