I have been reading as much as I can the last week as I research moving companies for my move from Philadelphia to upstate new york (Syracuse region). We have a 2 bed apartment, and based on the List on this website, so far have estimates from 3 companies.
Our apartment is an extremely old 'historic' building with some unique challenges. There is a nearly 400 feet walk way in the basement from our freight elevators to the loading dock. It's pretty unique, and apparently is pretty well known among experienced movers locally as the 'nightmare' place to move because of that.
Below are my initial impressions, would be interested in hearing your comments:
1. Bayshore/Allied- Based in Delaware, but apparently still does good # of moves in Philly. The guy was not familiar with my building, and was somewhat 'amazed' at the LONG walk from the freight to the loading dock. Wanted 2 day loading period, and a 1 day move.
They estimated GNTE weight 6000 lbs with all packing included for $3600.
2. Hughes Relocation- Has office in King of Prussia area. Really liked the guy who came, who unlike #1, was extremely familiar with my building and says he's done many moves in this 'histroic' building. Seemed like a well run family business. Estimation was similar GNTE weight ~6000 lbs, mostly self pack with some fragile packing by them for price ~$3000.
3. Sinclair Mayflower- Guy was also extremely familiar with my building and says he remembered doing moves here with his family when he was 10 years old! Was extremely thorough and looked closely at everything in the apartment. Commented several times on 'how packed my stuff was in the closets, etc.' He wanted to have 3 extra men come (charging extra labor 21 work hrs) to move given the 400 feet walkway situation. He esimtated weight 8600 lbs (!) for cost of $4094.
Why was there such a BIG difference in weight with the 3rd company?! Right now i'm leaning towards 1 or 2, possibly 2 because they are more familiar with the building...
Any thoughts? comments? Thanks for your help guys.
-'Historic' Apartment in Philly
A well staffed crew in this situation can make the difference. You should have received an "additional services price list" from each estimator.
I would consider asking Sinclair for an estimate on 6000 lbs to compare their pricing against the others. Or ask the others to price 8600 lbs.
Are these movers proposing to take your load up on a straight truck? If so, then the possibility of a shuttle at destination is greatly reduced.
Finding good people is worth the effort you make.
So I'll be moving in about a month or so. Will come back and post how things go overall. Still a bit nervous about the long haul required to the loading dock in my apartment on the Philly end, but they've assured me they can handle it. But so far very very pleased with their professional staff, and how quickly they've gotten back to me with every deal....
Thanks guys...wish me luck...going to do most self packing, so the next few weeks is going to be a mess in our house!!!
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