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Old 03-14-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

My wife and I are relocating back to Washington DC after 5 years in Raleigh and will be needing to hire a moving company. When we moved down here in 2006, we didn't do enough research and almost got scammed. It was a nightmare. So we are trying to avoid that mistake again. Although I think I already made a mistake by not already looking into this. We have already moved back to DC and are waiting for our house to sell so it is going to be tough to have a company come out and do an in home estimate. From what I've read, that is something that is highly recommended. We will be back in town in a month so maybe I can get some companies out there at that time. Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations for an out of state move?

P.S.- I have been to movingscam.com so I do know what to look out for.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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We used Excel Moving and Storage/ Allied Van lines (Raleigh, NC office) when we moved from Cary to DC area last summer.

They were very professional, prompt, and courteous. The price was very good, too. They came out and gave us a guaranteed maximum cost. We knew all charges up front. No surprises.

I will caution that the actual moving day loading time took longer than they told us to expect, by about 3 hours.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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I recommend going with the local affiliate of a nationally known mover.

When we moved here from Long Island we used Allied, and could not have had a better experience.

An in home estimate does not take very long - if one of you can get down here and have a few movers come out and give an estimate, that is the way to go. I got 3 estimates when we moved.

Be aware that a mover cannot charge you more than a certain amount of the estimate (and they will detail everything in every room so avoid themselves getting scammed) - I think it's 10% - every mover we interviewed gave us a "Bill of Rights" with all the info in it.

One of the reasons we went with Allied was because they included things in the estimate like boxed for our mattresses - things that we NEEDED, and had to pay extra for, but they didn't show up the day of the move and say "hey you should really put those mattresses in boxes so the springs don't pop" - they just included it.

BTW - our move was $300 LESS than we were quoted. That's a good thing.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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I recently used ABF and they were FANTASTIC! Super friendly, helpful and professional. I will be using them again!
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:48 AM
 
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We used Excel Moving and Storage/ Allied Van lines (Raleigh, NC office) when we moved from Cary to DC area last summer.

They were very professional, prompt, and courteous. The price was very good, too. They came out and gave us a guaranteed maximum cost. We knew all charges up front. No surprises.

I will caution that the actual moving day loading time took longer than they told us to expect, by about 3 hours.

I can recommend Excel Moving and Storage, too. We used them for our oversea move back to Germany. And they were excellent. They did a fab job in packing and not even one thing was broken when we unpacked our goods. They also were really reliable and I always had a contact person who kept me updated.

I also know of 2 other friends that used them for moving back and they also were really satisfied with Excel´s service. They even did a great job packing and shipping our friends antique car, which was qiet the job- cause our friend was really picky with it
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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We used United Van Lines & had a good experience w/our move from MA to NC.

Are you staying w/your same employer? If so see if they have relocation services. Even though the company wasn't paying for our move, we were able to contract through my employer. Got us a small discount on the price & we had the weight of a large corporate contract behind us.

I would also recommend getting 2 or 3 estimates. I know it is time consuming to meet w/multiple people but it will give you a good idea what to expect & if someone gives you a crazy price you'll know it based on the other 2 quotes.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:05 PM
 
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We used United Van Lines & had a good experience w/our move from MA to NC.

Are you staying w/your same employer? If so see if they have relocation services. Even though the company wasn't paying for our move, we were able to contract through my employer. Got us a small discount on the price & we had the weight of a large corporate contract behind us.

I would also recommend getting 2 or 3 estimates. I know it is time consuming to meet w/multiple people but it will give you a good idea what to expect & if someone gives you a crazy price you'll know it based on the other 2 quotes.
we're going to be moving this summer from MA. Do you mind if I ask how much your moving company cost you? This is one area we haven't researched yet...
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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5 years ago when we moved there was a great site called movingscam.com-almost read the whole entire site back then-click on "The Super List"
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:43 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Ill give a couple of those companies a call. I'm thinking I might see if a friend might be willing to meet with the moving companies so they can do an on site estimate. I just hate the idea of having to drive 5 hours each way for only that. But I do think its worth it to have someone come out and give an estimate.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Ill give a couple of those companies a call. I'm thinking I might see if a friend might be willing to meet with the moving companies so they can do an on site estimate. I just hate the idea of having to drive 5 hours each way for only that. But I do think its worth it to have someone come out and give an estimate.
Just be sure you get a BINDING estimate. Anything else could just as well be printed on Charmin.

Yes.movers must delever if final cost is more than 10% over a non-binding estimate if you pay 10% over estimate.

Catch is YOU OWE THE REST and can be sent to collection or sued for it.
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