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Old 07-20-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I plan on moving to the east coast in 2 months because of relocations and I am looking for any help in finding good national movers. What was your experience and what should I be wary of

Thanks for any help
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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You can try the "General Moving Issues" forum. I think there are discussions about it there.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/general-moving-issues/
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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The entire household goods moving industry is experiencing a worse bottleneck for service this year than it has in the last 25 years. Many national van lines and independent movers have stopped accepting new registrations in some areas until after September 1st.

Your best bet right now is to arrange at least three in-home estimates from well-known LOCAL movers or reputable agents of national carriers, determine their scheduling requirements and then go from there. The longer you wait, the more likely you may be cut off.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:41 AM
 
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We used ABF Freight (UPack) and hired movers on each end to load and unload. It was the best move we've had in 40 years. All our stuff went into the front of a moving trailer, a bulkhead was locked in place and our stuff stayed untouched until the trailer was dropped off in our driveway. We even had it stored for a month for a month for around $400.

Previous moves have been with national companies. Not only was it more expensive, but because they combine loads, we always lost stuff. In one move, they unloaded someone else's sofa. Took weeks to track down ours.

Also, nothing was broken. No loveseats were racked until the joints gave way. No rubbed spots on the leather chair.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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have you looked into criglist?
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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Anyone using craigslist to shop for someone to invite inside your home, interact with your family, peer through everything you own, and give permission to take (possibly permanently) possession of with your good-faith blessings and required prepayment should have both their common sense evaluated and head examined.

California is the only state that requires anyone offering moving and storage services on craigslist to post their CPUC license number. Unfortunately, they don't have enough personnel to police the site and enforce compliance. Californians interested in protecting their personal treasures can then check on each licensed company’s financial and safety fitness at the Moving Companies: Consumer Information Center or by calling the CPUC at (800) 366-4782.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:49 PM
 
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A big NO WAY on CL. I made that mistake ONE time...cost me more in time, money, hassle, than it would have been with professional movers. DON'T DO IT...take it from me...
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