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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.
2220 Bering DrHouston, TX 77057
I had nationwide mover move my apartment move from our old 1 bedroom apartment to our new 3 bedroom new house . I've never had movers before, but these guys were wonderful! They were very quick and careful and extremely customer friendly.
12022 Meadowgreen StHouston, TX 77076
My move was troubled from the beginning as result of divorce. Yuck. I called Darlene and discussed at length my concerns regarding privacy of my new address and possible hostile situation. She consoled and reassured me that they would keep my new address in confidence and their staff would take …
9894 Bissonnet StHouston, TX 77036
They did an amazing job yesterday moving my things at our new office. They were very professional, fast and they really took good care of our fragile items. Highly recommended movers.
4130 Club Valley DrHouston, TX 77082
They are polite and very good at whatever I need them to do. I tell the person who does the scheduling the type of project I have and she sends people well supplied and knowledgeable. We have done several moves with them. We went from an apartment to a house and to a storage unit and than unload…
10817 S Post Oak RdHouston, TX 77035
Recently did a second move with this company and they were awesome. First of all, I had a really big move condensing my home and business in one. Need I say that just thinking above the move was stressful. They gave us a discount and delivered boxes to me at no charge as a repeat customer. They …
115 Aurora St Apt 3Houston, TX 77008
I hired this company for my move back in November 2009, and it was an absolutely horrible experience. The customer service rep I had was great, so I thought this might be a good company. WRONG. First, they didn't show up until two hours AFTER my window ended. About an hour before the window ende…
3900 Woodchase Dr Apt 87Houston, TX 77042
My roommate had used this company just two days before and said to use them. So, we booked them for today. After being a little late, we called (call #1) to see what was up. They explained the first job was running long. Called later (call #2) when they were an hour late. They then explained tha…
10901 Tanner RdHouston, TX 77041
Terrible service overall and would not recommend Graebel movers at all to anybody who needs a complex & large move. Bad packing, broke many objects due to negligence, items missing or delivered to wrong location, large & costly furniture and appliances got severely damaged during storage. They a…
9135 Katy Fwy Ste 8Houston, TX 77024
In full disclosure I have not used "smooth moves" so I cannot make a comment on the company as a whole. However I can speak on the character of Nathaniel Campbell. On October 21 Nate ran into my parked truck and permanently damaged my 32 foot extension ladder. I made the mistake of not asking f…
6601 Harbor Town Dr Apt 1314Houston, TX 77036
NEVER use this moving company. They are dishonest and do a terrible job moving your stuff. They quote you the cheapest price around..but end up charging you extra at the end for hidden charges i.e pre-wrapping your furniture. They don't have employees..a man and wife own the company..and they hi…
10735 Kitty Brook DrHouston, TX 77071
This guy is terrible and unprofessional. He broke items during my move and didn't even care to tell me until I confronted him 3 months later! It took him that long to finally return my phone calls. I'm still waiting to be reimbursed for my property... DON'T USE HIM!!!!
9888 Bissonnet StHouston, TX 77036
This moving company should be shut down for fraudulently charging customers! First, the driver/owner/manager (EJ) and his helper came late for the appointment, then wrote the wrong time on the contract so he can cheat you out of more money. His hourly rate is $70 with a minimum of 2 hours. I agr…
P.O. box 191 cHouston, TX 77062
DO NOT USE. THESE GUYS WILL RIP YOU OFF IF YOU ARE AN ELDER PERSON.They charged by 65 year old mother twice and when I called/emailed them to return the money they said they will mail me the check but they never did. They kept stalling and saying that the address was wrong or their "corporate of…
10811 Bissonnet StHouston, TX 77099
Resheduled for May 8th 2016. Payment received in full, plus a $20 May 7th cancellation fee. SERVICES NEVER RENDERED, REFUND REFUSED. Mover called to notify that movers wanted to spend time with their families on Mother's Day, and wasn't sure who rescheduled the unload for the May 8th. I was told…
13918 Westheimer RdHouston, TX 77077
P.S.A NEVER EVA EVA EVA USE TEXAS BEST MOVERS for moving services!!!! They were the most unprofessional movers I've ever worked with. Steve (the owner) is a con artist who will do anything to get more money from you. He arrived 2hours later than the agreed upon time, his workers were on their ce…
Houston, TX 77259
We have moved several times and it is never a pleasant experience, but this move was the worst. Three men came to the house to do the move and only two actually moved boxes and furniture. My husband and I spend 11 hours helping the men load furniture and boxes. If we had not helped the move wo…
8414 Triola LnHouston, TX 77036
From Business: Need Professional Movers? Let the movers who know what they're doing, handle your upcoming moving project! Privately owned and operating in Houston, our moving crews focuses on high-end relocation projects while tailoring our services to our clients' needs. Texas Move-It - Houston Moving Company - www.TexasMoveIt.com We al…
5210 Tacoma DrHouston, TX 77041
From Business: Homeowners and Fortune 500 companies alike turn to Atlantic Relocation Systems when they want professional movers with the expertise and resources to get the job done right. With highly experienced moving coordinators and specially trained moving teams, we are the moving company you can truly depend on for successful moves…
7935 Wright Rd Ste DHouston, TX 77041
From Business: Call Specialized Cargo Movers, Inc. in Houston, Texas, for your moving and storage needs. We're an Atlas Van Lines agent offering transportation and storage of goods locally, nationally, or internationally. Contact our expert movers today for your residential or commercial moving needs! We also offer storage that is privat…
2450 Louisiana St Ste 331Houston, TX 77006
From Business: Premium Residential and Commercial Movers since 2002. Moving can be frustrating and exhausting. We safely move it all so you don't have to. Houston & Austin, TX.
5607 Cavanaugh StHouston, TX 77021
From Business: "Why we're one of the most trusted long distance moving companies nationwide: Moving with Mayflower makes life easier. You can count on our movers to guide you through the entire process, door to door."
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I just wanted to write to say thank you for the excellent service we received:They arrive on time and do everything in a very professional manner.They are very careful not to damage anything as well. Their service is very reasonably priced as well.they worked fast and without any problems.They stayed extra to help me arrange my furniture in my new placeI have nothing but good things to say about American Knights. We moved from the Galleria area out to the burbs and hired this company to handle it because, well, it's hot in Houston and I really didn't feel like moving everything myself. They arrived at 9:30am and after a quick chat with me to determine everything that needed to be done, they got to work. There were three guys and a pretty big moving truck. The guys spoke pretty good English and were professional in how they cared for my stuff. They had to take a queen bed and a king bed downstairs. We have couches, a dining room, dressers, the whole package but they moved quickly and efficiently. I felt a little lazy watching them work so hard, but I definitely got what I paid for. They knocked out the whole move in around 3 hours... YES, 3 hours! It was great! This was the least stressful move I have ever done. I don't have a whole lot of experience using movers, but I feel like I got a great deal. I would recommend these guys to anyone.We picked a Saturday morning to move, and they gave us a two hour window for when they would be there (pretty standard I think). They arrived at 9:30am and after a quick chat with me to determine everything that needed to be done, they got to work. There were three guys and a pretty big moving truck. The guys spoke pretty good English and were professional in how they cared for my stuff. They had to take a queen bed and a king bed downstairs. We have couches, a dining room, dressers, the whole package but they moved quickly and efficiently. I felt a little lazy watching them work so hard, but I definitely got what I paid for. They knocked out the whole move in around 3 hours... YES, 3 hours! It was great! This was the least stressful move I have ever done. I don't have a whole lot of experience using movers, but I feel like I got a great deal.the guys were really helpful and explain all of the information that I needed to know, and most important took care of all the stuff with care. I would recommend these guys to anyone.I was glad to find someone to get my new furniture for such a reasonable price. They moved my things carefully, swiftly, and intelligently. We could not have been happier with the servicemoving crew was courteous and their timing impeccable: the guys were working full steam ahead, quietly and did so for the rest of the day with no complaints. The crew was very nice and helpful,, and they really all know what they are doing. They wrapped everything, moved it all with no complaints and charged what I was quoted
My move was troubled from the beginning as result of divorce. Yuck. I called Darlene and discussed at length my concerns regarding privacy of my new address and possible hostile situation. She consoled and reassured me that they would keep my new address in confidence and their staff would take care of anything that came up. The day of the move the tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife. My soon to be ex wouldn't allow anyone in the house, not even the movers. About 30 minutes into the move, my ex began throwing my packed belongings down the sidewalk and driveway. The movers went into action literally running from the porch to the truck getting things loaded as quickly as possible. Unfortunately there were a total of three physical altercations with my ex all in attempt to remove my items from the house. Both gentlemen were very respectful of the situation, passed no judgement and didn't get involved. They remained respectful, even to my screaming irate ex, while removing the last of my things from the house. Gregory went above and beyond the job requirements entrusted to him by his employer. I will be forever grateful for people like him and companies like All-Some Movers. The following day I called Darlene to let her know what happened. She was loving and kind expressing her concern and passing along the relayed concern from Greg after he briefed her on the previous days events. This company will take care of my moving needs for the rest of my life. I couldn't have made it through this move without them. Hands down, they are the best moving company I've ever employed.
thoroughly impressed with the service provided by American Knights Moving,used them for my recent move and will use them in the future! I recommend their services to ANYONE!!!!I personally thank Tanya for following up every single thing,assuring me, Kobi for his visual inspection and the movers Juan Flores,Jesus Arrieta and Roger were So very friendly! And Misti for regular updates about the dispatch And above all Jennifer, She did send me a restaurant card worth $ 50 ! Believe me they did buy me my dinner amidst my stressful move!On time with easy booking and smiley movers, they were extremely responsive and more than fair in working with usI had spoke with various movers to finalize the quote and had one company (TRANSIT MOVING SYSTEMS) which lied to me about the load I had and another(All Over the state Moving & Storage) who threatened that all the other company are worst and they will be never deliver on time , I'm glad that I didn't go with them!Thank you Tanya and Kobi!
I have read some reviews where people complained about moving companies using too much packing materials adding extra money to the final bill. Some people even said that although most movers are efficient, their packing skills are not up to the mark. So, when I was moving, I decided to take some matters into my own hands. I packed most of my stuffs and labeled them before the movers from Houston first movers arrived. They arrived right on time and some of my stuffs were still unpacked. They helped me pack those up and frankly, I didn’t think they were as bad as the reviews claim them to be. In fact, they were way faster than me and more creative too. There isn’t much to do after being done with the packing. So they finished loading in just 1.5 hours. I had to pay them for the two hours minimum, which made me regret my theory of “pack yourself” a little. Anyways, we have safely moved to my new Apt and all my belongings traveled safely too.
We are no newbies to relocation and our experiences with moving companies have always been less than great. They have always promised us easy and efficient moves but their men are never well prepared or skillful. For our last move we hired Houston first movers and frankly, we weren’t expecting them to be any different from the rest. Surprisingly, they were nothing like the others. Their quote was as expensive as others but they really excelled with the skills displayed by their movers. All 4 men were very experienced and organized. Usually, moving companies hire independent movers who have no coordination among them. But these guys were very team players. They worked tirelessly and efficiently around my house. All my things were packed and loaded with great precision. I was very impressed with these guys and will definitely hire them again.
I used them this past weekend. They are flexible, dependable, professional, courteous, conscientious,careful and just overall great people to work with. I work for a company that needs to hire movers on a regular basis. These guys always show up on time, with a smile - and ready to go! One of the best moving experiences I have ever had.They were FAST and CAREFUL with every item, and every detail.All our items were handled with care. I would trust them to move anything - even super fragile treasures or complex equipment.They were really reasonable $$... Staff were friendly, professional, and worked non-stop (with just a quick lunch break). Made the move a smooth, pleasant experience. I recommend these guys without reservation to anyone and will *totally* use them again for any moves in the future.Thanks,
I have a lot of stuffs and so I was quite stressed out when I had to relocate from a 3 bed room apt to another 4 bed apt. One of my friends suggested that I hire Houston first movers. I did some research on them and they seemed to have a good reputation. When I called them, the man on the line was very friendly and gave me a very reasonable quote. Their movers arrived right on the scheduled time on the moving day. They got to work immediately. They packed all my stuffs creatively and were very careful not to break anything. I do have a lot of stuffs so it took them quite a while to finish packing and loading everything. The good thing was that I didn’t have to do anything. All three vans arrived together and all my things were delivered in good condition. It was such an easy move, thanks to these guys.
Very personable and professional from the owner to the crew.they wrapped all of furniture packed it safely, and delivered without incident. They also supplied all of the mattress covers for the mattresses, plastic covering for the couches, padded blankets to wrap all the furniture, and they dismantled all of the furniture too. movers were courteous, prompt and efficient. Price by the hour is reasonable. Everything went as planned. Considering the potential problems with moving, they strongly exceeded expectations. I don't plan to move again, but I'll gladly recommend these people to others. Not ONE thing was broken or out of place.How cool are these people? I'm inviting them to the housewarming party whenever I finally get everything settled in. I not only got cool movers, I've made new friends.
I have a great experience with Green Van Lines last month. It was a great moved I received from Green Van Lines. I want to take the moment to write this review to let you know how good they are.This review could help you decide to move with them. This company is a great company you can trust. They are honest and good to work with. At the fist time I called to the office people they were great and gave me a details about moving. It was a good deal they gave to me. The crews were nice and friendly to work with. Everything on my moved went well!! They worked hard and fast and finished on time. I was impressed with my moved. My family and I, we happy with new house. I will come back and use them again if I have a chance to move in the future. Overall,they were good. Keep it up good job guys.
this company was great. Everything was delivered as promised, and they even went to 2 different locations. My only complaint they promised to be in my place at 0700am and got here only at 0730am. other than that we are very happy. they even nice to our kids, simply Prompt, courteous, and an amazing, We are in our new home and THANK YOU SO MUCH AMERICAN TEAM as they turned what should have been one hell of a day into a pleasant moving experience.They were punctual, efficient, honest,American knights office and movers customer servicesimply great. They were very efficient and careful with my furniture. They took the time to carefully wrap fragile items and even disassemble difficult to move furniture. I would highly recommend this company and will definitely use them again.
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.