movers CA to PA

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  1. water112

    water112 Member

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    Hi everyone...I might be going to PCOM or LECOM's post bacc programs...haven't decided which one. I'm mostly concerned with the actual move. Due to my work schedule, I may not be able to drive there, so I was wondering if any one can recommend movers/moving companies that are decently priced. Also, what was your experience with the whole process? Hassle-free? Expensive? Any suggestion or advice is greatly appreciated.

    thanks.....water
     
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  3. David511

    David511 Ponch's Illegitimate Son

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    Water,

    Well, first I guess I should wish you good luck. Moving across country is a life-defining experience...the change in culture can give you great introspect into your life. I did the move from LA to the right coast a couple years ago...and hey, I'm still standing! ;p Seriously tho, besides the weather-thing (man, I have a serious vitamin D deficiency right now) the east is a pretty cool place. And while I can't give you any information regarding moving, feel free to email me if you have any questions on Philly or PCOM.

    Best regards,
     
  4. Maran

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    I have used movers to relocate cross-country three times (Florida to Minnesota, Minnesota to New York, New York to Florida) and used a different mover each time. The most recent move was only a few months ago, and I researched a bunch of alternatives at the time, so maybe my experience will help.

    First Move: (Florida to Minnesota) I used Mayflower as the mover. The driver was an independant contractor rather than a company employee. He had loading assistance from the Mayflower office on pick-up, but was on his own for delivery. So he hired someone for an hour (said at college towns he usually just finds a student.) Delivery happened when they said it would, but they dropped a piece of furniture down a flight of stairs and I was never able to get any compensation for it, despite having full insurance! The move cost over $1,000 despite the fact that I didn't have that much stuff (minimum move in 1995) and this was only a temporary move for school. If I had it to do over again, I'd have left anything I couldn't part with with friends or family, shipped what I absolutely needed, and picked up thrift-store funirture for the 2 years I was in MN.

    Second Move: (Minnesota to New York) At the time, I thought this might be a permanent relocation, and by then I had so many must-keep academic books that shipping them was becoming cost-prohibitive. So I went with Allied Movers. In 1997 it cost almost $1300 (or would have if they had delivered on time -- they didn't.) They missed their delivery window by TWO WEEKS!!! :mad: First, they told me the driver's truck broke down, they they said he had a broken axel that was taking time to replace -- this may have been true, but I found out from the driver that the main reason for the delay was that he had been re-routed for a "priority delivery" for a professor relocating to Harvard that delayed my delivery for over a week. (I guess some customers are more equal than others at Allied.)
    :mad: :mad: :mad:
    So rather than being able to upack before starting a PhD program, I was living out of suitcase with one pot and one pan to use in the kitchen -- and then, just when the gradschool insanity started, I had to skip a day of classes to accept delivery from the movers and then live in a forest of boxes, unpacking as I had time. I was not happy.

    This brings me to move number three: (New York to Florida) This is definately my final cross-country location. I am in Florida to stay. And by 2001 I had accumulated enough stuff to no longer be a "minimum move." I investigated several other moving options -- like using the "pod" system where you load and unload yourself into a storage pod which is then loaded onto a truck for moving, doing a Rental with a trailer for my car, etc. It turns out that Atlas van lines was cost competetive (and let me pick up used packing boxed from their office at no charge,) so I went with a professional mover again. They were great.
    I needed to reschedule my pick-up on the day it was originally scheduled -- not a problem, no extra cost. I needed pick-up just before and drop off just after the Christmas/New Years holidays -- not a problem. They stayed in touch with me through the entire move. They delivered on time. They let me know what time the pick-up and delivery would take place so I didn't have to sit around all day waiting for them. Of the three cross-country moves, it was the only one that went well. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

    So my advice and recommendation: Consider the costs of insurance, shipping, loading & unloading (unless you can do it yourself) and whether or not you need to move a vehicle or plan to drive it yourself (which I did all 3 times.)

    I would use Atlas again, but I would also ask up-front if the driver was employed directly by the company or was an independant contractor. I would want to know how they keep in touch with the driver and make sure the driver would contact me in advance of both pick-up and delivery. I would ask about whether they guarantee their delivery window and what their policy is if they miss it for any reason.

    Other advise: Start packing way in advance. Stay organized. Lable and inventory each box. Plan in advance for anxiety attacks :p

    Good luck on your move. BTW, I really like Pennsylvania. I lived outside of Philly for many years, almost did my undergrad in Pittsburg, and spent many childhood vacations throughout the state.

    Maran
     
  5. water112

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    Hey guys...thanks for the advice. Maran, sorry that you had to go through the bad experiences :( . I've been looking online and some companies have sent me free quotes, but my God, it's so expensive. Arggg. I have a few months to plan and save money; hopefully I'll get there in one piece. Meanwhile, back to the daily grind.

    water
     

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