Don's Home Services Movers
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They load - They drive; You load - They drive, You load - You drive
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A 4+ bedroom house would be 1,600 - 2,200 cu ft; 8,000 - 15,000 lbs
  • Moving Services - Will pack and load/unload.
    8-16 days. Depends on how many people are sharing truck.
    Most consolidate smaller moves onto a 18 wheeler (53 ft 45,000 lbs, 3,800 cu ft)
    If you're going east coast to west coast you will probably be first in last out so it will take longer.
  • You Load We Drive You Save - Self Serve Moving | MovingPlace.com
    They use 28' trucks (2,000 cu ft) for most orders
  • PODS - uPack - Provide containers you pack yourself they will move and or store them.
    11 calendar days from pickup to drop-off
    allow you 30 days to unload.
  • Freight Companies - You usually have to pack and may need to crate or palletize yourself and you may have to load yourself. Some will pack for you. An estimate from a freight company including packing of some things (required) was $3,300
    See freight below.
  • Delivery services - Post Office, UPS, FedEx - usually for smaller shipments.
Costs:
$0.75 - $1.35 / lb $4.50 - $6 / cu ft A rule of thumb is 7 lbs / cu ft 1' books (6x9") = 16 lbs = 43 lbs / cu ft They may add costs for supplies, tape, shrink wrap, ... Pads are usually included in the cost. It cost me $60 for tape in shipping 600 cu ft of furniture and boxes. (I already had mos of the boxes taped with ) Cross Country Typical: Winter $4.25-$5.40/lb, Spring $5 - $6/lb, Summer $6-7/lb See Long Distance Moving Cost Guide | Cross Country Move Checklist Movers: Best Moving Companies of 2016 - Reviews.com Bekins 800-456-8092, 877-995-2936 Bekins Agents Total Relocation Services 718 477­5968 New York Bekins-Sea/Cure Moving Co.Manalapan, NJ BBB A+ Allstates Worldwide Movers, Inc.Ridgewood, Rrooklyn NY (718) 381-2200 A+ my Bekins Hanover Twp, PA (877) 594-1187 A+ Atlas 800-638-9797 North American Van Lines 855-262-0557 Simonik (Allied) http://www.simonikmoves.com/ (732) 595-4096 Easy St
Prices: Move from Martinsville, NJ to Davis, CA
Bekins (I told them 1 bdrm)
              Low End  High End
Base Price     $2,795	$3,975
 	
Optional Services	
Partial Packing  $366     $565 
Full Packing	 $610     $942
Replacement 
  Valuation      $235     $335

Simonik (Allied) $2,700

Shetler-Derby (Atlas)  2bdrm $5,360

Transit Systems Inc (TSI) - Freight
Furniture 3 pieces 285 lbs - Pick up and prepare  $1,667
25 Boxes 1,000 lbs   at the curb                  $1,212
 Total                                            $2,879
 

PODS  2 sizes for long distance moves
7x7x8' =   390 cu ft  $2,567 1 room
16x8x8   1,024 cu ft

u-Pack which is like Pods but smaller  6x7x8 (336 cu ft)
  will ship in 6-8 business days for $2,400
  2 helpers 2 hrs $412
Shipper Volume Cost per cu ft
Post office 3.2 $107.00 $33
UPS 3.2 $190.00 $59
FedEx 3.2 $246.00 $77
PODS 390 $2,567.00 $7
U-Pack 336 $2,400.00 $7
Bekins 600 $2,800.00 $5
Bekins 600 $4,000.00 $7
Atlas 750 $5,400.00 $7
Freight 400 2879 $7
See estimates below

Freight: Pallet or skid size 48" x 48" is the standard according to ShipNorthAmerica.com FedEx prefers Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).standard 40" by 48" FedEx Express® and FedEx Home Delivery® limits height to 70" A 48x40 pallet 70" high is 77 cf (540 lbs) The lowest price is not always the best value. Sometimes, paying more up front can avoid additional costs later on. By using a freight broker, you might pay a higher initial cost, but often times they are an excellent investment further down the line of your shipment, or if/when something goes wrong.

Freight Class Explained - A Guide to Understanding LTL Freight Class | FreightPros


Volume estimate:
From U-Haul Truck Rentals: Moving Trucks, Pickups & Cargo Vans and 
 We Help! - Cincinnati Moving Company
9 days (add gas, meals and lodging)
Studio Appartment, Dorm    10' truck   400 cu ft  < 2,800 lbs   $1,957
Apartment up to 2 bdrms    15' truck   750 cu ft  < 6,400 lbs   $2,128
Home up to 2 bdrms         17' truck   865 cu ft  < 6,000 lbs
Home 2-3 bdrms             20' truck 1,015-1,450 cu ft  < 6,000 $2,340
Home large apt. 3-4 bdrms  26' truck 1,415 cu ft < 6,500 lbs
4+ bedrooms                26' truck 1,610 cu ft < 7,400 lbs    $2,447

U-haul trailer
4x8  Inside dimensions 8'1" x 4'1" x 4' (LxWxH) = 132 cf 
 850 lbs empty - Max load 1,650 lbs.
Must have 1-7/8" or, 2" hitch ball (2,000 lbs. minimum)
$468 NJ to CA Xerox paper boxes 18 x 12 x 11 = 1.4 cf 8 boxes x 3x5 = 120 boxes (@ 7#/cf = 1176 lbs) Medium boxes 18 x 18 x 17 (3.1 cf) 5 boxes x 3x4 = 60 boxes (1260 lbs) plus 1' on the side Small boxes 16x12x12 (1.3 cf) Nieces move 2bed/3bath - 1200 cu ft See also Moving Truck Size Wizard - Penske Truck Rental Estimates for my move about 400-500 cu ft 3,000 lbs Large movers Allied, Bekins, Mayflower, United, Atlas go thru agents and charge by weight. About $1.30 per lb Independent movers charge by volume $4.80 - 5.65 per cu ft Moving Truck Size Wizard - Penske Truck Rental med box 18x18x17 = 3.4 cu ft 30 lbs large box 18x18x24 = 4.5 cu ft 42 lbs Use the Weight Calculator to Help You Estimate Your Moving Budget | movers.com Shipment Size Calculator

Best Moving Companies for 2016 - ConsumerAffairs There have been questions as to whether Consumer Affairs raises ratings of companies who pay. They have been sued because of biased ratings. ConsumerAffairs now displays whether a company is a member of its accreditation services (ie. they pay), with small print atop nonpaying company review pages and in a large shield logo for paying members.) See Who is ConsumerAffairs.com Really Advocating For? | Truth In Advertising 1-5 score (num of reviews) American Van Lines(855) 534-5598 4.5 (993) Top service areas FL, NC, TX None of their locations in North Carolina were rated by the BBB Other National movers, (NorthAmerican, Bekins, United, Mayflower, Atlas). only got a score of 1 - 1.2 with fewer reviews, 98-189, compared to 993 for American. There's something fishy going on there.

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last updated 5 May 2017