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Old 02-21-2014, 09:17 AM
 
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We are moving long-distance from the east to the west coast, and we are trying to get a sense of our moving options, not counting doing it ourselves.

1. Full service moving companies - Allied, Mayflower, Bekins, etc.
-seems they all use 18 wheeler trucks and consolidate your stuff with other people. also no guarantee of when it arrives in your destination.

2. Pods/boxes moving companies - UPack, UBox, etc.
-not really sure how this works. so they provide boxes, but you have to hire packers/movers yourself? what are the advantages/disadvantages from full service?

3. any other options? we have a storage unit in chicago we ideally want to have our movers pick up along the way. is there an option where we have our own small to mid size moving truck that can pick up our stuff in the east coast, stop in chicago, and deliver all our stuff in the west coast?
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:42 AM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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We are moving long-distance from the east to the west coast
3. any other options?
Objectively consider the value of whatever you might consider dragging cross country.
Then think about it again.

Rather few of us have much that is worth paying to ship cross country.
Plan to mail (or drive with) the 10 or 15 boxes of the irreplaceable and highly valuable
and buying someone else's moving/estate sale items in the new city for the rest.

Start by ridding yourselves of the bigger things (that won't fit into a box)
Have an "estate sale" or e-bay the biggest things and nicest stuff.
Have a yard sale for the rest... and then give another big lot to charity.

hth

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Old 02-22-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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We are moving long-distance from the east to the west coast, and we are trying to get a sense of our moving options, not counting doing it ourselves.

1. Full service moving companies - Allied, Mayflower, Bekins, etc.
-seems they all use 18 wheeler trucks and consolidate your stuff with other people. also no guarantee of when it arrives in your destination.

2. Pods/boxes moving companies - UPack, UBox, etc.
-not really sure how this works. so they provide boxes, but you have to hire packers/movers yourself? what are the advantages/disadvantages from full service?

3. any other options? we have a storage unit in chicago we ideally want to have our movers pick up along the way. is there an option where we have our own small to mid size moving truck that can pick up our stuff in the east coast, stop in chicago, and deliver all our stuff in the west coast?

Moving companies use semi's and consolidate because generally the items from one home do not fill an entire semi trailer. As far as delivery goes, they can give you a "range" of dates however, there are things to consider within that range. If the truck breaks down, there is an accident, someone gets sick, or any number of things that could go wrong the delivery to your home will be delayed.

Pods provide the actual "pod" to your home that you pack your boxes and place into the pod. IF you choose to you can hire packers and movers however, that adds tremendously to the cost of the move.

If you have a home full of stuff as well as a storage unit full of stuff you probably have too much stuff.
Unless you get rid of some/a lot of it your cost is going to be much more than someone who does not have a lot of stuff.

As far as stopping in to pick up the things in the storage unit, that is an additional stop and an additional cost in addition to hiring someone to empty the storage unit and load everything on the moving truck.
Then there is the requirement for the storage company itself after the unit has been emptied, it must be cleaned properly, inspected for damage, etc.

Usually the best way to start a move is to get rid of absolutely everything that is not wanted, needed, hasn't been used in 6 months to a year, does not work or does not fit into a box easily.
Then proceed with packing things yourself or hiring someone to pack things for you.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:18 AM
 
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Like the others before me said, first thing is to get rid of things you really don't need. The more stuff you have to move, the more it's going to cost you. You might also find that having a yard sale will net you some decent cash to help offset the cost of moving, might surprise you.

The POD method is a viable one, they drop a POD off at your driveway, you pack it yourself and they move the POD. They do have options to store the POD at their warehouse depending on your schedule.

Uhaul sells boxes or you can get them from retail stores. Some might not give them to you as they recycle the cardboard sometimes for money.

What are you going to do with your vehicle(s)? Will you be driving yourself? Definitely anticipate moving your valuable personal belongings by yourself such as your computer, jewelery, birth certificates, etc...
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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Make three decisions: have to have when we get there, would be nice to have when we get there, have not used it in a year/will not need it.
Take valuables and personal documents with you.
Liquor boxes are extremely sturdy and free; talk to store managers in your area. Check Craigs List and other sites for moving boxes. A variety of stores sells boxes from UHaul to HomeDepot. Check with the local newspaper about end rolls - nice clean cheap paper. Please do not use newspaper for packing!!!
We moved 4br/3garage with pods and it was a very smooth move. UHAul offers man power at very reasonable rates.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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Moving got more complicated on January 1, 2014.

That's when the California Air Resources Board, also known as CARB or ARB, imposed new clean air regulations to reduce emissions of diesel particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other criteria pollutants from in-use diesel-fueled vehicles became effective for all trucks and buses entering or operating in the state.

Currently about 40% of the equipment operated by the full-service moving industry does not meet the new standard and does not intend to comply. It's too expensive.

Under the new Final Regulation, customers or corporate clients moving into or out of California (or adjacent states) will need to confirm that the moving company, truck rental outfit, and mobile portable container transportation carrier they are considering has both the equipment to meet the new CARB emission requirements and the scheduling availability to meet the customer's service needs.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:29 PM
 
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If we use a mover and they pack someone's stuff with ours and we end up with roaches or bedbugs, how do we get rid of them? Ugh!
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I've posted before about our good experience moving with a major mover in 2012. We did have things we wanted to keep, although we pitched a lot of stuff over a frantic few weeks before the move.

In our case our stuff was stored for about 4 months before we needed it. We notified the mover when we were ready and they had a 2 week window to send our stuff, or they would pay a penalty. They did this, just barely. We had no bugs, no damage, no difficulties, except for the pain of unpacking boxes stacked all over our house. Which we did over about two weeks. (Not too bad for two senior citizens.)

At any rate, the key is to choose wisely when selecting a mover. But it doesn't have to be an awful experience. We interviewed several movers and took our time making our decision. If we can do it, you can too.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:13 PM
 
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My family and I have moved several times from PA to WI, WI to MI, MI to KY, and KY back to WI. and I myself moved from WI to Okinawa Japan and then to OK. In that time we used, Grabel van lines, United van lines, Atlas worldwide, and Mayflower. All were pleasure able experiences, though granted until I took off on my own we always had enough stuff to fill the 52 foot 18 wheelers. and sometimes even needed an extra 24 foot truck as well. The downside to these moving companies can be the cost. upwards of 10,000 for a family of seven. Okay not your typical family size I know but that is not the point. The biggest thing is to always evaluate what you have and need just as everyone else has been saying. A good moving company will take steps to make sure that your household items don't get roach infested. I've never known anyone to have an issue with getting roaches from moving either.
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