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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.
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.
Moving takes a lot of planning, and that includes knowing what your moving rights are. Read on to find more about your moving rights and what you can do to prepare.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
I contacted Best Rate Movers in March because we were planning a cross country move just a few weeks after our first baby was born. I wanted a company that would take care of a lot of the details for us, and I found what I needed at Best Rate Movers.When moving day arrived, the polite movers carefully loaded up all of our belongings. They carefully wrapped our furniture, so all items arrived at our destination without being damaged. We received the same careful service when we moved in to our new house.
Watching these movers work is like watching two turtles crawl from your house to their truck. They are paid hourly so they lag. Message to management, do a good job and show you are working with a sense of urgency and word of mouth will bring you business friends, family, etc. Would not use them again
Brian S, Byron, and Marcus are all very friendly professional movers. They did a superb job. Especially lifting VERY heavy items up 3 flights of stairs. Thank you for a job well done.
Based on my experience all I can say is STAY AWAY! My move took place on July 1st, 2016. I was supposed to have two movers from San Diego Pro Movers. They showed up with three movers from 'Route 66 Moving and Storage' saying that they had been subcontracted for the job and by having three men instead of two, it would save me time and money. (WRONG). It took them three hours to load a refrigerator, washer, dryer and moving boxes. It then took them almost three hours to drive about 55 miles to the new house. They took over five hours to unload one box per person at a time. I eventually accused them of running up the bill at which time they figured out how to stack several boxes at a time on the one regular dolly that they had brought. On top of this, they dropped my $1000.00 smoker while unloading it from the truck, damaging it so bad it is useless. They also dug deep gouges and scratches into my three-day-old new hardwood floors while moving my washing machine. It's now been seven months since the move, and nothing at all has been done to try and make things right! I may have just been unlucky and gotten a bad crew, but even more frustrating is the absolute lack of action or care on the part of the company to do anything to remedy my losses. Even after many phone calls and emails in addition to providing them multiple pictures showing the damage as per their request. I have not been able even to get their insurance company information. I have waited to write this review and post it in the hope that this could all be worked out, but instead, they show all of the signs of trying just to ignore me and drag this out to the point that I just forget about it!
This review is late in coming but needs to be done. Allen Davis and his team moved me from San Diego to Monterey Ca. the end of Dec 2016 as I had sold my home. They were fast, proficient, friendly, and the best moving experience I have ever had. All my stuff got there without a scratch on it. All that being said here's what set them miles apart for me from anyone else I could have used. To make a long story short, at the end of the day after the movers had left, keys were turned over to the realtor, my car key ended up being stolen by another outside person. Another story in itself. So there I was stranded with a packed car in the garage ready to go but quite unable to do so. My only option was to have my car towed to Honda and have another key made but being late in the day, that wasn't going to happen till the next day throwing off my whole schedule and sleeping in my car that night. I was also moving with my large dog. I called Allen out of desperation to see if he would be willing to locate and bring me my spare set of keys. When I packed I labeled boxes as to what room they went in, what was in the box, and numbered them so knew exactly what box my spare set was in. Without hesitation knowing the situation I was in, he went from his home to his storage facility, unloaded the truck till he found the box, dug out my spare keys and delivered them to me. Instead of being detained a whole day or possibly more and all the inconvenience that would cause, it only took him a few hours to do this. You can understand how grateful I was and how over the top this kind of service was viewed. I don't think too many, if any, movers would have done this. Yes, I of course cut him another check. Point is, consider no one else for your move. You will not be disappointed with this company. I cannot say enough good things about him and his crew. I would use them again in a heartbeat and don't need to even consider anyone else. Call him now!
Had a great experience with Priority Moving Inc! Brian S. and Mike were very professional and kind. Thank you!!!!! I would recommend their services to others without hesitation.
We moved cross country and first needed local movers to put our stuff in storage. Coastal Moving was a very good experience compared to when we moved in. I wish we would have known about them then.The move went smooth and the packing materials they had were cheaper than the boxes we had bought at home depot. We could have just left it all to the movers for packing, but I think it saves time having things labeled before. Great value, and wish they did cross country moves. It was quite pricey hiring a van lines.
I hope that anyone considering this company as a mover reads this review. If you are, DON'T USE COASTAL MOVING AT 858-397-5586. First, They were supposed to arrive between 8 and 9 am. They didn't call until almost 9am to say that they were on their way. They had to stop to get fuel. They did not arrive until 9:40 am and started at 10 am. A solid hour after they should have started. Shouldn't getting fuel have been considered when they told me they would be there between 8 and 9? Ryan even called to confirm that the day before that they would be there between 8 and 9. Second, we had other people to help in the move. We were only moving 2 1/2 blocks away. I originally hired Coastal Moving to move just the heavier items. I was told it would be a 3 hour minimum. Out of the 33 items I wanted them to move, they only moved 20 and took 3 hours to load and 2 1/2 to unload. They charged me for 5 hours instead of 5 1/2 because they had left their tools and my husband had to run to the other house to get them. The reason they only moved 20 items is because the people helping us move the smaller stuff were tired of waiting around for them and they moved the other 33 items. They didn't even have to move boxes - not one box. One of the items they moved was a hutch and they left the shelves for the hutch at the other house. My husband moved them. I called Ryan and asked for an hour back as there was no way I should have been charged for five hours as it shouldn't have taken that long. They did estimate 5 hours and Ryan's response was wow they estimated five and it took five. Isn't it better to exceed expectations? I certainly think so. I even told the guys when they got there that the other people were rocking and rolling and it shouldn't take them that long. I honestly expected that it would be closer to the three hour minimum and in my mind figured on four at the most. A dresser that I had asked to be moved to another room at our new house was never moved. Ryan said he would not was give me an hour back because the work had already been done. In retrospect, I guess I should have called my bank and told them not to pay. The guys were nice enough to help the organ mover because he was not equipped to move the organ he was hired to move, but even with that it should have not taken more than 4 hours. I honestly think they just took their time because they didn't want a 3 hour job. I've had professional movers before and those movers hustled and didn't damage or break anything. They definitely didn't leave their tools or part of the items they were asked to move. Bottom line: Coastal Moving was LATE and they were SLOW. Ryan does not have a customer service bone in his body. He was not pleasant to talk to and certainly did not care that is crew took their time. I have already told a lot of people how bad the experience was and I will continue to tell every body I know.
Called for appointment. Left $100 deposit and received email confirmation of 8-12 wi dow. Then no show...no call...nothing. had to repeatedly call during appointment window...nothing. Had to call corporate office in Los Angeles to get deposit back. Absolutely the worst. Complete failure.
As neighborhood watch captain in Bay Park I approached the driver to inform him that parking this company's truck up on the curb and in our neighborhood was illegal and he proceeded to show absolutely no professionalism in the least and assaulted me leaving numerous contusions on my arm. Do you really want this company coming into your residence and moving your cherished family valuables?
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.