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Old 05-19-20, 09:53 AM
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Any major moving company recommendations or tips for long distance move?

Will be moving ~ 8 hours away and ultimately decided on just hiring movers instead of the uhaul route. Apparently there are those major companies like atlas, united, and others like 2 men and a truck. Some companies can do direct and others can be offered as a flex or value package which may take a few days. Any thoughts on what to look out for when hiring movers as far as cost, timeline, having people come to your place first to estimate, etc. I think some companies do a flat fee and others are estimations until time to pay. Hoping to spend under 2 grand.
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Yeah, don't let them move your bikes... they tend to be a bit rough on metal objects... which is how the see bikes... "metal things."

We ended up with some paint scratches, a broken mike stand, broken brake lever, and a broken plant stand. All metal.

Sure, you can make claims... but if you consider it "special" it won't be replaced. (The plant stand was an antique cast metal... in their eyes, "old," in the wife's eyes, "special")
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Chech and Chong Moving Company . I’m not sure I’ve always rented a Penske truck and bribed friends with beer and bar b q. But this wasn’t a 2,000 mile move. Though it felt like it getting away from annoying relatives and nutty neighbors.
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Background: I work in the aviation industry, known far and wide for stupid business decisions that often lead to layoffs.

Just since 2011, I have moved from Wichita, KS to Seattle, WA to Medford OR, to Tucson AZ, to Layton UT.

RJ Burton Moving services moved us from Wichita to Seattle, when Boeing was paying for the move. When I moved (layoffs...) from Seattle to Medford, I used them again, when it was my choice (the new company only gave a fixed amount for moving, but I got to choose the movers). I also used them from Medford to Tucson, when I was paying for it myself.

While they aren't quite the cheapest, they are definitely competitively priced, and I had great experience with their customer service. They didn't ask any questions about the couple of items that got damaged, and promptly either replaced them, or wrote a check for the cash value.

They are nationwide. If you want some direct contact details, PM me.
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I moved from WI to SC in 2011. My new employer ponied up for the move costs. Allied Van Lines moved my stuff. I transported my bikes, dogs, and a few other high value (to me) items. Allied smooshed my dryer, but it still worked. I did get some $ back for that. Would I use them again? Maybe, but I'd do as others have alluded to. Transport "precious" items yourself if possible.
When I moved back to WI a year later I rented a Penske truck + trailer for my car. It was a shatload of work, but I spent ~1/3 as compared to Allied or similar.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Yeah, don't let them move your bikes... they tend to be a bit rough on metal objects... which is how the see bikes... "metal things."

We ended up with some paint scratches, a broken mike stand, broken brake lever, and a broken plant stand. All metal.

Sure, you can make claims... but if you consider it "special" it won't be replaced. (The plant stand was an antique cast metal... in their eyes, "old," in the wife's eyes, "special")

​​​​​​​You have a mike stand on your bike? Was that you on the tricycle?

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Under two grand and 8 hours away isn't even going to get the two men and a truck unless you own nearly nothing. I might suggest you revisit the Ryder truck and consider pickup some labor from the Home Depot. Early times are best.


I actually used that group to move across town a several years back. It was pretty close to, but over 2K as I recall. We had some really big furniture that there was no way in hell I was getting down the steps. All in all the did a good job. There was not enough damaged to file a claim, and I think this is fairly routine in a move done by anyone. Things are going to get banged up. The only aspect that upset me was, and it took me about a year to find, that they took a brown marker and covered up some fairly significant damage to a few pieces of furniture. With all that was going on it was easily missed and didn't show till the marker faded.

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Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
You have a mike stand on your bike? Was that you on the tricycle?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bWVBuxvpHg
No, just saying, they treated the bikes like all the other "metal things..." or like the typical BSO in the back of most garages. That was a mistake on my part... Remember, to about 98% of Americans, bikes are toys. To us few, they are precious objects.

Of course the killer answer to your question is... What, you DON'T have a mike stand on your bike!
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
No, just saying, they treated the bikes like all the other "metal things..." or like the typical BSO in the back of most garages. That was a mistake on my part... Remember, to about 98% of Americans, bikes are toys. To us few, they are precious objects.

Of course the killer answer to your question is... What, you DON'T have a mike stand on your bike!
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I used 2 men and a truck for a local business move and they were ok. Afterwards someone told me they mainly hire ex cons. I don't know if that's true or not, but it may matter to you if they do long distance moving.
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Be very careful and read the terms of the "flex" package type of move. Basically, what they do is wait until they get enough to go in that direction and then they go. Make sure they have a delivery by date included or you might not see your stuff for a month.
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Seeing as how the post was in May, I am guessing OP got this worked out.
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
Seeing as how the post was in May, I am guessing OP got this worked out.
Oh yeah, after a quote for $4,000+ dollars I literally laughed on the phone.

Went and hired local movers for just labor, around $200 for move out and move in (with tip) and then payed for a Penske for a few hundred bucks. Overall SUPER easy. Barely moved a muscle and spent well under a grand.
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That's a good tip right there, I'll have to remember that for next time
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I'm for using local labor from HD, feed them, treat them well and give em a fair wage and they'll move plenty and move it all into pods. What I really liked about using pods was that I could build shelves inside that I could screw to the 4x4s that make up the frame work. Don't know if you shouldn't but they never complained. Just put the heaviest bins on the floor, added a rudimentary shelf and another couple layers of bins. Really stacked the pod floor to ceiling with nothing getting crushed. Just keep the batteries charged on the screw gun and saw.
With 5 kids now riding and everything else I'll need an extra pod just for the bikes, really I'll hang the bikes from the ceiling and put the wood shop underneath.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
Be very careful and read the terms of the "flex" package type of move. Basically, what they do is wait until they get enough to go in that direction and then they go. Make sure they have a delivery by date included or you might not see your stuff for a month.
This is exactly what I've faced while my first movement. Afterwards I was very careful with terms and conditions.
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Long distance move would be tough for under $2,000. I think even renting a uhaul would cost more than that if you're going across the country with a normal houseload of stuff. I would personally avoid those flex/value packages unless you have a really open schedule to deal with whatever timeframe they end up giving you. The problem is that it allows them to continually delay the delivery of your stuff while they handle other more time sensitive moves they need to do. Flat fee may be hard to find for long distance, but you can get something called a "not to exceed" estimate, which is what we did when we moved a couple years ago. I would definitely prefer a mover to come to the house before the estimate, otherwise they're just taking a shot in the dark and the price could go up substantially (it's usually based on weight, not the size of your house.) For what it's worth, I used this company https://threemenandatruck.net/ and they were pretty affordable and easy to work with.

Edit: Sorry, didn't realize this was from last year.

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Originally Posted by Bradbikes View Post
Long distance move would be tough for under $2,000. I think even renting a uhaul would cost more than that if you're going across the country with a normal houseload of stuff. I would personally avoid those flex/value packages unless you have a really open schedule to deal with whatever timeframe they end up giving you. The problem is that it allows them to continually delay the delivery of your stuff while they handle other more time sensitive moves they need to do. Flat fee may be hard to find for long distance, but you can get something called a "not to exceed" estimate, which is what we did when we moved a couple years ago. I would definitely prefer a mover to come to the house before the estimate, otherwise they're just taking a shot in the dark and the price could go up substantially (it's usually based on weight, not the size of your house.) For what it's worth, I used this company https://threemenandatruck.net/ and they were pretty affordable and easy to work with.

Edit: Sorry, didn't realize this was from last year.
It was still a good learning experience and getting a uhaul/penske was super easy as well as setting up local labor to move everything. Also depends on who is footing the bill...say your job for relocation expenses vs. out of pocket
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Not sure....maybe he used the "Flex" package and is still waiting.
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