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Noaman Akhtar

Need Help

Postby Noaman Akhtar » Fri Apr 07, 2006 5:46 pm

Hi,
My Name is Noaman Akhtar, i am planning to move my one bedroom apartment stuff from San Diego to Indiana and i get so many quotes but after reading the comments here i am worried so i i need help from you to tell me the reliable movers in San Diego .
I will appreciate your help.
Thanks
Noaman
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Re: Need Help

Postby MusicMom » Fri Apr 07, 2006 8:56 pm

This is a list that Diane has compiled of movers in the San Diego area:

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 The company was a Paul Arpin agent as recently as summer 2005 but it has been bought out and its PUC license has been revoked.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
A long-time resident of San Diego ("sundiego") posted that "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.":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4043#54043

Atlas Van Lines agents

--Ace Relocation Systems (Atlas) in San Diego.
We have good remarks by "East Coast Mover" (NAVL driver based in the Midwest) and "Nancy" (works for NAVL) 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 based in the Midwest) 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.
We have no reviews but this company has very good comments by industry professionals here and on other websites. People speak especially highly of its owner. Its overall internal quality scores are in the "excellent" category. It has reportedly performed well on international as well as domestic moves.

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 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)

Noaman Akhtar

Re: Need Help

Postby Noaman Akhtar » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:30 am

Hi MusicMom,
I really appreciate your help towards my move , but after posting a message here i got a reasonable qoute of my one bedroom apartment stuff from a company in California named "Partner Moving & Storage"(ITS IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA,PH#650-964-0302)for my apartment stuff , they are giving me over the phone estimate after listening the inventory list of my items they said its about 2000lb and the estimate is $1560 and i said i get others estimate from $1100 to $1500 or more so she gave me 10% off and at last she told me $1386 ,So i just want to know that is that company is reliable or not .
I am very thankfull to you that you reply me and looking forward for further advice.
Thanks,
Noaman Akhtar

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Re: Need Help

Postby hardatwork » Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:33 am

You need to have an in house estimate to get a quality estimate for a move going interstate. Never use an over the phone estimate based on an inventory not done in person. They can and normally will say that you add more items to yoru shipment. They will also claim you need packing done because they cannot move your goods as they are, again increasing the amount of goods and giving them more "proof" you had more items. Of course none of this will come up until after they have your stuff on their truck and the door it closed and locked.

Do not use a company in MT View if you are moving from San Diego. Call two to three of the movers on Musicmom's post, get the in house estimates, and then make a decision based on an acurate estimate.

After you get the in house estimates and if the cost is more than you budgeted then yo might want to consider a U Pack type service but first see what the moving companies listed will offer.

Good luck with the move

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Re: Need Help

Postby consumer advocate » Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:24 am

Do not use this company. On their DOT record, they're only showing one truck and one driver. That doesn't make sense for a company that claims it can do a long-distance move like yours and it probably means they will either sell your job to another company or wait until their truck is full of other moving jobs to make the trip profitable for them. You don't want either scenario. As hardatwork has pointed out, reputable companies will come to your home to do a survey of what is to be moved before they give you an estimate. Disreputable companies try to get away with estimating over the phone. Never use a company that contacts you as a result of posting your information on one of those find-a-mover websites. Is that how you found this company? Do not use them. Use the list of San Diego movers that MusicMom has posted.

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Re: Need Help

Postby MusicMom » Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:08 pm

DEFINITELY do not use Partner Moving & Storage.

The owner is Shai Blum, owner and manager of the scam company Safari Moving. Owners of scam moving comapnies do not change their ways when they open up under a new name.

You can read some of their exploits here:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2391

http://ripoffreport.com/reports/ripoff128641.htm

N Akhtar

Re: Need Help

Postby N Akhtar » Mon Apr 10, 2006 4:07 pm

After all of yours help i started my search again and called MAYFLOWER (1-858-578-2000)and NORTH AMERICAN(1-800-823-0392)
and both will visit my apartment tomorrow to give me estimate
So i will be looking forward for them to give me a reasonable quote
THANKS to Music Mom ,hardatwork, consumer advocate for guiding me till me.
Wish me good luck
Take care
Akhtar

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Re: Need Help

Postby MusicMom » Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:12 pm

Good luck!

When you get the estimate, please post them here, and the pros can help you sort through them to see which one works best for your situation.

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Re: Need Help

Postby consumer advocate » Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:27 pm

Good luck Akhtar! We're here to help if you need it.

Noaman Akhtar

Re: Need Help

Postby Noaman Akhtar » Thu May 11, 2006 2:48 am

Hi Every one,
I am back after along time b/c when i called the advised companies to give me their estimation then i get busy and as MUSIC MOM ask me to post everyones estimation ..but.....one of them click my mind and me and my husband finalise them to go with...and its UNITED Van Lines agents

--Sullivan Moving & Storage (United) in San Diego. And yes CHRIS LIND was the person who visit my apartment TO GIVE ME THE ESTIMATOION
and he satisfies me alot so thats his useful advises which makes my decision easy. .he is really very coperative and helpful person .He gave me very reasonable pricing
Then the moving day came and MICHAEL was the one who came to pick my stuff and two local helpers they marked,loaded every thing so fast and carefully
Then with in a week Michael called a day before to deliver the stuff at the other end and he was there at the given date and timings and he unload the things ,
Every thing was as it was loaded no damage , no extra charge .
NO COMPLAINS from my side even i was not there to recieve my stuff its my sisters place but my sister was satisfy with every thing .though we got an extra insurance but thankd god nothing happened and every thing arrives there safely
At last i want to THANKYOU all of your help in my moving decision ...
Its really very nice of you all espacially THANKS to Music Mom ,hardatwork, consumer advocate for guiding me
GOD BLESS YOU :D

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Re: Need Help

Postby consumer advocate » Thu May 11, 2006 6:47 am

Noaman,

Thanks for coming back and telling us about your move! I'm so glad everything went well. Glad we could help.

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Re: Need Help

Postby MusicMom » Thu May 11, 2006 1:51 pm

You're welcome, and i'm happy it all went well for you. Thank you for coming back to update us.

Happy unpacking!


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