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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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They should call themselves "Inferior Moving Systems" instead. They are absolutely zero on customer service. When you call to get an update on your move, you are transferred to some number where no one picks up the phone. The sales guy 'Ray' kept promising me the moon but I was left to struggle on my own once I signed up for the move. My household items were picked up on 29th Aug from Chicago and it was promised to be delivered by the 2nd of Sept in OH. There is no update till date about where my items are. I have called up Ray and other customer reps and they keep transferring my call. My emails to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org are unanswered too. I have a 6 month old and its been a hard time waiting for my good to arrive. Please DO NOT do any business with Superior Moving Systems Inc,Updated on 9/6/2017I called up Ray today and he made one of the most ridiculous statements "I do not know where my driver is, so cannot tell you where your items are". What kind of company does these guys run? Because of the delay, I am forced to buy 100's of dollars worth of items for my family especially my little one. Updated on 9/7/2017Finally received an email from their customer service after I told them that I will lodge a complaint against the company with FMCSA, AMSA and BBB. They told me that my belongings are in a storage facility. It was clearly instructed to deliver the goods to my house. This is a classic case of miscommunication on their side. I have also gone ahead and lodged my reviews with other moving sites.Updated on 9/8/2017Tried calling them again today since I did not receive any replies to my email. Now their phone has a recorded message saying "some" of their offices in FL are closed due to hurricane Irma and they may be back by next Tuesday. The call then disconnects. My question is, if only "some" of their offices are impacted, what about the other offices? Why cant they route the call there and serve their customers? Really proves that they are an unprofessional company.Updated on 9/13/2017When I called their office today (Wednesday), their IVR system kept on repeating the message that they will be back on Tuesday. Not sure which Tuesday. I then called them up in the evening. I was holding the line for 15 minutes hearing to music. Then I called their "sales" line and one of their "managers" picked up the phone. I was so furious with this whole thing that I said I am going to sue the company. The "manager" abruptly said that he doesn't care what the sale rep promised me about the delivery date. He said that I can file whatever lawsuit that I want to and he slammed the phone. I tried to reach out to the sales line again but no one picked up. I haven't seen such a shoddy customer service anywhere anytime. The sales guy doesn't know where their driver is, the manager doesn't know what ETA's the sales guys promise, What kind of company does these people run? I am truly regretting my decision to do business with them. Updated on 9/14/2017Got a call from their dispatcher in the evening telling me that my belongings will be delivered tomorrow (9/15). The driver will call me about the exact timings etc. He then mentioned about the remaining balance. When I told him that the "manager" had agreed to fix the issue with the pricing, he told me that nothing is noted on the account and he cannot take any verbal confirmations. So basically that means, this company will make any verbal commitments to sell you their services and then you will realize the harsh truth once you have committed to the deal from your part. I had to give up on the price part since he mentioned that if I don't agree to get the delivery tomorrow then it will delay it further. By the end of the day there hasn't been any phone calls and I am still waiting.Updated on 9/15/2017Finally they came on 9/15 without any prior notice. Lucky that I was home. Very unprofessional company. Stay away from them.
Moving has to be the hardest thing to do, but thanks to you guys it was not as bad as I thought. Thank you for doing everything you guys promised to do. First time moving that I don’t have to lift one finger. I 100% recommend this great moving company.
Amazing moving company, thank you so much for everything you guys did for me and my family. Everything went as how it was said.
My 5 kids and myself moved back to AZ I was stressed because I’ve already done a move before and it was the worst thing ever. Having to call the moving company every 5 seconds, so I thought the same thing was going to happen but I was wrong I actually met the best moving company and the best employees they could have. I was treated with respect. All my questions were answered and everything was on time just like they said it would be. All my stuff got to AZ just the same way they took it. If I ever move again I will deftly be calling! Thank you!
My wife and I finally retired and wanted to move to CA. I was very scared to trust any moving company, I mean come on its everything I have that they’re taking. I searched and searched until finally came across an old friend and told me that she had used this company before, I went ahead and trusted my friend and I let me tell you SHE WAS RIGHT, it was the best decision I ever made was trust these people. They did amazing!
I would like to give a big THANK YOU to this company. Everything came out just perfect. My house is all complete thanks to you guys!
I planned my move several months in advance, checked multiple moving companies until I cameacross this wonderful company. My experience was way better than what I thought was going to be. The young lady that helped me out answered all my crazy/worried questions I had, helpedme out in everything I needed to know. She made sure to write down everything I needed to be picked up. If anyone is looking for a moving company THIS IS IT!! Thank You so much!!!
I recently moved from OH to TX and I used this incredible company, everythingwent as it was plan. My stuff were picked up on the exact date they told me and the delivery as well. The guy that helped me out was AMAZING and so was customer service when they called to confirm the dates. I couldn’t be any happier with this company.THANK YOU SUPERIOR MOVING SYSTEMS INC!!!
5 stars is all I can give?!! Superior Moving System deserves millions of stars. My move was wayyy faster than what I thought. Told them I didn’t have too much time and they made sure I was at my new house, just in time. THANK YOU!!!
I was looking for a moving company to help move into my off campus housing arrangement at school. I came across Superior after searching online. The rep I spoke with was very helpful and informative and solidified my decision to use the company. They movers were awesome and made the experience so much easier for me. No more taking 2-3 cars back and forth from school come time to move out! I know who to call from now on!
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.