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moving company recommendations??

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.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Travel
KEYWORDS: moving; movingcompany

1 posted on 03/08/2012 8:33:07 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster

It would be good to know the ^starting^ point.


2 posted on 03/08/2012 8:34:01 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Nifster

Rent a Uhaul and drive it. Probably the cheapest option.


3 posted on 03/08/2012 8:35:04 AM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Nifster

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.


4 posted on 03/08/2012 8:35:34 AM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Nifster

The big ones like Mayflower, Allied etc carry the best insurance and actually train their people.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 8:36:01 AM PST by albie
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To: Nifster

Ive gone cheap and end up with a mess. Some of them will steal and intentionally damage.


6 posted on 03/08/2012 8:39:06 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Nifster

In 1979 we moved a whole house full of furniture and stuff from Calif to WA State by UNITED. No complaints.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 8:41:57 AM PST by Spunky
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To: Nifster

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.


8 posted on 03/08/2012 8:42:10 AM PST by rktman
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To: Nifster

Atlas Van Lines. Have used them twice. No problems. Avoid “Bubba and Cousin Elwood” type operations.


9 posted on 03/08/2012 8:42:40 AM PST by donozark (A soldier lives as long as he is remembered...)
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To: Nifster

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.


10 posted on 03/08/2012 8:49:02 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Nifster

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.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 8:51:32 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Nifster

We use the pod. We pack it our selves, they pick up deliver and unpack it our selves.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 8:51:32 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: wilco200; Nifster

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.


13 posted on 03/08/2012 8:53:11 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Nifster

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.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 8:54:08 AM PST by Hulka
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To: Hodar; Nifster

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.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 8:55:03 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Nifster

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.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 8:58:06 AM PST by AJ504 (The Constitution was NOT written on an Etch-A-Sketch!)
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To: Nifster

My recommendation: Rent a truck. Deliver it in person.


17 posted on 03/08/2012 8:58:20 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Nifster

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.


18 posted on 03/08/2012 9:01:35 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Nifster

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.


19 posted on 03/08/2012 9:13:40 AM PST by WestwardHo
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To: Nifster

I apologize! Read without my glasses, and missed sentimental!

Happy shipping!


20 posted on 03/08/2012 9:15:59 AM PST by WestwardHo
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To: albie
“The big ones like Mayflower, Allied etc carry the best insurance and actually train their people.”

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.

21 posted on 03/08/2012 9:19:44 AM PST by Hootowl99
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To: Nifster

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.


22 posted on 03/08/2012 9:21:54 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: MestaMachine
If you care that much about this furniture, remember the adage, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

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.

23 posted on 03/08/2012 9:30:07 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: Nifster
It's kinda hard to evaluate something like this, via a public forum. Perhaps it's best to check with the BBB or research the internet looking for NEGATIVES verses POSITIVES, thus weeding out the bad companies. Your question is sorta like asking your neighbor who the best dentist in town is for getting a tooth pulled. The answer may be something like "Go to Dr Jones. Me and my whole family have been going to him for 15 years, but I've heard Dr Smith is pretty good. Dr Jones is a little too rough and doesn't even let the novocain kick in before he starts pulling. Plus, his breath stinks. And, his rates are a little high. But, I'd go to him if I were you."

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. : )

24 posted on 03/08/2012 9:31:37 AM PST by jmax (SLUTS SUCK WHILE MAKING IT ON SLEEP NUMBER BEDS)
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To: Nifster

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.


25 posted on 03/08/2012 9:35:44 AM PST by NEMDF
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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.


26 posted on 03/08/2012 9:35:54 AM PST by Marathoner 244
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To: MestaMachine
rent a uhaul

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!

27 posted on 03/08/2012 9:37:23 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: Nifster

email me and I can give you advice


28 posted on 03/08/2012 9:51:10 AM PST by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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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.


29 posted on 03/08/2012 9:53:52 AM PST by upchuck (Where others hold a window into the world, nobama holds a mirror. h/t - Don Surber)
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To: Lady Lucky

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.


30 posted on 03/08/2012 9:54:46 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Nifster

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.


31 posted on 03/08/2012 10:27:01 AM PST by RobertClark ("Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: MestaMachine
No one is gonna love your stuff the way you do.

Or if they do, it gets lost in transit.

32 posted on 03/08/2012 11:26:15 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Gingrich 2012: Open Throttle for America)
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To: All

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33 posted on 03/08/2012 4:13:53 PM PST by Nifster
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