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Old 04-13-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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If you don't want to load/unload though, as I don't, just hire local moving guys on both ends to do the heavy lifting.
We considered hiring local guys at each end, but these big questions came to mind:
-How will I know these guys are not thieves?
-What will happen if someone gets injured on my property?
-How do I know these guys know how to wrap, pad, and pack furniture so it won't get damaged?

Since a good moving company checks their workers and provides insurance and training, we chose a good moving company. We did want the packing and unpacking to be done under our supervision, so we used a company with containers that we locked and unlocked ourselves. The containers were then loaded on the truck. This way, our stuff was never transfered to a warehouse or another truck, and there was no opportunity for any of it to be stolen, lost, or mixed with someone else's stuff.

I agree - the reviews on all the companies are scary! I had to quit reading.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:50 PM
 
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We considered hiring local guys at each end, but these big questions came to mind:
-How will I know these guys are not thieves?
-What will happen if someone gets injured on my property?
-How do I know these guys know how to wrap, pad, and pack furniture so it won't get damaged?

Since a good moving company checks their workers and provides insurance and training, we chose a good moving company. We did want the packing and unpacking to be done under our supervision, so we used a company with containers that we locked and unlocked ourselves. The containers were then loaded on the truck. This way, our stuff was never transfered to a warehouse or another truck, and there was no opportunity for any of it to be stolen, lost, or mixed with someone else's stuff.

I agree - the reviews on all the companies are scary! I had to quit reading.
So what container company did you end up using and what was your experience?
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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We considered hiring local guys at each end, but these big questions came to mind:
-How will I know these guys are not thieves?
-What will happen if someone gets injured on my property?
-How do I know these guys know how to wrap, pad, and pack furniture so it won't get damaged?

Since a good moving company checks their workers and provides insurance and training, we chose a good moving company. We did want the packing and unpacking to be done under our supervision, so we used a company with containers that we locked and unlocked ourselves. The containers were then loaded on the truck. This way, our stuff was never transfered to a warehouse or another truck, and there was no opportunity for any of it to be stolen, lost, or mixed with someone else's stuff.

I agree - the reviews on all the companies are scary! I had to quit reading.
I guess what I meant was I hired guys from a local moving company, but instead of them actually moving my things they just packed up my truck. It's still the same bonded, responsible employees of a moving company.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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So what container company did you end up using and what was your experience?
Atlas Smartmoves (SmartVaults) and we were very satisfied. Rather than repeat, . . .

You Pack. We Drive.
These are the three moving options, yes? Or have I missed something.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:07 AM
 
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Just as an FYI for those looking to DIY, I have found Budget to be the best in terms of rates and quality of rental trucks versus U-Haul or Penske. U-Haul's trucks always seem rather battered and Penske rate's have been the highest I encountered (on the east coast). I also encourage at least hiring unloading help at the destination as you're most likely to bone-tired/spent after packing, trying to not forget anything and then driving a long distance. Local moving companies like Two Men and a Truck are good sources for unloading help.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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They do, with my experience, the car hauler was around $350. the tow dolly was around $150. The tow dolly was really easy to use and drive with. Just make sure your back 2 tires are good though!
When I was reading up on tow dolly's vs. car haulers on U-Haul's website they stated you have to have your drivetrain disconnected to use a dolly. This seemed like a huge hassle and I felt it was worth the extra to use the car hauler. I mean, who's going to do this for me? And how am I going to get it from the shop to the U-Haul store if the drivetrain is disconnected???
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:09 AM
 
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What is ABF U Pack ??? Is that the name of the company ??
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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Moving Companies | U-Pack: The Money Saving Alternative to Traditional Moving
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