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06-20-2005, 03:31 PM
I spoke earlier today with the principal at a middle school on the NH seacoast. They have offered me a position teaching general music and chorus. I am so excited!
Now it's time to start packing up my apartment and start looking for a new one. I think that for the first time in my life I actually have enough $ put aside to hire a real moving company.
So here I am at the source of all wisdom to ask you knowledgeable folks - what should I look for when looking to hire someone to move my belongings? Most of my furniture is old and beat, but I do have a nice bed & a family heirloom piano (not to mention a bunch of other expensive instruments & kitchen stuff).
06-20-2005, 03:45 PM
I am so happy for you. After all of the trouble you had something good just had to happen for you. Sorry I don't have any moving advice. I have always packed my own stuff. Good luck!
06-20-2005, 03:50 PM
No wisdom but I just wanted to say congratulations! May I ask where on the seacoast? My best friend lives in Hampton, just down the street from the ocean.:)
06-20-2005, 05:19 PM
No idea about the regular stuff, but for the piano I would get recommendations for others that have had pianos moved, and I would only use a company that specializes in pianos for that item. DH's father has a piano moving company, and DH worked for him during high school and college. He has some real horror stories about people having regular movers try to move their pianos. Oh, and just plan on having it retuned once it is in your new home.
06-20-2005, 05:21 PM
Connie, that's great! I remember that you were stressing awhile back. Even though I moved a couple of years ago, I don't have much advice. If you can afford a mover, then do it. ;)
06-20-2005, 08:56 PM
Congrats, keep us posted on the move.
06-20-2005, 09:01 PM
Congratulations Connie!! I only have three words for you...referral, referral, referral! ;) I have heard SO many horror stories from people who have had their belongings held captive by shady moving companies. Bids for $2000 have turned into $5000 before they're done, and they can't get their stuff back until they pay up. :(
Call the Better Business Bureau in your area to see if there are any moving companies in your area on the Poop List. Ask around to see if anyone can recommend a reputable mover...and once you've got a bid and a written estimate, PLEASE check the fine print to make sure that there are no loopholes that they can charge you more later on and hold your stuff hostage.
A little bit of prep work now can save you so much heartache later on. This is supposed to be a happy time! :)
I'm so glad you have a new position you are so excited about. The coast sounds like a charming place to be as well. Best of luck to you there.
For an in-state move, I would talk to folks locally. Intrastate moves are governed by different rules and tend to have different sets of movers dominating the market than the interstate market. We used a mover my parents had and have referred at least 3 more families to them -- all happy. Hope you can find someone like that.
06-20-2005, 09:31 PM
Congratulations on the new postion!
I used a national company once (you know, before 9/11 and companies paid for relocation...). You want someone bonded and insured so if dishes got broken they have money to pay you. They sold boxes (or gave away used boxes in good condition) and packing materials. They would also pack valuables like good china. I was moving from SC to MI, so good packing materials and packing my dishes up securely was more of an issue than moving across the state.
There might be a regional company that charges by the hour. I've seen a lot of Two Men and a Truck vans around when I lived in Michigan. Unfortunately, they're not in NH yet. I would agree on getting a piano mover to move your piano. I haven't had a piano since I was a child, but when my parents moved, the company that sold us our piano came and moved the piano for us.
If you find a company that will move you door to door instead of an hourly rate, get an estimate that they cannot increase later. There is a term for that, but I can't remember it. The company that moved us sent out a guy that did an estimate, but when moving day arrived, they could not park the truck where they thought. That meant the guys walked farther. The guy called me mid day and told me this saying it was going to cost more (we were given an amount to move--going over meant money out of our pockets). I replied that is was a good thing that his estimate was locked in and couldn't be increased. He kinda choked and didn't say much more. :p
06-20-2005, 09:46 PM
Hey....I teach General Music and Chorus.
Wahoo and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
06-20-2005, 10:52 PM
I also say use a specialty piano mover, we didn't once and it was damaged, now we move it separately.
Our last mover was recommended by our realtor and designer. Maybe you can check with a local realtor, my designer uses the same company for moving furniture that is too big for her to handle. I felt comfortable going with someone they both used and recommended.
06-21-2005, 06:56 AM
We've used Mayflower twice with great results. They give you an estimate then once the stuff is actually weighed if it is less you pay less but it will not be more than what they quoted. They were great about packing all of our stuff and have a "high value" sheet to list anything of high value above what their standard replacement cost is.
Good luck and congrats on the new job!
06-21-2005, 07:02 AM
Connie - congratulations! I'm glad you've found something that uses your skills, forte and experience.
I have no ideas about moving but there's always commercials for Death Wish piano movers around here. I always thought they must be good guys with such a sense of humor! I don't know if they'd go to NH though.
When does your new school start?
06-21-2005, 07:19 AM
Warmest congratulations on your new job Connie! And a move too - how very exciting. :D Sending best wishes that all goes smoothly. Keep us posted!
06-21-2005, 08:24 AM
Great advice in this thread about getting recommendations and making sure that you are covered. I'd also recommend that you get quotes from multiple companies if possible so you can get a sense of what is a fair price. Good luck with the move...they can be intense!
06-21-2005, 10:49 AM
I've used McLaughlin Mayflower out of Nashua several times without a problem. Once they even stored our belongings for 4 months while we waited for our house to be built. I've also used them to pack up my belongings - what a luxury and they did it A LOT faster that I could have! They moved my big bedroom set upstairs into fairly tight corners without scratching the furniture nor the walls!
Also, my daughter currently works for Able Moving in Amherst, NH (summer job). This is her second summer. She has always spoken very highly of the people that she works with, both while packing and during loading/unloading furniture. Not a job I would have chosen for her, but she seems to really like it.
I would be surprised if both of these firms didn't do Concord-to-Seacoast moves.
I would recommend both these firms highly.
Oh, and CONGRATS!
06-21-2005, 06:37 PM
Congratulations on your new job. DH and I used AA Hebert and Sons last year for our move. This was our third move using a moving company and AA Hebert was the best. We had to change the moving date three times and they were flexible. They gave us advice on how to save money on the move. The three movers were very careful and efficient, not one piece of furniture was damaged. The customer service was outstanding from the person who answered the phone to the movers who moved us. The rate was reasonable. This company is based in Mass but they do move people in New Hampshire. The company has been in business since 1969 and according to the add they move pianos.
BTW have you checked out apartment rentals on the Seacoast? They are very high.
06-21-2005, 10:04 PM
If you know that a company has really good people and that the men who will be in your apartments are good, then go with them. The company that I used was great, and the men that moved us were fast and efficient. They also did drugs in my bathroom. My dad trains drug dogs and has been in law enforcement for years. I've counciled teens in Detroit. I know drug use when I see it and smell it--and it wasn't pot. :mad: A few weeks after the move the company called to ask how everything moved. I told the company of my suspicions, and the lady actually said that there had been complaints but they hadn't been able to prove it.
06-23-2005, 11:11 AM
We've used Paul Arpin and they were great! Though that was for out of state, we did not use them when we moved up last year, but i think that had to do with the quote (we were paying ourselves this time!). The people we bought our house from and two of our other friends used College Bound and said they were FANTASTIC. I wish we had used them--we ended up with Cousin Richie's--- UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES USE THEM!!!! The man threatened me on the phone!!! and tried to talk his mover into trying to bully me into paying until he realized my dad and husband were here. It was AWFUL. What happened is we contracted for 3 movers. Only 2 showed up. I asked at the time what that meant---as I had no intention of paying the same rate per hour for one less guy. The person on site told me "not to worry about it" and that "we'd work it out after" BIG MISTAKE! I should also note that they tried to contend that the third guy worked a half day, though I WAS THERE AND HE DIDN'T!!! Anyway, after the move is done they tried to get me to pay them basically $5 less an hour since they were down 1 guy! I insisted that I would pay the total rate originally quoted--minus 33% for the missing guy. He threatened to take me to court and harassed me on the phone and I basically told him to stick it, and that I couldn't wait to go to court. It was such a nightmare. Since the move we've discovered that two of my husband's expensive tools are missing.
Good luck with your move!
06-23-2005, 06:48 PM
Thank you all for such great advice and congrats! I am so excited for this new adventure. I don't know when school starts, but I suspect it will be the last week in August.
I will definitely look into all the companies that you folks recommended, as well as one that a friend suggested. I also plan to find a piano mover if possible.
You guys are the best. :)
06-24-2005, 08:13 AM
This website has a lot of tips: http://www.movingscam.com/
I am in the process of moving internationally and I found that they had a lot of good suggestions.
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