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*Moving from Sacramento, CA to Rhode Island

Postby rusttribe » Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:36 pm

I am planning a cross country move in June from Sacramento, CA to Rhode Island. I was wondering if anyone had any advice, either good or bad, about movers in either area. Also, is it better to work with a mover in the city you are moving from, or moving to? Thanks for the help everyone!!

I've been talking to Rainbow Movers in North Attleboro, MA a North American agent, and Edwards Movers in MA a United Agent. They are both in the Rhode Island area, but I am sure will wind up using a local agent in Sacramento. So i'd love to know more about the NA and United agents in Sac!

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Re: Moving from Sacramento, CA to Rhode Island

Postby Diane » Fri Apr 21, 2006 10:30 pm

Hi - on the basis of reviews posted here, I think Rainbow is excellent. However, in your case it would probably be better to go with an agent in Sacramento.

As a matter of policy, MovingScam.com does not endorese any full-service moving company. However, the following post summarizing what has been said about moving companies on this website may give you some ideas about companies to get a quote from. Be aware that there can be glitches in the form of delay and damage with any move, especially at the height of the moving season (starting now).

Allied agents

--Colonial Van and Storage (Allied) in Sacramento.
Several people have mentioned getting quotes from this company but no one has moved with them.

--Mee's Moving and Storage (Allied) in Sacramento.
This company has fairly good comments by "BigLeeCalif" (working for Chipman Concord, a competitor). However, its quality scores are low:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8331#38331
Someone posted a complaint about the company but gave no details:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8329#38329
It gave "SGM" a very low estimate for an interstate move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5028#5028

Atlas Van Lines agents

--California Moving Systems (Atlas) in Sacramento.
Almost no information but good comments by industry people. The company won a quality award from the van line in 2004 and 2005 (Milton Hill Award).
We have a good second-hand report from "Lynn" on a friend's interstate move with them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5937#5937 (interstate)

--Mother Lode Van & Storage in Rancho Cordova.
Not much information but good comments by industry people. We are waiting for a final report by someone who booked with them:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 8952#48952

Bekins Van Lines agents

--Pacific Storage (Bekins) in Stockton.
Good comments by industry professionals. However, "Cyrus" posted that according to the California, PUC, the company had 2 complaints in 2004, 1 in 2003, and 6 in 2002 (i.e. 9 over the past three years):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7997#27997
We also have two bad reports on moves booked by Pacific Storage. One bad report by "Steve" on a CA to FL move mentioned an inaccurate estimate and a bad claims experience with Bekins Van Lines:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1556#41556 (interstate)
The other bad report is rather vague but it mentions damage and a bad claims experience for an apparently interstate move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =2448#2448
One person ("Wanda") said that she was put on hold forever by their phone system when she tried to get an estimate, so she gave up:

Mayflower Van Lines agents

--Olsen & Fielding (Mayflower) in Sacramento.
Almost no information but good comments by industry people. Several people have gotten quotes from them but no one has moved with them.

United Van Lines agents

--Casey Moving Systems (United) in Ceres.
This company also does business as Dawson Van and Storage (Mayflower) for interstate moves. Note that for within-CA moves, the tariff used (the Max 4) is different from the tariff used for interstate moves.
We have a good report by "Wanda" on a within-CA move from Stockton to Hollywood. http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3143

--Chipman Relocations (United) in Sacramento.
Almost no information but good comments by industry people. See the entry for Chipman in the Bay Area for additional details.
"Lynn" was set to go with them for a move from Sacramento to Tampa but never came back to give a final report. She said that she had moved twice with them in the Sacramento area and was pleased:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =5937#5937
"BigLeeCalif" (working for Chipman in Concord) volunteered to call the dispatch office and get the load registered as a self-haul, which I didn't know was possible. (Good to know.)

--City Moving Systems (United) in Sacramento.
I myself had this company come to do an estimate for an apartment move in June 2003. It was an interstate move. The company had been recommended to me by another United agent as good for small moves. Unfortunately, I think I probably chose the wrong United agent in Sacramento. It was very difficult to get the sales rep to come out and when he did, he would give us only a Nonbinding estimate even though we obviously had only about 2200 pounds. He also complained about having received a parking ticket while he was doing the estimate. I later sent him a check for the amount of the ticket but it was never cashed so I assume that he had left the company by then. Anyway, the obvious lack of interest by the sales rep and the uncertainty about how much we would end up paying led me to go with ABF U-Pack instead (I had done a self-move previously), and the rest is history.

I recommend against using All My Sons in West Sacramento. "Wanda" reported that the sales rep gave strange answers when she asked why the Hayward branch had an "unsatisfactory" rating with the BBB and also said that AMS-West Sacramento did not offer any valuation coverage beyond 60 cents a pound and would not weigh the truck - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2694#42694 (within-state move)
"snoobear" said that they gave him a very low (possibly lowball) quote for a move to VA - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4163#34163 (interstate)
And "marilyn" who was moving things from a storage unit to FL said that the AMS sales rep told her that a Nonbinding estimate was a Not to Exceed (among other problems):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7369#47369 (interstate)


Re: Moving from Sacramento, CA to Rhode Island

Postby Guest » Fri Apr 21, 2006 10:38 pm

As a followup, after getting quotes from Rainbow and Edwards Movers out of Mass. and California Moving Systems in Sacramento, I decided to go with California Moving (Atlas). Not only was their representative the most professional and detailed when putting together an estimate, their estimate came in at almost 2,000 cheaper than the other two. I'll let you all know how it goes after the move!

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Re: *Moving from Sacramento, CA to Rhode Island

Postby Diane » Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:46 pm

The estimate was probably cheaper because they are in CA rather than in MA, but I look forward to seeing your review!


Re: *Moving from Sacramento, CA to Rhode Island

Postby A-----Moving » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:46 am

Hello I saw your post and thought I would reply.
I own a local moving company in the foothills and I recommend always using a company in the area you are moving to. All companies care about reputation in there local town! If you have a problem it will be better handled if you are located in the same town as the company. You can always just drive down to there local warehouse and talk with them.Just a thought! :shock:

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