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[personal profile] rivka
I got quotes from ten moving companies.

One was self-evidently a rogue mover. The quote was in plain text instead of on a quote form, only offered two workers, and required payment in cash. The Better Business Bureau has no record of the "company's" existence.

Six had ratings of D or F from the BBB.

Two had no rating available from the BBB, with a notation that the rating was "under review."

...I guess we're going with the tenth one?

Date: 2011-09-21 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tavella.livejournal.com
Yow. Where'd you get the set of names?

Date: 2011-09-21 04:13 am (UTC)
davidlevine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidlevine
Yipe!

Does the BBB's web site let you search for businesses with high ratings?

Alternatively, you could look for high ratings on Angie's List (subscription required but might be worth the money for a project this important) or Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=movers&ns=1&find_loc=baltimore).

Good luck!

Date: 2011-09-21 04:36 am (UTC)
geekchick: (road trip)
From: [personal profile] geekchick
If they're not one of the companies on your list, J K Moving and Storage handled our recent office move and our office manager says she's used them for her own residential moves and previous office moves with no complaints.

Congrats on the new house (and good luck with the move)!

Date: 2011-09-21 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjlayman.livejournal.com
Yes, I've used them three times -- the original move out here (I will have owned the condo for twenty years on the 30th), taking almost everything out five years ago so I could put laminate down and repaint, and bring all that back.

I've never had problems with them.

(They used to have an office a few blocks from me in Old Town, but they moved further out. My guess is that the warehouse there was too small.)

Date: 2011-09-21 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivka.livejournal.com
I was all delighted to get a personal reference, but it turns out that, per hour, they're more than twice as expensive as every other company I checked with. Yikes.

Date: 2011-09-21 06:25 pm (UTC)
geekchick: (Default)
From: [personal profile] geekchick
Ouch. Yeah, that's a bit of a disincentive there. I saw a Yelp review saying they were on the pricey side, but I didn't see any of the quote for the office move; I just showed up to put my stuff into boxes and then to take it out again on the other side. :)

Date: 2011-09-22 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjlayman.livejournal.com
My condo is 863 sqft and it was $1515.20 for out and in. They packaged everything that went out, but I paid a high school kid to come unpack the books -- he's a fan. You've probably got a lot more than I do.

Date: 2011-09-21 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antonia-tiger.livejournal.com
a href="http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/005609.html">This thread from Making Light came to mind when you mentioned the Better Business Bureau. Can the BBB be relied on: that's the question it raises. Maybe they're more familiar with removals companies than with vanity publishers?

Not even on the same continent, so what do I know, but the company we used was well-known locally. It's maybe a lot easier to judge whether you can trust a personal recommendation.

Date: 2011-09-21 06:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anthologie.livejournal.com
Would Yelp have reviews/listings for movers in your area?

Date: 2011-09-21 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carbonel.livejournal.com
If you'd like me to check on Angie's List for you, I can do that. I recently bought a subscription and haven't actually had a chance to make use of it yet.

Date: 2011-09-21 08:35 am (UTC)
ailbhe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ailbhe
Oooh! Moving companies! If we ever move again we will pay people to help us. How exciting!

Date: 2011-09-21 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madrobin.livejournal.com
Most of the times I've had problems with moving companies, it's been about the billing. The guys who did the work were, for the most part, just fine and dandy.

On my most recent move, I just hired guys off of craigslist and paid cash. (I provided the transit; they just provided the labor.) I'd go that route again -- the premium you pay for a "company" doesn't get you much other than a marketing department that's designed to screw you. Arguably you have more recourse if something goes wrong, but it's probably better to assume the risk on your own.

Here in Boston, $20/hour/guy with a two hour minimum seemed like a fair going rate.

Date: 2011-09-21 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cliosfolly.livejournal.com
I've used movinghelp.com with good success--you can hire packers plus movers or movers only, etc.

Date: 2011-09-21 12:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brainwane (from livejournal.com)
The movingscam.com http://www.movingscam.com fora have a list of recommended companies on the right-hand side of the page, in case that's helpful to you.

Date: 2011-09-21 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naomikritzer.livejournal.com
Angies list. Totally worth the money when you own. Totally.

(Memberships are city-specific, or I'd offer to do a lookup for you.)

Date: 2011-09-21 06:05 pm (UTC)
geekchick: (Default)
From: [personal profile] geekchick
Coincidentally, there's a Baltimore Groupon today for a $16 one-year membership to Angie's List.

Date: 2011-09-21 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naomikritzer.livejournal.com
Hot damn. Rivka, go grab that before it's gone!

Date: 2011-09-22 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kymmz.livejournal.com
I concur with movingscam.com, they really helped me avoid being taken in my recent cross-country move.

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