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Staying organized on moving day is key, and planning is a big part of it. Keep this checklist handy before and during your move to keep things stress-free.
9201 Brown LnAustin, TX 78754
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!! We used Greater Austin Moving & Storage for an out of town move and I have nothing but great things to say about this company. Not only was the owner a delight to deal with, but the movers were timely, courteous, HARD WORKING and extremely careful with our belongings. …
10515 Robinwood CirAustin, TX 78758
FANTASTIC people friendly company! Longoria moved my household in February and I have nothing but raving reviews to offer from the day of estimate consultation to delivery! They took extreme care, all personnel were friendly, polite and worked from the minute they arrived! Highly recommend!
102 Victor StAustin, TX 78753
Best Movers EVER!!! We had Huey and Sean...so polite and treated our stuff like it was their own. Loved them!!! I had previous problems with Two Men and a Truck, who had damaged several pieces of our Brand New living room set...including new leather sofas(UGH!!!). Not happy with those guys...…
440 E Saint Elmo Rd Ste B-1Austin, TX 78745
Out of state moving experts! These guys did a fantastic job on my move from Houston to NY. They were able to get everything set up on short notice after our other movers tried to change our date with them to a day that wouldn't work for us. Elephant Moving was very helpful through the process of…
9709 Brown Ln Ste JAustin, TX 78754
We just moved between homes in Austin & M&M did an awesome job. Matt was great to work with and made the process seamless. He was very helpful in coordinating the full span of the move and to alleviating any concerns throughout the process. Kenyon, Chris, Joe & Jeff were great on the job. Pac…
815 Brazos St Ste 82Austin, TX 78701
From Business: Aardvark Moving Company is located in Austin, Texas. We have been providing professional moving services to Austin & the surrounding areas since 1991. We offer local & long distance relocation services. Our movers can move your home, office, or apartment. We can provide boxes, piano moving services, packing service, storag…
701 Brazos StAustin, TX 78701
I was going to try to load my truck myself with some friends, but after getting a recommendation from a friend who moved just last weekend, I decided to hire some pros ... and that's exactly what I got ... strong and knowledgeable guys who knew exactly what to do and how to do it ... and they wo…
801 W 5th St Apt 603Austin, TX 78703
I was very happy with their move. I hired Vosco at the very last minute and they were very accommodating. They moved my 1 bedroom apt and the price was reasonable. We were really pleased with their efficiency and professionalism, we hired them for another move from Killeen to Austin for the next…
9120 Hazelhurst DrAustin, TX 78729
Fantastic service !! We had lived in our first home for 22 years before moving to a new home. Since our children had grown up in that home, we had a lot of memories & items needing to be moved. i was somewhat apprehensive about hiring someone to help at first, but these guys handled everyth…
187 W 4th StAustin, TX 78701
This home inspection company did an outstanding job of showing and explaining to me their various findings and observations. I will refer them to any of my friends who are in the market for a Home Inspection.
8291 Springdale RoadAustin, TX 78724
They make the attachment to the old less, and the excitement for the new so great. I love having them on my team especially in significant changes like this.
Austin, TX 78723
I hired Texas Ranger Moving for my move into my new home and they were Top Notch! Not only were they very careful as they moved my things but they were so friendly and reassuring throughout the move. I highly recommend their services!!!!
9807 Brown LnAustin, TX 78754
Fast, Friendly, AffordableI've moved a lot in my lifetime... From mountains to big cities, to deserts, I've moved all over the country. But when I moved to Austin in the beginning of 2014, I needed a local mover to help me unload a truck. I wasn't looking for anything too fancy (or expensive),…
13900 N Interstate 35Austin, TX 78728
These guys were awesome! I've never used movers before, but after our last move, my husband and I said we would never do it on our own again. Thankfully I came across Keep Moving. They had the best rate and friendliest service. Mandi was very helpful before the move and answered all my quest…
9201 Brown Ln Ste 190Austin, TX 78754
Compass Van Lines staff did a great job in assisting my move from San Marcos, TX to Northern California. From the initial contact with Annie to Lori, confirming the pick up; and the pick up and drop off staff, they all very efficient and helpful. Compass is a company you can trust to move your…
1600 W Ben White BlvdAustin, TX 78704
This is the third time this year I used Two Men and a Truck. Each time they exceeded my expectations. I have a gigantic bookshelf that must weigh over 300 lbs. I had to get it to the second floor. The movers contacted me prior to arriving and arrived early. Although it was extremely difficult to…
4500 Steiner Ranch BlvdAustin, TX 78732
I am frankly puzzled and surprised by the few negative reviews. I felt compelled write a review because my experience has been quite different. We have used this company for five local moves now, and each one had some technically complex components. One involved a three story move, and twice the…
12633 Research BlvdAustin, TX 78759
This is the third time this year I used Two Men and a Truck. Each time they exceeded my expectations. I have a gigantic bookshelf that must weigh over 300 lbs. I had to get it to the second floor. The movers contacted me prior to arriving and arrived early. Although it was extremely difficul…
13266 Pond Springs RdAustin, TX 78729
Benny has redefined the words customer service. Benny and his team take their service to the customer very seriously. I never felt uneasy with this team handling priceless collectables. They showed up on time and did what Benny and I agreed upon and a few extras at no additional cost. They h…
Austin, TX 78752
great guy/service! After calling many places to get estimates a lot of them said they'd call me back and never did, then i contacted JB trucking and he was polite and gave me a quote on what i was interested in!!! he delivered on time and just the material i wanted thanks JB you definitely have …
123 E Saint Johns AveAustin, TX 78752
I only have good things to say about AM MOVING and DALE ROLLINSON. We are baby boomers and decided to downsize and move near grandkids. We soon realized that moving at our age was going to require some help. I decided to look on Craigs List and found Dale. We used Dale multiple times. First, we …
11427 Ptarmigan DrAustin, TX 78758
Not only did Todd and his co-worker take our stuff down from 3 flights of stairs without a complaint... they were super careful in our new house. They even tightened a loose table leg and assembled our bed without us asking. They went above and beyond their job description. They were courteou…
Staying organized on moving day is key, and planning is a big part of it. Keep this checklist handy before and during your move to keep things stress-free.
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ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!! When I purchased my bed on Amazon, the delivery time frame was 8/8 - 8//11, with no mention of a 3rd party company holding my delivery until they felt it was convenient to bring it (even though they ARE a delivery company). I was willing to wait until 8/16, but am now being told it is getting pushed to 8/20. I was also told (with a little snicker to accompany the snide comment) that because I live in Round Rock and my purchase was done through Groupon (which it wasn't), I am not given priority. I was also called "insane" when I got upset. This is unacceptable, HIGHLY UNPROFESSIONAL business practice. I would use any other delivery company before using this one.
DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!!I couldn't say everything I needed on here because unfortunately it's a 1000 word max. So go to YELP for more reviews on this company along with mine. If I could give them a -1 I would. BEWARE, do your RESEARCH first. I wish I did. A WASTE of MONEY.
Will and Austin did an awesome job with our move. They were on time, polite, respectful and they worked hard.
I received 3 quotes for my move. Compass was in the middle, but I selected them based on them promising the quote given was binding and would not increase. Lo and behold, on the day my belongings were loaded, the driver asked for additional money. He stated there were more boxes than were agreed upon; however, no number was ever agreed upon - quote was based on cubic feet. After several calls with their accounting department, I told them to return my items to Texas, as I would not pay the additional fees. That's when they stated they wanted me to be a happy customer and would waive the fees. I am not a happy customer. I am angry that I wasted time on several phone calls. I would have been a happy customer if Compass had kept their word (as shown in the photo). I would gladly have given five stars if this review was based on the performance of the men who packed and unpacked the truck. They were polite and worked hard. Too bad administration was out for a few more dollars.
Just another example of why you should read reviews before using a company...we didn't and we're now worse off than we were before.While the company was fairly quick in loading the stuff into their truck, there were quite a few things that were broken during the move not to mention stolen from our house. We haven't even fully unpacked everything so there's no telling what all was stolen/damaged/broken. When I first noticed that the company had stolen a dyson vacuum cleaner ($400) and a black and decker power drill ($100) I brought it to Mark Huff's attention. You would think that there would be a sense of sympathy that he would have but he took the route of saying that there wasn't any proof that the vacuum existed and that "power drills are easy to replace". His recommendation was to file a police report (which will not do anything - he knew that). My advice? Do not use this company and tell your friends to avoid them as well
Very very disappointing service I have received from this moving company. The movers did not show up on time, charged me $250 for a 2 and a half hour move, paid them their approx rate of $297 they sent me online, and received a bad check that made my bank account go into the negatives.Word of advice, do your research and check out the business location before even considering a professional move. These movers were slow, unprofessional, and used a truck with a horse trailer hitch to move all of my expensive furniture, plus they did NOT reassemble my bed frame correctly and ended up breaking it when I slept in it the first night. BEWARE!!!
These guys are Wonderful!! No issues at all (-: I would recommend them for any moving in Austin area.
These guys did a FABULOUS job we both me, my girlfriend, and our friend's move recently. The guys were punctual, professional, and very helpful...not to mention you literally cannot beat the price, unless you do the move yourself (and who wants to do that??) I would highly recommend using them for anyone moving in the Austin area!
Compass Van Lines staff did a great job in assisting my move from San Marcos, TX to Northern California. From the initial contact with Annie to Lori, confirming the pick up; and the pick up and drop off staff, they all very efficient and helpful. Compass is a company you can trust to move your stuff. Thank you.
Horrible unprofessional service. Total disregard for other peoples property and very offensive. Without going into every detail that happened during delivery (which is a lot), absolutely horrendous sums it up.
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.