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Every step of the process was handled professionally, and I was very pleased with all aspects of the move. I got estimates from two other companies, and all prices were within 10%.
While I packed 90% of the 750+ items myself, the move was complicated in that my hillside home in San
“Bill” the driver, and his assistant, “
My SD home has a steep/long driveway, and despite the heat, the crew never complained as they busted their butts for almost 10 hours. (They seemed genuinely surprised and pleased by the $50 tips at the end of the day; believe me they earned every cent). I was also pleased that the crew carefully tidied-up before leaving. There was no damage (dings & scratches) to my home, which was closing escrow the next day.
The driver communicated with me daily by cell phone, to indicate his progress and status, and he arrived right on schedule in Seattle the fifth day. Unloading in Seattle, again requiring a shuttle, also went smoothly. I had the easy part, as I simply sat in a chair and noted the condition of every item as unloaded, and reconciled them with the shipping inventory (bill-of-lading).
Now, for the highlights of my experience:
There were no
There were no missing items, despite the fact that my shipment shared a trailer (partial load) that went from Los
Bellevue, WA, before arrival at my home (all of this had been explained to me before loading day).
There do not appear to be any damaged items. Again, I did 90% of the packing, and now 4-days later, with most boxes unpacked, I haven’t found any damaged items. The very expensive and delicate items (big screen TV’s, computer systems, antique furniture), which Allied boxed/crated, were undamaged.
Long distance moving is one of life’s most stressful events. The people at Allied/Atlas (Poway) made the process far less stressful. Based on my experience, I would HIGHLY recommend them for a long-distance, interstate move.
Based on the sticker on the trailer, I can see why Allied named this Poway franchise: “Agent of the Year - 2013.”
For the move in,
I have used them in the past for other moves and will continue to do so.
About a month ago, I saw this deal on Angie's List for 3 movers for 3 hours from
The day before Aug 1, I received a message that my movers would arrive between 8 and 10am - annoying to have a window since I had work to do that day but I could make it work, after all, I was planning on them being done after 2 hours.
At 8:30am on August 1st, I received a call from one of the movers to let me know that one of the movers had called in sick and they were waiting on another to arrive and would then be on their way. All 3 arrived at 9:45am. They did not give me any paperwork to sign at this point but did remind me that it would be $125 an hour if the move went over the 3 hours. They then all expressed how happy they were that this was going to be an easy move with not a lot of stuff.
I had all of my belongings packed in boxes and neatly lined up and ready to go. My doorway was directly in front of a small stair case of 6 stairs but they were just stacking the boxes up on a dolly and rolling it down the stairs rather than carrying the boxes so that shouldn't have slowed them down. About 45min in, one of the movers disappeared. A mover who was sitting on my living room floor taking a break explained he had gone to throw up and wasn't feeling well. They all continuously took breaks. I should have said something but didn't want to be cruel as I wasn't doing any of the lifting. I never imagined I would be charged for their time to recuperate or vomit. Finally the truck was loaded at noon. They said they wanted to stop at the store and but some drinks and they weren't feeling well. They asked me where the nearest store was. I said there was one 2 blocks down as well as a 7/11 in my building we would be driving to. I took off in my car. They showed up an hour later. It took me 12 minutes to drive there. They parked in the loading zone right in front of the entrance to my building. From there it is a straight shot to the elevators about 25 ft away. My apartment is right when you get off the elevators on the 8th floor. The elevators were not being used by other tenants since it was the middle of a workday.
They unloaded at an extremely slow pace and became obvious that they were not feeling well and trying to move slower by asking where to place EVERY SINGLE TRIVIAL ITEM - JUST PUT THE RED VASE DOWN! They told me there was no way they could fit my couch in thru my hallway. I explained that the previous tenant had the same size couch as me and got it in. They offered to do me a "favor" and "take my [extremely expensive
They FINALLY finished unloading everything at 2:45pm. My couch was left in my hallway. At 3:15 one of the movers showed up with paperwork (and tried to charge me for the 30 min he had supposedly been doing paperwork). He had me sign a few papers and then had me sign one that he said he had "forgot" to show me up front that stated my move would not exceed his quote of $1200!!! $1200 to move a 1 bedroom apartment which has cost me $300 with 5 different companies in the past?! If I had seen that upfront I would have told them to get out and would have called another company -it would have been clear that they were going to take their time and rip me off. He then gave me a bill which I disputed with him. I told him that this move should have taken 2 hours, 3 at the absolute most and shouldn't have to pay for their breaks and vomiting. We argued about it and I finally paid an additional $424.89 (in addition to the $279 I had already paid thru Angie's List) to get him out of my apartment.
At this point, it was 3:45pm. The point of hiring professional movers was to have my entire apartment moved in the morning so I could go back to work in the afternoon. This move wasted my entire day. My dad came over that evening and he and I (keep in mind that I am a 5'3", 110lb woman) moved my couch into the living room without damaging the walls or the couch....or hiring a crane. This was the couch the movers left in my hallway and tried to get me to give them.
The 3 movers were all extremely polite and personable, however that doesn't justify taking over 6 hours to move a 1 bedroom apartment with 3 movers, when it has always taken 3 hours with 2 movers 5 times in the past.
I have filed a dispute with my credit card company and they are reaching out to the company for me. I don't feel that I should pay for anything over 3 hours. I will also let Angie's List know and see what they can do about it. I will update my review with regards to how the company handles this.
The old apartment was on the second floor and they had stairs to contend with. The new apartment had an elevator and the unit was a fair distance from the elevator. They never complained. They never stopped working. It was an even pace from start to finish. While they tried their best to do the move within the three hour deal I purchased it was not possible. When we got to the new apartment one elevator was broken and someone within the building was moving out. The circumstances slowed the process but the movers kept going.
I did have to pay for two hours of service over the three hour deal. Each hour cost me an additional $150. Some insurance was included. When I originally called to set up the date I requested a morning move and was told they would try but could not promise. When I called a few weeks later to confirm they said they saw the request for a morning move and would try but could not promise. The movers called me at 7:15AM to say they would be to my place by 8AM! It was in that call they asked if I needed wardrobes, special packing, packing services.
I would use this company again for moving services.
8Byron & loaded into my storage unit!! They moved me fast and were like professional Tetris players when it came to allocating the space in storage! I under estimated how much stuff had to fit into the storage unit, it was tight but they got it all in for me.
Never again will I think about moving myself, I'll just call
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