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Old 02-01-2011, 12:45 PM
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I just had United Van Lines come in and do an estimate. 16,800 lbs from Indiana to Arizona will cost around $9,600 which seems really high to me.

Please recommend your best moving companies to me. Thank you for your time!
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:53 PM
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We did 11,000 lbs from Rhode Island to Colorado for about $8,500 with United, I packed everything except for the mattress. Your quote sounds about right to me. United did a good job on this move for us, we've used Graebel too and been happy.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:02 AM
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United quoted me $4000 for a 3220 pound move from VA to CA. So I think yours sounds ok!
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:50 AM
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"Best" based on what criteria - lowest price or highest quality of service?

On January 1, 2008, the Surface Transportation Board removed the collective rate making ability from the nation's approximately 8200 licensed household goods carriers. Essentially that means that each interstate carrier must publish their own unique tariff that outlines their pricing applications and service guidelines. That ruling makes it much harder for consumer to try to do an apples-to-apples comparison when shopping for moving services.

Moving IS expensive! Your $9600 quote sounds reasonable for a reputable full service mover to transport a little more than 1/2 a truckload ... if you're packing yourself. You're costs could go higher or lower depending upon the actual scope of services you require to complete your move.

Do you know anything about the agent's or estimator's estimating accuracy, customer satisfaction rating, carrier's on-time service results or past claims history?

Get three estimates and compare them based on the 'best' value, not the lowest price.

Print out this Van Line Performance Comparison chart if you find the information helpful. Not all sales people will be able to answer all questions, but it at least gives you a better perspective instead of shopping for the lowest price.

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Old 02-02-2011, 09:40 AM
Location: Lexington, SC
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I am a Sales Manager for Mayflower, the sister company to United Van Lines, I ran a base quote of 16,800 lbs from Phoenix to Indianapolis and the base charge with no packing and no valuation coverage comes up at around $9000.00, so you quote of 9600.00 seems to be pretty much on target.

If in doubt about the quote, you may consider getting one from Mayflower, Allied, North American or Atlas, these are the top carriers in the nation.
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