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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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1904 W Koenig LnAustin, TX 78756
This is the second time I have used the Steam Team. In both cases, the results went beyond my expectations. I also needed some re-stretching done, and they also referred me to a local company to take care of that. Fair price and quality work.
3600 Ranch Road 620 SAustin, TX 78738
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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.
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 don't normally write reviews but I feel people need to be warned. I used Copper Palm Moving with the Living Social deal as well. The guys (Oscar and Frank) were extremely courteous and were on time. I moved a 2 bedroom duplex to a 2 bedroom apartment so the move was fairly small. After I showed them around the place, I took off to the apartment to get signed in and get the keys. When I came back, they were almost done. One thing that I was a bit concerned about was that smaller items such as lamps and plants etc were all put in a large open cardboard box. It definitely makes sense for some things but I did pull a lamp out and the switch for it was bent all the way back. When I showed it to the mover, he said that he forgot to mark that it was already broken. Luckily, I was able to bend it back and it worked. But this was a bad sign. After we got to the apartment, everything was unloaded. Given that I was the only move on the truck and they went straight to my apartment, I wasn't concerned that something might go missing. When everything was done, I was asked to sign a few documents including one that states everything was delivered. I did thinking everything must be there. After they left and I started rearranging furniture, I noticed that one of my antique oak claw foot tables that I used as a night stand was missing. I called them right away and let them know. Communication was very slow with them and they didn't return my calls. I would get that the owner is out of town or I don't deal with this type of thing which I can accept but they weren't exactly working hard to fix the issue. So, by the end of the 2nd week they asked me to send pictures of the table or links to what it looks like. I was able to find a couple of pictures (background of older pictures) and some examples of the table I found on etsy. Today, I got this email:Dear Dean Burris,We have received your recent correspondence advising that an item is missing for your property. We have reviewed your shipping documents and discussed the matter with our personnel with the following conclusion:Nightstand- The addendum you signed at the end of your move states that you had checked the trucks and that all items had been placed where you needed them to go. This serves as conformation that you received all your items at the end of your move.As a courtesy, we spoke to our personnel but have been unable to come up with anything more than what the paperwork reflects and supports. Based on the conformation of delivery by our crew, absence of any notations at the time of delivery and the lack of evidence of loss, we find that we are unable to offer any compensation.We must respectfully deny liability and ask for your understanding in this matter.Sincerely,J. Austin CrawfordOperations ManagerCopper Palm Moving and StorageSo, the lesson is if you want to work with this company, be diligent and check all your items before the movers leave. I tried to give them the opportunity to make it right but they declined. Now I'm out a 500-600 table.
REVIEW # 1 from my first experience:Mustang Movers ROCKS! Miguel and Matt did a move for me in a PINCH! I had 2 other companies not show up. I called Brandon at Mustang and he sent Miguel and Matt out ASAP. They were to me in Lakeway within an hour and SAVED THE DAY! They moved a lot of furniture for me. I was paying by the piece so they moved all my big heavy stuff. Miguel and Matt were both personable and intelligent. These guys do NOT mess around! There were no breaks or dilly dallying like other movers I've hired. They probably moved 60-100 large items for me. They cost a pretty penny, however, they were worth every single one of them. If you want a moving company that SHOWS up when they say then will and DOES THE JOB RIGHT call Mustang movers RIGHT NOW!REVIEW # 2 from my second experience:I had more items to move later this week so I called Brandon at Mustang Moving again. He set me up for the day that I had in mind. I requested Miguel for my job again. This job was a bit more tricky than your normal furniture. This time I have sensitive electronic/medical equipment. Miguel and Carlos arrived for the job early (what movers do that?). This was my first time meeting Carlos. He was personable and super accommodating. After the guys moved all of my equipment then offered to grab the last items in my place and load into my car. A Huge heavy aquarium arrived to our new location in great shape! They even unloaded him from my vehicle at the new location and put our little mascot COWBOY in his new home.THANKS AGAIN MUSTANG MOVERS! I'll never call anyone else!
I have to say, when my friend referred me over to MJ Moving Services & Logistics, she was delighted as to how great her service crew and customer service had been. (My friend tends to exaggerate things) Therefore, I was a little skeptical, but I gave them a shot. It's amazing how a small/medium size company compares to the big fish. First, and one of the most important-PRICING!!! I ended up saving about 50% of what my bill would of been with other big Austin moving companies. They keep their billing simple and best of all, they don't charge for stairs and on top of it, they don't charge the famous trip/gas fee for entire Austin!!! Second, the information was very clear from the beginning. I requested to book, they emailed me my agreement for review prior to move date which they required me to approve. When crew showed up on moving day, I signed it, no changes or surprises. Third, the Service Crew was AWESOME. These movers really do know what they are doing. They asked me if I had a preference as far as the furniture protection level, and that they would adjust their performance based on my preferences. This saved me a lot of time. (not like my previous moving company that was shrink wrapping my plastic bins). I'm not too talented with assembly so I asked them to do it for me. While one mover worked on it, the other two were working on the remainder of the unload. OVERALL, GREAT SERVICE & AMAZING PRICING - EXTREMELY SATISFIED & HAPPY CLIENT.
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 had him move items into storage. Then we had him load multiple trucks over a 6 week time period. After selling and moving our home we hired him again for unloading the storage buildings. Each and every time he was consistent in his work ethics, performance and professionalism. Because we spent so much time with him, we grew to appreciate his character qualities that you don't see that much in today's young workers. Dale is an exception to his generation. He works hard and is conscientious about the time; knowing time is money. I think the thing that I liked most however was the fact that he was so attentive about the care of our belongings and did an excellent job making sure everything was well wrapped and properly loaded to prevent damage. My husband and I would definitely recommend Dale Rollinson to anyone needing to move anything. He will accommodate any size move and pretty much most destinations. I can't say enough good things about this young man. Moving is stressful enough and I am grateful that we found him. Thanks Dale! We appreciate you! Tess and Scott White
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.
I have never in my life used a moving company, I always get friends to move with pizza and beer as payment. But, last December I was in a pickle and had to move on about 24 hours notice. I had a friend tell me she used them before, so I called. I actually got to speak to the owner himself and he was so nice and understanding of my terrible predicament. They came the next day, actually came about 2 hours before the estimated time, which was fantastic. There we're 2 guys and they loaded everything in pretty quickly.I even received a month of free storage, but I found a new place in about 3 weeks, so I scheduled the delivery easily. The guys we're just as great when they moved me in and everything was all good. I hope I don't have to move again for a long time, but when I do I'll definitely call them again.
The folks at The Moving Crew did an outstanding job on our recent relocation. Moving is always a time fiilled with stress and anxiety. From the start both Lizzy and Kacy made this event as stress free as possible. Kacy provided a prompt and professional estimate, they supplied all of the boxing materials and helped packed our family treasures. They are fully insured which provided a great deal of comfort knowing that everything was covered. Lizzy was delightful and courteous to talk with on the phone. They were able to accommodate our move even after our move date changed several times. We'll be using The Moving Crew again in the near future to help us with our office move!! Thanks to the entire team at The Moving Crew for all your help!!
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), so I was in search of hourly moving labor.... and along came Apple Moving. The 4 man crew showed up and had my Uhaul unloaded in 35 minutes flat.... Pretty dadgum fast if you ask me. I'll be using Apple again when I move out to my next place. Thanks to the 4 guys that made my move so much easier than it otherwise would have been.
After reading the reviews on yp, I decided to give these guys a call. They showed up on time (3 person team), prepared (with shrink wrap, blankets, etc) and were super nice. They moved my stuff out of my apartment, then out of my storage space, and into the new apartment within 4 four hours, while it was raining. Things were wrapped in shrink wrap, covered in blankets, and fully secured in their truck. Nothing was damaged. They were so careful. They did an amazing job. I highly recommend this moving company. If you're looking for movers HIRE THESE GUYS!!!
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. I can’t say enough about Pete and the young men who did our move. They turned an otherwise stressful event into a completely stress free experience and they delivered on everything they promised. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY for any kind of moving need!
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.