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I'm torn about writing this review. Although at the end of the day I am satisfied with the service received, i feel that others need to understand what happened with my move. On Tuesday April 30th, i contacted Mike the Mover to move me from my apartment to another apartment around the corner on Saturday. He named his price, i agreed, and we set the appointment for Saturday at 3pm. At 3:20pm, the movers weren't there. I called Mike to find out if they were lost. He stated that he was "just about to call me" and that they were running behind. I understood how this could happen because sometimes people have more things to move than expected. I asked him how much longer did they need, expecting it to be about an hour. He told me they needed at LEAST another 3 hours. Three hours. Because i had to be out of my apartment that day, i agreed to the three hour delay. Mike told me that he would TRY to work with me on the price. That didn't sit well with me but I agreed and we hung up. Since I had an extra 3 hours open, i began running errands. Of course once i made it to the other side of town, they called and advised me they were waiting on me at a gas station near my home. I made it back to them in about 30 minutes. When i arrived, i saw about 4 men standing outside on the lot and one of them yelling at a man in the car. My boyfriend asked me if these were the men i hired. I was in shock as well. I expected to see a truck with "Mike the Mover" on the side but instead saw that it was a Budget rent-a-truck. I was becoming nervous. Mike pulled up next to me and told me that he took $20 off my total price. I was appalled. They were 3 hours late and only willing to take off $20!!! By all rights, i should have had to pay only half of what i was paying. In reality, i was overpaying them because they had a 4 hour minimum and i knew for a fact that the move would only take about 2 hours. We haggled over the price and I finally settled on $40 off, even though i know i was paying too much. The movers met me at my house and moved my things. They did it quickly and efficiently. I cannot argue that fact. I will say that i am glad my boyfriend was there with me because these were 4 men who weren't "dressed" like movers. I won't go into detail because they were very sweet gentlemen who helped me, but as a woman, i'm not sure if i would have been comfortable with them alone. At the end of the day, I am now in my new home. One of the movers asked me to make a rating on here and that's what i'm doing. Based on their service provided, they deserve a 5. But because of their boss Mike, they deserve a ZERO! That averages out to a 3 i suppose.
5.We used US Van Lines because they were very flexible in working with us. We weren't doing a typical move. We were switching homes in the same building, two large households with lots of things that needed to be coordinated and done at the same time. They gave us a very reasonable quote and were willing to divide the costs. There was confusion when the workers first came in the morning. They came a little later than we thought we decided on. They seemed to not understand what was going on (thought it was one household, not two) and were a bit overwhelmed. They didn't bring the van we were told they were going to bring (for staging), and comically, one worker literally ran off before starting because it was too overwhelming for him. To US Van Lines credit though, the owner brought a new worker in a short time while the others got started. They worked hard, fast and very well. It all went very efficiently (used the sidewalk for staging) and without any damage or scratches. Not a single complaint or unnecessary break. They got the whole thing done in one day (they thought it would take part of a second day) and the cost was under what we were quoted. They were supposed to quote us two prices (one for the upstairs and one for the downstairs households), and hadn't. But we worked that out among ourselves. Overall, very good workers, very fast service and very good price. Because of the small glitches (which in the end didn't actually affect the performance), I'd probably give them a 4.5 if I could.
This was the first time I've used movers, so I was a little nervous about allowing strangers to handle and move all of my stuff. I was concerned that the cost.. I called Us Van Lines to find out everything about the move. Chuck came to discuss and provide quote. He studied my belongings and prepared a list and estimated that it will tahe about 3 hours for the move and will need 2 guys for packing, Loading, and unloading and will cost me $350. I thought the cost was reasonable and I fixed up with him. That really did not reduce my nervousness. On the day of the move these guys came on time and quickly started working. Boy they were fast and careful in their work. I was feeling better. After reaching my new abode, they asked me to supervise the arrangement and again quickly started unloading my stuff and bringing them up. I was telling them which stuff goes where, and it was done. These guys were really professional. Thank god my nervousness proved wrong, because the move couldn't have been easier, and the $350 or so that I paid proved to be worth every bit for what I considered to be A LOT of stuff. And I would really encourage you to use Us Van Lines . I was so pleased that I'm using them again next week to move my stuff out of storage and into my new apartment.
Every move is different, so it's vital to choose a moving company that's right for you. The first consideration you should make when hiring these professionals is how far you're moving.
Depending on the moving company, local moves are typically anywhere between one and 100 miles within the same state. Local moves are less complicated to plan, both for you and the movers you decide to hire. They're typically priced based on how much you need to move, how many movers the company plans to provide and how long the job is estimated to take.
Long-Distance and Interstate Moves
Even if you're staying in the same state, you may still technically be planning a long-distance move - though the exact mileage varies by moving company, these are typically moves that are more than 50 to 100 miles long or across state or country lines. In fact, even if you're moving within the same state but you have to go through another state or country first, it's likely considered an interstate move, rather than a local one. That's because the movers are technically transferring items between state lines, which means they'll be responsible for having the correct licensing and insurance in place.
Long-distance moves are much more complicated to plan, typically requiring you to pay numerous extra expenses for everything from shipping items to renting storage space.
Are you making a big move and trying to figure out exactly how much you should plan to spend? Or are you on a tight budget and looking to hire a mover who can keep costs low? Either way, it's important to understand how exactly moving companies charge their customers.
As mentioned above, for local moves, companies will charge based on the number of movers they provide and the amount of time they'll need to spend on the project. Generally, the more rooms in your apartment or house, the more movers and time you can expect to be charged for. The price of long-distance or interstate moves, on the other hand, will be based on the amount of belongings you have - and more specifically the weight of those belongings. The heavier the boxes or items you're shipping across state or country lines, the more expensive your move will be.
Moving costs will vary greatly, depending on where you are. Local moves in a small town in the Midwest will be much less expensive than comparable moves in New York City. For that reason, it's best to do some research about the going rates in your area.
No matter what type of move you're making, you can reach out to prospective moving companies for estimates - this is the best way to determine how expensive your move will be based on where you live and what services you're looking for. Typically, the moving company will send someone to your home who will do a walk through of each room, making note of the furniture, valuables and other belongings in each one. Then, he or she will provide an estimate. The exact amount you pay may, however, be different from the amount declared in the estimate. That's where the type of contract comes in.
Nonbinding vs. Binding Contracts
For any move, a company will ask you to sign a contract. It's crucial to know exactly what type of contract you're signing, though, to understand how much you can expect to pay. In basic terms, there are two types of moving contracts: binding and nonbinding. Binding, as well as binding not-to-exceed, contracts are the most preferable for people hiring movers. These list an estimated price the moving company cannot charge more than. So, even if your local move takes an hour longer or your belongings are heavier than expected for an interstate move, you're still only responsible for paying a fixed amount.
Nonbinding contracts, on the other hand, have no fixed final number. Instead, they list a rate - by the hour or by the pound/kilo - and you're responsible for paying exactly how much your move costs in those terms.
Keep in mind that movers provide a variety of services, many of which you may not require. These can affect how expensive your move will be. For example, a full-service move that includes packing and unpacking will be pricier than a local move that only includes loading the truck, driving it to the new home and unloading it.
For any move, there may be extra costs beyond the typical services offered. If you're asking your movers to transport large, hard-to-move items, like pianos, for instance, you'll likely pay an extra fee. Likewise, if your apartment building doesn't have an elevator or the truck has to be parked far from your home, you may be charged extra. Ask about these potential expenses when signing your contract.
Don't rush through the process of hiring a moving company. Make sure the movers you hire are dependable, reputable and the right fit for your needs.
Look for Reviews and Recommendations
When hiring movers, it's a good idea to both look at reviews online and ask your friends and family members for recommendations. Personal endorsements will go a long way toward helping you determine whether you can expect the company to do a quick and professional job.
Choose Top Candidates
As you're vetting candidates through reviews and recommendations, narrow your selection to three or four top options. Make sure the companies offer the type of move you're looking for, whether it's interstate or local. These three or four companies are who you'll contact for estimates.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
After receiving estimates, you'll have a better idea which companies are within your budget. However, this isn't the only factor you should use when choosing movers, especially for more complicated jobs. In fact, you may be willing to pay a little more to hire quality movers who can ensure the safety of your belongings. Don't be afraid to call these companies and ask questions.
During the hiring process, you want to make sure of three things: First, that the moving company is reputable and has the proper licensing and insurance. Second, that the movers are dependable, professional and committed to doing the job correctly. Finally, that the estimate provided is binding and that you're aware of any potential excess costs. With these factors in mind, here are some of the most important questions to ask a moving company:
As with any service profession, there are certain moving companies - though they are few and far between - that aren't reputable or that will try to take advantage of you. It's important to be able to recognize a scam if you come across one.
Call the FMCSA
For long-distance or interstate moves, you can easily check that companies have the proper licensing and insurance, which is a clear indication that they're legitimate. All interstate moving companies must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, so call 888-368-7238 to confirm the licenses, insurance and credentials of the movers you're considering. The FMCSA can also tell you if any complaints have been filed against a particular moving company.
Check with the American Moving and Storage Association
For both local and long-distance moving companies, AMSA is another good place to check out a company's legitimacy. Moving companies aren't required to be an AMSA member, but the ones that are have committed to the association's rules and regulations, which protect both the companies and the consumers hiring them. If a company isn't an AMSA member, that doesn't mean it isn't reputable, but an AMSA membership is a clear indication of legitimacy.
One of the most common fears people face when moving to a new home is that something they own will be lost or damaged in the process. While no company will be able to guarantee everything arrives safely, there are steps you can take to make damage less likely.
Pack and Transport Your Valuables
If you have items that are emotionally or financially valuable to you, do your best to pack and move them yourself. Keep jewelry, expensive artwork, inherited valuables and even costly electronics in your own car - that way you'll have complete control over their safety at all times.
Choose a Moving Company That Plans Ahead
Moving companies can better keep your belongings safe when the movers plan ahead. What does this mean? Many companies take extra time to measure doorways, halls and stairways to find the safest route in and out of your home. They should also provide furniture blankets, covers and moving pads to keep both your home and your belongings free of scratches or other damage.
Keep the Moving Area Safe
There are some things you can control on moving day and some things you simply can't, such as the weather. If you're moving on a snowy, icy or rainy day, keeping all of your paths, stairways and walkways clear and dry is crucial. This can help protect both the movers and the large items they're carrying to and from the truck.
The subject of tipping is relatively unclear when it comes to movers. However, there is a general rule of thumb that most people in the industry agree on: Tip your movers if they've done a good job and you think a tip is warranted.
Generally, a 5 percent tip is considered appropriate, though some people recommend paying $20 per day, per mover for basic, local moves. However, almost everyone agrees you should first do a quick walk-through of your home to check for any damage to your furniture or belongings and to make sure everything is where you'd like it to be.
If you do decide to give a tip, divide it evenly and give money to each individual, rather than giving the entire sum to the head mover and expecting it to be doled out equally. One type of tip to avoid: alcohol. It's usually illegal for movers to have bottles of alcohol in the truck or van, so tipping a bottle of wine or liquor could get them into trouble.