Basically, i read off a list of inventory of my belongings and they gave me an estimate based on cubic feet. I am now concerned after reading the advice on this site not to do it this way. SO, does anyone outt here have any reccomendations for reputable movers in my area, to my destination area, etc... Any help will be much appreciated.
Here is a list of the companies i spoke with. Any feedback?
All State Express Moving
American Move Aid
Highlawn Moving & Storage
The Right Move
All State Express Moving has been licensed less than a year, and with a type of license that does not require them to carry Cargo insurance. Your load would not be covered unless you purchased additional insurance (which is a good idea with ANY mover, but still...) Also, they only have three trucks, and LA is a LONG way away. A lot of times we hear of small movers having to subcontract their long-distance moves to another company that you have never heard of nor approved of.
A1 Moving is a pretty generic name, can you give me a phone number or website address so I can look up and be certain which one you are asking about? There is no mover anywhere near NY state named A1 Moving.
A1's tel 3 is 877.903.2663
Just hit the yellow pages and spoke to these companies as well. Any feedback..? Thanks in advance...
The Moving Doctor
Liberty Moving & Storage
Moving Doctor may be OK, again, based on an in-home estimate. Same thing for Liberty.
Since you are in NYC, I would not be turned off from a mover who asks for a deposit, like in other parts of the country. It seems pretty common for the major metro areas. So don't be surprised if they all do ask for a low one. Don't pay half up-front, though, that's too much.
Of the companies you've mentioned so far, the only ones that I think are probably reputable are Seamens and Liberty Moving (United). However, Seamens should not be used for a long-distance move like yours and the one review that we have of Liberty is suspect because it came out of the blue. You can't trust every company that's in the paper Yellow Pages.
Please read my Epinions article linked to below for a general orientation to the issues and some suggestions about movers. Since I wrote the article, one person ("nyaccent") had a good move with Certified Transportation Group and another person moving internationally used Avatar Moving Systems and had a good experience. I think either of those would be a much better choice than the companies you're currently considering. Depending on how far you're out on Long Island, Dahill (Mayflower) in Brooklyn might be able to move you, and it has excellent reviews here.
As of right now I am having Astro (allied Van Lines), Liberty and Moving Dr. coming to my home to give me an in houe estimate so i can compare, see who i am comfortable with (if any).
Any feedback on astro/ allied van lines? Thanks so much for your help, very iformative forum!
MusicMom and Diane have provided you with some great information, between the in home estimates and the education you are receiving hopefully everything will work out for a smooth relocation for you.
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