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Old 10-10-2007, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Plano
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Looks like I'm moving from Austin to Plano. A couple of moves ago, we did a relo through DH's work which was paid for the company. A big moving company (Mayflower?) packed and moved us and I unpacked. Loved it, but since we didn't pay for it, we don't have the cost breakdown.

We have a 3300 sq ft house - probably about the same amount of stuff as most people. Anyone know what the packers cost in general? Just looking for rough estimates at the moment, so anyone with experience please chime in.

I'm pretty cheap but I also hate to pack. It's a couple of months til the actual move, so I have a little time to contemplate it.
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Ct Shoreline
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I had someone from a Mayflower company out yesterday. We have a 3 bedroom 2600 sq. ft. house, with what I consider to be an average amount of stuff. We will be moving from CA to CT. The estimate, including packing, materials like boxes and the actual move itself, was $14,000. If I pack it all myself, I save $3,000. Hope this helps!
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Old 10-11-2007, 08:32 AM
 
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Suggest looking through the yellow pages & giving moving companies a call. A lot hire out packers.

We are moving long distance in 3 weeks. We are packing the boxes but having guys come in to load our furniture & boxes on the truck.

It is going to cost us $90/hr for 2 men with a 4 hr minimum.

I know it does cost a lot to have them also pack your boxes.

(Our last move was also paid for & the movers did everything...what a treat!!)

Just call around & then research the company on the BBB to make sure they are legit & do not have complaints, etc.

There is a company called UPack ABF. They will drop off the truck, drive the truck & then drop it off at your new location. You are required to pack the boxes & get them on the truck. You can get a quote on their website. Gas, taxes & tolls are paid for through ABF. Quotes are VERY reasonable & I've heard nothing but good from people who have used them (example: we are moving from SW FL to NE OH & the charge with ABF will be $2000. Add on packers on each side: $720. We estimate about $3000 for that part of the move)
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:03 AM
 
Location: SC
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Suggest looking through the yellow pages & giving moving companies a call. A lot hire out packers.

We are moving long distance in 3 weeks. We are packing the boxes but having guys come in to load our furniture & boxes on the truck.

It is going to cost us $90/hr for 2 men with a 4 hr minimum.

I know it does cost a lot to have them also pack your boxes.

(Our last move was also paid for & the movers did everything...what a treat!!)

Just call around & then research the company on the BBB to make sure they are legit & do not have complaints, etc.

There is a company called UPack ABF. They will drop off the truck, drive the truck & then drop it off at your new location. You are required to pack the boxes & get them on the truck. You can get a quote on their website. Gas, taxes & tolls are paid for through ABF. Quotes are VERY reasonable & I've heard nothing but good from people who have used them (example: we are moving from SW FL to NE OH & the charge with ABF will be $2000. Add on packers on each side: $720. We estimate about $3000 for that part of the move)
ABF also links to a service from their website that you can hire to pack and unpack.
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I work for a major mover, I would guess packing for a 3300 sq ft house would run in the 3500.00 to 4000.00 range
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:40 PM
 
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when I moved I just put the boxes in each room, and did a room at a time. I had the movers pack the real delicate stuff. I also got the hanging box for what I had in the closet.

they also told me what was in the dresser could just stay that way. I was on a budget so had to do this for myself. you can pack some yourself and have them do some to cut down on the cost.
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Plano
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maggiekate,

I think that's what we'll do. We have a one really heavy item that requires about 3 big guys to move it and several other strange sized art sculptures and patio table glass, etc that would be nice to have professional help with, but for the cost I think we'll probably pack mostly ourselves. Sigh.
Thanks everyone!.
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