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PENNSYLVANIA - (Part 2)

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Postby PENNSYLVANIA - (Part 2) » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:56 pm

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PHILADELPHIA AREA (continued)

Independent moving companies

--Action Enterprises (independent) in Philadelphia. (Also dba Action Enterprizes.)
This company at 6301 N. 18th Street has the phone number 215-424-9801. (Incidentally, a barbershop named Comb & Scissors has the same phone number and address.)
It is not licensed for interstate moves but "dc-ny-phl" gave it (and Jerry, its owner) an excellent review for a local move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3190#13190 (local)
"dc-ny-phl" came back in 7/06 to give it a rave review for a move from Philadelphia to NYC and LI (two dropoffs) - people should note, however, that the company is not licensed to do interstate moves:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9483 (interstate)
"brendainfl" also gave it (and Jerry) a rave review for moving things from her apartment into a storage unit in Philadelphia in 3/06 and a good review for moving things out of the storage unit to Bryn Mawr in 7/06. She said her recommendations for local moves in Philadelphia would be Mambo (see below) and Action Enterprises. BTW she recommends "Pier 40 Storage on Delaware Ave down by Christian --- very nice clean facility, with interior storage units that are climate controlled and security protected. The downside of Pier 40 is that it has only one loading dock so if someone else is there, your mover will either wait or will need to carry goods via foot to the elevator.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7428 (local)
"helpless_shipper" gave Action (and Jerry) an excellent review for a local move in 7/08:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 445#115445 (local)

--Cherry Hill Moving & Storage (independent) in Moorestown, NJ.
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

--Cranston Movers (independent) in Philadelphia.
This company has the website www.cranstonmovers.com.
One person ("air5k") had used them for two local moves and said they were fine, and was considering using them for a move to Harrisburg:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3911 (within PA)

--Gene's Moving Service, Inc. (independent) in Philadelphia.
This company has the website www.genesmoving.com and the phone 215-627-1347. It is small and does only local moves in the Philadelphia metro area, and it doesn't seem to have a BBB listing. Its website says that it has PA PUC license A00106856. In 4/08 "Rick" (industry expert) and "chaz4moving" (a veteran industry observer) both praised it on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15946

--Hammer's Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in Telford.
This company has MC #70121 and as of 9/07 it had 3 BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"shelb19446" got a quote from them for a local move in 10/07 and reported that they required a deposit:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14855

--H & M Movers (independent) in Philadelphia.
This company has the website www.hmmovers.com and the phone number 215-333-4145. This is its BBB report - http://www.dc.bbb.org/codbrep.html?ID=193914273&cons=y. It advertises on both Craigslist and eMove.com, where as of 8/06 it was one of the highest-rated companies with hundreds of reviews. The prices advertised on its website are quite low, for example $85/hour for three workers. However, although its ad on Craigslist says that it is licensed and insured, that could mean many things and people considering using it should understand this. Probably OK for a local move.

:alert:--Isaac's Moving & Storage, Inc.(independent) in Philadelphia.
This company also has a branch in MA with MC #272369 and legal name Safe Movers, Inc. and - at least formerly - in CA, under the name Super Movers:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2048#42048
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has the website www.isaacsrelocation.com and MC #270660. See these posts for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8269#58269
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2869#82869
It may be all right for local moves. As of 3/08 it had 5 BBB complaints over the past 36 months.

--JC Stilwell's & Son (independent) in Sharon Hill.
The name of this company is spelled differently in different places. "kanna" and "ggoula" were poised to go with them on a friend's recommendation for a move from Philly to NJ but the friend had actually recommended Stillwell of Media, which is a different company. MovingScam unearthed a little information on JC Stilwell's (MC #44156), which actually looked better than the info on Stillwell of Media:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2867#32867

--Jensen Movers & Storage (independent) in Hatfield.
This company has the website www.jensenmovers.com and the phone 215-997-0675 or 800-524-4795.
"shelb19446" posted that they didn't want to do an in-residence estimate for a local move in 10/07--just gave a quote over the phone:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14855

--Mambo Movers, Inc. (independent) in Philadelphia.
This company has DOT #958067 and phone number 215-670-9535. It has an attractive website at www.mambomovers.com. According to www.safersys.org it was unlicensed to do interstate moves between July 2004 and August 2006, but it was nevertheless doing them (see review by "displacedphiladelphian" below) - this is probably not a deal-breaker but it is an indication that Mambo may bend the rules.
There are a lot of comments (mostly positive, but some negative) about Mambo on this blog thread from 2003-2004:
http://www.phillyblog.com/philly/archiv ... -2828.html
Probably the Citysearch reviews of Mambo should be disregarded because in general, Citysearch is not a very reliable source.
Mambo is discussed at the end of the following thread (disregard the positive but probably bogus review):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1594 (local)
"brendainfl" gave it a very good review for moving her things from one apartment to another in 10/05, saying only that it was rather expensive. She said that the companies she would recommend for moves in Philadelphia are Action Enterprises (see above) and Mambo:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7428 (local)
"displacedphiladelphian" came out of the blue to post a rave review of Mambo for a move to Chicago as well as for a local move. He said they used a rental truck. Note that Mambo was not licensed to do interstate moves at the time:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9323#59323.
"jen-in-pa" gave Mambo a rave review for a 60-mile move in 9/06:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10120 (local)
"Guest2" posted that Mambo workers were tired and took longer than expected on an afternoon move in 9/06 (and also asked for a tip, which he/she didn't give them), so he/she recommends them only for morning moves:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3545#73545 (local)
In 1/08 "soypunk" posted that Mambo gave him/her a quote for a move to Seattle (!) and it was lower than quotes from van line agents. Several people in the industry expressed reservations since Mambo wouldn't seem to have enough trucks to do this--see the following discussion:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 073#103073

--Nicky's Moving and Storage (independent) in Wyndmoor. [Legal name Leon McWilliams or Keystone Moving Systems, Inc.]
This company has the website www.nickysmoving.com and MC #434771. As of 5/07 it had 12 BBB complaints over the past 36 months:
http://www.dc.bbb.org/report.html?natio ... d=80018377
There is a blog post dating from 8/17/04 by "thomast" saying that Nicky's is a slimy operation - http://www.phillyblog.com/philly/archiv ... -2828.html
"purple888" posted in 5/07 that Nicky's gave him a low quote for a move to Baltimore:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13798

:alert: --Serenity Moving Services, LLC (independent) in Philadelphia.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. It has the website www.serenitymoving.com and phone 215-904-8540 and advertises that it does local and long-distance moving as well as loading and unloading. However, it appears to be unlicensed as a mover. It advertises heavily on Craigslist.org. See this thread for a discussion:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14595


PITTSBURGH AREA

Allied Van Lines agents

--Allegheny Valley Transfer Co. (Allied) in Pittsburgh.
This is a small company that has a good reputation among industry people in the area. Its phone number is 412-653-1200. As of 9/06, its overall quality score from the van line was 4.43 out of 5 ("excellent").
"tendertush" investigated this company thoroughly and posted that it was good, although he/she went with South Hills instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1038
"PGH87" decided to go with Allegheny Valley for his small 5/08 move to Philadelphia. They quoted about $1300 vs. Stinelli's $1285, much lower than bigger companies like Parks and Ryan. He liked both sales reps but thought Allegheny's PUC and BBB record was slightly better than Stinelli's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 870#107870

--Ryan Moving & Storage (Allied) in Pittsburgh (also in Irwin [Erie area]).
As of 9/06, Ryan Pittsburgh had the overall highest quality score that MovingScam had ever seen for an Allied agent - 4.67 out of 5 (well up in the "excellent" range). "PMueller" (working for another Allied agent) said that "they do great work all around."
"Move1000" was considering this company for an in-state move but never came back to say what he decided to do:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8605

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Lytle's Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Atlas) in Tipton.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2007 (Milton Hill Award).

--Weleski Transfer of Johnstown, Inc. (Atlas) in Johnstown. Also in Tarentum and the Cleveland area.
This company has the website www.weleski.com and the phone 814-535-5588. Mentioned but not much information. The Tarentum office (HQ) won a quality award from the van line (Milton Hill Award) in 2006 and 2007.

Graebel service centers

--Graebel Pittsburgh. (Actually located in Leetsdale, PA.)
In 12/07 "rydog44" (driving for an independent mover in the area) told a MovingScam moderator that a couple of his friends who are good drivers work for this office and speak well of the company. Similarly, both "Rick" (industry expert) and "joesgarage39" (used to drive for Graebel) posted in 4/08 that this office of Graebel was long-established and solid:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15893

Mayflower Transit agents

--Fife Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Washington.
This company has been in business since 1925 and it is still run by a member of the founding family. It has the website www.fifemove.com and the phone 800-345-3433 or 724-228-0574.

--Maroadi Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Mayflower) in North Versailles (Pittsburgh).
Mentioned but little information. The company has repeatedly won Mayflower’s Circle of Excellence award. "Rick" (industry expert) posted that it has one of Mayflower’s largest HHG and special products hauling fleets in the Northeast and that would probably do a good job for people:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8218#68218

--Monroeville Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Pittsburgh.
"chessimprov" posted that its estimator smoked, but was nice and gave a very low estimate for his move to DC (he went with Calfo Red Line):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1768#41768

North American Van Lines agents

--George Moving and Storage (North American) in Zelienople.
A couple of people in the industry have said that this company is an aggressive marketer (phoning people whose homes are listed for sale, for example).
"tendertush" investigated this company thoroughly and posted that it was good, although he/she went with South Hills:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1038
"palidor42" posted a good review of the company for his move from Pittsburgh to South Jersey:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1904#41904 (interstate)

Paul Arpin Van Lines agents

--Stinelli Bros. Moving & Storage (Arpin) in No. Huntingdon.
This company has the phone 724-864-4353. It was recommended by "jengsa" in 4/08, who said they frequently go to NY State and back:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 284#107284

United Van Lines agents

--Parks Moving & Storage (United) in Warrendale and Uniontown.
Said to be a good company by "IMP" (works for an independent mover). Also praised as "professional and quick" by "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry) for hauling his things on a company-paid move from MA to PA in 2000. He posted that PNC Bank uses them as its mover:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 010#113010 (hauling agent for interstate move)

--Vesely Brothers Moving & Storage (United) in Belle Vernon.
Mentioned but not much information.

Wheaton agents

--All Ways World Wide Moving (Wheaton) in Pittsburgh and Washington.
Said to be a good company by "IMP" (works for an independent mover). Its website is www.allwaysmoving.com and its phone is 800-875-9297.
The branch in Washington got a quality award from the van line in 2004.
We have a rave review of a move to Missouri in 7/06 booked by the Washington office, saying that the company self-hauled with a team of two drivers and they were great. There was no damage at all, and the weight estimate was very accurate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10795 (interstate)

Independent moving companies

--All Small Moves (independent) in Oakmont.
"chessimprov" posted that his brother had used them (probably for a local move) and was very pleased:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5142 (local)
He also posted that they did a professional estimate on his move to DC but they move only up to three rooms of furniture. Note that he calls them All Ways but he was probably referring to All Small Moves:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1768#41768

--BH Stumpf Moving & Storage (independent) in Pittsburgh.
Industry people say that this used to be a great company but it has slipped a little.
"chessimprov" posted a bad report on the owner/estimator, who spent very little time in the home and never came back with an estimate for his move to DC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1768#41768

:alert:--Calfo Red Line Transfer, Inc. (independent) in Oakmont.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has phone 412-341-3930 and MC #245929. As of 10/07 it had 12 BBB complaints over the past 36 months and an "unsatisfactory" rating for unresolved complaints.
"chessimprov" and his brother moved with them from Pittsburgh to the DC area (two separate dropoffs) and were very pleased. The estimator (Bill) was nice and so were the driver and helper (Don and Bryan). The quote was also the least expensive of the ones he got. He did mention that the company was small and the truck didn't have interior lights, AC, or a radio:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1768#41768
However, "kdos999" reported in 10/07 that she saw 3 roaches come out of her boxes when they were delivered after being stored in Calfo's warehouse for a month:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14956 (local move with storage)

--Champion International Moving (independent) in Southpointe.
"IMP" (works for an independent mover) described this company as "excellent" and said that they focus on corporate relocations but also do moves for individuals (COD moves). Their website is www.champmove.com and their phone is 800-841-1010. Downside: they are pricey.
Champion was being considered by "suzanne" for a move from NYC to Spain:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1898 (international)
"wizard" had them do an estimate on a shipment from NYC to the UK and posted that they were absolutely professional and confidence-inspiring, but too pricey. I'm not sure whether Champion itself did the estimate or whether it sent someone from a local mover to do it:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2831#22831 (international)
"romanne" chose Champion for a move from Altoona, PA, to Paris and was very pleased but has not yet come back with a final report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7097 (international)

:alert:--Don Farr Moving & Storage (independent) in West Mifflin.
Reviews and comments here suggest that people should use caution about this company. It has the website www.donfarrmoving.com and it used to be independent but became an Arpin agent in 2009. Further, it was named best new prime agent for that year ("prime" means that it is a large agent qualified to do commercial shipments). However, older reports from people in the industry indicate that it has a lot of damage claims, which it rarely pays, and someone posted in 1/11 that it had been dropped by Arpin: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20069 It has bad comments from "23" (working for United) and "IMP" (working for an independent mover), who said that anyone considering them should drive by their facility to see why not to use them: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2141
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5134#15134
A driver for a competitor wrote in a PM, "Absolutely, positively stay away from Don Farr. I have personally seen their trucks and how badly they are maintained. Especially their local trucks. I have never heard of anyone that moved with them that had a pleasant experience. Basically, they pay to be the official mover of the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins." He added that many people who were fired from other companies in the Pittsburgh area for various reasons end up there.
"chessimprov" posted in 8/05 that "their ads in the phone book brag about how they help move the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. They have big ads and generally charge super expensive, like about 1.5 times what other carriers may charge.": http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1762#41762 He added that Don Farr's estimator came to his home but never came back with an estimate for his move to DC. Furthermore, workers from the company he moved with (Calfo) told him many bad things about Don Farr:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1768#41768
"pghherb13" posted that the Don Farr estimator was unable to answer basic questions about a move to San Francisco--he went with South Hills instead: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8372 (interstate)

:thumbsdown:--Hindman Moving & Storage (independent) in Butler.
AVOID this company, with website www.hindmanmoving.com and phone 724) 482-2186. It got in trouble with the PA PUC on several occasions - http://www.puc.state.pa.us/General/pres ... howPR=1293 "rydog444" (former driver for a well-regarded independent) posted in 6/08 that he thinks this company is owned by the sister of Don Farr's owner - "they have the same truck logos":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 802#110802

--North Hills Moving Services (independent) in Pittsburgh.
This company has the website www.nhms.us and its owner is Paul J. Minor with home office phone is 412-931-1889 and cell phone 412-496-8726. According to its website, the company carries insurance and is listed on www.emove.com although people don't have to book it through eMove. It is not licensed to move people - it does only packing and loading/unloading and unpacking. In 8/07, the owner came on the website to post some helpful tips about how to load an ABF ReloCube - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5445#95445
"cbreeze" posted that she was very pleased with this company, which she found on emove.com and used to load an ABF container going to CA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9867#59867 (loading)
"dutchstar" moving from the NYC area gave North Hills a rave review for unloading a Penske truck - "I am certain that any future moves within (or outiside of) pittsburgh will definitely be with this company. Bart and Jason were excellent!":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2722#62722 (unloading)

--South Hills Movers (independent) in Pittsburgh.
This company with MC #72914 is widely regarded as one of the best independent movers in the country, in the same class as Clark & Reid. According to safersys.org its driver out of service and vehicle out of service figures are well below the national average. The same crew (or at least the driver) stays with the shipment throughout the move, which is a a major plus in terms of avoiding damage and delay. Its claims ratio is very low. A driver for the company told a MovingScam moderator that 90% of the company's business comes from account moves for corporations including PPG (Pittsburgh Paint and Glass) and Cartus. It also does a fair amount of government moves. "23" (works for United) posted that he knew many people who had moved with South Hills and all were pleased. "ArchieWhite" (owns a United/Mayflower agency in Atlanta) also praised the company. Only downside: South Hills is somewhat pricey.
We have a rave review by "tendertush" of a move from PA to Louisiana:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1038 (interstate)
"pghherb13" gave an excellent preliminary review of South Hills for a move to CA and was poised to move with them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8372 (interstate)
"wayt" gave South Hills an excellent review for a 10/06 move to Seattle, praising especially the loading crew. The weight was more than 20% over the GNTE estimate and the rep asked the customer for 110% of the cost (i.e. splitting the difference), but backed down immediately when the customer--within his rights--said no. The crew that unloaded was different from the crew that loaded in Pittsburgh, although the driver was the same. The customer's claim for about $600 worth of damage was reimbursed promptly and courteously:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10481 (interstate)
"benoit.hudson" gave South Hills a rave review in 8/07 for a very small shipment to Chicago--communication was excellent, delivery was fast, there was no damage, and the cost was reasonable:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14672 (interstate)


SCRANTON AREA

Allied Van Lines agents

--Hinchey Moving & Storage (Allied) in Scranton (also Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton, and Stroudsburg).
This company with website www.hincheymoving.com is a North American agent that also became an Allied agent (dual-branded) around 2004. Its phone is 570) 558-0134. Reportedly also operates as Matheson Transfer Co..

Mayflower Transit agents

--AAA Moving & Storage Co. (Mayflower) in Pocono Summit.
This company has the website http://www.movingservices.com/aaa/form.htm 2 and the phone 570- 839-9914 or 800-228-MOVE. No other information.

North American Van Lines agents

--Hinchey Moving & Storage (North American) in Scranton (also Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton, and Stroudsburg).
This company with website www.hincheymoving.com and phone 570- 558-0134 is also an Allied agent (see above). No other information.

United Van Lines agents

--L.A. Lewis, Inc. (United) in Scranton.
This company has the phone 570-346-5749. No other information.

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Alpha International Movers, Inc. (Wheaton) in Sciota.
This company has the website www.alphainternationalmove.com and the phone 570-992-2712 or 800-211-0746. No further information.

RHODE ISLAND

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

Postby RHODE ISLAND » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:57 pm

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Because Rhode Island is so small, people moving from there have often chosen companies based in Massachusetts instead, so some of these companies will be listed under both states.

Information in the following thread suggests that customers should avoid the Rhode Island company Vito's/Murray's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4686

American Red Ball agents

--Jones' Moving & Storage, Inc. (Red Ball) in Providence.
This company has DOT #50583, website www.rimover.com and phone 401-421-0081. It is not licensed to move people interstate but could use Red Ball's authority. Its website indicates that it is connected with Consumers' Moving & Storage in Cranston, RI, which has the phone 401-785-0152 and is also listed as a Red Ball agent.
"eyespii" gave this company an excellent review for a local move in 5/08. They charged $110/hour for three workers and a truck:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16286 (local)

Atlas Van Lines agents

--A. Walecka (Atlas) in West Wareham, MA.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2005 (Milton Hill award).
One person ("protijy") used it for a move from Boston to San Diego and was very pleased:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5572 (interstate)
Someone else ("Marin") praised its estimator but ultimately decided to move with Conlon (see below):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3988

North American Van Lines agents

--Sterling Moving & Storage, Inc. (North American) in Cranston (also in MA, CT, MD, and a sales office in VA).
This company has the website http://www.navlagent.com/sterling/ and the phone 401-943-3200 (Cranston). See discussion under MA and MD.

Paul Arpin Van Lines agents

Arpin is HQd in Rhode Island. Some industry professionals feel that as a smaller van line it is best used for relatively short-distance moves rather than cross-country moves. However, it was praised by "BigLeeCalif" (working for a United agent).

United Van Lines agents

--Conlon Moving & Storage, Inc. (United) in Seeconk, MA (also a sales office in Pawtucket).
This company has the website www.conlonmoving.com and the phone numbers 800-831-7356 (Seeconk) and 800-831-7356 (Pawtucket).
It has a rave review by "dazzla" for a move from RI to CA. He visited its office and warehouse and praises all the personnel involved, including the estimator, Michael Carolla:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4995#34995 (interstate)
"Marin" (moving to AZ) praised the Conlon personnel as respectful, patient with answering questions, and extremely helpful. He was set to go with them but never came back with a final report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0501#30501 (interstate)
"Sambuk" moving to CO in 5/07 gave high praise to her Conlon sales rep, Christine Patalano, for being unusually helpful and professional, although there were some glitches with the packing and loading crew. Christine explained things clearly during the estimate phase and negotiated a solution when some plaster got damaged during loading. The main problem was with the Mayflower long-haul driver, Bob, who didn't like his job and was grumpy about a number of things:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3090#93090 (interstate)

SOUTH CAROLINA

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Postby SOUTH CAROLINA » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:57 pm

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Allied Van Lines agents

--Azalea Moving & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in North Charleston.
Mentioned but little information. This company's website is www.azaleamoving.com and its phone number is 843-767-4888. As of 3/06 it had had no BBB complaints within the last 36 months. As of 9/06 it had an overall quality score from the van line of 4.50 out of 5 (well up in the "excellent" range).

--Sellers Transfer, Inc. (Allied) in Charleston.
Mentioned but almost no information. Its phone number is 843-744-5000. As of 9/06, Sellers had an overall quality score from the van line of 4.50 out of 5 (well up in the "excellent" range).

Atlas Van Lines agents

--A-1 Transfer & Storage (Atlas) in Cayce (Columbia area).
This company's website is www.a-1transfer.com or ww.a1transfer.org and its phones are 800-343-1147 and 803-796-7952.
"Beth from FL to SC" gave the company an excellent review for moving her things from storage in FL to her new residence in SC in 10/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14999 (interstate)

--Lytle's Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Atlas) in Duncan.
This company has the phone 864-433-6869. In 4/07 "Rick" (industry expert) posted that they received a Hauling Excellence Award from the van line in 2006:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6464#86464

Mayflower Transit agents

--Nilson Van & Storage (Mayflower) in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort, Charleston, and Sumter (also in Savannah, GA and Fayetteville, NC).
According to its website at www.nilsonvan.com, Nilson has been in business since 1938. As of 10/07 it had only 1 BBB complaint over the past 36 months. The phone numbers for its Columbia office (corporate HQ) are 1-800-845-2682 and 803-786-1090. "ArchieWhite" (owns a United/Mayflower agent in GA) posted that Nilson is a good company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8300#98300

North American Van Lines agents

:RIP: This company is out of business.--Cardinal Moving and Storage, Inc. (North American) in Greenville, Columbia, and Spartanburg, SC (and in Wilmington and Charlotte, NC).
This company has the website www.cardinalmovingandstorage.com and the phone 910-762-6661. "Rick" (industry expert) posted in 4/07 that Cardinal had been in Greenville more than 10 years:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6427#86427
"ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in Atlanta) posted in 11/08 that Cardinal closed its doors in 2008:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 885#119885


Stevens Van Lines agents

--Dale J. Cook Moving & Storage (Stevens) in North Charleston.
This company's phone number is 843-552-4833. It was recommended by "Rick" (industry expert):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6328

United Van Lines agents

--Hilldrup Moving and Storage (United) in Greenville.
See the entry under Hilldrup in VA for information about the company as a whole.

--Smith Dray Line & Storage Co., Inc. (United) in Charleston and elsewhere.
According to "Rick" (industry expert), Smith Dray is an established, quality company with seven locations in South Carolina and North Carolina. It is HQd in Greenville, SC. The office in Charleston also represents Mayflower Transit under a Unigroup affiliation (in other words, it represents both United and Mayflower):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6328

SOUTH DAKOTA

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Atlas Van Lines agents

--Brouwer Relocation (Atlas) in Sioux Falls (also a location in Iowa).
This company received a top quality award from the van line (Customer Choice award, which is based on customer surveys) in 2006. It used to be a North American Van Lines agent. No other information.

TENNESSEE

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Allied Van Lines agents

--Main Street Transfer & Storage (Allied) in Chattanooga.
This company has the phone 423-855-0040.
"jillieray" (real name Jill) had this company as a booking agent for a move to MD in 8/07. She posted that they were "fine to deal with" but the shipment was actually hauled by a driver from Bay Shore Allied in Hauppauge NY, whose truck broke down repeatedly. At last report he was due to arrive 11 days beyond the end of the delivery spread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14579 (interstate)

Note:

--Appalachian Moving & Storage (Allied) in Bristol, VA is not far from East Tennessee.
This company's phone number is 276-669-0702. Recommended by "IMP" (works for an independent mover).

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Alexander's Mobility Services (Atlas) in Nashville.
This location has a phone number of 800-550-0217. It received an award from the van line in 2006 and 2007 (Milton Hill award).

Note:

--A+ Moving & Storage Co., Inc. (Atlas) has an office in Rossville, GA, not too far from Chattanooga.

Mayflower Transit agents

--All American Moving Group, LLC (Mayflower) in Memphis.
This company is the largest hauler for Mayflower and does a huge number of military shipments. Its website is www.allamericanmoving.com and its phone is 800-467-2900. Do not confuse with the dubious company All American Moving that has MC #283939 and is located in the New York City area.

--Nestor & Sons, LLC (Mayflower) in Lavergne (Nashville area).
Mentioned but no information.

North American Van Lines agents

--Greeneville Moving & Storage Co. (NAVL) in Greeneville.
This company's phone number is 423-639-3137. Recommended by "IMP" (works for an independent mover).

--Peroulas Moving (North American) in Knoxville.
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.

United Van Lines agents

--Armstrong Relocation (United) in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville.
Armstrong is a very large United agent with the website www.armstrongrelocation.com and it is well regarded in the industry.
Someone gave them an excellent review in 8/06 for a move from East Tennessee to Minneapolis, praising the sales rep, the loaders, and the driver:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9693 (interstate)
"ArchieWhite" (owns a United/Mayflower agency in Atlanta) posted in 3/08 that Armstrong is "a top notch company, I've known the owners for 40 years." (He clarified that he was talking about Armstrong in general, but Armstrong was actually started in TN and is still HQd in Memphis.):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 297#105297

--Kwick-Way Relocation Services (United) in Johnson City. (Also several other locations nationwide; Johnson City is the HQ.)
This company's website is www.kwick-way.com and its phone number is 423-477-3121 or 800-223-3552. Recommended by "IMP" (works for an independent mover).

--Suddath Tennessee (United) in Nashville.
Suddath with website www.suddath.com is a very large, widely respected carrier with offices in many cities nationwide. This office has the phone numbers 615-292-5541 and 800-548-3901. No further information.

Independent moving companies

--Ozburn-Hessey (independent) in Nashville.
There is a bad report on this company for a 1999-2000 move involving storage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3770#63770

--Tony Lanigan Moving Services (independent) in Memphis.
This company has the phone 901-680-9130. As of 12/06 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months - http://www.midsouth.bbb.org/commonrepor ... d=21000096 It is not licensed to move people interstate and MovingScam was unable to check on whether it has a TN license.
"sinbad" gave it a very good review for loading a Penske truck in 12/06:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10804 (loading help)

Independent moving companies

--Moving Around LLC (independent) in Chattanooga.
This company has MC #504508 and the phone 423-825-2167. Mentioned but little information:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15211

TEXAS (Part 1)

Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superli

Postby TEXAS (Part 1) » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:59 pm

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Texas is one of several states that regulate local and intrastate movers through the DOT. Reportedly the Texas DOT at 1-800-299-1700, Option 3, has information about companies for people doing intra-Texas (within-state) moves. In addition, "Rick" (industry expert) posted that there is useful information at http://www.txdot.gov/services/motor_car ... e_move.htm - especially under the section called Moving Services Contract and that people are encouraged to use the Motor Carrier Complaint Management Systems to file complaints and monitor company information. They can enter the company name or Texas DOT number on this website to see whether there are complaints about the company - https://apps.dot.state.tx.us/apps/cms/

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

:thumbsdown: --Across USA Moving and Storage (independent) in the Dallas area.
AVOID using this company, which has the website http://www.acrossusa.com and MC #560670. See this thread for why:
viewtopic.php?t=14016


AUSTIN

Allied Van Lines agents

--Berger Transfer & Storage (Allied) in Austin.
Berger is Allied's largest agent with 15 offices nationwide. It was started in the Minneapolis area in 1910. The GM of this office posts as "anonymous 1" and says he routinely refers people to MovingScam.com, especially if they seem to be in danger of being scammed. Its website is http://www.bergerallied.com/austin.htm
"TooMuchDamage" posted that she had filed a lawsuit against Allied in 6/08 in connection with a move booked by Berger Austin to CA--she said there was substantial damage and Allied Van Lines denied her claim. Note that we did not hear Berger's side of this dispute, and a van line driver seems to have been the one at fault rather than Berger Austin:
viewtopic.php?p=118386#118386 (interstate)

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Ace Worldwide (Atlas) in Austin.
This company appears to be different from the Atlas agent Ace Relocation Systems, Inc. in Kyle, TX. Ace Worldwide in other locations has very good reviews and comments. This branch was going to be used by A. Arnold (independent) in Louisville, KY, to do a household survey for an interstate move--a good sign since A. Arnold is excellent:
viewtopic.php?p=56592#56592
"youngie" (real name Craig) reported that Ace picked up his Seattle-bound shipment on the same day that he called them, rescuing him from a potentially disastrous experience with Stealth Moving in WA:
viewtopic.php?p=74319#74319 (interstate)
"pithlydawn" gave Ace a very good review for a house move to NC in 1/08--the only problem was that two expensive electronic items shipped in their original boxes vanished, probably on the NC end. (Note that this was not Ace Worldwide's fault.) However, he had full replacement valuation coverage and the claim for them was paid in full:
viewtopic.php?t=15894 (interstate)

Mayflower Transit agents

--Daryl Flood (Mayflower) in Austin (also in Houston and Dallas).
This is a relatively new branch of Daryl Flood, opened in January 2009. Its website is www.darylflood.com and its phone is (800) 325-9340. The Houston and Dallas branches have a :thumbsup: rating on MovingScam.com because of their excellent reviews here.
In 12/10 "Tijuana Tiki" gave this branch a "B+" rating for his move to Seattle in 2/10, citing the whiny behavior of the driver but stating that the move, including the estimator and move coordinator, was otherwise good; note that the driver was from Mayflower and not from Daryl Flood: viewtopic.php?t=19957 (origin agent for interstate move)

North American Van Lines agents

--A-1 Freeman (North American) in Round Rock.
Mentioned but no information.

--Ward North American (North American) in Austin.
This company has the website http://www.wardnorthamerican.com and the phone 1-877-735-1390. The Austin office has apparently been in existence only since 2003. However, in response to an inquiry, "Nancy" (works for NAVL) posted that "Ward recently won Agent of the Year for the second year straight. They have an amazing training program for all employees called Ward University.":
viewtopic.php?t=7986
A driver for NAVL told a MovingScam moderator that "any Roger Ward is good."
"dmikes" posted that he had a very good move to NYC in 2006 with Ward's Austin office--they broke a few things but cut him a check for full value with no hassle:
viewtopic.php?p=96164#96164 (interstate)

United Van Lines agents

--Central Transportation Systems, Inc. (United) in Austin and other TX locations.
This company has the website http://www.centralsystems.com. Mentioned but little information. Do not confuse with the scam or dubious company Central Transport in Michigan with website http://www.centraltransportint.com.

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Duryea Moving and Storage (Wheaton) in Denton.
This company has the phone 940-382-9233. No other information.

--Metroplex Movers, Inc. (Wheaton) in Garland.
This company has the website http://www.metroplexmovers.com and the phone 972-907-1132. Mentioned but little information.

Independent moving companies

--Apple Moving (independent) in Austin.
This company has the website http://www.applemoving.com and the phone 512-452-0399 (North Austin) or 512-288-0399 (South Austin). As of 9/08 it had 8 BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"palmtreefreak" gave the company a rave report in 9/08 for rescuing a load from a scam company and delivering it to her apartment:
viewtopic.php?t=17331 (local)

--Hill Country Movers (independent) in Austin.
This company has the website http://www.hillcountrymovers.com and the phone 512-389-3000. Its website indicates that it also goes (or went) under the name of Aardvark Moving Company, Inc. It has a BBB report under the name of Aardvark Moving Company-Austin Texas Movers shows 5 complaints in the past 36 months as of 12/06 - http://www.centraltx.bbb.org/commonrepo ... ?bid=44038. That report lists a different address and phone number from the one on the Hill Country Movers website. None of these names are listed on http://www.safersys.org, so it definitely isn't licensed for interstate moves. Possibly it uses the name Aardvark to try to get a better alphabetical listing.
"sinbad" gave this company a good review for unloading a Penske truck in Austin in 12/06:
viewtopic.php?t=10804 (unloading)


COLLEGE STATION AREA

"Rick" (industry expert) posted in 11/07 that most of the better movers in the area are located nearer to Killeen because of the military base, although Ware North American has an office in Bryan. He suggested that customers in College Station moving to CA at least contact Hidden Valley Moving and Storage http://hiddenvalleymoving.com/locations.html (the Mayflower Transit agent in Temple) since they also have several offices in California:
viewtopic.php?p=100470#100470

Mayflower Transit agents

--Conlee-Garrett Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Bryan.
This company has the website http://www.garrett-moving.com and the phone 979-779-1341.
"txtoco" who moved to CO in 5/07 on a company-paid move gave a basically good review to this company as the booking agent, although its communication was not the best - viewtopic.php?t=13810 (booking agent for interstate move)


DALLAS AREA

Allied Van Lines agents

--Elite Transport, Inc. (Allied) in Plano.
Mentioned but little information. Elite has the website http://www.elitetransport.com and the phone 800-533-1927. As of 1/07 the company had no complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months.

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Alexander's Mobility Services (Atlas) in Garland.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2006 and 2007 (Milton Hill award).

--Atlantic Relocation Systems (Atlas) in Carrollton.
Mentioned by "Michael" (used to work for Graebel in Dallas) as a company to get a quote from.
"seacookie" told a MovingScam moderator in a Private Message that she had a driver from this agent for her move from Brooklyn to Seattle booked by University Van Lines, and University said that Atlantic Relo is very good.

--Garrett Transportation Services, Inc. (Atlas) in Fort Worth.
This company has the website http://www.garrett-atlas.com and the phone 800-373-5334. Mentioned but little information.

--Imlach & Collins Brothers, LLC (Atlas) in Irving.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2006 and 2007 (Milton Hill award).

Mayflower Transit agents

:thumbsup:--Daryl Flood (Mayflower) in Coppell (Dallas area), Houston, and Austin.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews as an origin agent posted on this website. (Reviews of the Dallas and Houston offices are counted together since they are less than 250 miles apart.) Daryl Flood with website www.darylflood.com and phone (800) 325-9340, became a Mayflower Agent in 5/08, changing from Allied Van Lines. It has recently had a license change to US DOT #2453189, MC# 842113 and TX DMV #006779291C. It has been praised by "Michael" (used to work for Graebel in Dallas). The company has a large hauling fleet (it is the fourth largest hauler for Mayflower) and does a lot of corporate moves. Both offices have had quality scores in the "excellent" range from customer service to drivers. For example, their scores as of 4/10 averaged 4.7 out of 5, second only to All American in Memphis, which is primarily a military hauler. The number of surveys is extremely high, especially in Dallas, which means that they do a great deal of volume.
"rdilypk" posted a very good review of Daryl Flood for a very last-minute move to Minneapolis in 6/07, the only glitch being that the move coordinators were hard to reach:
viewtopic.php?t=13790 (interstate)
"lpeirce" called Daryl Flood Dallas a "fantastic, reliable, honest" company in 2/08 for her self-hauled shipment to Washington DC, praising especially her "down-to-earth and responsive" sales rep Todd Westlake (cell phone 972-989-8375), the "efficient and courteous" packers, and the "wonderful" driver Freddie Caraveo and his "very careful and nice" nephews, who travel with him as his helpers:
viewtopic.php?t=15555 (interstate)
"sarradee" gave Daryl Flood Dallas an excellent review for a move to Austin in 8/08 - communication was great throughout and delivery was in one day:
viewtopic.php?t=17077 (intra-TX)

--IMS Relocation (Mayflower) in Carrollton.
This company's website is http://www.ims-relo.com and its phone is 800-559-2112. As of 1/08 it had 2 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. One of its owners, Chris Moucka, is vice president of household goods for the Southwest Movers Association representing the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana, a good sign.
"GreenSpark" gave IMS a good review in 1/08 for a move to San Diego:
viewtopic.php?p=102017#102017 (interstate)

--Norco Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Irving.
This company has the phone 972-438-6683 and as of 1/08 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"az ops man" commented "Norco is a very good agent in the DFW area, we use them quite regularly for origin and destination work.":
viewtopic.php?t=15374

National Van Lines agents

--AWard Moving Service, Inc. (National) in Carrollton.
This company with website http://www.firefightersmoving.net and phone 972-820-7508 employs off-duty firemen as well as professionals. It was mentioned as a good source of labor by "Michael" (used to work in Dallas): viewtopic.php?t=2017
Later he said that he wouldn't recommend it for a major move because the workforce varies too much depending on who is off-duty:
viewtopic.php?p=60999#60999
"LadyM" gave AWard a rave review in 2/07 for loading her ABF trailer for an interstate move:
viewtopic.php?t=11813 (loading help)

North American Van Lines agents

--A-1 Freeman (North American) in Dallas.
See remarks under Austin and Houston.
"Nancy" posted fairly unenthusiastic comments about them in 5/05, saying that Ward was a better North American agent in the Dallas area: viewtopic.php?p=33718#33718
In 8/07 "cfuglein" (real name Carl) posted that he was very pleased with the drivers for A-1 Freeman who delivered his "account" shipment from PA to Louisiana, even though the shipment was delivered 4 days late. (Freeman's Dallas office had an account to move his company's employees.):
viewtopic.php?p=95617#95617
viewtopic.php?t=14592 (booking and hauling agent for interstate move)
"SofaKing" posted a rave review in 8/08 of A-1 Freeman Dallas' packing services for a move to Istanbul booked by Sterling, and he included a video of the process showing Freeman's warehouse - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arEnuicDnQY:
viewtopic.php?t=17056 (packing for international move)

--Roger Ward (North American) in Garland.
Recommended by "Nancy" (works for NAVL in CA). This branch 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 a MovingScam moderator that "any Roger Ward is good."

Paul Arpin Van Lines agents

--Arpin America (Arpin) in Dallas.
Praised by "Michael" (used to work for Graebel in Dallas)--he mentioned that he knew the owner, Ron Cox.

United Van Lines agents

--Armstrong Relocation (United) in Dallas.
Praised by "Michael" (used to work for Graebel in Dallas) and "BigLeeCalif" (worked for United and then for Mayflower), who said that since it has many trucks it is likely to do a self-haul (desirable).
"Nunny11" posted an excellent review in 8/07 for a last-minute move to El Paso, commenting that although reps from Daryl Flood and Atlantic Relocation were highly professional, Armstrong's rep was the most impressive and also gave the lowest quote. The packers were fast and skillful and there was no damage:
viewtopic.php?t=14508 (within-TX move with packing)
"songbird" (real name Janet) posted that she had an excellent move with Armstrong for her move to KS in 12/07. She liked the sales rep, who gave the lowest quote, and she also liked the Daryl Flood rep but was less impressed with the Arpin and Garrett (Atlas) reps. The Mayflower driver was "super nice" and delivery was in two days with no damage. Thomas Transfer in Wichita did the unloading:
viewtopic.php?t=15167 (interstate)

--McCollister's Transportation Group (United/Mayflower) in Coppell.
McCollister's is a large United/Mayflower agent with hundreds of trucks and drivers. It has about a dozen locations throughout the U.S. "BigLeeCalif" (worked for United and then for Mayflower) posted that since it has many trucks it is likely to do a self-haul (desirable).
"rns161330" (rae) gave this branch a very good review for a (company-paid) move from Dallas to NYC:
viewtopic.php?p=54550#54550 (interstate)
She 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:
viewtopic.php?p=58679#58679 (interstate)

--Mohawk Moving & Storage of Texas (United) in Carrollton.
This company is a division of Mohawk Moving in Minneapolis. It has the website http://mohawkmoving.com/texas and the phone number 972-242-7711. Mentioned as a good company by "PMueller" (works for another United agent), who gave a different phone number for them - 866-869-6219.
"SpecialK" moving to Montana said he chose Mohawk over Armstrong and Ward based on price and his feeling about service quality, but he never came back to report:
viewtopic.php?p=35974#35974 (interstate)

:RIP:--O'Neil Relocation (United) in Garland. [Reportedly went out of business in 10/11.]
This is a branch of O'Neil Relocation (HQ) in Garden Grove, CA. There is also a branch in the San Jose area. It has the website http://www.oneilrelocation.com and "Rick" (industry expert) posted that it was a good company:
viewtopic.php?p=93781
In 11/07, "PApisces" chose this company for his move to PA and it appears to have gone well:
viewtopic.php?t=15108 (interstate)

--Suddath Relocation (United) in Dallas.
Praised by "Michael." (used to work for Graebel in Dallas) and by "BigLeeCalif," who said that since it has many trucks it is likely to do a self-haul (desirable).

Independent moving companies

--AA Awesome Relocation Systems, Inc. (independent) in Wichita Falls.
This company has the phone 940-322-4133.
In 12/08, "afviolettes" (real name Jason) posted a review complaining that they didn't keep good records and lost boxes in their warehouse--apparently they were being used for packing by Graebel San Antonio:
viewtopic.php?t=17620 (packing and warehouse storage on interstate move)

--All Star Moving and Storage, Inc. (independent) in Round Rock.
This company with D0T #1321856 has the website http://www.movewithallstar.com and the phone 512-218-8350 or 800-724-8177. There is a lengthy discussion of All Star here - viewtopic.php?t=9793
There are coupons on the website and also an ad for http://www.MovingInsurance.com, both of which features are often associated with dubious companies although it may not be true in this case.
"Elysse33" was considering them for a fairly large shipment to Seattle:
viewtopic.php?t=13877 (p. 2)

--Helping Hands Moving (independent) in Dallas.
This company has the phone number 214-289-4413 and is run by Shaun and Laura Swift. It advertises on Craigslist in Dallas. Although it is a member of the BBB, it may be unlicensed. It has never been reviewed here but someone gave it a rave review on another messageboard:
http://www.frisco-online.com/forum/mess ... adid=84477

--Joyce Van Lines (independent) in Dallas.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this branch of Joyce Van Lines. There are some bad reports about it on http://www.complaints.com and elsewhere. See this thread, where "Texas Girl" looked into it for a within-state move:
viewtopic.php?t=8419

--Texas Moving Co., Inc. (independent) in Richardson (near Dallas).
This company has the MC #196875, the website http://www.texasmoving.com and the phone 972-234-6371. Despite its absence from the http://www.protectyourmove.gov website in 5/08, it IS licensed to move household goods interstate.
"Rick" (industry expert) posted in 5/08 that "Texas Moving is a medium sized independent that is loosely tied to several smaller boutique and national van lines. Bill and Bob Andis (father and son) have operated the household goods and freight company since the late ‘80’s. They’ve never lost their authority. Their quality is generally very good.":
posting.php?p=109034#109034


EAST TEXAS

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Denum Moving and Storage (Atlas) in Lufkin.
Mentioned by "PMueller" as an agent used by Allied drivers for assistance.

Independent moving companies

--Superior Movers, Inc. (independent) in Texarkana.
This company with MC #479865 has a phone number of 903-223-1222. As of 11/07 it had no complaints at the BBB in the past 36 months. However, according to safersys.org it has only 1 truck and no current license to perform interstate moves.
“Thegnome” posted a very good review of Superior in 12/07 for a move from Tyler, TX to NM. He felt that going with a local company like Superior would work best for him, but said that Harralson (North American) also seemed good:
viewtopic.php?p=100532#100532(interstate)


EL PASO

North American Van Lines agents

--Empire Warehouse Company (North American) in El Paso.
Mentioned but no information.

Independent moving companies

--L & M Movers (independent) in El Paso.
This company is reportedly listed on eMove.com. It is probably not licensed to do actual moves.
"MominTexas" gave them a good review for loading help on her Broadway Express move in 8/06:
viewtopic.php?p=70306#70306 (loading help - has a photo of the movers)

- Texas listings continued in the next post -

TEXAS (Part 2)

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

Postby TEXAS (Part 2) » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:59 pm

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HOUSTON AREA

Be careful to avoid :evil: VIP Van Lines, which is based in Houston. Also, people have said not to use the Bekins agents in Houston or Fort Worth because their quality ratings are poor.

One person ("Changeling") was considering Berger, Atlantic Relo, Graebel, and Armstrong (four heavy hitters) for a move to Los Angeles but never came back to tell us which she chose and how it worked out - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6307 (interstate)

Another person ("cardsfan"; real name Jon) was considering Armstrong, Wald, and Adams for a move to St. Louis and he decided to go with Armstrong. This thread, also, has a lot of useful comparative information, including about the various sales reps - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7120 (interstate)

Allied Van Lines agents

--Berger (Allied) in Houston.
As of 9/06, this branch of Berger had an overall quality score from the van line of 4.28 out of 5 ("meets standards"). It has been praised by "IMP" but other branches have been severely criticized here:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2145 (interstate)

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Atlantic Relocation Systems (Atlas) in Houston.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2006 and 2007 (Milton Hill Award). Atlantic Relo as a whole is a large carrier with 11 offices nationwide and more than 400 trucks. Note: there is also an Atlantic Moving Systems in Houston that is a Mayflower/United agent. "IMP" (works for an independent mover) praised the Atlas agent Atlantic Relo in a Private Message to a MovingScam moderator as follows: "What a class act they are! Most employees have been there at least 10 years and their huge warehouse is immaculate. It has a thick cement wall and "garage" type door separating climate-controlled from non-climate-controlled storage."
There is a post by "gen" indicating that she was going to use them for a move to AL but she never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9507#39507 (interstate)
"pkphy39" liked the Atlantic Relo estimator for his move to CO but ultimately chose Graebel, partly because of better defined delivery dates:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7965 (interstate)
"Hstn to Asheville" posted in 6/08 that Atlantic Relo was "VERY GOOD . . . greatly exceeded my expectations" for a very large move to NC, mentioning especially the "polite, upbeat" office staff, the sales rep Matt Whatley, the move coordinator Albert O'Conner, the moving helper Sam ("a packing and loading wonder"), and the Atlas driver Ignacio Moreno and his co-driver Ben:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16596 (interstate)

--Roadrunner Moving & Storage (Atlas) in Houston.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2005 and 2007 (Milton Hill award).
"LR Padilla" gave high praise to a driver for Roadrunner who hauled his shipment from OK to MD:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7842 (interstate)

Bekins Van Lines agents

--EDC Moving Systems (Atlas Van Lines) in Houston.
As of 7/30/12 this company has an "A+" BBB rating with 3 complaints in the last 3 years.
"BOS to HOUS" posted that when EDC delivered furniture that had been booked with a packaging and shipping company called Transit Systems, Inc. (TSI), the workers were uncooperative and tried to hide damage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3317#43317

Graebel service centers

--Graebel in Houston.
Recommended by "IMP."
One interesting thing is that according to "JK" (moving to Boston), Graebel was the only company that had accurate information about problems caused by the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July 2004. Agents of other moving companies were behind the eight-ball and didn't show any recognition of the problem at first. We don't know who "JK" actually moved with, however, or how it turned out:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3164#13164 (interstate)
"pkphy39" chose Graebel for his move to CO:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7965 (interstate)
"Ang" was very happy with Graebel for a move to the D.C. area:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9406 (interstate)

Mayflower Transit agents

--Atlantic Moving Systems (Mayflower) in Houston.
Do not confuse this company with the Atlantic Moving Systems in the Miami area that is on the Blacklist here. The Houston company was recommended by "BigLeeCalif." BigLee posted that Atlantic is a dual agent for Mayflower and United. The name of the United agency is Holman Moving Systems and the two companies have the same General Manager, John Deale.
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1812#11812
There is a post by "aidan" describing problems with his move, but it seems to have been mainly caused by botched paperwork and we don't have a final report on how it was resolved:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1785 (interstate)

:thumbsup:--Daryl Flood (Mayflower) in Houston (also in Dallas and Austin).
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews as an origin agent posted on this website. (Reviews of the Houston and Dallas offices are counted together since they are less than 250 miles apart.) Daryl Flood became a Mayflower Agent in 5/08, changing from Allied Van Lines. The company has a large hauling fleet (it is the fourth largest hauler for Mayflower) and does a lot of corporate moves. Both offices have had quality scores in the "excellent" range from customer service to drivers. For example, their scores as of 4/10 averaged 4.7 out of 5, second only to All American in Memphis, which is primarily a military hauler. The number of surveys is extremely high, which means that they do a great deal of volume.
"msgr" posted that she had a very good interstate move with them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3175#53175 (interstate)
"pkphy39" was underwhelmed by the Daryl Flood estimator for his move to CO--he chose Graebel instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7965
"stromgald30" reported that Daryl Flood did well on her family's 15,000-pound company-paid full-pack move to Seattle in 10/05:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4173#94173 (interstate)
She also used Daryl Flood for her own move to CA in 5/06, and again the company performed well:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4176#94176 (interstate)
"lisa1120" gave Daryl Flood a very good review for her small 10/07 move to Arizona:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14921 (interstate)
"tcpei" (real name Tom) complained in 4/08 that Daryl Flood tried to make him pay a shuttle charge that was not properly itemized on the paperwork, but the company eventually backed down and canceled the invoice:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15999 (interstate)
"LadyLW1" posted in 3/09 that she had a "great" move to Houston with Daryl Flood (which was then an Allied company) in 2003:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17984 (interstate)
"scaredtohiremovers" gave a mixed review of Daryl Flood on 7/8/11:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... c&start=15

--Wald (Mayflower) in Houston.
This company is what is known as a Pinnacle Mover--see www.pinnaclemover.com.
Its estimator has good comments by "cardsfan" for his move to St. Louis:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7120
"sallylj" went with them for her move from Beaumont to Frisco in 9/06 and was dissatisfied - she said that the packing was "atrocious" and the driver couldn't access her residence in Beaumont, resulting in additional charges for a long carry even though the estimator from Wald had said that tractor-trailer access would be no problem:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1099#71099 (in-state)

National Van Lines agents

--A-OK Moving & Storage (National) in Beaumont.
This company has the website www.aokmoving.com. It reportedly used to be an agent for North American Van Lines.
"EastCoastMover" (driver for NAVL) posted about the company and told a MovingScam moderator in a PM that the owner, a Mr. Olson, was a very good person:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0986#60986
"sallylj" (also posted as "Texas Girl" got a quote from A-OK for her in-state move to Frisco, but she ultimately went with Wald because they gave her a lower price:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6(in-state)

North American Van Lines agents

--A-1 Freeman (North American) in Houston.
Almost no information but "Michael" (works for Atlas) has reportedly had doubts about this company. Its internal quality scores have been said to be adequate but not great.
"sgt york" booked with them (through ReMax's movingcoach.com) for a move to NC where DeHaven's Transfer & Storage in Raleigh-Durham (which he liked very much) was the hauler. He was basically satisfied but said A-1 Freeman sent only two workers to load and NAVL was very slow to give him a final bill:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10044

--Adams Transfer & Storage (North American) in Conroe.
Mentioned but almost no information.

--Harris Moving & Storage Co. (North American) in Houston.
Mentioned as having been an agent for NAVL for 60 years. A driver for NAVL told a MovingScam moderator that this company is good and it was the personal mover for George Bush Sr.

United Van Lines agents

--Armstrong Relocation in Houston.
Armstrong is huge and this particular branch is a Pinnacle Mover--see www.pinnaclemover.com. It was recommended by "Michael," "IMP," "Rick," and "BigLeeCalif" at various times. Here are the remarks by Rick:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1345#51345
And here are strongly favorable remarks by "BigLeeCalif":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1345#61345
"Houston-San Francisco" posted about a large, delicate move to San Francisco where there were problems on the loading end and the GNTE estimate was way off, but he never came back with a final report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7416 (interstate)
"boston_to_TX" posted that her account move booked by Armstrong from Boston to College Station, TX, went fairly well although the shipment was transferred from one truck to another in Oklahoma, where several items were temporarily misplaced in Armstrong's warehouse. There was no damage. Humboldt in Boston was the origin agent:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8682 (interstate)
"Hstn to Asheville" was underwhelmed by the Armstrong sales rep in 6/08, finding her seemingly uninformed:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16596

--Suddath (United) in Houston.
Mentioned but no information. Suddath is a very large carrier with many branches and has a good reputation in the industry.

Independent moving companies

--A Better Tripp Moving & Storage Co. (independent) in Houston.
The company has the website www.abettertripp.com and the phone 713-266-8348. It has had a three-year-long interstate license revocation. As of 12/08 it had 4 BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"gen" got a possibly lowball quote from the company for 2500 pounds for her shipment to Auburn, AL, where other reputable companies estimated it at 6000 pounds. She said she had had a good move with them previously to Washington, DC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5219 (interstate)

--Los Flores Movers (independent) in Houston.
This company has the website www.losfloresmovers.com and the phone 713-227-6683 or 877-227-6625. As of 12/08, it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months. It is not licensed to move people interstate.
"Jacob Kowenski" gave Los Flores a rave review for a local move in 11/08, praising especially the crew leader, Robert de la Rosa:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17563 (local)

--Holland (independent) in Houston.
This company is reportedly listed on eMove.com but we have no contact information.
"RLLM2007" posted in 8/07 that she was happy with this company for loading a Penske truck - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14554 (loading help)

:thumbsdown:--Minute Man Moving (independent) in Houston. [Possibly dba :thumbsdown:White Glove Moving and :thumbsdown:Half Price Movers.]
AVOID using this company, which has the phone number 832-452-3336. A BBB file on it was opened in 6/07. It may not be licensed to do interstate moves even though it offers to do "long distance moves" on Craigslist. People can check with the TX DOT to see whether it is licensed in TX.
"ymbd" posted that she found them on Craigslist and they were "so courteous and efficient" unloading her ABF trailer in Houston in 6/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0751#90751 (unloading help)
However, "slyn" posted in 7/07 that people should not use Minute Man, since the owner and his partner treated the helpers very badly during a local move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4004#94004 (local)
He added that as of 7/26/07, Minute Man had changed its name to White Glove Moving, but with the same phone number (above).
"Jacob Kowenski" posted a very bad review of this company in 3/08, saying that Anthony and Mark seemed nice at first, but later things turned ugly and they raised the price on his move. He added that the company has changed its name to Half Price Movers but still advertises on Craigslist with the same phone, 832-452-3336:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 113#106113 (local)

--Two Men and a Truck (independent) in Houston.
"IMP" (works for an independent mover not located in TX) posted that the Houston branch of this company was good.


LUBBOCK

Allied Van Lines agents

--American Moving Services (Allied) in Lubbock.
This company has the phone 806-747-4472. Mentioned but no information.

United Van Lines agents

--Armstrong Moving & Storage (United) in Lubbock (also in Austin, San Antonio, Midland, and El Paso).
This company has the website www.armstrongmoving.com and the phone 806-744-4563. It is HQd in the Austin area and has no connection with the large United carrier Armstrong Relocation HQd in Memphis.


SAN ANTONIO

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Imlach Movers of San Antonio, LLC (Atlas) in San Antonio.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2006 (Milton Hill award).

Graebel service centers

--Graebel in San Antonio.
"afviolettes" (real name Jason) posted a complaint in 12/08 that Graebel-San Antonio lost boxes on a relatively short-distance military move involving an overflow situation. There was also damage and he was very dissatisfied with the claims process. However, he posted in 8/09 that ultimately everything was settled by Graebel to his satisfaction:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17620 (short-distance interstate)

Mayflower Transit agents

--Scobey Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in San Antonio (also in El Paso and Killeen).
This company has the website www.scobeymovingandstorage.com and the phone 210-828-8393. Scobey in San Antonio was praised in 5/08 by "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 678#109678

North American Van Lines agents

--Roger Ward (North American) in San Antonio.
This company's website is www.wardnorthamerican.com. It received a top quality award from the van line (Customer Choice award, which is based on customer surveys) in both 2005 and 2006. A driver for NAVL told a MovingScam moderator that "any Roger Ward office is good." "bosoxfan" (banking professional familiar with the industry) posted in 5/08 that "Ward out of San Antonio is consistently ranked as the #1 agent in the NAVL agent base. They even received an award from Texas Instruments in 2006 for contractor of the year - special recognition for a trucking company. The warehouse is top notch as is their executive base and the drivers they choose to represent them.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 678#109678

Independent moving companies

--Econo Move & Storage, Inc. (independent) in San Antonio.
This company has the website http://economoveandstorage.com and the phone 210-637-6100. Mentioned but little information.

:thumbsdown:--On the Spot Movers (independent) in San Antonio (legal name Patriot Packaging, Inc.).
AVOID this company with MC #477254, which was a Stevens agent until the spring of 2007. There is a long discussion of the company on this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13667
In 8/07, "thelife336" moving to VA reported that On the Spot held his things for more than a month and was unreachable by phone:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14585 (interstate)
In 9/07, "hollandmk" moving to New York State reported that his move with On the Spot went OK but there was damage and (as with "thelife336") the company was unreachable by phone after the move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7006#97006 (interstate)
As of 9/07, On the Spot had three bad reviews on Citysearch at http://sanantonio.citysearch.com/review/36888437


SOUTH TEXAS

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Chon’s Transfer (Atlas) in Harlingen.
"Going North" had them do an estimate in 12/07 for his move to Washington State but after a week they hadn't sent it so he ruled them out. He said, however, that they did a good job for him on a local move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15313 (local)

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Gulf Transport (Bekins) in San Benito.
"Going North" had them do an estimate in 12/07 for his move to Washington State but posted that he didn't get a good feeling about the company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15313

Mayflower Transit agents

--Jones Moving and Storage (Mayflower) in Harlingen/Brownsville.
"Going North" had them do an estimate in 12/07 for his move to Washington State and said that the estimator was very professional but could give him only a Nonbinding estimate so he went with another company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15313

United Van Lines agents

--KC Salley Van & Storage Company/South Texas Movers (United) in Corpus Christi.
This company has the website www.kcsalley.com and the phone number 800-788-8194. It advertises that it is a five-star agent for United in packing, hauling, and storage. Its president, Jhan Oler, CRP, has an excellent page on the website entitled "How to Experience a Great Move" - http://www.kcsalley.com/frequentquestions/ As of 8/06, the company (listed under South Texas Movers) had no complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months. It seemed to be in the process of changing its name with a new website at www.southtexasmovers.com but as of 12/07 the latter link didn't work. "ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in Atlanta) posted in 12/07 that he knows the owner and KC Salley is a good company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 286#101286
"SusanF" posted that workers from KC Salley did a better job than the Holman driver in unloading her Holman shipment from NJ--"The two helpers were terrific and worked their butts off, were extremely polite and were careful.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8683#68683 (unloading help)

UTAH

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Atlas Van Lines agents

--Mollerup Van & Storage (Atlas) in Salt Lake City (also in St. George and Roy, Utah).
This company has the website www.mollerupmoving.com and the phone 800-333-3546 or 801-886-0040. Although the BBB report indicates that Mollerup is family-run and has been in operation since 1891, it has an "unsatisfactory" BBB rating due to unanswered complaints - http://utah.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx ... m=86060011
"lukenlaurafan77" posted in 11/07 that a long-haul driver from Mollerup (Jason) was rude to her on pickup in Colorado for her move to MD and some of her boxes were lost and there was damage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15168 (hauling agent)

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Sugar House Moving & Storage (Bekins) in Salt Lake City.
This company has the website www.sugarhouse.com. Mentioned but no information.

Mayflower Transit agents

--Arrow Moving & Storage Co. of Utah, LP (Mayflower) in Salt Lake City (also in various locations in Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, and Oklahoma).
This company's website is http://www.arrowmoving.net and the phone number for this branch is 888-858-6683 or 801-972-4200. As of 11/10 this branch had an A+ BBB rating with 1 complaint (resolved) over the past 36 months. 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

--Premier Van Lines, Inc. (Mayflower) in Salt Lake City.
This company with MC #284191 has the website www.premiervanlines.com and the phone 801-892-0013 or 800-409-7628. Note that there is a Premiere Van Lines in FL that has no association whatsoever with the reputable Mayflower agent Premier Van Lines in Salt Lake City.
An industry expert posted in 7/08 that it has been associated with several different van lines over the past 15 years:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 232#113232
"UTSteelerFan" (real name Art Haddow - owner of Premier) posted in 8/08 that Premier had just helped rescue a customer victimized by Special Movers of North Bergen, NJ:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17017
Art Haddow posting as "JAHaddow" came online in 11/08 to give further information about his company and about Arrow, a competitor. He commented that Premier is licensed with the FMC as a NVOCC:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 721#119721

United Van Lines agents

--Mesa Systems, Inc. (United) in Salt Lake City.
This company was formerly called Mesa Moving & Storage Co. It is HQd in Grand Junction, CO and has the website www.mesasystemsinc.com. Mentioned but no information.

Allied Agents

Bailey's Moving & Storage (Allied) in Salt Lake City.
This company with MC#: 139689 and DOT#: 321642 has the website http://www.baileysallied.com and the phone number (801) 292-1466. As of 5/3/11 this company had 13 complaints with the BBB in the last 36 months.

VERMONT

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United Van Lines agents

--Graham Moving and Storage (United) in Colchester (Burlington area).
Mentioned but no information.

Independent moving companies

--Booska Movers (independent) in Burlington.
This company's website at www.booskaworldwide.com says it also has a location in Naples, FL, although "worldwide" may be a bit of a stretch. It was mentioned by a couple of people including "MollieB" as having a lot of fans in VT:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4795#24795

--McLure Moving & Storage (independent) in Essex Junction.
This company used to be an agent for North American Van Lines. "Ruges" (a driver for NAVL) commented that they were decent but sometimes overbooked and relied too much on LaborReady workers:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9267#49267

VIRGINIA (Part 1)

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Note: the Washington DC metro area is considered a "commercial zone" and a company might not have to have interstate authority even if a move is between VA and DC, DC and MD, or VA and MD, depending how far the VA and MD locations are from DC.

Tim Walker posted that for intrastate moves within Virginia, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) enforces state regulations. The number you need is 804-367-1498 (Paul Pugh). You can call him and ask what kind of consumer protection laws are in effect in Virginia, especially in regard to lowball estimates. Another good number to have is the Virginia Movers & Warehousemen's Association headed up by Dale Bennett. Their number is 804-358-1448. Virginia is a regulated state. There is a good summary of regulations governing intrastate moves within VA here - http://www.vmwa.org/index.asp?SectionID ... ctionID=12 Moves of 30 miles are less are considered local moves in VA and moves of 31 miles or more are considered intrastate moves.

In 5/10, "Rick" (industry expert) posted that "Virginia is a regulated state and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) grants all operating authority or license to the movers performing moving services in Virginia. All of Virginia’s certificated movers (restricted common carriers) are required to have available for public inspection their tariff which contains the approved rates and charges. Most movers in Virginia are a member of the Virginia Movers and Warehousemen Association (VMWA), which publishes a uniform tariff for their members."

Here is the DMV's list of approved movers in VA:
http://www.dmvnow.com/exec/mcs/map.asp? ... =3/12/2008

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

:evil: --Carmack Moving & Storage (independent) in Chantilly.
AVOID this company. See these threads for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2304
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5692
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14310

:evil: --Helping Hands Relocation (independent).

:evil: --Quality Moving & Storage (independent).
AVOID this company, which uses the cell phone number 703-362-0346 and is almost certainly unlicensed. See this thread:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7600

:evil: --Raven Moving & Storage (independent) in Burke.
AVOID this company. See this thread for why:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6597

:evil: --Ryders Van Lines (independent).
AVOID this company.

:evil: --Stagecoach Movers in Springfield.
AVOID this company. Stagecoach is run by Bob Serafin and has the website www.stagecoachmovers.com. It has several good reviews here but it has an "unsatisfactory" rating with the BBB. In any case it isn't licensed to do moves beyond the metro area. "MusicMom" posted that she sees its pickup truck and small trailer frequently.

Allied Van Lines agents

--Ambassador Worldwide Moving (Allied) in Ashburn.
This company's website is www.ambassadoronline.com and its phone is 703-260-0100. Industry people say that Ambassador is a very high-quality company. As of 4/06, its overall quality score from the van line was 4.40, which is in the "excellent" category. However, as of 5/08 it had an "unsatisfactory" BBB rating due to failure to respond to complaints. Since it also had no BBB complaints during the past 12 months, this is somewhat surprising. Having an "unsatisfactory" BBB rating is not always a deal-breaker but the sales rep should be asked to explain.
Someone posting as "gse" (real name Gail) who moved from DC to San Francisco gave Ambassador a rave review, praising her sales rep Mark Brower, 703-260-0100 x2300:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3646#43546 (interstate)
"waters96" also got an extremely accurate quote from (and liked) Mark Brower for a move to CA in 10/06 but ultimately went with Hilldrup because an employer had a contract with them and agreed to pay for the move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2699#72699
"moving2ca" gave Ambassador (and especially its driver, Sean O'Malley) a rave review for a move to CA in 9/06 - the cost was about $5300 for 4500 pounds including a full pack:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8601#78601 (interstate)

--Bayshore Transportation Systems, Ltd. (Allied) in Woodbridge (also in Newark, DE).
This company has the website www.bayshoreallied.com and the phone 800-874-6683. As of 8/10 it had 2 BBB complaints over the past 36 months. It was praised by "PMueller" (workiing for another Allied agent) but we have no reviews. "weem" (works for a company in northeast MD) said that the Delaware branch of Bayshore is great but this VA branch is somewhat less so.

--DunMar Moving Systems (Allied) in Richmond. (Legal name is Centre Carriers Corp.)
This company has the website www.dunmar.com and the phone 804-648-0016. As of 6/07 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months - http://www.richmond.bbb.org/commonreport.html?bid=252 In 6/07, "PMueller" (then working for Allied) posted that "DunMar is a good Allied agent and almost as old as dirt":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1057#91057
In 5/08, "ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in GA) also gave them a vote of confidence:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 922#109922
"sblank" moving interstate posted in 6/07 that "they seem professional and on the ball":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14067
"DCheepas" posted a rave review of DunMar in 6/08 for his move to NJ, commenting favorably on the company giving him free boxes and the professionalism and good communication skills of the driver (Angel):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16272 (interstate)

--Security Storage & Van Lines (Allied) in Charlottesville., Norfolk, and Virginia Beach.
This company should not be confused with the United/Mayflower agent Security Storage in DC. As of 9/06 it had an overall quality rating from the van line of 4.17 out of 5 ("meets standards"). "Ruges" (NAVL driver) posted that this company is the only major carrier in Charlottesville. "They don't have the best facilities, so if you needed storage I would sugest it be at destination. But as for the moving part I think they would be the best choice for that location. They do have there own scale there.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5998#65998
In 1/08, "Rick" (industry expert) posted that Security was originally established in Charlottesville as Security Movers in the early '90s. He said that it has been an Allied agent since the '30's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 512#102512

--Victory Van Corp. (Allied) in Alexandria.
This company with MC #128153 has the website www.victoryvan.com and the phone number is 703-751-5200. Do not confuse this company with Victory Van Lines. Victory Van's website created in 2010 states that it acquired Matthew Moving, a generally well-regarded fellow Allied agent located in Clarksburg MD (see its listing and reviews at this URL - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7639#57639).
Victory Van Corp. has been praised by industry people, especially "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD). As of 11/10 it had a "B+" BBB rating with 4 complaints over the past 36 months, all within the past 12 months - not excessive, considering that it has 39 trucks according to protectyourmove.gov. The BBB commented that it did not have sufficient information about the company - hence the B+ (rather than A) rating. Its safety rating on safersys.org shows 3 enforcement cases in 2005 and 2007 where the company was fined. Also, as of 9/06 its overall quality score from the van line was only 4.21 out of 5 ("meets standards"). Reviews of this company on MovingScam.com have been mixed.
"kgreen" gave Victory Van a rave review for her local move in Bethesda. She liked her sales rep (Jack Sullivan), who guaranteed the price and included full replacement value coverage, and the move was completed in fewer hours than expected. She lists quotes given by other companies she considered such as Beltway, Thomas AAA, Town and Country, and JK Moving: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2901 (local)
"arlingtonmove" used them for a move to San Francisco and was very pleased (an Allied agent on the West Coast was the hauler): http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6127#46127 (interstate)
"Arline" got a quote from them for her move to FL but went with McCollister's: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5558#5558
"lstevenson" gave Victory Van a very good review for a presumably interstate move: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1922#61922 (interstate)
"guestNC" posted that he had a good move with Victory Van to NC in a self-haul - the only weak point was communication about delivery, etc.:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1391#71391 (interstate)
"deliotb" gave Victory Van very good marks for a move to MI in 8/05, leaving some items in storage with Victory in VA. When he returned to VA in 1/07, there was a dispute about cost for getting his items out of storage and back, but he posted a positive report that a vice-president of Victory Van, Steve Henegar, settled the problem in a "fair, bordering on generous" way: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10907 (interstate move followed by local move out of storage)
"victorysuck" posted a bad report in 7/07 on his (apparently company-paid) move with Victory Van from VA to TX, complaining about the company's flimsy moving boxes and a very poor packing job. Many things arrived damaged. This could have been an isolated case of a bad packing crew:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14456 (interstate)
In 11/10, "Arlington_to_NewOrleans" posted an unfavorable review of Victory Van for a move to LA, saying that its sales rep and move coordinator made misleading statements about how his goods would be transported. Also, there was almost $1000 worth of damage (but his claim was honored) and he posted that the van line driver admitted allowing a hitchhiker to sleep in the trailer with his goods: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19934 (booking and origin agent for interstate move)

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Collins Brothers Moving & Storage, LLC (Atlas) in Dulles (also in Larchmont and Southampton, NY, and Irving, TX).
This company has the website www.collinsbros.com and the phone 703- 661-6045. "joesgarage39" (retired driver) posted in 6/08 that they were a good company:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16495
"noneofyourbizz" got an estimate from Collins for his move with storage to Seattle. The Collins rep wouldn't give him anything but a Nonbinding estimate and when he called to say he was using Security Storage instead, acted unprofessional:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6929#26929

--Paxton Van Lines (Atlas) in Springfield (also in Sandston and Richmond, VA, and in Charlotte, NC).
Its website is www.paxton.com and it has very good comments by industry professionals including "Michael" (working for another Atlas agent) and "weem" (working for a mover in northeast MD). Among Atlas agents, it is said to be below Alexander's (gold standard) in quality but above Ace and Atlantic Relo. The company won a prestigious quality award from the van line in 2005, 2006, and 2007 (Milton Hill award). The 2006 award included the Sandston, VA office. This company is likely to self-haul. "Rick" (industry expert) posted that Paxton "has a fairly large pack-and-load hauling fleet that they use to routinely service their accounts on both coasts. Good group of drivers.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3622#43622
"Anne Watson" used Paxton for her move to Indiana and was pleased except that she had damage to a few items--she put in a claim but we don't know how it turned out. The shipment was self-hauled by Paxton. One strange thing is that the estimator (Julia) wrote down the wrong weight for her move and Anne had a GNTE so she had 6000 pounds moved for the price of 3000 pounds. Incidentally, the driver told Anne that Paxton usually refuses to give GNTEs:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5815#35815 (interstate)
"Philippe" used Paxton for his move to Boston and was pleased except that he had damage to a TV--he put in a claim but we don't know how it turned out. He said he chose Paxton over Hilldrup because the price was a bit better. This was a self-haul:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1431 (interstate)
"Arline" got a quote from them for her move to FL but went with McCollister's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5558#5558
"suzie" got a quote from them for her move to CA and liked them (especially her estimator Julia) but ended up using Hilldrup, largely because Paxton was $1000 more expensive and would give her only a Nonbinding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5598#45598 (interstate)
"Diana" (moved to Olympia, WA) also said that Paxton would only give her a Nonbinding estimate, so she went with Von Paris instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3869 (interstate)
"NoelleS" (moving to GA) praised Paxton's estimator Julia but we don't know whether she went with them--she said they were expensive:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4470#44470
Someone who moved to San Diego in 11/06 raved about Paxton's move coordinator (Barbara), packing and loading crews, driver (Mr. Brown), and unloading crew, saying they were all prompt and professional and nothing was broken. "Total weight was 8150 pounds. With full pack service and enhanced insurance the total was $9175. That amount also included [$600 for] special handling for our plasma tv":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10651 (interstate)

Bekins Van Line agents

--A-1 Movers (Bekins) in Woodbridge.
Mentioned but no information.

Graebel service centers

--Graebel/Mid-Atlantic Movers, Inc. in Chantilly.
Mentioned but no information.

Mayflower Transit agents

--Joe Moholland Moving (Mayflower) in Woodbridge.
Mentioned but little information. Industry people have praised the company as "very solid" and somewhat better than the other Mayflower agents Ramar and VIP in MD.
However, "ralphhhh" was dissatisfied with Moholland for his large shipment to Alabama in 2004, mentioning careless packing and resultant breakage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6223#96223 (interstate)

:alert:--Kloke Group (Mayflower) in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Newport News, and Manassas. Also dba Kloke Movers, Inc.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has the website www.kloke.com and the phone 804-353-0212 (Richmond office). Two bad reviews have been posted on this website (see below). However, in 5/08 "ArchieWhite" (owns a Mayflower/United agency in GA) posted that he knows Mr. and Mrs. Kloke and "they are quality people":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 922#109922
"Daisy1229" posted a bad report on a local move with Kloke--the movers arrived late, worked slowly, and damaged things, and the company president had poor customer service skills:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5131#25131 (local)
"ces" posted a bad review of them for an in-state move in 2003 where they had a military contract to move her. Kloke lost half her belongings for 3 months and an item was destroyed. They also had a bad attitude:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0279#60279 (in-state)

--Premier Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Mayflower) in Blacksburg and Salem.
Premier used to be called Blacksburg Transfer & Storage (the Salem branch was formerly Akers). People in the industry say that Premier is very reputable and it has a long history as a Mayflower agent. "Rick" (industry expert) posted in 6/08 that Premier is "a top notch company" -
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 447#110447 The company was first discussed on MovingScam because an osteopathic student reported that Premier had an account to move students, but we never found out how the move went. A MovingScam volunteer went to the Blacksburg facility and was favorably impressed:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0603#30603

North American Van Lines agents

--Lynne Moving & Storage, Inc. dba Lynne North American (North American) in Newport News.
This company has MC #561637, website www.lynnenorthamerican.com (under construction as of 9/07), and phone 757-873-2540. As of 9/07 it had 2 complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months, none listed on the FMCSA database. According to safersys.org, it became licensed to do interstate moves in 3/07. A prior version of the website (cached on Google) suggests that the company may be woman-owned. The person listed by the BBB as the principal of 9/07 was Marcus Boggs.

--Relocation Systems LLC (North American/Global) in Sterling or Dulles - the address is listed both ways.
This company has the website http://www.navlagent.com/teamrelo/ and MC #344913. According to "Rick" (industry expert), it is owned by the same people who own JK Moving. A sales rep from JK Moving recommended that someone with a small shipment to PA ("rivki8699") call them for a better price than he could give:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7300#37300
A driver for NAVL told a MovingScam moderator that this company is of marginal quality and "the help barely speaks English."
However, "saxman5672" gave them a good preliminary review for a local move in Ashburn although he never came back to report, He said that the sales rep was very professional and the company came recommended by friends and colleagues:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7664#27664 (local)

Stevens Van Lines agents

--Manassas Transfer (Stevens) in Manassas.
Its website is www.manassastransfer.com. According to "Rick" (industry expert), this is a smaller company with a good reputation for both government and commercial moves. It focuses on military moves and may not be the best choice for civilian customers.
There is a 2004 complaint about a local move with the company posted on the Internet:
http://www.complaints.com/directory/200 ... r/4/13.htm
"cakedesigner59" posted in 4/07 that the rep from Manassas Transfer gave her rather high estimates for a move to NC and seemed irked when asked for a Binding Not to Exceed estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13408

United Van Lines agents

--Brooks Transfer & Storage Co., Inc. (United) in Virginia Beach and Midlothian (Richmond area).
This company has the website www.brookstransfer.com.
"Moving to Mississippi" with a small load to MS had Brooks Richmond as his hauler although the move was booked by Von Paris. He posted in 7/07 that he was very happy with the Brooks office staff and the driver, Gerald Price, and he got his things in a timely way with no damage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14324 (interstate)

:thumbsup:--Hilldrup Moving and Storage (United) in Stafford. Manassas, and Richmond (also in MD).
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no significant bad reviews as an origin agent posted on this website. Hilldrup also has locations in Burlington and Charlotte NC, Greenville SC, and Orlando FL. It and Von Paris are widely considered the best United agents in the DC metro area after Security Storage. It won the prestigious United Van Lines' President's Quality Award three times (most recently in 2007) and also a quality award in 2005 (Customer Choice award). It has a large hauling fleet and would be likely to self-haul shipments. Hilldrup has been highly praised by many industry people posting here, including "Rick" (industry expert), "weem" (works for a mover in northeast MD), "moveman" (works for United), "ECM" (now posting as I-95), a long-haul driver based in the Northeast, and "ArchieWhite" (owns a United/Mayflower agency in Atlanta).
For example, "PMueller" (works for a United agent in FL) has posted the following about Hilldrup in general-:

The Hilldrup offices in the United system were always top quality providers. They handled many of my special needs high end executive account relocations either on the origin or destination end. These transferee's always received full packing and full unpacking with maid service to put items away and Hilldrup performed perfectly. They also had a decent hauling fleet with good drivers. As always, times do change and service issues arise with the best of companies, but I feel safe in saying you should be treated right and be able to receive a good relocation with Hilldrup.- http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1057#51057
In 10/06, "Fred0844" (works for a United agent in Canada) posted that Hilldrup has a state of the art "in house" training facility. It incorporates Internet training (Unigroup University and Hilldrup's own proprietary courses) and a classroom for about 150 students that has a fully furnished house and fully equipped United trailer in the building:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2682#72682
In 7/07, a driver for another United agent ("bklait") posted that the Hilldrup facility in Richmond was well kept and maintained, a sign of high quality in his opinion:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3128#93128
This company is popular:- on June 27, 2005, two people who called them for an estimate posted that they were booked up until after Labor Day.
"suzie" posted a rave review of a self-paid move with Hilldrup from VA to Santa Clara, CA, with some moving tips as well, and her review is very worth reading, partly because she also comments on her estimates from Paxton and Quality Services Moving, both of which offered her only Nonbinding estimates. Her long-haul drivers John and Belinda were from Mohawk United in Minneapolis, and she thought they and her Hilldrup estimator Ben were all great:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5598#45598 (interstate)
One person posted a very brief review just saying she had used Hilldrup in the past and had been very pleased (seemed as if it was local);
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7244#37244 (local)
"California Bound" posted a rave review of her move from Arlington to Davis, CA with Hilldrup. Mesa Systems from Grand Junction, CO, was the hauler but Hilldrup stayed on top of things. She was initially booked with Gulliver's and went through some bad business with the mover they booked her with before going with Hilldrup:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3650#13650 (interstate)
"santogenoveva" posted a rave review of her (company-paid) move with Hilldrup to Los Angeles, again stressing their good communications; she had a Hilldrup truck and driver:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2208#32208 and
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... interstate)
Unfortunately, her car was a total loss when a tire blew on the car carrier booked by Hilldrup (Circle B Transportation) and there was a fire, but she was fully compensated.
"Unclejesse" posted that Hilldrup and Victory Van were the only ones of several movers he contacted who agreed to do an in-residence estimate for his move to NC and gave him a GNTE--JK and Moyer just gave him a phone estimate and Von Paris never even got back to him:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8083 (interstate)
Someone posted an excellent review of a self-hauled move including a car (which cost $1500) to Las Vegas, praising especially the driver (Ray) and his crew, who had been working together for 12 years:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10214 (interstate)
"dcsf" posted in 10/06 that on a move to San Francisco, Hilldrup's sales rep and move coordinator were good but the packing crew manager was rude and the floor got scratched:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2705#72705 (interstate)
"tjmats" posted a very good report on his 10/06 shipment self-hauled by Hilldrup to Atlanta, noting only that the weight went over the estimate and he (actually his employer) had to pay more because he didn't have a GNTE:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10008 (interstate)
"MRB" posted an excellent review of her (self-hauled) shipment to OR in 11/06, mentioning that the move coordinator Crystal provided good service:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5428#75428 (interstate)
Someone posted an excellent review of her shipment to AZ in 2/06--Hilldrup's GNTE quote was $1000 below others' and nothing was damaged:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7114 (interstate)
In 5/07, "MaureenB" moving to CA praised a Hilldrup employee, Tina with phone 888-756-1873, who Maureen thought was in the Annapolis office. "She's been in the business a long time, she said, and gave me lots of good tips. She offered to send someone over for an estimate, even though she knows we probably can't afford it and our shipment is under their minimum of 2100 lbs. She said he could also recommend other options.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7915#87915
"frtizlouise" posted a rave review of a move to FL with Hilldrup in 5/07--the cost was around $9800 for about 13,000 pounds with a partial pack and there was only very minimal damage to a couple of items. He praised especially the estimator (Ben), the move coordinator (Crystal), and the driver (Don):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13136 (interstate)
"VivaTexas" posted a somewhat mixed report on a move to Austin TX in 6/07 - Hilldrup started out strong but the Mayflower driver was a bit surly and difficult, plus there was slight damage to his furniture items:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13952 (interstate)
"cakedesigner59" (real name Robin) gave Hilldrup Manassas a very good report on her 6/07 move to NC, the only glitch being that the driver brought his young grandson along on the delivery and the child ran a bit wild on her property:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14032 (interstate)
"californiamove" posted a very good review of Hilldrup for her move to CA in 6/07, although only one packer was sent and she took a long time to pack and made some mistakes:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1333#91333 (interstate)
“mwalker23” posted a very good review in 11/07 on a move to San Francisco, mentioning their outstanding sales rep, Ben F. “I think the move team could have avoided a few of our issues if we did not have to break the shipment across two trucks. But, Hilldrup handled the issues reasonably well”:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15136 (interstate)
"DCheepas" posted in 5/08 that he was very favorably impressed by Hilldrup's sales rep, Thomas, although he eventually chose another company when Hilldrup couldn't meet his preferred dates:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 997#109997

- Virginia listings continued in the next post -

VIRGINIA (Part 2)

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

Postby VIRGINIA (Part 2) » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:03 pm

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United Van Lines agents (continued)

--Lawrence Transportation Systems (United) in Roanoke (HQ), Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. Also five locations in NC, including Durham.
This company's website is www.lawrencetransportation.com and its phone is 800-336-9626. "ArchieWhite" (owns a United/Mayflower agency in Atlanta) posted in 4/08 that "Lawrence is one of the top companies in that part of the country, has been a United agent for 70 years, and will do you a great job. I know the owner, and also knew his late dad. You can't do any better.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 659#106659
"faithalone" complained that on a move from Durham, NC to Denver her sales rep omitted the cost of a shuttle and the mistake was not caught until several weeks after the move. The company was unapologetic. She felt that it was at the very least irresponsible and maybe even an intentional mistake, but industry people disagreed:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8075 (interstate)

--McCollister's (United; also Mayflower) in Alexandria.
This company is affiliated with both United and Mayflower and is one of the largest agencies in the UniGroup family. It has been praised by several industry people, although people say that this branch is not nearly as good as the one in NJ, which is the company HQ. The consensus is that it is comparable to Suddath in quality and below Hilldrup and Von Paris. It has the phone number 703-823-0900. Two reviews have mentioned Rochelle as being a helpful sales rep.
We have a good review of this branch by "Arline" for her move to FL with a dropoff of certain things in GA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =6212#6212
"geetib" was also very happy with a shipment that went to FL:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8214 (interstate)
"jadieny" decided to go with McCollister's for a move to NYC--they were the only company to give her a GNTE although they were somewhat disorganized:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9399#59399 (interstate)
"moving2ca" was considering McCollister's for a move to CA in 9/06 but they never got back to her with a Binding estimate in a timely fashion so went with Ambassador instead:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8601#78601 (interstate)
"victorysuck" gave McCollister's a rave review for his (company-paid) move from MA to DC in 2006, comparing it favorably with Victory Van's service in 2007, as his screen name suggests. He said the packing and loading in MA were excellent, box quality was much better than Victory Van's, there was no damage even after two months' storage in VA, and Diane in McCollister's Alexandria office was excellent at communicating. (Note that company-paid moves often go better than moves booked by individuals.):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14457 (interstate with storage)

:thumbsup:--Von Paris Moving & Storage (United). See listing under MD.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no bad reviews as an origin agent posted on this website. See listing under MD for details.

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Commonwealth Movers, Inc. (Wheaton) in Richmond.
Almost no information. Their website is www.commonwealthmover.com.
"lpendlet" reported that a shipment booked with Commonwealth to Chicago in Spring 2005 was stranded in Kentucky when the truck broke down and delivery (by another Wheaton agent) was delayed:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8501#68501 (interstate)

--Eureka Van & Storage (Wheaton) in Herndon.
This company has MC #149362 and phone 703-471-5701. As of 5/07 it was licensed to do interstate moves.
"marianne h" posted a very good review of a 6/06 shipment to Norway packed and loaded by Eureka (Wheaton) and handled by Wheaton International--there was a little damage but the claim was handled well:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10563 (packing and loading)

--Olympic Moving & Storage (Wheaton) in Alexandria.
This company has the website www.olympicmoving.com [clicks over to www.olympiamoving.com] and the phone 703-566-4391. It has a branch in Watertown, MA (run by the owner's brother) that seems to have changed its name from Olympic to Olympia recently; see discussion under "Massachusetts." As of 6/08 the branch in VA had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months. A Wheaton driver told one of the MovingScam moderators that he thinks both branches are very good. Do not confuse this company with Olympic Movers in Gaithersburg, MD, which should be avoided for reasons outlined in the following post:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3638#53638
Also, do not confuse it with the Blacklisted company Olympic Moving (MC #447654) in Skokie, Illinois.
There are good comments about this company on other websites, for example by "mim1" here: http://boards.hgtv.com/groupee/forums/a ... 9671028452 (bottom of page)
We have a review by "dc-ny-phl" saying that she moved from DC to NY with Olympic and they were "OK" even though she wasn't satisfied with the settlement they gave her for some damage:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3172#13172 (interstate)
"MR" gave Olympic an excellent report for a move to Denver in 5/07:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13783 (interstate)
"UofC95" (P) posted in 5/07 that she had moved locally with Olympic twice--once they were outstanding and once they were above average:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9155#89155 (two local moves)

Independent moving companies

--Able Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent; formerly Atlas) in Manassas.
This company has MC #17259 to do interstate moves under its own authority, which as of 4/08 had just been reinstated. Note that when it was an Atlas agent, it would have been able to do interstate moves under Atlas' authority if it wanted.
JK Moving recommended to somebody with a small shipment to PA ("rivki8699") that she call them for a better price than he could give:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7300#37300
"MusicMom" posted that their trucks looked dirty and unkempt.
"Arline" got a quote from them for her move to FL but went with McCollister's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5558#5558
There's a bad review of Able in Manassas on Epinions describing very shoddy packing and loading and substantial damage as a result, and the person refers to another bad Epinions review of Able:
http://www.epinions.com/content_148079283844
"jadieny" moving to NYC liked the estimator but they wouldn't give her a GNTE and one of the references they gave her said unfavorable things about them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9399#59399 (interstate)
"readytomove" posted in 5/08 that he had a good local move with Able and they were $600 cheaper than his other quotes:
209) 668-2331
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 297#109297 (local)

:thumbsup:--Beltway Movers (independent) in Alexandria and Gainesville (also three locations in MD).
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no bad reviews posted on this website. See the listing for Beltway under "Maryland" for these reviews. Note that all of these reviews are for LOCAL moves, and we have no information about how Beltway might perform on longer-distance moves. Beltway has interstate licensing authority but reportedly does not in fact do very long-distance moves. This company, founded in 1961, was highly praised by "Rick" (industry expert):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3645#43645
A couple of people have said that they were a bit high-pressure in trying to sell the move, for example here:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4808

:alert:--Big Green Moving in McLean.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. The following thread contains wildly divergent reports (two people reporting problems, five people making positive comments about the company):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4808 (local)
Comments were made that Big Green could have urged its supporters to post or could even have posted good comments about itself. It's impossible to be sure, caution should be used with this company. On that thread, someone posted that its rates were lower than Beltway's. Others said that the rates might be lower because the workers were young and trying to get their business started.

--Busy Buddies Moving Consultants (independent) in Springfield.
This company's website is www.busybuddiesinc.com and its phone number is 703-422-0797 or 301-809-5802. "Rick" (industry expert) posted in 11/08 that it is run by two women who cater to senior clients and it has a good local reputation - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 769#119769 The company does not do actual moving but it can arrange for moving services.

--Carlyle Van Lines (independent).
This company with MC #279780 specializes in government and military moves but does some moves (about 5%) for individuals as well. It has the website www.carlylevanlines.com and is HQd in Missouri. As of 3/08 it had 5 BBB complaints over the past 36 months - http://www.kansascity.bbb.org/commonrep ... d=91120015 Carlyle does not have satellite locations as such but uses resources from local moving companies such as Executive Moving Systems in Woodbridge when it needs them. For example, its drivers will not pick up casual roadside labor but will get qualified workers from other moving companies. Carlyle has a sales representative, Amy Reznick, in Northern VA to handle non-military shipment estimates and bookings. In 3/08 she emailed that she has been the #1 Carlyle sales rep for non-military moves for the last four years. Amy's own website is http://www.movingcoasttocoast.com/contact.htm and her phone number is 703-352-6700 or 800-548-8248. "Rick" (industry expert) told a MovingScam moderator that she has a good reputation in the area.
"MusicMom" posted in 6/04 that her neighbors in VA were pleased with Carlyle on a military move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1714 (interstate)

--Craig Van Lines, Inc. (independent) in Fairfax and Gainesville.
This company has the website www.craigvanlines.com and phone 703-273-5533. As of 12/10 it had an "A+" BBB rating with no complaints over the past 36 months and the BBB says they were founded in 1980. (Their website talks about even earlier beginnings.) According to www.protectyourmove.gov they have MC #217589 and 8 trucks with 1 complaint (not Hostage Load) dating from 2006.
In 11/10 "movinbug" posted that Craig gave him a much lower hourly quote than JK Moving or Two Guys and a Truck for a local move - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19925
On the same thread "muun" posted in 12/10 that Craig did a great job for him on a move to FL in the summer of 2010, including several months of storage - (interstate with storage)

--Gulliver's Movers, Inc. (independent) in Arlington.
This company has DOT #766464 and website www.gulliversmovers.com. It has locations in Arlington and also in Hyattsville, MD. As of 3/06 it appears to be completely unlicensed to do interstate moves.
"namllih" had a successful local move with Gulliver's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5411#5411
However, there have been quality problems with Gullivers on long-distance moves. In two cases Gulliver's brokered out such moves to a dubious company called Admiral/American National without having a broker's license. Both customers posted that the company had performed well previously for friends and relatives on local moves, but it seemed to be out of its league when it came to interstate moves:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =6276#6276
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3652#13652
Gulliver's gave "deliotb" a quote for a move to Michigan in July 2005 and MovingScam discovered that it wasn't licensed to do interstate moves at that time:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9077#39077

--Interstate Van Lines (independent) in Springfield.
This company has the MC #001745, the website www.invan.com and the phone 800-745-6683. As of 12/07 it had 3 BBB complaints over the past 36 months:
http://www.dc.bbb.org/report.html?natio ... mpid=10211
It also operates under the names Ace Van & Storage, Ambassador Worldwide Moving (confusing because there is an Allied agent with the same name), Interstate International Inc., and Interstate Moving Systems.
In 3/07, "weem" (works for a moving company in northeast MD) urged caution about this company, which had given someone a low Nonbinding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3668#83668
However, in 4/07 "Rick" (industry expert) posted positive comments about Interstate, noting that it focuses on military and commercial moves. He said that it has a loose relationship with Allied Van Lines, which might account for its sometimes using the name Ambassador Worldwide Moving:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6157#86157
(Just a comment that companies that do well with military and commercial moves don't always do as well with household goods.)
"ArchieWhite" (owns a United/Mayflower agency in Atlanta) posted positive comments about Interstate in 1/08:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 159#102159

--James River Moving and Storage (independent) in Williamsburg.
This company has the MC#390732, and a phone number of 804-359-8118. As of 12/07 this company has received no complaints with the BBB in the past 36 months.
“homebx” posted in 12/07 that he’s the HR manager for a local company and James River has done a good job in relocating their employees, but the company says they’re only set up to do moves along the East Coast:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15231 (interstate)

--JK Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in Sterling.
This company with DOT# 1065394 has warehouses both in Sterling (phone 703-996-1325 or 800-673-8487) and in Gaithersburg, MD at 7561 Lindbergh Drive (phone 301-340-6683). A sales rep. Sean Fagan, has a website at www.stressfreemove.org and phone 703-673-8487. JK Moving has been praised by both "Rick" (industry expert) and "IMP" (works for an independent mover): http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... p=981#9818
"Michael" (worked for a competitor in NC) also praised it as did "EastCoastMover" (a driver for NAVL). And "Glad to Help" (industry person) posted, "In my opinion they are one of the best moving companies in the USA": http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8703#78703
Three NAVL drivers complimented JK in 7/06 for the way management treated them (which can be an indication of the way management will treat customers): http://householddrivers.com/PHP-Nuke/mo ... opic&t=308
Despite these strongly enthusiastic comments by industry people, one or more employees posted phony good reviews (see below) and the company has quite a few BBB complaints: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7359
A lot has been said about it here (including that it's a bit pricey). This post by "MusicMom" gives a quick overview: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4088#54088
Briefly, someone from the company posted several bogus messages here slamming several of its competitors (Town & Country, Beltway, and Hilldrup). It could have been the work of one renegade employee or it could have been symptomatic of a larger problem. However, the company seems to have performed well for people posting here, by and large.
"suprlvr" posted (from FL!) a phony review praising JK over Plycon--"I have a large move going on very soon and i chose to go with JK moving and storage in the DC area due to the fact they are a family owned company and they were recommended to me several times and they have good trucks and the best crew to do the job without any problems.": http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4955#44955
"Arline" posted that JK has contracts with the State Department. She got a quote from them for her move to FL but went with McCollister's. One reason is that JK sent her an edited version of its BBB report with the customer complaints removed, and then the estimator glossed over it when she confronted him: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5512#5512
Later on, Tina in marketing at JK posted that it was all a misunderstanding because JK had sent Arline a 2002 BBB report by mistake, and in 2002 the BBB didn't list individual complaints (i.e. there was no intent to deceive): http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =7490#7490
"Dbrown" gave JK a rave review for a move in the DC area in May 2004:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1535 (local)
"Rib Eye" was set to use JK for a local move in Alexandria in December 2004 but never came back to report: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2985 (local)
"charlottesville" was impressed with JK's estimator and was strongly considering it for a local move: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7181#37181 (local)
"bsh111" went with Moyer & Sons rather than JK for his move to FL when JK wouldn't give him a GNTE or any indication how his price would vary with different weights or who their driver would use for unloading labor:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3704 (interstate)
"vitonso" posted a rave review of a move to CA with JK: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3921#43921 (interstate)
"rf" posted a rave review of a move to Buffalo with JK: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7512#45712 (interstate)
Note that the above rave reviews by "vitonso" and "rf" came "out of the blue" from previously unknown posters and may not be bona fide.
"bradly" (Brad) posted a detailed rave review of a local move from DC to Reston, VA in January 2005 (four posts total): http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3303 (local)
He posted about his move again in November 2005: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7388#47388 (local)
This is his original post in which he discusses several movers he was considering and their rates: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3079
"jadieny" ruled them out for her move to NYC largely because they were higher than McCollister's and gave her a Binding not a GNTE: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9399#59399 (interstate)
"Booster" posted a very good review of JK for a local move in 8/06 where the workers uncomplainingly carried boxes on their backs "in the swampy heat and mosquitoes": http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9835 (local)
"guestNC" posted a catch-all statement summarizing his and his family members' and acquaintances' experiences with JK - most were good but a couple were bad (one person alleged that a JK worker stole something): http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1391#71391 (local)
"opuleez" got a quote from JK for a local move in 12/06 and was impressed - "I was referred to JK Moving by a friend who moved from Reston, VA to North Carolina. Said they did an awesome job. I met with a JK consultant today for my in-home estimate. Really impressed with them. . . . The consultant really sat down and walked me through everything. I can find no hidden charges anywhere (so far). I like the idea that they have a "house" built in their warehouse that they use for the training of their movers." - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6488#76488 (second-hand report on good interstate move to NC)
"opuleez" chose JK despite the fact that its quote was slightly higher than Beltway's (for example) and posted a rave review of the actual move in 12/06: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0825#80825 (local)
"DavidNYC" gave JK an excellent review for a last-minute move to NYC in 5/06--the cost was around $2200 for a 1BR: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10980 (interstate)
We have a rave review of a completed move from Washington DC to Bahrain by "YZ" that was emailed to Tim Walker in 2/07 where JK was the origin agent. He wrote, "Thank you to movingscam.com which led me to Stevens International. Stevens subcontracted with JK Moving & Storage, both did an excellent job all the way through."
"reba17" posted a rave review of JK for her 8/07 move to Indiana, saying that the sales rep, driver, and helpers were excellent, there was no damage, and communication with her was top-notch throughout: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16427 (interstate)
"idburns" posted in 11/08 that his/her Realtor had used JK twice and was very pleased: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 768#119768 (secondhand report on two local moves)
In 12/08, "onlinediscussion" posted a complaint that although the service was good, JK changed the (supposedly not-to-exceed) price on a local move and charged his/her credit card for the overage without authorization: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 196#120196 (local)
"GnB2" described his within-state move with JK in the summer of 2010 as "bad" - things were damaged by bad packing, the driver was belligerent and uncooperative, and his bed and washing machine were handled incorrectly. In addition, he was informed by a JK representative that a third-party survey had reported that he and his wife had rated JK's service as "excellent," which was untrue: http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20499 (within VA)
This bad experience is surprising because it was a corporate move paid for by his employer, and those usually go well.

--Mighty Men Moving, Inc. (independent) in Fairfax.
This company has the website www.mightymenmoving.com and the phone 703-352-3358. It has MC #540078 and is not currently licensed to do interstate moves. Its legal name is Emmanuel Caudron. As of 12/07 it had had no complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months.
There are two good comments and one bad comment about the company on this thread, both with regard to local moves:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4808 (local)
Mighty Men offered "peppy" a low rate ($125/hour vs. Town & Country's $180/hour) for a local move in 6/07 and she later came back to say that the move went very well--Emmanuel charged $573 for 2 guys and a truck for 4 hours plus travel time:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1462#91462
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4424#94424 (local)
"MyUserName" gave Mighty Men a rave review in 12/07 for a local move--he was charged $120/hour for two guys for five hours ($600) and had no damage to his things. He said the company had been written up favorably in the Washington Post:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15265 (local)

:thumbsup:--Minero Movers (independent) in Falls Church.
A VERY GOOD PERFORMER with at least 5 good reviews and no bad reviews posted on this website. On the following thread, people posted that this company (which is unlicensed to do actual moves) is listed on eMove.com and also on Craigslist. Its phone number is 703-489-3325 and the contact person is Eugene.
"smsmith" was set to use them for unloading labor in VA and "daveg" used them for loading and unloading for a move DC to VA and was very pleased:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5393 (loading and unloading help)
"rossjem" gave Minero a rave review for a local job:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8068#68068 (local)
Someone gave Minero a rave review for an unloading job in MD in 8/06:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9461#69461 (unloading help)
Someone else posted praising Minero in 10/06 saying that he had used Eugene a number of times for local moves and was about to use him again:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3399#73399 (several local moves)
"MDAggie" gave Minero a rave review for unloading an ABF trailer near Baltimore in 2/08. They charged $45/hour plus $25 for travel for two workers with a 2-hour minimum and drove all the way from northern VA to do the job:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15643 (loading and unloading help)
In 11/08 "Aphrone" posted that she had had two very positive experiences with Minero in 2006 and 2008:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 299#120299 (loading and unloading help on two local moves)

:alert: --MoveMeDC (independent) in Springfield.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has MC #622388 (listed as inactive as of 1/08, however), website www.movemedc.com and phone 571-438-7357. It advertises on Craigslist.org and uship.com, where it has two positive reviews as of 1/08. It also has several positive reviews posted on MovingScam.com but most seem questionable. Also, its rates are very low and judging from safersys.org it probably lacks proper insurance and licensing, at least interstate licensing. See these threads for a discussion:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7362
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13523

--Potter Piano Movers, Inc. (independent) in Fairfax Station.
This company's legal name is Potter Movers, Inc. and it has MC #456688. Its website is www.potterpianomovers.com.
"MusicMom" (MovingScam.com moderator) gave Potter an excellent review for transporting a piano locally in 8/06 and then loading it into her Broadway Express truck:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8323#68323 (local)

--Quality Services Moving (independent) in Lorton.
This company has the website www.qsmoving.com. People have posted that it used to be a Wheaton agent and that it does a lot of military moves.
"Arline" got a quote from them for her move to FL in 2004 but went with McCollister's:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5558#5558
"suzie" got a quote from them for her move to CA but ended up using Hilldrup:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5598#45598 (interstate)
"QualitywithaK" posted a complaint about a move from DC to San Francisco in 10/06 where there was a long delivery delay and poor communication:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3591#72591 (interstate)

--Regency Moving & Storage Co., Inc. (independent) in Richmond and Woodbridge.
This company with MC #255804 has the website www.regencymoving.com and the phone 804-266-9090 (Richmond), 703-644-1515 (Woodbridge), or 800-820-1515. As of 6/08 the Richmond branch had 8 BBB complaints over the past 36 months and the Woodbridge branch had 7 complaints. The two branches are listed by the BBB under slightly different names but the website indicates that they are the same company under the same ownership. There are complaints about Regency on www.complaints.com and www.RipoffReport.com and as of 6/08 there are also two complaints on www.protectyourmove.gov

--Road Runner Van Lines, Inc. (independent) in Virginia Beach.
This company has MC #459437, website www.roadrunnervanlinesinc.com and phone 757-496-5303 or 757-438-6175. As of 9/07 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months and no complaints on the FMCSA website at http://ai.volpe.dot.gov/hhg/Search.asp. According to safersys.org it has been licensed to do interstate moves since 8/03. The BBB lists the president as Robyn Anshel and the vice president as Oren Anshel. The company was originally incorporated in NY State.

--Ron's Moving & Storage, Inc. (independent) in Fairfax.
This company has the phone 703-273-0781. As of 8/07 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"deliotb" gave Ron's an excellent review for a local move in 8/07. They charged $200/hour for 5 men, plus travel time. He says they "had among the best reviews of any company in 2006 and 1998 in the local consumer magazine, Washington Checkbook" and they were "on time, careful, and helpful.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14492 (local)

--Two Guys and a Truck (independent) in Sterling.
This company has the website www.2gt.com and the phone (800) 783-4897.
"AcePuppy" gave this company an excellent review in 3/08 for a short move from Fairfax to Herndon - it cost about $758 for (yes) two guys and a truck for 5 hours plus 1 hour travel time:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=15688 (local)
However, two other people posting on the same thread in 2010 were very dissatisfied, claiming that they got unrealistically low estimates from Two Guys and a Truck. The second person, "jaydee," posted that "when the movers arrived with my belongings, the price was one thousand dollars more than the estimate (and four hundred dollars higher than the most expensive mover I had contacted). My budget is blown as a result and like kdreihman back in March, I'm now scrambling to figure out how pay my rent." (two local/intra moves)

--Virginia Varsity Transfer (independent) in Roanoke.
This company with website www.virginiavarsity.com has phone number 540-982-2202 and MC #292189.
"moving again" gave it a rave review for a move from Roanoke to Charlotte, NC, saying that it even refunded him some money without his asking for it:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =6703#6703 (interstate)

Rates for local moving for 1 truck/3 workers were posted by "Booster" on 8/4/06:

I just got quotes myself about a week ago for our move from Alexandria to Annandale, and firm prices ranged from $150-$185 per hour, depending on it being a weekend or not. I ended up reserving for 8/28 with JK Moving, who gave me a price of $165/hour with 4 hour minimum (1 hour travel included), 1 truck, 3 men.

The Allied agent (Ambassador) I spoke with was $175/hour (4 hour min. + 1 hour extra travel), All Star out of Fairfax was $150/hour with no min. except 1 hour of travel, and the United agent McCollister's would probably be about $120/hour (quoted $185, but that was time+1/2 due to originally wanting a weekend date). - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7525#67525


And "deliotb" posted rates for 1 truck/3 workers as of 7/5/07:

For three men and a truck, all with one hour for travel and four hour minimum: JK $175 per hour; Town and Country $170 per hour, $10 more the last few days of the month; Beltway Movers (charges for actual travel time) $185. - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14192

Also, "rcg*77" posted the following rates for local moving as of 8/07:

Gulliver's is charging $148 for 3 people, with an additional fixed price of 1 hour total travel time and a two hour labor minimum. This was competitive hourly rate with the others I called (Beltway, JK, Moyers, Town & Country) with slightly lower minimum time and travel costs. (We just have a one bedroom--although there is a long flight of stairs, so I am wary of getting locked into paying for more time then we need)

FYI the quotes for the others were:

Beltway Movers
$139 hour for 3 people; $106 for 2 people.
Travel charged as actual time (estimated about 1.5 to 2 hours to D.C.)
No minimum labor time

JK Moving
$150 for 3 people; $200 for 4 people
1 hour fixed total travel time
3 hour labor minimum

Moyer & Sons
$160 for 3 people
2 hours total fixed travel time
4 hour minimum (inclusive of travel time)

Town and Country
$150 for three people
1 hour fixed travel time
4 hour minimum - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4658#94658

WASHINGTON STATE

Re: Moving Company Reviews Posted on MovingScam.com (Superli

Postby WASHINGTON STATE » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:04 pm

This is the link to this post - viewtopic.php?p=77124#77124

Washington is a regulated state. MusicMom (website moderator) posted the following quotes from a News Tribune article in 11/06:
"..in Washington, telephone or verbal estimates are illegal. Making an estimate [for a move within WA State] without visiting a residence is illegal."
"The Washington Utility and Transportation Commission Web site even lets consumers look up a company by name to see how many complaints or violations it’s received."
http://www.wutc.wa.gov/consumer/movingtips
Here is the complaints page - http://www.wutc.wa.gov/consumer/stats You can look up companies by name to find out how many complaints they have had in recent years and also the number of violations that the WUTC found when they went out to investigate. You probably could also call the WUTC to find out the nature of the violations.

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

:thumbsdown:--All My Sons (independent/American Red Ball) in Seattle.
AVOID this company. According to "LaurieAMS" (manager), it acts as an independent company for local moves but as an agent of American Red Ball (based in Indianapolis) for interstate moves:
viewtopic.php?p=39113#39113
The Seattle branch has a bad review by "stradman" describing slow workers, damage during a local move, and failure to pay claims:
viewtopic.php?t=480 (local)

:evil: --Jordan River Moving and Storage (independent) in Kirkland, owned by Sharon (Sean) Joseph.
AVOID this company. It advertises widely including on Craigs List, especially soliciting moves between WA and CA. It has three very bad reviews on this thread:
viewtopic.php?t=192
Someone posted in 12/07 that a photo posted by someone else was of Joey, a driver for Moving Seagull using a yellow Jordan River truck:
viewtopic.php?p=101363#101363

[ :evil: A company's name has been deleted here because of litigation concerns.]

:evil: --Stealth Moving (independent) in Federal Way.
AVOID this company, whose legal name is Joseph Dean Smith. It sometimes uses the name "eMoveUSA" and has MC #389873. See this thread for why to avoid it:
viewtopic.php?t=6878

:thumbsdown:--Tacoma Moving and Storage (independent) in Tacoma.
AVOID this company. Someone posted a bad review saying that its workers stole items during his local move:
viewtopic.php?p=35752#35752 (local)

Allied Van Lines agents

--North Coast Moving & Storage, Inc. (Allied) in Bellevue.
As of 9/06, North Coast's overall quality rating with the van line was 4.21 ("meets standards"), i.e. not nearly as high as ratings for other Allied agents in the area.
We have a rave review by "GNWtransplant" for a move to Chicago:
viewtopic.php?p=31494#31494 (interstate)
Someone liked them a lot and was going to move with them to Utah but never came back to report on the actual move:
viewtopic.php?t=5414 (interstate)
"amcoop" liked the rep (Chris Jorg) for a move to NC:
viewtopic.php?p=58273#58273 (interstate)
In 10/08 "SinDonor" gave them an excellent report as the booking agent for his move from Orlando, FL to Redmond, WA, singling out Ellen (sales rep) and Laurel (operations manager) for praise, as well as the actual hauler, who was Bill Fortier, driver #40744 from Bayshore Allied:
viewtopic.php?t=17394 (interstate)

--Spaeth Transfer, Inc. (Allied) in Bremerton.
This company has MC #139361. As of 9/06 its overall quality rating with the van line was 4.47 (well up in the "excellent" range).
"jersey_grrl" got an estimate from them for a move to NJ but went with Crown (United) instead.
"coast2coast" got an estimate from them for a move to Atlanta and was leaning toward them because they had a 1000-pound minimum whereas some other companies had minimums in the 2000-pound range, but never came back to report:
viewtopic.php?p=11330#11330 (interstate)
"lateralus" was impressed by Spaeth's estimator for a move to San Francisco but we don't know whether he went with them:
viewtopic.php?t=7217 (interstate)

--Western Van and Storage Co. (Allied) in Kent.
"PMueller" (working for Allied in FL) posted in 9/06 that Western Van had excellent overall quality scores with the van line:
viewtopic.php?p=72143#72143

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Ace Relocation Systems (Atlas) in Kent.
Ace is a large agent and this branch won a World Class Commitment quality award from the van line in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 and 2007 it won a Milton Hill Award. Among other things, this means that it scored at least 4.1 out of 5 on customer satisfaction surveys. "Ruges" (NAVL driver) posted that he gets labor from them at times and they are OK but Lile's workers in Kent are a little better. "Michael" said that they are good.
"amcoop" gave Ace Relo an excellent review for a move to NC in 7/06 including storage with Security Relo (Atlas) in Charlotte, NC:
viewtopic.php?t=10112 (interstate)

--Blue Bird Transfer, Inc. (Atlas) in Vancouver (also in Portland, OR).
This company's website is http://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:
viewtopic.php?t=9712 (interstate - unloading labor)

--DeVries Moving-Packing-Storage (Atlas) in Spokane.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2007 (Milton Hill Award).

--Evergreen Moving Systems (Atlas) in Everett and Burlington.
This company has the website http://www.evergreenmovingsystems.com and the phones 425-252-7200 (Everett) and 360-757-1052 (Burlington). Its website says that it was a North American Van Lines agent before changing to Atlas in 1994. No other information.

--Bekins Northwest (Atlas) in Seattle (Mountlake Terrace), Tacoma and Spokane (also 2 other locations in WA plus one each in CO and Alaska).
Note that Bekins Northwest is an agent of Atlas Van Lines, not Bekins Van Lines. The Tacoma location won a quality award (Milton Hill Award) from the van line in 2006 and the Seattle and Spokane locations won it in 2007. Among other things, this means that it scored at least 4.1 out of 5 on customer satisfaction surveys. Paul Bekins is the owner of Bekins Northwest and a former officer of Bekins Van Lines. He was indicted on tax fraud charges in 2004. Nevertheless, "Rick" (industry expert) has posted that this company is good:
viewtopic.php?p=45432#45432
"TakeAStand" noted that Bekins Northwest did an excellent job packing and crating her goods for a shipment to Germany with Rainier, so they would probably be good for a local move too:
viewtopic.php?p=25270#25270

--Boush Moving and Storage (Atlas) in Puyallup.
This is a relatively small, family-run company with a good local reputation.
"amoorthy" (Anne) gave them a rave review for an 8000-pound move to NJ in March 2005. She singled out the estimator (the owner, Bob Boush) for praise. He used a yellow pad and pen to do the estimate but his totals agreed with the others done in high-tech fashion. She praised her long-haul driver, Glenn Knox (and his wife Marie) with DMS Moving Systems in Birmingham, AL (won a Milt Hill award from Atlas in 2005). The loading helpers from Boush were Todd and Brian. The unloading helpers in NJ were Scott and Brian from Ace Worldwide (Atlas) in New Brunswick, NJ. The shipment took 10 days to cross the country:
viewtopic.php?t=3592 (interstate)
"humanbungee" posted in 11/06 that the estimator (Bob Boush) gave her a quote for a move to CA and was a nice guy, but the quote wasn't a GNTE and she went with Crown instead:
viewtopic.php?p=75512#75512

--Mitchell Moving and Storage (Atlas) in Tukwila.
"CKSpeed" posted that Mitchell moved him from Seattle to Denver in an employer-paid move and did a great job:
viewtopic.php?p=43698#43698 (interstate)
'lorax" posted a bad review of a move from Seattle to Omaha citing very poor communications from Mitchell--only when Atlas Van Lines got into it did things improve, but delivery still took 12 days:
viewtopic.php?t=2249
"snuffles" was set to move with Mitchell to Baltimore but never came back with a final report:
viewtopic.php?t=1616
"seattle-jeff" got an estimate from them for his move to Houston but dropped them when they wouldn't give him a GNTE (he went with Continental instead):
viewtopic.php?t=2669
Someone said they didn't respond to his request for an inventory sheet on a move to Utah so he went with North Coast instead:
viewtopic.php?t=5414 (interstate)

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Hansen Brothers (Bekins) in Seattle.
Agent for Allied located at 10750 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133 with phone number 206-365-4454. Currently we have no reviews for this company.


Graebel service centers

--Graebel Quality Movers in Kent.
"Michael" (works for an Atlas agent) posted that he worked for them for 8 months and they were outstanding:
viewtopic.php?t=208
Someone moving to Utah with a 15,000-pound load posted that they came by to do an estimate but never sent him a quote, so he ruled them out:
viewtopic.php?t=5414
Someone posted that he had a very good (self-paid) move to CA with this office of Graebel in 1998:
viewtopic.php?p=75512#75512 (interstate)

Mayflower Transit agents

--Continental Van Lines, Inc. (Mayflower) in Seattle/Tacoma.
Continental Van Lines out of Seattle (4 locations) was an Allied agent for years but became a Mayflower agent on May 1st, 2008. As of 9/06 their overall quality rating from the van line was 4.59 out of 5 (well up in the "excellent" range and about the highest Allied score ever reported on this website). "PMueller" (then working for Allied in FL) told a MovingScam moderator in a PM that Continental would be her choice for help in the Seattle area.
"Lynn" got a quote from them for a move to Chicago but ultimately went with BE:
viewtopic.php?t=2497 (interstate)
Someone else was set to move with them from Tacoma to Galveston but never came back to post how it turned out:
viewtopic.php?t=2492 (interstate)
"seattle-jeff" was set to use them for a move to Houston but never came back to report:
viewtopic.php?t=2669 (interstate)

--Crown Moving Systems (Mayflower) in Seattle.
"amoorthy" got a quote from them for a move to NJ and praised the estimator (David Rambin) for his thoroughness:
viewtopic.php?p=26636#26636
"jersey_grrl" moved with Crown to NJ and although she criticized their not returning phone calls, she basically gave them a rave review, especially the estimator and the long-haul driver and his wife:
viewtopic.php?t=2231 (interstate)
"amcoop" complained that the Crown rep never showed up to give an estimate on a move to NC so he wrote them off:
viewtopic.php?p=58273#58273
"David N" moving to FL liked the company but felt that the sales rep was condescending and tended to gloss over things:
viewtopic.php?t=8255 (interstate)
"humanbungee" moving to CA in 12/06 gave Crown an excellent review. Her things were delivered in 4 days with no damage and the weight came in well under the estimate, so she got a credit. She praised the estimator (Leslie), the move coordinator (Cimber), and especially the United Van Lines driver (Dave). She paid $117 to the San Francisco PD for them to put out signs reserving enough curb space for the moving van to park, so no shuttle was needed:
viewtopic.php?t=10506 (interstate)

--Rainier Moving Systems (Mayflower) in Newcastle.
"lateralus" got an estimate from Rainier for a move to San Francisco. Also, "WetNoodle" posted in 7/08 that he had chosen Rainier for his move to Boston, largely because its estimator Rex Powell impressed him as "straight forward and honest." He later updated that his move had gone very well, singling out the move coordinator Adrienne Berg ("awesome - very helpful, and very accessible") and the driver Paul Obermeyer ("very friendly and obviously experienced") for praise:
viewtopic.php?t=16899

North American Van Lines agents

--Air Van (North American) in Tacoma and Everett (Seattle).
This company has the website http://www.airvan.net. It also seems to have locations in Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho.
"Ruges" (NAVL driver) originally posted that Air Van was one of his favorite agents in the NW and it might do a self-haul on household moves. In 8/06, however, he posted that although it was still a decent agent it had lost some of its really good help and staffers. He thought it would still be good for moves to Alaska:
viewtopic.php?p=57094#57094
viewtopic.php?p=67687#67687

--Lile Moving and Storage (North American) in Kent.
"Ruges" (NAVL driver) posted that they have a very nice, clean storage facility and the warehouseman is very conscientious about doing a good job, so it's a good place for people to store things:
viewtopic.php?p=43131#43131
"Movin' Mama" was set to go with Lile for a move from Olympia to Minneapolis involving storage (sales rep was Alan Botsford) but she never came back to report:
viewtopic.php?p=31126#31126

Stevens Worldwide agents

--Apex Moving & Storage LLC (Stevens) in Puyallup.
This company with MC #441701 also does business as Apex Movers LLC. Its phone numbers are 253-864-7870 and 800-643-8896 and its website at http://www.apexmovers.com mentions MovingScam.com. In 8/10 "BillAdams" (works for Joyce Van Lines) posted that he met the owner of Apex at an AMSA meeting and the person seemed very nice: Dean Savage at (800) 643-8896 - viewtopic.php?p=134042#134042
"trinity" gave Apex a rave review for a 33-mile move in 8/06:- "They were the only company of 3 that I called that would even come give me an estimate, and they were just great! . . . They were on time, put up door protectors, covered the carpets, wrapped my new leather couch beautifully, used less time than they estimated. I very highly recommend them.":
viewtopic.php?p=67650#67650 (local)
He came back to add in 9/07 that a co-worker had recently used them for a local move and was very pleased--the cost came in under the estimate:
viewtopic.php?p=96710#96710 (local)
"humanbungee" moving to CA in 12/06 chose Crown but she got a quote from Apex. She posted that they use Stevens' authority for interstate moves - they were going to provide a dedicated truck:
viewtopic.php?t=10506
"kbseattle" gave Apex an excellent review for a local move in 8/07, saying that they charged about $400 for 2 men and a truck for 4 hours and were very careful:
viewtopic.php?p=96704#96704 (local)
In 9/10, "LaszloPhotographer" praised Apex and its driver Oscar highly for his flawless move from WA to CA - viewtopic.php?t=19756 (interstate)

--Northwest Moving Services, Inc. (Stevens) in Burlington.
This company has the phone 360-757-3000 or 800-327-6741. A small agent mentioned by somebody who said they gave a discount with AAA:
viewtopic.php?t=16001

United Van Lines agents

--Bernd Moving Systems (United) in Yakima.
This company has the website http://www.movingsystems.com/bernd and the phone 509-453-6683 or 800-332-6683.
"wona" reported that Bernd did a good job coordinating her (company-paid) move from Syracuse to Yakima in 7/07--Delaney in Syracuse was the origin agent:
viewtopic.php?t=13491 (interstate with brief storage in Yakima)
"ElizaD" gave Bernd an excellent review for her move to New Mexico in 10/08:
viewtopic.php?t=17424 (interstate)

--Chipman Moving & Storage (Spokane), Inc. (United) in Spokane.
This company has the website http://www.chipman-spokane.com and the phone 509-535-8761 or 800-776-3081. According to its website, its owner is a sister of the owners of the Chipman companies elswwhere in the U.S.
In 11/07, "PApisces" gave a driver from this company, Todd, a rave review for his move from Dallas to PA:
viewtopic.php?t=15108 (long-haul driver for United)

--Chipman Relocations (United) in Kent.
This company has the website http://www.chipmanrelo.com and the phone 425-251-0562 or 800-228-9604.
"stradman" posted in 2003 that he had a great move with them to Phoenix:
viewtopic.php?p=3723#3723 (interstate)

--City Moving Systems (United) in Kent.
Mentioned but little information.

--Corporate Moving Systems (United) in Kent.
This company has DOT #505087 and MC #242241. "az ops man" (works for a Mayflower agent in Phoenix) posted in 8/07 that he had found Corporate to be a good company to work with:
viewtopic.php?p=94677#94677
Someone got a quote from them for a move to Utah but went with North Coast instead:
viewtopic.php?t=5414
"David N" moving to FL gave them a rave review in 5/06, praising the sales rep Rex Powell: "He was professionally dressed, handled himself in a professional manner, and made sure I knew exactly what I was getting into—without talking down to me." He also said that the United driver (Bernie) did a good job, although Bernie's radiator gave out and the actual delivery was done by Johnny's Moving Systems, which he said was bad:
viewtopic.php?t=8255 (interstate)

--Larsen Transfer Co. (United) in Richland. (Legal name Tri-City United, Inc.)
This company has the phone 509-943-9139 or 800-336-9136. As of 3/08 it had no BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"bvg1981" gave Larsen an excellent review in 3/08 for a local move in the Tri-City area:
viewtopic.php?t=15804 (local)

--Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage (United) in Spokane (HQd in Helena, MT, with other locations in MT and in Salt Lake City).
Mentioned but little information. Its website is http://www.mtsfreight.com/spokane.htm and phone is 800-501-5616 or 509- 891-2716. See entry under "Montana" for discussion.

--Star Moving Systems (United) in Woodinville and Tacoma.
The phone number is 425-806-2060 and toll-free 800-859-3201. "23" (works for another United agent) posted that Star generously helped him do a very nice thing for a person who was in trouble with a scammer:
viewtopic.php?p=21987#21987
"GnB" used Star for a 7000-pound move to Ashburn, VA and had a good experience (good packers, excellent driver from the van line) until delivery day, when one of the workers from a United agent in VA had a bad attitude, failed to flush the toilet, and damaged his floors--note that this was not Star's fault:
viewtopic.php?t=4727 (interstate)
In 3/08, "JaneDormer" reported that in 2006 Star Moving Systems rescued her when the dubious company Platinum Van Lines didn't show up for her move to Washington DC - Star was "amazingly reasonable . . delivering my items on time and without any damage.":
viewtopic.php?t=15737 (interstate)
In the above thread, "ArchieWhite" (owns a United/Mayflower agency in Atlanta) posted that "the owner is a friend of mine (Dan Powell) The company has been a United agent for 58 years, and . . . this is their 118th year in the moving business)."

--United Moving & Storage (United) in Bremerton.
"jersey_grrl" got an estimate from them for her move to NJ but felt that the estimator was disorganized and pushy (she moved with Crown):
viewtopic.php?t=1570

Wheaton Van Lines agents

--Olympic Moving & Storage, Inc. (Wheaton) in Federal Way and Tumwater.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2004.
We have one fairly good review by "Art" on a move from Tacoma to Las Vegas. He gives it a rating of 7.5 out of 10. I'm not absolutely sure that Olympic was the agent that moved him since he doesn't give the name and says only that is was a Wheaton agent:
viewtopic.php?p=28836#28836
"amoorthy" said they had performed well for her on office and local moves in the past so she got a quote from them for a move to NJ:
viewtopic.php?p=26254#26254 (local)
"Movin' Mama" posted that Olympic wanted to pick up her things in wooden vaults and store them in its warehouse for eventual delivery to Minneapolis, but she went with Lile instead. This is interesting because there seems to be an association betweeen Wheaton and vaults in MA as well (see under Gentle Giant):
viewtopic.php?t=3999

--Pacific Movers (Wheaton) in Kent.
This company has DOT #125045 and MC #118494.
"David N" didn't like the fact that the estimator was wearing sweatpants and couldn't answer many of his questions, although he gave the lowest quote for his move to FL:
viewtopic.php?t=8255 (interstate)

Independent moving companies

--Abracadabra Movers (independent) in Everett.
This company has the website http://abracadabramovers.net/ and the phone 877-513-0452 or 425-513-0452. The website states that it is licensed and insured.
It was highly recommended by "tdangelo" (real name Tony) in 8/07 for unloading his very large shipment in Seattle:
viewtopic.php?t=14674 (unloading help)

:alert:--Careful Movers (independent) in Lynnwood/Everett.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company. Someone posted an anonymous complaint about them: "They damaged items and didn't even wrap 90% of my furniture with moving pads. Owner was unwilling to do anything. . . . Maybe you can try Brooks."
viewtopic.php?p=56095#56095 (local)

--Express Movers Inc. (independent) in Seattle.
This company has the website http://www.expressmoversinc.com and the phone 206-276-4599. It came to MovingScam's attention when its owner, Toni Powell, posted an Epinions review in 1/08 expressing confidence in ABF U-Pack. A MovingScam moderator reposted it here - viewtopic.php?p=103035#103035 - and called her for more details. She said that Express Movers is a small company with 2 trucks that does 99% of its moves within a 50-mile radius of Seattle. It was started in 2003 and has WA State license #HG 61664. It has a heated, sprinkler-protected warehouse to provide storage and offers proper valuation coverage to customers. Ms. Powell said that she became involved in the moving business through her son, who was then working as a mover for another company. She appeared to be genuinely concerned about providing good service. As of 2/08 Express Movers' BBB report shows no complaints over the past 36 months. This might be a good company to consider for people needing local moves in the Seattle area or loading/unloading of an ABF, Broadway Express, or other containerized shipment.

--McCloud Moving (independent) in Bellevue.
This company's phone number is 206-248-1095 and the owner is Mark Zupan. It was recommended for local moves by "jersey_grrl" who said they are always booked up because they're so good:
viewtopic.php?p=12568 (local)

--Nice Moves (independent) in Seattle.
This company has the website http://www.nicemovesmoving.com and the phone number 971-563-4283 or 206-390-5023. It claims to be licensed on its website.
Someone found Nice Moves highly rated on emove.com (and on Craigs List) and was considering using them to unload an ABF trailer in Seattle, but the person seems to have used Power Movers instead. They have a two-hour minimum:
viewtopic.php?p=47059#47059 (local)

--Power Movers, Inc. (independent) in Kirkland (Seattle area). Also a location in Portland, OR.
This company's website is http://www.powermovers.com and its phone is 206-382-0566 or 425-821-8686 (Seattle area). As of 2/08 it had 1 BBB complaint over the past 36 months.
Someone moving with Broadway Express (review #121) used them for local unloading and was pleased.

:alert:--Sunshine Movers (independent) in Seattle.
BE CAUTIOUS about using this company, which has the phone 206-723-8898 or 206-579-6683. As of 2/08 it has 1 BBB complaint over the past 12 months and its owner is listed as Emad Al-Mosawi. MovingScam has received reports that its workers failed to show up for two scheduled local moves.

WEST VIRGINIA

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

Postby WEST VIRGINIA » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:04 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7125#77125

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Walker Transfer, Inc. (Atlas) in Kenova.
This company won a quality award from the van line (Milton Hill award) in 2006 and 2007.

Independent moving companies

--Red Wagon Movers, Inc. (independent) in Beckley (Charleston area).
Red Wagon with MC #302249 has the phone number 304-252-7500.
"nichole1978" gave this company a rave review for her local move. They charged only $86/hour in May 2006 for 4 men and a truck:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8412 (local)

WISCONSIN

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

Postby WISCONSIN » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:05 pm

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7126#77126

Wisconsin is not a regulated state. That means that it has no consumer laws on the books regarding the moving industry; consumers are on their own.

Allied Van Lines agents

--Coakley Brothers Co. (Allied) in Milwaukee.
As of 2006 this company's quality scores with the van line were in the "Excellent" range (4.45). It has been in business longer than almost every other mover in the state.
"Gone West" posted an excellent report on a 20,000-pound move to Portland, OR involving several months of storage where Coakley was the origin agent and hauler and there was no damage. Blue Bird Transfer in Vancouver, WA, provided unloading labor:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9712 (interstate with storage)

--Federal/Whalen Moving & Storage LLC (Allied) in Menomonee Falls (Milwaukee area).
This company with website http://www.federalcos.com/milwaukee.html has several "sister" Federal companies in the Midwest. I'm not sure whether it is connected with the Whalen's companies on the East Coast. As of 9/06 Federal/Whalen in Menonomee Falls had an overall quality score from the van line of 4.09 out of 5 (on the low end of the "meets standards" category).
"DNC" was set to use them for a move to Chicago in June 2006:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8375 (interstate)

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Ace World-Wide Moving & Storage Co. Inc. (Atlas) in Milwaukee.
This company won a quality award from the van line in 2007 (Milton Hill Award).

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Anchor Moving Systems (Bekins) in Menomonee Falls (Milwaukee area).
This company has the website www.anchormovingsystems.com and the phone 414-355-6683 or 800-558-MOVE.
"reba17" was disappointed in Anchor for her move to VA in the summer of 2006 - delivery was delayed and she felt that the company didn't care:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16427 (interstate)

--True Van Lines (Bekins) in Milwaukee.
Mentioned but not much information. True Van Lines appears to have locations in at least CT, WI, FL, TN, and GA. People have posted here that the ones in CT and WI gave low estimates. True in CT has some kind of connection with All My Sons and so does True in WI, because a sales rep in Milwaukee gave a customer a card saying True Van Lines but then the email address said All My Sons.

Graebel service centers

--Graebel in Wausau.
Mentioned but no information.

Mayflower Transit agents

--Allwright Moving Systems (Mayflower) in Sturtevant (Milwaukee area).
This company has the website www.allwrightmoving.com and the phone 800-959-1029. "BigLeeCalif" (works for another Mayflower agent) posted in 6/07 that the owner, Bob Wright, used to be a driver and that the company has its own interstate operating authority:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0663#90663

--Boulevard Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Milwaukee/Waukesha (also in Kenosha, Chicago, and Twin Cities).
This company has the website www.boulevardmoving.com and the phone 800-231-0173 or 262-547-5900 (in Milwaukee/Waukesha) and 888-246-1858 (in Kenosha). It appears that this is the "sister company" of Barrett Moving (United), since the two companies share the same address in Milwaukee and Kenosha.
"wiaz" complained in 12/06 that Boulevard in Waukesha raised his cost beyone the estimate, but people pointed out that he probably had a Nonbinding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10673 (probably within-Wisconsin)
"tmohyuddin" posted in 5/07 that the sales rep (Nikki Woods) was very nice:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7871#87871
"CK Dexter" posted in 9/07 that Boulevard in Waukesha was about 1/3 cheaper than quotes from other Milwaukee-area companies and did a fine job--he said it was important to get a Binding estimate:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7157#97157 (interstate)

National Van Lines agents

:thumbsdown:--Mercury Movers, Inc. (independent) in Milwaukee.
AVOID this company, whose BBB membership was revoked in May 2006. "DNC" complained that on a short interstate move, the workers arrived late every day and the owner's son-in-law (present throughout the move) was arrogant and lazy:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8375

North American Van Lines agents

--Beltmann (North American).
Mentioned but no information. Beltmann is a very large agent for the van line.

--O'Mara Moving (North American) in Madison (also in Freeport, IL).
Pat McLaughlin of the IL movers' association posted that O'Mara is "a good, reputable, family-owned moving company.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2246#62246
There is a complaint about the Madison branch of O'Mara on Epinions - http://www.epinions.com/content_238268878468 However, it's hard to gauge the validity of some of these complaints without knowing the total situation, i.e. the company's side of what happened.

United Van Lines agents

--Barrett Moving & Storage (United) in Milwaukee (also locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kenosha).
This company has the website www.barrettmoving.com and the phone 866-905-7294 (Milwaukee) and 262-654-2171 (Kenosha). It appears that this is the "sister company" of Boulevard Moving (Mayflower), since the two companies share the same address in Milwaukee and Kenosha.
"moveman" (Scott Johnson, working for another United agent in Chicago) praised Barrett in a PM as an excellent company.
Praised by "Gone West," who got a quote from them for a large move to OR but went with Coakley - he said that those two companies are the oldest movers in the state:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9712

--Schroeder Moving Systems (United) in Milwaukee and Appleton.
This family-run company with the website http://www.movingsystems.com/schroeder/ won United Van Line's President's Quality Award for 2005 and 2006 (two years in a row).
"tmohyuddin" posted in 5/07 that he had an excellent (company-paid) move with them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7871#87871

Independent moving companies

--Mad City Moving Services LLC (independent) in Madison.
This company has MC #699743 and phone 608-274-9855. As of 5/08 it had 4 BBB complaints over the past 36 months.
"gatsby169" reported in 5/08 that they gave a Binding Estimate based on time and mileage (rather than weight) for a short interstate move to Des Moines, which is a somewhat unconventional way of quoting but not a deal-breaker. She also posted that two of her friends had had good moves with Mad City:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16064 (second-hand report of two good moves, one local and one interstate)

WYOMING

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

Postby WYOMING » Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:43 am

This is the link to this post - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7141#77141

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Cook Moving & Storage (Atlas) in Cody.
This company used to be a North American Van Lines agent. It won an award from the van line in 2005 (Customer Choice award).

Mayflower Transit agents

--Arrow Moving & Storage (Mayflower) in Cheyenne.
This company also has an office in Ft. Collins, CO and in several other locations.
"ashul2" moving from Boulder to Atlanta decided to move with them and praised the sales rep, Ed Sauer:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8144 (interstate)


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