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Old 11-02-2015, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I will be retiring next year and moving cross country. I will have some items (a little furniture, clothes, art work, and kitchen items) that will need to be moved. In total it will probably be around 2000 lbs. I am not in a position to pack and drive a U-Haul, nor will a Pod or similar item work in my situation. I know it will be expensive, but I am willing to pay for good quality service.

Do any of you have experience with small moves? Who did you use? What was your experience? What should I be aware of?
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Any of the national movers will do small moves. Bekins, United, Allied, etc. The only "downside" is that scheduling will be different -- delivery may take longer than if you had filled an entire trailer. DMing you.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Can you expand on why a POD won't work?

Professional movers will be able to handle this, but I've found with small moves cross country they tend to not be the best option. It's hard for a mover to make money on a small move long distance. Even the best companies tend to have long delivery times and higher rates of damage/loss with these types of moves.

Check out moveBuddha for some alternative options.
I was thinking the same thing ... reserving a container like a POD and hiring the labor to fill it and empty it. UHaul's website, for just one example, has a resource for hiring labor. U-Haul: Moving Help moving labor service
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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I will be retiring next year and moving cross country. I will have some items (a little furniture, clothes, art work, and kitchen items) that will need to be moved. In total it will probably be around 2000 lbs. I am not in a position to pack and drive a U-Haul, nor will a Pod or similar item work in my situation. I know it will be expensive, but I am willing to pay for good quality service.

Do any of you have experience with small moves? Who did you use? What was your experience? What should I be aware of?
We used Mayflower to do a move like this a few years ago. I thought the price was fair, and all in all it worked okay. There was one item that apparently did not get listed on the inventory, so it was not unloaded from the truck and we didn't notice until they had left. Fortunately it was not anything important or expensive. I wouldn't ship anything that can't be replaced by carrier. We move those things ourselves.

It will help a lot to have probably three people to monitor both the loading and unloading, to make sure everything gets tagged and recorded properly. The workers are on a deadline so they are trying to get things done quickly. You will not be able to direct them and also make sure inventory is done properly all by yourself.

I read a lot of reviews before we did our move. The biggest problems seem to be with respect to delivering on time, so be prepared to be flexible.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Regarding a POD - I live in a very congested part of the city, there is no place to put the POD during packing or a safe place to leave it overnight.
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Regarding a POD - I live in a very congested part of the city, there is no place to put the POD during packing or a safe place to leave it overnight.
Understand!

In many cities movers need to get a permit to even park their truck for the hours needed to load it, and that includes shuttles (loading a small truck and taking the load to the larger trailer that's parked elsewhere if there's no room for a trailer on the street).
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