NY - FL Moving & Storage

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shmuly
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NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby shmuly » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:30 pm

I am moving in about 5 weeks from NY to Florida . Before i settle in FL thogh i am going away to Aus for two months . In other words , i am looking to move out of my NY apt on Sept 1 , have my stuff taken down , but will not be ni my new FL apt until the first of NOvember . I was thinking of getting the moving compny i choose (still undecided) to store the stuff for me and delievered on the first of NOvember . Is this a terrible idea ? Is it worth it for me to put the stuff in storage in FL myself rather than have the moving company charge me ? Not sure which way to go on this ...

Anyone done anything similar recently that would have some ideas ?

I also have contacted ALL Star which everyone here seems to love , but they told me that moving down to FL would be quite costly , being as they reserve a whole truck for me . Any other companies as well reputable as them in NY (read the listing frmo Diane , but no one seems to be as well lauded as them)..

Thanks so much for the help .

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Re: NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby Diane » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:43 pm

What borough do you live in?

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Re: NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby shmuly » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:46 pm

I live in Brooklyn .

Diane - been lurking around here for a week or so (while simultaneously calling companies and doing research as best as i can ), and just wanted to say i am so impressed with your dedication , knowledge , and willingness to help everyone . You are truly a blessing to us moving newbies .

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Re: NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby Diane » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:56 pm

Oh, many thanks!

It's going to be too expensive for you to use All Star, especially with the storage.

If you're in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan, you could use the ABF ReloCubes (not available in Manhattan as yet). That is what I would suggest, actually. ABF could drop however many ReloCubes as you need in Brooklyn, then pick them up and store them at one of their terminals either in NY or in FL (probably FL would make more sense), then redeliver when you're ready for your things in November.

You can also use a regular, reputable moving company and either that moving company's warehouse or mini-storage, but it will be expensive, and every time the goods are transferred there is a greater possibility of damage and loss. With the ReloCubes you put your things in the cubes once and for all. ABF charges $95-$120/month/cube to store them. See ABF reviews #23 and 68 on the sticky at the top of the messageboard for photos and more information.

If you need someone to help you load the cube(s), you can use either All Star or Shea Moving at www.sheamoving.com, a smaller company that moved my own son in NYC last month. Then in FL you can call workers from LaborReady at www.laborready.com or a high-rated company from www.eMove.com to unload the cubes and put the things in your residence. Many people have done it. You will need to get padding for your furniture from somewhere - old bedding or thrift store quilts work well.

Don't make the common mistake of thinking it will be easier to hire a full-service moving company that promises you the moon. You are likely to get involved with a fly-by-night scammer and it will be much more expensive in the long run.

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Re: NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby shmuly » Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:10 pm

Ive been thinking about this option , im just not too great at loading/unloading etc , but may be the way to go for me .

Are you recommending ABF over BE ? (From what iver heard BE seems to have better service and free things to help with the loading etc ).

I did contact Dahill to come for an estimate and will see the range of price that storage will cost me to see if it is worth it .... doubt it will be but worth a shot i guess .

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Re: NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby Glad to Help » Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:23 pm

Van line companies like Dahill will most likely charge you a shuttle fee. I would get estimates from Austin Verity Moving & Storage in Seaford and Leonetti Bros Moving & Storage in Oceanside. They both run straight trucks,as opposed to tractor trailers, to Fla. This helps you avoid the shuttle cost and double handling. I like those two companies for NY-FLA moves.

http://www.verityvanlines.com/

Austin Verity & Son, Inc. 3685 Merrick Road, Seaford, NY 11783 Seaford, NY 516/785-7620 Lindenhurst, NY 631/ 884-8385 Palm Beach, FL 561/845-7753.

Leonetti Bros. Inc. Local and long distance with storage available.
Specialists in pianos, packing & crating. Family owned and operated for 50 years.
3510 Lawson Blvd., Oceanside (Hmpstd)..............................................................Tel: 516-536-0344

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Re: NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby Diane » Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:01 pm

shmuly,

Dahill doesn't haul anything more than 500 miles so I don't think they are likely to haul the shipment to FL. As Glad says, if it goes into the van line system and is moved on a tractor-trailer that is one more handling of the goods in addition to the handling when it goes into and out of the warehouse for storage. So I don't think this is a very good option. In addition, it will be expensive.

BE won't work for you because they can't provide any storage. The best they could do would be to deliver into mini-storage in FL, but you would have to be there to meet them.

I don't know anything about the companies that Glad suggests. They are on LI. I agree that a company with a straight truck is a good choice. But Glad may not realize that you are going to need three months' storage. The storage is the reason that I think the ReloCubes would be your best choice. Again, storage with a reputable conventional moving company is expensive, and things can get lost or damaged in the warehouse.

You don't have to know how to load. Call Shea Moving and get Brian Shea to come look at your stuff and he will tell you what you need to do and how much it will cost you. He could probably sell you some moving boxes too, if you need them, or this website sells them.

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Re: NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby Glad to Help » Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:08 pm

Diane wrote:shmuly,

Dahill doesn't haul anything more than 500 miles so I don't think they are likely to haul the shipment to FL. As Glad says, if it goes into the van line system and is moved on a tractor-trailer that is one more handling of the goods in addition to the handling when it goes into and out of the warehouse for storage. So I don't think this is a very good option. In addition, it will be expensive.

BE won't work for you because they can't provide any storage. The best they could do would be to deliver into mini-storage in FL, but you would have to be there to meet them.

I don't know anything about the companies that Glad suggests. They are on LI. I agree that a company with a straight truck is a good choice. But Glad may not realize that you are going to need three months' storage. The storage is the reason that I think the ReloCubes would be your best choice. Again, storage with a reputable conventional moving company is expensive, and things can get lost or damaged in the warehouse.

You don't have to know how to load. Call Shea Moving and get Brian Shea to come look at your stuff and he will tell you what you need to do and how much it will cost you. He could probably sell you some moving boxes too, if you need them, or this website sells them.


Both companies that I reccomended have storage facilities. I never heard of Shea moving,but I am sure they would be good for an estimate if you are reccomending them.

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Re: NY - FL Moving & Storage

Postby Diane » Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:22 pm

I think Shmuly might want to get an estimate from at least one of the companies you recommended, Glad. They probably make more sense than Dahill because of the shuttle issue, as you said - I am just concerned that the storage may be expensive.

Shea is a very small moving company that I am recommending only to load the ABF ReloCube(s). They are also good for local moves in and around NYC but they don't go long-distance.

V. Santini might be another one to get a quote from if they will go to Brooklyn. They have two good reviews for moves to FL:

--V. Santini (Atlas) in Mt. Vernon.
"DM1539" gave this company a very good review for a move from New Rochelle to FL in 2004--the same crew that picked up the shipment also delivered it. Also, the poster says friends had a successful move to AZ with the company in 2002:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 4422#54422 (interstate)
"amyS" gave V. Santini an excellent review for a move from Westchester to FL in June 2006 - as above, the truck and driver that picked up the shipment also delivered it. Her 11,000+-pound shipment was the only one on the truck:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 6195#66195 (interstate)


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