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Old 09-07-2006, 04:41 PM   #1
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What things did you wish someone would have told you to do or not do? I'm looking at moving to California or New York City. I would be having movers move my stuff, and I would just fly in. But I have heard horror stories of movers screwing you over etc. Also, what is the best way to moves pets with the least amount of trauma etc?
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:02 PM   #2
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I just did this and I'll give you some advice I wish I had known before I moved. I also had movers move my stuff (company paid FTW). What my movers did, and what most do is inventory everything as they pack it. They will number every single item and put a brief description on the paper. Also on the paper next to each item, they put codes for the current condition of the item. If they pack an old chair that was chewed on by your dog, they will note it so you can't claim it. With my move, they put some sort of dented, scratched, dinged code on almost everything, including a dining room table set that was less than two weeks old. Then before they leave your house you are supposed to sign the paper, which means you acknowledge that XXX items are in the condition that they marked them. Of course, even in our small 2 bedroom townhouse we had about 190 items, and the descriptions are written in chicken scratch so I signed it. Plus I didn't realize there were codes and stuff noting the condition. So they are giving me a bunch of crap when I claimed they broke or dented a couple things. So look over stuff a little bit and get the notations on the important stuff right before they leave. Don't let them pull that crap.

As far as pets, I drove from PA to ID in a Jeep Cherokee with my wife and 3 cats in the car, each in separate carriers. Believe it or not they didn't pee or crap once in their cage, and 3 of the days were 12 hour days in the car. As for flying them, you can carry on one small carrier for either a dog or a cat. During the summer the airlines put an embargo on putting pets in the cargo area because of hot temperatures if they happen to sit on the runway for a while or something. If you have more than 1 animal or a large animal, chances are you should be driving, or get rid of the animal before you leave.
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:10 PM   #3
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Then before they leave your house you are supposed to sign the paper, which means you acknowledge that XXX items are in the condition that they marked them.
Please elaborate more on your current porn collection.
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:11 PM   #4
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www.upack.com

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It's how I'm getting all my crap to Colorado
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:12 PM   #5
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Avoid dried apricots on long trips.
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:13 PM   #6
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i got a lump sum

so i pocketed the cash and moved myself


things i wish i knew - um..........not to drive through arkansas and new mexico

this was 10 years ago - i wish the mobile mini - upack sheet was available then
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:16 PM   #7
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I moved my fiancee and her children from Dallas to Phoenix. We did not use movers, instead opting for a UHaul trailer.

HOWEVER, if it had been feasible, I would have gone the PODS route. It means you have to pack your ****. Thats a small price to pay over shady movers.

One of my friends moved from Sacramento to Miami, and I had NO idea how shady moving companies are. They got bids from half a dozen companies, and finally settled on the low bid (which was still a couple grand) This company took the money and subcontracted out. The subcontracted company came, took all their stuff, and moved it to Florida. The new company would NOT unload the stuff, claiming the weight of the move exceeded the original estimate.

Apparently, this happens a LOT. And it can be a real PITA to get your stuff back without paying the additional fees. Make sure you use a reputable company with real ratings and a clean BBB record.

Or do PODs. I like PODs

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Old 09-07-2006, 05:16 PM   #8
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Please elaborate more on your current porn collection.
My pr0n collection resides on my HD, which for two weeks I was worried about sitting in a trailer/warehouse in the hot sun. I had nightmares of melted platters destroying 6 years of pr0n collecting.

Luckily it all arrived safe and sound.
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:22 PM   #9
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My pr0n collection resides on my HD, which for two weeks I was worried about sitting in a trailer/warehouse in the hot sun. I had nightmares of melted platters destroying 6 years of pr0n collecting.

Luckily it all arrived safe and sound.
WOW...ummm...Thanks

Wasn't expecting an actual answer!
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:26 PM   #10
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Even with a move that is paid for by your company, don't assume the middlemen won't try to cut corners. One way they can do this is by having the truck driver and co-driver pack and load/unload your stuff. Which is fine if they are able bodied men. We had these two dudes show up that we nick-named Schmitty and Donger. They were worthless, I was only on the receiving end so all they had to do was get the boxes out of the truck and into a garage. But they could hardly lift a box so they would use the hand truck, up and down the wooden stairs my Dad and I had just put in the last summer. I wasn't about to let them tear those up, so I had them bring the boxes to the base of the stairs and I took the stuff up to the top.

The drivers -CAN- hire local people to carry the boxes and/or help however they are reluctant to do so because if they do it themselves they keep the extra $$$. Just make sure it is clear in your contract who will be packing, who will be loading the truck, who will be driving the truck, who will be unloading.

One last note, make sure when they are unloading they put boxes from your old bedroom in the new bedroom, old living room to new living room, old guest bathroom to new guest bathroom. Movers love nothing more than to just pile all your boxes in one central location.
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:27 PM   #11
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HELLO!
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:50 PM   #12
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HELLO!
What's the difference between that and Pods? And when/why are you moving to CO? I missed that newsflash...

I'd say do pods/upack and then drive your vehicle(s) across with the pets. Take enough stuff with you in your cars to live for a week or 2 w/o your other stuff showing up just in case. Take ~4 days to drive across and enjoy it. If you're going to be driving 2 cars get FSR or CB radios so you can talk w/o using your cells. The truckers are fun to talk to anyway so CBs can be very fun/entertaining on a long ass drive. Put pets in carriers and if you have multiple pets and vehicles put them in different cars if possible...

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Old 09-07-2006, 05:53 PM   #13
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take your time, stop and see the sights, don't push a schedule.

i drove from NC to WA about 5 years ago, i wish i would of taken my time and seen a few more things.
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:56 PM   #14
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JUST MAKE SURE U HAVE RENTER`S INSURANCE , it saved my ass on the last move where i had a extensive damage to my dinning set and one box of cd and dvd`s that were stolen
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:56 PM   #15
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What's the difference between that and Pods? And when/why are you moving to CO? I missed that newsflash...

I'd say do pods/upack and then drive your vehicle(s) across with the pets. Take enough stuff with you in your cars to live for a week or 2 w/o your other stuff showing up just in case. Take ~4 days to drive across and enjoy it. If you're going to be driving 2 cars get FSR or CB radios so you can talk w/o using your cells. The truckers are fun to talk to anyway so CBs can be very fun/entertaining on a long ass drive. Put pets in carriers and if you have multiple pets and vehicles put them in different cars if possible...

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Pods cost 4x as much, that's the difference.
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:03 PM   #16
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I'll have it company paid, so I'm not concern about cost. But with my cats, they freak out just driving across town. I'm thinking what would that be like with them cross country? I though maybe flying, but the airlines don't always take pets, at least in the cargo area? I don't plan on keeping my car, since I won't pass Cali requirements. So with these companies, do you have to pack with their boxes? Do they look at all items, thus pack the boxes for you? I'm not sure how that works. Thanks for all the replies !!
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:06 PM   #17
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My cat hates the car too, but, after about an hour of yowling and complaining, he just falls asleep.

I drove him from Boston to Los Angeles with no problems. And Motel 6 allows pets


The 6 hour flight from LA to Boston was much worse, especially when he crapped himself.
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:07 PM   #18
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when I moved across country everything I had fit in my Ford Contour
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My cat hates the car too, but, after about an hour of yowling and complaining, he just falls asleep.

I drove him from Boston to Los Angeles with no problems. And Motel 6 allows pets


The 6 hour flight from LA to Boston was much worse, especially when he crapped himself.
Yep, cats will get used to it... Keep them in a "kenel" in the car thoug so if they do freak out at some point they won't cause an accident...

If you get the pods/upack, you pack it yourself, so you don't have to worry about anyone stealing your crap (as much) and you can pack your stuff at your pace in whatever sort of boxes you like.

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Old 09-07-2006, 06:29 PM   #20
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this day and age,

Just video tape/photgraph all your stuff before the move. Preferably with movers in the picture to show when it was taken.

For important stuff, zoom in or tape you telling the mover to be careful.

If you don;t want to come off as some paranoid jerk, make it inot a fun documentary for the move or have your kids do it "for fun" since move day is like a big deal.

ON contracts, you can hand edit "also according to photo documentation" if they require a signature. A good compromise.

I also agree that there's no point in getting there before your stuff arrives and if you are worried about your epts and your stuff, maybe cosider driving across country in a 1-way rental.

For those packing U-haul in tow (not trucks), be sure to balance the load as evenly as possible. Went from IN to CA at 55 mph because the trailer would start wobbling at speeds faster than that.
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:42 PM   #21
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Is there a certian airline that is better with moving a couple of pets? Driving is my last choice, since I would rather just get there. So in regards to a moving company, how do you work with them? Do they tend to make you buy their own "official" boxes etc? Say we can't guarantee anything that our people didn't pack, but it is a different package if you have our people pack you boxes for you? Any moving companies you guys can name off that you have used that are good, or bad?
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Is there a certian airline that is better with moving a couple of pets? Driving is my last choice, since I would rather just get there. So in regards to a moving company, how do you work with them? Do they tend to make you buy their own "official" boxes etc? Say we can't guarantee anything that our people didn't pack, but it is a different package if you have our people pack you boxes for you? Any moving companies you guys can name off that you have used that are good, or bad?


hoenstly i wouldnt trust any freaking airline with pets

unless the pets are just cats
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bump for teh night crew, and some candy ta boot.



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Too old for my tastes.





You like em 8 years old and Austrian?
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