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Old 08-08-2015, 05:17 AM
 
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We are moving to CT from FL,UGH,we will be getting estimate from North American Van Line,should we get 2nd or will they be similar,I guess how honest are they???
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Old 08-08-2015, 05:39 AM
 
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I would recommend three, if not four estimates. The variations can be considerable and a little bit of time spent on the phone (or online) can save you hundreds of dollars. Most of the major companies with the more well-known names have poor reviews so I would recommend some of the lesser knowns with high ratings. Check out the links below:

Top 138 Reviews and Complaints about American Van Lines

Top 89 Reviews and Complaints about Long Distance Van Lines

Top 41 Reviews and Complaints about International Van Lines

Top 71 Reviews and Complaints about Molloy Brothers Moving
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I always get 2 estimates from large van lines. If those 2 estimates are in line with each other (plus or minus 3%), then I am done with estimates.

In the 2 interstate moves I have made, both of which were 20,000 pounds of goods, both of the estimates I got were all in line with each other, which to me, validated that the estimators they sent out probably knew what they were doing.
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Old 08-08-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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I got two estimates from national movers (local affiliates of Atlas and North American Van Lines) on a last minute move from CO to AZ and there was a $1,000 difference between the two of them! Luckily, the company I liked best (they background check all their employees and had the best reviews) came back the lowest. I would never just get one estimate on a move.
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Old 08-08-2015, 01:22 PM
 
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At LEAST three. On everything.
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Old 08-08-2015, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I would recommend three, if not four estimates. The variations can be considerable and a little bit of time spent on the phone (or online) can save you hundreds of dollars. Most of the major companies with the more well-known names have poor reviews so I would recommend some of the lesser knowns with high ratings. Check out the links below:

Top 138 Reviews and Complaints about American Van Lines

Top 89 Reviews and Complaints about Long Distance Van Lines

Top 41 Reviews and Complaints about International Van Lines

Top 71 Reviews and Complaints about Molloy Brothers Moving
This. Do your homework.
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Old 08-09-2015, 07:04 PM
 
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We got three estimates from mid-large movers, and they were all about the same. We ended up going with Pack Rat (like Pods, but about $1000 less), and it was a good experience, and about $4000 less than the full service movers. We did pay movers to help load the heavier stuff for a couple of hours.

Reading reviews is tricky. After reading all of them, I was just about ready to sell every thing we owned, and just move with the stuff we could fit in our two cars! I didn't find any company that really had consistently good reviews.

I would use Pack Rat again, but I'm done doing the cross country move! Four times is my limit! Good luck!
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:33 PM
 
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At least three and read the fine print about what's included (full pack vs. partial pack vs. no pack), timelines, delays, damage, etc. Not everything goes smoothly.
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