HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

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HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

Postby LA to DC » Fri Jul 09, 2004 4:48 pm

This has to be one of the hardest things to find. I cannot locate a decent mover who has a satisfactory BBB membership or safesyr.org standing. Can anyone recommend a mover with whom you've had a positive experience?

My time is short...

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Re: HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

Postby Diane » Fri Jul 09, 2004 5:01 pm

How much stuff (pounds or rooms) do you have and when do you have to move? Would you consider a U-Pack, We-Drive type mover? Is cost a concern or do you want to go first-class? If we know these things, we can help you better.

You should begin by reading the article "How to Find a Reputable Mover" on this website.

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Re: HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

Postby LA to DC » Fri Jul 09, 2004 5:04 pm

I have read the article and I've been checking the potential movers via their DOT and MC License/BBB. They either have a crappy record, or they're not available.

Date of Move: July 23, 2004
Studio Apartment (1200 lbs tops)
Relocation paid by company - do not need to go "first class" but I am unable to load and unload my belongings.

Thanks.

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Re: HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

Postby Diane » Fri Jul 09, 2004 5:35 pm

You have only 14 days until you have to move, so the majors are probably going to be booked solid. Also, you have a very small load.

If you want to use a conventional moving company, I would say that your choices would be to try to go with a smaller but still reputable company like Sterling Van Lines in Los Angeles (www.sterlingvanlines.com) or to try to go with a U-Pack mover and hire labor to load and unload for you. ABF would probably be a little bare-bones for you, but Broadway Express plus Labor Ready or another such company would feel almost like a full-service mover if they can work you in. They are closed on weekends, but you could try calling them Monday morning.

However, since you have such a small amount of stuff and money isn't too much of a problem, you might try Ship Smart. Here is a thread started by a person who had about as much stuff as you do. He used Ship Smart and just recently came back to us to say that it worked out well for him - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=278.

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Re: HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

Postby LA to DC » Fri Jul 09, 2004 5:37 pm

Thank you.

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Re: HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

Postby Diane » Fri Jul 09, 2004 5:38 pm

You're welcome.

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Re: HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

Postby Nancy » Fri Jul 09, 2004 6:00 pm

another option is to have an agent for a major van line pick up your stuff as a local charge, and store your goods until the carrier can load it. This is common, and should run you about $350 to $500. While this is an additional service and expense, at least you will get loaded when you need to!

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Re: HELP!!! Recommend a national (long distance) movers

Postby Tyrone » Fri Jul 09, 2004 6:17 pm

Please, LAtoDC, do NOT take anything posted on these boards as a substitue for DOING YOUR OWN LEG WORK.

Yes, it is a lot of work. But be careful about reading a few company names mentioned in a positve light and thinking "my search is over". We are not a clearinghouse for pre-approved moving companies so it is inappropriate to ask for OR TO RECEIVE recommends for specific companies.

By the way, there are a few websites out there that are moving brokers and claim to work with pre-approved moving companies; avoid those sites like the plague. Do your own leg work and eventually you WILL identify reputable movers, but it is of the utmost importance that you realize one thing:

There are no short cuts to finding a reputable moving company. What we can do is help you separate the good from the bad -- but for best results you really need to perform your own initial research, not just trust names thrown out there by forum authors that you do not know from Adam.
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