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NEW JERSEY (Part 3)

Re: Summary of moving company reviews posted on MovingScam.c

Postby NEW JERSEY (Part 3) » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:56 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7663#57663

NORTHERN AREA (continued)

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--All Brunswick (Wheaton) in Dayton.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2004. As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" rating with the BBB and 1 complaint over the last 36 months.
Someone posted that he/she had worked for All Brunswick in the past and it was a good company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6195#56195
We have a good review by "Kr_s9" for a move of a small shipment to OR--the price was quite good and there was only a tiny bit of damage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =9079#9079 (interstate)
"foureyes18" gave them a very good review for a local move in 2003 and also a rave review for a large move to GA in 2006, especially praising the driver Jules--All Brunswick's GNTE quote was significantly lower than the one from Bohren's for the same weight and the transit time was 4 days:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8078 (local/interstate)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8421 (interstate)
"brianmcgann" also gave them a rave review for a local move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7634 (local)
"bhotchki" was going to use them for a move from NJ to St. Louis but never came back to report how it went. He said that their estimate was the lowest of three that he got:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4793 (interstate)

:alert:--Capital Moving & Storage (Wheaton) in Elizabeth.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which used to have the website www.capmoving.com but the website was down as of 4/08, and still down as of 7/13/11. Industry people in the area told one of the moderators that Capital was "not good" in terms of quality. Further, although Capital's website said it was a Wheaton agent, the Wheaton Van Lines website didn't list it as an agent as of 9/06.

--Paul's Transfer Company (Wheaton) in Phillipsburg.
This company has the phone numbers 908-859-4443, 908-996-4444, and (toll-free) 866-859-4443. Its website is www.paulstransfer.com. As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and 3 complaints in the last 36 months.

:alert:--Sopko Moving & Storage, Inc. (Wheaton) in Manville.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating with 0 complaints in the last 36 months. It won a quality award from the van line in 2005.
However, "aly" (moving to Seattle) was underwhelmed by the estimator, who had not yet mailed him an estimate a week after coming to the home. He also reported that a friend of his had an unsatisfactory move to CA that was booked by Sopko:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4792#54792 (interstate)

--Tintle's Moving Service (Wheaton) in Pompton Lakes.
This company has the phone 973-835-1966. Mentioned but no information.

Independent moving companies

--A.A. American (independent) in Wyckoff.
Mentioned as a reputable company by "Rick" in 4/08. As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and no complaints over the last 36 months. No further information.

:alert:--Alpha Moving (independent) in Jersey City.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has been associated with many dubious companies or scammers. See these threads for examples:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1931
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1224#61224
As of 7/13/11 this company had 13 complaints with the BBB in the past 36 months.
"The Salad" used Alpha for a move to OH with storage and reported in 1/07 that it went well and that a friend who also moved to OH had "an OK time with them":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10600 (interstate)

:alert:--Galil Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in Bayonne.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has the website www.galil.com and the phone 800-464-6683. There are coupons on its website (red flag) and its president is listed by the BBB as Lisa Sadaoui. As of 7/13/11 this company had 0 BBB complaints over the last 36 months. Questions have been raised about its license revocations, a fine, and alternate names it uses such as Greenway and Emerald:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1028#31028
However, "Mrpeabody" gave it an excellent review for a local move in 12/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 439#101439 (local)
This company may be one of those that is OK for local moves but should be used with caution otherwise.

--Montvale Moving (independent) in Montvale.
This company with phone 201-391-0275 received its interstate licensing authority in 1/07. As of 4/08 it had no BBB complaints. Mentioned but no information.

:thumbsup::thumbsup:--Moovers, Inc. (independent) in Secaucus (also in Northern CA).
AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMER with at least 20 good reviews and no significant bad reviews on this website. After operating out of Northern CA for many years, Moovers has now established a branch office and warehouse in northern New Jersey with easy access to New York City. It can do in-residence estimates in NJ, NY, CT, RI, and parts of PA. Its website is www.mooversinc.com and its phone numbers are 888-858-6668 in CA and 201-293-4321 in Secaucus. It is fully licensed and insured for interstate moves, including auto moves, although as of 3/08 it is not yet licensed for moves taking place completely within NJ. Its reviews - too many to list here - are on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4655

:thumbsdown:--Move for Less, Inc. (independent) in Union.
Reviews and comments here suggest that consumers should AVOID this company, which has MC #477496 with two interstate license revocations since 2004. It has the website www.moveforlessinc.com (containing coupons and broken English) and the phone 800-356-2678 or 732-780-1777. As of 8/07 it has an "unsatisfactory" rating with the BBB because of unanswered complaints. As of 7/13/11 this company had 21 complaints with the BBB in the last 36 months, and a "C-" rating. It also misrepresented itself as a BBB member when it wasn't one. See this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14624

:thumbsup:--Peers Moving Company, Inc. (independent) in Dover.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews on this website. Peers (phone 973-366-2898; address 76 N. Sussex St.) is licensed to do interstate as well as local moves, with MC #81955. It is listed on safersys.org as having about 5 trucks and drivers. As of 7/13/11 it had an "A+" rating and no complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months. According to the BBB its president is Debra Wood and its vice president is Robert Munro. Customers have commented that its hourly rates are somewhat higher than other companies in the area, but the quality delivered is worth paying for. It has reportedly been in business for almost a century.
Peers has two very good reviews for local moves within NJ:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2783 (local)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3943 (local)
Also, in 11/06 someone posted that Peers quoted on storing his things and then moving them to Ohio, so it apparently does interstate moves occasionally. The owner was the one who came out to do the estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10600
"eotech" posted good comments about Peers in 9/08, mentioning that a neighbor had had a good experience with them on a local move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 159#118159 (second-hand report on local move)
"spork" posted an excellent review of Peers for a local move on short notice in 9/08:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17263 (local)
In 11/08 "spork" posted a second rave review of Peers for another local move, praising especially Scott and Santa and the value-for-money received:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 791#119791 (local)

--General Moving Carriers (independent) in Maplewood.
After a full review of this company, it has been determined that their record has improved significantly enough to remove the "Avoid" tag with which they had previously been assigned. Their current BBB record shows only 1 complaint, and their FMCSA record shows no complaints since 2008. The current management has clearly shifted its focus towards customer service since 2008. The company's website is www.genmove.com with their phone number being (973)-761-0100.

:thumbsdown: --The Moving Connection (independent) in Saddlebrook.
Reviews and comments here suggest that consumers should AVOID this company, which has DOT #716271. See these threads for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2198
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3374
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8938
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8950
The last two threads describe how it (illegally) initially refused to refund a deposit. There is a scam company with the same name in CA, which may be connected, and there is a legitimate company (an NAVL agent) with the same name in VA, plus an independent company in VA with DOT #767307 that we don't know too much about.


CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AREA

Costs are somewhat lower in central and southern NJ. However, these agents do not service New York City.

Allied Van Lines agents

--Berger Transfer (Allied) in Red Bank.
As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and 0 complaints over the past 36 months. Berger is a very large and respected Allied agent. The phone number of this branch is 800-793-7492. Mentioned but not much information.

--Simonik Moving & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Mt. Laurel and Bound Brook (Bridgewater).
See discussion of Simonik under Northern Area above.

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Ace World Wide Moving & Storage, Inc. (Atlas) in East Brunswick.
Mentioned but no information.

--Shannon Transport, Inc. (Atlas) in Mt. Laurel/Hainesport.
As of 7/13/11 this company had an "F" BBB rating and 17 complaints in the last 36 months.
A couple of odd things about this company are discussed on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5089
"Anthony" complained that the company added a mysterious $850 "Item 1506" charge for self-hauling his shipment from Philly to VA, which "Michael" said was legal but should have been handled differently:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4817
However, "weem" (works for a company in northeast MD) recommended them very strongly to someone moving from NJ to Colorado:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7108
"CaneGrrl" posted that Shannon wouldn't give her a GNTE for a move from Philadelphia to Atlanta in 4/07, plus she got a bad vibe from the rep (she went with Sinclair):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13225
"movingon126" posted in 7/07 that although he couldn't afford to move with a full-service mover, Shannon's rep (William Shivy) was familiar with MovingScam.com and was "very professional, helpful, and non-pushy":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2136#92136

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Gsell Moving & Storage (Bekins) in Mount Holly.
As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and 0 complaints in the last 36 months.
Both "Rick" (industry expert) and "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD) posted that this company is reputable.
On the same thread, "palidor42" gave them a good review for his local move from South Jersey to Philadelphia:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5772 (local)

--Sea/Cure Moving Inc. (Bekins) in Tuckerton.
This company has the website www.seacuremove.com and the phone 609-296-8220. As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" rating with 2 complaints over the last 36 months. In 2/08 there was a discussion of Sea/Cure on the following thread, where "weem" (a competitor who lived within 5 miles of them for 20 years) commented that they are "very price competitive. Workers ok but a little on the rough side." A customer posted that Sea/Cure offered him a 72% discount (extremely high) on a shipment to CA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15600

Graebel service centers

--Graebel Eastern Movers, Inc. (Graebel) in Moorestown.
As of 7/13/11 this company had 0 complaints with the BBB over the last 36 months.
This company has the phone number 856-235-9100. Although Tim Walker (website founder) expressed doubts about them in the thread below, they are a bona fide Graebel agent. "jenn" posted that they were recommended by her university for her move from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =1615#1615 (within PA)

Mayflower Transit agents

--Ed Schmidt Moving & Storage, LLC (Mayflower) in Clarksboro.
As of 7/13/11 this company had 1 BBB complaint in the past 36 months. Mentioned as having given "BigMove" a low quote comparable to one from Isaac's Relocation and lower than Simonik and Shannon:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7178
No further information.

:thumbsup:--Sinclair Moving & Storage, Inc. (Mayflower) in West Berlin (has a sales office 20 miles away in Philadelphia but the main office, trucks, and warehouse are in NJ).
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews as an origin agent on this website. The company was highly praised by "weem" (working for a moving company in northeast MD). It has the website www.sinclairmoving.com and the phone 800-282-7242. As of 10/06 its quality scores from the van line were very good and industry people who have used it as a destination agent say that its workers are very good. As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating with no complaints in the last 36 months. Sinclair self-hauls at least 90% of the shipments it books that are going 400 miles or less and about half of the shipments going to FL. It is licensed to move people intrastate in PA and DE as well as in NJ. One of the MovingScam moderators spoke with Sinclair's sales rep Mike Jenkins in 4/08 and was impressed with his pleasant, polite manner and knowledge of the industry (he used to work on the trucks and has been with Mayflower full time since 1992). Mike Jenkins left Sinclair in 2008 to join Ed Schmidt (Mayflower) in Clarksboro.
We have a good 6/05 report by "Jeff Gelman" on an interstate move of his grandmother's things from FL to PA, the only glitch being that he had to help the movers move the upright piano inside at destination:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3510 (interstate)
"markwillecho" gave Sinclair a rave review for a move to SC in 12/06, praising especially the sales rep Doug Papp but also the other Sinclair personnel:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10912 (interstate)
"CaneGrrl" posted an excellent review of Sinclair for a self-hauled move from Philadelphia to Atlanta in 4/07, also saying good things about the sales rep Doug Papp:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13225 (interstate)
"colo232" moved with them on a self-haul to FL in 9/07, largely because of their estimate which was lower than Shannon's and GNTE from the start. He/she later reported that the move went extremely well, praising the sales rep Mike Jenkins (cell phone 215-432-0777), the move coordinator Joanne, and the driver and helper Ed Fries and Kent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14496
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14874 (interstate)
"rpereira" gave Sinclair's "professional . . . patient" sales rep Doug Papp an excellent report for booking a move to Raleigh NC in 10/07, although the shipment was eventually hauled by a Central Moving Systems driver:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15661 (booking agent for interstate move)
"Venice" reported in 8/08 that Sinclair did pretty well on his move to a storage unit in Boston, although there were a few glitches:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 378#116378 (interstate)

North American Van Lines agents

:alert:--American Movers (Global and North American) in Long Branch.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, whose phone number is 800-982-0130. In 2005 a MovingScam moderator visited it and was very impressed with the personnel. At that time, American Movers was a 60-year-old company whose hands-on owner had just been elected chairman of the board of the NJ Movers' Association. The company had won many awards from both van lines and its internal quality scores were excellent.
However, in 1/07 the same moderator was told that American Movers had been on the market for a while because its facility had been appropriated by the city of Long Branch as part of a redevelopment project. After holding out for two years, the owner of American Movers finally sold to Hercules Movers Inc., HQd in NYC with a branch in Rahway, NJ. Although it is not certain that this Hercules with website www.herculesmoversinc.com is connected with the Hercules HQd in California (the license numbers are different), people should be extremely cautious about using this company since it is apparently under new management.

--Wayne Moving & Storage (North American) in Pennsauken.
Mentioned but no information.

Paul Arpin Van Lines agents

--Transtar Moving Systems (Arpin) in Moorestown.
As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and 5 complaints in the last 36 months. See this thread for a discussion - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13933 In 6/07 they were one of the companies sent out by AAA's Consumer Relocation Services. No Further Information.

United Van Lines agents

--Applegate Moving (United) in Manasquan.
The company has had 4 complaints in the last 36 months.
There is a very good review by "sammyk" for a move from NJ to Texas. He also praises Paulk's Moving (United) in Jefferson, LA, which was the hauling agent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2824

--Bohren's Moving & Storage, Inc. (United) in Burlington.
This company is HQd in Burlington but has a branch in Parsippany and also in West Palm Beach, FL. As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and 6 complaints in the last 36 months.
"joanna22jet@aol.com" praised Judy, a sales rep at Bohren's in its Parsippany branch, who took time to advise her how to ship 6 items from FL to NJ when there was nothing in it for her:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6978#56978
"purple888" moving to Baltimore posted in 5/07 that the Bohren's estimator was rude, careless, and used vulgar language:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8989#88989

--McCollister's Transportation Group (United/Mayflower) in Burlington.
As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and 6 complaints over the last 36 months.
This company is HQd in NJ and is a very large agent, with 15 offices nationwide, an aggressive owner, and hundreds of trucks and drivers. Industry people say that the company has bought up many Mayflower agents and has gross interstate bookings of $120 million/year. "Michael" (who worked for the McCollister's office in North Carolina) posted that it is the largest hauler for Mayflower:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =6536#6536 "Rick" (industry expert) was lukewarm about them in Boston but I'm not sure whether he meant that particular office or McCollister's as a whole. "Fred0844" (works for United in Canada) stepped in to point out some of McCollister's strong points:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6260
"23," "weem," "BigLeeCalif," and many other moving professionals have praised the NJ location (which is its HQ) in particular. A MovingScam moderator was told that the NJ location emphasizes military and national account moves and it sometimes is too busy to handle moves by individuals. "Michael" (worked for McCollister's at one time) posted that the company has more experience with commodities than with household goods moving:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2779#92779
He reiterated in 2/08 that McCollister's is "primarily a special products moving company and not a HHG moving company. Yes they have the capability and trucks, but most of their business, especially in NJ is spec com. When I worked for them [in NC], it was a constant battle trying to get COD shipments booked and picked up by drivers without having them APU every one of them first.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 131#104131
Similarly, "joesgarage39" (retired driver) posted in 6/08 that "a large bulk of the shipments that McCollister's carries are non-household goods ie; special products, trade shows and the like. This isn't to say that they do not handle household goods at all . . . but if I were chosing a company to move my goods I would choose someone other than them.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 651#110651
"mina184" gave McCollister's a very good review (A-minus, she said) for a move to Austin TX. This seems to have been a self-haul:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8175 (interstate)
"rns161330" (rae) moved from Dallas to NY with McCollister's on a company-paid move and had a very good experience, then later moved back to Dallas with the NJ branch of McCollister's on a self-paid move and again had an excellent experience. She singled out Tom Candela, Rita and Christine in Dallas for praise:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8679#58679 (interstate)
"PatR" reported that her neighbor moved from Iowa to CA on a company-paid "account" move where McCollister's was the booker, hauler, and destination agent and was very pleased (we do not know who the origin agent in Iowa was):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9548 (interstate)
"urao" posted a good review of a crosscountry move with McCollister's in 6/06, singling out Megan (move coordinator) for praise. Their quote was about $400 more than Apollo's (NAVL). The only glitch was that in 10/06 they sent a notice that more money was due, but this turned out to be a mistake:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8390 (interstate)

--Ware's Van and Storage (United) in Vineland.
As of 7/13/11 this company had 0 complaints with the BBB in the last 36 months.
This company has the website www.waresvan.com and the phone 800-289-0455. In 2/08 someone posted that Ware's is now owned by McCollister's and that it offered him a discount in the 70% range for a shipment to CA. On the same thread, "weem" (a competitor who lived in the area for 20 years) commented that Wares was once owned by Mike Greenblatt, who was formerly CEO of United Van Lines, and that McCollister's is an excellent agent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15600

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Anchor Moving & Storage, Inc. (Wheaton) in Edgewater Park.
This company has the website www.anchormoving.net and the phone 609-877-3600. According to the BBB it has been in business since 1973 and as of 7/13/11 it had an "A+" rating and no BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Mike Jenkins, who used to work for Sinclair and then for Ed Schmidt, both Mayflower agents, bought the company in 2010. He posts on the messageboard as "golfnut" and his phone number is 215-432-0777.

Independent moving companies

:alert:--BP Express Moving Co. (independent) in Pennsauken.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has the website http://bpexpressmovingco.com and the phone 856-308-1638 or 856-488-9420. One of its employees posted a fake positive review on this website in 9/07, posing as a customer:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6982#96982
As of 7/13/11 the above website is no longer active, and a review cannot be found on the BBB website for this company.

--Cherry Hill Moving & Storage (independent) in Moorestown.
As of 7/13/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and 5 complaints over the last 36 months.
Little information but "palidor42" posted that a co-worker recommended it for his 15-mile move from South Jersey to Philadelphia (he went with Gsell instead):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1764#41764

--State-Wide Moving Company, Inc. (independent) in Hightstown/East Windsor.
This company has the phone number 609-443-0756 and MC #296894. On www.safersys.org it lists 2 trucks and 2 drivers, so it is very small. Its website is www.statewidemovingco.com. Its former name was Statewide Moving Company and there are BBB listings under both names. As of 7/13/11 State-Wide had 6 BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"vanmour" posted an excellent review of a tricky 9/06 move from New Brunswick to two locations on the UWS in Manhattan, praising the skills of Ben, Tim, Nick, and Dave:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10056 (within NY metro area)

NEW MEXICO

Re: Summary of moving company reviews posted on MovingScam.c

Postby NEW MEXICO » Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:57 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7664#57664

Allied Van Lines agents

--Albuquerque Moving & Storage (Allied) in Albuquerque.
As of 9/06, this company had an overall quality score from the van line of 3.93 ("needs improvement"). As of 7/25/11 this company had a BBB rating of an "A+" with 1 complaint over the last 36 months.
"Minnz21" (Adam) praised this company for unloading help on his move with Sorensen from Orlando:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0912#60912 (unloading help on an interstate move)

Bekins Van Lines agents

It's unclear which agent it was, but "Carol" posted that she moved with Bekins from NM to AZ and had a lot of damage and Bekins denied her claim. She commented, "The Furniture-Medic rep said that if they had known that they were coming out on a Bekins move they wouldn't have come. Bekins has one of the worst reps in the industry in regards to paying claims.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9980#19980

Graebel service centers

--Graebel in Albuquerque.
As of 7/25/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating with 3 complaints in the last 36 months. No further information.

Mayflower Transit agents

--Tri-City Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Mayflower) in Farmington.
As of 7/25/11 this company had 0 complaints over the last 36 months.
"Rick" (industry expert) posted that "Tri-City and Durango Transfer [in CO] have been part of the landscape for a long time. At one time the same family - the Christensons - owned and operated both. Very honest, very sincere.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1062#41062

Paul Arpin Van Lines agents

--Arpin of Albuquerque (Arpin) in Albuquerque. (Also dba Grace Enterprises, Inc.)
This company's website is www.arpinalbq.com and its phone is 505-821-2244 or 800-335-7337. It is run by Cathy and Keith Gilbert. As of 7/25/11 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months and its rating was "AAA" (the highest ever reported on MovingScam.com).
"homerrobinson" was "dissappointed" in his review of Arpin on 11/8/11:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21110

United Van Lines agents

--Johnson Storage & Moving Co. (United) in Santa Fe. (Also locations in CO, CA, WY, and Louisiana).
This company's website is www.johnsonstorage.com and its phone numbers are 505-473-3576 or 800-876-6683. As of 7/25/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating with 14 complaints over the last 36 months.
Mentioned as "very reputable" by "az ops man" (works for a United agent in Phoenix).

Independent moving companies

--Basin Moving & Storage Co., Inc. (independent) in Farmington.
As of 7/25/11 this company had an "A+" BBB rating and 0 complaints over the last 36 months. Its phone number is 505-325-1909. Reportedly it doesn't do long-distance moves. No further information.

NEW YORK CITY - (Part 1)

Re: Summary of moving company reviews posted on MovingScam.c

Postby NEW YORK CITY - (Part 1) » Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:20 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1631#61631

The companies are organized by borough (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island) and then by van line within each borough. Companies in Westchester and Putnam County, being so close to New York City, are included at the end of this post. Note that many of these companies have warehouses and/or additional offices outside the city. Also, many companies in New Jersey service New York.

To check on any New York State company's licensing and complaint record, you can emailt the New York State Department of Transportation in Albany at nymoving@dot.state.ny.us or call 518-457-6236 or 800-786-5368. The number for the New York State Movers and Warehousemen's Association is 212-635-0510 and the Executive Director's name is David Blake.

Comments and reviews on this website indicate that people should AVOID the following companies with the :evil: in front of their names.

:evil: --American Way Van Lines (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company, which has MC #420391. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5155

:evil: --A One Moving & Storage, Inc. or A-One Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company, which has the website www.aonemoving.com and MC #390213. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14274 (two bad reports)
Do not confuse this company with the Atlas agent A-1 First Class Viking, also located in Brooklyn.

:evil: --Apollo Van Lines, Inc. (independent) in Glendale, Queens.
AVOID this company, which has MC #372784. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15048

:evil: --Arik Jerusalem Moving and Storage Inc. (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company, which has the website www.arikmoving.com and the phone 877-668-3186. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13747

:evil: --Ben Hur Moving & Storage (independent) in the Bronx (also has branches in CA).
AVOID this company. See these threads for why:
http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/ripoff195715.htm
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5733
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2278#72278

:evil: --B. Viva Moving (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company, which has MC #466381. See these threads for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6499
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3134

:evil: --Empire Van Lines (independent) in Fresh Meadows.
AVOID this company, which has the website www.empirevanlines.com and the MC #439618. See this thread and the embedded threads for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11679

:evil: --E-Z Moving (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company, which has the phone number 718-246-8000. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2252

:evil: --First American Van Lines (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company, whose legal name is First American Moving & Delivery Services, Inc. (DOT# 872667). See these threads for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8324
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8247

:evil: --Fixed Price Moving (independent) in Brooklyn and/or the Bronx.
AVOID this company, which has MC #410399 and the legal name Fixed Price Corp. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1376
Don't use any company that quotes by cubic feet. Also, Fixed Price has had two revocations of its interstate licensing authority since 2001. According to the NY State Corporations database, its president is Shai S. Vhaba (an Israeli surname).
Fixed Price gave a lowball estimate to someone on this thread - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3255
Someone reported using Fixed Price to move a 1BR apartment to Chicago--they gave him a low quote of $2000 but his desk arrived completely wrecked and they wouldn't be reasonable about it:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3083#43083 (interstate)
There are two somewhat contradictory reviews of crosscountry moves on the same thread--"outroLugar" reported a disaster with many broken items in 9/06 while "wiffle2007" gave Fixed Price a fairly good report in 6/07. In both cases the driver arrived alone without anybody to help unload, and "wiffle2007" helped him:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10138
"ANGIE123" posted favorable remarks about Fixed Price on the same thread in 6/07 but was later exposed as a company employee:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1336#91336
"DSM27" posted in 9/07 that the company failed to deliver half his items and he was suing them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6799#96799
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15055 (two bad reports from 10/07)

:evil: --Horizon Moving & Storage (independent) in Queens.
AVOID this company, which has the phone 718-726-8843 or 866-340-2282, MC #492144, and the website www.horizon-moving.com. See this thread for why (two complaints):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6516

:evil: --Move On Up Moving & Storage (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company, which has MC #505554. See this thread for two bad reports:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7797

:evil: --The Right Move Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in the Bronx.
AVOID this company, which has MC #331283. It had four revocations of its interstate licensing authority between 2002 and 2006 and it has no broker's authority. See these threads for serious complaints about it:
http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/ripoff198786.htm
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8788 (subcontracted to Ben Hur)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7913 (subcontracted to Brinks)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7465 (subcontracted to Extra Move/Smart Way)

:evil: --TLC Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in the Bronx.
AVOID this company, which has MC #526933 and the website www.tlc-moving.com and is dba Four Seasons Moving & Storage. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10476

:evil: --Top Priority Moving & Storage (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company, which has MC #319046. See these threads for a discussion and a report of a scam:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6218
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7209

:evil: --Transit USA (independent) in Brooklyn.
AVOID this company. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1797

:evil:--White House Movers 2000 (independent) in Staten Island.
AVOID this company. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10416

NOTE: There was a thread on local moves by NYC moving companies on Brownstoner.com that was reposted on MovingScam.com at http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5857 This is the original thread, which is worth reading: http://brownstoner.com/brownstoner/arch ... oru_6.html
There are good reviews for Flat Rate (4), Big John's (3), Moving Man (2), Oz (2), All Star (1), Big Apple (1), Moving Your Way (1), Dun-Rite (1), MoveMaster (1), Top Hat (1), Moishe's (1), Rainbow (1), Shleppers (1), Samsons (1), Gar-Hing (1), Marrin's (1), and Father & Son (1). There are bad reviews for A-1 First Class Viking (3), Oz (2), Shalom (1), and Flat Rate (1--hearsay only). Judging from these reviews, it looks as if people should avoid A-1 First Class and Shalom and using Oz seems very risky.

There is a mover in NJ that should be considered by people moving interstate from NYC because of its strong reviews here:
:thumbsup::thumbsup:--Moovers, Inc. (independent) in Secaucus, NJ (also in northern CA).
AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMER with at least 20 good reviews and no bad reviews on this website. After operating out of northern CA for many years, in 3/08 Moovers established a branch office and warehouse in northern New Jersey with easy access to New York City. It can do in-residence estimates in NJ, NY, CT, RI, and parts of PA. Its website is www.mooversinc.com and its phone numbers are 925-288-0630 and 800-248-0251. It is fully licensed and insured for interstate moves, including auto moves, although it is not licensed for moves taking place completely within NY. It refers people to Delancey Street (Brewster, NY) and Shea Moving (Queens) for such moves. Its reviews - too many to list here - are on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4655

BRONX

Atlas Van Lines agents

--V. Santini, Inc. (Atlas) in the Bronx and Mt. Vernon.
See entry under Westchester County.

Mayflower Transit agents

:thumbsdown: --Meyer's Van Lines, Inc. (Mayflower) in the Bronx.
Reviews and comments here suggest that consumers should AVOID this company, at least for domestic moves. Judging from reviews posted here, it seems to be OK as an origin agent for international moves. Meyer's has the phone number 718-665-6662, the website www.meyersmoving.com and MC #375815. A lot of bad stuff has been said about it. There are five reviews of Meyer's on www.epinions.com - four rate it very good and one rates it very bad. Unfortunately the ones rating it very good sound fake. Industry people in NYC say that Meyer's used to be a good company before it was taken over by Israelis. The president is Ofer Drori.
"bodensee9" posted that a worker at Meyer's was very rude to him on the phone:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =3103#3103
Meyer's gave "June" (moving to CA) a lowball Nonbinding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =9804#9804 (interstate)
"Mike C" moving in NJ posted that he did not get a good feeling from Meyer's estimator:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7269#57269 (local)
"NYCtoAA" posted in 3/07 that the estimate process with Meyer's was so screwed up that he ultimately cancelled the estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4849#84849
"cheerful_purry" posted a very bad report in 5/08 saying that Meyer's estimator, TJ, harassed her with repeated phone calls when she called to decline his services:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 635#109635

United Van Lines agents

--Clancy-Cullen Moving & Storage (United) in the Bronx.
This company has a "sister" facility called Clancy Moving & Storage in Patterson NY (Putnam County). It doesn't service either Manhattan or Brooklyn. Industry people in the area say that the owner (Gene Clancy) is very ethical and that the company does a lot of commercial and military shipments.
"June" moving to CA posted in 2004 that she was told that Clancy-Cullen's residential moving center is 2 hours north of NYC in Patterson NY and the Bronx facility is mainly used for commercial moves. Thus, residential moves entail a shuttle into the city, then a two-hour drive north to reload on a tractor trailer. She said that its verbal quote on the phone for a shuttle was twice as much as her other estimates. In any case, it cancelled its estimate appointment with her: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =9853#9853 Someone posted in 12/07 that Clancy-Cullen said it did only commercial moves and referred him to Hall-Lane (United) instead: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 337#101337
See Putnam County at the end of "New York City (Part 4)" for other reviews of Clancy.

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Dun-Rite Movers, Inc. (Wheaton) in the Bronx.
This company has MC #236860, phone 718-589-5260 or 800-362-3066, and website www.dunritemovers.com. "Rick" (industry expert) commented that Dun-Rite was acceptable but not a "strong van line agent.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3048#43048

Independent moving companies

--Arthur Werner (independent) in the Bronx (also locations in CT and NJ).
This company has MC #70691. It quotes by cubic feet for interstate moves, which is a questionable practice. See this thread for some other questionable things about the company along with a good review of a move with it to FL by "NYC Mover" in 10/05:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6493 (interstate)
We have another pretty good review of a move with this company to Atlanta 7 years ago:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9720#39720 (interstate)
However "jerseygirl86" posted in 8/07 that they charged her double the estimate for a short apartment move in NJ:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5825#95825 (local)

--Brownstone Brothers Moving (independent) in the Bronx.
This company has the phone 718-665-5000, the DOT #562190, and the MC #372216. Brownstone Brothers is one of two companies recommended by the Manhattan Users Guide, the other being Big Apple Moving. It has 3 trucks and 3 drivers listed on safersys.org. Shea Moving Corp. told a MovingScam moderator in 12/07 that if it can't do a particular move, it often refers people to Brownstone Brothers as a high-quality company. Reportedly it is fairly expensive and tends to give Binding estimates.

--Fair Price Moves (independent) in the Bronx.
This company has the website www.fairpricemoves.com and the phone 718-901-9779 or 347-297-9965. As of 10/07, it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"dylane" reported in 10/07 that Fair Price did an OK job picking up and delivering three appliances from Westchester to Brooklyn, and they charged only $300, although they were a bit disorganized:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14972 (local)

--La Rosa del Monte (independent) in the Bronx (also in Miami, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere).
This company has the website www.larosadelmonte.com and the MC #134689.
"jesseh49" was set to move with them to CA but never came back to report. See this thread for a discussion:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2219 (interstate)
"Jessica" posted in 9/05 that her aunt has used them for a presumably local move and was fairly well pleased:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2646#42626 (local)
In 3/07, "vic" posted a serious complaint about La Rosa del Monte overcharging for a move to FL - however, we need to hear the company's side of this dispute before making judgments:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13223 (interstate)

- New York City listings continued in the next post -

NEW YORK CITY - (Part 2)

Re: Summary of moving company reviews posted on MovingScam.c

Postby NEW YORK CITY - (Part 2) » Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:21 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1632#61632

BROOKLYN

American Red Ball agents

--Big Apple Moving & Storage (American Red Ball) in Brooklyn.
This company has the website www.bigapplemoving.com and the phone 718-625-1424. Big Apple is one of two companies recommended by the Manhattan Users Guide, the other being Brownstone Brothers. As of 10/08 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months, and the owner posted that it had had only 1 complaint since 1989 - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8829#11829 There is a long discussion of the company (MC #205240, NYDOT #T9942) on this thread: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1222
Big Apple seems to be a reputable company that experienced some kind of bureaucratic mixup with regard to its licensing authority in 2004. Its record on safersys.org shows that it was never without BIPD insurance but its authority to perform interstate moves was nevertheless cancelled by the DOT. That authority was restored on May 20, 2005 and people don't need to be concerned about it now. However, "lawra" posted that when she asked Big Apple about it at the time, the person on the phone became very snippy and hostile so she went with All Star Moving instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0666#10666 (local)
In 2005 someone told a MovingScam moderator in a Private Message that Big Apple was no longer the preferred moving company for Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy.
People comparing Big Apple with All Star Moving should note that Big Apple's owner (Joe Clements) said in the Manhattan Users Guide that for local moves, anything above the estimated hours will be billed at half price - http://www.manhattanusersguide.com/arch ... y=services
In contrast, people who have moved with All Star have posted that it holds to that estimate plus 7-10% and actually charges less if the hours turn out to be less than estimated. This is just something to keep in mind in case Big Apple's quote comes in lower than All Star's. (Judging from what people posted on the first thread cited above, its quotes are somewhat lower.)
The first MovingScam.com review of Big Apple is unfortunately only of two guys sent by the company to unload a Penske truck for "JWright." They arrived very late and didn't do a very good job, but it was short notice on one of the busiest moving days of the year:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4702 (unloading help)
However, "neneloco" posted a rave review of a local move with Big Apple in 1/08, saying that they charged only $134/hour for 4 men and a truck (on a Sunday!), which is incredibly low for NYC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15479 (local)
He posted the following quotes that he got from other companies in 1/08:
I need to move on a Sunday so American Home was too expensive at $180/hr.
Kens [Ken's Moving in Queens] quoted $110/hr for 4 men plus 1.5 hr travel time about 7-8 hrs needed
Moishe's $159/hr for 4 menplus 1 hr travel
Shea Moving $175/hr 4 men
Michaels Moving $153/hr for 4 men (Sunday rate) $125/hr regular day.

He later said that All Star quoted $180/hour for 4 men and a truck and that Ken's added on some extra charges for tape, etc. that they hadn't mentioned at first, so he ruled them out - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 505#102505
"micholkim" (real name Michael) posted an excellent review of Big Apple for a local move in 2/08, again citing its low $134/hour rate for 4 men:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15587 (local)
In 12/08, "olliesmom" posted an excellent review of Big Apple for a local move, saying that service was great and it was her second lowest quote:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17609 (local)

--U. Santini, Inc. (American Red Ball) in Brooklyn.
This company has MC #46989, NYDOT #T3790, and phone 718-768-6778.
"FoxyPat" (real name Patricia) praised this company for a two-household move to FL in 2004 - she had a Nonbinding quote:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1998 (interstate)
U. Santini was dropped by "GinB" for a move to NC when they failed to give her a YR&R booklet and didn't clarify questions about valuation. "Trish" also said they failed to give her the booklet, and their Nonbinding quote was about $3000 below Liberty's (United) for the same weight, suggesting a lowball quote (Liberty didn't give her the booklet either):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1532 (interstate)
"andy1" posted in 7/04 that U. Santini would also give him only a Nonbinding quote for his move to VA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6421#16421
"nyssa" got an estimate from them for a move to WI but they would give her only a Nonbinding estimate so she went with University:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7686#17686 (interstate)
"laurac" posted in 5/07 that Dan (owner) gave her a low Nonbinding quote for her move to Chicago and promised not to use a shuttle in Astoria where all other movers said that one would be necessary:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13828

Atlas Van Lines agents

:alert: --A-1 First Class Viking Moving & Storage (Atlas) in Brooklyn.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. Two people posting here were charged for the wrong type of estimate on a long-distance move. In other words, they were initially charged for more weight than they should have been. The company explained these cases as clerical errors, and that may well be true. See this thread for these cases and others:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2627
There are several very bad comments about A-1 on this website as well:
http://brownstoner.com/brownstoner/arch ... oru_6.html (local moves)
"Panda" complained that A-1 changed the discount on his move to Austin at the last minute, making his cost significantly higher, so he went with Flatbush instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2708
It asked "renee" for a deposit on her move to NC, which the company explained is standard to protect itself against customers who book and then don't use the company: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8925#18925 (interstate)
Two people who got estimates from A-1 have praised one of its estimators, Brad Giambrone, very highly. One said that he was a "very clean-cut, nice guy" and the other said that he was "young but very professional. He impressed me with his candid and seemingly accurate assessment of other moving companies. He told me he would not be mad at me for choosing another company as long as I went with a major van line! I thought that was pretty charming in a funny way."
"ashinn" gave Polish workers from A-1 First Class an EXCELLENT review for the expert way they loaded two Door-to-Door containers for her in Brooklyn - apparently A-1 has a contract to do this through Albert Logistics since Door-to-Door containers can't be left on the street in Brooklyn:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9989 (loading help)
Nevertheless, people should read the reviews before choosing this company.

Mayflower Transit agents

:thumbsup:--Dahill Moving & Storage Co., Inc. (Mayflower) in Brooklyn.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 (actually close to 20) good reviews and no significant bad reviews as an origin agent on this website. There would probably be 20 good reviews, but unfortunately as shown below several people who were set to move with Dahill never came back with a final report. The company has DOT #86492, website www.dahillmoving.com and phone 800-765-0905 or 718-439-1500. In 2006 it moved its warehouse to Bayonne, NJ, but its HQ/office is still in Brooklyn. In 1/08 a MovingScam moderator met with key Dahill personnel at that office near Prospect Park. These people included Michael A. DiBattista (grandson of the founder of Dahill), Bruce Keeler (Executive Vice President), Elvis Soler (handles small moves), both estimators (see photos and discussion below), and the receptionist Maria with her wonderful Brooklyn accent. Maria has been with the company for about 35 years and is known as "the voice of Dahill."
Dahill has been in existence for 80 years, named after Dahill Road where the founder, Salvatore DiBattista, lived, and it has been a Mayflower agent for 45 years. Like many moving companies, Dahill started out by transporting ice with horse-drawn carts. Bruce Keeler said that the company focuses on serving Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. It goes to Westchester, the Bronx, and Nassau County only for very large moves or if someone is referred by an existing customer. He feels that suburban movers (for example from Long Island) wouldn't give an in-city move the same attention that Dahill would. He said that the average shipment for Dahill might be 3,500 pounds whereas an average suburban shipment might be 9,000-10,000 pounds, typically a house or a large apartment.
Bruce said that although Dahill has some commercial accounts, it focuses on individual household goods shipments. He added that for domestic shipments, the money is in the hauling and the packing, not in booking, but that being an origin agent for international work (i.e. estimating, packing, and loading the shipment) is very profitable. He said that Dahill has "depth of experience" in doing such international shipments, using UniGroup Worldwide or Relogistics Worldwide as its freight forwarder.
Dahill routinely sends its straight trucks to Boston and the DC area. It does not usually self-haul any shipment more than 500 miles except that one contract driver (JoJo) routinely makes the 1500-mile trip to Florida, stopping at points along the way such as North Carolina. Other than that, most shipments going further than 500 miles are hauled by drivers from other Mayflower or United Van Lines agents. Dahill also does not go to the Bronx or to New Jersey. Someone posted that in NJ it refers people to A Colonial (Mayflower) in Edison.
"BigLeeCalif" (working for a Mayflower agent in CA) posted in 11/06 that Dahill was a good company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4322#74322
Rich Barrale at All Star Moving (a company endorsed by MovingScam.com) told a MovingScam moderator that if he can't handle a particular long-distance shipment, he usually refers the person to Dahill because he thinks it is a good company.
Someone needing storage ("iMac") visited the old Brooklyn warehouse before the contents were moved to NJ and said it was clean and well organized:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/posting ... 1450#41450
The office near Prospect Park stores only minimal packing supplies but is also very clean.
Many people have posted that Dahill's estimators Christopher Blank and Jay Medina are both very good. Chris Blank is the senior person of the two, having been in the industry since 1975 (and with Dahill since 1982). He actually donated his sales commission to a customer during an incident in 2007 when he felt that a van line driver had treated her unfairly.

DAHILL'S ESTIMATOR TEAM--->Image<---Chris Blank ...... Jay Medina--->Image

"waverly" moving to Seattle gave Dahill a rave review, singling out the Mayflower drive Earl Roman and his helper Don for special praise:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4957 (interstate)
"rbadin" moving things from NYC to CA also gave Dahill a rave review, praising especially the estimator Chris Blank:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6582#46582 (interstate)
"fh2004atp" moving to CA also gave Dahill and the Mayflower hauler a rave review:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6630 (interstate)
"cv" moving a business and residence from NYC to CA gave Dahill a rave review for the pre-move process, again praising the estimator Chris Blank:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6324 (interstate)
"iMac" moving to Chicago stored his things first in Dahill's warehouse. He said the warehouse was clean and secure and gave Dahill a grade of "B" on the pickup, although he never came back to report on the rest of the move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3243#43243 (interstate)
"GinB" (moving to NC) was set to go with Dahill for making a good impression and offering a GNTE estimate, but she never came back to report on the actual move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2399#12399 interstate)
"kpark" praised its estimator Chris Blank as "amazing. He was incredibly thorough, gave me packing tips, and was willing to offer a GNTE estimate." She was set to move with Dahill to CO but never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5810 (interstate)
"CLB" was set to move with Dahill to CA and praised its estimator, Jay Medina, but again never came back to give a final report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4298#34298 (interstate)
"crystal" was set to move with Dahill to Chicago--her estimator was also Jay Medina--but again, she never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6090 (interstate)
"NY GUY" posted that several of his friends had moved interstate with Dahill and had good experiences:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1283#61283 (secondhand report on several interstate moves)
"gianduiotto" posted that she had heard good things about Dahill from a couple of friends that moved with the company to California:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8407#18407 (secondhand report on an interstate move)
She was also leaning toward them for her move to Chicago, praising their estimator as "friendly and informed," but again she never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8701#18701
"Repatriated Texan" reported having a delayed delivery and damage on a 2006 move to TX booked by Dahill where a Mayflower driver was involved, but he said that Dahill was the only good part of the move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7699 (interstate)
As "Repatriated Texan2," he posted an update in 8/08 saying, "I’d like to make sure to commend the Dahill office in Brooklyn for all their help as we filled out damage claims and then for their work in pushing the claims through the system. They were as fully committed to our satisfaction as others on this board have reported. The adjusters on the Mayflower end were decidedly less helpful. The driver (Ramiro Garcia) and possibly even the destination agent (Shapkoff Moving Services, out of Killeen, Texas) should probably be totally avoided." He also referred to "the wonderful Chris Blank":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 410#116410 (interstate)
"NY to CO" praised Chris Blank as helpful and informative but went with University Van Lines because they would give a GNTE estimate where Dahill would give only a Nonbinding or Binding one:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9594
"NYCtoNC" ("centralpark") posted a rave review of a move with storage to NC in 9/06. Jay Medina was the rep and the price was extremely good:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3678#73678 (interstate)
"brittanw" moving to NC in 6/07 had a good move with no damage but complained that Dahill asked her to pay $500 for a shuttle after she had signed a binding contract--however, Dahill later agreed to ask for only half the cost and then reportedly refunded even that:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14334 (interstate)
"BronxDoc" (real name Denise) chose Dahill for her 6/07 move to Northern CA, posting that Jay Medina was "great, very professional" and made a special trip to bring her some packing paper. She also liked the V. Santini (Atlas) rep but went with Dahill because they gave her a GNTE quote while Santini gave a Nonbinding quote. Her things were delivered 18 days after pickup, within the delivery spread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13840
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0708#90708
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14097
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4766#94766 (interstate)
"daisymove" went with Dahill for her move from Long Island to Nashville in 6/07 and posted that they did a good job except for a little bit of sloppy packing. The sales rep was very helpful and gave her his home phone number just in case. The hauler was Liberty (United), so this was what they call an "allianced" move. Dahill booked her auto move with Reindeer Auto Transport, and she was pleased with them as well:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4248#94248 (interstate with car transport)
"wedge" posted in 7/07 that his shipment to Chicago booked with Dahill was going to be delivered at least 11 days beyond the delivery spread. However, the van line (whose fault it was) offered him $400 as compensation:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2528#92528 (interstate)
"aspena" (real name Patrick) had an extreme delivery delay of his small shipment to Denver in the summer of 2007--it was picked up by Dahill on 6/21 and delivered by a Mayflower driver on 7/31 having spent five weeks in Dahill's warehouse. The delay seemed to be mainly the van line's fault for not having enough drivers, and the van line compensated Patrick with $400 even though the shipment was technically too small to qualify for compensation. See these posts for a summary of what happened:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4789#94789
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4849#94849 (interstate)
"CherDMB" posted an excellent review of her move to TN in 12/07, praising especially the sales rep Chris Blank and the driver and crew from Ed Schmidt (Mayflower) in NJ, the hauler. The shipment arrived in 8 days with almost no damage, and the van line followed up with a phone call to make sure her move went well, which she appreciated:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 858#100858 (interstate)
"kirby" posted that he had a very good move to Kansas City, MO, booked by Dahill in 5/07 - no damage and the Mayflower driver was very good:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13275 (interstate)
"brooklyn718" posted a mixed review of Dahill for his move to CA in 5/08, praising the sales rep Chris Blank and the packers but complaining that the driver and crew from United Van Lines were argumentative and/or inexperienced (not Dahill's fault). However, the unloading went well:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16122 (interstate)
"bmw7a" (real name Ben) posted an excellent review of Dahill for his 1BR move to FL in 7/08 - they estimated about $2600, when other companies were around $3500, and he got about $200 credited back because his weight was less than estimated. "My move ended up very smooth, very easy, and with the lowest estimate i came across. I would definetly recommend Dahill if you are moving in NYC.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16937 (interstate)
"julie10128" posted a very good review of Dahill for her move to Tampa in 9/08, praising especially Dahill's small move specialist Elvis, the sales rep Chris Blank, and the driver Lanny--delivery was in three days:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16541 (interstate)
"foureyes" singled out Chris Blank in a reveiw on 10/14/11:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21057 (interstate)

North American Van lines agents

--Approved Moving & Storage (North American) in Brooklyn.
This company has DOT #595584 and MC #287833. It has the website www.approvedmovers.com and the phone 718-452-3000 or 212-949-2960. MusicMom posted that it also goes by the name Central Moving & Storage. In 8/10, "NYCMover" (works for a United agent on Long Island) explained the history of this company and vouched for its high quality and the integrity of its owner, Steve Donenfeld - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 820#133820
In 2005-2007,several people got quotes from Approved Moving but seemed underwhelmed by its estimator, who reportedly gave Nonbinding quotes. In 8/05, "kpark" moving to CO said that her estimator (Mike) did not give her the YR&R booklet:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2233#42233
In 5/06, "steph gas" was given a high Nonbinding estimate for her interstate move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8380 (interstate)
"candalaria" moving interstate reported in 3/07 that Approved's estimator was "a little sketchy for lack of a better word.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4907#84907
As of 8/10 this company had 0 BBB complaints over the past 36 months (excellent).

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Flatbush Moving Van Co. (Wheaton) in Brooklyn.
This company has DOT #17632 and MC #94594. The owner is John Liantonio and the estimator is his brother Dominic. This is a very small company--only 6 trucks--that was started by John's grandfather. Its website is at www.flatbushmoving.com. A MovingScam moderator visited the company premises and saw its warehouse in 2005. At that time, Flatbush was moving voting machines. It reportedly does a lot of office moves.
Safersys.org shows an involuntary revocation of licensing authority some years back but this isn't a dealbreaker. John explained it as due to someone failing to notify the FMCSA of Flatbush's insurance coverage in a timely fashion (similar things have happened to many other companies). People have posted that Flatbush normally does interstate moves using Wheaton's authority. Reports on this company on this website are mixed, as shown below.
Many people have posted that Dominic is a nice guy but he gave them low, often Nonbinding estimates for interstate moves showing a lack of attention to detail:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8409#18409 ("MichaelSF")
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5827 ("NY2ch")
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6315#36315 ("ToolNila")
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5522 ("iMac")
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4494#44494 ("Crystal")
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8517#38517 ("bsa")
However, after initial doubts, "MichaelSF" moved with Flatbush to VT and eventually gave the company an excellent review, noting that they accommodated his change of plans at the last minute (he was originally scheduled to move to CA):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2516
"NY2ch" on the other hand complained that Dominic had given him a lowball Nonbinding estimate on his move to Chicago and he had to pay 35% more for the move than he expected:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5827 (interstate)
"mel44" posted that Dominic made a mistake on the estimate for her move to CA so that she ended up paying about $460 more than she expected to:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3836 (interstate)
She told a MovingScam moderator on the phone that John was not very nice about the error and balked at giving her any compensation, although he may eventually have given her around $200. She was a very nice person with a responsible job, incidentally.
"ringlah" moving locally from Brooklyn to Manhattan was initially pleased with Flatbush but he felt he wasn't compensated fairly for some damage and he posted a bad report at the end. In a phone call with a MovingScam moderator, he said he felt taken advantage of because he had a large, expensive move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2661 (initial)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3346 (final report)
Despite the above, Flatbush has some good reviews as well.
"Panda" gave Flatbush a very good review for his move to Austin TX, especially praising the Wheaton drivers Vince and Jermaine:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2708 (interstate)
"Transit" gave Flatbush a very good review for a two-day move, one part from a NJ storage unit to Brooklyn (with piano) and the other locally in Brooklyn. A box of dishes was dropped and the dishes smashed but he took it in stride in view of the success of the move as a whole:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2931 (local)

Independent moving companies

:alert:--A & A Alliance Moving, Inc. (independent) in Brooklyn (also an address in Manhattan and an office in New Jersey). Also dba Two Men and a Truck.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. It has MC #432549, website www.twoguysandatruck.com and phone 212-575-8729,
718-854-0032 or 800-880-0998.
"bluewyvern" moving locally in Brooklyn in 8/07 reported that they gave her a lowball quote, arrived seriously late, and raised the initial price about 50% after complaining in Russian about her supposedly difficult 1BR move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6805#96805 (local)

:thumbsup::thumbsup:--All Star Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in Brooklyn.
AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMER with more than 20 good reviews and no bad reviews on this website. Its contact information and dozens of rave reviews (too many to list individually here) are on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2038
Also see this thread for photos and more information:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15685
All Star has a Manhattan phone number, which is 212-254-2638, and a Brooklyn phone number, which is 718-643-4705. The Manhattan phone number is a carryover from a time when it was located in the East Village some years ago. Its website is www.allstarnewyork.com and it has MC #261594. As of 2/08, it has no BBB complaints over the past 36 months.

--Darling Movers (independent) in Brooklyn.
The owner came on here in 9/06 and 2/07 to tell a little about his company, which can be hired through www.eMove.com and also directly. He was honest enough to admit that (like most eMove companies) they have no liability insurance or worker's comp:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9960#69960
That thread includes a positive comment by someone who used Darling for a local move. Also, "allen074" gave them a rave review for an inexpensive move from Queens to Manhattan in 5/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13574 (local)
"maradino" (real name Mara) gave them an excellent report for loading help on her Penske move to Maine in 6/08 - "They were so helpful, fitting everything in like a tetris puzzle and even taking on some extra stuff from our downstairs neighbors when we discovered we had room for it.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 358#111358 (loading help)
She later posted this contact information for Darling:
Phone: (917) 392-1403
Email: darlingmovers@gmail.com

--Dumbo Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in Brooklyn.
This company has the phone 718-222-8282 and MC #573935.
"bedbugged" posted in 8/08 that workers from Dumbo were "amazingly nice and respectful" on a very short move in Manhattan, but she later found bedbugs under her mattress and was wondering if it was related;
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17112 (local)
"nykrfan" gave Dumbo a very good review for moving a few things from Brooklyn to FL in 12/08, although delivery was a little later than expected:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17535 (small interstate move)

--Gar-Hing Trading, Inc. (independent) in Brooklyn.
This company with DOT #898838 has some good comments. See this thread for a summary:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5853
As of 8/06 it didn't seem to be licensed to move people interstate.

--Moving Your Way Moving Co., Inc. (independent) in Brooklyn. (Also dba A Park Slope Mover).
This company has the website www.movingyourway.com and the phone 718-788-4920 or 212-832-5576. As of 3/08 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Someone posted on the Internet that the company is run by Russian immigrants. The March 2008 issue of New York magazine - the "Best of New York" issue - lists Moving Your Way as the best cheap mover in the city on p. 78. It states that the owners are Igor and Karla Moronov.
This company also had a positive comment on Brownstoner.com in 8/05, re-posted in this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5857 (local move)
"soh1980" gave MYW a rave review for a local move in 3/08 where he was charged only $88/hour for three workers and a truck, and he said that a co-worker had also used them 7 times with very good results:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/posting ... 907#104907 (several local moves)

:alert: --NY City Stuff, Inc. (independent) in Brooklyn. (Also dba NYCityVan.)
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. It has DOT #1550726, the website www.nycitystuff.com and the phone 718-599-9100. It is not licensed to do interstate moves, but it does them. Its record on www.safersys.com shows that two of its drivers were cited for safety violations while driving in NJ and VT in 2006 and 2007. It advertises on Craigslist.org and has multiple good reviews on www.topratedmovers.com but the reviews on that site may be of questionable validity. It might be OK for moves within NYC.
"NYCtoCT" posted in 8/07 that they charged her a flat $900 to move the contents of a 1BR from Manhattan to a location in CT 2 hours away and the price included keeping her things in their truck overnight. She said that the move went well. However, when she asked them why they didn't have an MC license number (required for interstate moves) they lied and said they didn't need one because they were "truckers, not movers" (!):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13697 (interstate)
Many people in NYC use unlicensed movers. However, companies that operate like this are breaking the law and are unfair competition for the reputable movers that pay for insurance and workers' comp and so on - all of which raises their cost of providing service.

- New York City listings continued in the next post -

NEW YORK CITY - (Part 3)

Re: Summary of moving company reviews posted on MovingScam.c

Postby NEW YORK CITY - (Part 3) » Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:22 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1633#61633

MANHATTAN

Allied Van Lines agents

--Liffey Van Lines, Inc. (Allied) in Manhattan (also in Mahopac, NY).
This company's phone number is 212-410-3500 and its website is www.liffeyvanlines.com. It has DOT #663326, NY DOT #10845, and NJ PM #00682. As of 4/06 it had no complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months. As of 9/06 it had an overall internal quality score from the van line of 4.59 out of 5 ("excellent"), extremely high. Liffey is run by Danny Moloney, obviously an Irishman. Someone from the company wrote in to recommend its workers (anonymously) as being "full of the blarney," which seems a bit odd as a recommendation for a mover:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5069#5069
Many people have posted that Liffey would give them only TPG (Total Price Guarantee) estimates, which is a Binding estimate that can't go either up or down. There's nothing wrong with that (Allied agents usually use the TPG system rather than the 400N tariff used by most other van lines). However, in some cases the Liffey rep seems to have estimated the weight high to protect itself against customers possibly moving more things than they showed to the rep. For example, "ToolNila" got a very high TPG quote from James Clogston for his move to Chicago:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6315#36315 (interstate)
"Judy" also got a high TPG quote from Liffey for her move to Chicago and told her that Berger Allied would be the actual hauler. She went with Nassau (United) but found that another company--All Chicagoland--was the hauler there too:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2912 (interstate)
Despite its high quality scores, people have not been too enthusiastic about their dealings with Liffey's sales reps. For example, "kirker" posted in 10/06 that the rep gave him an undetailed but extremely high TPG estimate for his move to TX including a $1000 shuttle charge, which is high:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10297

North American Van Lines agents

:alert:--Despatch Moving & Storage Co., Inc. (North American) in Manhattan.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. An industry person in NYC told a MovingScam moderator that this company was good when it was on Long Island but changed for the worse after it moved to Manhattan. Other NAVL agents located outside the NYC area say that it is very difficult to work with--disorganized, etc. It is said to be expensive.
It gave someone a GNTE that was twice as much as the nonbinding estimates from several other companies: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1669

:alert:--Hudson North American (North American).
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has the phone number 212-678-4862. Mentioned but little information. Owned by the sister of the person who owns Despatch (see above) and reportedly has some of the same problems.

United Van Lines agents

--Morgan & Brother Manhattan Storage, Inc. (United) in Manhattan (and Long Island City).
This is one of the oldest moving companies in the U.S. It has a reputation of being very solid (it moves museums, for example) and also very high-priced. It was formerly an Allied agent before changing to United.
"Calibound" reported that for a move to CA in 1/07, Morgan Manhattan gave him a GNTE for $6923 for 5,500 lbs including limited packing and a shuttle on both ends while Dahill gave him a GNTE for $5305 for 4,500 lbs including the same things:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10788

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Moving Man (Wheaton) in Manhattan.
Anyone considering using Moving Man should read this thread, which brings together a number of reviews and comments:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4303
As the above thread shows, Moving Man has some good reviews. However, many people have said that it will not give GNTE estimates. In addition, several have commented that one of its estimators (Vladimir) seemed a bit pushy. However, one of the MovingScam moderators spent several hours at the company facilities in 2005, meeting not only Vladimir (she found him charming) and the other estimator (Kal), but also the company's owner, Jon Stout. She saw both of the company's warehouses in upper Manhattan. The warehouse on 120th Street is impressive, with wooden and stone vaults in a historic building. Jon Stout said that Moving Man does not self-haul any shipment going more than 500 miles. Such moves are handled by Wheaton Van Lines drivers and trucks.
You can read what people said about the estimate process on the following threads:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4298#34298 ("CLB")
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5427#25427 ("kate12")
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0557#20577 ("vern")
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8513#18513 ("gianduiotto")
"arche" said in a PM that Vladimir "knew what he was doing" and he chose Moving Man partly because he knew someone connected to the owner. However, after the move he posted that he was very unhappy with the move as a whole (service issues), especially the Wheaton driver:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0928#60928 (interstate)
"smensch" moving to TX liked Vladimir but said Moving Man would give her only a Nonbinding estimate (Nonbinding estimates are typical for Moving Man judging from reviews here):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8511#38511 (interstate)
"Christine" posted that because her NYC to Raleigh, NC, move was just under 500 miles, Moving Man said they would do a self-haul rather than using a Wheaton driver. They gave her a quote by weight but it was Nonbinding, and although she liked them, she decided that they were out of her price range:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2217 (page 4)
"Elizabeth" posted that she got an estimate on her move to KY and found the estimator (Kal) a bit aggressive; she said they were going to require a $200 deposit:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4698 (interstate)
"blueenigma" posted in 11/08 that Vladimir was somewhat pushy when he came to do an estimate for a local move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17520

Independent moving companies

:alert:--A & A Alliance Moving, Inc. (independent) in Manhattan (also an address in Brooklyn and an office in New Jersey). Also dba Two Men and a Truck.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. It has MC #432549, website www.twoguysandatruck.com and phone 212-575-8729,
718-854-0032 or 800-880-0998.
"bluewyvern" moving locally in Brooklyn in 8/07 reported that they gave her a lowball quote, arrived seriously late, and raised the initial price about 50% after complaining in Russian about her supposedly difficult 1BR move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6805#96805 (local)

--Big John's (independent) in Manhattan.
This Upper East Side company with MC #220901 has a very good reputation although we don't have any reports of actual moves. It has been said to be a bit pricey and its employees perhaps a bit snooty. It doesn't do much long-distance work, but when it does, people have reported that it required a 50% deposit up front. It does not accept credit cards. "Glad to Help" (industry person) posted that it was a good company. Reportedly it was a Paul Arpin agent at one time.
"Elizabeth" got an estimate for a small move to KY and liked its estimator:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4698
"dylane" posted that for a local apartment move in 10/07, Big John's quoted $1600 after an in-house estimate whereas FlatRate charged only $900 (and Shea Moving would have charged $490):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15129

:alert:--Chelsea Moving and Storage (independent) in Manhattan.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4733

--Divine Moving (independent) in Manhattan.
Divine Moving (MC #410024) lists itself on www.safersys.org as having only 1 truck and 1 driver. "Just helping" (owner of the company) posted that it does only local moves within NYC. "Rick" (industry expert) said that it has a long-standing relationship with the art community:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4443#10443
We have a positive comment by "rwreynard," who said she had used them locally with great success:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5745#45745 (local)
"toddbr" posted another enthusiastic comment about Divine in 4/07 - "I highly recommend them!! They have handled a large number of moves for my family and several friends and have always been great!":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5766#85766 (local moves)

:alert:--Flat Rate Moving (independent) in Manhattan (warehouse is in the Bronx).
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has the website www.flatrate.com and MC #254356. According to Flat Rate's website, it is connected with Shleppers. Someone in the industry cautioned that any time you have a flat rate rather than people charging by the hour, the driver and helpers tend to rush through things and this can increase the risk of damage. Also, it is probably best not to use this company for very long-distance moves (see report by "jondav" below).
On the BBB website, not only is the company listed under two names Flat Rate Moving Systems and Flat Rate Movers Ltd., but the BBB goes on to say that the firm also does business under the following names: Flat Rate Moving Systems, Flatrate Moving Systems, FR Moving Systems, and FR Moving Systems Ltd. One wonders why any company needs to operate under so many different names.
In 9/06 a believable person who said he had worked for a very dubious company in FL posted that Flat Rate took jobs booked by that company. He said that although he had no knowledge of Flat Rate trying to extort money from customers, it frequently had trouble meeting delivery dates:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9913#69913
"chefhow" posted in 1/07 that Flat Rate delivered his shipment that was booked by GoMoving, a broker in Miami. The Flat Rate driver tried to collect more money from him, and the shipment took 6 weeks to get from FL to MD:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10807 (interstate)
"My1Dance" posted in 4/07 that Flat Rate told him that it farmed out some of its long-distance moves to other haulers, and it referred customers to MovingInsurance.com (a company that some consider very dubious) in those cases:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6690#86690
"burberry" gave Flat Rate a rave review for a large move from New Rochelle, NY, to CT:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8945 (local)
We have a pretty good review of a move from Queens to NJ by "brianmcgann" saying that the movers were a bit rough around the edges but the price was low (the company came down on the price to match Moishe's quote):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5630 (local)
"jondav" posted that he had a good move with Flat Rate from Manhattan to Long Island in 2003. He noted, though, that its estimator (Simone) seemed vague about who would actually be moving him interstate to IL and didn't give him the YR&R booklet, so he went with another company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5186#35186 (interstate)
"arche" moving to CA said in a Private Message to a MovingScam moderator that his estimator, Simone Blum, was a "nice lady with an oddly defensive manner." She gave him a Binding estimate based on cubic feet.
"shernit" posted similarly that Flat Rate based its flat quote for a move to FL on a cubic foot measurement:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2293#42293 (interstate)
There is a bad report about Flat Rate's storage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8792#48792
However, "kate12" gave Flat Rate a rave review for her move to DC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3250 (interstate)
"kathleen" reported that Flat Rate moved 300 cubic feet of her things from NYC to Sarasota, FL, for $1400, and did it in 30 hours:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8590#48590 (interstate)
"Ingela" posted a complaint on RipoffReport alleging that Flat Rate's workers delivered when she wasn't there, just throwing things into the rooms, and there were damaged and lost items. Although she later posted saying that Flat Rate had resolved the issue to her satisfaction, anyone considering the company should read her post:
http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/ripoff199973.htm (local)
"jslide" gave Flat Rate an excellent review for a move to CA in 8/07 (it charged less than Dahill would have and provided day-certain delivery). However, communication by the office staff before the move was very poor. Also, the quote was by cubic feet:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6966#96966 (interstate)
"dylane" posted that on a local apartment move in 10/07, FlatRate charged $900 for 3 hours for 3 men and a truck (higher than the $490 that Shea would have charged but lower than the $1600 quoted by Big John's). The move went OK except that the workers moved slowly, taking time to use a large amount of tape unnecessarily:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15129 (local)

--Moishe's (independent) in Manhattan.
Years ago, the owner of Moishe's admitted that his company was doing dubious things. Today, the company appears to be operating on the up and up. However, people have reported that (like Big John's) it requires a 50% upfront deposit for long-distance interstate moves, which MovingScam.com normally views as a red flag. Also, an "insider" told us that it doesn't have its own drivers and crews--it distributes its business among independent contractors. Finally, just a note that as with other independent companies, the "30 days free storage" sometimes offered by Moishe's can mean simply that the company will hold the goods in its warehouse until it has enough loads to fill a truck going interstate. Reportedly Moishe's now focuses on its storage business more than on doing actual moves.
"carefulamy" posted that Moishe's was good on the NY end for her move to CA in 2004 but untrained day laborers delivered the goods and they damaged her new home. This is a common problem for independent companies like Moishe's--with no van lines to help them, they have to scramble for unloading labor:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2441#62441 (interstate)
"MichaelSF" posted that he saw a Ryder truck with a Moishe's sticker slapped on the driver's door in the East Village:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8273#18273
"Pradeep" posted that he was happy with Moishe's for a move from NJ to CA in 2000 (there was damage to a sofa but they fixed it). However, when he called them from CA for a quote for the return trip they just gave him a rushed phone quote:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9326#29326 (interstate)
"AndyB" reported that he had moved with Moishe's locally several times. "The last two times they were undermanned, and the estimate has been way, way off." He said he paid 70% more than the initial estimate each time. Further, he had damage to his things during his last move, although they were repaired by Moishe's "world-class refinisher" so they were like new. Moishe's also damaged the hallway in his old place and was very slow to take care it. "I am done with them, and now you know why!":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7909 (local)
"JamesK" posted that he had a couple of good experiences with Moishe's on moves within NYC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0687#30687 (local)
"Elizabeth" posted that Moishe's would not give her an in-residence estimate for her small move to KY but just sent it to her in a Word document:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4698
"smensch" moving to TX posted that she initially liked Moishe's estimator Liza, who gave her a BNTE, but Liza later became rather aggressive:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8511#38511 (interstate)
"byebyenyc" moving to Los Angeles posted that his experience with Moishe's estimate was bad--the rep was in and out after being 10 minutes late and not very thorough. "Their binding estimate was the highest, and their delivery dates were ridiculous.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5724 (interstate)
Someone posted that Moishe's gave him an extremely high quote for a move from Jersey City to Pittsburgh, saying that otherwise it wouldn't be able to predict when the shipment would arrive. In other words, it looked as if they would have had to send a dedicated truck: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5604
"arche" moving to CA told a MovingScam moderator in a Private Message that his estimator, Avi Nathan, was a "very professional, very young man" and gave a Binding estimate based on weight.

--MoveMaster/George the Mover (independent) in Manhattan.
Here is a thread summarizing the pros and cons of George Marengo, who advertises on Craig's List as the MoveMaster or George the Mover. The ads say that he is in the East Village and give the phone number 212-537-6529. Note that he is neither licensed nor insured and obviously should be used only for local moves, if that:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2595 (local)

:alert:--Noah's Ark Moving & Storage (independent) in Manhattan (also an office in Westport, CT). (Legal name is Moving & Storage, Inc.)
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has MC #334379, website www.noahsarkinc.com and phone 212-874-1313 (Manhattan). As of 6/08 it had 3 complaints over the past 36 months with the BBB, which lists its CEO as Amit Arava. There are coupons on the website, normally a red flag. Although its recent reviews on MovingScam.com are generally poor, it does not seem to be connected with the dubious company Noah's Ark Moving at 13148 Raymer Street in North Hollywood, CA, phone 949-448-8898.
"martyw" reported having a good intra-CT move with the company - "about 4 Israeli boys - real nice hard working - no damage" in 2003:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4342 (within-CT)
Three reviews of the company were posted on the same thread in 2005. The first one, by "voicelit," describes a years-ago short interstate move that was "great . . . bunch of ex army Israeli kids having a Nyc youth time." However, the next two reviews - one by "JohnL" and one by an anonymous poster - allege attempted overcharging and unpleasant demands for tips:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4769 (three short-distance interstate moves)
"uptownblonde" posted a bad review of them in 4/07 saying that the workers arrived 6 hours late and finished at midnight:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5551#85551 (local)
"jiankabe" posted a decent review of them for a move from CT to NJ in 11/07 but said people should watch carefully to avoid being overcharged:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9618#99618 (short-distance interstate)

:alert:--Oz Moving (independent) in Manhattan.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has DOT #1058063 and MC #439945, especially for a long-distance move. See this thread for a general discussion of the company: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1218 Note that as of 6/08 its record shows no ownership of any tractor-trailers that would be needed to do cross-country moves - http://ai.volpe.dot.gov/hhg/SearchDetai ... d=31058175
Industry people told a MovingScam moderator that the people controlling Oz and Moishe's are related to each other.
Oz was praised by "gianduiotto" (Silvia) for a local move. She said they don't go to Chicago:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8421#18421 (local)
Also praised by "June" for a local move in NYC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =9273#9273 (local)
However, Oz told June that they could book moves to the West Coast even though they don't have broker authority, which is illegal. They told her that "we have a guy with a truck.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/posting.php?p=9289#9289
The company gave "arche" a Binding estimate based on cubic feet (undesirable) for a move to CA. He told a MovingScam moderator in a Private Message that his estimator, Lavi Brill, was a "nice guy, soft-spoken yet professional."
"owen" posted as follows: "I've used Oz Moving twice for in-town moves in NYC. While they were definitely not a pro outfit, I found that they were fast, efficient, and honest (although they did tell me that they had to pack a TV in a box, which I've heard elsewhere is not the case, and then charged me for the box). Would not move with them if I could afford better, but I'd say they are pretty good for the money and didn't break a thing. They worked hourly and charged me accurately."
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2121#62121 (local)
"bdNYC" posted a rave review of a move with Oz from the UWS to VA. However, Oz charged by the hour for this long-distance move and it was a 15-hour day for the workers (illegal):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10215 (interstate)
In other words, there were some irregularities.
"bbraat" posted a complaint in 10/06 alleging overcharging by Oz and a runaround when he asked for a promised refund:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4166#74166 (local)
People considering using Oz for long-distance moves should note that Oz told someone it would broker out such a move to Fragile Van Lines, a dubious company in CA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3921
Someone posted in 7/08 that Fragile functions as the West Coast branch of Oz Moving:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 102#113102
"jamiebeth" posted a good review of Oz for a move to Los Angeles in 7/07, but noted in her blog that part of the move was performed by Fragile Van Lines and that she got a phone call from Oz's "Concierge Service." She suspected that Oz had given her phone number to various strange/annoying callers and posted in her blog that aspects of the move seemed "shady" even though Oz charged about half of what some van line agents had quoted:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13765 (interstate)
http://henryandmae.blogspot.com/2007/08/movers.html
"elaine123" reported on 10/22/07 that her things picked up by Oz in NYC on 10/02 had still not been delivered in Houston 20 days later and she was getting a runaround from the company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15025 (interstate)

:thumbsdown:--Scanio (independent) in Manhattan.
Reviews and comments here suggest that consumers should AVOID this company, which has MC #93512. Scanio was an old-time mover who sold out to the Israelis, and the company advertises for workers in Hebrew-language publications. Safersys.org indicates that the company has only 2 trucks and 2 drivers, its driver out of service record is very high at 40%, it has many insurance cancellations, and it had an involuntary revocation of their operating authority in 2000. Further, it gives quotes by cubic feet. People have posted that concierges and realtors recommended it, but when it has done a good job for somebody, it was probably for a local move. People have also posted that it gave very high estimates for crosscountry moves (typical for independent companies). On the following thread from 2003, someone posted that it shared an address at 1439 1st Avenue with a very dubious company, and someone from the company wrote a bogus post praising it in broken English. However, "moving soon" decided to use it anyway for a move from Boston to NYC with storage. He reported that he was generally pleased but 12 items were delivered damaged, which is too much damage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=509 (interstate)

:thumbsdown:--Shleppers Moving & Storage (independent) in Manhattan (also in the Bronx).
Reviews and comments here suggest that consumers should AVOID this company, which has the phone number 212-223-4004, the website www.shleppers.com and MC #221016. In the past. Shleppers has not been licensed under its own name to do interstate moves. The MC # above is actually for LBB Van Lines (the initials of the company founder). However, as of 7/07 Shleppers was licensed to perform such moves. It also had 27 BBB complaints over the past 36 months (quite high). According to Flat Rate's website, Shleppers is closely connected with Flat Rate.
The company quoted "Sophie" by cubic feet for a move to Philly and claimed that "the DOT has been repeatedly messing them up" with regard to interstate licensing:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8876#18876 (interstate)
There is a very bad report on a local move with Shleppers although the poster says that he/she had a previous good move with them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4176#64176 (local)
In 7/07 a horrible review of Shleppers was posted on RipoffReport. See this thread, where Shleppers' licensing changes are also discussed: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14432
http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/2 ... 263437.htm
This customer's ruinous experience with Shleppers warrants a warning about the company.

--Steinway Moving & Storage (independent) in Manhattan.
This company with website www.steinwaymovers.com was recommended by "Glad to Help" (industry person). No other information.

--West Side Movers, Inc. (independent) in Manhattan.
This company with website www.westsidemovers.com was recommended by "Glad to Help" (industry person). According to its website, it got an Angie's List Super Service Award in 2007 and Shea Moving told a MovingScam moderator that it is a high-quality company.

- New York City listings continued in the next post -

NEW YORK CITY - (Part 4)

Re: Summary of moving company reviews posted on MovingScam.c

Postby NEW YORK CITY - (Part 4) » Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:23 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1635#61635

QUEENS

American Red Ball agents

:alert:--Loungecraft Moving & Storage Corp. (American Red Ball) in Maspeth.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has MC #112744 and phone 718-784-8585.
"FredW" gave the company a basically good review for a move from Queens to FL, despite the fact that they didn't give him the YR&R booklet:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2983#12983 (interstate)
However, a serious complaint was posted about them by "NYWoman" saying that on a move from NY to PA their workers stole items and raised the price once the goods were on the truck:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6400#56400
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8323 (interstate)
In view of the latter complaint, it is advisable for people to be cautious about using this company, especially for interstate moves.

Mayflower Transit agents

:thumbsdown:--Omega Shipping Co., Inc. (Mayflower-affiliated) in Long Island City (reportedly moved to Secaucus, NJ).
Reviews and comments here suggest that consumers should AVOID this company, which has the website www.omegashipping.com and MC #237742. According to the BBB its president is Boaz Aviani:
http://search.newyork.bbb.org/reports.a ... =1&id=9582
In 4/08 one of the MovingScam moderators was informed that the company had moved to Secaucus, NJ, and had been discontinued as a Mayflower agent although it is still listed as a Mayflower International Mover. Omega was mentioned in 12/06 as doing an inventory and packing for Rainier on an international shipment:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7720#77720
However, Rainier probably doesn't use Omega for this any more in view of the many bad comments about the company on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8957

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Century Worldwide Moving (Wheaton) in Maspeth.
Mentioned but no information.

Independent moving companies

:alert:--Delahaye Blue Ribbon Moving & Storage (independent) in Maspeth. [As of 5/07, a related company was known as BLUEmove and was located in Jessup, MD.]
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which once had the phone 718-894-6997. It also does international shipping.
"June" got a quote from them for a move to CA but said there were communications difficulties because the sales rep had a foreign accent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =9804#9804 (interstate)
"sherlock holmes" posting from Gaithersburg, MD, said that the company is now operating under the name "Blue Move" in MD:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4501#64501
In 5/07 Mark Spitzer, the president of BLUEmove in MD (see above), sent a message to MovingScam.com saying that he used to be involved in the NYC Delahaye Blue Ribbon, which he said is actually located in Manhattan at 51 East 42nd Street, Suites 411-412 with phone 212-490-2640. He said that the Maspeth location is their warehouse. He also said that BLUEmove in Jessup, MD is no longer connected to the NY company, although it was a spinoff of that company under its former name Delahaye Blue Ribbon Relocation.
There is a bad review of the latter company by "london" in 11/05 saying their London affiliate lost boxes and didn't unpack or reassemble furniture after being paid to do so; Mark Spitzer from Delahaye came on to give his side, inappropriately posting the customer's personal contact information:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7755#47755 (international)
In 10/06, someone posted a good report on a move to Europe with BLUEmove in MD praising Mark Spitzer:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0059#70059 (international)

--Ken's Moving & Storage (independent) in Maspeth. [Legal name is KJW Moving Corp.]
This company has MC #208678, website www.kensmovingandstorage.com and phone 718-639-8686. As of 8/07 it has 1 BBB complaint over the past 36 months.
"mnebaum" (real name Liz) posting in 8/07 gave them a very good review for a move from NYC to NJ in 2002, and said that friends had used them since then and been pleased also:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14606 (several short interstate moves)
However, "dmikes" posted in 8/07 that the person who answered the phone when he called to discuss his move to DC sounded pushy:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5821#95821

--Moving Right Along Service, Inc. (independent) in Ozone Park and Glendale.
This company has MC #2425373 and website www.movingrightalong.com. It has been discussed here several times in favorable terms, the only problem being a possibly renegade employee (Antonio Rojas) who posted several times posing as a customer to praise the company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7708
Moving Right Along has a rave review here:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4217#64217 (local)

:thumbsdown:--Seamens Moving (independent) in Long Island City.
Reviews and comments here suggest that consumers should AVOID this company, which was blacklisted on www.movingadvocateteam.com. It also advertises on find-a-mover websites that list many disreputable moving companies. It is linked with the dubious company Capital Moving Group and Fixed Price Moving in a blurb about Capital Moving Group:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7332#57332
It was praised by two people ("sj" and "AmyNYC") for local moves in NYC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1944 (2 local moves)
It quoted "renee" by cubic feet for a move to NC and said it would self-haul--she went with another company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8870#18870
There is a very good review of Seamens for a move to AZ (posted twice--once anonymously and once by "deviolet") but it came out of the blue and is probably a fake:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0707#50707 (interstate)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0706#50706 (interstate)
"minipax1979" (real name Adam) posted that Seamens sleazily tried to do an intra-CT move for him without having a CT license, changed the terms of the move mid-stream, and was abusive when he asked for his deposit back:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9144 (local)

:thumbsup:--Shea Moving Corp. (independent) in Long Island City.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews on this website. This small company with website www.sheamoving.com is run by Brian and Julie Shea at 718-932-1204. It is fully insured and licensed for local, intrastate, and interstate moves and a company endorsed by this website (All Star Moving) recommends it. Its license numbers are NY DOT #35907, MC #573141, and US DOT #1387726.
The owners are delightful people to speak with. Here is a post giving some additional details about the company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9065#59065
"Ray" moving with Broadway Express posted that he was extremely happy with the company's loading help:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =6041#6041 (loading)
"RRoe72" posted that they "did an unbelievable job" loading a BE truck:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2555#62555 (loading)
Shea Moving would also be good to use for local moves in and around the city. In fact, a MovingScam moderator chose it to move her own son in NYC in 6/06 (local).
"TimNYC" gave Shea an excellent review for a fall 2006 move from DC to NYC - they sent 2 guys to DC in a rental truck and moved about 3000 pounds for the unbelievably low price of $1500:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10703 (interstate)
"Heather L" gave Shea a rave review for an apartment move in Queens in 2/07, praising Julie Shea as well as the actual movers. Shea's quote was less expensive than Dahill's and more expensive than All Star's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4280#84280 (local)
"canydavid" gave Shea a 4 out of 5 rating for a move from Queens to NJ in 3/07. The workers moved so fast that he paid about $500 less than the estimate, although he was put off when the foreman asked for a generous tip:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5010#85010 (local)
"NYCChris" posted a rave review of a local move from two locations in Queens to the UWS in 4/07--Shea accommodated him at the last minute and charged him very little:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13564 (local)
"Veronykah" (real name Gwen) posted an excellent report on Shea for loading an ABF ReloCube in Queens in 4/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13587 (loading help)
In 6/07 "galadriel30" posted a rave review of a move to Boston--quoted below in its entirety because it gives a good sense of what the people associated with Shea are like:

While other companies were quoting us in the $3000 range for a 1-bedroom apartment move from NYC to Boston on May 31st - June 1st 2007, Shea gave us an in-home estimate and quoted us a GNTE price of $1900. We liked what we saw on MovingScam.com, so we booked them right away.

They showed up on time at 9:00am on May 31st with four movers, were extraordinarily careful in packing our items, and were extremely efficient at their job. The only snafu occurred when one of the movers accidentally dropped a wooden shelf on our microwave, slightly denting it. Upon prompt delivery of our items (all of which, excepting the microwave, were perfectly intact and undamaged) at 9:00am on June 1st in Boston (they actually arrived at our apartment an hour and a half before we did), the two movers who arrived negotiated with us a refund of the $75 insurance fee to cover the cost of the damage to our microwave. Our final price was around $1800 - happily less than anticipated. When the foreman called Julie Shea to tell her what had happened to the microwave and to tell them what the final price was, she was very concerned that we hadn't taken out enough money to cover the microwave and insisted that we be asked again if the discount they had given us was acceptable! When the movers departed, we realized that we had left in their truck the plastic ring which holds the turntable in our microwave. We called Julie, who called the movers, who turned around and came back to our apartment to deliver the missing piece! We were very impressed with their concern for our satisfaction at every step of the way.

After such a horrendous experience last year, I can't even express how delighted I was with my experience with Shea. The customer service was absolutely top-notch, and the entire moving experience was pleasant and efficient. - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13911 (interstate)
"ymbd" gave two workers from Shea an excellent review in 6/07 for their help loading an ABF trailer--they charged $70/hour for 3 hours and got 5000 pounds into 11 feet. With a generous tip, the total cost was $300 as compared with Albert Moving's estimate of $645, but the customer's husband and friend pitched in prior to the arrival of the Shea workers:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13876 (loading help)
"dsampayo" said that Shea did a great job on a move to NJ in 4/07 and stuck with its initial quote, which was the lowest received:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0453#90453 (short-distance interstate)
"alg70" posted in 7/07 that his large move from West Orange NJ to NYC "could have gone better" in the sense that there was minor damage to a bed frame and Brian Shea didn't seem too concerned. However, the price was excellent [$1600 vs. other companies' quotes of around $3000] and it later came to light that Brian and Julie were in the middle of a family emergency at the time, hence preoccupied. In addition, it turned out that the damage to the bed frame was pre-existing:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14429 (short-distance interstate)
NOTE: In 10/07, MovingScam.com decided to formally endorse this company. Its reviews are continued on this sticky thread - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15033

:alert:--White Glove Transportation Services, Inc. (independent) in Ridgewood.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company with website www.whiteglovetransportation.com and phone number 718-628-8900. It may have been a Bekins agent in the past, but now it just calls itself a "local affiliate" of Bekins. Judging from its website, it does a lot of wrapping and shipping of new furniture. It is NOT the White Glove in Jersey City, NJ, which is widely considered dubious, but a couple of people have had reservations about it.
For example, "Trish" (moving to FL) posted that White Glove never got back to her with a written estimate, even after 5 days had passed:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2271#12271
There is also a complaint about them basically saying that they didn't know how to pack anything--the customer threw them out:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1485#51485
It has a national account to move medical students and people on www.studentdoctor.net kept asking about the company last summer. For example, "jene5978" got a quote on a move to Chicago when White Glove was offering Binding estimates on this physician relocation deal. She was leaning toward going with them but never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2251#32251 (interstate)
There is one fairly good review of the company for a move to FL. "gayil" posted that a box was missing, but later found, and she said that friends also had a good move with them. They gave her a low Binding estimate and did not weigh the truck:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5183 (interstate)

STATEN ISLAND

Bekins Van Lines agents

:alert:--New Dorp Moving & Storage on Staten Island.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has NYDOT #T13098 and US DOT-70719. It used to be an Atlas agent but then switched briefly to Wheaton, where it won a quality award from the van line in 2004. It then switched again to be a Bekins agent. Note that whatever face the company puts on this, it represents a downward shift in the quality of its van line affiliate. Further, an industry person said that New Dorp filed for bankruptcy at one point and was also fined by the NYDOT for repeat violations.
"seacookie" said that her family had had 2-3 great local moves with New Dorp in the past and she was considering it for a large shipment to Seattle:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0292#50292 (interstate)
She followed up with a MovingScam moderator in Private Messages as to what happened. She negotiated with Moovers and Dahill as well as New Dorp but ultimately went with University Van Lines in Rahway, NJ. The shipment ended up being around 22,000 pounds--almost a whole tractor-trailer. The Atlas Van Lines driver from Dallas was able to pick up the shipment at her residence in Brooklyn without using a shuttle and a couple of smaller loads were added in Texas and Oregon on the way to Seattle. The move went OK although she was unhappy about the two smaller loads being added since she had thought that she was going to get an exclusive move. (The van line drivers will always want to fill their trucks as full as possible.)
Someone posted a bad report about New Dorp on RipoffReport in 2/07 alleging that valuables were stolen on a local move and the owner of the company was unresponsive, saying that he had a mortgage to pay:
http://www.ripoffreport.com/view.asp?id=234343

Stevens Van Lines agents

--American Home Moving and Storage (Stevens) on Staten Island.
This company has the phone number 718-876-0800.

United Van Lines agents

:alert:--Victory Worldwide (United) on Staten Island.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which should not be confused with the dubiouscompany All Victory. Its website is www.victoryworldwide.com. However, its employees came on the website (we think) and started posting a bunch of nonsense.

Independent moving companies

--Michael's Moving (independent) on Staten Island.
This company has DOT #782104. Mentioned but little information. It was said to have had a month-long license revocation in 2002.


WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM, AND ROCKLAND COUNTY

Allied Van Lines agents

--Whalen's Moving & Storage Co. LLC (Allied) in Mt. Kisco.
This company has the website www.whalensmoving.com and the phone
914-241-2799. It is one of the approved movers for NYU and maybe for some other universities. Its internal quality scores from the van line were in the "Excellent" range as of 8/06, a major plus. It is not related to the Federal/Whalen company in Chicago.
"amy128" reported a good employer-paid move with them on a move from VA to NYC in 2002 She had their estimator, Chris Scheu, come to give her an estimate on a move from NYC to TX and seemed set to go with them, although she never got back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4960 (interstate)
"Chuck" (a professor moving from Oakland to Seattle) reported that Whalen's also had an account with his employer. Whalen's gave him an extremely high Nonbinding estimate through its Northern CA affiliate, Nor-Cal. "Michael" (working for Atlas) explained why: "When a company has an account and they ask another agent to provide them with a survey, 9 out of 10 of those agents are going to estimate high. And here is why. Most accounts, have a stipulation that if the cost goes over 10%, then they can charge back the agent that quoted way low, the difference in cost.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=750
"tmcagg" moving to SF was set to go with Whalen, which he said actually quoted a much lower price than other van line agents, but he never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6008 (interstate)
"babs" posted in 7/08 that she had an excellent move from FL booked by Griffin (Allied) where Joe from Whalen's was the hauler:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16985 (hauler on interstate move)

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Collins Brothers (Atlas) in Larchmont (also in Southampton, NY, Dulles, VA, and Irving, TX).
We have no reviews of completed moves with this company, which has the website www.collinsbros.com. Collins Brothers won a quality award from the van line in 2006 and 2007 (Milton Hill award). However, the company is very large and does a lot of commercial moves and some people have felt that they didn't get enough personal attention.
"Fl Mover" provides an example in his remarks comparing University Van Lines in Rahway, NJ and Collins for his move to FL--"University and Collins (both Atlas agents) gave me nearly identical estimates. The estimators couldn't be more different though. The University guy spent 2 hours and gave us a lot of tips on how to save money and pack correctly. The Collins guy was in and out in 15 minutes.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8612 (interstate)
"guest-mark" moving to Los Angeles posted that the estimator (Craig) would not give him a GNTE whereas the other three companies he considered did. He went with Berger Transfer (Allied) and was generally pleased:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5583#45583
"dave_261" moving from Detroit to Raleigh posted that it took him a week to get an estimate from Collins, which was his company's corporate mover (they had the in-house survey done locally by Imlach). Collins made a huge mistake on the estimate, giving him a price on 3,000 pounds rather than the actual weight of around 11,000 pounds. He concluded that Collins was incompetent and decided to move with Corrigan instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1686#61686 (interstate)
"jondav" posted that the Collins estimator, Frank Pastore, pressured him a little to make a decision on his move to IL (he went with Certified instead):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5186#35186 (interstate)

--V. Santini (Atlas) in Mt. Vernon and the Bronx.
"DM1539" gave this company a very good review for a move from New Rochelle to FL in 2004--the same crew that picked up the shipment also delivered it. Also, the poster said friends had a successful move to AZ with the company in 2002. V Santini told her that it gives only Nonbinding estimates, but then ultimately gave a Binding Not to Exceed:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4422#54422 (two interstate moves, one of which is a second-hand report)
"amyS" gave V. Santini an excellent review for a move from Westchester to FL in June 2006 - as above, the truck and driver that picked up the shipment also delivered it. Her 11,000+-pound shipment was the only one on the truck:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6195#66195 (interstate)
"mtbwustl" posted a rave review of V. Santini for a move to San Diego with Atlas Van Lines drivers -"Joe from the Westchester NY office was our sales rep. After we signed on w/ the company, we worked w/ Louis and Jennifer for the moving details. Emmitt and his team of guys, who we all loving called "Zoom, Zoom and Zoom" for their speed, were our pick up team in NYC. Marshall and Mary were our drivers. All of them were delightful, friendly and great.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9412 (interstate)
"terryisnow" gave V. Santini a good review for a move to CA in 12/06 - damage was minimal and the Atlas driver (Shawn Gantt) was good; the only flaw was that the sales rep (Al Carter) didn't warn her that she would probably have to pay for a shuttle in San Francisco on top of the Binding Not to Exceed quote:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11041 (interstate)
"RobM" posted a very good review of a move with V. Santini to Kansas in 2/07. The only glitch was that someone from the company called and initially tried to get him to pay more for the move because the shipment weighed more than the estimated weight, but since he had a GNTE they backed down. He said that the Atlas driver (Alonzo) was excellent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12586 (interstate)
"BronxDoc" (real name Denise) posted in 5/07 that the Santini estimator, Joe from Westchester, was "very professional and very thorough," although she went with Dahill for her move to CA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13840
"Smushy" moving to Houston posted in 7/07 that one of Santini's estimators, Al Cooper (same person as Al Carter mentioned above?) was nice but slow to get back with an estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14430

Paul Arpin Van Lines agents

--John C. Murphy Moving & Storage, Inc. (Arpin) in Brewster (Putnam County). Also a location in New Milford, CT.
This company has MC #234080, website www.murphymovers.com and phone 914-277-8859. As of 8/07 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"Rick" (industry expert) commented in 8/07 that the owners (Joan and John Murphy) are good people and their company is well respected in both Brewster and CT. He felt that they would do moves up to 250 miles on their own authority, not Arpin's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5189#95189
"June" got a quote from them for a move to CA in 2004. She posted that Mr. John C. Murphy himself came and gave her a Nonbinding estimate. It was 4000 pounds more than the Meyer's (Mayflower) estimate, but she liked Mr. Murphy and probably chose his company for her large, expensive move, although she never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =9806#9806 (interstate)

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines agents

--McAvey Moving Company, Inc. (Stevens) in Pleasantville.
This company has MC #207004 and phone 914-747-1533. As of 10/08 it had no complaints on www.protectyourmove.gov and a complaint on RipoffReport about failure to pay a claim seemed to be unfounded.

United Van Lines agents

--Clancy Moving Systems, Inc. (United) in Patterson (Putnam County).
This is the residential moving part of Clancy-Cullen Moving & Storage in the Bronx and one of the official movers for NYU. See the Bronx section above.
"bakewell" moved with Clancy (actually Clancy Moving & Storage in Paterson NY) from CT to TX in 7/05. She told a MovingScam moderator in PMs that she had problems with a delayed pickup by the van line driver but never came back to report how the move actually turned out:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8201
"BIGMIKE" (real name Mike Johnson) gave Clancy a rave review for his move to NC in 12/06, praising especially the United van lines driver (Joe) and Clancy's move coordinator, Dan Cross - Clancy gave him a 67% discount on about 9000 pounds:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10888 (interstate)

--Suddath Movers (United) in Suffern (Rockland County).
This is a branch of the large United carrier Suddath Relocation Services HQd in Florida. Its local phone number is 845-357-6500.
As of 3/07, this office has 2 BBB complaints over the past 36 months and an "unsatisfactory" BBB rating because one complaint was not responded to.
"april0254" reported iin 3/07 that she was underwhelmed by the estimator (Steve Eschbacher) for a move to AZ. Although he was "a personable guy," he arrived more than an hour late, gave only a Nonbinding estimate, and was not as thorough as the Whalen's (Allied) estimator:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4271#84271
"chewie" posted in 3/08 that Suddath workers did a good job unloading his shipment hauled by Planes from Chicago:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 704#105704 (unloading help)

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--A-1 Moving & Storage of Putnam, Inc. (Wheaton) in Mahopac (Putnam County).
This company has the website www.a-1moving.com and the phone 845-628-8644.
In 4/07, "NYtoTexas" posted very positive comments about A-1, which she used for local moves in 1998 and 2005:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13459 (two local moves)

--Gold Service Movers (Wheaton) in White Plains.
Gold Service does not go to Brooklyn. Industry people in the NYC area have said that Gold Service was started by Sandy Gold and is now being run by his sons Bruce, David (driver), and Steven. It has successively been a United-Mayflower-Allied-Bekins and now a Wheaton agent. Sandy Gold reportedly had very high standards and located his business in White Plains to escape the union. "chaz4moving" (a veteran industry observer) posted in 8/08 that he had known the Gold family for many years and the company was good:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 639#116639
There are two contradictory Epinions reviews of interstate moves involving Gold Service, but they are of the Wheaton long-haul driver and not of Gold Service as the origin agent:
http://www.epinions.com/content_138465611396 (positive)
http://www.epinions.com/content_156378107524 (negative)
A Wheaton driver commented that Gold Service was better to work with than Flatbush, who he said failed to provide him with a good origin inventory:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2866#22866
We have a very good review by "zdavi" (real name Lucy) of a move to FL booked by Gold Service in 8/08. She said her niece used them twice for interstate moves and was very happy. Her own shipment was delivered in 7 days. "The driver and packers were great, very professional, careful and friendly. They seemed to really enjoy their work.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16582 (interstate plus a second-hand report of two other interstate moves)

--JB Moving (Wheaton) in New Rochelle.
Mentioned but no information.

Independent moving companies

--Contemporary Moving Systems, LLC (independent) in Mt. Vernon.
This company with MC #406875 has the website http://www.contemporarymoving.com and the phone number 914-663-9134. Judging from the website, it seems to specialize in moves between NYC and FL. As of 12/06 it looks OK on www.safersys.org and has no BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"garyks" gave CMS (including the driver, John, and the dispatcher/owner, Frank) a rave review for a move from Miami to NYC - he stumbled onto the company in Miami and got in on one of its return trips north:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9569 (interstate)
"Lee123" got a quote of $1150 from them to move 1100 pounds from Miami to NJ in 1/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7584#77584

:thumbsup:--Delancey Street Movers-New York (independent) in Brewster (Putnam County).
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews on this website. Contact information and reviews are on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2377

--Lynx Transport (independent) in Hastings-on-Hudson.
This company has the phone number 914-478-PETE. Its owner is named Dennis.
"dutchstar" used Lynx to load a Penske van for a move to PA and was underwhelmed--they charged $90/hour for two workers:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2722#62722 (loading help)

--Relocation Specialists, Inc. (independent) in Patterson (Putnam County).
This company has MC #299938 and the phone number 845-878-7550. It should not be confused with the dubious company of the same name in Carmel, NY.
"HudsonNY" posted a very good review of his move from the NYC area to upstate NY, pointing out that it also moves people to Florida:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8402 (in-state)
Note that it did not do an in-residence estimate.

NY-LONG ISLAND (Part 1)

Re: Summary of moving company reviews posted on MovingScam.c

Postby NY-LONG ISLAND (Part 1) » Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:24 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1636#61636

LONG ISLAND (Nassau and Suffolk County)

Allied Van Lines agents

:alert:--All Points Moving & Storage (Allied) in Congers.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. As of 9/06 its internal quality score with the van line was 3.97 out of 5 ("needs improvement").

--Astro Moving & Storage Co., Inc. (Allied) in St. James. (Also several locations in Florida.)
This company has the website www.astromoving.com and the phone 631-584-7700. According to "PMueller," Astro books a very large number of moves each year. This was confirmed by "Glad to Help" (another industry person), who added that Astro has several drivers that go to the West Coast, but their quality varies and in general the company is mediocre - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9729#69729 In 4/06 its internal quality score from the van line was 4.05 out of 5 with 236 surveys. 4.05 is the lowest rating a company can have to "meet standards." Below that, it needs improvement. However, there are indications that Astro's performance is getting better. As of 6/08, Astro had 7 BBB complaints over the past 36 months (and only 1 in the past 12 months, which is excellent). As of 7/10, it had 4 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Previously it had as many as 12 over the same time period:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1632#51632 Also, an Allied driver told one of the MovingScam moderators in 6/08 that Astro is "excellent to work with." How a company treats drivers is often an indication of how it will treat customers.

:alert:--Bay Shore Storage Warehouse, Inc. (Allied) in Hauppauge.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. Do not confuse it with the "gold standard" mover Bay Shore Allied in Newark, DE. As of 2/06 this one had low quality scores - an average of 4.15 over the past 12 months ("meets standards"): http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1625#51625
"carefulamy" posted that she saw some Bay Shore guys loading a truck in her neighborhood and they looked incompetent and unprofessional:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3512#13512
"ajh" said that they gave her a lowball Nonbinding estimate on a move to MO:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1669 (interstate)
According to "PMueller" (working for an Allied agent), Bay Shore in Hauppauge does a very large number of shipments each year.
In 8/07, "AndyI" posted that he went to look at Bay Shore's warehouse in Hauppauge and it was clean and modern. His sales rep Denis Montera, who was one of the owners of the company, told him that they "share some common ownership with an Allied Agent in Fort Lauderdale, FL by the name of AAA Gold Coast Moving". Denis also told him that Bay Shore's quality scores are now in the "excellent" range (this is unconfirmed):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6199#96199
At any rate, "Andy1" gave Bay Shore in Hauppauge an excellent review for his large shipment to FL in 9/07--delivery was in 8 days and the Bay Shore driver, Ramon Flores, did a good job:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6727#96727
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7356#97356 (interstate)
However, "jillieray" (real name Jill) had Bay Shore in Hauppauge as a hauling agent for a move from TN to MD in 8/07. Its truck broke down repeatedly and at last report the driver was due to arrive 11 days beyond the end of the delivery spread, i.e. there was a serious delay:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14579 (interstate)

American Red Ball agents

--D & R Moving & Trucking, Inc. (American Red Ball) in Oceanside.
This company with MC #73828 has the website www.dandrmoving.com and the phone 516-678-2732. As of 3/11 it has an "A+" BBB rating with 2 complaints over the past 36 months and it has been licensed to do interstate moves since 1987.
There's a horrible report about it by "coontie" for a move to NC in 6/06 where there was damage and a messed-up delivery:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8907 (interstate)
However, the owner of the company came on to rebut the bad report, and it did appear that D & R compensated "coontie" for most of the problems he had.

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Avatar Moving (Atlas) in Bohemia.
This company has a good reputation among moving professionals and a higher-up at Avatar, Chris Noblit, has been very helpful to people posting on MovingScam.com:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=119
We have a good report on an international move where Avatar did the household survey and packing.
"nyaccent" ended up with Avatar as her hauling agent on a 10/05 move to FL, and was pleased (Certified was the booking agent):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6380
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1995#51995 (interstate)
"emoknitter" posted a good report on a move booked by Avatar to North Carolina in 12/06:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8320#88320 (interstate)
"All Pau" moving to CA in 8/07 gave Avatar a rave review, mentioning especially his sales rep Steve Kirschenbaum and the outstanding Atlas driver, Steve Colvin. "Contact Steve Kirschbaum at 631-244-8686 to schedule an estimate, or call the office at 800-439-4900.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14526 (interstate)

--Certified Transportation Group (Atlas) in Islandia.
There is a "sister" Certified Transportation Group in CT.
Both "jondav" and "nyaccent" booked with Certified (he to IL, she to FL) and both had the same estimator (Bill Fosdick). "Nyaccent"--whose hauler was Avatar (see above)--was generally pleased with Bill, and she posted that "jondav" told her in a Private Message that he was also pleased with his move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3677#43677 (interstate)
A complaint was posted out of the blue by "Randye Mandell" that Certified overcharged him on a move to CO in 2002 involving storage, but the complaint might have been unjustified:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=507#507 (interstate)

--Nassau World Wide Movers, Inc. (Atlas) in West Babylon (also in Brewster, NY).
This company was a United agent for many years but reportedly changed to Atlas in May 2008 - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16147 It has the website www.nwwm.net and the phone 631-491-3600 or 800-327-9343. People have commented that it has a fairly large number of BBB complaints. "Judy" (moving to Chicago) posted in 11/04 that it had 10 over the past 36 months, which is not horrible but more than one would want to see:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3068#23068
However, she moved with Nassau anyway and posted a good report although it wouldn't give her a GNTE and it didn't haul the shipment--her shipment was hauled by All Chicagoland:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2912 (interstate)
"Tooter4Kids" (Susan) got a quote from Nassau for her move to NC but complained that the estimator, Paul Berk, didn't give her the YR&R booklet and couldn't answer questions to her satisfaction--she went with Hall-Lane:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7897 (interstate)
"longislandmove" posted a very good review of his move to DC--with less than 5000 pounds, he had exclusive use of a straight truck and next-day delivery for $2700. He singled out Nassau's estimator, Dominick, and driver, Chris, for praise:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1724#31724 (interstate)
"Analie" moving to San Francisco got a strangely low Nonbinding quote from Dominick, far below Wheaton's GNTE quote. She ultimately decided to go with University Van Lines:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6634
Someone moving to San Francisco ("bpgoz") was very favorably impressed with Nassau's estimator, Dan Kilkeary, but also ultimately decided to go with University Van Lines. Nassau eventually agreed to give a GNTE after starting with a Nonbinding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3326
"CLB" moving to CA felt that Nassau's estimator, Victor Filiano, was too "slick" and decided to go with another company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4298#34298
"byebyenyc" moving to Los Angeles posted that the reps from both Nassau and Dahill were very good but he went with Dahill because Nassau wouldn't give him a GNTE:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5724
"ToolNila" moving to Chicago got a quote from Nassau and noted that the estimator, Michael Godwin, was older and failed to give him the YR&R booklet, but was very nice; he probably ultimately went with University Van Lines but never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6315#36315
"jondav" got a quote from Nassau for his move to Chicago but could not get a GNTE from them or any other company because part of his move was from a storage unit. He posted that Dominick was "polite, but a bit of a salesman":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5724
"mizrach" got a quote from Nassau for his move to Tallahassee, but Dominick wouldn't give him a GNTE and he ultimately went with University Van Lines:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4153

Bekins Van Lines agents

:thumbsdown:--Maffucci Storage Corp. (Bekins) in North Amityville.
Reviews and comments on this website and elsewhere suggest that consumers should AVOID this company. Maffucci (sometimes called Triple Crown Maffucci) was a Mayflower agent before changing to Bekins around 2000. As of 5/08 it had 6 complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months. There is also a complaint on RipoffReport:
http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/ripoff110677.htm And as of 5/08 there are 5 complaints on www.protectyourmove.gov including 2 for "hostage load" (normally a serious red flag). The company does give low quotes, however. See this thread: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1451
"Glad to Help" (an industry person) posted that the company handles a very large number of moves every year. He said that it has several drivers that go to the West Coast but it is a mediocre performer overall. Note that Michael Maffucci, an officer of the Long Island Moving & Storage Association (LIMSA), no longer owns this company--he now owns Verity Van Lines (independent). The company is now owned by a person named Paul Levine.
"nyaccent" posted a bad report on move with them from Queens to Syracuse. They left a truck unattended and items were stolen. However, they did settle the claim:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4798#44798 (within-state)
"AndyI" reported in 8/07 that Maffucci gave him a seriously lowball estimate for his shipment to FL - 7,000 pounds vs. Bay Shore's and Molloy's (for example) estimates of about 13,000 pounds. The actual weight was 13,120 pounds:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5675#95675

Mayflower Transit agents

--Meridian Moving Systems (Mayflower) in Ronkonkoma (also offices in Tucson [HQ] and Flagstaff, AZ).
This is the "sister" company of Horizon Moving Systems (United), which has two locations in AZ and has been in business since 1946. Its website is www.meridianmovingsystems.com and its phone is 631-737-2598 or 866-245-5646.
"ChicaDificil" gave Meridian an excellent review for a reasonably-priced shipment to KY in 8/08 - "I'd happily do business with Meridian again, and recommend them to others.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16701 (interstate)

:alert:--Molloy Bros. Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Old Bethpage (also has a branch in Edison, NJ).
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. As of 4/06. Molloy had only one complaint with the BBB over the past 36 months, for "sales practices," but it also has a complaint on RipoffReport about bad service and damage on a local move. The company has changed van lines frequently, which industry people say can be an indication of underlying problems. First it was a North American agent, then Wheaton, and now (since 1999) Mayflower. It has a high driver out-of-service rate shown on www.safersys.org. The company has a branch called Advance Commercial Movers that handles commercial shipments. "Glad to Help" (industry person) posted in 2006 that it handles a very large number of moves every year but it is a mediocre performer overall. He said that it has only one driver who drives to the West Coast and if you get that driver you would probably have an excellent move because he is first-rate, but the difficulty is that he might not be available when you want to move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9729#69729
"dilferaff" (Greg) posted that a sales rep told him that Molloy gives only Nonbinding estimates:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9764#39764
Molloy has a very bad review here by "consumer helper" alleging severe lowballing on a presumably interstate move. It appears that the company strong-armed the customer to get paid rather than collecting only 110% of the Nonbinding estimate at delivery as the regulations require:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1980
"dcarpa" posted a similar complaint alleging that he was billed 60% more than the estimate and Molloy failed to release his goods for 110% of the estimate as the law requires:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0955#60955
A Molloy sales rep reportedly said something that misled "girlwithapearl" (Kelly) moving to CO, but loading seemed to turn out OK although she never came back with a final report. She posted that Molloy used workers from Liberty (United) to help and that the Mayflower driver seemed good. A quality control person from Molloy even showed up at her door to ask her how the estimate and loading had gone:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7073 (interstate)
The quality control person later showed up on MovingScam.com saying that Molloy had NOT seen her posts and that Molloy's owner was simply very concerned about quality:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1737#61737
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1732#61732
"Jessica" (moving two households to FL) posted that she liked the Molloy estimator, Lou, but we don't know who she finally went with:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3345#43345 (interstate)
"longislandmove" moving to FL posted that the sales rep badmouthed other companies and would give him only a Nonbinding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1731#31731
"BigLeeCalif" posted that when he used to work for a UniGroup company in northern CA, "in my experience in agents for Mayflower in NY metro area, we had better response with Dahill than Molloy Brothers.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1755#61755
"cds718" liked the move coordinator at Molloy, who was careful in helping her plan a rather large and complicated move to Los Angeles in 7/08, including a lot of packing. She posted a final report saying that she had a "great experience" with Molloy, especially praising the cross-country driver (Bob) and the packing crew as follows:

I had them pack almost everything and they were fantastic. On-time, pleasant, careful. Patient with my "in this room these 4 things go, but these 8 stay." In a nice surprise, the lead packer they sent, Tim, had worked for Sotheby's for 15 years moving fine art and antiques.
Delivery was 8 days after pickup and the unloading crew in LA was also very good. She posted that Molloy was the only company that said it could pick her up in Brooklyn without using a shuttle. She also got a quote from Plycon but its quote was much higher:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 552#111552
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16951 (interstate move with packing)

North American Van Lines agents

--Quality Moving & Storage (North American) in Deer Park. (Also dba Quality North American Moving & Storage.)
This company has the website www.qualitynorthamerican.com and the phone 631-254-4000. As of 1/07 it had 4 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Mentioned but no further information.

--Roselli Moving & Storage Corp. (North American) in Islip. (Also dba Alpert Moving & Storage.)
This company has the phone 631-581-8000. Formerly independent, it reportedly became a North American agent in 2008. As of 6/08 it had 5 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Mentioned but not much information (see "For local moves" at the end of this post).

--S & D Transfer, Inc. (North American) in Lynbrook.
This company has the phone 516-561-4278. Mentioned but no information.

Paul Arpin Van Lines agents

--Charles Wood & Son Moving (Arpin) in Melville.
"rovermove" posted a negative review of this company saying that although he had moved with Arpin Van Lines twice previously and had very good experiences, Charles Wood did a bad packing job for his interstate move in late 2007 and there was damage, following which the company wouldn't return his phone calls, although he was eventually reimbursed:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 798#109798 (three moves, the last as origin agent for an interstate move)

Stevens Van Lines agents

:alert: --All American Van Lines, Inc. (Stevens) in Hicksville.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. It has DOT #663388 and a flashy website at www.cybermove.com that doesn't inspire confidence. "MusicMom" posted that it had had several license revocations and had only 6 trucks.
"wizard" posted that one of its estimators did a household survey for Stevens for his shipment to the UK but never called back with a quote even after he left several messages:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2831#22831
"longislandmove" moving to FL posted that the sales rep said he was caught in traffic and couldn't make it so he ruled him out:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1731#31731
"InsiderT" (works for a moving company in the Bronx) posted that All American was "very unreliable," mentioning someone named Jeff, but he could have been referring to another All American on Walton St. in the Bronx so this report should perhaps be disregarded:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2278#32278

- New York-Long Island listings continued in the next post -

NY-LONG ISLAND (Part 2)

Re: Summary of moving company reviews posted on MovingScam.c

Postby NY-LONG ISLAND (Part 2) » Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:25 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1637#61637

LONG ISLAND (Nassau and Suffolk County)

United Van Lines agents

:thumbsup:--Hall-Lane Moving & Storage (North American Van Lines) in Commack.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews as an origin agent on this website. Hall-Lane has DOT #25055 and MC #84242. As of 12/07 it had only 1 complaint with the BBB over the past 36 months. "Glad to Help" (industry person) posted that it's an honest company with good drivers but it doesn't have many long-haul drivers or trucks so most of its booked loads would be turned over to the van line:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5355#65355
"Rick" (industry expert) commented that Hall-Lane was acceptable but not a "strong van line agent.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3048#43048
After "clairedei" posted a vague complaint about Hall-Lane in 5/07, "ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in Atlanta) came on to post that his company works with them all the time and he recommends them "unconditionally":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8777#88777
"Tooter4Kids" (Susan) gave Hall-Lane a rave review for her move from LI to NC and made very good comments about the estimator, Alex Daflos. Hall-Lane self-hauled her large load (4BR house) using its own truck and driver and the driver took a helper with him to NC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8996 interstate)
"Michael SF" got a quote from Hall-Lane to move from Brooklyn to San Francisco, although he eventually moved with another company. He said they told him that they would do a self-haul: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2217
"nyaccent" (moving to FL) liked their estimator, Ralph, but ultimately decided to book with Certified (Atlas):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3102#43102
"asuen435" moving to San Francisco praised Hall-Lane's estimator, Mike, as "very professional & courteous" and said that the company would self-haul her load to CA. Unfortunately, that turned out not to be true and her United Van Lines driver got into an altercation with a neighbor during the delivery and concealed the fact that an expensive item was damaged, trying to repair it and then lying about it. Note that this was not Hall-Lane's fault:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7164 (interstate)
"jondav" liked the estimator, John Leavy, and a colleague recommended them. He wanted to move with them to IL but he ultimately couldn't get the pickup date he wanted so he went with Certified:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5186#35186
"Inquiring guest" posted a rave review of a move with Hall-Lane from Long Island to FL, praising his estimator Ralph Schioppa and the crews--he also considered Avatar and liked its rep Chris Noblit:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8404 (interstate)
"Esther" decided to move with Hall-Lane from Manhattan to Los Angeles and praised its estimator, Arthur, as "a real gem" but never came back with a final report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1572#61572
"petejeep2000" moving 10,000 pounds to South Carolina in 8/06 gave Hall-Lane a rave review saying that its estimator, Alex Daflos, was the only one that didn't low-ball--the others were from Molloy, Maffucci, and Liberty--and the driver (Ray) was pretty good. This was a self-haul that took 5 days to reach SC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10294 (interstate)
"jkudia" (real name Joe) posted in 7/07 that Hall-Lane was "fabulous" for his small move to FL, praising especially the estimator (Ralph) and the move coordinator (Deborah)--the company gave him free boxes and tape and the cost was under $2000:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14257 (interstate)
"pjakal" posted in 11/07 that she was unhappy with Hall-Lane for her move to VA because Alex (sales rep) apparently made a mistake on the Nonbinding estimate and she ended up paying more than she expected, plus the weight tickets were screwed up--however, she did receive a $242 refund after the owner (Allan Hall) got involved:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15127 (interstate)
"YoseNut" posted a rave review in 12/07 of a small move from Sag Harbor, LI, NY, to Atlanta, praising especially the United Van Lines driver Michael Kupkowski and his helper in Long Island:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15297 (interstate)
"thul" posted in 1/08 that Hall-Lane workers punctured a valued drum on his local move and worked very slowly, but in general they were professional:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15378 (local)
"Barbie Champlin" posted that Hall-Lane was her booking/origin agent for a move to NC in 5/08 and the hauling/destination agent didn't reassemble her furniture - note that this was not Hall-Lane's fault:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16383 (booking/origin agent for interstate move)\
"Scottso25" (real name Scott) posted an excellent, detailed, and very balanced review of his move to the CA Bay Area booked by Hall-Lane in 5/08. The shipment was hauled by a United Van Lines driver, Justin Griffith, who was was "a blast to talk to and very knowledgeable in a range of subject matters from art to history." There was almost no damage and delivery was in 9 days -

"Hall Lane highly exceeded my expectations. All the [small, temporary] negatives were dealt with . . . and everyone that we worked with was a pleasure. Ralph [estimator] was just a wonderful person, Tara [move coordinator] was very helpful and kind throughout, and Justin was a top-notch mover and driver. So if I had to give a grade I would say a 9/10 for a solid A rating.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16285 (booking/origin agent for interstate move)

--Hillside Van Lines, Inc. (United) in East Northport.
This company has the website www.hillsidevanlines.com and the phones 800-774-3367 and 631-499-8400.
It was the hauling agent for a move to NC booked by Hall-Lane in 5/08 and the driver was in a hurry and failed to reassemble furniture at destination:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16383 (hauling agent)

--Liberty Moving & Storage Company, Inc. (United) in Commack.
This company's website is www.libertymoving.com and its phone is 800-640-4487. It used to be an Allied Van Lines agent. Reportedly it has an affiliated Mayflower warehouse in Hauppauge for military storage. As of 11/09 it had an A+ BBB rating and only 1 complaint (resolved) over the past 36 months. Also as of 4/10 its first-quarter quality scores from the van line - based on ratings by customers - averaged 4.8 out of 5 (very high).
"Glad to Help" (industry person) posted that it is the largest hauler for United Van Lines in the NYC area: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5355#65355 He also said that it has several drivers that go to the West Coast but it is a mediocre performer overall: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9729#69729 On the other hand, "ArchieWhite" (owns a United agent in Atlanta) and "joesgarage39" (retired driver) have both praised this company on the MovingScam website in recent years.
A person posting as "NYCMover" (Rich Trachtenberg; phone 646-270-6359) is an estimator for Liberty and has made helpful comments on MovingScam starting in 2009.
There is a horrible review of Liberty posted on Epinions in 6/03 for a shipment to FL where there was severe damage:
http://www.epinions.com/content_102442176132 (interstate)
Another customer complained on Epinions about a delayed delivery and a communication failure with Liberty in 7/07:
http://www99.epinions.com/review/hmgd-M ... ow_~allcom
However, the delay was only a few days and it happened at the height of the midsummer rush.
"wizard" also posted that a Liberty estimator did a bad job on a survey for an international move in 10/06, leaving before he saw half the stuff:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2831#22831 (household survey)
Finally, "petejeep2000" reported that its estimator gave him a seriously lowball Nonbinding estimate on a 10/06 shipment to SC and friends who moved to FL told him that they had a terrible move with Liberty:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10294 (secondhand report on interstate move)
However, "Rinconia" posted an excellent review of her small move to Los Angeles in 4/08, praising especially the United Van Lines driver Eddy Arias and Alex and Martin, the helpers from Liberty. She said that her estimator, Howard Siegel, was "thorough and available.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15912 (booking/origin agent for interstate move)
In view of this report and the company's outstanding BBB record as of 11/09, it may be that its performance has improved since 2003-2007.

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Morton J. Lemkau Moving (Wheaton) in Westbury.
This company has the phone 516-333-1340. Mentioned but no information.

Independent moving companies

--Austin Verity & Son, Inc. (independent) in Seaford and Lindenhurst (also in Palm Beach, FL). Also dba Verity Van Lines, Inc.
Austin Verity has the website www.verityvanlines.com and the phone numbers 516-785-7620 in Seaford and 631-884-8385 in Lindenhurst (in Palm Beach the phone number is 561-845-7753). As of 8/06 it had 3 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Recommended by "Glad to Help" (industry person) for shipments from NY to FL because the company runs straight trucks, as well as tractor trailers, to FL, so that you avoid a shuttle in NYC and double handling:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6214#66214
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9521#69521
He added that it has very high quality drivers. Reportedly Austin Verity has a rather affluent clientele and one of its owners is Michael Maffucci, former owner of Maffucci (Bekins) and an officer of the Long Island Moving & Storage Association, or LIMSA.
"motleyfan" (real name Jay) moving to NC reported in 3/07 that Austin Verity does not accept credit cards and gave him a Nonbinding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13251

--GiGi Moving & Trucking, Inc. (independent) in Island Park, also dba GiGi Movers.
This company has MC #208946, website www.gigimoving.com and phone 516-432-7319. As of 8/07 it has no BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Its website states that it moves shipments quickly up and down the Eastern Seaboard. The president's name is Tony Perretta.
"eajn" was set to use them for an interstate move in 8/05 but never came back to report. On the same thread, "lbny_rob" gave them a rave review for a local move in 7/07. He said that a friend who is a specialty mover had also them and been very pleased:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5582 (two local moves, one a secondhand report)

--Joseph Barton (independent) in Farmingdale (also in Delray Beach, FL).
This company has the website www.josephbarton.com and the phone 631-293-2113. As of 8/06 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Recommended by "Glad to Help" (industry person) for shipments from NY to FL because it runs straight trucks, as opposed to tractor trailers, to FL, so that you avoid a shuttle in NYC and double handling. "Joseph Barton is a little elitist and does many high profile local moves on Long Island's Gold Coast, but offers an outstanding service." - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9521#69521 Reportedly this company was sold by Joe Barton and handles a lot of small shipments.

--Kalfur Bros., Inc. (independent) in New Hyde Park.
This company has DOT #24323 and phone 516-437-1777. As of 4/06 it had no BBB complaints during the past 36 months. It is listed as having only 3 trucks on www.safersys.org. Little other information.

--Leonetti Bros. Inc. (independent) in Oceanside.
This company has the phone 516-536-0344. As of 8/06 it had only 1 BBB complaint over the past 36 months. Recommended by "Glad to Help" (industry person) for shipments from NY to FL because it runs straight trucks, as opposed to tractor trailers, to FL, so that you avoid a shuttle in NYC. He says that the company specializes in pianos and packing & crating and has been family owned and operated for 50 years.
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6214#66214
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9521#69521

--Levittown Movers (independent) in Massapequa. (Also dba American Star Van Lines.)
This company has the website www.levittownmovers.com and the phone
516-541-2444 (Nassau County) or 631-225-5200 (Suffolk County). As of 6/08 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months, and the BBB listing says that it has been in business since 1955. Mentioned but not much information (see "For local moves" at the end of this post).

--Maher Van Lines, Inc. (independent) in Islip.
This company has MC #304856, website www.mahervanlines.com and phone 631-277-5100 (Suffolk County) or 516-799-1400 (Nassau County). As of 7/08 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months. It was recommended by "Glad to Help" (industry person) for shipments from NY to FL because it has straight trucks as well as tractor-trailers, so that people can avoid having to use a shuttle in NYC. He added that it also has very high quality drivers:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9521#69521
Van line agents can also provide direct moves to FL, but with a company like Maher, customers are dealing with the owner so there is more control over the move.
One of the MovingScam moderators visited the Islip facility in 1/08 and spoke at length with Tommy Maher, the owner of the company. She was very favorably impressed by Tommy and how he relates to customers on the phone. He has a no-nonsense approach to the moving business, saying things like "My competitors are the van line agents but I think customers are always better off dealing with the owner of a company than with a salesman. The van line agents are owned by businessmen. I'm a mover, and a good mover." Tommy's brother Sean is also involved with the company, his cousin Pat answers the phones, and his wife Andrea does the billing. Of the employees pictured on the "photo gallery" page on the Maher website, all but Rich and Jimmy are still with the company. These are photos of Pat answering the phone (L) and of Tommy Maher in his shop in the warehouse (R)--he does everything from estimates to truck repairs:

Image<--Pat . . . . Tommy Maher (owner)-->Image

Tommy started Maher Van Lines in 1991. Before that, he worked for the van lines as an owner-operator. His drivers are all company drivers who earn a percentage of the revenue. As of 7/08, Maher has 3 tractors, 5 trailers, and 1 straight truck as well as a 15,000-square-foot warehouse (see photos below).

Image<-- Tommy . . . . his trucks -->Image

Although the company initially specialized in shipments between Long Island and Florida, now it also does a lot of business moving shipments to points in between, such as the Carolinas. Normally a shipment going south takes about 3-10 days from pickup to delivery. Tommy books backhaul from NY or comes back empty. Almost all of his shipments originate in Long Island, although he will pick up in NYC or Westchester if the load is at least 4000 pounds.
Tommy said that he typically gives customers a price per pound for interstate moves and then the customer pays according to the weight. He invites customers to witness the truck being weighed. He has a 1000- to 2000-pound minimum for such interstate shipments going from Long Island, depending on exactly where the shipment originates. There is no charge for wrapping (including shrink wrap) and no fuel surcharge. The only extras are for packing and insurance and (for interstate moves only) a minimal amount for stairs, elevators, and long carries over 75 feet, which goes to the driver. Maher also does local moves at a rate of $125/hour for 3 workers and a truck and $25/hour for each additional worker.
"movingmymom" posted a rave review of Maher for moving her mother's things to Georgia, praising especially the phone-answerer Pat and the driver Danny - delivery was in three days:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10386 (interstate)
"ballfam" posted an excellent review of Maher for a 3500-pound move to North Carolina in 3/07 at a cost of about $2000--Maher's weight estimate was more accurate than the estimates from some other companies:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13342 (interstate)
"GIJOE" posted in 5/07 that he was very impressed by the phone-answerer Pat, who quoted him $3250 for 6500 pounds to be delivered in North Carolina in 3-5 days:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8413#88413

:alert:--The Moving Doctor (independent) in Jamaica.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has MC #291203. It quotes very low prices and apparently ships things by common carrier such as Roadway, ABF Freight, and Overnite. Customers could have unforeseen price increases. See some red flags discussed here:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4584
"AJVIC" negotiated with them on a move to AZ before deciding to go with Moovers:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6934
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6935
In a deleted post, someone from Flat Rate Moving wrote in to say that Moving Doctor was "a garbage company."

--Tufano Family Moving & Trucking, Inc. (independent) in Inwood.
This company has MC #192805 and the phone 516-239-5991. As of 1/07 it had 1 BBB complaint over the past 36 months. "Glad to Help" (industry person) commented that "they have a good reputation and move people frequently down south to Va,Nc,sc,ga and florida. If you are along this route they are a good choice for an estimate."
On the same thread, "cgcru002" posted in 1/07 that a co-worker had used them twice for local moves and liked them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11684 (secondhand report on two local moves)

For local moves:

"tarabelle99" got the following quotes in 6/08 for a 10-mile move of a 2BR apartment:
Charles Wood (Arpin) - 5 ¾ hours @$120.00 per hour (phone estimate) = $690
All American Van Lines (Stevens) - 6 hrs @ 115/hr (phone estimate) = $805
Verity (independent) - $1200 (based on an in-residence survey) because it was a weekend move
Hall-Lane (United) - $900 (based on an in-residence survey) with no surcharge for weekend
Roselli - $125/hr 4 hr min for 3 men (phone estimate)
Levittown - $165/hr for 4 men (phone estimate) -
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16365

NEW YORK STATE

Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superlist)

Postby NEW YORK STATE » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:34 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7103#77103

Allied Van Lines agents

--Champion Moving & Storage (Allied) in Rochester and Albany.
This company has the website www.championallied.com. It was mentioned favorably by "Rick" (industry expert) but "ssarker" posted that they no longer do household moves--they only move specialty items:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6866#46866
However, later on "doe" got a quote from them for a move to Utah:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8061

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Advance Moving & Storage (Atlas) in Big Flats (Elmira area).
Mentioned but not much information. Its phone is 607-562-3199.
Someone used it for a 1500-pound shipment to Israel and was very pleased - the cost was $2500 and it took two months to be delivered:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6320 (international)

--Finnegan's Moving & Storage (Atlas) in Poughkeepsie.
This company's website is www.finnegansmoving.com and it was formerly a Mayflower agent. Mentioned but no further information.

--Lafayette Storage & Moving (Atlas) in West Henrietta.
This company has the website www.lafayettemoving.com and the phone number 585-334-0770. "thethinman" (works in international shipping in the NY metro area) said that it does a very good job preparing and delivering goods in international shipments, so it may be good on domestic orders as well -
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7547#57547 It was also praised by "Rick" (industry expert) in 5/08 - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 790#108790
"indifferent" posted that Lafayette did an excellent job on his/her move to NC in 2007:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 711#120711 (interstate)

--Lincoln Moving & Storage of Buffalo, Inc. (Atlas) in Buffalo (HQ). Also offices of Lincoln Moving & Storage in Rochester and Syracuse as well as in Tampa FL.
This company has the website www.lincolnmoving.com and the phone number 716-874-1380. It has a second website at www.lincolncampusstorage.com describing how it provides summer storage for college students. Lincoln has been in business since 1914 and descendants of the original owner still run the company in its various locations. It got the 2006 Family Business of the Year Award from Niagara University. BBB complaints, if any, can't be checked because Lincoln is listed with the BBB under Atlas Van Lines. However, in 2008 the Buffalo branch got recognition from the van line for superior packing and the Rochester branch got a prestigious World-Class Commitment Award. Another Atlas agent with very good reviews here, University Van Lines in NJ, reported having good experiences with Lincoln as both a destination and origin agent.
In 6/04 "ihlin" posted a negative report about the Buffalo branch, saying that he had been waiting almost a month for his things (including materials he needed to study for a professional exam) to be delivered to WA State. The shipment was held in Lincoln Moving's warehouse for weeks and he said the company was unresponsive:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1735 (interstate)
However, he had a small shipment and the van line, not Lincoln, could have been primarily at fault for not being able to find a driver to pick up his things.
In 5/06 "Andrea K." posted a very positive review of the Rochester branch for a local move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7611 (local)

--Mabeys Moving & Storage, Inc. (Atlas) in Rensselaer (near Albany).
This company has the website www.mabeys.com and the phone 518- 283-0017. Mabeys won a quality award from the van line in 2006 and 2007 (Milton Hill award).
"Endi" posted a rave review of Mabey's for a 3500-pound self-hauled move to Philadelphia in 2006, citing excellent communication and genuine concern for the customer:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6328#96328 (interstate)

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Advance Moving Company (Bekins) in Ithaca.
This company with website www.advancemoving.com and MC #447632 is said to be "military-approved." It has contracts with Cornell University to provide storage, etc.
"AOF" was set to use them for a move from Columbus, OH, to Ithaca:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8910

--Metro Movers, Inc. (Bekins) in Albany.
This company has the website www.metromoversinc.com. Mentioned but no information.

Mayflower Transit agents

--Brown's Moving & Storage, Inc. (Mayflower) in Syracuse. Also dba Brown's Mayflower.
Mentioned but no information.

--Clark Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Rochester (HQ) and Schenectady.
This company has the website www.clarkmoving.com Someone in the industry told one of the MovingScam moderators that they have a large hauling fleet and often self-haul. "Rick" (industry expert) posted that "their Rochester office has been an agent since the mid 80’s and the principals have served on the Mayflower board. The Schenectady office has been in operation about 10 years. Both offices have a great move coordination team.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6865#46865
"SSarkar" liked the estimator from Clark (Schenectady) better than the Arnoff (Albany) rep for her move from Albany to Iowa. She gave Clark and especially the United Van Lines driver (Jermaine "Jay" Harper) a rave review for the actual move. She said that Clark and Arnoff were the only two reputable agents she had found in her area for interstate moves:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6590 (interstate)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6806 (interstate)

--Mullen Moving and Storage Co., Inc. (Mayflower) in Schenectady, Glens Falls, and Ballston Spa (also in Pittsfield, MA).
This company has the website www.mullenco.com. Its customer satisfaction scores were said to be poor as of August 2005:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5583

North American Van Lines agents

--Arnoff (North American) in Albany, Poughkeepsie, and Newburgh.
This company has the website www.arnoff.com. It has been said to have a large warehouse and a large hauling fleet so that it can frequently self-haul. A driver for NAVL told a MovingScam moderator in 11/06 that Arnoff is a good company and if a person is moving to FL they will self-haul because they have an office in Vero Beach.
"varsitysg" (a Realtor in Dutchess County) posted that he had heard good things about Arnoff and that it was family-run and had been in business since 1925:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3027#33027
Several people posted that the company gave high quotes. "SSarkar" was one:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6590 (interstate)
"woodsy" moving to SC was another:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3816 (interstate)
There is a complaint about Arnoff (Newburgh) by "Shandrew" saying that they packed poorly and there were missing items on a military move to TX:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6098 (interstate)

--Dimon & Bacorn, Inc. (North American) in Elmira, Binghamton, and Ithaca.
A driver for NAVL told a MovingScam moderator in 11/06 that this company with website www.dimonandbacorn.com is very good. It was also recommended by a realtor in Ithaca to two people moving interstate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7931
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4122
However, "Burned" posted in 2003 that the Binghamton branch would not pay his legitimate damage claim:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=821
"paloma" moving to MI posted in 4/06 that she was poised to go with them but never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7931 (interstate)

--Fisher Carting & Moving, Inc. (North American) in Hamburg (near Buffalo).
This company has the website www.fisherna.com and the phone 716- 649-2352. The website says it has been in business since 1927. Mentioned but not much information.

--Greater Syracuse Moving & Storage (North American) in North Syracuse.
This company has the website http://www.navlagent.com/gsmoving/ and the phone number 800-333-0786 or 315-458-9080.
"wona" moving to WA posted in 5/07 that its sales rep seemed very professional but after more than 3 weeks, he still had not submitted a written bid after promising to do so, and there was also a negative review of the company on a local website from 2006:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7609#87609
There is also a bad review on Epinions posted in 3/07 alleging carelessness and damage:
http://www.epinions.com/content_329671020164 (interstate)

--Schuman B-Line (North American) in Oneonta.
This company received a top quality award from the van line (Customer Choice award, which is based on customer surveys) in 2006. No other information.

Paul Arpin Van Lines agents

--Allways Moving & Storage (Arpin) in Kingston.
This company has DOT #512351 and the website www.allwaysmovingandstorage.com. See this thread for a discussion, including comments by the owner of the company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4901

--Worldwide Movers (Arpin) in Fairport (Rochester area).
Mentioned but no information. Its phone number is 585-223-2190 and its website is www.worldwidemoversny.com. Reportedly this company used to be a Bekins agent.

Stevens Van Lines agents

--Clinton Moving and Packaging, Inc. (Stevens) in Clinton.
This company has the website www.clintonmoving.com and the phone numbers 315-853-5239 and 800-836-2783. It has MC #303847. As of 7/08, it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months. It was a Global agent before 2008.
"MusicMom" (MovingScam.com moderator) gave its workers a rave review for unloading her Broadway Express shipment, saying that they were "funny, polite, and super-fast" and she used them again for a local move and was even more satisfied:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8323#68323 (unloading help and a later local move)
She used them again to load her Broadway Express truck going to the DC area in 6/08 and was again very pleased:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16682 (loading help on an interstate move)

--Pelligra Transport Co. (Stevens) in Syracuse.
This company has the phone 315-479-5311. "Rick" (industry expert) posted in 4/07 that its manager got favorable comments from customers when he worked at a Wheaton agency:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6463#86463. No further information.

United Van Lines agents

--Cook Moving Systems, Inc. (United) in Rochester and Buffalo (also in Tampa and Sarasota, FL).
This company has the website www.cookmoving.com and the phone 585-359-4300 .
"carolemove" gave Cook workers a good report for unloading help on a United move from CA to the NYC area in 4/07 (the United Van Lines driver, Bob, was probably also from Cook):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13519 (hauling and destination agent)
"mingus" also gave Cook a good review in 7/07 for hauling and delivering his shipment (booked and warehoused by another UniGroup company in ME) to a southern state:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14458 (hauling and unloading)

:thumbsup:--Corrigan Moving Systems (United) in Rochester. (Formerly known as East End Moving & Storage.)
In 2002 this company with website www.corriganmoving.com and phone number 585-647-9030 or 800-333-0763 was acquired by Corrigan, a large United agent HQd in Farmington Hills, MI - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 790#108790 Its website was formerly www.eastendmoving.com.
As of 11/10, this office had an "A+" BBB rating with only 1 complaint over the past 36 months, resolved. Because Corrigan overall has a large number of excellent reviews, and because this office won a 2010 Customer Choice Runner-Up Award from the van line, MovingScam is listing it with a :thumbsup: symbol although this office has no reviews here as yet.

--Delaney Moving & Storage, Inc. (United) in Syracuse.
This company has the website http://www.movingsystems.com/delaney/ and the phone 800-888-4985 or 315-453-7800. The website says that it is family owned and operated.
"wona" chose Delaney for her family's (company-paid) move to WA in 7/07 and was pleased--Bernd United in Yakima coordinated the move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13491 (interstate with brief storage)
"Malachi" gave Delaney a rave review for a move to Los Angeles in 7/08--"professional . . . did everything as promised with no surprises" and the United Van Lines crew was "entertaining as well as professional":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16780 (origin agent for interstate move)

--Naglee (United) in Ithaca.
Mentioned but no information.

--Schaap Moving & Systems, Inc. (United) in Albany.
This company has the website www.schaapmoving.com.
"justin" complained in August 2003 that his delivery on a move booked with Schaap was delayed a full week after the last day of the spread, the agent was unhelpful, and the van line offered him only $100 in compensation:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =3439#3439 (interstate)

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Becker Movers (Wheaton) in Rochester.
Mentioned but no information. It has the phone number 585-458-5480.

Independent moving companies

--Adamski/Lloyd Moving & Storage (independent) in Rochester.
This company with MC #200558 has the website www.adamskimoving.com and the phone 585-475-9390. It says on its website that it moves people interstate as well as locally and as of 8/08 it was in fact licensed to do interstate moves.

--Eastern States Moving & Storage (independent) in Highland.
Mentioned but not much information.

--Hicks Moving and Storage (independent) in Dryden (Ithaca area).
This company with MC #339084 has the phone 607-844-9771 (apparently there is no website). As of 11/10 it had an "A+" BBB rating with no complaints over the past 36 months. It was recommended by a realtor in Ithaca to two people moving interstate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7931
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4122
"DreamWeavers" posted an absolutely rave review of Hicks for her mother's 7/08 move to Michigan-*AAA*!-noting that the company is run by two brothers (Steve and Eric Hicks):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16756 (interstate)
In 11/10 "stevemorey" posted a rave review of Hicks, saying that he had moved with them three times within the state and all moves were excellent: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19927 (three intra-state moves, one with storage)

--Interior Moving Services (independent) in Rochester.
This company has the website www.interiormoving.com and the phone numbers 585-288-8000 or 800-385-3330. It appears to be licensed for intra-state (within NY) moving only. Mentioned but no information.

--Piper Moving Systems Inc. (independent) in Rochester.
Mentioned but no information.

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Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superlist)

Postby NORTH CAROLINA » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:35 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7104#77104

Comments and reviews on this website indicate that people should AVOID the following companies.

"Michael" (used to work for various movers in Raleigh) has said to stay away from All My Sons (American Red Ball), which has a "horrible BBB record":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4808#54808
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6496#36496
Also, he says to avoid "Two Men and a Truck" (independent) in Raleigh:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4627#54627
And run from Every Move You Make (independent) with MC #442290 in Raleigh:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1554

Allied Van Lines agents

--Berger Transfer & Storage (Allied) in Charlotte.
As of 9/06, this office of Berger - which is the largest Allied agent with 15 branches nationwide - had an overall internal quality score from the van line of 4.35 out of 5 ("very good"). As of 12/07 this company had 1 complaint at the BBB in the past 36 months.
"plugrad" moving to OR gave them a rave review, praising the estimator (Mike) as well as the packers and loaders Gary and Don:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8256 (interstate)

:thumbsup:--Excel Moving & Storage (Allied) in Raleigh and Greensboro.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews as an origin agent on this website. This company has the website www.excelms.com and the phone 888-275-5900. As of 12/07 Excel had 6 complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. "Michael" (working for Atlas at the time) posted that the Raleigh branch is good:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4913#54913
"PMueller" (working for Allied in FL at the time) said that this is an excellent company with excellent internal quality scores. As of 4/06, the scores for the Greensboro branch were slightly higher than the scores for the Raleigh branch, but both were excellent. She also said that Excel had been good to work with as far as storage and delivery goes:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1154#71154
Excel was named Allied's Agent of the Year for 2005, and it was a runner-up for Agent of the Year for 2006. A sales rep for the company (Bryan Jones; cell phone 336-255-3753) sent a MovingScam moderator a PM in 2/08 saying that it was again Allied's Agent of the Year for 2007. He said that the three main criteria for the award are good quality scores (customers ranking sales rep, driver, crews, and customer service), high hauling revenue, and low claims.
"rishigupta" gave the Raleigh branch a rave review for a small move to NJ in 8/06 - they delivered the shipment within 4 days as promised:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9812 (interstate)
"Davidmom" moving from NYC to Raleigh with storage told a MovingScam moderator in a 10/06 PM that Dave Santschi from Excel had been pleasant to negotiate with, although she eventually decided to store and move with University Van Lines.
"tbirds1500" gave Excel a rave review as booking and hauling agent for a move from Philadelphia to NC in 12/06, praising especially the driver (Stefan) and move coordinator (Sarah Carpenter). His/her company had a prior relationship with Excel, although this was a self-paid move. Bayshore Allied was the origin agent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10484 (interstate)
"av8rjudy" posted that she had an excellent move with Excel from Edison, NJ to NC in 12/06 - she especially praised Stefan as the head mover/driver:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6004#86004 (interstate)
"rene2222" moved things to a storage unit in NJ in 5/07 and posted that she was extremely happy with her move, mentioning the driver (Jason) and Sarah (move coordinator):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13682 (interstate)
"DurhamNCToNYC" posted in 6/07 that Excel did a great job on his move to Manhattan, delivering with a straight truck in two days, eliminating the need for a shuttle. The sales rep was Josh and the "excellent" driver was Jeff:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13742 (interstate)
"Auspicious1" gave Excel a very good review for a self-hauled 6/07 shipment to a Philadelphia highrise, singling out the driver for praise--he and his helper carried a sofa up 6 flights with no extra charge:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14151 (interstate)
In 12/08 "jschallh" posted a rave review of a move to Colorado with storage, praising especially the good communication and the fast delivery:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17633 (interstate)

Atlas Van Lines agents

--City Transfer & Storage Company (Atlas) in High Point and Winston-Salem.
This company has the website www.ctsmoves.com. It won a quality award from the van line in 2005 and 2007 (Milton Hill award). As of 12/07 City Transfer had 1 complaint at the BBB in the past 36 months. It was recommended by "Michael" (used to work for various movers in Raleigh):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6333#56333
"ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agent in Atlanta) posted that he had known the owners, the Lassiters, for 35 years and they were the fourth generation of the same family running the many-year-old company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 756#115756
"ugarxdawg" posted a complaint about City Transfer in 8/08, but it was later shown to be unjustified:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17031 (interstate)

--Crofutt & Smith Moving & Storage (Atlas) in Raleigh.
This company has a website of www.csmoving.com and as of 12/07 it had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. This company has a very good reputation nationally, but nothing has been posted about the quality of the Raleigh branch.

--Paxton Van Lines of North Carolina (Atlas) in Charlotte.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2007 (Milton Hill Award).

--Security Relocation Group (Atlas) in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Goldsboro.
This company should not be confused with the United agent Security Storage Company of Washington that is based in Washington, DC. This company has the website www.wemove4u.com and as of 12/07 it had 9 complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months.
"Rick" (industry expert) posted that "before signing with Atlas, they were one of Mayflower's largest hauling agents and their President was asked to be one the first members of the Unigroup board when United purchased [Mayflower]":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1211#41211
"Cooldude" (Sri) gave the Raleigh office a good review (8/10) for his move to CA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0117#30117 (interstate)
There is a rave review of the Raleigh office by "skanthadai" for a move to CA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4295 (interstate)
"Ultraviolet" got a quote from the Charlotte office for a move to VA but never came back to post who he went with:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6289
"rwreynard" (Rachel) was unhappy with a driver from the Charlotte office for her move from NJ to Seattle:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7416#47416
"trheelz97" posted a rave review of a move to Denver booked by the Raleigh office:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6856
"amcoop" gave Security Relo in Charlotte an excellent review for storage and delivery of a shipment in 7/06 hauled from Seattle by Ace Relo (Atlas):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10112 (interstate)
"songchilde" (real name Melanie) posted an excellent review of her move to Northern CA in 4/07 booked by Security Relo in Raleigh, praising her move coordinator, Gwen DeBats, for being especially pleasant and helpful:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/posting ... 8265#98265 (interstate)

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Worldwide Relocation Services, Inc. (Bekins) in Smithfield (near Raleigh).
This company with phone 919-938-0013 is owned by Doug McGrath, who used to be CEO at Security Relocation (Atlas). As of 12/07 this company had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. The person posting regularly on MovingScam.com as "Michael" is Michael Zlotnik, who is a district manager for this company with cell phone number 919-440-5341. Most of the following information comes from him. As of 12/07 Worldwide had 10 long haul drivers and hauled more than 90% of its own bookings. It was planning to add a 50,000 sq ft addition to its warehouse in 2008. One of its sales reps, Billie Jo, is one of Bekins' biggest bookers of national account moves.
“jstender” (real name Janette) gave it a rave review in 12/07, singling out for praise Michael as a salesperson and the crew that delivered her goods to NH during a snowstorm:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15318 (interstate)
"xtina1970" (real name Christina) also posted an excellent review of Michael and Worldwide for her 12/07 move to Indiana:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15333 (interstate)

--Weathers Moving & Distribution (Bekins) in Fayetteville.
This company has the website www.weathers.biz and the phone 910-480-2200. As of 12/07 this company had 1 complaint at the BBB in the past 36 months. Mentioned but no information other than that it moves a lot of military families.

Graebel service centers

--Graebel Raleigh Movers in Durham.
This company has the phone 704-392-7057. As of 12/07 this company had 3 complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. "Michael" (used to work for various movers in Raleigh; see above) posted this general comment about Graebel as a whole--not this specific agent (http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2298#22298):

I will say, in my opinion of course, having worked for Graebel for 5 years, if your a National Account (company has a contract with the agent and the company is paying for it) you will probably have a good to great move. If your a COD (paying for the move yourself) you will probably have a poor to good move.
"alumj" went with Graebel Raleigh for a move to Seattle (they were $1500 less than Excel and All American) but he never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4292 (interstate)

Mayflower Transit agents

--A & D Relocation (Mayflower) in Raleigh and Goldsboro.
This company has the websitewww.adrelocation.com and as of 12/07 it had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. Mentioned but no information.

--All American Relocation (Mayflower) in Raleigh.
This company has the website www.movingyou.com and the phone 919-790-8809. As of 12/07 it had 1 complaint at the BBB in the past 36 months. "Michael" (used to work for various movers in Raleigh) expressed the opinion that they were better than Excel but a bit pricey:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4292
"Eric" (moving from Detroit to Raleigh) said that All American was offering a 56% discount for new teachers and he got a quote from them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7023
On that same thread, "I-95" (long-haul driver based in the Northeast) posted that All American moves mainly military, "so to them 56% is a big discount":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0719#50719

--Ray Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Greensboro, Burlington, Statesville, High Point and Winston Salem.
This company's website is www.raymoving.com. As of 12/07 this company had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. It is said to be a good company by "Michael" (used to work for various movers in Raleigh):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4038
But Michael also posted that he would rank Ray below Excel (Allied) and Lawrence Transportation (United):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7876

North American Van Lines agents

According to "Michael" (used to work for various movers in Raleigh), neither of the North American companies listed below are good in Raleigh:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4808#54808

--Beltmann Group (North American) in Durham.
"Smiling" gave this company a very good review for a 350-mile move from Durham to Athens, GA. Further, it quoted $1500 less than Armstrong:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2101#62101 (interstate)
However, in 2/08 "Michael" (working for another company in Raleigh) posted that Beltmann had pulled out of the area.

--DeHaven's Transfer & Storage (North American) in Raleigh-Durham and Greensboro (also Roanoke, VA).
This company has the website www.dehavens.com and as of 12/07 it had 2 complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months.
As noted above, "Michael" (used to work for various movers in Raleigh) felt that this company wasn't any good. A driver for NAVL also told a MovingScam moderator that people should avoid them for local moves because they use casual labor. And a driver for McCollister's posted a negative comment about them in 7/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3123#93123
However, "sgt york" had them as a hauler for his move from Houston to NC booked by A-1 Freeman and liked them very much:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10044 (interstate)

--Sheets Transfer (North American) in Mount Airy.
This company has a website of www.sheetstransfer.com and as of 12/07 it had 1 complaint at the BBB in the past 36 months. Sheets received a top quality award from the van line (Customer Choice award, which is based on customer surveys) in 2006. No further information.

Stevens Van Lines agents

--John's Moving Service dba John's Moving & Storage (Stevens) in Raleigh. The legal name of this company is Outstanding Service Corp.
This company with MC #343632 has the website www.johnsmoving.com and the phone 919-255-1330 (Raleigh), 919-680-6683 (Durham), or 877-680-MOVE. The president is John Kretschmer. Its 1999 application to move household goods states that at that time, its cash assets were $25,000 and it had four rental trucks:
http://ncuc.commerce.state.nc.us/cgi-bi ... =000114631
As of 12/07 it had 3 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. "Michael" (working in the industry in Raleigh) posted that "they did some good a few years back when another local mover went back into business, illegally, and stole peoples money, again, and then disappeared. Nobody knew where their goods were. [John's Moving] found them, took them into [their] storage facility and tried to get what they could back to those that had given up their goods for lost.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1499#91499
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 637#101637 (Michael said: "good company, good owner")
In 12/07, the owner came on to give further details about his company, including that he had 10 trucks and all of his drivers and crews were company employees rather than independent contractors. He said that he had a 13,000-square-foot military-approved warehouse. He focuses on customers looking for quality and much of his business comes from referrals from previous clients as well as from realtors:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 621#101621

United Van Lines agents

--Armstrong Relocation Co. (United) in Morrisville.
As of 12/07 this company had 1 complaint at the BBB. This company has a very good reputation nationally but the Raleigh branch is small, according to "Michael" (used to work for Atlas in NC):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4808#54808
We have a positive report by "ncman021" on the Armstrong estimator for his move to GA, but he ended up moving himself because of the cost:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2670#12670 (interstate)
"rishigupta" was underwhelmed by the Armstrong sales rep in 7/06, but someone from the company posted that the customer may have misunderstood her behavior:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9812

--Hilldrup Moving & Storage (United) in Charlotte, Burlington, and Raleigh.
This company has the website of www.hilldrup.com and as of 12/07 it had 2 complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. Someone got a quote from the Charlotte branch for a move to VA but we have no further information. See the entry for Hilldrup under VA for information on the company as a whole. "Michael" (worked in sales in Raleigh) posted in 5/07 that Hilldrup had taken over the Raleigh location from Horne (United).

--Horne Moving Systems (United) in Goldsboro.
This company formerly had a branch in Raleigh as well, but "Michael" (worked in sales in Raleigh) posted in 5/07 that the Raleigh location had been taken over by Hilldrup (United); see above.
"AC" (Annie) moving from NYC to Portland praised "Michael" for setting up a good move for her with Horne when he worked for them in 2003:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=140

--Lawrence Transportation Systems (United) in Charlotte.
This company is HQd in Roanoke, VA. Its website is www.lawrencetransportation.com and its phone is 800-336-9626. As of 12/07 this company had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months.
"Ultraviolet" (moving to VA) got an estimate from them (Jerry Lawrence) for a move to VA but we don't know whether he went with them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6289

--McCollister's Transportation Group, Inc. (United) in Morrisville.
As of 12/07 this company had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. This company has a very good reputation nationally but the Raleigh office is small, according to "Michael" (used to work for Atlas in NC):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4808#54808
"iknownoone" gave this office of McCollister's a very good review of a move to CA, in 10/06 - the only glitch was that a shuttle was unexpectedly needed at origin, but the sales rep split the cost with the customer:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10261 (interstate)

--Suddath Moving Systems (United) in Charlotte.
This is a relatively new branch of the giant moving company Suddath. No reviews as yet.

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Mather Brothers Moving (Wheaton) in Raleigh.
This company has the website www.matherbrothers.com and the phone 919-662-7800. As of 12/07 it had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. Mentioned but little information. "Michael" (used to work for Atlas in NC) posted that it was rather small. "asms29" (real name Scott) posts on MovingScam.com sometimes and works for them.

--Whit Way Moving & Storage, LLC (Wheaton) in Franklinville.
Mentioned but no information. Its website is www.whitwaymoving.com and its phone is 919-688-8700. As of 12/07 it had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months.

Independent moving companies

--A+ Moving and Storage (independent) dba A+ Relocation Services, Inc. in Fayetteville.
This company has the website www.localmovinginc.com and the phone 910-485-4400. It is not licensed to move people interstate.
"shawn'snana" posted a good review of a local move in 5/08, but without giving many details:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16135 (local)

--Affordable Movers (independent) in Winston-Salem.
This company is listed on www.eMove.com.
"herethere" posted in 6/07 that it did an excellent job loading a Budget truck for him in Raleigh for his move to PA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13582 (loading help)

--Delancey Street Movers-North Carolina (independent) in Greensboro.
This is a branch of Delancey Street Movers, which is HQd in San Francisco with branches in Los Angeles, New York, and New Mexico. It is located at 811 N. Elm St., Greensboro 27401, phone 336-379-8477. We have no reviews of this branch, but reviews of moves performed by the other four branches have been excellent.

--Mitchell Brothers Moving (independent) in Greensboro.
This company has a website of www.mbmove.com and as of 12/07 it had 2 complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. Someone got a quote from them for a move to CA but we have no other information. Mitchell Brothers has MC #245138.

--Movin' on Movers, Inc. (independent) in Apex (Raleigh area).
This company has the website www.movinonmovers.com and the phone 919-362-8355. As of 12/07 it had 1 complaint at the BBB in the past 36 months. Someone reported in 1/07 that it doesn't do moves on weekends:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0615#80615
According to "Michael" (used to work for Atlas in NC), this company has a good local reputation but its estimates often lack detail and it doesn't have big trucks:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4627#54627
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10326
"cbreeze" posted in 7/07 that Movin' on Movers said it could move her daughter from DC to NC for $400 per 1000 pounds but then backed out:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14427

:thumbsup:--TROSA (independent) in Durham.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews on this website. This company's website is www.trosainc.org and its phone number is 919-419-1059. As of 8/08 it had no BBB complaints in the past 36 months, an excellent record since it does close to 3000 moves a year. It also furnishes contract labor for office/commercial moves in the Research Triangle. It has an "A" rating on Angie's List with more than a dozen rave reviews. Although most of TROSA's moves are local, it has been licensed to do interstate moves since 1997 under MC #315111. As of 8/08 it had 5 tractors and 15 straight trucks. A MovingScam moderator spoke at length with the company's General Manager (Mike Keene) and its Operations Manager (Johnny Gervasio) in the spring of 2008 and they impressed her as stand-up guys. Both are graduates of the well-known Delancey Street Foundation program HQd in San Francisco.
"NYCgirltoNC" used TROSA to move out of storage after a move to Raleigh. She comments, "I believe they are an organization that helps people who are rehabilitating get back into the work force. Totally competent and a great price - I'd use them again for a move in a minute.":http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7628 (local)
"rachel22" posted that TROSA did an excellent job moving her things into storage in Durham in 2004 - "they were extremely accomodating and were a pleasure to work with.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0983#90983 (local)
"cbreeze" posted that she was very satisfied with TROSA's unloading help for her daughter's move from DC to Durham in 8/07, and she was going to use them again for a local move in 8/08:
http://www.movingscam.com/viewtopic/pos ... 240#116240 (unloading help)
In 5/08 "Lisa" posted enthusiastic comments about TROSA workers for her move to GA. "They were amazing. On time, helped packing things we were unsure of, careful and most of all, friendly. They made the experience easy.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 979#109979 (interstate)
"hnqcustomer" posted a rave review of a large, self-hauled move to TN in 8/08:

We recently moved from NC to TN and used TROSA as our moving company. In addition to being the cheapest of all of the companies who gave us quotes, they really did a great job. They packed and loaded everything from our old house, shed and from the storage facility. They transported the stuff, unloaded the boxes at the new location and unpacked us.
Here are some highlights on our experience:
1 - they were FAST - When they came to pack and load, they came with approximately 12-15 guys. When they unloaded and unpacked, there were only 4-5 guys - even so, they were big guys who worked really hard the entire time.
2 - they were POLITE - Every single one of the movers were extremely polite and courteous. None of them smoked near the house and we didn't hear any foul language from any of them. There was also a crew boss who kept everyone working efficiently. He was also very polite and courteous. At one point, the crew boss stopped loading / packing and had everyone leave the premises so that my wife and I could put our son down for a nap. There were also a few items that were packed / loaded, then unloaded, then reloaded because of our indecision. They did all of this with a great attitude.
3 - they worked HARD - they didn't take that many breaks and they all worked really hard. It was really impressive how hard they all worked.
4 - We had NOT prepped at all for them - our house was a disaster when they showed up. They packed our entire house and out of a couple of hundred boxes, we felt that a couple of them could have been better packed.
5 - we felt great supporting a good cause. A good portion of the proceeds from the move go to help support NC's largest state licensed residential therapeutic community. They help a LOT of people who otherwise wouldn't have any hope.
Overall, we had an exceptional experience with TROSA and would highly recommend them to anyone. We've already got them lined up for our next move (in about a year). -

http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17080 (interstate with packing)
"NCtoCO" posted an excellent report on TROSA for three moves (two to CO) in 4/08 - "Nothing was lost, nothing was broken, a second semi was provided to accomodate the unexpected overflow which was my fault entirely. The move was completely punctual, pleasant & efficient, the cost exactly as estimated. I was kept informed at every step of the way and am still amazed at the ability of TROSA to handle so much change & uncertainty so professionally, accomplishing three very involved family moves in six days a good 1700 miles apart. . . . In my experience, TROSA is the finest, a unique firm that my family was privileged to use.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 280#116280 (three moves with packing, two interstate)
In 8/09, "phritz" posted a rave review of TROSA for unloading a rental truck that he had driven from IL to NC, saying that the cost was reasonable - "4 guys for 2 hours cost only $188 . . . seems like an amazing organization" - (unloading of rental truck)
In 3/10, "neoplasticity" posted that the TROSA loaders were "the best movers I've ever hired" . . . very hard workers who were much, much better than the unloaders in Pittsburgh - (loading of rental truck)

--Truckin' Movers (independent) in Durham.
This company has the website www.truckinmovers.com and the phone is 800-334-1651 or 919-682-2300. As of 12/07 it had 3 complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. The owner is Doug Carlton.
"swapan007" posted a very good review of an unusual move from Durham to Champaign, IL, in 8/06. Truckin' packaged her things in two containers and shipped them via UPS Freight to IL where they were picked up and delivered by Federal O'Byrne (Allied):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9138 (interstate)
"amacar01" gave Truckin' a good review for moving his small shipment to NYC in one day in 8/07--he had to help the driver unload, but he had exclusive use of a truck and there was no damage :
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14722 (interstate)

NORTH DAKOTA

Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superlist)

Postby NORTH DAKOTA » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:35 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7105#77105

Allied Van Lines agents

--Jobbers Moving and Storage (Allied) in Bismarck.
This company first came to the attention of MovingScam.com when it was the Allied Van Lines hauler for a move booked by Daryl Flood in Houston in 4/08. The customer posted as follows: "The equipment from Jobbers Moving And Storage was pristine and the driver[s], Randy and Joy Stewart [were] professional. There were three areas of damage, all on items listed as high value, and all items were addressed by Jobbers and taken care of in a timely manner and to my complete satisfaction.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 915#108915 (hauler for interstate move)
"chaz4moving" (used to work for an Allied agent) posted on the same thread that he had had good experiences working with the company and that it has good quality scores from the van line:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 975#108975

OHIO

Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superlist)

Postby OHIO » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:36 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7107#77107

With regard to intrastate moves, "23" (working for a United agent) posted the following: "To move within the state of Ohio, every mover has be registered with the PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio). [See] http://www.puco.ohio.gov/PUCO/Consumer/ ... oc_id=1777 Ohio is a regulated state so each mover has to publish their rates with the PUCO each year. You could either be moved by the hour or by the weight" for moves within OH:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1823#11823
In 4/06 he also posted that "the average rate for 2 men and a truck in Cleveland for a local move would be between $80 - $90 per hour, normally with a 4 hour minimum.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6244#56244
People can contact the PUCO Call Center at 800-686-PUCO (7826) to ask whether a company has any complaints for moves within Ohio.

Allied Van Lines agents

--Berger Transfer & Storage (Allied) in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Solon (Cleveland area).
Berger is Allied's largest agent with 15 offices nationwide and it has a good reputation overall. "23" (works for United) posted that the Cleveland branch was good. As of 9/06 the Cleveland branch had an overall quality rating from the van line of 4.38 out of 5 (at the top of the "very good" range), while Berger Cincinnati had 4.30 out of 5 and Berger Columbus had 4.28 ("meets standards").
"newtoohio" had Berger Columbus as her destination agent for a Siracusa move from CT in 6/07--the workers did a good job and although one of them damaged an armchair slightly she had a check from the van line within two weeks:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13973 (unloading)
In 7/07 "ZEN2U" posted a bad review of a move booked by Berger Cincinnati to CA - however, his complaint was not about Berger but about Allied Van Lines, which he felt skimped on settling his claim for damage to a leather sofa and rugs after there was massive rain damage from a leaky roof on the van:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14373 (interstate)

--Lincoln Moving and Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Brooklyn (Cleveland area).
This company's website is www.lincolnstorage.com and its phone is 216-741-5500. Its website says that it is one of Allied's oldest agents.
"3Labs2ResQ" (real name Kellie) posted a horrible review of a 20,000-pound move to FL in 5/01. The sales rep (Bruce Treadway) promised the moon and then was never reachable again. There was an overflow situation that was handled very badly by the Allied driver (David L.)--he parked so as to deliberately create a long carry, damaging a neighbor's mailbox in the process; he tried to charge an extra $600 when Kellie had a TPG quote and was sullen when she refused to pay; there was damage to expensive exercise equipment and a grandfather clock probably due to his lack of supervision. Allied did reimburse Kellie for the damage and for "survival" items that she had to buy prior to the arrival of a second truck, but that truck was delayed for 10 days when it was impounded by the DOT and then a small driver arrived with no helper so she and her husband had to help with the unloading. She described the entire move as a "nightmare":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10527 (interstate)

--McVay Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Kent.
Praised by "Josh" (working for United in OH) as a good company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =4582#4582
"PMueller" (used to work for Allied in FL) posted in 7/07 that McVay is a good company and she knows its former manager:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3737#93737
As of 9/06, McVay Kent had an overall quality score from the van line of 4.40 out of 5 ("excellent").

--Mills Van Lines, Inc. (Allied) in Strongsville.
This company with MC #574337 has the phone 440-846-0200. An Allied driver posted negative things about it in 5/08, but another driver came on to say that the only bad thing was that it charged him $20 for a weighing. Otherwise, its "trucks and warehouse were very clean, all the drivers were company drivers and paid by the hour with a per diem per day. . . . Also heard that they were a big hauler for Cartus [a third-party relocation company]." - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 106#110106

--Sullivan Moving & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Toledo.
This company has the website www.sullivanmoving.com and the phone 419-242-7437 or 800-235-0463. Its website says that it was established in 1950 and that members of the Sullivan family are still running it. As of 4/08 it had only 2 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. Its original DOT number was 160554 but it appears to have given up its interstate licensing authority when it became an Allied agent, which is perfectly normal. No further information.

American Red Ball agents

:thumbsdown:--All My Sons (American Red Ball) in Cincinnati.
Mentioned but little information. All My Sons in other locations has had poor reviews and comments:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7981#27981

Atlas Van Lines agents

--American Transportation Companies, Inc. (Atlas) in Cleveland.
Praised by "Josh" (working for United in OH) as a good company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =4582#4582

--Berman Moving & Storage, Inc. (Atlas) in Bedford.
This company changed from being a United Van Lines agent in 2007. Its phone number is 440-232-8800 or 800-333-0582.
We have a rave review by "mm44280" of a move from Cleveland to CA where Berman was the origin agent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7701 (origin agent for interstate move)
We have another very good review by "robo311" of a move from Oberlin to Sacramento, saying that the Berman sales rep was willing to give him a GNTE estimate and his final cost was several hundred dollars less than it would have been with Imlach, which would give him only a Binding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6561 (interstate)
"hinklesmom" used Berman to move things from OH to TX and posted that they did a "great" job even though she had a United Van Lines driver from hell from Armstrong Relocation:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6099 (interstate)

--Celina Moving and Storage, Inc. (Atlas) in Celina.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2006 and 2007 (Milton Hill award).

--Home Moving & Storage Co., Inc. (Atlas) in Columbus.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2006 and 2007 (Milton Hill award).

--Imlach Movers of Ohio, LLC (Atlas) in Lorain.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2005.

--Lewis & Michael (Atlas) in Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati.
This company has been praised by "Rick" (industry expert) and "bigmove" (industry person):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15995
"rajeevS" posted that this company lost a storage container of his things being shipped from storage in OH to VA and was not compensating him fairly. It appeared that the container was shipped to China by mistake, but we don't know what finally happened:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2646 (origin agent for international move)
"cmc" posted in 6/08 that he used Lewis & Michael-Columbus for a move to MD in 2006 and everything went smoothly:

"The estimator (Irene Lane) was extremely helpful and the driver (Tec) and the moving crew were highly professional. I did my own packing and L&M provided me with free used boxes. They were also very flexible with the dates (the crew arrived in my destination one day before I did, but were willing to wait an extra day to unload). They were also flexible enough to make an extra stop at my new office to unload a desk and some boxes for a small charge. Overall I was very satisfied!" - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=110420#110420 (interstate)
"anvs" posted in 10/08 that his move booked by Lewis & Michael-Dayton went reasonably well, although there were some glitches and a couple of missing items:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 305#119305 (interstate)

:thumbsdown:--The Reed Warehouses, Inc. (Atlas) in Wooster.
AVOID this company, which has the website www.reedwarehouses.com and the phone 330-263-0515. It used to be part of Walkerly Moving (United) in North Ridgeville (see below), but was discontinued by United and changed to be an Atlas agent.
There is an incoherent rant against Reed and Walkerly by a person claiming to be a former employee:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7724

--Trowbridge Moving and Relocation (United) in Groveport.
This company was used as a hauling agent on a move from southern IL to OR booked by Muscle Relocation (Mayflower) in Marion, IL and the customer ("lee ving") posted that Trowbridge did a good job:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1721

:alert:--Wagoner Moving Systems, Inc. (Atlas) in North Canton.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, even though it won a quality award from the van line in 2005 (Milton Hill award).
"Josh" (works for United in OH) expressed reservations about the company for giving lowball estimates.
"Maureen" posted that Wagoner demanded more money than a Binding estimate on a move to AZ, but the company countered with a post saying that they did extra packing for her (first they pretended to be a customer, unfortunately, which didn't look good):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=634
People should be cautious about using this company based on the fact that they made a bogus post praising themselves.

--Weleski Transfer of Cleveland, Inc. (Atlas) in Strongsville (Cleveland area). Also two branches in PA.
This company has the website www.weleski.com and the phone 440-878-4400. Mentioned but not much information.

Bekins Van Lines agents

:thumbsdown:--Olympian Moving and Storage (Bekins) in Westlake (Cleveland area).
AVOID this company. It has the website www.movingolympian.com and apparently also has a location in FL.
"muffinstove" reported a long delivery delay and extremely poor communication with this company on a move to NC. Almost a week past the last day of the delivery spread, Olympian didn't even realize that the shipment was still sitting in its warehouse:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7894#57894 (interstate)

Global Van Lines agents

--Richards Moving & Storage (Global) in Salem.
This company has the website www.moverichards.com and the phone 330-222-1511. As of 11/07 it had no complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months.
“Elaine2007” had an excellent move with them 11/07 to Baltimore--they saved her when she cancelled her move last minute with a broker:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15026 (interstate)

Mayflower Transit agents

--Shamrock Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Walton Hills.
"23" (works for a United agent) posted that the company was good.

North American Van Lines agents

--Beckett & Chambers Moving & Storage, Inc. (North American) in Cleveland.
This company has the phone 216-881-7171 or 800-321-2917. It doesn't appear to have a website. As of 6/08 it had 2 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. No other information.

--E.E. Ward Moving and Storage Co. (North American) in Columbus.
This company has DOT #76029. It used to be a Bekins agent but reportedly changed to North American in 2008. Its website at http://www.wemovecolumbus.com/aboutUs.htm states that it is one of the oldest African-American-owned moving companies in the United States.
"Dampiera" summarized her company-paid move with Ward (in which a table got broken because of improper loading) as follows: "while there was no scam, no one tried to get more money out of us, had I paid for this personally I would not have been satisfied." She liked the sales rep, but repair of the table took a long time. She moved to MI, less than 200 miles:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9640 (short interstate move)

Stevens Van Lines agents

--J Herschel Kendrick Moving & Storage, Inc. (Stevens) in Lebanon.
This company with website http://kendrickmoving.com and MC #383050 apparently used to be an Atlas agent. "Rick" posted that "Kendrick is a second generation family moving company established in 1978 . . . They’ve had a good track record as an agent of the van line [Stevens] for over ten years.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6723#76723
"BobRoss" gave them an excellent review for a move to KY in 5/08:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15995 (interstate)
"mschneid02" posted in 6/08 that they did an excellent, careful job on a move within Cincinnati - "ahead of schedule and under budget":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 517#112517 (local)

--Summit Moving & Storage, Inc. (Stevens) in Columbus.
This company's website is www.summitmoving.com and its phone is 740-927-3222. It has MC #259608. Mentioned but little information. "MusicMom" investigated it on www.safersys.org and thought its record looked OK:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4669
Just a note that when Stevens Van Lines was associated with Bekins its agents used the 400M tariff.

United Van Lines agents

--Andrews Moving & Storage Company (United) in Streetsboro (Cleveland-Akron area) and Columbus.
This company is sometimes listed as The Andrews Moving & Storage Company. It has the website www.andrewsmoving.com and the phones 330-656-8700 or 800-321-8680 (Streetsboro HQ) and 614-777-1515 or 800-837-1155 (Columbus). "23" (working for another United agent) posted that Andrews was good.
We have a rave review of Andrews as a hauling agent for a move from Los Angeles to Chicago by "Moving to Chicago"--Golden Eagle of Upland, CA was the origin agent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3060 (interstate)
There is another rave review of Andrews as a hauling agent, praising the driver Paul Spalley and two friends who travel with him, for a move from AZ to VA by "nohup" (Mike)--S & M of Phoenix was the origin agent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3814 (interstate)
"OKCnurse" was poised to use Andrews Columbus for a move to Oklahoma in 7/07. She praised the sales rep, Linda Hitchinson, and the move coordinator Nikki:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2008#92008

--Armstrong Relocation (United) in North Canton.
Armstrong with the website www.armstrongrelocation.com is one of United's largest agents and has a large hauling fleet. This particular office has the phone 330-497-0077. No other information.

--Carney-McNicholas, Inc. (United) in Berea.
Mentioned but no information. Its phone number is 440-243-8560.

--Corrigan (United) in Toledo/Perrysburg (also several locations in Michigan, one in the Chicago area, and one in Rochester NY).
As of 11/10 this office of Corrigan had an "A+" BBB rating with only 1 complaint (resolved) over the past 36 months.
"Suhbee1" (David) gave Corrigan an excellent review for his move to Atlanta in 6/06 - Josh Taylor of Berman Moving in Bedford got him booked on short notice:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0797#70797 (interstate)

--Planes Moving & Storage (United) in Cincinnati (HQ), Dayton, and Columbus. (Also offices in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Kentucky.)
This company specializes in corporate moves, has its own relocation company (Lexicon Relocation), and is one of United's largest international bookers. "23" (who works for another United agent) has praised Planes United on the messageboard a couple of times, as has "IMP" (who doesn't work for United). This company was praised in 5/08 by "Rick" (industry expert) and "bigmove" (industry person):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15995
Someone posting here ("moveman") used to work for Planes Chicago, a relatively new office started in 1999. He told a MovingScam moderator in a Private Message that Planes United self-hauls all shipments going under 250 miles and 75% of the loads that it books. In other words, it uses its own trucks and drivers for these shipments (desirable). "Planes as a whole has well over 200 vans and one is within six hours of any location in the continguous United States."
There is one not-so-good review of Planes Cincinnati, which as noted above is the company headquarters. The person had an overflow and damage to items. He posted that Planes denied the claim and he had to go to the van line for compensation:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5062 (interstate)
However, "yos14" gave Planes Cincinnati an excellent report as a hauling agent for his 7/06 shipment from CA - he raved about the Planes drivers, Ron and Cindy Kapellusch, who were the 2005 United Van Lines Van Operators of the year:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10432 (interstate - hauling and destination agent)
"Michael B" posted in 11/07 that Planes failed to meet its promised delivery date on a small move from KY to Chicago and was not very apologetic--the move seems to have been booked by the Cincinnati office:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15163 (interstate)

:thumbsdown:--Walkerly Moving & Storage, Inc. (United) in North Ridgeville.
AVOID this company, which has DOT #1243824 and phone 440-327-1314. According to safersys.org it is very small, with only 2 trucks and 4 drivers.
This company had a location in Wooster (now called The Reed Warehouses) which was discontinued by United and it is now an Atlas agent.
"HELENKANEU" shipping items from OH to Germany posted that they promised to do an in-residence survey but never showed up. "23" (works for United) posted that the company has low standards:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0738#20738
There is an incoherent rant against Walkerly and Reed by a person claiming to be a former employee:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7724

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Tobin Bros. Moving & Storage (Wheaton) in Dayton.
This company has the phone 937-275-6961. Mentioned but little information.

Independent moving companies

--Alexander Moving Co. (independent) in Mentor.
This small company has MC #281584. It gave "pep" a reasonable quote on a 560-mile interstate move and Tim Walker (website admin) thought it looked OK, but we don't have a final report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=385 (interstate)

--Leaders Moving & Storage Co. (independent) in Strongsville (Cleveland area) and Worthington (Columbus area).
This company's website is www.leadersmoving.com and its phone is 1-800-481-6843.
"ria" gave Leaders near Columbus an excellent review for a local move in 9/07--she found them in the Yellow Pages and they charged $173 for 2 workers for 2 hours:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14895 (local)

--MiPhi Moving (independent) in Columbus.
This company has the phone 614-428-4444. It may not be licensed to do interstate moves.
"OKCnurse" posted in 7/07 that the owner (Mike) backed out at the last minute after promising to move her interstate to Oklahoma:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14168

--Morse Van Lines (independent) in Painesville (near Cleveland).
This company has MC #209704. Someone wrote in saying that a friend had recommended Morse, which triggered a discussion. People pointed out some safety violations and insurance cancellations but "23" (works for United) and others in the industry said that the company was good:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4465
Someone posting as "THE TRUTH" in 1/07 complained that although the people at Morse were friendly, they lost one of his boxes on a move from FL to IL and he couldn't get reimbursed because of the deductible:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11040 (interstate)

--Your Movers (independent) in Cleveland.
This company is reportedly listed on eMove.com but we have no contact information.
"RLLM2007" posted in 8/07 that she used this company to unload a Penske truck and they were good - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14554

For public storage

--Uncle Bob's Self-Storage in Avon (near Cleveland).
This company has the website www.unclebobs.com and the phone 800-242-1715. It is a nationwide chain.
"JohnnyHighGround" (real name Joe) reported that he used them in 2/07 "and they're really great. We got a 10x15 climate-controlled, interior unit for $113 a month. (Coming from a 10x10 Public Storage unit for $250 in San Francisco, that was quite a delightful surprise.) The complex seems quite new, and the interior is extremely clean, dry, and a solid 65 degrees or so (in winter; I think they go up to mid- to high- 70s in summer). The folks at the desk were extremely friendly and helpful. One thing I really like about this property is that you don't have to enter a code upon exiting the property -- the gate opens automatically. That's convenience!":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10690 (self-storage)

OKLAHOMA

Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superlist)

Postby OKLAHOMA » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:36 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7108#77108

We have very little information about moving companies in Oklahoma.

Arpin Van Lines agents

--Affiliated Movers of Oklahoma City, Inc. (Arpin) in Oklahoma City.
This company with MC #453837 has the website www.affiliatedmovers.com and the phone 405-677-7400 or 800-727-7447. As of 11/10 it had 20 trucks listed and no complaints on www.protectyourmove.gov - a good sign. Its president, Tom Howell, was featured in a video on the Arpin Van Lines website as of 11/10 - http://www.arpinbroadcastnetwork.com/vi ... ?c=03&v=81 As of 11/10 it had an "A+" BBB rating with 0 complaints over the past 36 months. Reportedly it won Arpin's "Best New Prime Agent Award" in 2008. (Previously it had been a United Van Lines agent.) "JAHaddow" (owns a Mayflower agent in AZ) commented in 11/10 that Affiliated was "a great company" - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 907#135907
"MovingBlues" reported in 11/10 that Affiliated gave him a competitive quote on a move from Oklahoma City to Salt Lake City - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19924

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Ace Moving & Storage Co.(Atlas) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
This company has the website www.aceatlas.com and the phone 405-672-4425 or 800-654-5815. It won a World Class award from the van line in 2005. As of 11/10 it had an "A+" BBB rating with 3 complaints over the past 36 months. Its website says that it was founded in 1927.
"LR Padilla" posted that Ace offered to move his auto to DC in the same trailer with his household goods for an extra $1000. The destination agent was going to be Paxton Van Lines:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7293
He posted a rave review of the actual move, particularly praising the driver and his two helpers, who were from Roadrunner Moving & Storage in Houston. The only flaw was a poor-quality worker supplied by Paxton:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7842 (interstate)

Mayflower Transit agents

--Arrow Moving & Storage, Inc. (Mayflower) in Oklahoma City (also in various locations in Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, and Utah).
This company's website is http://www.arrowmoving.net and the phone number for this branch (actually in Lawton) is 888-537-1803 or 405-495-5565. As of 11/10 this branch had a "A+" BBB rating with no complaints over the past 36 months. Its two locations in Oklahoma (with MC #713912 and #263416) were listed on www.protectyourmove.gov in 11/10 as having a total of 11 trucks and no complaints. An industry expert commented that "Arrow is a fairly large hauling agent in the Unigroup system and self-hauls a high percentage of their orders booked thru their six locations. They also offer mobile container service at their Salt Lake location." - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1605#61605 "JAHaddow" (owns a Mayflower agent in AZ) commented in 11/10 that Arrow was "a great company" - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 907#135907
"MovingBlues" reported in 11/10 that Arrow gave him a competitive quote on a move from Oklahoma City to Salt Lake City - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19924

North American Van Lines agents

--A-1 Freeman Moving & Storage, Inc. (North American) in Oklahoma City and Broken Arrow, plus other locations in TX and GA.
This company has the website www.a-1freeman.com and the phone (for this branch) of 866-408-4247. As of 11/10 the two OK branches had "A+" BBB ratings and 0 complaints in the last 36 months. A-1 Freeman as a whole has 7 other branches in TX and one in Atlanta.
"MovingBlues" reported in 11/10 that the sales rep from A-1 Freeman did not give him the Rights & Responsibilities pamphlet and did not bring the company's MC and DOT numbers, so he wrote the company off - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19924

United Van Lines agents

--Armstrong Relocation (United) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Armstrong has 21 locations in the U.S., a large hauling fleet, and a good reputation overall.
"LR Padilla" posted that Armstrong was going to use Hilldrup or Von Paris as the destination agent for his move to DC.
"guest23" posted a rave review of the branch in Tulsa for a move from New Orleans to Tulsa. They took only two days to deliver and there was no damage: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9041
"Danielle" wrote into the comments section of the website that they had an "A+" move with Armstrong: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 296#139296
(interstate)

OREGON

Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superlist)

Postby OREGON » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:37 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7109#77109

Oregon is a regulated state. The state has a very nice website offering advice about moving in and into Oregon -
www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/MOVERS.shtml#Local_Movers

Comments and reviews on this website indicate that people should AVOID the following company with :evil: in front of its name:

:evil: --Morton VanLines (independent) in Newberg, Sherwood, or Wilsonville (Portland area). (Legal name is Aaron Griffin.)
AVOID this company with website www.mortonvanlines.com and MC #603000, which was operating interstate before being licensed to do so. See these threads:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14820
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14872

Allied Van Lines agents

--Bertsch Moving and Storage Co. (Allied) in Eugene.
This company's phone number is 541-344-6257 and as of 2006 its internal quality scores from the van line were excellent.

--O'Neill Transfer and Storage Co., Inc. (Allied) in Portland.
This company has the phone 503-226-3055 but it doesn't seem to have a working website. As of 12/07 it had 4 BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"chaz4moving" (works for an Allied agent in PA) posted in 12/07 that he had had good experiences working with O'Neill as an origin or destination agent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 516#101516

--Prestige Moving and Storage (Allied) in Wilsonville (Portland area).
This company has the phone 503-682-8832.
"Patti" posted an excellent review of Prestige for packing services in her move to France in 4/08 - everything arrived in perfect condition:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17082 (origin agent for international move)

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Alexander's Mobility Services (Atlas) in Portland.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2005, 2006, and 2007 (Milton Hill award). Its phone number is 503-492-7960. Alexander's is one of Atlas' largest haulers.
We have one very good review by "maybellehell" for a small move to a storage unit in Brooklyn. There was a glitch in that the original driver hurt his back and her goods had to be transferred to another truck, but she praised her sales rep (Larry) for staying on top of things:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5353

--Bekins Northwest (Atlas).
Its phone number is 503-885-1163. "Rick" has praised other branches.
Not sure what branch of Bekins Northwest it was, but "Linda" posted a complaint about an agent in Oregon overcharging on a (partly) company-paid interstate move--hard to sort out what actually happened and may not have been a scam:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =3796#3796

--Blue Bird Transfer, Inc. (Atlas) in Portland (also in Vancouver, WA).
This company's website is www.bluebirdtransfer.com As of 9/06, Blue Bird's internal quality score from the van line was 4.13 (in the middle of the "meets standards" range, i.e. not very high). It was formerly an Allied agent.
"Gone West" posted an excellent report on a 20,000-pound move from Milwaukee to Portland, OR where Coakley was the hauler and Blue Bird provided unloading labor - there was no damage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9712 (interstate - unloading labor)

--Corvallis Moving (Atlas) in Tangent.
Mentioned by "Rick" (industry expert) but no other information.

North American Van Lines agents

--Lile Moving and Storage dba American Movers (North American) in Eugene and Tualatin (near Portland).
This company with website http://www.lile.net has several locations in the Pacific Northwest. The phone number in Eugene is 541-689-6683. The phone number in Tualatin/Portland (HQ) is 503-691-3500 or 1-800-833-3510.
The company has good quality scores and there are positive comments about it on this thread, including one from "weem" (works for another van line):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2797
However, someone negotiating with the Eugene branch for a move to CA told a MovingScam moderator in a PM that the rep seemed careless and underestimated the weight so she ruled Lile out.
"mm78" reported that workers from Lile Tualatin/Portland (presumably) were "great" and unloaded his 1400-pound shipment from MA in 7/07 in 45 minutes:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14559 (destination agent)
"udaim" gave Lile Eugene a good review for his move to Houston in 10/07, saying that they charged only $1400 for a 1BR apartment:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9051#99051 (interstate)
In 1/08 "walkingguide" gave Lile Tualatin an "A+" for moving contents of a 4BR house 20 miles to Vancouver, WA - the cost was $2000 for 5 workers for 7 hours:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 697#101697 (short-distance interstate)

United Van Lines agents

--Chipman (United) in Portland.
This company's phone number is 800-547-0954. "MusicMom" (MovingScam moderator) posted that its employees were very helpful when her family was negotiating with a scam company in 2003.

--Rex Myers Transfer (United) in Eugene and Springfield.
This company's phone number is 541-747-1201. Somebody got a quote from this company but we don't know what happened.

--Swartz Moving & Storage (United) in Corvallis and Portland.
The company's website is www.swartzms.com and the phone number in Eugene is 541-754-7882. "ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in Atlanta) posted in 6/07 that Swartz is a good company: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9461#89461
The Portland office was praised by "az ops man" (working for Sullivan Mayflower in Phoenix):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4425#84425
Someone negotiating with the Corvallis office for a move to CA told a MovingScam moderator in a PM that she felt that its rep was somewhat unprofessional so she ruled the company out.

Steven's Agents
--Willamette Express (Stevens) in Portland.
This company's website is http://www.willametteexpress.com and the phone number is 503-513-5118. The company's physical addresss is located at 2505 SE Stubb St Portland Oregon 97222. They have the following licens numbers: WUTC 61561, ODOT 51817, DOT # 1080376 and MC 448995. As of 4/24/12 this company has 1 BBB complaint which appears to have been resolved. No further information.

Independent moving companies

--Power Movers (independent) in Portland.
Power Movers is in both Seattle and Portland and its website is www.powermovers.com.
Someone moving with Broadway Express (review #121) used the Seattle branch for local unloading and was pleased.

PENNSYLVANIA - (Part 1)

Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superlist)

Postby PENNSYLVANIA - (Part 1) » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:37 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7110#77110

"Rick" (industry expert) mentioned that there is an organization called the Pennsylvania Moving & Storage Associates http://www.pennmovers.org, a non-profit association of licensed professional movers in the state of Pennsylvania, with the phone 732-890-8563. They may be able to offer advice about within-state moves. Finally, the PA Public Utility Commission may have authority over within-PA moves. Someone named "Ray Coll" posted this phone number for it: 412-881-2008. "chessimprov" posted that the PUC keeps a file of letters about PA moving companies:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6494

There's a lot of information about PA intrastate moves on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15974
"rydog444" (worked for two moving companies in PA) posted in 4/09 that all estimates for intrastate moves in PA must be nonbinding - "No binding at all within the state. All [shipments] under 40 miles must be charged based on hourly rate. Anything over 40 miles must be tariff 51w or one of the exceptions of 51w.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 373#123373


ERIE AREA

Allied Van Lines agents

--Ryan Moving & Storage (Allied) in Irwin (also in Pittsburgh).
This company has the website www.ryanmoving.com and the phone 724-864-6800 or 800-245-6889. Mentioned but little information. As of 2006, the Pittsburgh office had about the highest quality scores from the van line that people have ever reported for an Allied agent.

Mayflower Transit agents

--Piper Moving Systems (Mayflower) in Erie.
This company has the website www.pipermoving.com and the phone 814-461-8125. Reportedly this company is owned by the same person who owns J.H. Bennett (United) and the two companies occupy the same premises. There is a Piper (Mayflower) in Rochester, NY, that has a negative comment on this messageboard but it's unclear whether there is any connection between the two companies.

--B.F. Fields Moving & Storage (North American)
This company has the website www.bffields.com and the phone 814-454-2481. Mentioned but no information.

United Van Lines agents

--J.H. Bennett Moving & Storage (United) in Erie.
This company has the website www.jhbennett-moving.com and the phone 814-456-5377. Reportedly this company is owned by the same person who owns Piper Moving Systems (Mayflower) and the two companies occupy the same premises.


HARRISBURG/STATE COLLEGE AREA

Allied Van Lines agents

--Keystone Relocation (Allied) in State College.
This company has the website www.keystonerelocation.com and the phone 814-234-8511. "chaz4moving" (former sales rep for Allied) posted that it is connected with Williamsport Moving Company in Williamsport, PA.

--Shelly Moving & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Harrisburg (also Hellam and Malvern).
This company has the website www.shellymoving.com and the phone 717-561-0300. Said to be a good agent by "Rick" (industry expert) in 4/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6319#86319 Shelly Hellam had very high quality scores from the van lines in 2006 (see below). "PMueller" (working for United but formerly worked for another Allied agent) also posted that Shelly was "a decent Allied agent":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8722#88722
"Endi" moving from Gettysburg, PA, to WA State posted in 8/07 that Shelly gave him his lowest quote (Zody's would give only a Nonbinding) and the move went very well--his things arrived in only 10 days:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14414 (interstate)

--O'Brien's Moving & Storage (Allied) in Leesport (also in Allentown and Somerville, NJ).
This company has the website http://www.alliedagent.com/obriensm/ and the phone 610-391-8300. Mentioned but no information. The branch in Allentown may be the same as O'Briens-Glose (listed below)--not sure.

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Hoy Transfer (Atlas) in State College.
This company has the website www.hoytransfer.com and the phone 814-237-4975 or 800-257-1110. It was formerly a North American Van Lines agent but changed to Atlas in 2008.

--PRO Moving & Storage, Inc. (Atlas) in Chambersburg.
This company with phone 717-762-7472 used to be a North American Van Lines agent. It received a top quality award from the van line (Customer Choice award, which is based on customer surveys) in 2005 and 2006.
"Endi" reported in 6/07 that PRO Moving's estimate was $1200 higher than Shelly's for his move to WA State, so he went with Shelly:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9773#89773

Stevens Van Lines agents

--J.J. Brandt Moving & Storage Co. (Stevens) in Lebanon.
This company has the phone 717-272-0427. We couldn't find a website. Said to be a good agent by "Rick" (industry expert) in 4/07, who added that it runs straight trucks interstate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6319#86319

United Van Lines agents

--Parks Centre Carriers, Inc. (United) in State College (also in West Chester and several other locations in PA, including Warrendale near Pittsburgh).
This company has the website www.parksmoving.com and the phone 814-359-3406. "Archie White" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in Atlanta) posted that "the Parks company is a fine, long standing United agent. The Williams family has run it like forever.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16687
"bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry) posted that the Pittsburgh-area office was the hauling agent for him in 2000 in a company-paid move from MA and they were "professional and quick":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 964#112964 (hauling agent on interstate move)
"r.tennison" (driver for Allied) posted in 8/08 that he always uses labor from Parks when he is in the area because the quality is good:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 017#116017

--Zody's Moving & Storage (United) in Waynesboro.
Mentioned but little information. Its phone number is 800-227-7511. Said to be a good agent by "ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in Atlanta) and "PMueller" (working for another United agent).

PHILADELPHIA AREA (locations of out-of-area companies are in bold)

Note that there is a lot of overlap between Philadelphia and South Jersey, so many moving companies are listed under both areas.

"Rick" (industry expert) posted that there is a commercial zone around Philadelphia where companies can move people without having an interstate license. Also, he commented that "Philly has a bad reputation for lousy movers," so people should be very cautious:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1652#41652

In 6/10 "calibound83" posted a useful summary of quotes that he/she got from six companies for a cross-country move from Philadelphia, describing their sales reps: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19270

Comments and reviews on this website indicate that people should AVOID the following companies with the :evil: in front of their names.

:evil: --Adelphia Moving (independent) in Philadelphia.
AVOID this company. See various posts on this thread, one of which suggests a connection with the dubious company A Pioneer, which is itself connected with the dubious company Alpha Moving in NJ:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=323

:evil: --A Pioneer Moving Systems Company (independent) in Philadelphia.
AVOID this company, which has MC #345495. According to the BBB it also uses the name Alpha Moving Systems and has an "unsatisfactory" rating with the BBB:
http://www.dc.bbb.org/report.html?compi ... national=Y
See these threads for additional reasons to avoid it:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8784
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8888
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14779

:evil: --Hank's Moving Company (independent) in Philadelphia.
AVOID this company. "phl-la" reported that it cancelled his local move at the last minute and failed to return his deposit:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1678
Someone later came on anonymously to praise Hank's for a move to DC, but people were skeptical about believing it (be sure to read all threads pointed to in the following thread):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5256
There were also bad remarks about Hank's by "chessimprov":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5717
And there is another bad report posted by "movepro" in 6/08:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 523#112523
"tboon99" posted a report on two moves with Hank's between 2006 and 2008. The local one was good but the move to NYC was not. One of the workers showed up drunk and his things were tossed around with resultant damage. The customer said he would not use them again:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 446#115446

:evil: --Isaac's Relocation (independent) in Philadelphia.
AVOID this company, which is related to the Isaac's in Boston and San Francisco. See these posts for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2622#52622 (interstate)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8067#68067 (local)

:evil: --Eastern Connection Movers (independent) in Upper Darby.
AVOID this company, which has DOT# 1470727. See these threads for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15841
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5148

:evil: --Platinum Moving Company (independent) in Philadelphia.
AVOID this company. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4155

:evil: --Signature Van Lines, Inc. (independent) in the Philadelphia area.
AVOID this company, which is Blacklisted on this website:
http://www.movingscam.com/cgi-bin/BLRep ... compid=308

:evil: --Superior Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in Philadelphia.
AVOID this company, It has an "unsatisfactory" rating with the BBB and a large number of BBB complaints, plus it was cited for violations by the PA Bureau of Consumer Protections in 2002:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6964#36964

:evil: --Wayne's World 2000 Moving Systems (independent).
AVOID this company, which has website www.waynesworldmoving.com and phone 215-669-3415. It appears to be unlicensed for interstate moves and the owner was reportedly rude:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1683

Allied Van Lines agents

--Advance Transportation (Allied) in Philadelphia.
Regarded as "solid" by "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD). However, as of 9/06 it had an overall quality score from the van line of only 4.17 out of 5 ("meets standards").

--Bayshore Transportation System, Inc. (Allied) in Newark, DE.
One of the "gold standard" movers. It has excellent quality scores from the van line. Highly praised by "PMueller" (working for another Allied agent) and "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD). See listing under "Delaware" for more information.
"Philly Scott" got a quote from them for his move to Austin and was very favorably impressed, although he went with American Way because their quote was slightly lower:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10282 (interstate)
Bayshore gave a couple of people pretty high quotes - not sure why (not necessarily a bad thing):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9273
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10484

--Clemmer Moving & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Telford.
This company with MC #296756 is regarded as "solid" by "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD). However, "PMueller" (works for another Allied agent) posted that its quality scores are only in the "meets standards" range and there are better choices. She recommended O'Briens (Allied) in Allentown instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1610#51610
“purcellj” posted a rave review in 12/07 on a local move (10 miles) and said that all the people involved were hard working and exact with their estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15236 (local)

--O'Briens-Glose Moving & Storage (Allied) in Allentown.
Recommended by "PMueller" (works for another Allied agent), who said that its quality scores were in the "very good to excellent" range:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1610#51610
However, "Noah" (with a large shipment to NC) posted that one of their workers made very inappropriate comments to his wife during the packing, plus money disappeared and the movers left some things behind that they had to be called back to pack:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7740#67740 (interstate)
"shelb19446" was poised to go with them for a local move in 10/07 since their estimator was very thorough, their quote was comparable to ones from Clemmer, Shelly, and Ware's, and they were more responsive than Hughes:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14855

--Shelly Moving & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Hellam and Phoenixville--formerly Malvern (also Harrisburg).
Regarded as "solid" by "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD) and "Rick" (industry expert). In 8/06 Rick also mentioned that he knew someone at the Malvern location named Charlie Morris. As of 9/06, Shelly Hellam had an overall quality score from the van line of 4.48 out of 5 ("excellent") while Shelly Malvern--later moved to Phoenixville--had a score of 4.36 ("very good"). Someone who works for Shelly sent a MovingScam moderator a PM saying that it is under common ownership with the Allied agent Advance Transportation in Philadelphia (see above).
"jenn" (moving from Philly to Pittsburgh) gave Shelly a rave review:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5748#5748 (within-PA)

--Simonik Moving & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
"PMueller" (works for another Allied agent) posted that the branch in Bound Brook NJ has much higher quality scores than the branch in Mt. Laurel. However, both she and "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD) recommended Simonik to someone moving from NJ to Colorado:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7108
"PHL->SEA" (moving to Seattle) gave Simonik a good review for the pre-move process but ultimately decided to go with Sinclair because of its GNTE estimate--Allied agents give TPG with GRR estimates instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5863
"SkyyBlueGuest" (Christine) gave Simonik a good review for the pre-move process for a move within NJ and also posted that they were great during the move itself:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1071#31071
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7642#37642 (local)
"Karissa" gave Simonik a basically good review for the actual move from NJ to CA (there was a long-haul driver from another Allied agent) but said that Simonik's people didn't handle the paperwork well:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5903 (interstate)
"KJ in NJ" posted that a colleague of her husband had a great experience with Simonik and she was considering them (along with All Jersey) for a move from NJ to Troy NY:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7744#37744

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Ace World-Wide Moving & Storage Co. (Atlas) in Fallsington.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2007 (Milton Hill Award) and was praised in 4/08 by "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry).

--Reads Moving Systems (Atlas) in Hatboro.
This location has a phone number of 215-443-2770. This company won a quality award from the van line in 2007 (Milton Hill Award) and was strongly recommended in 4/08 by "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry).

--Shannon Transport, Inc. (Atlas) in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Industry people have said that Shannon is a good company but their forte is more special products and truckload freight than household goods. A couple of odd things about this company are discussed on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5089
"Anthony" complained that the company added a mysterious $850 "Item 1506" charge for self-hauling his shipment from Philly to VA, which "Michael" said was legal but should have been handled differently:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4817
However, "weem" (works for a company in northeast MD) recommended them very strongly to someone moving from NJ to Colorado:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7108

--Wayne Moving and Storage Company (Atlas) in West Chester (also in Pennsauken, NJ).
This company has the website www.waynemoving.com and the phone 800-635-1131. It used to be a North American agent but moved to Atlas in 2009. The West Chester office received a top quality award from the van line (Customer Choice award, which is based on customer surveys) in 2006. A driver for NAVL told one of the MovingScam moderators that Wayne is very good. (Do not confuse it with the company called Wayne's World discussed at the beginning of this post.) In 4/08 "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry) said that Wayne is "solid" - "They were originally named Louderback and were one of the founding members of NAVL in 1933. They have two large warehouses in West Chester and King of Prussia. 20 miles apart. They rely on larger NAVL movers (Beltmann, Palmer and EMS) to move freight west."
In 12/06 "tedward" reported that its rep (Daryl) did a household inventory for his move to OR but never came through with a quote and gave fishy excuses as to why not:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10736
In 8/07 "cfuglein" (real name Carl) posted that he was very pleased with Wayne's packing and loading for his "account" move to Louisiana. The shipment was delivered 4 days late, but it wasn't Wayne's fault. A-1 Freeman of Dallas had the account:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5617#95617
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14592 (origin agent for interstate move)

--Weleski Transfer, Inc. (Atlas) in Tarentum. Also a branch in Johnstown (near Pittsburgh).
This company has the website www.weleski.com and the phone 724-224-3330 (Tarentum). The HQ in Tarentum won an quality award from the van line (Milton Hill Award) in 2006 and 2007. Said to be a good company by "Rick" (industry expert):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 793#100793

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Bekins Transfer & Storage (Bekins) in Pottstown.
Mentioned but no information.

--Gsell Moving & Storage (Bekins) in Mount Holly, NJ.
Both "Rick" (industry expert) and "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD) posted that this company is reputable.
On the same thread, "palidor42" gave them a good review for his local move from South Jersey to Philadelphia:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5772 (local)

Graebel service centers

--Graebel Eastern Movers, Inc. (Graebel) in Moorestown, NJ.
This company has the phone number (856) 235-9100. Although Tim expressed doubts about them in the thread below, they are a bona fide Graebel agent. "jenn" posted that they were recommended by her university for her move from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =1615#1615 (within PA)

Mayflower Transit agents

--American Way Moving Systems (Mayflower) in King of Prussia.
This is the sister agent of the United agent Hughes Relocation Services (formerly Fischer-Hughes Transport); see below. "BigLeeCalif" (working for a United agent and then a Mayflower agent in CA) made very good comments about them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=817
Industry people reported that as of 10/06 this company's quality scores from the van line were very good but the labor it provides as a destination agent wasn't always the greatest.
"Philly Scott" moved with American Way to Austin in 8/06 and gave them, the loading helper they sent, and the Mayflower Transit driver Jarron from Molloy Brothers an excellent report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10282 (interstate)

--Ed Schmidt Moving & Storage, LLC (Mayflower) in Clarksboro, NJ.
Not much information. Mentioned as having given "BigMove" a low quote comparable to one from Isaac's Relocation and lower than Simonik and Shannon:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7178

:thumbsup:--Sinclair Moving & Storage, Inc. (Mayflower) in Philadelphia. (Also 20 miles away in West Berlin, NJ, which is the location of its main office, trucks, and warehouse.)
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews as an origin agent on this website. This company, HQd in NJ, has a small sales office in Philadelphia. It has the website www.sinclairmoving.com and the phone 800-282-7242. Industry people have said that as of 10/06 its quality scores from the van line were very good, and "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry) gave it "twothumbsup" in 4/08. Sinclair self-hauls at least 90% of the shipments it books that are going 400 miles or less and about half of the shipments going to FL. It is licensed to move people intrastate in NJ and DE as well as in PA. One of the MovingScam moderators spoke with Sinclair's sales rep Mike Jenkins in 4/08 and was impressed with his pleasant, polite manner and knowledge of the industry (he used to work on the trucks and has been with Mayflower full time since 1992).
In 6/05 "Jeff Gelman" wrote a good review of the company's performance in moving his grandmother's things from FL to Philadelphia--the only glitch was that he had to help the two workers move the piano during delivery:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3510 (interstate)
"PHL->SEA" posted a rave review in 9/05 of a move to Seattle, praising both the estimator and the United Van Lines driver:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5863 (interstate)
Someone posted an excellent review of Sinclair for a move to San Diego in 9/06 - Sinclair's quote was the lowest of four and Bayshore's was the highest:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9273 (interstate)
"CaneGrrl" posted an excellent review of Sinclair for a self-hauled move from Philadelphia to Atlanta in 4/07, also saying good things about the sales rep Doug Papp:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13225 (interstate)
"Dosninas" moving to GA posted in 6/07 that he/she really liked the Sinclair estimator but went with Morgan because its quote was lower:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13516
"colo232" moved with them on a self-haul from the Philadelphia area to FL in 9/07, largely because of their estimate which was lower than Shannon's and GNTE from the start. He/she later reported that the move went extremely well, praising the sales rep Michael Jenkins, the move coordinator Joanne, and the driver and helper Ed Fries and Kent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14496
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14874 (interstate)
"aquateen" gave Sinclair a rave review in 4/08 for a 1BR move to Seattle. She said that the rep (Mike Jenkins; cell phone 215-432-0777) was excellent, even working on Saturdays, and Sinclair charged only $2500, far below other companies' quotes. The move coordinator Joanne and the receptionist were "just wonderful" and the van line driver was "awesome.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 417#103417
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 580#106580 (interstate)
Mike Jenkins left Sinclair in 2008 and moved to Ed Schmidt Moving in Clarksboro (see above).

North American Van Lines agents

--L&J Moving & Storage (North American) in Temple.
This company's website is www.ljmoving.com and its phone is 800-641-6683.
"calibound83" posted in 6/10 that L&J's estimate was significantly lower than Morgan's (see below) for the same move--about $4700 vs. $5900: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19270

--Morgan Moving & Storage, Ltd. (North American) in Pottstown.
This company's website is www.morganmoving.com and its phone is 610-327-3100 or 800-613-6683. In 4/07 "Rick" (industry expert) posted that Morgan had been in business for more than 25 years and had won awards from the van line:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6669#86669
In 4/08 "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry) said that "Morgan is a small agent outside of Pottstown (35 minutes northwest of Philly) that was originally a Mayflower agent - they have mostly straight trucks in their fleet."
"Dosninas" moving to GA posted an excellent review of them in 6/07--their quote was similar to Hughes' and substantially below Sinclair's and delivery was in 3 days:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13516
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14104 (interstate)
"calibound83" posted in 6/10 that after verbally estimating a fairly low weight for his/her shipment, Morgan's sales rep inexplicably emailed an estimate more than double that, with a high price attached: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19270

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines agents

--Heritage Moving Systems, Inc. (Stevens) in Concordville.
Mentioned but little information. It has the website www.heritagemovingsystems.com. Someone posted that it was doing business as Winters Movers and it has MC #033549:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7864

United Van Lines agents

NOTE: In 4/08 all of these United agents were said to be good by "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry).

--Hughes Relocation Services, Inc. (United) in Doylestown, King of Prussia, Allentown, Pipersville, and Ocala, FL. Also dba Fischer-Hughes Transport, Inc.
This company has the website www.hughesrelo.com and the phone 610-275-6683 for the King of Prussia location.
"SF bound" posted that it looked as if Fischer-Hughes Transport changed its name to Hughes Relocation Services around 2000 and it also shares an address with the Mayflower agent American Way Moving Systems (see above):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=840
"BigLeeCalif" posted that there was nothing wrong with all this--that his own United agent had merged with another agent. "ArchieWhite" (owns a United/Mayflower agency in Atlanta) posted in 5/07 that Hughes is a good company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8180#88180
"jenn" posted that Fischer-Hughes was recommended for a local move by people at her university:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =1615#1615
"boo" was planning to go with Fischer-Hughes for a move to TX (liked them better than Bekins or Reads) but never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4289#34289 (interstate)
"clavyw" moving 5000 pounds to Chicago with Hughes as the origin agent posted in 8/07 that his things were going to be delivered by a van line driver 8 days beyond the end of the delivery spread, but United was going to pay him $125 for each of the 8 days as compensation (note that this is much higher than average, suggesting that maybe this was an "account" move):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14547
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5467#95467 (origin agent on an interstate move)
"Gypsy Girl" posted that her local move with Hughes in 10/07 was "wonderful," praising especially the sales rep Brian and the workers Justin, Todd, Rubin, and Juan:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9293#99293 (local)

--Jack Treier Moving & Storage, Inc. (United) in Lancaster and Reading.
This company's website is http://www.movingsystems.com/jacktreier and its phone numbers are 800-233-2808 or 717-397-2808. Recommended by "IMP" (works for an independent moving company) as a good company to get a quote from:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7632

--McCollister's Transportation Systems, Inc. (United) in Burlington, NJ and Quakertown.
"ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in Atlanta) posted in 10/07 that McCollister's had acquired Ware's (see below) and had taken over Ware's facility in Quakertown:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9132#99132
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9198#99198

--Parks Moving Systems, Inc. (United) in West Chester.
"BigLeeCalif" (working for a Mayflower agent in CA) said that they were an established United agent with multiple locations in PA. "IMP" (works for an independent mover) also said that they were good. This company has branches in the Pittsburgh area with the name Parks Moving & Storage.

--Ware's Van & Storage Co. (United) in Quakertown.
Ware's used to be a "gold standard" mover run by a former chairman of United Van Lines. It was highly praised by "weem" (working for a mover in northeast MD). However, "ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in Atlanta) posted in 10/07 that Ware's had been acquired by McCollister's (United):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9132#99132
"purcellj" reported in 10/07 that a Ware's-McCollister's estimator cancelled on him twice so he was writing the company off for his local move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15039

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Hawk Vision (Wheaton) in Huntington Valley.
Mentioned but not much information.
"sophiac" moving to CA posted in 7/08 that she got a quote from them through the AAA referral program:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16787

--McGarity Moving & Storage (Wheaton) in Downingtown.
This company has the website www.mcgaritymoving.com and the phone 610-269-5711. Mentioned but no information.

--Mooney's Relocation Specialists (Wheaton) in Glenside.
Little information, but "NeedHelp" moving within PA posted that they were recommended by a co-worker:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5973

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