Anyone who has moved, please comment!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> We're looking for a moving company to load our stuff and take it halfway across the country...
When I moved, I was in a situation where I wasn't moving everything, so I just sent my boxes via USPS.<br><br>
I did, however, have my car moved. If you have to consider having a vehicle moved, I used Able Auto Transport. They came to the house, picked up the car, put it on a car hauler (like you see going down the highway). They hauled it to Seattle, put it on a barge and barged it to Anchorage where it went on another car hauler for the ride to Fairbanks. In Fairbanks, they dropped the car off at the local Subaru dealer (they were making a delivery there, and it was cheaper for me to pick it up there).<br><br>
So if you're moving a car (and you're not going to drive it for the move), you might consider that.
I do not reccommend: me and my brothers.<br><br>
I have used this service several times.<br><br>
They keep getting slower.<br><br>
And they bitch more than they used to.<br><br>
payment is usually cheap though, beer.
When I moved I called 3 companies and had quotes from all three....<br><br>
I found out that some price by volume...others by weight.<br><br>
It will be cheaper if you pack yourself. I had them pack the mirrors and big pictures, though. It was easier.<br>
If you can get a firm delivery date, that helps.<br><br>
I also paid less when they shipped my stuff as freight instead of household goods. I had to give a little on the delivery date, but it was worth it for me.<br><br>
My mom's tips about moving.....<br>
Use BIG colored markers for the boxes that have kitchen stuff, and Bedroom stuff. It's easier to mark them that way as they leave the house...then put them in the right rooms when you get to the new place.<br>
Completely unpack the kitchen first (not a big deal for me, but it is for my mom)....that way, you can at least eat on your own dishes.<br>
Let kids of coloring age color on the boxes while the movers are working......non coloring kids....you're on your own!! lol<br>
Take a supply of paper products for the first meal or two, just in case the dishes can't be found right away.
National van lines can be challenging to understand. Some agents are good and some aren't so good - not all offices are created equal!<br><br>
I would suggest looking for a company that has reputable agents where you are moving from and moving to. The local agent will usually supply the packers and/or helpers for loading and unloading. I would suggest getting a guaranteed estimate (if they underestimated weight or volume, it is not your problem) and make sure you understand the insurance (and purchase enough).
Most recently I sorta moved myself.<br><br>
My cleaning lady packed. I paid local movers to load a rental truck. I drove the rental truck. Then, paid local movers on the other end to unload. I saved myself somewhere in the neighborhood of three grand. Driving the truck wasn't that bad.