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?

Comments

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!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

The Northeast, upper Midwest, and the South... uh, really?

The map above is via Quartz. And it's based on the work of a linguistic researcher who sifted through millions of Twitter posts looking for... (more)

Green power

Farther afield: The power company for Burlington, Vermont -- a city of 42,000 residents -- says it now gets 100 percent of its electrical power... (more)

In-between places: Waterford

The Capital Region is full of cities, towns, villages, and hamlets. And some of these places -- like Albany or Saratoga Springs or Troy or... (more)

GMO apple

The company that created the "Arctic Apple," the genetically-modified apple variety that's said to resist browning, has been field testing the variety on trees in... (more)

Found Footage Festival at Proctors

Could be (cringe-inducing) fun: The Found Footage Festival tour, a film and live comedy show, will be at Proctors this Wednesday. Blurbage: The Found Footage... (more)

Recent Comments

I think *not* composting sounds odd. Especially when we constantly hear about our ever growing landfill.

The Northeast, upper Midwest, and the South... uh, really?

...has 1 comment, most recently from Bob

City Line Bar and Grill

...has 8 comments, most recently from Ron

In-between places: Waterford

...has 1 comment, most recently from J

GMO apple

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jamie

The week ahead

...has 1 comment, most recently from Dan Roesser