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Old 03-18-2010, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by PacificFlights View Post
From the start you knew this was probably too good to be true, yet you continued. Why? probably cause you were only thinking how much money you would save. Post after post warns people like you about moving scams and even when they demanded a check up front, you continued. Sorry for your problems but you are 100% to blame because you ignored all the warnings. Hopefully you will get your stuff from them and they have not already sold it, changed company ownership, and left you out the money and your goods.
A little harsh don't you think? All the warnings in the world don't equal a hill of beans if one doesn't recognize that they ARE warning signs. A lot of people get scammed by these companies. Its not because they are dumb but because these companies are so slick. They know what to say and how to say it to put people at ease. They've had a lot of practice at it.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:40 PM
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Since your destination was Chicago, you might want to talk to the Illinois Movers' and Warehouse Association. They have a user-friendly guide to laws pertaining to moves.

In Illinois, some of this mover's actions are a problem, some aren't:

In Illinois, interstate moves must be charge by weight, not volume. But, the issue of repacking the boxes wouldn't affect the billing of a weight-based invoice, at least not too much. Their weight of the extra cardboard would be, and the fees for the boxes if they charged them to you.

A mover does have a right to reject improperly packed belongings. I have moved many times and have never had a mover take issue with my packing, however part of that is experience, which started when I was a kid. I have definitely seen many experienced movers not pack properly--not enough tape on the bottom to support the weight, overflowing boxes that can't be stacked, weak or flimsy boxes that will collapse.

At the same time, a mover cannot force you to buy their packing services or supplies. If the mover wouldn't accept your belongings as is, you had the right to cancel their service and hire another mover.

Movers in Illinois are allowed to charge more than the estimate, but if it is 25% or more, they must give you thirty days to pay and they cannot hold your belongings 'hostage' in the meantime. But they can indeed charge more. Customers are always urged to budget for a higher invoice than the estimate.

These are just Illinois' laws; every state is different. But anyone moving should use their state's mover's association to arm themselves with their rights and responsibilities before investing in an expensive move like this. The total cost is not what distinguishes a reputable mover from one that isn't. I paid a similar amount for a similar move a few years ago, with a reputable company that I had researched and had no issues whatsoever. And the quote I received was much less than other companies quoted.

It sounds like you've reached an agreement with the movers, but I would still file a complaint with the state association. They can put pressure or otherwise censure a company if they are a member of the association. Or help you file a complaint with the state that might prevent them from offering moving services to the state of Illinois in the future.

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Old 07-17-2016, 04:08 PM
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Default Get More than One Quote

It is definitely a good idea to get more than one quote. I personally had 5 quotes prepared for my move. I moved from New York to Chicago a number of years ago. Most companies will give you a free quote. I recommend getting the quotes as soon as you know you are going to be moving. The earlier you have them done, the better chance that time slot will not be taken. Spring and Fall seem to be the busiest times as a lot of people are going back to college or are graduating and heading off to their new place of employment. If the quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure you check all the fine print and ask questions such as, are there any hidden costs as well as how long the quote is good for. After getting several quotes, i chose to go with [URL="http://www.reebieallied.com/"]Reebie Allied[/URL]. They are a moving company in Chicago and they handled my move without any unforeseen problems. Good luck.
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