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Old 05-21-2013, 08:06 AM
 
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We just received an estimate for a move from NYC to Houston for approximately 15k from a local Allied agent.

Mayflower is coming out but not for another 10 days.

We expect to have most if not the rest of the packing done with the exception of the china (mother insists on movers doing that). They will provide wardrobe boxes which I will pack.

We had no idea what to expect but am wondering if anyone can give me an idea as to whether this figure is in the ballpark for a 4 bdrm, 2500 sf house move across ~1700 miles.

This doesn't include auto transport which I'll probably book with Trinity Auto Transport (we used them for a CA-TX move a few years back with good experience).

Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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Gosh, 15k seems to be very high. But I have no idea on current pricing, we are currently waiting on movers to come to our place to get an estimate (Allied aka Nor-Cal movers, and Mayflower), if it is that high I will have to reconsider our move...
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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Moving in NYC is very expensive. You have to cover the costs of all the tickets that will accrue on the moving truck while it's being packed, costs of tolls, cost of the driver that has to drive the big truck in the city, cost of the extra time necessary to navigate the city, etc.

Also, I don't believe they can fit 18 wheelers in most neighborhoods, so you can't share moving costs with anyone else.

If they're packing your china, they'll have to have insurance for that.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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We had no idea what to expect but am wondering if anyone can give me an idea as to whether this figure is in the ballpark for a 4 bdrm, 2500 sf house move across ~1700 miles.
The household move cost is a combination of several things with the most important being weight and distance. A 8,000 sq ft home comprising mainly open modern "ikea" style furniture and simple items may weigh less than a 2,000 sq ft home of heavy dense wood furntiture with tons of clutter in the boxes.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:35 AM
 
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You're planning your interstate relocation during the busiest weeks in the household goods moving industry. Prices normally escalate in May and fall in September. The price you received suggests that you requested a complete full service move.

If you want an apples-to-apples comparison, ask each salesperson providing you with an in-home estimate to price the linehaul transportation costs, packing and container prices, accessorial service charges, and valuation options based on the exact same set of weight and service criteria.

You might find this form helpful.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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Just to revisit this post, we had our mover here yesterday for a quote.

Also a 1700miles move, but basically a 1700sqft 3bd home with a lot of items in the garage, full service move is $11,000...

They are already booked up for the month of June...
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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Thanks for all the insights. Very helpful in making decisions.

Good luck to everyone making moves this summer!
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