Interstate move from Ventura, California

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hkornfeld
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Interstate move from Ventura, California

Postby hkornfeld » Thu Aug 19, 2004 4:11 am

Howdy all,

I've gotten 3 estimates on an move from Ventura, CA to Fairfax, VA. Here are some questions, followed by background information which you might find too boring to read.

Question 1: Is there any rhyme or reason to movers' method of estimating?
Question 2: Why do some movers apply the discount to the full coverage insurance while others don't?

The agents that came out acted professionally for the most part. I get a little leary when they start badmouthing their competition and tell me how great they themselves are. One guy suggested I take a look at the others' warehouse. He was alleging one of the other company's warehouse looked like a disaster zone.

Specifically, I got quotes from Allied (Hilford M&S), Mayflower (Coast M&S) and Wheaton (Sheeler). I'm getting one from United (Gemini Moving Specialists) tomorrow. I've seen their name crop up a few times in this forum, but I didn't find a definitive verdict on whether to use them.
They were the ones who were supposed to have a messy warehouse.


Observations:

All three got in the ballpark of 3300 pounds for my one bedroom apartment. They all had different methods of pricing from that point on.

They all had a transportation charge, but that was about the only thing in common.
Mayflower and Wheaton had origination/destination fees; Allied used their Guaranteed Price Pledge, so those fees were somehow built into their estimate.
Only Wheaton had Fuel and IR surcharges (whatever that is).

Allied said I needed a long carry, Mayflower a shuttle, and Wheaton none of those.

Then came the discounts: Mayflower 62%; Wheaton 57%; Allied 54% (from my calculations).

Surprisingly enough, the final estimates were all within $100 of each other, even with the different methods used. However, I believe their weight estimates to be 500 pounds over. This would lower my final bill, but by different amounts depending on the cost per pound.


OK, enough babbling for tonight. Great site, by the way.

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Re: Interstate move from Ventura, California

Postby 23 » Thu Aug 19, 2004 7:51 am

Question 1: Is there any rhyme or reason to movers' method of estimating?
Question 2: Why do some movers apply the discount to the full coverage insurance while others don't?


Korn,

First of all, I would suggest you check out all of their facilities, that will be a clear picture of how they operate.

To answer your questions:

1. There is rhyme and reason with estimating: First, the weight is calculated by figuring your total cubic footage and then using the standard of 7# per cubic foot. The cost is determined by a complex tariff which varies from company to company. You have the right to request a copy of the tariff from each mover.

2. Dunno that one. For your shipment, I would recommend about $20,000 FVR coverage (unless you want the $.60/lb for free or purchase insurance through a 3rd party provider) and the cost should be around $180 with a $0 deductible. Regardless of how they come up with it, that's what you should pay.

Atlas has been known to provide free FVR to their customers that have AAA, so maybe you can explore that option!

Good luck!

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Re: Interstate move from Ventura, California

Postby Nancy » Thu Aug 19, 2004 10:47 am

"Surprisingly enough, the final estimates were all within $100 of each other, even with the different methods used. However, I believe their weight estimates to be 500 pounds over. This would lower my final bill, but by different amounts depending on the cost per pound."


One note: If Allied used their TPG product, that will be your final bill. They do not reduce the charges if you move less weight, nor do they increase if you ship more. It's a guaranteed price and they do not weigh the shipment.

Otherwise, each firm you mentioned is of equal reputation. A good group to choose from in my opinion. I think you need to check out their facilities, see who offers the dates you want, and ultimately, which staff you are most comfortable with.

Wheaton is the smallest of the companies you mentioned, and they may take a bit longer to deliver your goods.


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