I had a good experience. They were friendly and professional and knowledgeable.
Sunrise, Fl Moving to: Haiti
Excellent packing courteous services.
Packing Service, Inc. did a first rate job for us. They arrived on time and worked non-stop until the job was done to our satisfaction. I would recommend this service to anyone anticipating a move!
Davie Fl to: Chicago, IL
Very Good. The packers worked very diligently and did exactly what he said in his estimate.
Fort Lauderdale Moving To: Roanoke, Texas
These guys were great. Nice, personable and professional.
Boca Raton, Fl
Fabulous, great for packing and unpacking. Customer service is #1 with this company.
West Palm Beach, Fl
Good work- knowledgeable and helpful. Had a game plan and did a great job of putting it in to place.
Store-All – Davie Fl
Moving to: Pointe Verde Beach, Fl
Excellent job-good loading-quick service- reliable.
Front Royal, PA 22670
Extremely professional. will definitely use again. Thanks!
What is a Long Distance move?
A long distance move is from one state to another within the United States. This, of course, is totally different from a local move, making it a whole different ball game. When a long distance move isn't done right, you will face stress, worry and disappointment. Amateur moving companies will take twice as long to pack your possessions, and they will do so badly. You won't have got as far as the corner of your old street before you ask yourself the question: 'Why didn't we call real professionals? Or why didn't we call? Packing Service, Inc. (PSI)?' You deserve the best shipping or moving company and deserve Packing Service, Inc. to move you smoothly and professionally, no fuss, no stress and no worries. We always provide our reliable, professional and courteous service, quickly and efficiently getting your belongings from your old place to the new one, taking the extreme care for which we have become well known to avoid breaking or damaging your items. Packing Service, Inc. gives all potential customers a Flat Rate Guaranteed Quote before any move begins.
How do shipping and Moving Companies charge for a Long Distance move?
They charge by Cubic Feet or by weight and Packing Materials needed:
Cubic Feet: Is a simple calculation of the amount of space your possessions take up in their truck. So, the more space your items take up, the more money you will pay. Can you see the opportunity here for dishonest companies to come in on a lowball estimate, then hit you with the moving scams? It is classic.
Weight: The companies will weigh the truck empty and then again after loading with your possessions. The difference between the empty and full weight readings is the amount upon which you will be charged. Hey, guess what, here is the chance for another moving scam, it is simply moving fraud.
Packing: When it comes to long distance shipping, the company will charge for the packing and shipping materials used and not for their time. Beware of their prices; ask for them before you sign a contract or before booking the job.
What are Shipping and Moving company scams and how can I get ripped off?
Shipping and moving company scams can occur when you get ANY estimate. It's an old trick, and a simple one. The estimate changes after the shipping or moving company has your belongings on their truck. On the day of the move, or even a few days after, you are told that because your possession took up more space, or weighed more than anticipated, your cost is now much higher than the original figure. In most cases you end up paying more than double the original estimate; what can you do? They have your possessions and you are tired and want to start setting up your new home. In such cases, you have just become the latest victim of moving scams or moving fraud.
Packing Service, Inc. GUARANTEES you a price on the entire service provided before any belongings are packed or moved.
Cubic Feet: The shipping and moving companies will provide you with a lowball rate per cubic foot, but when the company comes to pick up your belongings, the movers scam you by charging a higher rate per cubic foot, substantially more than the lowball estimate price for all extra items. They will also play the old trick of not packing the truck tightly. Guess what, they just made extra money from you by taking up more space than they needed. It is as if they were just reaching into your wallet and taking money from you. Here's an Example: Let's say you are moving from Florida to New York, you have an estimate of 300 cubic feet, at $3.00 per cubic foot. So your total for this estimate will be: $900.00. Note: This is a typical starting lowball estimate. In such cases, you should know that something is wrong, because every company has a minimum for any job, usually $1000-$1100.00. If you get less than the minimum, it is a lowball estimate. They want you to book the job and they have already planned to get you later with their mover scams. Just think, the gas alone will cost them $350-500, and don't forget the employees, NO ONE works for free. If you have more items, let's say 100 cubic feet more, the charge per cubic feet will go up, anywhere from $4.00-$8.00. If they charge you the lower amount, $4.00 per cubic feet, the extra will be $400.00. This is almost half the original lowball estimate and this is only at the lower rate! What if they charge you $7.00 or $8.00? And what if you have more than 100 cubic feet extra? It's an easy calculation, just do the math and see how quickly and easily you can fall victim to moving company scams. Some companies will provide you with a very lowball estimate, just another way movers scam their customers and carry out moving fraud to get business. They will come to your home, let you sign a blank contract (NEVER DO THIS), and load everything onto their truck. Before they leave, they will give you the total of what the move will cost and will double the original lowball estimate. By law, you can't do anything because you signed that contract and you will be held accountable for what the company says you owe them, or else you will not get your belongings until you pay every penny. If you try to sue them, it will cost you even more than the move. This also applies when you move by weight. Those companies should be held accountable or charged with moving fraud. However, the law makes their actions legal, so you must protect yourself. And the best way is with Packing Service, Inc.
Weight: The shipping or moving companies can use a receipt from another person's job for weighing, and you would never know the difference… until you get the charge. They can weigh the truck with an empty gas tank and after they load your items, fill the gas tank to the top. You can get a lowball estimate rate per lbs, which of course would change if you have more lbs.
Packing Materials: Their prices run from $20.00-$40.00 per box. They will not say anything about their packing and materials charges until their employees come to move your belongings. They will use as many packing supplies as they can to get the bill higher. If you tell them not to pack anything, they will make you sign a waiver saying that if something should happen to your items, they will not be responsible. In the end you will feel trapped because you know you are being ripped off and being forced to do something that you don't want to do. So please, be careful, these are shark-filled waters and there are many bad companies out there. Another thing that most moving companies won't tell you is that after they load your items at your old location, they unload them into their warehouse and when they are ready with a few more jobs going to your state, only then will they load your items on to their truck for onward delivery to your destination. They may even sell your job to another carrier to take your items to your new location. Their employees are hired with no experience, they don't know how to pack/unpack, or even how to load/unload a truck professionally. A lot of companies use Labor Ready guys that don't know anything about the moving business. The worst thing is that you end up with a company that you don't even know Handling part of your move.
How do moving scams all start?
The shipping and moving companies will ask you for a list of items that you have to move. They will want you to underestimate the number of items you have because they can and will charge you more for the extra cubic feet. That is their plan before they step over your doorstep. It will be very hard for you to know how many boxes you will have until you are done packing your belongings, so when the move day comes and it is obvious that there is much more than the underestimated original list, then everything starts to fall apart.
What are the hidden costs of Moving Scams?
Charges for extra Cubic Feet, Packing, Long Carry, Stairs and Elevator charges: Cubic Feet: More items, more space and more money. It's an old scam, like a mover's three card trick.
Packing: For every item that the moving company packs or wraps, you will pay for the packing and materials and you be assured that their prices are outrageous.
Long Carry: If the truck is more than 50 feet away from your doorstep, there will be a charge of $50-$150.00 per 50 feet.
Stairs: If you live on the 2nd floor, or you have a flight of stairs in your home, there will be a charge of $50-$150.00 per flight of stairs.
Elevator: If you have an elevator that needs to be used to get to your home, there will be a charge of $50-$150.00, onetime fee.
How can I save myself and avoid the moving company scams?
Don't worry, the situation is not hopeless. You don't have to pay so much money and take the risk of the shipping or moving companies holding your belongings hostage. Rent a container from companies like Door-To-Door, PODS Container, PackRat, ABF – U Pack and let PSI Pack and Load your belongings.
Who is Packing Service, Inc. (PSI) and what do we do?
Packing Service, Inc. opened in 2003, and from the first day, we set out to help people who knew nothing about movers scam and we are here to educate and guide you with our knowledge and experience for FREE. We will help you save time, money and stress when you move. We'll help you avoid moving fraud that is so common in the industry. We provide the most professional packing/unpacking, loading/unloading and Custom Crates for any kind of move at anytime. We are a full packing service company and pack EVERYTHING in only a few hours. No more packing day after day, weeks or months ahead of the move. We take the strain, we do the work – we deliver what you expect and so much more. Our employees at Packing Service, Inc. are true professionals and have years of packing and moving experience. We take the greatest pride in treating your items as if they were our own. We make sure the items are safely packed and protected, using our years of experience and best packing knowledge to ensure nothing gets damaged, broken or even scratched. Packing Service, Inc. knows you are paying a lot of money for your move and it is vital you receive your items in the same condition as they left. We inform all potential customers of possible moving fraud or other movers scam. We want to put your mind at rest that Packing Service, Inc. fights every day to stop moving company scams. But the safest answer is always the same one, use Packing Service, Inc. as your moving company. Packing Service, Inc. does everything to make our customers moves calm and relaxed experience. Packing Service, Inc. is member of the Better Business Bureau, and we are rated A+ (the highest rate).
What is the best way to move?
These days it is better to move with a container company such as: Door-To-Door, Get a Sam or ABF trailers, they will drop off a truck or a container at your location, you (we) will pack and load the truck or the container and when it is full, they will come and pick it up and drive your items to your new location. Then you will not need to be afraid of any movers scam because the truck or the container company will provide you with a flat fee quote as us. Also your items will not get loaded and unloaded over and over again as with other shipping or moving companies. They will stay in one place until you unload them. You can always rent a truck such as: Penske, Budget, Enterprise, U-Haul and drive it yourself.
How can PSI help me avoid moving scams?
We will send one of our representatives to your address at a time to suit you to provide you a flat fee guaranteed estimate and we will show you pictures of how your items will look like before and after the packing service. Most of these moving company scams can be avoided if you simply have enough information to protect yourself. Then we will come on the day you choose, pack everything and load it on to your truck, Pods container, trailer or storage unit. It will ONLY take us a few hours to do the packing and loading/unloading, unlike someone who does not have the experience.
What are the benefits of using PSI as opposed to using a moving company?
* Save a lot of time, let the professionals at Packing Service, Inc. complete your job in just A FEW HOURS, when it would take you so long to do by yourself. Then we will even load it into a truck for you!!
* Save money from the expensive cost of movers. Enjoy competitive savings over other moving companies.
* Know that your belongings are professionally packed and ready to be moved safely.
* Get an honest and guaranteed FLAT RATE QUOTE.
* Get charged per item and not by the hour.
* Protect yourself; Packing Service, Inc. will increase your knowledge of how the moving industry works by educating and guiding you through the entire moving process and by helping you know what to watch out for.
* Helping you avoid getting ripped off by hidden fees and sudden price increase that frequently accompany moving company estimates.
* Our employees are experts in Packing Services, loading/unloading trucks, international containers and pods containers. They are seasoned professionals with the best knowledge in the business of how items should be loaded and stacked.
What are the differences in charges between shipping or moving companies and PSI?
Most moving companies charge $30.00-$40.00 per box, our company charges $7.00-$18.00 per box (only in Florida), and we make no time charges. We don't charge for elevator use, long carries, cubic feet, weight or stairs. We charge only for the items to be packed, including the boxes we provide.
What is a booking agent?
This is the agent you choose as your mover or the member of a van line that will coordinate all dates and services for your move. We don't have or use any booking agents.
What is full packing?
Your movers will pack everything in your household for you. Make sure to keep any legal papers, medicines and valuables with you during the move.
How can I ensure that special items will be treated with extra-special care?
You can move some of the items that have high sentimental or monetary value yourself. If you prefer to let your movers complete this task, make sure you clearly indicate which items require special care during the move.
If you choose to move with a moving company, what is the best way to move?
The best way to move will be with a large company such as: Mayflower, Allied, North American. They are very professional and know what they are doing, but since they have been in business for a long time, they are more expensive than a small company and some customers simply cannot afford them. However, always ask for a flat fee guaranteed estimate before and after they come to do the job. Our advice is not to use a small company because their business can close down after a year and simply re-open with a new name. A lot of companies do that. This is an easy way for them to hide a bad reputation.
How to start the moving process?
As with any moving company wanting to provide you with an estimate, they will need a list of items that you have to move. From this list you will get the estimate. You have to be very careful because even if their movers are not Professional, they certainly have the best salesmen, who know how to convince anyone and sell anything; this is why they get paid so much. They want you to be wrong and underestimate the number of items to get you a lowball estimate and when you move your items, they will find more items and then the extra charges will start showing up, one on top of the other. Make a list of what you have and our advice is to overestimate the number of boxes you think you will have, so when they move you, the estimate will not go up but should go down, although in most cases this will not happen. If they can't cheat you higher, they certainly won't drop the price!
How can I get the most precise estimate to avoid the moving scam?
Let us do the packing for you and then we will pack and prepare everything ready for the moving company so they will not charge you their ridiculous prices. Professionals will pack your items. We will save you money by making an inventory list for you during the packing service and even tell you how many cubic feet and the weight you will have so you can provide it to the moving companies and get a more precise estimate with no extra charges and hidden surprises on the day of the move. Please don't forget that our prices are more competitive than any shipping or moving company. We also have the best packing service employees in the business; we demand that our employees have worked for one year minimum for moving companies, or else they cannot work for our company. Most moving companies hire people with no experience in packing or moving items carefully without damaging them. If they charge by the hour, they will waste your time and money because they want to make as much money as they can by charging you for their time.
Which companies should I be aware of and how do I find the right mover for my move?
Beware of shipping and moving companies with many complaints. You can find information about companies at the following websites: www.BBB.org or www.movingscam.com Write down the names of the companies which you are considering find out about their history.
Am I expected to tip the guys?
Yes and no, we will not ask for a tip like most other moving companies but it is customary to tip the guys for a job well done.
Are the movers experienced workers?
Our employees are experts in packing services, loading / unloading trucks, international containers and pods containers. They are seasoned professionals with the best knowledge in the business of how items should be loaded and stacked. Our employees must work for a different moving company for at least one year before we will hire them to work for us. Most moving companies hire people with no experience in packing or moving items.
Do I have to empty all of my filing cabinets?
Metal filing cabinets with 2-drawers can be left full, but you should empty the top 2 drawers of a 4-drawer cabinet. You should also completely empty all lateral file cabinets and all wooden cabinet drawers.
We at Packing Service Inc. don't say that ALL moving companies are bad; we just try to help you avoid the moving company scams. We wish you all a great, successful and a safe move.