Allied Van Lines - Von Sydow's Moving & Storage Compliment - Move Went Surprisingly Well!
ILLINOIS -- We needed to do a big cross-state move, so I checked out moving.org. I had read about it in some magazine, so I figured it was a good starting point.
From there I was able to request free estimates from a number of local movers in their directory. Once my application was submitted online, I got calls from the moving shops I picked within a few days.
I ended up going with Allied Vanlines since they seemed like a big outfit, and big seemed better to me in regards to accountability.
Allied also gave me a no hassle price, meaning their estimate was the actual price, not an estimate. So if they estimated wrong either way, I still paid the same price. This was the main reason why I chose them. Other companies we had come by would give us estimates but there was always a clause that stated the price could change if the actual weight was different than the estimation. Allied said they did not care about the actual weight, everything was based on their estimate. Sounded good to me, so I signed up.
The whole process was pretty smooth. They had a guy come over the day before we were set to go and preview our stuff. He gave us additional boxes (for free - we were packing ourselves), and he made suggestions on what to do with stuff we were not sure about. He even told us to just leave a bunch of the strange sized items and that his movers would take care of it.
Moving day they came on time and set up the house with floor padding and cardboard to avoid damaging anything. I was a stickler on chipping the walls, so they were very careful not to nick anything while moving out. The foreman also took care of breaking down anything that needed to be taken apart (like bed frames, tables, etc). And he would re-assemble them on the other end of the move.
The whole move out process lasted about 5 hours and they were gone, along with 15 years of our possessions... =)
For the move-in date, which was 4 days later, they kept us in the loop with phone calls and updates to make sure everything was going according to plans. They arrived on time and had us moved in in under 4 hours, again with no problems or damage to the new house.
It has been a week since we moved, and we have been slowly unpacking and have only found ONE broken item, a glass bowl, that was broke due to our own poor packing of it. Everything else has been in perfect working order so far.
After signing up with Allied I learned that they are mostly made up of smaller independent shops that carry the Allied brand name. So I can't speak for all the locations, but we used the "Von Sydow's" branch in Palatine, IL for our move. They were very friendly and helped make our move as easy as it could be.