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Very cost effective, and you have complete and utter control over every aspect of your move.
You have to ask your friends & family to help you move, again. There goes your weekend, and maybe even your back!
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You have to take more time to research your options and spend a little more than the DIY move.
Someone else does all the work on moving day!
Takes days rather than minutes to get quotes. You may have to file for bankruptcy after the move. Seriously.
The local Budget employee (not corporate) contacted me to secure the truck I had requested and arrange for pick up. When I arrived, the computer system was down and they had to handle everything manually. The workers were so patient and respectful to me and the other customers that began piling up as they diligently plowed through the time consuming process. Even though I had requested 2 hand trucks and a dozen blankets and they were only able to secure 1 hand truck with the blankets, they didn't charge me for any of the add-on supplies. These days, most companies would have just apologized but Budget compensated me for my extended time to check in as well as providing me with 1 less hand truck. We made do, but I appreciated their efforts in customer service. I would still recommend and do business with them again. The "other company" could not guarantee a truck would be there at the time I needed it...and when you've spent weeks preparing for a move with packing, buying and selling, closing timing, helpers at each end, moving out of town...it can get tedious getting everything in place for a hectic transition. I"m glad we went with Budget.
I initially reserved with Budget, but they called at the last minute (after the movers were paid!) and left a message saying they had no trucks. At the same time, they did not cancel reservation, which means I was liable for the rental charges. Budget did not return call and was totally unprofessional. It seems you can not count on Budget. U Haul was great, on the other hand.
As an aside, recommend Pack Rat. They deliver where we are moving to in west Tennessee. PODs would only deliver to Memphis, where we would need to rent a truck, unpack the container, load the truck, drive 1 1/2 hours, unload the truck, etc. Will ask for them for the 4th / final container. Also, Pack Rat has a much better system of loading / unloading containers than PODs. I say that having observed our new next door neighbor's PODs deliveries and as a retired Navy ship / amphibious officer with just a tad of cargo handling / loading.
I've used this company before. We used a large trailer. They drop it off, you fill it, they pick it up and take it to your new location. Its important to pack you own stuff well so that it does not get damaged on the trip. We wrapped our furniture in blankets as well as shrink wrap. Boxes need to be sturdy, especially if on the bottom of the pile. By doing some or all of the packing or loading yourself, you spend less on the move. The large trailer comes with a ramp, so be ready to work with that as you load or unload. The trailer floor is about 4 feet off the ground. We hired loaders for most of the heavy lifting, but also did some of the work ourselves. When you learn which phone numbers to use for what, you can get all your questions answered and handle the details.
I chose Penske after U-Haul failed us completely a few weeks before. When I went to pick up my truck at Penske, I was quite happy with the experience. They did everything U-Haul did not: had my truck. had the correct size truck. had a person to help me check out the truck. had a person walk me to the truck, start it, show me the controls, double checked that the requested hand truck was on the damn truck (it was!), and gave me general tips on how to drive it. Wow. what good service. In short, never again U-Haul; hello Penske.
Fantastic customer service. They had to reschedule a pickup because we had a dumpster in the way, and they did not charge us for a trip charge. I thought for sure there would be a hassle in the new pickup, but customer service was calling me while i was already on the line with them. Would use them again for sure.
I recently rented an ABF Trailer to move my items from Portland, OR to Tampa, FL. I also stored my items for approximately 6 weeks awaiting the completing of my home. All went well with the move and communication from ABF. The only problem was with the trailer itself and the time it sat in storage. The front area of the trailer floor was a mix of wood and metal. The metal area of the trailer rusted and bled through to some of my boxes and furniture. The damage was minimal. I subsequently rented a second trailer to move the rest of my items and purchased tarps for the floor area. I'm expecting this second trailer to arrive soon and hoping the tarps will keep the rust at bay.