MOVE FROM PHL to LA

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sophiac
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MOVE FROM PHL to LA

Postby sophiac » Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:08 pm

Howdy,

I would be interested in any positive or negative feedback on the following moving companies. We are moving from Philadelphia in August, though we will not arrive in LA until sometime in October. Thus our worldly possessions will need to be in storage for a few months. All have recommended East Coast storage so they can "control the price and get [us] a better deal."

Packing a 1 bd X 1 ba with kitchen, den and office. The estimate includes the weight with everything currently present, though we are planning on getting rid of a few large weight items including an oversized full-sleeper sofa, a matching oversized chair-and-a-half, a large pressboard bedroom armoire, and a large 27" tube tv. Also, a "Shuttle" will NOT be needed for delivery.

Here are the companies and estimates received:
1. Bayshore / Allied (Newark, DE) {***BBB accredited & AMSA CMC verified @ 7/7/08***} - Est. 5500 lbs., $0 ded. FRV included = $7,640 (GTNE)

2a. Hawk Vision / Wheaton (Huntington Valley, PA) {***BBB accredited & AMSA CMC verified @ 7/7/08***} - Est 6300 lbs, $0 ded. FRV comp'd by AAA = $7,470 (GTNE).
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2b. They also offer the non-binding option, which is explained as pay what it actually weighs up to 10% more than the binding estimate = Cap of $8,215. [This "non-binding" option is what their Moving Specialist recommended considering we are getting rid of items.]

3. Ace Moving / Atlas (Fallsington, PA) - Est. 5000 lbs., $0 ded. FRV comp'd by AAA = $7,300. (non-binding b/c they could not schedule a visit in our time frame). Final price will be based on actual weight.

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed.

Thank you,
Sophia

chaz4moving
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Re: MOVE FROM PHL to LA

Postby chaz4moving » Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:26 pm

A GTNE estimate is your best bet. If you get rid of things, your final charges will be based on the actual weight & services provided or the guaranteed price, whichever is lower. Unless I am missing something, the option you were given by mover #2 makes no sense to me since you already have a GTNE. I feel you should always have an in-home survey. To my knowledge. all three companies are good movers and represent reputable van lines. Personally, I lean toward going with #1; however, my decision may be a bit biased since I know this company and the people who run it better than the other operations. I think you will be OK with whichever of these companies you choose. Do you have a preference based on your contacts with each company by phone or in-person? Your comfort level with a company should be a big factor in your decision making process.

sophiac
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Re: MOVE FROM PHL to LA

Postby sophiac » Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:28 pm

Chaz4moving, thanks for your thoughts and full disclosure.

When I wrote this note, I was leaning towards #2 for 3 reasons. Firstly and primarily, I felt comfortable with the rep. I have, however, done my share of moving and have learned along the way that the rep is in NO WAY indicative of the service and performance of the people who actually pack up, pick up and drop off one’s things.

Secondly, the binding price was a little less in total, even though the total weight was more than others had estimated. In addition, the quotes included FRV Insurance and the company does not charge more for Saturday pick-up, which we may need. This additional cost was not included in the others’ totals – only a statement that it would be a little more.

Lastly, I found the “non-binding” option intriguing and somewhat creative. Considering that we are disposing of some big weight items, this seemed a plus. The rep even recommended it, which I initially thought was very thoughtful. However, as soon as he left, I started questioning the altruism of that recommendation – not to cast doubt on the rep, just hearing the voice of skeptical consumerism in my head.

Our last cross country move was with the “orange” national van line ( #1). In the end everything arrived with no damage (the ultimate goal), but there were a few stressful moments of poor communication and coordination that could have been handled / resolved much better. “Once bitten, twice shy,” as they say… :oops:

Now we just want to be diligent in gathering feedback to make the most informed decision possible.

Thanks again,
sophia :)

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Re: **MOVE FROM PHL to LA

Postby Diane » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:07 pm

Hi - I agree with chaz4moving. All three companies are reputable and Bayshore and Ace in particular have stellar reputations. However, it's pecular that the Wheaton agent was pushing a Nonbinding estimate when you already had a Binding Not to Exceed that would have allowed you to pay less if your final weight was less. It doesn't make any sense, which in my mind raises questions about quality.
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Re: MOVE FROM PHL to LA

Postby Rick » Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:50 pm

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Diane
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Re: MOVE FROM PHL to LA

Postby Diane » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:01 pm

Now that you explain it, Rick, I agree.

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Re: MOVE FROM PHL to LA

Postby rydog444 » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:32 pm

with indecision, a non binding is best for everyone.
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