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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.
9402 White Chapel LnHouston, TX 77074
My friend and my car where both towed on 3/27/2015 and taken to B&B Storage. We took a taxi there and were dropped off. Alfredo was working the window and was very rude right from the beginning...raising his voice and treating us like we were stupid because we both stepped in the gate at the sam…
410 Old Galveston RdWebster, TX 77598
From Business: *We Accept Deliveries *RV Boat Parking *Personal Code Access *Business Record Storage *Online Payments and Reservations *Residential & Commercial Tenants Welcomed *Insurance Available
313 N Chestnut StTomball, TX 77375
Bobby-Owner is one of the most honest movers I've ever worked with. He is determined to educate the customer on what to expect from a move and warn them of some of the problem areas that some movers will not tell you about. I highly recommend this company based on their integrity, price, service…
9619 Kirkton DrHouston, TX 77095
From Business: Freeman Moving Group currently manages nearly one million square feet of warehouse space consisting of twelve locations in five states and operates 400 pieces of equipment - we will be there when you need us.We bring you more than cartons and moving vans. It is the network of dedicated transportation professionals and info…
603 Northpark Central DrHouston, TX 77073
NEVER RECOMMEND OR USE AGAIN!!! I moved from Texas to Florida with Coleman and Allied. Worst move experience to date and have had many moves, particularly with the military. It started with the salesperson, Robert Hamilton, who seemed very genuine, sharing the promises of excellent communicati…
12311 Split Rail LnHouston, TX 77071
From Business: Well trained professional movers with over seven years furniture handling and moving experience to ensure you a worry and hassle free move. Licensed and Insured for peace on your mind. Our schedule works around your schedule to fit your personal needs! Our goal is to get your job finished for you in the best and most effic…
2527 Fairway Park DrHouston, TX 77092
I was really nervous moving from Houston to Illinois, but Brandon was super helpful, calling after every step to make sure everything went well. On moving day the movers were very friendly even after moving me out of my 3rd floor apartment in the summer. I would recommend them to anyone I know.
15344 Vantage Pkwy EHouston, TX 77032
From Business: We move your life. Call TODAY for a FREE, no obligation estimate! No time to call? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or Pinterest.
4330 Yupon Ridge DrHouston, TX 77072
Unity Professional Movers assisted me with a move and was very professional and courteous. I received their card at my storage company and they did not disappoint... Thanks!
9010 W Little York RdHouston, TX 77040
From Business: We are Houston's leading moving company with the most sophisticated transportation technology in the Industry with over 8 years experience. Our drivers have won numerous awards, meeting or exceeding our customer's expectations. We pride ourselves on providing the residents and businesses of Houston with stress free moving …
Serving the Houston Area.
From Business: RoadRunner Auto Transport is a leading provider of reliable nationwide door-to-door auto shipping services. With a history of dependability and innovation, we're …
Serving the Houston 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…
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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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
US Van Line is fantastic. We had a wonderful experience with them. No wonder they get 5 stars from every reviewer here . We would give them 10 stars if we could. I am very particular of what companies I hire when it comes to my personal belonging and life at that. I hear many stories and can relate to bad experiences I've come across in the past. In order to secure my decision I choose requested individual quotes from all 3 well rated companies i had selected. After reviewing and comparing estimates, US Van Line stood out and impressed me the most, their structure was well formatted and the way they presented me with recent references I could refer to created that comfort I needed. You should never be too comfortable without looking into company. I have many valuable and delicate things I had them handle and they were able to honor their agreement and ensure everything would be delivered the way it came. To sum up my wonderful experience I want to say with no doubt I would recommend and continue using this company. They are worth every dollar and can assure to do the best job whether it be a little close move to a large long distance move. They have the knowledge, experience, and crew it takes to take it on. I gave them five stars but I would without hesitation double that rating to ten stars if I had the ability to, they did everything right from the very moment they walked in.My biggest concern throughout the entire move was precisely how we would be able to get all of our belongings from one place to another without damage. And without a sign of distrust they were able to provide me reassurance that our stuff was in good hands and these movers truly knew what they were doing. Everything arrived in perfect condition. Thank you guys so very much for all the help you guys have provided to us and the assistance you gave to make our family's stress about a new city and a new place just a little easier!
GREAT SERVICE I usually don't write reviews for moving companies because they are usually the same , unfriendly, unprofessional. I move every year and each time the move ends, we get charged some unknown charge. US Van Line is different. I am writing this review for Mike’s team and Nicole my coordinator. Exemplary. From the get-go, the coordinator called and followed up with me making sure I understood what to expect and working with me to ensure my moving experience was stress-free. She helped me make an informed decisions, meaning, I was given several options so I can decide what was best for me. She always called me back promptly whenever I needed to talk to her. She was exceptionally detailed and was HONEST. They WON'T MISLEAD YOU WITH ANY HIDDEN COSTS. And they tell you what you "may be' charged so you know what you are getting yourself into. Thanks for your honesty Nicole !!!!!Mike’s team was superb. They were exceptionally polite, and PROFESSIONAL. They called me before they arrived, walked through my order, helped me understand what to expect, then proceeded to wrap my paintings and lamps with such speed and care, it was fascinating to watch such skills. After the move was completed and we walked through the pick-up list, Mike asked me if I needed anything else and walked through the paperwork. His office called me to double check on my experience with the team too! Mike's team left my home clean, and with a handshake. Usually I am panicking up after the movers and running after them to tell them to be careful, but not this time. Thanks Mike for all your advice and assistance in this really great experience. You and your team have reduced my stress in this move tremendously. I will call you in a year!
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.
Hello Nicole, I am sending this letter to you and your staff on behalf of me and my family. If you remember, I was nervous about making my move to D.C.. You assure me that your company would take care of everything. You proved to be a woman of your word. Every aspect of the move was handled professionally and courteously. I appreciate your patience and understanding of my time line of relocating for my new job. It was extremely time consuming negotiating the time line for my new position. I am not sure how your company allow me to move 4 days earlier but you made it happen and with that said I am not sure how we would of done it. My Son got to enroll for summer classes with Georgetown University while I got an extra 2 weeks to get my new home in order before starting my new position with the Children's National Health System. Truly a blessing for me and my family to have these opportunities and with the help of you and your staff you have all made this happen as a team. I can't say enough for the professionalism and I must emphasize what a great team of guys you had move us, they were hard working, efficient, careful, and barely stopped for a minute. Thanks to your expert packing and help with moving all the heavy items and the hard work it took to pack my 4200 SQ FT house. Your business office made the financial end a breeze and the price of the entire packing, and moving was very reasonable. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to others. You are THE BEST MOVING COMPANY !Warn Regards, Lucinda Cormier
This is my second move with this company. They are wonderful. The first move they move my daughter to Florida and everything went well and without a hitch. We hired them again as a last minute move on Thursday, August 24 For a pickup Friday, August 25. They were fully booked because hurricane Harvey was approaching but Nicole my sales representative worked her magic and squeezed me into the schedule all she asked is for flexibility with the pickup time. I was very relieved because we do live in the Meyerland area and we have already sustain 2 floods. So you can only imagine how happy I was that they were able to show up on Friday before the storm hit us they did show up late that evening and packed up all of our belongings and moved it out of the house. I was very surprised and they work that late since the storm was approaching and it was raining but these guys did not even take a break and had two more pickups after mine. There's very hard-working guys that really care about their customers well being. They did not raise the price because it was a last-minute move or take advantage of us because we were desperate right before the storm they stuck to the quote that they gave us weeks ago and did not charge us a dime more. My house did flood but thanks to US van line I did not lose any of my belongings I am so ever grateful for them then did a wonderful job and thanks to them we still have all of our furniture clothing and personal items. Words cannot express the gratitude my family has thank you!
I had a really great experience moving my family to California with US Van LineWe reserved our move in June withh the move date of August 27. Due to hurricane Harvey forecast We called The office and talk to the manager lisa and requested an earlier pick up date. They were completely booked but managed to somehow accommodate us and move my date for the 24th. The crew was very prompt and arrived early in the morning they did a fantastic job packing my three-bedroom home. They were really professional. I didn’t have to give them any instructions regarding the packing. I like the fact that they were very precise but fast. Once everything was loaded to the truck Mike the foreman went around the house and cleaned and picked up all the extra tape materials and debris. They left my house in top shape. The loading out of Houston did get delayed because of the hurricane and that’s perfectly understandable. All roads were impassable but even with the delay we did get our belongings on schedule in 10 days as promised. Everything arrived good shape. I was really worried that my belongings may have been flooded I made numerous phone calls and Lisa was available during the storm ( they worked from a satellite office) She was able to assure me that they did not flood . All of my possessions arrived in good condition I highly recommend US Van Line To anyone moving cross country. And we will definitely use them again!
My family used king david movers for our move to Ft Lauderdale. The sales rep (John) asked me to give them a review and grade so here it is. First he answered all my questions when we did the phone inventory. The other companies I was talking to didnt ask about stairs or other potential upcharges. I like that they gave us an estimate based on cubic feet instead of weight (nobody came to our house with a scale to weigh our furniture so how would they have a clue as to the weight of our load??) I wasnt excited about paying a deposit, but it was a lot less than most of the companies were asking and John said it was refundable for any reason (and he put that on the contract). The day of the move was ok, but a little stressful. The driver called to say they were running late but they got there about an hour later. The 3 guys that came out were what I expected from any moving company...gruffy but polite and they got the job done in a decent amount of time. The move itself took a little longer than expected (about 15 days) but at least john did his best to keep us updated as well as their customer service people. The delivery crew was different that the ones that picked us up but they were ok as well. They put our stuff in the rooms that they were supposed to and even put our beds back together. There were a few things that got scratched or scuffed but nothing major. Overall it was not a bad experience
What a great crew. Three men came to pack us up in Galveston Texas. The crew were hard working and conscientious. They were careful to show me everything they found dinged, broken, or bent on every piece of furniture before wrapping. They wrapped the HECK out of every piece, nice or not. They made a crate for our two large screen televisions on site. They wrapped stacks of boxes to keep them secure. They brought lots and lots of packing material (included in the cost) and used it all. We had NOT ONE BIT of furniture damage. They had the truck loaded completely in 4 hours, ready to drive to the scales.Lisa , at the office, was always in constant contact, checking in with me on how things were going, eta, etc. Easy to reach and helpful. Cost was a bit high, but that was due to the fact we have more stuff than we thought! (Including a piano, and an addition sectional sofa that we just purchased which they moved so very well.)The delivery was exceptional -This time, only two guys were there—Mark again-- and they were amazing. Moved everything in, assembled all furniture, stacked all the boxes exactly where I asked, and were so careful. They wrapped all of the wooden railings and newels and other woodwork in the house for protection. They packed and cleaned out all of their trash.Hardest working guys I've ever met. HIRE this company.
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!
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.