Who knew moving would be so expensive? And that finding a moving company would be so difficult? Not this girl.
All the websites make getting a price quote appear as if it’s going to be so easy. “Get a free moving quote today!” they exclaim. So you enter all of the information about the address you’re leaving and the address where you’ll be arriving, only to find out that your move is not a “long distance” move (for whatever reason Los Angeles to San Diego is not considered a long distance move, I don’t know) and you need to get in touch with one of their local partners instead.
The local partners are not so prompt to call back. Which bothers me, until I find out why – no one wants to give a quote until they’ve had a chance to see your place and how much stuff is in it. Which means no one calls back because they are all out of the office doing in-home estimates. And, of course, they only want to give quotes during business hours, which doesn’t work so well for a person with a 9-6 Monday-Friday schedule like me.
Out of the 8 companies I contacted, I only heard back from 5:
- Ace Relocation (partner of Atlas VanLines): refused my business because they said their prices weren’t competitive for one bedroom apartments. Uh, let me be the one to decide that!
- Jensen Relocation (partner of Allied VanLines): scheduled an appointment, this is the company I ended up using. To their credit, they were amazing on moving day. Only took them an hour to pack my kitchen and put everything I own in their truck to drive to San Diego.
- Mayflower: gave a phone estimate, WAY too expensive.
- Starving Students: also gave a phone estimate, not as expensive as Mayflower but still too expensive
- Rebel (partner of Allied VanLines): scheduled an appointment; I won’t be using this company because they were not as accommodating as Jensen.
Neither United VanLines, NorthAmerican, nor American VanLines got back to me. Weird, why wouldn’t they want a new customer? Especially since going 110 miles to San Diego is not considered long distance. Oh well, not a big deal. The real winner is me, living back in San Diego again! J