A good long-distance moving company?

moving boxCarrie emails:

I know you all have covered movers locally before, but I'm curious if anyone has tips for cross-country movers.

Got a suggestion for Carrie? Please share!

Earlier on AOA: Local moving company suggestions?

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My wife and I moved six times, all long distance, in the past 20 years. One of the best experiences we had was moving back to the Capital District three years ago from Chicago. Contact information follows. Great customer service and excellent care of our household belongings.

Jennifer Hairston
Whalen's Moving & Storage Co., LLC
39 Kiscona Rd
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Toll-Free 1-800-759-4253 ext 225
Fax 914-241-3148
Local 914-241-1711
* A premiere woman owned enterprise*

I recently relocated to Boston and used Any Day Movers. I do not recommend their services due to unprofessionalism and quality of service.

We moved last year (Saratoga Springs to Austin, TX) and would really recommend the DIY solution of using ABF U-Pack. ABF is similar to the PODS company, but it was cheaper. They offer you the option of buying space in a tractor trailer or using a Pod-like "Relocube," which is what we used. They drop it off, you pack it with boxes & furniture, and they pick it back up and truck it to your new home. Everyone I worked with at ABF, from the phone consultants to the guy who dropped off and picked up our cube, was totally friendly, professional, and really clear about the specifics of everything move-related. The pricing and rules are totally transparent, and we didn't have to worry about anybody taking our stuff or how we'd move our cars if we had to drive a U-Haul. If cost is a factor and you don't need full-service movers, I'd definitely recommend packing yourself and shipping with ABF.

I don't have a specific long distance recco from the Cap District but I will say that when we needed moving/storage on a couple of occasions both U-Haul and PODS were astonishingly expensive.... as in 50% or more higher than everybody else for no reason we can see. I've used Budget Trucks locally and they have been fairly priced plus you can usually find discount coupons. YMMV but definitely beware of U-Haul and PODS.

As always, AOA readers are the best. I'll miss your expertise when I move.

@Frank - Thanks for the tip! I called them and they have been extremely helpful. If I can afford full-service movers, I'm definitely going with them.

@Sarah M. - I'm looking into ABF too. I'm fortunate to have a relocation budget from the new job (but unfortunate to have less than three weeks to move), so I'm considering full service for the first time.

Thanks!

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