What NOT to Do When Looking for Moving Quotes
Last weekend, my impatience and curiosity got the best of me. Add in a little Saturday afternoon boredom, and I began scribbling figures on a notepad. I have been keeping on track with my plans for saving money for future moving intentions, but what exactly are the costs of moving over a thousand miles? Now that I had figured out how to drug my cats in a natural way, I needed to focus on the more serious details. Not only was I calculating personal costs to ensure a smooth transition (i.e. car maintenance for such a voyage, disposing/possibly selling unnecessary belongings in attempts to downsize, etc.) but also the actual heavy lifting and transporting of my furniture and belongings. Where is a teleportation device when you need one? Basically I came up with a list of costs in order to help me edit my savings goals:
- New residence lease deposits, first month’s rent, and other new apartment fees
- Vehicle maintenance – The last thing I need is for my brakes to give out while I am towing my life around in a metal box.
- Moving truck/trailer and services
Considering the last time I moved there were almost a couple of deaths (resulting from the over-exertion of a 54-year-old dad and myself with the upper body strength of Olive Oil), I concluded that the next move I endure will be lead by a team of Magic Mike look-a-likes. Obviously, I will also need a
portal rental truck. Having no idea what this might cost, I naturally took to the internet.
Whatever you do, do NOT be as naive and oblivious as me. Do NOT get stuck in a merry-go-round of all-inclusive moving company/relocation services sites. I do not have the right to say that they are all alike, but the few I visited and made the mistake of leaving my e-mail and phone number with left my communication lines absolutely flooded. Assured to receive an e-mail with a quote after entering my estimated move date, to/from locations and contact information, the only thing I actually ended up receiving was a multitude of spammy, uninformative e-mails and an incoming call log full of numbers anywhere from Oregon to Washington. Oh, and I almost forgot the voice mail box full of the same pre-recorded messages.
This is 100 percent my fault. I am aware. I knew better than to carelessly enter my phone number anywhere on the internet, especially where someone is trying to make a sale. It is like making eye-contact with the employees of those little kiosks in the mall. Once you do that, there is no escape. No turning back. Alas, this is the result of impatience.
Here is what I should have done from the start: Go directly to the U-haul or local moving company site to get an estimate, or just call. Sure, we all hate talking on the phone (especially me, in my still semi-hypothetical moving situation), but more often than not this ends in the best results. Regardless, my assumption from this disastrous research attempt is that the all-inclusive big companies will probably be more of a hassle and run-around act than a helpful venture. Then again, what do I know. I am the one running around handing out my phone number like party favors.
Have you ever dealt with a long distance move? What services did you use? Can I have your phone number?
- National Movers Month: Tips For Planning A Move Cross-Country (connectyourhome.com)
- Unpakt Looks to Take a Load off the Moving Process (allthingsd.com)
- MyMove™ – How to File a Claim Against a Moving Company (mymove.com)
Posted on July 10, 2012, in Home, Humor, Travel and tagged 25tofly, Becca Cord, Home, life, local moving companies, Long distance move, movers, Moving company, Moving costs, moving estimates, moving service, new residence, relocation, spam e-mails, Trailer rentals, Travel, U-haul, unknown callers, unwanted phone calls. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.