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Old 04-07-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Has anybody gone through any companies from online(or otherwise) and who were they? Was the experience good? Is it better to just go U-Haul(or similar) or find a moving company. I don't have much, maybe enough for a large studio.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:27 AM
 
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You have to really do sufficient research on moving companies. There are many frauds out there. I have heard too many horror stories myself, especially from various forums. Some companies have hidden costs, which, when you don't pay, causes them to hold certain of your stuff hostage. Some are just plain unreliable and don't know how to handle your stuff. Your priced furniture might end up with scratches. And some arrive late -- like hours beyond the time you have reserved your building's elevator.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Your situation is easier to resolve than most folks facing a relocation decision.

Moving is expensive. First, decide whether is cheaper to move the items in your home or just replace them. An 80 lb well-used press-board desk or shelf or 150 lb thread bare sofa will usually cost more to move than they're worth. They can usually be replaced with better quality and less expense at destination. Same with old bedding/towels and out-of-date clothes.

It everything remaining fits in boxes, ship it to yourself via USPS or a common carrier freight service.

ABF offers a 247 cu ft ReloCube for DIYers. You load/unload and they just transport the box. Need to make sure that the container can be dropped on the street at both locations though.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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Good resource:

Moving: How to avoid Moving Company Scams
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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We went with Penske a couple of times and never had any problems. I`ve haven`t heard anything good about U-Haul. We knew someone who used them and lost their brakes going down a steep mountain grade.
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