local moves within washington dc

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Diane
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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby Diane » Wed May 30, 2007 2:29 pm

movers10 wrote:We also sublet space to other movers in our building .. . .
Kevin Bass
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Mr. Bass,

Do you own Commonwealth Movers and Meridian Movers as "Honestmover" says, and if so, do you quote against yourselves to give the illusion of competition?
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9061#89061
It's OK by me if you do, but just curious.

movers10
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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby movers10 » Wed May 30, 2007 2:50 pm

Diane,

I do not own any part of Commonwealth Movers. They sub-lease warehouse space from us.

I bought Meridian Movers out of Bankruptcy 3 years ago. Since Meridian Movers has broad appeal and great name recognition, we decided to keep the name. We always let potential customers know we are the parent company.

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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby MusicMom » Wed May 30, 2007 2:55 pm

Seems perectly normal to me.

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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby ArchieWhite » Wed May 30, 2007 2:59 pm

We sometimes give a potential client a United and a Mayflower estimate, we use 2 separate sales people and don't let them compare notes. Of course, the one that does not book it accuses the other of being a lowballer and a thief, but I think the competition is healthy. We even have a couple of sales people whose spouses work in sales for other van lines agents....hasn't been a problem yet.

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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby weem » Wed May 30, 2007 10:42 pm

Do you -only "sometimes" tell these customers that they are basically getting 2 estimates from the same company?--with the same basic discount guidelines?

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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby ArchieWhite » Thu May 31, 2007 8:35 am

sometimes.....reminds me of the old Tammy Wynette song of the same name......We have a completely separate MF and United, and it don't happen too often anyway.

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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby Diane » Thu May 31, 2007 10:30 am

movers10 wrote:Diane,

I do not own any part of Commonwealth Movers. They sub-lease warehouse space from us.

I bought Meridian Movers out of Bankruptcy 3 years ago. Since Meridian Movers has broad appeal and great name recognition, we decided to keep the name. We always let potential customers know we are the parent company.

Thanks for the clarification, Kevin. I don't see any listing for Meridian Movers on the MD corporations database, but maybe they aren't technically in existence any more.

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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby MusicMom » Thu May 31, 2007 11:12 am

Try under "Meridian Transportation Systems", which is what they're licensed as.

UofC95
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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby UofC95 » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:05 am

Hello,
Should I be scared of Town & Country Movers based on this thread? I got several bids and T&C came out to be the best. The person who did the estimate seemed professional and I was comfortable that she knew her business. I'm doing an interstate move and I need to make a decision quickly; they did ask me for a $200 deposit to secure my move dates. The other movers that I got bids from were Metropolitan (MD), JK Movers, and Olympic Movers (VA). I would really appreciate anyone's thoughts before I commit to Town & Country. Thank you.

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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby MusicMom » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:18 am

No, you should not be scared of T&C. Their good comments far outweigh the negatives, and HonestMover never really provided any proof, just rumors.

Which Metopolitan did you get a quote from? I see two. Can you give a phone number or website?

The Olympic Movers I know of is in MD. There is an Olympic Moving & Storage in VA that is a Wheaton agent with black trucks. Again, can you give their number or website to know for sure?

UofC95
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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby UofC95 » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:31 am

Thank you very much.

I received a quote from:

Olympic Moving & Storage
Wheaton Van Lines Agent #0058
www.olympicmoving.com

Metropolitan Moving & Storage
330T N. Stonestreet Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
301-279-0090 703-837-0091
fax: 301-279-0094
www.dcmetropolitanmoving.com

MusicMom
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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby MusicMom » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:42 am

OK. That Olympic is good.

Regarding Metropolitan, I have to go back to your original thread where we checked them out. Not thrilled about them.

http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13814

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Re: local moves within washington dc

Postby Diane » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:36 am

UofC95 wrote: I would really appreciate anyone's thoughts before I commit to Town & Country.

I agree with MusicMom that you will be safe with T&C, especially since you are moving only as far as Atlanta, not across the country. With very long moves with independents, there can be problems such as the driver arriving with no unloading help or the company charging high prices because it has no way of getting return loads, but in your case I think you will be fine. Please be sure to come back and post how it goes.
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