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7491 Grissom RdSan Antonio, TX 78251
From Business: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers you a full line of home moving and home packing services in San Antonio and across Southern Texas. Our goal is to exceed your expectations by customizing our moving services to your specific needs. So, whether you’re moving across San Antonio, across Texas, or even across the country, we’re the …
20935 US Highway 281 NSan Antonio, TX 78258
Great, great service. The office staff was very friendly. They completely accomidated us with our move time. The movers were very respectful of my wife and I. They got the job done within the estimate, how often does that happen! At the end, they offered to rearrange furniture or anything e…
10725 N Interstate 35San Antonio, TX 78233
From Business: Your Premier San Antonio Movers. Top-Notch Moving in San Antonio with All My Sons San Antonio Moving Company. All My Sons Moving & Storage, San Antonio is the source for all of your moving and storage needs. Our family-owned San Antonio moving company has been managing moves like yours for over four generations, and we are…
San Antonio, TX 78224
We just moved to our new place with the Almighty Movers. I found out about them on Yellow Pages, and I thought someone else can do the same. They are professionals, their prices are reasonable, they can give you a flat rate (this is what I did), and they are very careful. They loaded the truck, …
1510 Cornerway Blvd Ste 113San Antonio, TX 78219
From Business: As movers since 1914, Coleman Allied has an expertise in transportation and storage services that is unequaled by other moving companies. At Coleman Allied we coordinate local, long distance and international moves that incorporate all the necessary moving services to best serve your individual move. In addition, we offer …
1113 E Houston StSan Antonio, TX 78205
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5411 Interstate 10 ESan Antonio, TX 78219
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24110 Range WaterSan Antonio, TX 78261
When my father passed away i had to look for a company to help move my mother and all of their belongings. I spent several days searching company after company and got all of the run around things that come with it. NexMove just felt right. They were caring, professional and looked out for what…
4500 NE Loop 410 Ste 180San Antonio, TX 78218
From Business: When you think of Bekins, you think, "This is moving." For more than 120 years, families like yours have trusted Bekins Van Lines to move them across the street, across the country or around the world. Bekins has the experience and expertise you need to get you to your new destination smoothly and efficiently. New home, ne…
13127 Lookout RunSan Antonio, TX 78233
Reliable Delivery and Moving more than lives up to their name. I booked a 2pm start time and they were right on time! The crew that came out was courteous and professional. They were quick and efficient, helping with the breakdown and set up of some of my furniture items. I would definetly use t…
2539 Goliad RdSan Antonio, TX 78223
From Business: We are a locally family owned and operated company in San Antonio,TX. Since 1969 Frank and Dolores along with their family and employees have taken pride in what they do and continue to do day to day , the best that they can to "get the job done", how ever and when ever we need to. - specialize in moving Pianos & Antiques …
Serving the San Antonio Area.
We have been in tight schedule to move from NJ to TX. So it was a time sensitive issue. As I never hired mover before this company, it took a little…
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Awesome is what I have to say about them.Okay, I never write a review but felt I had to here. I am really hard to impress overall, I was leery about just opening yellowpages.com and picking a random mover, especially with all that could go wrong. When my scheduled mover blew me off yesterday, Saturday, I called Almighty Movers to see if they could help me out today, Sunday. They quoted me over the phone and scheduled me. The next morning they were clear in their communication with me as to when they would be arriving and when they were stuck in traffic, called to let me know. Two great guys showed up and introduced themselves. Very polite, very professional. Then they got to work. After about 20 minutes of watching I knew I didn't need to follow them around all day, they knew what they were doing and they did it. I just tried to stay out of their way. There was no goofing off or milking the clock or horsing around. They worked hard, they were careful and detailed about moving the larger items of furniture as well as the boxes of dishes and breakables. Wow, I am beyond impressed!My apartment was on the second floor, so stairs were the nemesis and I had a TON of boxes. I never heard complaining, I never heard a gripe, I never saw them bump walls or doors, they just did it. This started out to be the move from hell, but Almighty Movers came through in a huge way with NO drama. Thank you SO much, I will refer you to anyone I know AND I will call you the first time when I need you again. You have my loyalty.
This is Isaac , owner Freedom packing and moving, I am very sorry to hear your moving experience was a bad one. But I must say , you are correct I did book you and did call to confirm but, your wife stated she booked another company before us and decided to stay with them but never notified me of this. So we hung up and I booked someone else for that spot, then the day of she called me telling me, Where are you why aren't you here? At this point I reminded her that she had cancelled us and went with someone else, She said, Well those movers didn't show up and you need to get here asap if you want this money, I explained to her that I couldn't due to us already at the job site working . She got so mad starting being very disrespectful , cussing at me, telling me I better listen and get my a#* there now.I did apologize in advance but I did tell her that I would not tolerate her verbal abuse or her threats. I did tell her that I was hanging up and it wasn't our fault in the first place. She cancelled us in the first place. Of course she called me repeatedly even from different numbers being even more disrespectful as if this helps. So I hung up again. No one should have to tolerate that type of behavior. I had no choice but to ignore her, we cannot engage in this she only made it worse. Once again I am sorry for your experience but this was all your wife's doing. Isaac Flores Owner
Ms. Rebecca come on let's be honest.We did book you we did confirm and we did show up on time but someone wasn't there. We called and texted you waited approximately 30 minutes. No show no response.We called once again to inform you that we were leaving and on to the next one.Still no response..... until 2 hrs later .Yes we did try to reschedule you even though you left us hanging and when I told you my availability you said, I will call you in a few minutes and see if that works for me. No response yet....until the following day.Unfortunately we were already booked and when I informed you , you hung up before I could even tell you the next available time slot.Hours go by and I receive a text from you asking what should you do. I text you back immediately letting you know my availability. Again you said I will let you know. No response yet again, I am sorry for your hardship but I really did the best I could for you. Your actions led me to believe that you really didn't need us therefore I must move forward with business and provide quality service for the next client.Once again I am sorry but Freedom packing and moving did come through did communicate with you and you chose a different route. I would appreciate it if you would be honest about my company we did nothing to deserve this review.
I hate the tells-you-nothing reviews so here's my total experience. We are a retired military family so moving is nothing new for us just generally we're moving much farther away. Move Busters was easy to contact and was responsive both via phone and email. They were able to book a move very quickly, on a Sunday, during a holiday three day weekend. The price is good. The laborers were friendly and the truck was in good shape. Nothing was broken and nothing is missing. All bonus' so far. I was booked for nine, they showed up at 11:30. I booked four hours which, in my experience, should have been more than enough time for the move. It took them six hours. The laborers were very vocal about being upset that it was a move to a third floor apartment. They also spent a lot of time on the phone, not sure if it was business or not. In the end, not the worst movers I've ever had but maybe not top notch either. I think you get what you pay for and these guys were cheap but well worth the help.
First of all their crew arrived ahead of schedule which was a first for us, (due to a bad previous experience with another co. we were very nervous about the move.) We were assisting our disabled son with his relocation to his new home - GREAT EXPERIENCE.The movers were very curtious, helpful and fast. We stopped in several locations to p/u extra stuff out of storage and new items from a furniture store. The movers followed along p/u, delivered and set up everything just as we requested. They even picked up the packaging from new furniture and hauled it of to trash for us, without us asking. Also the cost was right on the money, no extra fees, etc. the horrors you read about.We picked them because co. had a insert in the name "Christian" and we were not disapointed, these men acted professionaly and used no foul language as matter of fact I found out that owner attends Cornerstone church, and it shows........Would highly recommend this co. to anyone. Michelle
Freedom movers had saved me twice! The first time I paid for a "white glove delivery service" for a brand new sofa, that company barely even tried to get it through the door before giving up and leaving me by myself without a way to move it inside. I called Freedom movers and even though it was around 5pm they were SO NICE, calmed me down, and made it out within 90min to help me with my couch.The second time, I will be forever grateful. I had planned to move out of state at the end of the month to help my father through his chemo treatments as he was just diagnosed with late stage cancer. But when he was unexpectedly hospitalized and in ICU, I knew I had to pack my things and go immediately. Freedom movers helped me move with less than 12 hours notice.. They even showed up 15 minutes early. I was able to take the first flight out the next morning to see my Dad thanks to them. They are genuine, kind, and courteous. I can't say enough good things about this company.
I have used Half Price Movers 3 different times, many years apart. I moved 11 years ago and had a lot of medical equipment that was very fragile among my entire house. A few years after that we moved my grandfather. Two weeks ago we moved my parents, who has a lot of antique furniture, antique china, and lots of fragile items. Each time the workers were on time, if not a little early, extremely careful with everything, and most of all, these men were so courteous to me, my grandfather, and my parents. They went above and beyond to make sure nothing got broken, wrapping all the furniture so nothing would even have the smallest mark on it. My parents are retired military and this was their 22nd move. They told the men they have never experienced such friendly, courteous, and careful movers in all the moves they have had. I have recommended Half Price Movers to everyone who is need of a moving company.
First let me state that in 13 years of military service i have moved A LOT! Freedom is by far the most efficient and effective movers I have had the pleasure of hiring. The price was more than fair, Isaac and Bobby were more than professional, oh and BTW they took my job on less than 24 hour notice. Watching these two pros work was like watching a very practiced and harmonious drill team putting the pieces of our life in a truck with precision and care. I read the other reviews that called these pros "liars" and "untrustworthy" and I could not disagree with them more. While I'm sorry that their moving experience wasn't as pristine as ours...I must say that i cannot see how we could be speaking about the same company. I would hire this company again tomorrow...thanks for the A+ job and the connect to the cleaning service!
You have to use these guys!!!! I have moved twice with-in San Antonio and I could honestly not ask for better people and quality movers. Not only were they quick and efficient but they were good quality guys, careful with my belongings, and the cheapest price with a flat quote. Isaac is the owner and he works side-by-side with the other workers. They ask I sit back and just chill while they moved me. I watched them wrap my furniture in the truck with blankets they brought without being asked. When they came back in I asked, Why did you wrap them? Is it extra? The owner Isaac, laughed and said, "No, I am not going to charge you extra for just doing my job." I tell everyone I know to call Isaac and use this company. They are fast, lowest price, and a pleasure to work with.
I used Alpha Omega Movers approximately two years ago in 2011 and was very satisfied. The movers were careful with my property and very courteous. I can honestly say that nothing was stolen or damaged during the move. I contacted them once again this month May 2013 and set an appointment for 06/01/2013 at 9 am.due to the excellent job they did back in 2011. I hope that I will be completely satisfied once again although I have read some concerning reviews from unsatisfied customers. I do know that all it takes is one rotten apple to ruin a company's name. I will continue to use this moving company and will recommend it to family and friends based on my personal experience and on other Postive Reviews I read.
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.