Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

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SGM
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Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

Postby SGM » Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:02 am

We are planning a move from California to North Carolina around the 20th of January. I have read the many threads on this board and am trying to follow the sound advise of the many move sages that we have as members. I have scheduled 3 estimates from major moving companies (Allied and North American) and hopefully they will be no surprises. The first company that came out was Mee's Moving and Storage, INC who is an agent for Allied. This company has been in business for over 35 years and BBB has a clean record on them. Their CAL-T number is 101441. The son of the owner/president is a friend of our son and I am hoping that will give us a few added bennies. I would like to know if anyone has any additional info on this comapny and if there are any other items I should be looking at or considering.

Josh
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Re: Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

Postby Josh » Sat Dec 13, 2003 7:53 pm

Not really any red flags so far.

What I would suggest is to come back after your estimates are done and ask questions if you have any.

Good luck.

Josh

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Re: Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

Postby BigLeeCalif » Sun Dec 14, 2003 12:43 am

SGM wrote:We are planning a move from California to North Carolina around the 20th of January. I have read the many threads on this board and am trying to follow the sound advise of the many move sages that we have as members. I have scheduled 3 estimates from major moving companies (Allied and North American) and hopefully they will be no surprises. The first company that came out was Mee's Moving and Storage, INC who is an agent for Allied. This company has been in business for over 35 years and BBB has a clean record on them. Their CAL-T number is 101441. The son of the owner/president is a friend of our son and I am hoping that will give us a few added bennies. I would like to know if anyone has any additional info on this comapny and if there are any other items I should be looking at or considering.


I have not heard anything negative about Mees.. I see their headquarters in Sacramento, and offices in North Higlands, Fairfield, and Redding. I checked with our Chipman Sacramento office, and they apparently have a decent working relationship with them, sometimes competing for the same moves.

BigLee

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Re: Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

Postby SGM » Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:54 am

OK, I now have my four quotes and talk about a wide spectrum of numbers. I would like some feedback on the following four companies and the amount the quoted us for cost and weight. We asked all four movers the same questions and gave them the same packing requests during their inspection of our home. Move is from Sacramento, CA 95828 to Washington, NC 27889. Move is a partial pack (movers to pack crystal, china and electronics) and everything else is PBO.

1. Mee's Moving and Storage, INC (Agent for Allied Van Lines)
MC 15735
CAL T-101441
BBB Reliability Report: Member since Oct 1991 and company has satisfactory record.

GNTE Price was $6213 based on weight of 8,000 lbs.
Extra Care Protection Insurance would be an addtional $410 for $75,000 coverage with $250 deductable.

Estimate was done by the President of the company and he has been in the business all his life. He also offered up a free packing kit and some used boxes at half price.

Payment can be made by CC to driver for actual cost at destination with no pre authorization done prior to move.

2. Valley Relocation and Storage (Agent for North American Van Lines)
MC 107012
DOT 070851
CAL T-151659
BBB Reliability Report: Not a BBB member and BBB file shows one customer complaint that was not answered by company.

GNTE Price was $6557.42 with no weight shows with no weight shown on estimate
Cost with Full Insurance ($250 deductable) would be $7120.42

Estimate was done by a Sales Consultant with 7 years of experience.
Freebies offered were $150 in used boxes which equals approx 20 large boxes, 8 dishpacks, tape and newsprint. Extra used boxes could be purchased.

Payment can be made by pre authorized CC prior to move, but funds are not drawn against account till actual cost is calculated at destination.


3. Mother Lode Van and Storage, INC (Agent for North American)
MC107012
DOT 070851
CAL T-189243
BBB Reliability Report: Member since July 1996 and company has a clean record.

GNTE price was $8350.11 based on weight of 12894 lbs.
Cost with Full Insurance ($75,000 with $250 deductable) would be $8774.11

Estimate was done by a Relocation Specialist that has worked for 2 other major Van Lines. He also seem to take the most time on the inventory.

No freebies offered, but a price list was provided for both new and used moving supplies that could be purchased from the company if available.

Payment can be by a CC that is pre charged for the GNTE price and a credit would be issued back to the card if the actual price was less.

4. Chipman Relocation (Agent for United Van Lines)
MC 67234
CAL T-114272
BBB Reliability Report: Member since April 1997 and company has satisfactory record.

GNTE price was $7993.50 based on weight of 12500 lbs.
Cost with Full Insurance ($75,000 with $250 deductable) would be $8417.50

Estimate was done by Relocation Consultant that used a hand held computer and a chart that listed various household items. He would touch a contact on the handheld to a line on the chart and it would calculate the CF and approx weight of that item.

Boxes were offered up as free by the consultant if they were available at there warehouse. He assured us that this time of year there would be no problem in getting free boxes.

Payment could be done by a pre authorized and pre charged CC. If the charge based on GNTE price was more than the actual weight price, a credit would go back to the credit card.

The problem I have with this CC pre charge is that if the credit comes back to the card after the billing cycle and if you pay your bill in full every month, then the money is not going back into your pocket. It winds up as a credit on your card and is not refunded back to you as cash.


Our move is scheduled for on or about 19 Jan 2004, so I welcome any comments, suggestions and of course criticism on the above movers.

Thank you for your time and patience.

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Re: Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

Postby Josh » Fri Dec 19, 2003 10:08 am

Just one note about the CC thing, If you go to Wal-Mart and charge a pair of shoes, if you return those because they were too small two weeks after purchase, they refund it back to your card, they don't give you cash either.

My suggestion to you would be to put 80% of the move on your CC and have the balance available in currency at the time of delivery.

Josh

SGM
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Re: Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

Postby SGM » Fri Dec 19, 2003 10:22 am

An addendum to my info I posted on the four moving companies that gave us "in house" estimates. The second company, Valley Relocation and Storage (North American Agent) called back with an estimated weight of 9,500 lbs.

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Re: Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

Postby BigLeeCalif » Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:58 am

SGM wrote:4. Chipman Relocation (Agent for United Van Lines)
MC 67234
CAL T-114272
BBB Reliability Report: Member since April 1997 and company has satisfactory record.

Payment could be done by a pre authorized and pre charged CC. If the charge based on GNTE price was more than the actual weight price, a credit would go back to the credit card.


I can only speak for the credit card policy of Chipman, whom I directly am affiliated with.

There are other options if you are trying to get the transaction to be completed within your billing cycle.

Chances are with Chipman it might be a self haul performed by our hauling fleet.

You can discuss with your moving consultant to not charge the card until a few days before the actual move. Since the mover does not know your billing cycle, there isn't much we can do to guarantee that the charge and credit can be done in the same cycle. If you are concerned in that area, perhaps you can pay half on credit card, and the balance due c.o.d.

Most people concerned about credits and refunds seem to choose that option. Your other option is to tell the moving consultant if there is a credit due at the end of the move to put in special instructions to expedite the refund. We have an excellent working relationship with United and Mayflower Credit and collections, and have been able to get things done quickly.

Lee

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Re: Moving from Cailfornia to North Carolina

Postby Michael » Fri Dec 19, 2003 6:46 pm

SGM,

Dont let how the credit card works be the final decision in who you select.

First I would pinpoint it to the two companies that estimated your weight to be 12,500 and 12,800. If you liked one of the other companies have them quote you based on the higher weight.

Based I price I think Chipman is giving you the higher discount. I know freebies are great, but again, dont let that be a final decision breaker.

Who's quality of work did you like better? We already know who was more thorough. Who actually sat down with you and went through all the information they provided for you? Who asked you about your needs? Who asked about anything under the beds, attics or crawl spaces? Did anyone open your dishwasher and look in there?

I would highly suggest you take Josh's suggestion if you dont want to wait for a credit from your credit card company, if your due one.

But your asking the right questions and working in the right direction.

Keep it up!
Michael
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