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Old 09-12-2014, 08:45 PM
 
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I have my first moving company estimator coming over tomorrow morning to give me an estimate for my move from Dallas to Seattle! What questions do you recommend I ask them while they're here? I'm getting quotes from graebel, Mayflower, United, and Atlas. All of them have A BBB ratings for their national and local offices. I'm also going to get quotes for temporary storage and car transport.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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The main thing you should be looking for is honesty and integrity.

Make sure they are proving a binding quote.

Also make sure they ALL give you a quote with Full Valuation Protection ( FVP ) coverage

A number of moving estimators will make their quote look good by not including the Full Valuation coverage. Without this coverage you have the base coverage of .60 per pound per item. here is how that works, if the mover walks outside your front door and drops your 40 lb TV on the side walk, under the .60 per pound, you would receive $24.00 , under the Full Valuation Coverage, you will receive the value to replace the TV.

Read each line of the quotes carefully make sure you are comparing apples to apples in regards to service, packing cartons, weight and valuation...

Then go with the mover who provided the best information and is still reasonable in cost. Lower cost is Never better in the moving business. It usually means you are getting less service and are not fully protected

I am a moving consultant and have been in the business since 1980 and have handled well over 8000 moves in my career


The biggest thing to do is make sure your have trust and confidence in your mover, if the seem to be to good to be true, it probably is....
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Texas
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PP has good advise, obviously he/she is in the business, so they know their stuff.

I would also ask them (or try and get some good info on) how they handle claims for lost or damaged property. When you get to Seattle and begin to unpack, there will be some issues. There always are.

I had some minimal damage to household goods in my last move and asked for about $1,200 and I got it from them few questions asked within 10-14 days. You don't want a company that is going to nickel and dime things, ask you to prove the value of X item was really $400 and not only $200 etc etc. If you get a good vibe from the Relo Consultant on the front end, odds are they will be easy to work with on the other end as well.
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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If you are a AAA member, Atlas will give you a great price, and will also include full insurance for no cost to you.
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