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Moving companies, what do you recommend?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Balog, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. Balog


    Mar 19, 2009
    Bothell, WA
    A friend needs to move across country, does anyone have experience with using a service to pack up a (small) household and transport it across country?
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    We used Mayflower when we moved from Washington to New Hampshire, and we'll be using them again when we move back in September. I didn't even get other quotes for this second move. The customer service was top notch, the agent assigned to manage our move was exceptional, and they were spot on with time estimates. If your friend is local to Puget Sound, PM me and I'll give you the information of the company we are using.

    Interestingly, the driver was from United Van Lines. I assume the different companies must share drivers and trucks to some degree.

  3. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    I looked at PODS because I'm contemplating a long distance move and they were dirt cheap. I'm not planning on taking my furniture, but my tools/machinery and certain other things are going with me that aren't too large. Anything valuable will go with me in my van and it will be a simple get in, drive out there and find a place to live without having to worry about what to do with my stuff because they'll store it, securely.
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    PODS are great if you don't mind packing yourself. And pack it WELL. I'm pretty sure they're not responsible for any damage because they didn't pack it.
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  6. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Right. I'm enough of a control freak that I would want to pack my own, anyway. Fortunately, what I plan to move isn't super fragile and what is, I'll repack to keep it from breaking.
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    The moving companies are the same way. Everything that we packed ourselves had a sticker on it saying so, then the few items they packed for us, for an additional fee, had a different sticker indicating they packed it.

  8. bassguppy

    bassguppy Supporting Member

    I've moved several times with Long distance movers without issue. Only issue I ever had was when I tried to save a little and there was a "moving broker" who bid out my move. I paid $1,400 to the broker for a Las Cruces, NM to Olympia, WA move who then forwards the money to the moving company. The scum of the earth broker (Moving World from Denver, CO) then filed for bankruptcy when my belongings were enroute. I had to pay an additional $1,400 to the actual movers but I filed a claim with my bank and was covered for the original amount. Thing that enrages me the most was this happened to a couple dozen people with that company (per an Internet search) where they took the money knowing the were going out of business. Did another search a few years later the owner of The now defunct Moving World was in some other business.

    So...deal directory with a reputable company and look up reviews on individual movers.
  9. I had a friend who worked for Bekins. he didn't have anything bad to say about them, just an inordinate amount of people have baby grand pianos that they need moved.

    that's the extent of my experience.
  10. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    "I have a big box full of large chunks of lead- how much to move it from my 3rd floor walk-up to the 5th floor walk-up two doors down?".:bag:

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