Post # 1
So DH and I are moving cross-country this summer (NY/NJ to AZ), and I know that quite a few of you have had to do long distance moves in the past. For those who did a long distance domestic move, what moving company did you use? Was it a good choice? Right now DH and I are looking at PODS, but it’s rather expensive. A colleague of mine used Velocity, which we will look into as well, but I was hoping to get some other suggestions so we can shop around.
Unfortunately, getting a Uhaul and moving our stuff ourselves is not an option as DH is post-op, and it’s just the two of us. We’ll spend the money to have someone move our stuff for us – we just don’t want to be stupid about it.
Your input is appreciated!
Post # 2
I’m also really interested in what people have to say to this. I’m trying to plan a move soon as well.
MrsNewDay: have you looked at UHaul’s version of the moving pods? They’re the cheapest quote I’ve managed to get so far. I have never used them, though, so I can’t give any reviews. http://www.uhaul.com/UBox/
Post # 3
I’ve heard POD is the best way to go.
Post # 4
Pods are the cheapest options I’ve seen or used (we’ve done two Canada-US moves and did a lot of research both times). The first time we used a moving company which was absolutely terrible. The second time we used U-Pack (same concept as PODS) and it was a breeze. The downside to using the self-packed Pods/U-Packs/U-Boxes is that you are responsible if things break because you’re doing the packing. Despite this, we had nothing broken in our U-Pack box and a LOT broken/lost/mishandled with our moving company and significant problems with their employees and additional charges.
Post # 6
We strongly considered pods but when we factored in labor and everything else, we decided to use a full service mover. It really depends on how much you have to move. We also considered a haul but the cost of gas and time off work made that one not work for us, either.
For our move from CA to IL we used Atlas moving company at the recommendation of a friend who had used them. They were very nice, reasonably priced, and actually arrived a few days ahead of schedule. In all, it took about a week and a little over $2k for our things to arrive!
Their website is atlasvanlines.com and they do free quotes.
Post # 7
We used Allied Van Lines. They were mostly good. The movers were friendly and efficient, and all our stuff arrived at its destination intact. That last bit’s what’s most important, if you ask me!
The problem was that they called me two days before the planned move and told me they had to pick up my stuff a day earlier than planned, so I had to stay up all night frantically packing for them to arrive the very next day. They promised that they’d still be dropping it off on the other end on the planned date…until after they’d loaded everything onto the truck. Then they told me they’d be dropping it off a day early, too. So I had to cancel everything I had planned for the day in between, miss saying goodbye to people it was really important for me to say goodbye to (a 10-year-old student who I’d planned to say goodbye to that day called me crying three times during my cross country drive!), and hightail it to my new state a day early. It was very stressful and upsetting at the time.
Post # 8
We used ABF, you pack a trailer how ever much you want ,they charge by size you eat up in the trailer, and then in I believe it was 4 days it was dropped off in our driveway. I would have like to use a POD because with ABF you had to take your stuff to their facility, but our street was too narrow to fit a POD and no driveway where we used to live. I loved it, you have a few days to unload it too.
Post # 9
MrsNewDay: Let me just warn you… I moved once, it was great. The 2nd move, total disaster.
A) they used a sub-contractor which I didn’t know about and they super sucked
B) when they FINALLY arrived with our stuff, they tried to get more $$ out of me than originally agreed on just like I read movers sometimes try to do
It’s been awhile, but I think I had signed a closed contract (as opposed to open) and that meant they couldn’t charge me anything above what they said i was going to owe on the receiving end. Did that make sense?? He literally tried to get $1000 more out of me. And serioulsy, had I not done that they would’ve held my stuff hostage for the extra. Very common, just be aware.