Anyone have experience with hiring movers?

IllIlIllIllIllIIl

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Military moved me whenever it was time, now I need to move my own ass. Probably going to hire movers, anyone have experience?
 

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Last move I did was 1200 miles and PODS didn't have delivery service at the destination...so I had to go with a pro-mover company. I used Atlas Van Lines. 3 bedroom house (1 room was empty), not a lot of items...I think it was about 20 boxes plus another 45 items they moved. I boxed everything I could up, the rest was larger furniture/lawn care/etc...Cost was around $4,500 for Atlas. I loaded two vehicles up, and pulled one on a trailer behind me. It was two weeks from Atlas loading, to Atlas unloading.
 

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Last move I did was 1200 miles and PODS didn't have delivery service at the destination...so I had to go with a pro-mover company. I used Atlas Van Lines. 3 bedroom house (1 room was empty), not a lot of items...I think it was about 20 boxes plus another 45 items they moved. I boxed everything I could up, the rest was larger furniture/lawn care/etc...Cost was around $4,500 for Atlas. I loaded two vehicles up, and pulled one on a trailer behind me. It was two weeks from Atlas loading, to Atlas unloading.
Thank's for that.
 

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I used thumbtack.com. The quotes for my move started rolling in after a few hours and I was able to browse some reviews as the quotes came in.
 

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If you pack up everything first, you can probably use a service like Labor Ready to hire a couple of people at departure and destination to load and then unload everything for a few hundred bucks each time. Ship a pod or 2 and/or drive a U-Haul yourself. Will be a lot cheaper than "movers".

Name changed since I worked for a company who hired daily workers from Labor Ready....it's now People Ready and they have branches all over the country. Workforce Staffing Solutions | PeopleReady
 

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Moved to my initial facility about 2500 miles away and had to let my wife take charge while I was in OKC. They packed everything and nothing was broken but it was by weight (3BR) and they underestimated... turned from like $7k to $8k. I was livid.

Looking at pods for our next move, same distance, and they’re $3500. Pack rat was $3000 (pro tip: tell them you’re not ready to book and they’ll knock off $400 immediately. Free cancellation). 2 moving companies quoted me in the $6500 range. I plan to use a pack rat and then pull a trailer ($300 for a 4x8) if we can’t fit everything. UHaul has free cancellation up to the prior day so just gonna have the packrat come a day earlier. Will also find local movers that charge roughly $300 to pack it well. And cuz, fuck it, I’m lazy.
FWIW, a 20’ UHaul plus a car dolly was $1600 but I’d rather not pull a car behind a 20 footer.

Best of luck with the move. Shits not cheap
 

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Check out Upack. It's essentially ABF the freight company but they work with people that move too. I had a 28ft trailer dropped off at my place on the west coast. They gave me 5 or 7 days to load it, they pick it up and drive it to where you are moving and again give you 5 days or so to unload.

Then I just tossed the kids in my truck and did a road trip at my leisure. Total cost to the east coast was 3k.
 

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Appreciate it lads. I got some insight on Reddit too. Maybe I'll rent a uhaul for like a day or hour, whatever they cost, and see if I can actually drive something that big.
 

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Appreciate it lads. I got some insight on Reddit too. Maybe I'll rent a uhaul for like a day or hour, whatever they cost, and see if I can actually drive something that big.
It's not as bad as you think. I rented a 16 footer and towed a car behind it and never had any issues. The only part that sucked was the speed governor.
 

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Another option I found through google I never considered: Amtrak. Can’t move everything ... basically boxes up to 3x3x3... but up to 500lbs per person per day. My quote was $105 for first 100 lbs plus .95/lb so not cost efficient, but I’d read some people say they were as low as .50/lb. Could be an option for someone.
 

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I paid 2 dudes 100 bucks (total) to carry my stuff from my 3rd floor apartment to a uhual. Helped them to make it quicker. About 25 minutes.
 

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Check out Upack. It's essentially ABF the freight company but they work with people that move too. I had a 28ft trailer dropped off at my place on the west coast. They gave me 5 or 7 days to load it, they pick it up and drive it to where you are moving and again give you 5 days or so to unload.

Then I just tossed the kids in my truck and did a road trip at my leisure. Total cost to the east coast was 3k.
This is what I used to move from Idaho to Georgia
 

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I packed whatever I could into my car and sold the rest. Pretty much showed up to my new apartment with my clothes and books.
 

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Don't use UHaul pods took an act of God to get my stuff back
 
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I am not looking forward to moving again. Paying for it and all that sounds terrible. I don’t mind doing the move my self but I dunno if I could fit all my stuff in the largest U-Haul but I’ll make it work
 

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Not sure if any of you have family or friends able to help. My brother helped me on my last move...all I had to spend money on was gas, Uhaul, and the food.
 

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Don't use UHaul pods took an act of God to get my stuff back
I’ve had almost the exact opposite experience. I’ve used them twice for cross country moves, and the second time I used it as a storage unit for 6 months afterwards. Always easy to use, load, and they were on time. Expensive (both moves were about halfway across the country and cost ~$2k for two boxes), but it worked.
 

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If you are moving a long distance, I would highly recommend using upack. I used it twice, cross country and have nothing but good things to say. My suggestion above for thumbtack.com was what I used for local movers. With upack you can have it delivered door to door or terminal to terminal. Terminal to terminal is much cheaper usually. It was cheap enough that I was able to hire local movers to move my stuff from my door to the terminal for the same price as having it delivered by upack door to door.
 
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