What NOT to Do When Looking for Moving Quotes

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Put your junk in my trunk!

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.
  • Gas
  • 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?

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About becca3416

Becca Cord is a twenty-something year old southern ballerina turned humor writer and video editor. Having lived in Louisiana her entire life, she is now perusing her travel dreams while starting her own free-lance Web Marketing business and organizing a nation wide blogging event, Blogger Interactive. She believes one of her callings is making people laugh, and she intends to do so. You can find Becca on her personal blog, Facebook page, or Twitter @becca25tofly.

Posted on July 10, 2012, in Home, Humor, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. The only moving I’ve done either involved to college or trying to fit a year’s life into 2 suitcases. :p I’m excited to see how it goes for you!

  2. You can definitely call movers but if you’re just thinking about it right now, would you really want to go to the trouble of actually discussing your inventory with moving companies? Not sure where you’re (thinking about) moving but we’re expanding to a bunch of cities soon and for now you’re welcome to play with the pricing tool to get an idea of costs. http://www.unpakt.com. Regardless, I promise we won’t call you (we = us and all the moving companies on the site and any other crazy people out there).

    • Thanks for the feedback. I wasn’t aware that calling for a price quote would involve discussing personal inventory. I suppose I figured it was more of a generalized, one bedroom or two bedroom size move type of thing. I went to your site. It is actually very unique and I like pricing tool. Seems like your company is pretty affordable as well. Expanding to any cities in Louisiana?

      • We expect to be nationwide within the next 12 months (we launched in NYC recently). But we’re not actually a moving company – we’re sort of the “Kayak.com” of moving – as in we’ll have local and regional movers nationwide so you can get prices from each one and pick the one you like (without sending them your phone number and letting them drive you crazy).

        • Well I commend you on the concept. I think there is a definite need for a site like yours from what little research I have done so far. There is enough to like just from the fact that you will be saving people some harassment as well! When it comes closer to the time for me to move I will definitely be checking back.

  3. The title alone hooked me – no pun intended!
    Great work, Becca!

  4. Do you want people’s phone numbers so you can call the companies back and say you just changed cell phone companies and got a new number to boot. Smart– defer said voicemail to strangers!

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