In the coming months I'm going to be moving from NE Pennsylvania, back home to central Iowa. When I moved out here I packed everything I owned into my 2 door Toyota and drove. For the return trip I have a bit more stuff, and will probably need something more than my car.
Basically I'm looking for advice from more seasoned movers. I'm willing to drive it myself, or have it moved, but I really need to do this on the cheap. The main reason I'm moving is the economy and cost of living, so money is a serious issue for me.
Does anyone know of good companies for someone on a budget? I really appreciate any help.
Everyone is looking for a good price because of the economy, but price alone is a bad reason to choose a mover. If the Van lines are out of your budget, you can hire labor to load a rental (stay away from Uhaul) and hire unloading help in Iowa.
Stay away from the find a mover websites, these are full of moving "brokers" who should be called "bottom feeding scumbag criminals". They will more than likely hire scam movers for you, then when you are in the midst of the scam they will blame the mover and be of no help to you.
I still say NEVER pay a deposit to a interstate mover. Some on here will say this isn't always true, which may be correct in some markets, but overall legitimate movers don't require a deposit. You will pay upon delivery.
I'm in Kansas City now, about an hour from the Iowa border. If you need help finding labor in Iowa, pm me and I'll help you find someone you can trust. Unless you are in BFE Iowa, but I'll still try.
Have you priced out ABF Relocubes? It holds about 2000 pounds. You would load it up, they drive it, drop it off and you unload it. You can always hire loaders/unloaders by finding a highly rated mover at www.emove.com.
Loading and unloading isn't too much of an issue, I've got family to help when I get there and friends to do it here. I also don't have that much stuff... heh. Most of it will be boxes of clothes and books. I've noticed that U-haul is rather outrageous...
ABF looked interesting but there's not one terribly close, and I'd have to make multiple trips to load and unload. So far the best option suggested to me has actually been to ship my boxes UPS or FedEx and move just the things that won't fit. Its surprisingly economical.
Any other suggestions are welcome, thank you again for the advice!
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