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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.
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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.
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We were contacted after giving information online and learned more about Empire Moving and Storage Inc and the services they offered. We had two moves on our hands. Our only son was moving out and we were helping him to CA and we planned on a move ourselves to OR. We were not really interested in the idea of the empty nest at our same home and felt we had worked our whole lives deserving something different. They were able to help us with the closing of our home in Bend. My attraction to the company was based on them being up front and honest with me about their processes. I learned a lot of things about the industry and can honestly say for the first time in my 55 years a company came through on all of their promises. No company is perfect but I had family warn me because of bad experiences they have had with some of the largest vendors in the country, so for these guys to show some heart and soul meant a lot to my wife and I and we were sure to let the whole family know. We had a great contact person and it was apparent that everyone we spoke with from dept to dept just had a happy vibe. The pick up men were really informative with us and we decided last minute that they should do the majority of what we planned on doing while they loading. I was given a spread of dates for my things to be in OR. They called me and arrived not many days after. My wife actually never got to meet but has made somewhat of a friendship with one of their ladies in customer service. I heard the two talking yesterday and the company has offered us a $50 food gift card just for this posting however I quickly relayed that it wouldn't be necessary. Empire Moving & Storage Inc handled both moves with professionalism and most importantly made every member of my family feel as though we mattered. I never thought we would get out of KS after almost 32 years but thankfully we did at the right time and were blessed with a great group of people to help us. Thank You All!
There are movers and then there are professional movers. Allow me explain the differenceMovers will move your things in the condition you have it with no indifference to the condition you will receive it when it's moved.Then there's professional movers who will go the extra step to protect everything you are moving so that when you unpack it, it is were in the conditions your had it.Empire not only provided professional moving services but the also inventory every item electronically and they will also store it in there storage facility (which I was unaware of until I reached my storage rental. The 3 men moving service were so kind and so respectful and I can say with confidence that they took extra care of my items because I watched them from start to finish. I highly recommend Gai who was the team lead and ran the operation smoothly.I would recommend and reuse this service for instate and out of state moves. There services will cost you however it's like paying for a piece of mind when you use Roadway. I have used 2 other services in florida and california and it had been an epic disaster. This time my husbands company transferred him from Denver to Upstate New york without helping with the cost. This was our first experience of having to pay for the move ourselves so I was very worried it would go wrong and we would have to pay dearly. When it went thru without a hitch I was elated. So trust me when I say that Empire is worth every penny.
I called a number of movers and scheduled a number of in-home estimates, but after speaking with Ron I cancelled the rest. I got a good feeling from him, his philosophy, his company and his men. Over the next few weeks I packed all my belongings into boxes with labels indicating where each item should go. On moving day the 5 men (Ed, Shorty, Curtis, Orlando, and G) arrived 10 minutes early and immediately began with a walk-through of the house then started loading. While loading they were exeptionally curtious to me, my family, and each other taking good care of all my stuff. Within 2.5 hours they had loaded two 24 foot trucks, and we were on our way to my new (dream) home. After a quick lunch (pizza, my treat) they were unloading the first truck. Again each item was handled with care, and placed into the approptiate room. They continued with the second truck and were done with everything in 6.5 hours (including the drive between). I think that out of two trucks maybe 10 boxes were in the wrong room - which is likely due to my poor penmanship. This was much lower than the estaimated time, due to how HARD these guys worked. If I ever move again I would call Abe Lincoln movers in a heart-beat to move me again.
I was worried about moving because I had no experience in hiring movers before. I was lucky enough to have a friend who knows of a good mover, so I decided to give it a call to see if it is decent for me. Two weeks before the move date, I called them to inquire about their services. On the other side of the phone, I’ve heard a gleeful voice. The person I spoke with was courteous and pleasant. I asked whether they are available for the date and I was told that they would be there on the date. I also asked for their estimate and I was given a reasonable one. What surprised me is that they didn’t ask me for a deposit. I was really expecting this thing already for a deposit would give me assurance that they would arrive on the agreed date. I was worried about this, but good thing they called me back a few days after to confirm.On the day we were about to move, the guys arrived earlier than I’ve expected. They were very nice – helped pack things, moved our belongings and even took out the trash. I really appreciated such gesture. Moving in to our new house was fast, efficient and seamless. I was happy with the service they had.
We had a very stressful move. We cancelled the moving company to save money, opting to move a 2400 square foot house from Iowa to Colorado by ourselves. We had issues getting our closing paperwork, which made us get a late start loading. We ended up not leaving Iowa till almost 6pm and intended to drive straight through. Our Uhaul ended up breaking down in the middle of Nowhere, Nebraska and the trip took twice as long as we thought it would. Early Saturday morning, while on the road, I realized I did not have the physical or mental energy to unload a 4 bedroom house. Abe Lincoln Movers were the first company that came up in my search, so they were the first I called. I’m so glad I did! They were ready to meet us that afternoon if needed. I wasn’t sure if we’d be there, so they met us at 9am Sunday morning. The guys had it unloaded in two hours and were so friendly and professional! My husband and I, both exhausted, were able to sit back and tell them where things go. It was such a relief! We’re in temporary housing right now and we’ll be moving again in May. You can bet we’ll be calling Abe Lincoln Movers!
Two moves with Empire and if I move a third time, I will very likely choose them.- The three moving teams were lovely, on time and did a great job. On my first move with Empire, the packing team was so organized that the leader of the team could point out to where every single numbered box was. I was very impressed. On my second move, they helped move furniture in the apartment, and then out of the apartment when we realized that some things will not fit (and they did not have to help us on that). And the last team was so committed that they actually gave recommendations on where to put furniture.- The sales team answers emails back amazingly fast, which is great as you often know your confirmed moving date at the last minute. And they accommodated my changing moving dates each and every time.- I had to deal with their customers service once because of a small issue regarding the estimate. The issue was resolved very fast and they apologized profusely for the miscommunication. They were great.So in summary: two moves and both very good experiences with Empire. If I could give more than five stars, I would.
Moving Companies should be fast, cheap, and have great service too... Well good news. I found one! Stallion Moving Company in Denver fits the bill. They are located in central Denver and service the entire Denver Metro area. I moved from Parker, Co to Littleton, Co and when I began searching for movers, I looked to Google. I searched Denver movers reviews and there were dozens of companies to choose from. I called a few, but when I called Stallion Moving, that was it. The owner was so polite, offered me a great deal and after the other reviews... it was easy. The movers showed up ten minutes early, I can't really complain about that. They packed and loaded the entire home in a matter of hours. They delivered our goods to Littleton with ZERO damage. They packed all of our fragile items with either bubble wrap or packing paper. Nothing was knicked scratched or damaged at all. They even made sure to shrink wrap all of the furniture to make sure none of our nice wood was marred. Very happy with this company. Have already told my friends, hopefully you take my advice. Hire Stallion Moving. They're the best.
Very Happy we ended up choosing these guys. My wife did a search online for moving companies and ended up getting around 50 phone calls from everyone under the sun. The rep from Empire was polite and professional, but also took the longest of anyone to go over the specifics of what we were moving. They weren't the cheapest, but they weren't the most expensive either, and we decided attention to detail was a good sign that they actually intended to honor their quote. To make a long story short, they did. We moved from just outside Denver to the Seattle area,for the record. The crew that loaded the truck did a good job, and they were equally professional when they got our stuff back to us. Nothing was missing (and I have had that problem before when moving), and the only damage was 2 pieces of glass that go on our side tables were broken but everything else was fine, and frankly the glass wasn't even worth filing a claim over. I was charged exactly what I was originally told I would be charged, and if we ever have to move again I will definitely give these guys a call!
I have moved numerous times with large household name companies and things for the most part always went smooth. This time I chose Empire solely based on the professionalism of my contact person Allen as he assured me I would be pleased with the services. We had some unforeseen changes with our address in Roseburg and had to inform Empire of the change to the house address three times. I can only imagine the headache I caused Empire and its employees but they stormed through and really made a lasting impression. I work a Governing agency and for me attitude is everything. Not once did I get a bad vibe from anyone at this company. There were other small issues that I caused the crew (I was late for my delivery and they waited on me!!!) so for them to be professional throughout really meshed well with me and made Empire stand out vs any of my other previous moves. I will use this company again and I plan on funding my daughters move with Empire in August. Rebate awarded.
If you want someone you can trust and will do a good, clean and thorough job, you want Stallion Moving. If you want cheap and dirty, go somewhere else. This company is first rate. We moved around the beginning of August 2012 and they came to the house to do the estimate (to be on site to see what there actually was). They packed us up. They loaded the truck (great job nothing broken) and unloaded the next day. They where mindful of not causing any bumps, scrapes or scratches. They did misplace a box in the house (a box of hardware to put the beds back together) but did return to the house and no extra charge to put everything back together once the box was found. They picked up boxes and packaging material at no extra charge. At the end of it all, the total bill was LESS than the estimate. How many companies do that? If you are nervous (as I was) and you just want a good, reliable company, look no further than Stallion Moving.
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.