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12 5 1 Reviewed 12 times, 3.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Taryn P

My experience was horrific and costly leaving me with damages I did not have, furniture and clothes left behind after we moved. NO furniture set up. He was supposed to send 3 men he sent 2 and a 4 -5 hrs move took 11 hours. I have over $1000 of damages and when I spoke with Dan he was yelling and screaming saying his guys did a great job and proceeded to curse me out and hang up. No response after pictures were sent.

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6 5 1 Reviewed 6 times, 1.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Dennis D

CALL THE FBI They will steel your things and hold them hostage. They will charge you twice what they quote. They will claim to have used twice the space on their truck than what they really use. These people are scam artists. The only way to get your things back is to call the FBI. That was the only thing that worked for us. BEWARE!!!

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5 5 1 Reviewed 5 times, 3.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Pat Kissel

At our Pittsburgh location we are working to reduce our carbon footprint by collecting and recycling items from our commercial and residential cleanouts. Just our way in making the planet greener by reducing needless dumping in landfills.

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5 5 1 Reviewed 5 times, 3.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - K. Frechette

Terrible and rude! Van refused to return any phone calls after Robert, the other owner, changed the price of the delivery while he was driving to pick up the refrigerator. Five days earlier, I emailed them the item to be picked up, a "42" stainless steel refrigerator", (they move non-piano items) and Robert told me he had never heard of a refrigerator that big. It's not an uncommon size. Before quoting me a price five days earlier, no one at Lewis Piano Movers bothered to actually find out how heavy or tall a 42" refrigerator is. Amazing. Nor did anyone ever ask me to provide the weight or height of the fridge. Nor did anyone bother to call the appliance store where it was to be picked up and ask them how much it weighed, etc. Yet they blamed ME for not volunteering the specs....I did not know the specs but would have been happy to find out and provide it to them, had they asked. No one ever asked. But they did whine and complain and bellyache about how heavy it was during the move. Um.....these guys are PIANO movers. Pianos are extremely heavy, especially the baby grands, so a refrigerator should be par for the course. I would never recommend them to move anything. They called me a "crook" for wanting to pay the agreed-upon price that they emailed me before the job started, and then Van Lewis texted me the incredibly offensive phrase, "smd" (suck my d*ck) when I texted them to produce their DC license number. I was shocked. I have never heard of any company owner, or even the staff, speaking to a customer that way. I asked them to apologize, but they responded by saying I should "apologize for being a crook". Again, my "crime" is I wanted them to honor their original price. They tried to say "smd" was a "typo". I don't think so. After I repeatedly asked for their license number, they continued to get more and more hostile, defensive, and incredibly rude. Stay far far away from Lewis Piano Movers, or Van Lewis Movers, as they sometimes call themselves. They are rude adolescents who take zero responsibility...they will blame YOU for their mistakes and their horrendous lack of communication.

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5 5 1 Reviewed 5 times, 3.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Dave T.

I used Stumpf Moving to relocate several times since finishing college at Pitt in 2015. I've lived in several different neighborhoods throughout the city since then as I tried to find a neighborhood I felt "at home" in, and subsequently used Stumpf Moving for each of the moves. After having such a pleasant experience the first time I used their services I decided to use them each time I moved since then. The men who came to move me were always very courteous and attentive. The cost of services was also what I believed to be more than reasonable for the work they did, and the attentiveness and professionalism was impressive. They seemed to take care of my belongings as if they were their own (if not better.) I have and will continue to recommend Stumpf Moving to my friends and family in the future.

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4 5 1 Reviewed 4 times, 2.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Bob Z

Utilized them for an office move in Philadelphia. One office, 35 containers of documents about $2700. Harmed seat, harmed glass work area top spread and a canvas mounted photo. Risk? 30 pennies a pound! F' them. Utilize an alternate mover spare some cash and your things. God damn numbskulls!

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4 5 1 Reviewed 4 times, 5.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Jim

Great business to work with.

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4 5 1 Reviewed 4 times, 4.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Mary J

We have moved 9 times in the previous 22 years and this by a long shot the BEST pack out we have ever had! Extraordinary occupation women.

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4 5 1 Reviewed 4 times, 5.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - GREENE

Had the Steel City guys move from a split ranch to a 3rd floor condo with no elevator. They arrived early, worked so hard, never took breaks and were done early. Highly recommend

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4 5 1 Reviewed 4 times, 4.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Ben Jacobs

Did miss a couple of items left behind in a closet. Could have done a better job of covering floors - especially between elevator and apartment (which was required). Fair to OK in flooring coverage in apartment but could have been better coverage in carpeted rooms.

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4 5 1 Reviewed 4 times, 4.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - RippedOFF

Fraudulent MOVERS! Phone number not answered. Address is a residence and not a business. If I could give it 0 stars, I would. Ripping off my disable elderly people is deplorable. Report filed with police. Don't call, don't pay, and most of all DON'T hire!!!!

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3 5 1 Reviewed 3 times, 3.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Kathy T

Thank you for the great move. Will recommend!!!

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3 5 1 Reviewed 3 times, 3.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Rebeka

I just want to start of saying this is the worst moving company I have ever used. They are unprofessional, moving men arrived at our door very late, three men dressed in skimpy shirts and shorts, all smoking. Very unprofessional to start with. Two of my couches were damaged and bed frame was broken also. I will not recommend this company to anybody.

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3 5 1 Reviewed 3 times, 3.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Jim H.

They gave us an estimate indicating they would move all of our possessions. Folks arrived and loaded about half of our possessions (truck was full then), drove it to our new home (10 miles), unloaded stuff haphazardly, and disappeared. Have called, emailed, etc - no response and my power wheelchair is still at our old house!

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3 5 1 Reviewed 3 times, 5.0 customer satisfaction.
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 - Elizabeth C.

I loved the logo so I figured I would consider using this company. They were very easy going, but at the same time professional. I will use Packhorse when I move again! Thank you Rodrick!!

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The Art of Relocation: HOW TO GET THE MOST FOR YOUR MONEY

  • Read reviews. Check out what other clients have said in the past about the moving company Pennsylvania you want to hire.
  • Call them. Did the person answer the phone pleasantly? Ask about their services on offer. Is the rep competent and happy to assist?
  • Visit the office. Is everything clean, organized, and professional? Ask detailed questions about charges, how to prepare for moving day, and what you should be doing on your end.
  • Schedule an in-person quote. Not only is this the most effective form of getting an estimate, but you’ll get a chance to watch the estimator on the job.
  • Ensure that all fees are explained in detail and that your estimate is a binding quote, which means you're protected from surprise fees.


Don’t Make One of These Beginner's Mistakes When Moving

  • Not Verifying the Company. The FMCSA and the USDOT must fully license and insure the company you want to hire. If not, this company is operating illegally and shouldn't be considered for your business.
  • Not Checking the Tariff. If a company's tariff isn't valid, or if they just don't have one, they will fail USDOT inspections. This makes them an illegitimate company and puts your household goods at risk.
  • Getting the Cheapest Plan. Moving costs a lot, but it's better to invest in a good company than finding your stuff in a million pieces at your destination.

4 Can’t-Miss Things When You Move To Pennsylvania

  • Carnegie Institutes of Pittsburgh: four museums that encompass a range of interests including the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Carnegie Science Center.
  • Mount Washington: hike, walk, bike, and take in the sweeping views of one of the top cities in Pennsylvania
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Breathe easily, and take a stroll through the lush greenery.
  • Mattress Factory: though it seems like a place to take a nap, this is actually an eclectic museum full of full-room exhibitions and creative installations.

 

Paying the Price: Why You Need a Binding Price Moving Quote

  • Moving quotes can be fickle: the less comprehensive a quote is, the more it can vary when it actually comes time to move.
  • When you obtain a phone online or over the phone, you’re really only getting a ballpark estimate.
  • Moving costs are calculated by the total weight of the items moved, as well as the labor costs and drive time it takes to complete the move.
  • What you can do to protect yourself from rising costs is to get what’s called a binding price quote. This is exactly what it sounds like: a quote which binds the customer and the moving company to a certain price.
  • The only time a price will differ from the binding price quote is if the customer actually has a less total weight of items to be moved, in which case, the price will be lower.
  • What about if additional services are requested or even required after the binding quote is issued? In these cases, moving companies Pennsylvania will generally add an addendum to the binding quote with an estimate for additional services.

 

 

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As the American Interstate Highway System began to expand in the 1950's, the trucking industry began to take over a large market share. That is, a large share of the transportation of goods throughout the country. Before this era, trains had been relied on to transport the bulk of the goods cross country or state to state. The Interstate Highway System was influential as it allows for merchandise to travel door to door with ease. Since then, truckload carriers have taken advantage of the interstate system, especially when performing a long distance move. Typically, they bring the merchandise from one distribution center of the country to another part of the country. The increase in truckload freight transportation has reduced the time it takes to transport the goods. Whether the freight was manufactured or produced for the different areas internationally, the time it takes to transport goods has decreased dramatically.  

The trucking industry has made a large historical impact since the early 20th century. It has affected the U.S. both politically as well as economically since the notion has begun. Previous to the invention of automobiles, most freight was moved by train or horse-drawn carriage. Trucks were first exclusively used by the military during World War I.   After the war, construction of paved roads increased. As a result, trucking began to achieve significant popularity by the 1930's. Soon after trucking became subject to various government regulation, such as the hours of service. During the later 1950's and 1960's, trucking accelerated due to the construction of the Interstate Highway System. The Interstate Highway System is an extensive network of freeways linking major cities cross country.

"Six Day on the Road" was a trucker hit released in 1963 by country music singer Dave Dudley. Bill Malone is an author as well as a music historian. He notes the song "effectively captured both the boredom and the excitement, as well as the swaggering masculinity that often accompanied long distance trucking."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 40 million United States citizens have moved annually over the last decade. Of those people who have moved in the United States, 84.5% of them have moved within their own state, 12.5% have moved to another state, and 2.3% have moved to another country.

As most people have experienced, moving does involve having the appropriate materials. Some materials you might find at home or may be more resourceful to save money while others may choose to pay for everything. Either way materials such as boxes, paper, tape, and bubble wrap with which to pack box-able and/or protect fragile household goods. It is also used to consolidate the carrying and stacking on moving day. Self-service moving companies offer another viable option. It involves the person moving buying a space on one or more trailers or shipping containers. These containers are then professionally driven to the new location.

The moving industry in the United States was deregulated with the Household Goods Transportation Act of 1980. This act allowed interstate movers to issue binding or fixed estimates for the first time. Doing so opened the door to hundreds of new moving companies to enter the industry. This led to an increase in competition and soon movers were no longer competing on services but on price. As competition drove prices lower and decreased what were already slim profit margins, "rogue" movers began hijacking personal property as part of a new scam. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces Federal consumer protection regulations related to the interstate shipment of household goods (i.e., household moves that cross State lines). FMCSA has held this responsibility since 1999, and the Department of Transportation has held this responsibility since 1995 (the Interstate Commerce Commission held this authority prior to its termination in 1995).

A moving scam is a scam by a moving company in which the company provides an estimate, loads the goods, then states a much higher price to deliver the goods, effectively holding the goods as lien but does this without do a change of order or revised estimate.

The interstate moving industry in the United States maintains regulation by the FMCSA, which is part of the USDOT. With only a small staff (fewer than 20 people) available to patrol hundreds of moving companies, enforcement is difficult. As a result of such a small staff, there are in many cases, no regulations that qualify moving companies as 'reliable'. Without this guarantee, it is difficult to a consumer to make a choice. Although, moving companies can provide and often display a DOT license.

The United States' Interstate Highway System is full of bypasses and loops with the designation of a three-digit number. Usually beginning with an even digit, it is important to note that this pattern is highly inconsistent. For example, in Des Moines, Iowa the genuine bypass is the main route. More specifically, it is Interstate 35 and Interstate 80, with the loop into downtown Des Moines being Interstate 235. As it is illustrated in this example, they do not always consistently begin with an even number. However, the 'correct' designation is exemplified in Omaha, Nebraska. In Omaha, Interstate 480 traverses the downtown area, which is bypassed by Interstate 80, Interstate 680, and Interstate 95. Interstate 95 then in turn goes through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Interstate 295 is the bypass around Philadelphia, which leads into New Jersey. Although this can all be rather confusing, it is most important to understand the Interstate Highway System and the role bypasses play.

The United States Department of Transportation has become a fundamental necessity in the moving industry. It is the pinnacle of the industry, creating and enforcing regulations for the sake of safety for both businesses and consumers alike. However, it is notable to appreciate the history of such a powerful department. The functions currently performed by the DOT were once enforced by the Secretary of Commerce for Transportation. In 1965, Najeeb Halaby, administrator of the Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA), had an excellent suggestion. He spoke to the current President Lyndon B. Johnson, advising that transportation be elevated to a cabinet level position. He continued, suggesting that the FAA be folded or merged, if you will, into the DOT. Clearly, the President took to Halaby's fresh ideas regarding transportation, thus putting the DOT into place.

The definition of business logistics can be difficult to understand. Logistics can be simply put as a means of management that plans, implements, and controls the efficiency of the business. The notion of business logistics incorporates all sectors of the industry. It is used as a means to manage the fruition of project life cycles, supply chains, and resultant efficiency.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues Hours of Service regulations. At the same time, they govern the working hours of anyone operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the United States. Such regulations apply to truck drivers, commercial and city bus drivers, and school bus drivers who operate CMVs. With these rules in place, the number of daily and weekly hours spent driving and working is limited. The FMCSA regulates the minimum amount of time drivers must spend resting between driving shifts. In regards to intrastate commerce, the respective state's regulations apply.

Relocation, or moving, is the process of vacating a fixed location, such as a residence or business, and settling in a different one. A move might be to a nearby location such as in the same neighborhood or a much farther location in a different city or even a different country. Moving usually includes packing up all belongings, transferring them to the new location, and unpacking them. It will also be necessary to update administrative information. This includes tasks such as notifying the post office, changing registration data, change of insurance, services etc. It is important to remember this step in the relocation process. 

The 1950's were quite different than the years to come. They were more likely to be considered "Knights of the Road", if you will, for helping stranded travelers. In these times truck drivers were envied and were viewed as an opposition to the book "The Organization Man". Bestseller in 1956, author William H. Whyte's novel describes "the man in the gray flannel suit", who sat in an office every day. He's describing a typical office style job that is very structured with managers watching over everyone. Truck drivers represented the opposite of all these concepts. Popular trucking songs glorified the life of drivers as independent "wanderers". Yet, there were attempts to bring back the factory style efficiency, such as using tachnographs. Although most attempts resulted in little success. Drivers routinely sabotaged and discovered new ways to falsify the machine's records.

Moving companies that operate within the borders of a particular state are usually regulated by the state DOT. Sometimes the public utility commission in that state will take care of it. This only applies to some of the U.S. states such as in California (California Public Utilities Commission) or Texas (Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. However, no matter what state you are in it is always best to make sure you are compliant with that state

There are various versions of a moving scam, but it basically begins with a prospective client. Then the client starts to contact a moving company to request a cost estimate. In today's market, unfortunately, this often happens online or via phone calls. So essentially a customer is contacting them for a quote when the moving company may not have a license. These moving sales people are salesman prone to quoting sometimes low. Even though usually reasonable prices with no room for the movers to provide a quality service if it is a broker.

Words have always had a different meaning or have been used interchangeably with others across all cultures. In the United States, Canada, and the Philippines the word "truck" is mostly reserved for larger vehicles. Although in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the word "truck" is generally reserved for large vehicles. In Australia and New Zealand, a pickup truck is usually called a ute, short for "utility". While over in South Africa it is called a bakkie (Afrikaans: "small open container"). The United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Ireland, and Hong Kong use the "lorry" instead of truck, but only for medium and heavy types.

In the United States and Canada, the cost for long-distance moves is generally determined by a few factors. The first is the weight of the items to be moved and the distance it will go. Cost is also based on how quickly the items are to be moved, as well as the time of the year or month which the move occurs. In the United Kingdom and Australia, it's quite different. They base price on the volume of the items as opposed to their weight. Keep in mind some movers may offer flat rate pricing.

A moving company, removalist, or van line are all companies that help people as well as other businesses to move their goods from one place to another. With many inclusive services for relocation like packing, loading, moving, unloading, unpacking and arranging of items can all be taken care of for you. Some services may include cleaning the place and have warehousing facilities.