Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

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AndyI
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Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

Postby AndyI » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:12 pm

I am planning on moving at the end of this month prior to Labor Day. I'm moving from Long Island,NY to West Palm Beach, FL. I've done a lot of research during which I came across this website. I've read a lot of the forum postings and appreciate the information so I decided to contribute my experience as it unfolds. I received 4 estimates from Liberty Moving/United, Molloy Brothers/MayFlower, Bay Shore Storage/Allied and Maffuci Moving/Bekins.

What surprised me was the difference in the weight estimates. Maffuci/Bekins estimated 7000lbs, Liberty/United estimated 8500lbs, Bay Shore/Allied estimated 13,300lbs and Molloy/Mayflower estimated 12,500lbs. After reading about lowballing I examined each estimate in detail, comparing the inventory listing that each salesperson gave me with my actual belongings. The Bay Shore/Allied and Molloy/MayFlower estimates appear to be the most accurate in that the inventory estimate closely matched the actual items in each room.

Based on that I've narrowed my choices to Molloy/Mayflower and Bay Shore/Allied. I've seen some previous posts about these two companies and will physically visit each company to check out their facilities and get a feeling about which to choose. I believe that it's important to see brick and mortar and get a good feeling before I trust my wordly possessions to a stranger.

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Re: Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

Postby Diane » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:23 pm

Very interesting about the different weight estimates. Maffucci is widely regarded as a marginal performer (see Superlist linked to below my name for reviews and comments under "New York-Long Island").

Just a suggestion, but the smallish independent company Maher Van Lines on Long Island has excellent reviews here (better than the companies you're considering) and I think the people who run it are good people. Again, see the Superlist for contact information and reviews if you're interested in getting another estimate.
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Re: Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

Postby AndyI » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:22 pm

I plan on visiting the two companies on Friday. I checked the Superlist for both companies and will make a point of bringing up those issues with each company.

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Re: Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

Postby AndyI » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:36 pm

Well because of time constraints I was only able to visit one company's facility. On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 I was in Hauppauge, NY for other business and was able to stop by Bay Shore Storage Warehouse's facility. Based on my past moving experiences I had low expectations for what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The building is a large modern facility located in the Hauppauge Industrial Park.

I met my salesperson, Denis Montera, who I learned is also one of the owners. He gave me a quick tour of the facility which reminded me of the inside of a Costco because of it's size, openess and organization. Very impressive. It looked like they had plenty of trucks and equipment to perform many moving jobs at once. They also had their own brand new truck scale. He explained that I was more than welcome to witness the weighing of the truck prior to and after loading to confirm the weight of the shipment. In addition I learned that they share some common ownership with an Allied Agent in Fort Lauderdale, FL by the name of AAA Gold Coast Moving which has some good comments on this site's superlist. So if I had any needs in Florida at the time of delivery such as a shuttle or storage needs then help was close by.

I mentioned that I had gathered some information about the company from this website's superlist such as low quality scores mentioned in the superlist. He wasn't familiar with this website but he did show me the most recent quality score from their van line, Allied, which gave them an excellent rating. He also commented that labor is the biggest problem in the industry. A moving crew can make or break the entire move despite all the money spent on facilities and equipment. He stressed that if I should have a problem on the day of loading or unloading rather than argue with the crew I should immediately contact their office to have any problem straightened out. It's partly on feedback from customers that helps them weed out any poor labor and reward good labor. Also he advised me to read all the moving information that they supplied me with to understand my rights.

After visiting the facility and talking with Denis I felt comfortable letting them move my belongings. I have a pack date of Thursday, August 30th and a load date Friday, August 31st. My scheduled delivery date in Florida is Thursday, September 6th. I will update as the move progresses. Here we go!

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Re: *Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

Postby AndyI » Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:55 am

Well here's my latest update. Instead of posting here I should be posting on some sort of "realestateclosingscam.com". Suffice it to say that there have been some issues with the real estate closing that will probably cause me to fly back from FL to wrap up the deal.

Anyway Bay Shore's packers arrived on time Thursday, August 30th to pack some of the larger item that I was not comfortable packing. I was a little worried about the marble table top but the woden crate they had built fit perfectly and seemed secure for transport. The packers were very quick and professional. The actual amount of cartons packed was quite close to the estimated packing amount. I was over in wardrobe cartons by two and medium cartons by 4 but under in large dish boxes by 3 so the price was about the same.

I arranged to witness the weighing of the truck before loading on Friday. Bay Shore's interstate dispatcher, Brenda, advised me that because of the size of my shipment the driver of the truck wanted to start loading at 8AM so therefore the truck would be weighed at 7AM before arriving at my house. Being an early riser this was not a problem for me. I aslo learned that the driver and truck being used was going to be one of Bay Shore's own fleet. So early Friday morning I met the driver, Ramon Flores, at Bay Shore and witnessed the weighing of the truck. That was actually pretty cool as I had never seen that before. The whole tractor trailer drives up on a platform and the weight is displayed in the office and printed out.

After that I met Ramon and his two helpers at my house. After going through some paperwork and showing Ramon what was to be loaded he began inventorying all the items to be loaded. After that rather tedious process the men began loading. I have to tell you that the guys worked extremely hard only stopping for about a half-hour lunch. I was quite impressed by their hardwork. My upholstered furniture was wrapped in plastic and then moving blankets. The actual loading almost seemed like an art as they picked and matched items to fit in the truck to take up the least amount of room. Really quite impressive.

The loading was finished at 3:15PM. I followed the truck back to Bay Shore's scale where it was weighed to get the net weight of the shipment. The weight of my shipment was 13,120 pounds which was almost exactly my estimate of 13,300 pounds. Even though I was exhausted that made my day.

I'm hoping to finish the closing today and fly out tonight to meet the truck in Florida tommorrow for unloading. At this point it doesn't appear that the closing will take place today. I wish the closing process had gone as smooth as the move has so far. Anyway I'll post an update after the unloading.

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Re: *Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

Postby ArchieWhite » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:15 pm

Sounds like everything (except the closing) worked like magic....and yes, you are right, the loading of the truck is an art, and the men capable of doing it are fading away.....one of these days moving will be done by a gang of contracted immigrants that may not even speak the language, piling the stuff into a big old generic cargo pod, while the steering wheel holder snoozes in the sleeper until the contracted immigrants tell him adios.

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Re: *Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

Postby AndyI » Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:24 pm

I've had to fly back and forth to NY twice because of closing problems but that nightmare has been finally resolved. So I finally have time to finish my post about my move experience.

I flew out of NY Wednesday night as scheduled to accept delivery of my goods on Thursday, September 6. My driver, Ramon, had called me Wednesday afternoon to confirm Thursday's delivery and the shipping charges. Ramon showed up bright and early Thursday morning. The unloading went on without a hitch. These guys worked hard.

So I can only give a thumbs up to Bay Shore Storage Warehouse and their driver Ramon Flores. I had confidence that I was backed up by a large, professional moving organization. I had received cheaper estimates but in the end it turned out that the other estimates had been lowball estimates. I guess I was lucky to have visited Bay Shore's facility and gotten a good feeling to choose them as my mover. Anyway that's my two cents.

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Re: *Picking a Mover for a NY to FL move.

Postby Diane » Sat Sep 15, 2007 3:28 pm

Andy, thanks for your detailed favorable review of Bay Shore Allied in Hauppauge. I am keeping my eye on the reviews and if there are other good ones we may be able to remove the Caution symbol by its name eventually. It's worth noting that you had a fairly large load and it was a self-haul, because those shipments often go better than very small ones.

I also made a note in the Superlist that Maffucci's estimate was about half what the actual weight of the shipment was, i.e. they lowballed you.
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