We are a 3 bd house, we have 2 kids, so lots of extra stuff. Our house is on the market and we have decluttered big time, so we also have a mini storage unit packed to the gills full of stuff too.
Atlas--Donn from Atlas (Reads in north florida) came out to do a walk thru. peeked in some cupboards, marked things down. Very nice man. We talked a lot about the storage unit, but he did not ask to see it--said the truck could easily make another stop and pick up stuff. I told him stuff packed in storage was not all totally packed for move across country. he said no problem, his people will check boxes and repack what is necessary.
his quote: binding or less $11,646 based on 17,000 lbs.. this includes picking up stuff at storage, checking/repacking anything needed, crating plasma, also FVP w/$250 deductible
As far as delivery, he could only give me 3-9 days and said the driver would be able to give me more of a definite when they load.
United--This is Suddath in north florida (from what i understand--huge company) Frank came out--very nice, has worked all aspects of the job from driver to packer/loader to where he is now. We walked thru house, extremely thorough, marking down absolutely everything. He wanted to see storage unit--so we drove over. he said there was no way a semi could get back to unit--so included shuttle pricing in his quote.
his quote: non bound estimate (option A) $12884 based on 18,837 lbs. this includes plasma crating, shuttle to pick up stuff from mini storage(but not checking and repacking) and FVP w/ $250 ded up to 125,000 coverage. he also gave me a window of delivery and I was able to pick two days that worked for my family and he said they will deliver on one of those days. he also told me that the drivers that do big jobs like ours are the best drivers they have--that the drivers get promoted to the big jobs. is this true?
So i am not sure what to do now? I am stressed with the house on the market, moving across country, kids out of school, and want to make sure i get opinions/ideas of things I might not have thought about. So any advice?
thanks for helping a newbie,
HOWEVER - I wish the Suddath rep would give you an Option C (GNTE) quote rather than a Nonbinding. The only thing he really can't foresee is how much repackaging of the stuff in the storage unit will be needed - unless he couldn't get into the unit. Did he look inside? It seems strange that the Read's rep would give you a GNTE without even seeing the outside of the unit - let alone the inside - and the Suddath rep can't. I suggest that you ask him for an Option C quote.
Could you please post the exact location of these agents so I can make sure I am describing them correctly on the Superlist linked to below my name? Thanks.
the Suddath rep was able to see inside the storage unit, but it is so full that we weren't able to determine everything that was in there or see all of the boxes. so he kind of had to guesstimate weight for the stuff in storage.
I am working with Donn at Reads Moving systems of Florida (Atlas), located in Jacksonville and Frank from Suddath (united) in jacksonville.
hope that helps
Diane--no we get to pay for this ourselves--fun fun fun!
thanks for the help,
Good luck with your move and enjoy Colorado!
Lisa, regarding picking things up from a storage unit, see this thread for some background and note what Pam Mueller said - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13536 (end of thread)
I really think the Read's rep was wrong to give you a GNTE without going to the unit to look at access and the approximate size of the shipment. I think it could have created problems with the driver down the line.
thanks for everyones advice and help--we really appreciate it!
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