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We moved from Texas to Tennessee. They came to our house packed it all up. Even when I forgot to confirm the move they made it out to pack it up. The movers in Texas were efficient and kind. The movers in Tennessee unloaded everything and were also kind and efficient. The people working for this company are kind, understanding, and work hard to please their customers. I would definitely recommend this company to others.
I can honestly say I have had some pretty horrific things occur to me in my life, but having to deal with an UNETHICAL and FRAUDULENT moving company as United/Aaction Movers of Fargo has moved to the top of the list!! Having to deal with the most dishonest human being I have ever met, the regional moving coordinator, Shannon **, makes even the most unscrupulous used car salesmen look like Mother Theresa!!
Where to begin the nightmare that won't seem to end. I scheduled to have my furniture picked up in Fargo on 4/17 to be delivered by United Van Lines in Clovis NM a week and a half later per Ms. **. I gave them my credit card number (HUGE mistake) and had planned to put the cost of the move $3654 for a one-bedroom apartment which I had completely packed, disassembled, boxed, bubble-wrapped, blanketed and shrink wrapped before the movers arrived. The guys who did the actual work were nice and loaded my items in a timely manner.
From there, the move went straight to HELL!! I was in touch with Shannon daily to ensure my items were crated and picked up so that I didn't have to sleep on an air mattress any longer than absolutely necessary. I have severe back issues, so sleeping on an air mattress for an extended period causes major muscle spasms. Ms. ** was fully aware of the urgency of getting my items to me as expeditiously as possible. Each of the following days I was assured my belongings had been carefully crated and were awaiting a pick up by United from their Fargo warehouse. Per Ms. ** I should have my belongings as of today, April 26th at the latest.
Fast forward to this past Tuesday, April 23rd and Estes moving has been contacted to move my things. I was not made aware that anyone other than United would be moving my things since that is the reason I went with Aaction in the first place. I was furious!! I sent her an email telling her that she could place a hold on my credit card for the full amount, but that I would be paying by certified check ONCE I finally receive my items. She charged my credit card anyway against my direct request to change my method of payment.
Now, I place a review on Yelp and get a response from their CSR at United in MO. She informs me she will help me get this resolved, yet refuses to call me back with updates on what is occurring with my belongings. I have some unknown freight carrier with a reputation far worse than United, hauling my belongings without my consent, AND they have my $3600, so I may never see my belongings again. I have a full inventory of everything that was picked up in Fargo, but am very concerned about the sticky-fingered felons that work for Aaction during the week my belongings were sitting unmatched while Ms. ** lied to my face!!
I will update if and when I ever do get my things, but for now please be aware of this company and its fraudulent and unethical business practices. I told several friends I was having some very bad vibes about using this company and now I know why!! Trust your gut and all of the bad reviews so you don't have to live through this nightmare!! Yes, I have contacted the FTC, BBB and anyone that can help ensure these crooks don't do this to anyone else!! You trust your belongings and livelihood to crooks and this is what happens!! Please don't get yourself in the same horrific situation with a disreputable company like Aaction who will take your money and leave you wondering if you will ever see your belongings again.... Please save yourself the nightmare, sleep deprivation, and stress of dealing with these crooks!!
United/Planes subcontracted to a local company to prepare our grandfather clock for shipping. Subcontractor broke the clock while doing so. They lied to us and to the BBB saying it was broken before they touched it. United's movers plastic wrapped two of our four couches; not sure why they didn't plastic wrap all of them. One of the non-wrapped couches was white. It arrived covered in black streaks on the bottom 8 inches as if it was dragged through dirt. They also lied about that claiming it was dirty before they touched it. They also broke the door to our dryer, 3 picture frames, and a few smaller items, and refused to take responsibility for any of those items either. They just kept lying until we filed a BBB complaint and then refused to respond at all. Stay FAR away from this awful company.
Movers placed "fragile" boxes on the bottom! 24" boxes now 6" - crushed! Smashed mirrors to shards! Couch not covered and fabric worn into holes. Put a fireplace with casters under so much weight it flattened casters and broke the frame! Coffee and end tables scratched and broken! All items literally tossed into their truck. Movers insisted there was no damage. When filing claim they insist a typed signature (as an e signature) was all they had and could not provide any actual signature. Frustratingly bad service, attitude and claims process!
If you use this company in Western Idaho or Eastern Oregon BEWARE! The estimator will go very high and this is the weight they charge you for. If your move weighs less they will refund you about 25 cents on the dollar. These estimators work by commission and it is to their advantage to go high and not explain the way the move will be billed. We were told it was all about weight but nothing else was offered by way of explanation. We left or sold many items because we were under the impression it would save us money by weighing less. This was not even close to the truth. Hold your estimator's feet to the fire and ask questions if you have any. Don't let them fast talk you into complacency. The only thing close to the information given was the time it would take to arrive and that was 2 days longer than the 12 initially said. The arrival crew and driver were very good and went beyond.
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Moved across country. Paid over $8000 for move. Our belongings came in 2 separate loads, 2 weeks apart. Many missing and broken items. The driver refused to give me the contents list to check off as they unloaded, saying "I did it for you". He made me sign for the contents and then gave me the list. After reviewing it there were many missing items that he had checked off as delivered. My husband drove his 100th anniversary edition Harley to the United warehouse, placed the cover on it and it came without the cover.
My gas pressure washer was in my armoire along with the garden hose and tender. Boxes were shoved into my freezer and the controls were broken. A few of the missing items were located in Kentucky. They sent them to us along with a piece of a TV stand that wasn't mine. When I called them to return to rightful owner, they told me to throw it out. Wonder if that's what happened to my things? Dealt with claims for over 6 months. They said there were missing items they would not cover as they were not documented properly. Even though we called them immediately to report. Claims team was rude and completely not helpful. Terrible customer service.
Never use this company! We were a military move & they damaged most of our furniture. Grease, sweat, rips, tears, if you don't inspect it while they are at your house, they will screw you out of reimbursement or compensation to get a replacement. The guy they send out to inspect your items is an arrogant jerk. I was naturally upset because our furniture was damaged and he said you're not helping this situation. I said, "Excuse me? Your company got grease and sweat stains all over my brand new cloth furniture and you expect me to be happy?" Seriously.
United Van Lines wants to give you 24 hour delivery notice but unable to give you a 24-48 hours delivery window. Instead, they want to give you 5 day window but willing to charge you outrageous storage fees if you can't coordinate delivery within 24 hours.
I recently moved home from Arizona to Oregon to spend my remaining days with my family. I hired AAction Movers which is a part of United Van Lines, 303 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, 480-730-5006. I decided on United due to their BBB rating and reputation. I am in my 70’s, doing this move all on my own, packing, etc. I have 4 Dachshunds that rode with me in the 2 ½ day drive, so my car was very full. I had to limit what I could take with me, so I sealed my valuable rings and bracelets in a box, wrapped them in clothes and hid them in my dresser. I know now what a huge mistake that was, but being naïve and trusting I thought it was safe.
Two packers came Nov. 1, 2018 to load me. One was tagging everything, quite a job, and the other was moving my things to the truck. I was in the garage when he brought my dresser down to wrap it, but had to run into the house to handle things. When I came back out the dresser was wrapped and sealed in blankets and moved to the truck. When the dresser was unloaded in Oregon it was still sealed. I immediately opened the drawer holding my valuables, only to discover the clothes wadded up, the box open and empty. Not wanting to believe the obvious I took the drawers out to the wood bottom but not one item was there. The guy had stolen several bracelets, including a diamond tennis bracelet, and about 30 rings which included diamonds, sapphires, tourmaline, opals, pearls, aquamarine, smokey quartz, lapis, etc, etc. valued well over $20,000. Including my passport and SS card!
I filed a claim with United, it was not even researched, within 2 days I had my denial letter from them. No apologies. The worker is still working at AAction, continuing his felon theft actions. I want everyone to know DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY! Among the rings were my grandmother's and my mother’s rings, priceless to me. This hurts terribly, and I have to live with their actions daily, I am broken hearted. I try to tell myself it's only material items, but at my age I planned my daughter and granddaughter would get to cherish these as much as I have. Please learn from my HUGE mistake!
Really bad. They told us we're supposed to get our stuff here in Arkansas anywhere between 11/19- 1/26 but no show, today is December 03rd, 7 days into late shipment and still no show. Now the delivery is for December 7th but they just told me that other part of our stuff will be delivered in as a separate container, and I don't know when... Please don't waste your time, money and health by hiring them. Do NOT hire them.
I recently moved across the country and used this company. As you can imagine any move is stressful. I went into this with a very positive attitude. The entire move from start to finish was a TRAIN WRECK! OMG! If I could only go back and do it all over again I would have ran not walked. The bottom line is this. They come to your house for your consultation. You are promised the world with great care. After you agree and sign your paperwork, you no longer exist! I moved from one side of the states to the other. They screwed everything up from my crating, the transfer of my car as well as my delivery day of my furniture. I was told my car would be delivered to me at my new location doorstep clean and with great care. After all, they charge big money for it.
My car was dropped off to me in the middle of a highway in moving traffic, dirty filthy by a man who spoke no English. He grunted and left me standing there? I was called by the manager and was told that my furniture would arrive that coming Monday morning between 8:00am and 10:00am and that I was supposed to be up and ready to go!!! Well, once again I got up and waited, and waited, and waited? Umm, NO SHOW!? AGAIN!!! Over and over. When I called to find out where they were, no one knows who I am or what I am talking about??? (I mean, umm, they do have my furniture and most of all I own on their truck and do not know anything about it?) Hello?! And if that were not bad enough, they acted like I was a problem and how dare I call them out on sending me on yet another wild goose chase?
They screwed up the crating of my items, my car and my furniture delivery. And also please note: This company uses CONTRACTORS. In other words, they do not handle all of this themselves. They contract other companies to take over for them. But what they do not tell you is that the contractors they hire, hire other contractors. And those contractors use other contractors. And those contractors hire other contractors. Therefore you have 20 different people giving you 50 different stories as to why no one knows where anything is or where it is going, etc??? It is totally Crazy! I was given an Unpacking fee of $400.00 and went with it.
After the fact I decided to unpack myself because there were so many screwups. I was afraid to let them do it. I had hundreds of boxes. They told me I would be refunded the $400.00 for doing it myself. I never got the check or heard back from them. So I called their Corporate Office to complain. The woman I spoke to was nice and looked into all of this for me. I was reimbursed some money for the screwup of my car. (Not enough for what I went through). That was about it. The $400.00 dollars I paid for the unpacking fee. Nope! She acted like it never existed. She offered me a ($25.00), YES YOU READ IT RIGHT. A $25.00 refund for the "Unpacking". Do the math people? They are now claiming that the fee for (2 PEOPLE TO COME TO MY HOUSE AND UNPACK HUNDREDS OF BOXES IS $25.00?) REALLY????
The executive at Corporate would not even address the fact that they kept giving me the wrong day and made me wait outside in the blazing sun only to realize they never showed up? She did not care! She acted as if I were a troublemaker by even bringing this up??? If I could only go back in time. It was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life. I am so glad its over. I would not take the time to write this review if I were not passionate about helping someone else out who might make the same mistake I did. BEWARE PEOPLE!
I chose United because I wanted a reputable moving company. I was moving my parents, an 89 year-old and 85 year-old. Timing was critical due to their health and my arranging the move long-distance. The cost was almost twice as much as other companies but the United rep (who did an inventory of my parents' home) promised everything that was needed. Needless to say, your company didn't come through with ANYTHING THAT WAS PROMISED!!! The entire experience was inexcusable.
United's decision to partner with Nilson Van and Storage is a prime example of poor choices within your company. Have you looked at Nilson's social media comments??? Had I known that your company was going to sub out the job to Nilson, I would have NEVER selected United. The only glimmer of service occurred with the young man and woman who delivered the contents of my parents, Dean and Raven. They were as efficient (and professional) as a 2-person team could be.
Well let me state that I am closing on a house very quickly in Boca Raton. My lady only has certain days she can open the house for estimators. Long story short - had no desire to help me with the stressful move. Quote: "Well the reason is we just don't have anyone. Plus we need 10 days!" You don't need to know my response to him. My guy who said "gee sorry" Bill ** something - my phone guy - want to say Matt? Oh your sister company Mayflower - "11/7 4:15 no problem!!" Moving is stressful enough but to not even want to help - shame on all of you guys - I would fire you both of you!
Oh I just wanted to add -- I DID NOT SET UP THAT DATE. THEY DID AND SAID REPRESENTATIVE WILL CALL TO CONFIRM! I said I would need to check with my lady to open house -- my God you were the one who gave me that date! If they can't even remember they gave you the date I suggest you move onto another company NOW.
United Van Lines, through its agent Chipman Relocations, moved our goods with a small amount of damage in the amount of $656.00. Zero deductible damage insurance had been bought (at extra cost), but Chipman offered to pay only half. My attorney advised Chipman that their offer was in violation of the contract and also violated fair trade practice laws. Chipman amended its offer to within $143.50 of the damage claim and said if I didn't accept, the offer and the claim would be considered closed.
On advice of counsel, the cost to recover the small balance, including time, was not worth the effort (and the movers know this) so I accepted the partial payment. Now, after reading the reviews of United I am sorry I didn't read them prior to selecting United. I won't make that mistake again. A notification of this information has been submitted to the California Better Business Bureau, complete with my attorney's statements.
You can't imagine the heartbreak as I opened the boxes and found so many broken items. We have moved several times before and never experienced this degree of disrespect for our belongings. The boxes left our home, in Pennsylvania, in pristine condition and arrived at our new home, in Canada, all mangled and the contents completely destroyed. We have a beautiful armoire from Brazil which had made the trip unscathed but with this moving company it arrived with pieces broken off. The driver of the truck had such a bad attitude and clearly did not care. Our pots for plants were all broken and the box they were packed in was completely mangled. My good China had broken items and I could go on and on. This is the absolute worst experience of my life and I will never be able to replace some of our belongings.
The guys showed up, asked to sign paperwork first thing. I noticed that the price was different than I was originally told. The driver, Sal said "It's ok just sign," I said, "It's not ok because I don't understand this price," he said "We'll figure it out later." They moved their truck across the parking lot and it took about 6 tries to get the truck started. I asked if the truck was going to make it to Kansas City and he laughed. I showed them to my storage unit and he said "We have to charge you $250 cash since it's long distance." I had no idea what he was talking about, but came to understand that since my unit was more than 75 feet from the door they charge a fee.
No one ever explained this to me. They proceeded to load my things, dropping boxes off the truck ramp and nearly tipping my couch upside down. When they finished they asked if I was meeting them there tonight, I said, "No. We had agreed on tomorrow," I don't even get the keys to my apartment until tomorrow. They agreed. When they arrived the next day they told me I owed $1000, I had been told I'd pay $610 at delivery. Sal said "OK I guess we'll have to take your stuff and lock it up if you don't pay." They threatened me! I was like, "I'm sorry but these are the numbers I was given." Sal said "I don't know about that you pay me $1000." He called his "boss" who I talked in circles with until he finally said "Fine don't pay it whatever." This company is a scam. SAVE YOURSELF THE MONEY AND THE STRESS.
You have 2 choices for a contract: binding and non-binding. The non-binding is an estimate but the actual price is determined by weighing the truck before and after loading. There are horror stories of the estimate being seriously low and actual price being significantly higher. The “binding” is sold as something that is written in stone, but it actually isn’t. That’s what we chose.
With a “binding” contract, there are several ways the price can go up. The operations manager of the moving company can decide at the last minute that the van will not be able to park in front of your house, because the road is too narrow, too busy or some other reason. In that case you have to pay for a shuttle van. When the sales rep came out to our house to make the estimate, he determined that our road was wide enough for the van, which was true because we’d moved into the house with the van parked on the road.
However, the day before the packers were coming, the sales rep told me that the operations manager had determined, just by looking at Google maps, that our road was too narrow and that it would cost $1200 for the shuttle. I tried in vain to contact the operations manager. Fortunately the packers sent word back that the road was fine, so we didn’t have to pay for the shuttle. Get it in writing in your contract that you won’t need a shuttle before you sign it.
The contract gives you a 5-day time frame in which the van will arrive. The fine print says that the company is required to deliver your goods with “reasonable dispatch.” The definition of “reasonable dispatch” in their literature is the 5-day time frame, but this is a blatant lie. I called the federal agency that oversees moving vans, and the legal definition is 21 business days, which is 30 calendar days! Our van showed up 10 calendar days late. This left us in an empty house with a dog for 10 days. Fortunately we have kind neighbors who loaned us stuff, so we were OK.
Your contract gives you $100 per diem, but motels and food cost much more than that. Plan for the worst. Have a contingency plan, pack accordingly and don’t plan anything that can't be canceled for the month after the van is supposed to come. Most of our goods arrived safely, but several pieces of nice furniture were damaged. The movers wrapped them in blankets but didn’t secure the blankets. When you’re talking with the sales rep, ask her about how furniture is wrapped. Some movers use a huge Saran-like wrap to secure the blankets. Make sure you oversee the movers when they're loading the furniture. You'll need at least 2 people there to supervise on the loading and unloading days, and 3 would be even better.
DO NOT USE UNITED VAN LINES, unless you want to have a really bad experience. At the beginning I felt like I was dealing with professionals, Greg ** came to my apartment to estimate the cost of the moving, he was very nice and knew what he was doing (sell me the service). After a few days I contacted Greg to confirm their service. After that Greg assigned me a coordinator, Pascal **, I was dealing with Pascal now. My "coordinators" should have another title, they were not able to coordinate anything. First was Pascal **, he was so unprofessional and never responded any emails, just one, which was the confirmation of the payment. That’s all! The day of the moving he did not answer my calls, movers were very late and he was not able to give an answer.
Then they assigned me another "coordinator" Dana **, she was nice at the beginning (first 2-3 emails) then she was MIA (missing in action). When I asked about my refund check due to lateness, she couldn't answer and asked another colleague to jump in. Pascal and Dana should have the title of secretary, not even operators because they don't pick up phone calls.
Movers arrived late, about 7-9 hours late, my coordinator was not able to tell me an approximate time of arrival, I spent the whole day waiting. When they arrived, no dollies, no lifting belts, no gloves. No protection at all for the movers, well I don't really care anyways. They took their sweet time moving the boxes, it was just literally boxes, no furniture at all. They moved 1 box at the time and then I checked outside the apartment and they were smoking, sitting on the truck laughing and then I realized that they get pay by the hour, of course! So lazy and unprofessional, what can I expect from them.
Timewise was ok compared when they picked up the items. 1 box was crushed, I asked what happened and the answer was, "I have no idea, I don't know what happened here." My boxes were really thick and I taped everything to death and still they managed to crush a box, honestly the only way to crush that box is with a truck to run over it, but movers had no idea. They just dropped the boxes one after another one, that's all. Of course, they did not care at all.
Incompetent driver shows up and yells at my wife, fills out his item list and marks every item as soiled and badly damaged. It was nearly brand new furniture. Then refuses to answer his phone to update us on delivery date. He lies to us about the delivery because he failed to maintain the brakes on the rear trailer and everything caught on FIRE! Total loss of every item from our house. Equivalent to your house burning down. We were never given an explanation as to the cause, or as to why he lied. Please! Never use this company!
From start to finish United was a nightmare. This was a paid corporate move and what I thought should be my easiest move ever. Boy was I wrong! Upon immediately showing up, the movers asked me to leave my apartment and go buy them food, which they did not cover the cost of. They took more than 6 hours to pack a tiny 1 bedroom carriage apartment. They took so long that I had to leave to check into a hotel and come back, and when I did they had the truck mostly loaded. No one told me that I was supposed to count boxes going into the truck. Nor was I informed that the inventory list needed to be more detailed that it was. They forgot some stuff and threw it in the truck last minute, telling me it would all get accounted for.
They took over a month to finally deliver my items, and when they finally arrived, my couch was torn (and I have photos of the sliding it into a splintered wooden crate unwrapped!!). There was also thousands of dollars of stuff missing. They made me wait another 3 weeks before someone came out just to inspect the repairs, then another 4 weeks before they came back out to do a sub par repair on the damaged furniture.
I've now lived in my new city for 3 months waiting for this to be resolved. Now they refuse to pay the claim because the missing items were not detailed on the inventory sheet. I had 2 duvet covers and down comforter go missing, which was labeled "bedding" on inventory, which apparently doesn't count. They did a sloppy job moving, a sloppy job taking inventory, took FOREVER to get my stuff moved, then refused to take responsibility for the missing items. A nightmare from beginning to end... Moving is stressful. United Van Lines makes it hell.
We recently moved from Minneapolis to Phoenix. We were given a 7 day range for delivery of furniture with the last date of June 25. That day came and went and then we were told that the furniture would be delivered on July 3. We explained that we would not be available on that date and our travel plans had been disclosed during the original estimating and scheduling process. Because we were not available, United did not feel that they owed us any late fees. Beware that if you use this company, be prepared to put your life on hold until they get good and ready to deliver your belongings. They basically hold you hostage. Complaints fell on deaf ears with the attitude of "too bad". So glad that we could go on vacation and save United money!
My last day of delivery was August 1st. I had this timed out so that even if my things were delivered on the last possible day it would be before I started my new job (that I moved across the country for). My agent didn't contact me until August 7th to see if August 10th would work for delivery. I said yes, if after 5pm because I just started my job and didn't have any time off (I didn't feel like I should inconvenience myself even more for the company's failings). She said she would check and get back to me. Of course she didn't and I didn't hear from her again until August 13th when she asked if the 18th would work. It did and my things were delivered that day.
When I asked her about a claim, she said she submitted one on my behalf for $900. I asked why $900 when my items were 17 days late. She said that I "refused delivery" on August 10th, which of course I never did, and so I only got a refund from August 1st through the 10th. Not only did I never refuse delivery, if she would have said that after 5pm wouldn't work on the 10th I could have tried to work it out with my boss, but SHE NEVER CONTACTED ME.
My brand new furniture was broken along with several other items. After giving bad reviews an inspector was sent out and a few of my wooden items repaired. Almost 2 months later no word of any replacement items. I called and spoke to some guy who simply said authorization for repair was given, really? News to me!! Bad news for him, my sofa and loveseat were never even sat on. They were brand new, I want them replace with brand new!! Not repaired garbage!! This company is crap and I will never ever use them or let anyone I know use them!!
My brother had recommended United Van Lines for my move from PA to OR. I should have done more research. They did make the last day of the delivery window but the truck broke down twice on route. I did all my packing myself and used a ton of padding and bubble wrap and all breakables were in sturdy plastic bins and labeled fragile. 20% of my dishes arrived broken included crystal that I had listed on the special high value form. They sent someone to my house who couldn’t believe the extent of the damage. The company refused to pay a penny since I had done the packing myself. In addition 2 containers were lost and an antique armoire was cracked in four places because the driver filled it with plastic bins and moved it off the truck while it was filled with the added weight.
I am still waiting to hear back on my claim for the damaged and lost items. I realize this is a tough industry and mistakes can happen but I am amazed that this company can stay in business by not taking responsibility for their mistakes. The men who picked up my stuff in PA were great and very careful. The most important person is the driver. Because his truck broke down twice, he was very frazzled when he arrived. He hired local young men who unloaded the entire truck to the garage and than moved the contents into the house. They were not paying attention to labels. Some boxes were delivered upside down. Everyone was rushing. The woman checking off the labels had me sign sheets saying everything was delivered.
Later I realized I was missing my computer and three chairs. They came back having found the items on the truck plus three additional bins. 2 bins have never been recovered. So obviously their labeling system doesn’t work well. You may want to keep inventory of everything you pack and take pictures of the contents of each box. I am Single so I was not able to supervise all of the moving activities all at once. The driver was in the phone much of the time and wasn’t supervising either although at one time he saw one of the movers use a box cutter to remove plastic wrap from my couch which is against policy since it can result in slashed furniture. Overall, my main complaint is with the company who is not taking responsibility for broken and damaged items even though I paid for insurance.
I too have had a terrible experience with this company. We asked every few days when our stuff would come after being picked up from our place July 5. We were given a date of July 20 then we were told our stuff would be delivered July 24 (18 days after they picked it up in Atlanta). Then we were told by our contact at 4:50 pm ET that our stuff would be delayed until Aug 7 with no reason given. Then I tried to call her right away and she did not answer. Then I emailed and got an automatic response back saying she would return emails the next morning. So she clearly waited until the very end of the day to deliver the bad news. Now I have no idea where my life's items are or when they will actually be delivered. I worked with Allied in the past and everything went smooth, should have used them again and so should you. These guys suck. And living in Bay Area now that supposed $100 bucks a day compensation is really no help.
Updated on 07/30/2018: Now the stuff showed up early Sunday morning five days late (24 days after they picked it up), meaning I had to get up early on a Sunday ruining my sleep for the whole week only to find a broken dish and FOUR boxes missing, including my expensive clothes. And they have no answer as to where my stuff is. And my $100 dollars a day compensation ends with the incomplete shipment AND I was told the earliest I will have an update as to where my stuff is Thursday (today is Monday). So if this is the No. 1 moving company in the country, I suggest no one leave their things in the hands of ANY moving company. So yes, what I am saying is, they deliver our stuff late, they deliver it incomplete and I receive nothing but a message to wait some more. Unreal. This nightmare is never going to end. And they have my $8000 dollars and will have to get lawyers involved.
LONG-DISTANCE MOVERS BEWARE. I'm giving this a 2-star as most of our item arrived in good condition and we did get some money for the damage/insured ones (not quite as much as we paid for our insurance). However, we feel we were intentionally deceived and had the wool pulled over our eyes.
We moved from Sammamish, WA to Grand Junction, Colorado. We had 3 storage rooms full which needed to be moved into the truck then transported. The EXPERIENCED DRIVER told my husband and me to GO guide the movers regarding the 3 storage rooms. When I came down to talk with the driver he apologized and said they already loaded the whole front of the truck. Never doing a long-distance move I didn't understand the significance of this breach. So, first, he told us to GO and work to guide the movers then knowingly loaded the truck without us there NOR was he responsible to do the inventory himself which HE knew had to be done.
When the truck was fully loaded he wanted me to sign the inventory. However, he numbered the pages as 12 and there were actually 14. So, besides not doing the truck inventory he "neglected" to include 2 full pages of inventory that was documented! Since there are 30 items per page, the two pages he neglected (which could easily be removed from the final inventory) equaled 60 inventoried items. Along with the 60 boxes the whole front of the truck had no inventory. Easily there were easily over 100 items he didn't inventory.
Over a number of weeks as we gradually emptied all of the boxes and found some things were missing (mostly garage tools, large pricey hammock impossible to miss, some house boxes). When we called about the problem we were told it wasn't possible because the truck was empty. The fact of the matter was that many boxes could have been pulled before the truck ever arrived at our home. The driver was very nice, but this felt intentionally orchestrated by him. Since the he knew the rules, I believe this lack of inventory was very intentional and he pulled a number of boxes before we had any delivered. I may be wrong, but I'd not be surprised if he had himself a good garage sale.
We should have stayed and done the inventory ourselves but we trusted the driver and did as he directed. It never dawned on us all this deception was being done right under our noses. IF THIS WAS DONE TO US, I HAVE NO DOUBT IT HAS BEEN DONE TO OTHERS TOO. Bottom-line; they basically said "TOUGH LUCK". They said it was our responsibility stay with the truck and do the full inventory ourselves. It did not matter how the driver had guided us at the time of inventory. So - buyers beware - stay with the truck - supervise the inventory - don't trust the driver's instruction - and don't trust the company to assist in any way.
If I could give negative stars I would! This has by far been the WORST moving experience I have ever had, and I've moved a lot. I've lived in 11 states in the past 11 years and have never had a move so delayed and damaged. They picked up our items June 27 and guaranteed their delivery window between July 5-10th. I called on the July 5th because I hadn't heard of an update of when our items would arrive. Kristen told us our stuff would be loaded on the 6th and they would call us when it was on its way.
On the 6th she called and said the driver canceled and that it wouldn't be loaded onto a truck until the 10th, which is the last day of our guarantee window. Further she said it was going to go further into North GA, away from our TX destination and they to Fort Worth/Dallas to drop off that other load first -- driving right past Austin. THEN, when it's on that truck they call to tell us it's now in South Carolina and it has to go to North Carolina. With no delivery estimate. So, not only is our stuff not coming to us, it's going further away.
Then they tell us it's off that truck and they are searching for another driver. They tell us our stuff will now be loaded on Saturday July 14 and we can expect it Wednesday July 18th. The driver calls Sunday and says they are coming Monday July 16th. Then he gets here on Monday morning and first thing out of his mouth is "I don't have all of your stuff. I told them it wouldn't fit because I had another big job". So 9 of our large boxes were knowingly left behind and no one bothered to tell us until our partial shipment arrived.
THEN, they refuse to accept accountability for it only being a partial shipment. Even though all 9 of those boxes are on the ORIGINAL manifest and all should be arriving together. We have no estimated date for the rest of our items and we've spoken with 4 different people and nothing is remedied. On top of this, multiple boxes were smashed, broken furniture, gouges out of the dresser, handle broke off, drawer shattered, brand new mattress stained down the whole side with something brown. Never trust your items with these people or United Van Lines (these are the people who Suddath were coordinated our move through). You may never get your stuff and when you do it will be beat up and in awful condition. Terrible.
If you book your move with United, you must be aware that their pickup and delivery guarantee means NOTHING! Our items were picked up to be moved by United Van Lines on June 27 from NC to NE. We were guaranteed a 4-10 day delivery window with the last possible date of delivery being July 7th. All communications with United were clear and smooth until the pickup day. After United loaded our items, there was no more communication with them that wasn't initiated by me. It's currently July 10, and we still don't have our items. Since July 5, I have been attempting to contact my representative at United but no one would return my calls or emails. The United website provided us an estimated delivery date of July 7th (and currently states that delivery date). It wasn't until July 9 that I was informed that United will not deliver our items until July 17 (at the earliest).
We were given a guaranteed delivery window that accommodated our schedules (including starting new jobs), which is the main reason for choosing this carrier. However once our items were loaded in NC, I didn't receive any updates or info on the status of our move. I wasn't provided any updates as promised, and now they are informing me that it will be 20 days from pickup before my items and furniture can be delivered. I feel United misled us from the very start. Even though we were guaranteed a delivery window of 4-10 days, we are stuck in Nebraska with nothing! Everything we own is on that moving truck (in the July heat), and United is being indifferent about the fact our items have not been delivered. This is completely unfair, misleading, and deceptive... And $100 per day doesn't come close to making up for the situation we are currently facing because of this delay.
If we would have known from the start that they couldn't deliver our items until July 17, we would have NEVER booked them. United has all of our items and sees no need to honor their initial agreement specified in the Estimate and Bill of Lading. I'm left helpless! I feel as if United baited us into using their services knowing all along that they wouldn't be able to deliver on time. I've tried communicating with corporate office, but they are having no impact on the situation. United simply doesn't care about the well being of their customers or the well being of their personal items. What angers me the most is no one is even acting like our situation is a priority. We are just inanimate objects that they forget about when they leave work and go home... There's no care being given to the fact we are real people with real lives being impacted by this deception. And tossing money at the situation doesn't make it better.
We were reassured repeatedly that any or all concerns that may arise would be handled and to trust them and their many years of experience. So we did. HUGE mistake. A majority of our furniture (about 75%) was damaged - some dropped, some mishandled, some not wrapped properly for transport and therefore damaged, dirty or just broken. Dealing with a claim has been a terrible pain and they have found every possible way out of paying for damaged items. Bottom line: find someone else to trust with your belongings because they don’t care, their movers don’t care and the customer service and claims department do not care either.
My husband and I moved from Tacoma, Washington to Michigan and had our belongings picked up June 7th from our home. We paid over $9,000 to the agreed services of Morgan Transfer (affiliated with United) and trusted their contract and customer reviews to safely and timely deliver our belongings. This was our experience: 1- No communication from the office on the day of when the movers were picking up our belongings. 2- On the day prior to the last day of our delivery window, we were informed our items had not left Washington. It took a total of 18 days to move our belongings from WA to MI. They did reimburse us $500 for the inconvenience, which did not even cover our hotel costs or extra meal costs due to having to eat out everyday.
3- 2 checkbooks were stolen from our file cabinet during the move and two fraudulent checks were made out of my account for a total of $990. Given the large expense to move, out of pocket hotel/food expenses, this was extremely stressful. We called and notified Morgan Transfer of the incident, and received no follow up on the matter. We escalated the issue to United Van Lines corporate team, but have yet to learn of any developments.
4- They lost all of our silverware, which was valued at over $400 and was a wedding gift to us from September. We contacted Dawn 3 times about the check and silverware, and she forwarded the information to the claim department. It's been a week and a half and still no response. A request was also sent in to corporate and denied because of a BS waiver that the driver has you sign when they deliver your items. If you'd like to have the driver and movers stay on your property to check off hundreds of items and boxes (took us almost a week to unpack and to fully realize what was missing) then defiantly make that choice.
We were rushed to sign our paperwork, not properly explained the pages and were told everything was taken care of and to contain the office department with any questions or concerns that come up. We also paid for the insurance of our items - not sure what the insurance was for since they won't actually cover anything. Again, just another way to be taken advantage of.
I could continue on with several damaged items and other missing items (such as our bed screws - so nice to finally get your belongings after such a long wait, but still no functioning bed!). I expected things to be damaged or things to go wrong - it's a big move. I wasn't expecting things to go wrong at this magnitude and for the company to do nothing to help out their customer, besides doing the bare minimum.
So moral of the story, if you like to be stolen from, taken advantage of, and partner with crooks (not to mention pay an arm and a leg for a service) then book Morgan Transfer. We've moved across the country two times before without any issues from Allied. Can't say I'll be trusting any van lines after this experience. I know it's a lot of work, but if you can, consider doing the move yourself. Definitely do not hire Morgan Transfer/United.
United Van Lines expert review by Janine Sarna-Jones
United Van Lines is a trusted mover that has over 340 agent locations in the United States and also offers international moving services. The company was founded in Cleveland, OH, in 1928.
Quotes: The company starts by offering you a detailed quote so you are aware of how much your move will cost.
Unpacking: United Van Lines offers many levels of packing and unpacking that include furniture assembly, disassembly and setting up new offices.
Pricing: It has fair prices and a number of optional services to keep moves affordable, such as having customers pack the material themselves and extending the delivery dates so that they can bulk your move in with other customers.
Protection plans: The company offers many protection plans in order to ensure that your belongings arrive safe and are insured against damage.
Auto transport: Car transport is provided on United Van fleets so you don't have to drive your car yourself or add extra miles to it.
Best for: Individuals, households and military families.
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