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Old Feb 23 2006, 07:31 AM   #1
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Well, I'm moving. Again. This time, being sick and tired of doing it all myself, I have decided to hire a moving company. Hey, the firm's paying for it, so why not?

Anyway, has anyone here used moving companies? If so, have you had good experiences or bad?

I already know I need to go with a 400N Tarif company. That's not a problem.

And, if anyone has used movers in the past, the four that I'm currently torn between are:

Olympic Movers
World Movers
A. Arnold

I'm planning on packing myself, though to have them do it is only about $1000 more so far. A. Arnold is actually coming to my apartment to see how much I have to move. Nationwide has already figured my weight as 8500 lbs and World Movers at 9200. (I have 3000 books, so that's why the weight is so high.)

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Old Feb 23 2006, 08:01 AM   #2
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I can't advise you on the specific movers you're looking at, but offer some general advice. I'd ask local friends about the reputation of those movers; you need to know the reputation of the local branch as well as the national reputation for handling claims.

I've had good experiences with both moves I've done with movers. The first time I randomly had several big name movers give me estimates and went with the one I got the best feeling from. The second time I also got a few estimates, but I went with a local firm that someone recommended (someone I knew would have demanded top rate service).

Since you don't have to worry about the cost, you might consider letting them do some of the packing -- they're very experienced at it and in the US at least they don't insure boxes against breakage unless they packed them themselves. Both times we used movers, I let them pack the dishes and china, figureing they know better than I how to safely pack them -- and we didn't have anything break! One time I had them pack almost everything, and I found that wonderful; they're so much faster than I would have been, and it saves so much stress. The main downside of that is that boxes may not end up labeled as you'd like for finding things quickly later. Also, the one thing I chose not to have them pack either time was my McCaffrey book collection, as I have some very valuable items in it and I didn't trust they'd treat them carefully rather than just shoving them in a box like any old book.

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Sorry, can't help there. The last time we moved, we rented a couple of U-hauls and did all the moving ourselves. Then again, from a house into an apartment isn't as much stuff, I suspect.
I think the move before that was also done ourselves, with family and friends assisting.
But I'd have to agree with Cheryl. Get local opinions and find out about their reputations.

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Cheryl has some really great advice!
If you pack the boxes they aren't insured, at least with the companies that I've dealt with in the past. Plus it's just nice to have them do it for you.
I've not heard of the companies you are thinking of using but I second the suggestion of asking friends about them. Or even checking the Better Business Bureau if no one has any info for you.
I too packed my Anne Collection and moved it myself! Just couldn't let them get out of sight. Pack anything that you highly value and move it yourself.
Good luck on the move and good journey!
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Well I am like Tresa, the last time we moved we used "U-haul", and the family helped us. But the children just moved a few months back, and they used a local independant mover, they had great prices,if you packed it your self, and they moved it. So we all pitched in and got them all packed up in three days. The mover got it all in their truck in about an hour, they were fast, and good.
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Neither my husband or I can remember the name of the company we used (it's been almost 14 years and his company payed for the move). But I do agree with Cheryl on the point that at least let them pack the breakables. Since his company was paying for the move (on the original move from SF to DE they even payed to move my husbands car!!) let the company do a good share of the work. Unless the company is giving you a dollar amount let the moving company do the work. Another suggestion is along with having them pack the china also have them pack the electronics. The company we chose was one that DuPont used all the time to move heavy and large electronic equipment so they knew how to pack and store it in the truck. When they packed our stereo, tv, and computer equipment they took great care to lable or somehow recored how it was wired so it could be set back up at the destination.

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