Moving Man books long-distance as well as local moves, but anything over 500 miles is handled by Wheaton. Someone posted that Wheaton is the only major van line that has no debt, and someone else said that Wheaton focuses on COD moves (customer-paid household moves) rather than on corporate or national accounts, which, if true, is good for consumers.
I have visited the company’s two warehouses in Manhattan and have met the owner (Jon Stout) and his two estimators Vladimir and Kal. The facilities are impressive, with fireproof storage and 24-hour security cameras. The office functions are highly computerized. Jon himself is focused, energetic, personable, and very intelligent. He has developed excellent written materials to give to customers that go far beyond the basic Wheaton Van Lines package. The "Rights and Responsibilities" pamphlet that he gave me was the updated (2004) version.
There are four good comments about Moving Man on MovingScam.com, as follows:
1. “carefulamy” posted this on 6/8/04 –
My friends swear by Moving Man, but they only do local moves so we never called them [about a move to San Francisco]. They had to move my friend Johanna's couch by taking out to the back yard and over the back fence (in Brooklyn), and they did it in about two seconds with no complaining. They handled the packing and the moving for another friend, who raves about them. - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1671
2. Below is a review of Moving Man that was sent to me on 7/6/04 from a person I had been advising by private message. He chose Moving Man (found them in the paper Yellow Pages) and was pleased, and gave me permission to post his comments on the open board.
I'm not sure if you remember me... I wrote you a couple of weeks ago about my move (1 br of furniture + boxes) from Long Island NY to Washington DC and I just wanted to update you on the move...
I decided to go with Moving Man. They quoted me $992 for 1200lbs. I wasn't at home on the day of my move but according to my parents on July 3, they (2 men) were very professional and packed everything and completed a detailed inventory within 1/2 hour. Although they told me they expected to deliver the shipment early afternoon July 5, they delivered at 7:30pm but it was probably due to traffic on the holiday and other business. As soon as they got to the apartment they unloaded everything fairly quickly (under an hour) to my apartment on the 4th floor. They even set up a mattress set (frame, box spring, and mattress).
I would definitley recommend this service to others in the LI, NYC metro area. Throughout the process the office and the dispatch were both very professional. I believe their minimum weight is 1000lbs. I had to pay a security deposit of $200 and the balance due was $690.
Pls feel free to post any of this information on the website that you may find helpful for other customers. -
3. “stp" posted this review on 8/1/04 –
Overall, we are very happy with our move [NYC to Worcester, MA]. As I have posted before, we ended up going with Moving Man, agent of Wheaton. . . . there were absolutely no surprises.
They showed up when they said they would on all three days - packing on day one, loading on day two, delivering on day three. The packing was reasonably well done. We paid with a credit card after everything was unloaded from the truck. Enormous thanks to the people who maintain this site. - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1747
4. “Christine” posted these comments on 8/8/04 (this doesn't describe an actual move, but gives an idea about the quality of the estimator) –
Moving Man provided a quote on Tuesday, but it was too high for my budget. The gentleman who did the estimate was very honest and provided me with my moving rights and responsibilities right away.
The non-binding estimated cost came to $2,033.89, for approximately 3,200 lbs. Because the move is just under 500 miles [Manhattan to Raleigh, NC], Moving Man would perform the move instead of Wheaton.
Based on the board's feedback, I would have considered using Moving Man, but the price is prohibitive for me. [She ended up using ABF.]- http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2217
Three people posting on MovingScam have had reservations about the company. One said that the estimator pressured her to sign on the spot - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=18712 Another said that Moving Man’s quote was too high ($3000 for a New York City to Syracuse move vs. All Star’s quote of $1900) - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2563 A third felt that one of Moving Man’s estimators (Vladimir) was evasive - http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=25424 Since then I have met Vladimir and have spoken with him at length. Being Russian-born, he may occasionally have a bit of trouble communicating, but I believe that the person who posted that he was evasive misinterpreted his low-key manner. He is an intelligent and charming person, and in my opinion honest as well.
Moving Man has had no complaints with the BBB over the past 36 months. It has been in business since 1979. Although we have a relatively small number of reviews to date, and people have had a few quibbles about the way the estimates were handled, I think this company is worth careful consideration, especially when people need secure storage and a high degree of professionalism.