You Move Me: Overview & Review

You Move Me is a full-service mover seeking to deliver a smooth, stress-free experience. They take pride in keeping their promises. You Move Me sets a high standard when it puts“America’s Favorite Movers” on its trucks.

 

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Even if you don’t know much about You Move Me, you’ll likely recognize one of its sister companies, 1-800-GOTJUNK? There are two other companies in the group: Wow 1 Day Painting and Shack Shine. It’s a consumer-friendly combination. When You Move Me customers need junk removal, painting or cleaning, they need look no further.

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1-800-GOT-JUNK is a sister company of You Move Me

History

Brian Scudamore first hauled junk as a way to make money while he was in college. In 1989, he left school to start 1-800-GOTJUNK? You Move Me is one of the four companies he eventually started. Today, You Move Me franchisees operate 38 locations in the United States and Canada.

When Ellen DeGeneres teamed up with HGTV’s “The Kitchen Cousins” to construct a new home for a deserving San Diego family, You Move Me contributed the talent needed to move all the brand-new furniture into the home.

What’s Different at You Move Me?

You Move Me works hard to overcome the traditional image of unfriendly movers. You know, the ones who don’t seem to care enough about your valuables and family heirlooms. This mover is careful with your treasured possessions, like those irreplaceable photographs or that vintage grandfather clock that’s been in the family for generations.

You Move Me addresses two problems common with movers: late arrivals and confusing quotes. They confidently say, “Our movers always arrive on time.” Period. No disclaimers or excuses. Enjoy an on-time arrival you can count on. Their friendly, uniformed movers will even bring you coffee “because it’s what a friend would do.”

When it comes to their quotes, they don’t mess around. Get upfront pricing without the hidden fees or surprise upcharges. You Move Me says, “We’re open and transparent about our rates.”

Moving Options

You Move Me recognizes that every move is unique. Therefore, they offer a variety of packing options, including “The Full Pack,” “The Kitchen Pack” and “The Single Item Pack.”

Decide whether you want the pros to pack everything, just the stuff in your kitchen or only specific items/rooms. They’ll take on the challenges of everything from breakables to big, heavy items like pianos and pool tables.

There’s also an option to use their free wardrobe service. Leave your clothes hanging in the closet. When your movers arrive, they’ll neatly pack them in wardrobe boxes.

Quotes as easy as 1-2-3

1. To arrange for a free, no-obligation quote, give them a call at 1-800-926-3900 or fill in their online form. A moving specialist will be in touch to give you a quote.

Have this information handy:

  • Date of your move
  • Size of your home
  • How much furniture to move
  • Access details: steps, elevator, higher floor?

2. Get an all-inclusive price over the phone, or arrange for a free in-home estimate. The in-home visit is highly recommended if you have very large or extremely fragile items.

3. Once you have your estimate, call 1-800-926-3900 to book your move.

You Move Me partners with you well before your moving day arrives. They’ll help you plan everything, right down to giving you the right number of boxes. If necessary, they’ll even suggest nearby storage facilities.

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On Moving Day

Once your moving day arrives, you don’t want any surprises. You’ll have enough on your mind already. So, here are the six steps You Move Me follows on the day of your move.

1. Your welcome call

During the welcome call, a member of the moving team calls you to confirm important information like your address, nearby intersection(s) and the best place to park the truck.

2. The Walkthrough

When the moving team arrives, they immediately conduct a walkthrough. They’ll take note of special items that will require extra care and attention.

3. Prioritized packing

As your moving pros pack up the truck, they’ll save the items you need the most until the end. This way, you’ll reach them right away at your new home.

4. Quick, careful unpacking and placement

Once the movers arrive at your new home, they unload everything. They also take the boxes, furniture and everything else to the correct rooms.

5. The completion checklist

Once the truck is unloaded, the team goes through a completion checklist. They make sure all items are where they belong.

6. A smile and a housewarming gift

You Move Me adds a nice touch at the end of your move. They present you with a housewarming gift! Although the nature of the gift varies, let’s just say that some clients quickly add a touch of greenery to their new home!

Reviews: What do Customers Say?

Here’s a sampling of what customers are saying about You Move Me.

Vancouver

The You Move Me Vancouver location is in Vancouver, WA. Verified reviewers give this location an average of 4.8 out of five stars. Here’s what they’re saying:

“They moved our family from a 3 story place with lots of tight corners to a 2 story with more tight corners and didn’t damage a single wall or piece of furniture.” Kristen W.

 

“We had an excellent experience. Nice, hardworking group of movers.” Steve S.

Tulsa

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The You Move Me Tulsa location is in Broken Arrow, OK. Verified reviewers give this location an average of 4.4 out of five stars. Here’s what they’re saying:

“Very pleased with the whole experience and would highly recommend them.” Rod S.

“On time . . . very polite and accommodating.” Rhoda S.

“They were fast but did not damage anything.” James S.

Boston

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The You Move Me Boston North location is in Woburn, MA. Verified reviewers give this location an average of 4.4 out of five stars. Here’s what they’re saying:

“The whole process with You Move Me was very pleasant and professional.” Maureen B.

“They were excellent. Extremely helpful and the price was great.” Hernan P.

“I’ve moved many times in my life and this by far was the best!” Diane L.

Kansas City

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The You Move Me Kansas City location is in Lenexa, KS. Verified reviewers give this location an average of 3.8 out of five stars. Here’s what they’re saying:

“We will request them when our permanent home is finished.” Sara M.

“I WILL be using You Move Me again in the near future.” Brad R.

You Move Me Locations

You’ll find dozens of convenient You Move Me locations in major metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada.

United States

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Indiana

Kansas

Massachusetts

Maryland

Minnesota

Missouri

North Carolina

New Jersey

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Texas

Washington

Wisconsin

Canada

Alberta

British Columbia

Ontario

You Move Me Alternatives

Of course, you have a variety of movings options available to you. You can choose a full-service mover, arrange to self-pack or rent a truck and do everything yourself.

Full-service movers

Full-service movers are ideal in many situations, including long-distance moves. If your employer is moving you, the added expense of a full-service mover is not a concern. They’re also great when you need special services like vehicle transport.

Well-trained pros are experts at moving those fragile or heavy items from Point A to Point B. If you have a piano, pool table, safe or very large furniture items, a full-service crew is ideal. The same is true if you own valuable art or antiques. The DIY individual could lose thousands with just one mishap.

Self-packing options

Companies like PODs, U-Pack, and 1-800-PackRat will drop off one or more storage containers at your home. You fill it up, and they take it to your new home. Self-packing is great for people who want to take their time packing and unpacking. This option is perfect for anyone who needs to store items for days, weeks or even months.

Here are three self-packing companies with features worth considering.

PODS small, medium and large steel-frame containers are rated for 110 mph winds. Take as much time to pack as you wish, although you are charged for each day you have a PODS container.

1-800-PackRat automatically includes 20 moving blankets with each weatherproof, steel-frame container.

Once a U-Pack ReloCube is dropped off, you have three business days to pack it. Use as many ReloCubes as necessary for your long-distance move.

DIY: rent a truck

Truck rental companies will typically provide the things you need to move, like boxes, moving blankets and dollies. You can also get buy Home Depot moving boxes or Lowes moving boxes which offer boxes at good prices.  If you take matters into your own hands, call your insurance agent to make sure the value of your possessions is covered in the event of an accident.

Local Moving Alternatives

Here are some other moving company options in major cities served by You Move Me.

Atlanta

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Another highly-rated Atlanta moving company is Atlanta Furniture Taxi. They’ll package and transport your artwork and antiques with care. They also handle corporate, industrial and government/GSA work.

Boston

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It is possible for Boston area homeowners and renters to compare You Move Me with Monster Movers, another popular option in Massachusetts. You may want to consider Monster Movers if you need to move art, antiques or even a piano. Monster Movers will transport your vehicle for you as well.

Phoenix

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Another fine option in Phoenix is Low Budget Movers. This full-service mover also has portable storage containers. They handle big or heavy items like pianos and safes. Low Budget Movers also handles corporate relocations.

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P.S. Don’t forget to tip your movers if you use full-service movers, and if you have teenagers be sure to read this guide to moving with teens.

Lowes Moving Boxes: The Definitive Review

What moving boxes should you pack your valuable possessions in when you move?  Lowe’s Moving Boxes?  Home Depot Boxes?   Read our definitive review of Lowes Moving Boxes below.

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If you’re anything like me, you need rescue if you’re planning to move. My last move was extremely painful, so I swore I’d get more organized the next time. One thing I’m going to do is use better boxes. That’s where Lowes Moving Boxes come to the rescue.

What Kind of Boxes Should You Use?

There’s nothing worse than getting a box beautifully packed, then find it squashed when it comes off the truck.

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not what you want your moving boxes to look like after your move

While Lowes moving boxes are strong enough to avoid that problem, they may not be for everyone. Consider the following types of issues before you decide how to box your belongings:

  • If you’re moving locally and using your car to cart everything except big furniture pieces, you may not need extremely sturdy boxes.
  • If you’re moving everything in a friend’s pickup, you probably won’t be stacking boxes, so the strength of the boxes isn’t critical.
  • If you’re paying someone else to move, or you’re renting a moving truck, think about how you will fit everything in a truck. You’ll end up stacking boxes and you need boxes that won’t collapse.
  • If you’re moving items that could break easily, you’ll need a sturdy box, regardless of how your belongings will get from one place to another.

A sturdy moving box can make the difference between ending up with some damage after the move and getting all your belongings to your new home without a scratch. A Lowes moving box will also survive the move much better if you have movers who don’t notice the big “Fragile” notation on your boxes.

How Can Lowes Moving Boxes Come to the Rescue?

Purchasing Lowes moving boxes gives you peace of mind. They come in different sizes and strengths to help you pack more easily. The boxes are also recyclable for you “green” movers, and you can reuse them.

Pros:

  • You can pick up the boxes at the store for free.
  • You can have boxes shipped to you for a fee.
  • You can get the right sizes for your move.

Cons:

  • If you ship the boxes, they may be subject to damage.
  • You’ll probably need heavy duty moving boxes for long distance or shipping.
  • You’ll pay for these boxes, but they’ll be stronger than others you might get for free.

Lowes Moving Boxes: Features

You’ve probably never thought about the features of a moving box, but there are things you need to consider to make your move easier.

A Range of Sizes

One thing that made my last move so difficult was my assumption that if I got lots of big boxes, I’d have fewer things to move. That turned out to be a very bad assumption. I ended up with large boxes full of linen, and those were easy to move. But, I also had big boxes full of books. You have no idea how much books weigh until you try to lift a large box full of them.

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I learned that you need different size boxes for different items. At Lowes, you can get small, medium, and large size boxes. Some of the boxes have handles to make carrying easier.

You can put small but heavy things in the small boxes. The medium are a great size for dishes and kitchen items. The large boxes would hold things like comforters, and other items that are bulky and not very heavy.

You know how fragile a flat screen TV can be. You’ll feel much better about moving it in its own moving box made for televisions.

If you’ve ever tried to gather up hanging clothes to move them, you know they tend to take off in different directions once you pick up an armful. The answer to that is a wardrobe moving box. These boxes come with a metal hanging bar and hand holes for carrying. They’re like a portable closet.

Two Different Box Strengths

You can save money by buying Lowes’ Classic moving boxes or Classic Heavy Duty moving boxes. The Classic line is less expensive than the Heavy Duty.

You can use the Classic boxes for things that aren’t fragile or extremely heavy. For example, you may use a Classic box for shoes, or lightweight kitchen items such as plastic storage bowls, mixing bowls and utensils. The Heavy Duty boxes are there for heavier or more fragile items such as books or family heirlooms.

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Moving Box Kit

Lowes moving boxes also come in a kit. If you’re moving a small apartment or dorm room, the kit will give you everything you need to get the job done. The kit includes:

  • Six 16-in x 16-in x 15-in boxes
  • Six 14-in x 14-in Classic boxes
  • Four 16-in x 7-in bubble wrap rolls
  • One 1.88-in x 55 yard clear packaging tape roll

Customers Review Lowes Moving Boxes

Overall review ratings are mostly positive. Customers left these comments:

Sandy left a review on this page, Classic Large Heavy Duty Boxes.

“Extremely sturdy boxes that were able to support plenty of fragile items. No issues with tearing or sagging.

Erica left a review about a different use on this page, Classic Large Heavy Duty Boxes.

“I bought these to keep our kids’ clothes in while one grows out and the other isn’t in them yet. 7 years apart, a lot of clothes! They’ve been packed and unpacked and taped multiple times, drug all over the house and have stacked quite a bit of weight on them and they hold up great.”

Mear left a review on this page, Classic Medium Box.

“I have just packed a home for a friend and found this to be the best sized box for kitchens, baths, and decorative items. This box size also helps control the weight you put in boxes, the best for books, and media. The fact that it has built in handle slots, make it a movers dream.”

Lynnette left a review on this page, Television Moving Box.

“This box is perfect for flat-screen tv’s. It ‘grows’ to fit many sizes. It’s also perfect for moving precious large paintings from one city to another.”

Comparing Lowes Moving Boxes

You can get moving boxes in a number of ways. Here’s how Lowes moving boxes compare to some alternatives.

Online Moving Box Sites

You’ll find a number of websites that sell moving boxes. One of the most popular is Used Cardboard Boxes. Very often, items you purchase on the internet are less expensive than those you find locally, so you may be surprised at how Lowes compares.

Take medium packing boxes, for example. You can get 20 packing boxes and two rolls of tape from Used Cardboard Boxes. However, they come in different sizes such as 20″x14″x12″ and 22″x12″x14″. It would be difficult to stack boxes of different dimensions, even though they are all labeled medium.

The Used Cardboard Boxes rate their medium boxes as having a volume from 1.5 to 2.49 cubic feet. All medium boxes at Lowes are 16x18x18 and offer 2.99 cubic feet in volume.

Comparing price, the Lowes medium box is $1.38, while the used boxes are $41 for 20, or $2.05 each. Between the inconsistency in sizes and the cost, Lowes comes out on top of this comparison.

U-Haul

U-Haul offers a wide range of moving boxes. Their boxes come in small, medium and large. They also have a wider selection of types of boxes. For example, they supply a Book Box. It’s a bit smaller than their small box at 12″x12″x12″. There are seven different sizes of wardrobe moving boxes, four different types of boxes for large mirrors and pictures, two types of television boxes and more.

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The U-Haul medium moving box is 18″x18″x16″. It costs $1.49 each, but goes down to $1.33 each if you purchase 20 or more. In addition, U-Haul will buy back any boxes you don’t use at any U-Haul center in the country, as long as you have a receipt.

Home Depot

Home Depot boxes offer some unique features in addition to different sizes and strengths. For more detailed information, visit our Home Depot moving boxes review page or the Home Depot site.

  • Home Depot rates its boxes, showing how strong a box will be when it’s in a stack of boxes, and telling you how many pounds the box can hold.
  • The Heavy Duty boxes at Home Depot have handles to make carrying the box much easier.
  • Thirteen moving box kits give you a great start on a number of rooms. For example, the kitchen kit contains packing paper, dish foam sheets, a dish packing kit, glass divider kit and more.
  • If you don’t use all the boxes you purchase, you can return the extras to any Home Depot store if you have the receipt.
  • For the “green” movers among us, you’ll be glad to know that the boxes are made from recycled material.
  • Prices are often lower at Home Depot due to their bulk purchase options.

Free Boxes

Getting things free is always nice, but you need to be careful if you’re getting free moving boxes. If your aunt saved the moving boxes from her last few moves, you may find that they’re just too worn out to use for your move.

The same thing holds true for boxes from the grocery store. Some people are good at pawing through dumpsters behind the grocery stores and find real gems. Boxes that held canned goods are usually fairly strong. Unfortunately, some people stocking shelves will cut off the top of the boxes for easy access.

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If you have time to search out the pristine free boxes you need, this could be your best bet. Just keep in mind the issue of stacking and don’t get too many different sizes. Another thing to keep in mind is that you may be able to tape over a cut or hole in a box, but the chances of it holding up are low.

The Conclusion

If you’re moving, make a plan for how you will get the boxes you need. If you’re anything like me, you’ll need more boxes than you planned on. There are different ways of calculating how many boxes you’ll need, but those approaches haven’t worked for me. And, you don’t want to be running around looking for boxes at the last minute when you should be packing.

Purchasing Lowes moving boxes will come to your rescue with:

  • The right size boxes
  • Competitive pricing
  • Shopping online or in the store
  • Reviews from many other buyers to guide your decision

If you want more information, click here to see all of the moving boxes Lowes can offer.

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MovingCompanyReviews.com offers consumers a transparent, trustworthy way to find great movers.   We show full licensing information for each mover, pictures, and 100% human-verified reviews.    Whether you’re moving from Glendale, Waukegan, or  Methuen we have plenty of great movers to choose from.   You choose who you want to get quotes from and always have full control over who contacts you. Getting a quote is free, just head on over to our homepage to search and get a free moving quote.

P.S. Don’t forget to tip your movers if you use full-service movers, and if you have teenagers be sure to read this guide to moving with teens.

Home Depot Moving Boxes – The Definitive Review

I’ve never met anyone who enjoyed moving. Sure, choosing a new place to live is fun, but then you must actually move there. Packing takes the more time than anything else during a move. Your first question is usually, “What will I put everything in?”

If you don’t plan ahead, you could end up like me, carrying your dishes one armload at a time.

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Probably not a good thing to pack

There are a lot of ways to pack, from Home Depot moving boxes to boxes you liberate from the grocery store. These tips will help you choose the alternative that’s right for you.

Things to Think About Before You Choose

You have alternatives for how to pack your belongings. However, Home Depot moving boxes are sturdy and offer a range of sizes and boxes for specific items. They’re great for many people, but probably not everyone. Here’s what you need to think about:

  • If you’re moving long distance and/or you’re hiring a moving company to drive, you will need sturdy boxes to survive the trip.
  • If you have heirloom or delicate belongings, they’ll reach your destination in much better shape in a new box.
  • If you’re using a friend’s pickup to move, you’ll most likely be taking small loads, and you may be able to get away without buying boxes.
  • If you’re using your car to move everything but the furniture, you may be able to move successfully without real packing boxes.

Packing a car

In short, you need to consider how safe you want your belongings to be during the move. A Home Depot box will stand up much better to movers who may not be as careful as you would be. And, if you have things you don’t want to even chance getting broken, or if you’re moving a long way, those are two other good reasons to purchase boxes.

What You’ll Get with Home Depot Moving Boxes

When you purchase Home Depot Moving Boxes, you’re getting boxes that come in a variety of sizes and strengths to hold anything you need to move. Boxes come in standard or heavy-duty construction and are typically made from recycled material. If you want security when packing, Home Depot moving boxes fit the bill.

Pros:

  • Easy to purchase at any Home Depot store
  • You can choose the exact sizes you need
  • You can return boxes you don’t use to any Home Depot store with a receipt

Cons:

  • You will pay for these boxes, as opposed to others that you might find for free
  • The standard moving box may not be strong enough to use for shipping
  • If you have the boxes shipped to you, there’s a chance they could be damaged

Key Features

You may think that a box is just a box. But, when you buy Home Depot moving boxes, you’ll find that there are features that will make packing just a bit easier.

Many Different Sizes

Think about what would happen if you had only one size box. You might be able to fit one comforter in a box, but dozens of books. The comforter would travel well, but you’d break your back trying to lift or move the same size box full of books.

Home Depot offers small boxes for books, medium-sized boxes for pots, pans and other household items, and large boxes that you can use for large and/or bulky items such as bedding, toys, lamps and more. There are also boxes made just for your television or large picture.

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You can also get long boxes for those awkwardly shaped items, and wardrobe boxes. Wardrobe boxes are very handy. They come with a metal bar for hanging up your clothes and handles to make them easy to move. Your clothes will arrive at your destination in perfect shape when compared to packing them in regular boxes.

One of the advantages of buying from Home Depot is that you can choose the box sizes that you need. You can make sure that the items you’re packing will be well protected, and the boxes easy to handle.

Different Strengths

Home Depot moving boxes come in two strengths. Boxes are typically rated according to The Edge Crush Test (ECT). This test measures how much weight the box can handle on the edges. It indicates how strong the box is when stacked. For example, a 32 ECT box can withstand 32 pounds stacked on top of it without crushing.

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you don’t want your moving box to look like this

Home Depot’s standard moving boxes are rated at 32 ECT. Their Heavy-Duty boxes are rated at 42ECT. The Heavy-Duty boxes are made to hold heavy items because of their extra strength.

For example, Home Depot’s Medium boxes are 18 in. x 18 in. by 16 in. The standard Medium box will hold up to 65 pounds. The Heavy Duty box will hold up to 80 pounds. The Heavy duty boxes can also be used for breakable items such as dishes or glass vases. Those items may not weigh anywhere near 80 pounds, but the extra strength will keep them safe.

Handles

Carrying Home Depot moving boxes that aren’t very heavy is relatively easy. Although, you may find carrying any box can be tricky because even if they aren’t heavy, they’re still an awkward shape. That is an even bigger problem when a box is heavy.

The Heavy Duty boxes at Home Depot all have handles. Handles help you to lift and move the boxes much more easily.

Moving Box Kits

Trying to decide what types and sizes of boxes you need can be a chore. Home Depot helps reduce that effort by offering moving box kits.

There are kits that have everything you need to pack a kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room, bedroom, master bedroom, closet or garage. However, if your garage is anything like mine, you’d probably need more than the 14 box kit.

The kits give you a place to start for practically every room in the house. Depending on the kit, you’ll get a selection of heavy duty and regular moving boxes in the right sizes, packing paper, bubble cushion, materials for dishes, stretch wrap, electronics bubble cushion, mattress bags, wardrobe boxes, packing tape and markers.

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don’t forget packing paper and tape

If you’re packing dishes without a kitchen kit, one of the Heavy Duty boxes will work well. But, you can make packing even easier with the Dish Packing Kit. The kit consists of box dividers and foam envelopes. You can pack an eight-piece place setting so that each piece is separate and protected.

The moving kits make planning for your move even easier.

The Return Guarantee

It doesn’t matter if you purchased a kit or individual moving boxes, you can return any unused boxes, with a receipt, to any Home Depot near you.

You won’t need to worry about getting too many boxes because you can return any extras. And, when you’re packing, too many boxes are always better than too few.

And, if you don’t have time to return the extras before you move, you take them with you and return them to the Home Depot that is closest to your new home.

On the other hand, you can also use spare boxes for storage or save them for your next move.

Recycled Material

If you’re concerned about the environment, like I am, you’ll be glad to know that the Home Depot moving boxes are made from 100 percent recycled material.

What Do Others Say About Home Depot Moving Boxes?

People generally seem happy with their boxes and packing materials. Here’s what a few customers had to say:

· Referring to the Kitchen Moving Box Kit, Yvette said,

“This was a perfect set. Foam and inserts were great for packing my plates. Package came fast. This greatly improved my move!”

· Referring to one of the Heavy-Duty Large Moving Boxes, Carolina said,

“After comparing other companies [sic] moving boxes, I found the Home Depot’s heavy duty boxes to be extremely durable, strong and well made. Also well priced. Not to mention the great customer service while ordering online and picking them up within two hours of ordering.”

· Referring to the Medium Moving Box, Luna said,

“Well, it’s a box so there isn’t anything fancy to say but it is a nice quality of cardboard, sturdy and a perfect size for moving or storage. I was able to fit a lot of books and knickknacks in each box and still lift and stack it easily. This would work well for holiday storage too. You could probably fit an entire tree’s worth of garland, lights and ornaments in just one box. Seems to be very popular size since our store runs out. Price is cheaper than other stores in our area.”

· Referring to the Closet Moving Box Kit, Cindy said,

“This Box Moving Set was exactly what I needed. Truly an awesome set at a decent price. I honestly just needed the wardrobe boxes and it came with 3 perfect sized wardrobe boxes as well as a few other regular smaller boxes, two rolls of moving tape, dispenser and a black marker. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!”

How Do Home Depot Moving Boxes Compare?

There are other places to get moving boxes. Here is a comparison of Home Depot’s boxes vs. three other alternatives.

UsedCardboardBoxes.com

You might think that getting used cardboard boxes online would be cheaper than shopping at Home Depot. But, that’s not necessarily the case. Consider the medium boxes at UsedCardboardBoxes:

· Medium boxes come in a stack of 20 boxes of various dimensions, all of which have approximately 1.5 to 2.49 cubic feet of space. The price is $41.00, or $2.05 each.

· Shipping is free.

· If you want to return the boxes, the order must be unopened and you pay for the return shipping.

· Returned orders are subject to a 20 percent stocking fee.

Medium boxes at Home Depot are all the same size: 18 in. x 18 in. x 16 in. for a total of 3 cubic feet. They cost $1.38 each, or you can buy 15 or more for $1.24 each. You can return any number of unused boxes as you wish, as long as you have a receipt, and there is no restocking fee.

Medium Heavy-Duty boxes at Home Depot are the same size as their regular boxes. They cost $2.48 each, or 15 or more for $2.23 each.

There is no description of the strength of the used boxes. If you’re looking for a deal, and the used boxes are as strong as the Home Depot boxes, you could pay less. However, you can’t return just a few of the used boxes, and if you want to look at them before you use them, you can’t unwrap them to gauge the strength.

Lowes

Lowes is a direct competitor to Home Depot. They carry standard and heavy-duty boxes, although they don’t display the ECT rating on their website.

Lowes’ standard medium moving box is the same size and cost as the medium size at Home Depot, however the website doesn’t mention a bulk price.

Lowes’ heavy-duty medium moving box costs $2.44 each, or four cents cheaper than Home Depot’s single box price and 21 cents more than their bulk pricing. No bulk pricing is mentioned for this box at Lowes.

Free Boxes

If you are more concerned about cost than condition, you can always get boxes from grocery stores. Unfortunately, you would end up with boxes of all sizes, which are difficult to stack in a moving truck or pickup. And, the boxes may not always be in good condition. You may also be able to round up some boxes from friends. Or, you could take the approach a friend of mine used. He knew he’d be moving at some point, so he saved diaper boxes for two years to prepare.

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If you have the time to search out free boxes, or to save boxes over an extended period of time, free boxes will be easier on your wallet.

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The Bottom Line?

If you’re moving, you need to make a plan for how you will acquire moving boxes, or you may end up at the last minute scrounging for boxes or wrapping your belongings in towels and bed sheets.

The Home Depot moving boxes are the best way to solve that problem because:

  • You can choose the sizes and strength for the boxes you purchase
  • You can save money and simplify your purchase with Home Depot’s moving kits
  • The pricing is very competitive, and you can take advantage of bulk pricing
  • You can shop at the store or online
  • You can return unused boxes with a receipt
  • Buyers have many good things to say about the Home Depot boxes

If you want more information, click here to take a look at all the options Home Depot offers.

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U-Pack vs. Alternatives: How Do They Compare?

Thinking about U-Pack for your move? Read our detailed review and alternatives.

This article explores U-Pack’s service, comparing it to PODS, 1-800-PACK-RAT and independent full-service movers to help you make an informed decision – so you can get packing and moving toward the next chapter of your life.

When you’re getting ready for a big move, the last thing you want is to have a snafu happen with your moving service. You also don’t want to be so overwhelmed that you can’t determine which one is best for your needs.

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If your moving day is fast approaching, you need to take action to lock in your ideal moving service.

Snapshot: All About U-Pack

U-Pack, owned by ABF, is a moving service halfway between full-service moving and rental truck service, where you load and unload your belongings but don’t need to handle the driving. U-Pack is intended for those moving long distance from state to state. You might not be able to use U-Pack if you’re moving within the same state, since this option depends on total mileage and service centers. To find out, check the coverage areas or speak with a customer service representative.

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What Does U-Pack Offer?

Containers and Trailers

You’ll choose from ReloCubes or a moving trailer depending on your needs and the company’s equipment availability. Each ReloCube is a metal, weatherproof container measuring 7 feet wide by 6.3 feet deep by 8.4 feet high; interior measurements are 70 inches by 82 inches by 93 inches. According to their website, this should hold one room’s worth of furniture. The moving trailer measures 28 feet long by 8 feet wide by 9 feet high on the outside, comes with a loading ramp, and can hold up to 1,944 cubic feet – equivalent to a 3- to 4-bedroom home.

Pickup and Delivery

U-Pack drops off your ReloCubes or moving trailer at your residence, giving you up to 3 days to load your belongings. They’ll pick up the trailer or ReloCubes and take them to your destination, estimating a delivery of between 3 to 5 business days. U-Pack does not pick up or deliver during weekends.

Service Options

You can choose from door-to-door service, terminal-to-terminal service, or a combination of door-to-terminal or terminal-to-door service.

A Full Review of U-Pack

To make the best choice on a moving service, you need to have all the facts.

Getting a Quote

When you want a quote from U-Pack, you’ll have one of two options: either you call and talk to their representatives or you use the online form. You’ll receive a quote in less than a minute as long as it’s not overly complex or impossible based on service areas.  The the price includes 3 ReloCubes (or one trailer) and the cost of the driver, fuel and taxes. The quote also includes catastrophic liability and carrier negligence liability at no charge; U-Pack does not cover damages caused by loading and unloading. Supplemental liability insurance is recommended, especially since carrier negligence is only 10 cents per pound per piece. As an example, if your 60-inch, 55-pound flatscreen TV broke, you’d receive about $5.50 (10 cents times 55 lbs equals $5.50).

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Understanding U-Pack Costs

According to their website, you only pay for the ReloCubes you use. This means your bill might be less if you only use two. Of course, there is only one size option, which might be an issue for larger furniture. You need to measure accurately to ensure larger furniture will fit.

If you choose a moving trailer, you’ll only pay for the space you use. While the trailer will not include anyone else’s belongings, it will include commercial freight to fill up the space. You’ll install the bulkhead divider after you’ve finished packing, which serves to separate your stuff from the commercial freight.

Discounts are available for students and military members, and you can save some money if you opt for terminal service as opposed to door-to-door service.

Expect to pay more if you want extra services, such as storage ($105 per ReloCube per month) or U-Pack Guaranteed ($150 for a one-hour window and $75 for a two-hour window) if you need your stuff delivered on a certain day.

You won’t pay for your moving service until your belongings are in transit to the new destination. If you cancel your reservation within one week of the drop-off date, you can expect a $50 fee. This fee increases to $150 if you cancel on moving day.

…What U-Pack Customers Say

Yelper Barbara B. from Studio City, CA, had good things to say about the pricing. She wrote,

“We were getting quotes from other moving companies for $15-20,000, and we ended up doing the move using U-Pack and movers for under $4,000.” Other customers like Taylor Y. from Austin, TX, felt misled by the price versus quoted delivery date: “It wasn’t until later in the process that I was told I needed to pay an extra $200 to be guaranteed delivery on that date. Fine, but I wish I had been told upfront.”

Receiving Your U-Pack Containers or Trailer

Drivers will drop off your ReloCubes or trailer in a safe, legally allowed location. At that point, you’ll have three business days to load your belongings. If you need additional time, you can call U-Pack to request it. Extra days will increase your bill. If you want your containers picked up early, you call your local terminal.

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If you live in an area with narrow streets or difficult parking, or if you live in an apartment complex and need to get your belongings in and out as soon as possible, call U-Pack and ask about same-day service. In some instances drivers can drop off and pick up your ReloCubes or trailer on the same day. A live load, where the driver waits at the loading destination while you pack, might be possible as well.

One important note is that ReloCubes are only available for drop off in certain areas, typically closer to U-Pack’s terminal locations. If you don’t live near a larger city or within a certain radius of a metropolitan area, you might need to go with their moving trailer option.

…What U-Pack Customers Say

Megan S. from Denver, CO, was blunt about the state of her delivered trailer:

“The trailers ARE filthy dirty, so make sure your stuff is either boxed or well wrapped.” Some Yelpers, like E T. from Manhattan, NY, state that their belongings were damaged in transit. E T. said, “Broken desk, lamp and dishes. Boxes were visibly crushed. Dents in my solid wood bed frame. It was obvious that items had been roughly handled.”

Tracking and Delivery

You’ll be able to track your items online or by calling U-Pack. Since drivers typically make one or multiple stops at ABF terminals, you can see where your belongings stop along the way. On delivery day, the driver will drop off your ReloCubes or trailer and have you sign a delivery receipt. You’ll have three business days to unload your belongings before a driver picks up the containers for the final time.

…What Customers Say

Some customers, like Dan B. from Seattle, WA, end up with deliveries far outside what was in the quoted schedule. He said,

“We were told that the cube wouldn’t arrive until the next Monday, 21 days after it had been originally picked up, a full 14 business days from when it was supposed to arrive.” Others, like Darryl F. from Marina del Rey, CA, praised U-Pack for “Drop-offs and pick-ups in precise small windows, and helpful staff in every interaction.”

How Does U-Pack Compare to PODS?

As another mid-level moving service, PODS has many similarities to U-Pack, including self-serve loading and unloading with weatherproof, steel-framed moving containers that drivers drop at the customer’s door.

Unlike U-Pack, PODS offers three sizes of moving containers – 7 feet, 12 feet and 16 feet. They also let you keep the container for up to 30 days, versus 6 days total for U-Pack, although you will pay for each day you use it.

PODS has service areas in 48 states, versus 50 states for U-Pack, but the company also handles local, same-state and state-to-state moves instead of mainly state-to-state moves.

The final difference is in the cost, with PODS, according to HireAHelper.com, costing on average about $800 to $1,000 more.

How Does U-Pack Compare to 1-800-PACK-RAT?

A third competitor is 1-800-PACK-RAT. While this company offers the same self-serve loading and unloading, its containers are all-steel and said to be stronger than U-Pack’s and fully weather-resistant.

1-800-PACK-RAT offers moving containers in three sizes – 8 feet, 12 feet and 16 feet – with barn-style doors, unlike U-Pack’s single size option. They also include 30 days of use in the quoted price, which is substantially more than U-Pack’s 6 days.

While the moving service has fewer service areas than U-Pack, it does offer local and long-distance moves. Long-distance moves also come with $10,000 worth of complimentary content protection, but upgrades for any move type are available for an extra charge.

1-800-PACK-RAT, according to HireAHelper.com, is more expensive than U-Pack and similar in price to PODS.

How Does U-Pack Compare to Full-Service Movers?

Full-service movers offer local and long-distance moves, while U-Pack is limited to long-distance only. They also include full liability coverage and professional movers, while U-Pack leaves the packing and unpacking up to you and offers much more limited liability coverage.

If you’re on a strict budget, you’ll be drawn in by the significant savings that U-Pack offers; however, you’ll also need to be able to pack your belongings just as well as the professionals do.

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U-Pack may cost you less for transportation, but it might cost you more in replacing belongings should anything happen during transit, such as shifting or container leakage.

A state-to-state (not cross-country) move using full-service movers could be the ideal balance between cost, efficiency, reliability and quality of service. If you have a larger budget and are unable to or prefer not to DIY your move, consider requesting quotes from your local independent full-service movers.

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Green Drop Donations: Review and Overview

It’s only when it comes time to packing up for a big move that the startling revelation occurs – you’re somewhat of a hoarder! In fact, you may be well on your way to getting your own TLC show! Before the stress of packing everything up gets to you, find out how GreenDrop Charitable Donations can help. Find out how you can give them to those in need – and simplify your move at the same time. Read on for eight reasons to consider GreenDrop donations for your big upcoming move.

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1. What is GreenDrop?

GreenDrop is a donation service that accepts gently used items for resale in thrift stores. The money raised from the sale of these once unwanted goods supports charities like Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia, and the American Red Cross. According to GreenDrop’s website, “In 2015, charity proceeds from the sale of the donated goods to the thrift stores exceeded $2.5 million – supporting charitable programs locally and nationwide.”

You can find GreenDrop locations all over Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virgina. You can consult their locations listing directly on their website or you can click here to schedule a pick-up.

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2. What Does GreenDrop Accept?

Before scheduling a pickup or planning a drop-off, it’s probably a good idea to get familiar with what this charitable organization does and does not accept. GreenDrop accepts clothing, shoes, kitchenware, toys, unused and unopened toiletries, small appliances, small furniture, electronics, books, sporting equipment and loads more.

You can actually verify a more detailed list right here. The only things GreenDrop does not accept are items that are both too large and heavy, like dishwashers, or beds, children’s car seats and other items that may be dangerous once expired, and a few other common household items. To verify the complete list of unacceptable items, you can visit their website for more information.

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3. How Do My Donations Work?

Once GreenDrop accepts your unwanted items, they are sorted and placed for sale at local thrift shops at reasonable and affordable prices. The money raised from the sale of these items goes right back into the community to finance programs many needy American families depend on. Your donation is also an environmentally-friendly choice according to Greendrop’s website: “Not only do you make a charitable donation, but you make a difference for the environment – by extending the life of unwanted items to individuals in need.”

4. Who Are these Charitable Organizations?

The American Red Cross services the entire nation, providing disaster relief and emergency aid to citizens in need. Without this humanitarian organization, natural disaster survivors all across America would be hungry, homeless, and alone.

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The Military Order of the Purple Heart works to fund services for veterans across the country. Whether it is in the form of physical rehabilitation, welfare, or caring for surviving family members, this organization puts the care of our valued veterans and their families above all else.

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An equally charitable organization, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and oldest organization in America for the blind. Their mission is to help deliver services and tools to the visually impaired.

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Finally, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia believes in one core value: “Neighbors helping neighbors.” Your donations can quickly convert into what GreenDrop calls “critical dollars.” Proceeds are used to better the nation and provide care to those who need it most.

 

5. How Do I Donate?

A great feature of the GreenDrop program is that it is remarkably easy to donate. If you’re in the middle of a move, you probably don’t have tons of time to spare. To make donating simple and easy, you can either drop off your unwanted goods at one of the many GreenDrop locations in your area or call to schedule a pick-up.

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6. Home Clean-Out Service

After the death of a loved one, sorting through a lifetime of items can be an overwhelming task – especially for those still grieving the loss of their relative. GreenDrop offers a Concierge service that will come straight to your location and help you sort through all the furniture, clothing, and household items suitable for donation. This way, you don’t need to do all the triage of goods completely on your own, wondering what can be donated and what can’t. GreenDrop’s goal is to make donations as easy as possible.

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7. Is GreenDrop a Legitimate Organization?

With many unverified websites promoting fake services, it can be tough to decipher whether or not one company is legitimate or not. The best way to confirm this is to check with the verified organizations they work with.

For example, the American Red Cross confirms their partnership with GreenDrop on their website, encouraging Americans to opt for donating rather than simply throwing away their products. You can also verify the company on the GreenDrop LinkedIn page, where you can connect with some of their 500 employees. You’ll also be able to confirm their contact information and read user reviews.

8. What Do People Have to Say About GreenDrop?

From the feedback on GreenDrop’s website, you’ll see that hundreds of people have had a great experience in working with them.

Jill K. from Rosedale, MD, says, “Thank you so much for coordinating my pick up and assisting me with getting much of mom’s items donated to Purple Heart. I appreciate everyone’s assistance and help in making my overwhelming job of clearing out my mom’s condo much easier. ”

Linda and Paul of Street, MD, echo those same positive sentiments. “We would be happy to recommend GreenDrop to anyone who needs this valuable service. We are happy to know that our donation will help the good work of the Purple Heart,” they wrote.

Yelp user Taheera B. of New Orleans, LA says she was satisfied with how simple the drop-off actually was. “The process was super easy! I pulled up with my bags. The gentleman came and asked where I wanted the items donated…He got my bags. I got an email. And that’s that,” she says. Another Yelp user says she will consider a GreenDrop donation again. “You can select where your donation goes to from several charities, in my case Purple Heart,” says Patricia G. of Arlington, VA. “I’ll be happy to drop off donations again in the future, thanks to the easy process, convenient location and helpful, pleasant staff.”

Conclusion

Whether you’re moving in Fairfax, Baltimore, or Montclair, donating your unused items through Green Drop Charitable Donations can make a big difference to the charities they support.  Green Drop offers a great service to anyone moving that needs to offload items they don’t want to bring with them.    Green Drop supports wonderful charities and their Concierge service (available in Philadelphia) offers a huge help to those with large amounts of stuff to donate.

If a move looms in your future, check out these other helpful articles on how to prepare for a smooth move day: