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Old 08-02-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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I am moving from Cary to Michigan. Can anyone give me recommendation for the best moving companies?
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:15 AM
 
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UPack/ABF Freight is great. You pay for how many linear feet in the trailer your need. We recently used them for a move from MN. Price was comparable to using a UHaul truck and a lot less hassle. We paid for help loading and unloading. DM if you want the contact info for who we hired in Cary.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:07 AM
 
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UPack/ABF Freight is great. You pay for how many linear feet in the trailer your need. We recently used them for a move from MN. Price was comparable to using a UHaul truck and a lot less hassle. We paid for help loading and unloading.

Agree on the price and convenience ABF provides. However, when/if you select their "full service" option, you may want to keep a very keen eye on the packing and loading crew because there is no backup from ABF in regards to the competence or incompetence of the packers and loaders.

Last August, we moved from SC to FL with ABF. The packers (ABF affiliate) in SC were utterly careless with our furniture and kitchen appliances (all were very high quality and less than two years old). They also paid little attention to the loading procedure. The interior of the truck was a horrible mess of damaged furniture and jumbled boxes when it arrived in FL, to the point that the unloading crew in FL hesitated to touch everything for fear of being blamed for the mess.

We calculated the damage to $12K. The full service option came with repair/replacement insurance up to $15K. We have all photos, receipts, and written proofs to back our case, still, the company offered us only $2200 to go away. We had to file a lawsuit, which one year later still has not seen any result yet. (The company did not actively defend themselves, just dragging their feet and ignoring our requests.)

At the same time, a family's friend also used ABF's full service option to move from CA to WV. Same story. Same reaction from the company. Due to her fragile mental and physical state from the recent loss of her spouse (the reason for her moving back home), she chose not to pursue the complaint and just write off the damage as another painful experience.

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Old 08-03-2011, 12:26 PM
 
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Thanks! I will give them a call.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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U-pack/ABF is who we used as well, moving from OR to NC. We packed the 2 vans ourselves, got our own free moving boxes off of Craigslist, etc...
No damages, nothing broken and were on time.
www.upack.com
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:45 PM
 
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I would recommend checking out moverreviews.com for reviews on long distance moving companies. Not sure if your move is a full house move or a small move, but Transit Systems, Inc. has great reviews on moverreviews. They are a long distance small moves specialist.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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Last August, we moved from SC to FL with ABF. The packers (ABF affiliate) in SC were utterly careless with our furniture and kitchen appliances (all were very high quality and less than two years old). They also paid little attention to the loading procedure. The interior of the truck was a horrible mess of damaged furniture and jumbled boxes when it arrived in FL, to the point that the unloading crew in FL hesitated to touch everything for fear of being blamed for the mess.
What a mess. My sympathies.

We used local folks and I supervised the packing. With the exception of a bird that was broken off a birdbath, everything arrived ship shape.

During our military years, we moved countless times with the regular carriers. Things were always missing, furniture damaged. One time they delivered someone else's sofa. I think it is because things get moved about as they combine loads.

With ABF, our stuff went in the front of the trailer with a plywood bulkhead locked in place. We tied things down behind to keep it in place.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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What a mess. My sympathies.

We used local folks and I supervised the packing. With the exception of a bird that was broken off a birdbath, everything arrived ship shape.

With ABF, our stuff went in the front of the trailer with a plywood bulkhead locked in place. We tied things down behind to keep it in place.
Ours was also at the front of the trailer, but when the unloading crew removed the plywood and we saw the horrible mess behind it, my wife was in tears. Boxes were torn, upholstery was soiled, furniture was *badly* damaged, appliances and lamps were broken, etc. It looked like a scene in a movie where a room was ransacked and destroyed.

Move Builder is the department/division of ABF that takes care of customers who opt for full service and contracts out the job of packing/loading and unpacking/unloading to local companies. Move Builder was very good in communicating with us before the move, but as soon as we presented them with the damage claim, they became every consumer's nightmare.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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We are getting bids from national movers for a cross country move....

Are you able to negotiate or are their prices fixed?
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Old 08-20-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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We are getting bids from national movers for a cross country move....

Are you able to negotiate or are their prices fixed?
I believe the quotes from national movers are not negotiable.

We'll be moving again next year, literally from one corner of the country to another. We'll do it ourselves this time though, after selling off half of the furniture and home furnishing we don't need.
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