We are older and feebler. Other than packing our important documents and valuables ourselves, we would like to utilize the services of a reliable mover to pack, transport and store the bulk of the stuff until we find the right house.
Our questions are as follows:
1. Please show us the way to go about it.
2. Can artwork such as paintings be left in storage for 2-3 months?
Yes, paintings can be stored with no problem. You want to store it with the mover so your valuation covers throughout. If you store at a mini storage facility, you have no coverage.
Be sure to read this article before doing anything else.
I agree with what Nancy said; however, I'll just add that it might be a good idea to have your things stored in the San Diego area so they would be close to you for redelivery. It is possible to choose a moving company located in your destination city rather than near where you live now, so here is a post summarizing things that have been said on this website about San Diego movers. As a matter of policy, MovingScam.com does not endorse any full-service moving company. However, this may give you some ideas about where to start in getting quotes. If I were in your position, I would focus on the companies that have multiple good reviews and comments and no bad reviews. I would also try to find a sales rep that I felt comfortable with since (with storage being involved) you will be dealing with this person for a long time:
Diane wrote:SAN DIEGO AREA
Note: On the recommendation of moving professionals posting here, I advise against using Republic Van & Storage in Poway (North American) or any Bekins agent in the San Diego area. A group of Bekins agents declared bankruptcy in 2004 and stiffed employees and creditors. The agents involved are listed here - http://www.bekinsms.com/index.html - and include a Bekins agent in El Cajon. There is another Bekins agent called Pack & Crate in Escondido that gave someone a very low quote and I think it is also dubious:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8505#28505
There is a report by "vcobbs" that a Bekins agent in San Diego demanded more than 110% of a Nonbinding estimate at delivery, ultimately resulting in her things going into storage in Chicago with an auction threatened:
Also, people should avoid Quicksilver Moving & Storage in San Diego. The company was a Paul Arpin agent as recently as summer 2005 but it has been bought out and its PUC license has been revoked. In any case its BBB report showed many unresolved complaints: http://www.sandiego.bbb.org/commonrepor ... d=25000716
Someone who had Quicksilver come out for an estimate on an interstate move to VA was underwhelmed:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5447#25447
One industry professional told me that Cor-o-Van (North American) in San Diego has had some quality issues with household moves as well.
Allied Van Lines agents
--Atlas Transfer and Storage (Allied) in Poway.
This company's website is confusingly www.atlasallied.com. To repeat, it is an Allied agent despite the name.
We have three very good reviews of completed moves and two good partial reviews:
The first is by "boscosmom" for a move from San Diego to Tucson.
The second is by "hogwildz" for a move from San Diego to PA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9891#29891 (interstate)
The third is by "Elismama" for a corporate account move from San Diego to Fort Collins, CO:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1725#21725 (interstate)
There is also a partial review by "jevans" who also considered Ace (see below) and decided to move with Atlas Allied to AZ but never came back to report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2084#22084
And there is a partial review by "lucylulu" who liked their sales rep (Jon) and was leaning toward them for a move to Long Island, NY:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0751#50751
A long-time resident of San Diego ("sundiego") posted that "this is a family owned business (the Oakley family). They are longtime well-respected San Diegans and I know them to be honest people with the utmost integrity.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4043#54043
Atlas Van Lines agents
--Ace Relocation Systems (Atlas) in San Diego.
We have good remarks by "East Coast Mover" (NAVL driver based in the Midwest) and "Nancy" (works for NAVL) but no reviews. The company won a quality award from the van line in 2004 and 2005 (Milton Hill award).
Mayflower Van Lines agents
--San Diego Van & Storage (Mayflower) in San Diego.
We have good remarks by "East Coast Mover" (NAVL driver based in the Midwest) but no reviews of a completed move.
There are lukewarm comments about the sales rep by "jessijenn" for a move to Georgia (she was leaning toward Atlas Allied):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3849#23849
North American Van Lines agents
--Eckert's Van & Storage (North American Van Lines) in San Marcos.
We have no reviews but this company has very good comments by industry professionals here and on other websites. People speak especially highly of its owner. Its overall internal quality scores are in the "excellent" category. It has reportedly performed well on international as well as domestic moves.
United Van Lines agents
--Sullivan Moving & Storage (United) in San Diego.
Sullivan is one of the founding agents of United Van Lines. A sales rep for Sullivan posts here as "ChrisL" and has made a lot of useful contributions. "Michael" (works for an Atlas agent) recommended it to "DK" below and he/she changed from Bekins San Diego to Sullivan as a result.
We have a good partial review by "DK" for a move to OH:
We also have a rave review by "shahidm" for a move to MD. "ChrisL" was his sales rep and the company even UPSed some items that the packing crew forgot to load:
Wheaton Van Lines agents
--Bernardo Moving & Storage (Wheaton) in San Diego.
Not much information although the company won a quality award from the van line in 2003.
Someone ("Gabriel_N") had them come out to do an estimate for a move to VA but he ultimately went with ABF:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 5447#25447
For small interstate shipments
--Wright Way (independent) in San Diego.
This is a packaging/shipping company similar to Ship Smart and Box Brothers. It has no website but its phone number is 619-238-0388. In the thread cited below, "ChrisL" (a sales rep for Sullivan in San Diego) posted that he has used it for five years with very good results.
Wright Way has one very good review by "nearly_blind" for a shipment of boxes and a bicycle to Boston:
Besides packing your irreplaceable items such as important documents yourself, do not entrust those items to any moving company. Carry them with you.
I am very grateful for your valuable information about moving from Santa Cruz to San Diego.
As soon as an offer has been made on our house and accepted, we will contact three movers recommended by you, Diane. They are Sullivan's, Eckert's and Ace Relocation. I made a quick search for Moover's in Concord but was unsuccessful. Would you happen to know their phone number/address?
Thank you so much.
All of the contact info for Moovers, Inc. is on the first post on this thread, which also contains their 23 good reviews posted to date:- http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4655 Their website is www.mooversinc.com and their phone numbers are 925-288-0630 or 800-248-0251. Ask for Matt or Jayson (owners). Hope this helps.
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