Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestion

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Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestion

Postby kgdavenport » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:57 pm

I'm moving at the end of the month from San Diego to Colorado -- need a full-service mover to pack and move my small household. I also need one car moved. Can anyone give me a suggestion on moving company to use? Also, should I plan on shipping the car seperately or use the same company for both? Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!

Sundiego

Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby Sundiego » Fri Mar 03, 2006 6:29 pm

Hi, I don't know if either of these companies travel to Denver, but two well respected companies here are:

http://www.corovan.com/household.jsp

http://www.atlasallied.com/content/about.htm

You can email me at sun.diego at gmail dot com if you'd like my experience with these companies!

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Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby MusicMom » Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:09 am

Sundiego,

Can you please post more information about your move? Your out-of-the-blue post looks a little advertisement-ish. I'm sure people considering either company would love to know what they did well for you.

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Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby Diane » Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:40 am

As a matter of policy, MovingScam.com does not endorse any full-service moving company. However, here is a post summarizing what has been said here about companies in the San Diego area. Moving a car with a full-service moving company tends to be expensive and in some cases the moving company brokers the move out to an auto transporter anyway rather than moving the car in the same van with the household goods. When you talk with the companies you should question them carefully about what they actually intend to do with the car. That said, the moving company may have more clout with an auto transporter like Tn'T or DAS than you would as an individual, so you could have a better experience that way.

I agree with MusicMom that it's wise not to trust these "out of the blue" recommendations by unknown posters without much more information. In this case, Atlas Allied has excellent reviews here but Cor-o-Van does not.
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:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1811 (interstate)

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 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.
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3453 (interstate)
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

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Ace Relocation Systems (Atlas) in San Diego.
We have good remarks by "East Coast Mover" (NAVL driver) 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) 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.
This company has very good comments by industry professionals here and on other websites but we have no reviews. People speak especially highly of its owner.

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:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=943#943 (interstate)
We also have a rave review by "shahidm" for a move to MD. "ChrisL" was his sales rep 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:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=943#943 (interstate)
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:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6489 (interstate)

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:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3798 (interstate)

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Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby Guest » Fri Mar 10, 2006 9:24 pm

MusicMom wrote:Sundiego,

Can you please post more information about your move? Your out-of-the-blue post looks a little advertisement-ish. I'm sure people considering either company would love to know what they did well for you.


Hi again. Sorry for the late reply! I totally understand that I would look advertisement-ish!! I came to this board looking for info for our upcoming move from San Diego to Huntsville. We have lived in San Diego for over 20 years and used Corovan for two local moves when we "moved up" from one home to another. I chose them based on research I did at that time and found their references to be stellar and I was pleased with the quote and the service. I did not use them for a long distance move, but felt strongly enough about my experiences (on two occasions) to post their name here.

I listed the second company because I know the owners through a professional affiliation. 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.

I should've given more details in my original post, but being a newbie to the board and posting quickly, I really wasn't familiar with the "lay of the land" here. Hope this info helps. Now, on to my Huntsville research. Ack, I'm a native Californian and know NOTHING about Huntsville. But sometimes job opportunities come first, grrrr.

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Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby MusicMom » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:02 pm

Thank you for the clarification. No offense intended. :wink:

Are you looking into any of the names on Diane's list?

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Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby Diane » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:09 am

Sundiego,

Thanks for the additional info. I'll add your positive remarks about Atlas Allied to my summary post. With regard to Cor-o-Van, how long ago were those good local moves that you had with them? It could be that my information referred to more recent issues. Also, local quality is often different from long-distance.

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Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby Guest » Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:55 pm

MusicMom wrote:Thank you for the clarification. No offense intended.
Are you looking into any of the names on Diane's list?


MusicMom, we just learned of our job transfer and haven't even put our house on the market yet. I was doing some preliminary research and stumbled across this site. But yes, I've bookmarked this page so I can "work the list" Diane has provided.

Our job transfer is voluntary so the company is not paying the moving van expenses. We're trying to pare down to keep our costs to a minimum. This is sort of a pre-retirement move, so lots to consider.

Sundiego

Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby Sundiego » Sat Mar 11, 2006 4:52 pm

Diane wrote:Sundiego,

Thanks for the additional info. I'll add your positive remarks about Atlas Allied to my summary post. With regard to Cor-o-Van, how long ago were those good local moves that you had with them? It could be that my information referred to more recent issues. Also, local quality is often different from long-distance.


Hi Diane,

We used Cor-o-van in 1998 and again in 2000. So maybe things have changed since then. I took a quick peek at the San Diego BBB site (I personally take BBB listings with a grain of salt, but...) and they're in good standing. But thanks to your comments, will most likely not use them this time around.

Many thanks for the feedback :D

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Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby MusicMom » Sat Mar 11, 2006 9:27 pm

If you want to keep costs down, you can go with one of the You-Pack-We-Drive companies like ABF and BE (and hire labor to help you load),. The prices are usually a significant savings, sometimes hal the cost of the full-service movers. It's a little more work on your part, even if you do hire loading help. Can you do this? There's a FAQ page here.

Sundiego

Re: Moving from San Diego to Denver area -- need a suggestio

Postby Sundiego » Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:20 am

Musicmom, thanks for the info. Yes, we can definitely pack our own stuff. As for the actual loading and unloading, we'd have to hire somebody to do that piece. I'll check out the link you posted. Thanks!!


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