Log in

No account? Create an account
Andrei in the office


Andrei's Universe

One man's journey from infinity to nothingness

Previous Entry Share Flag Next Entry
Andrei in the office

Moving day part 1

So, the movers are here. 3 russian guys. I think they are russian. One has a mop of wildly curly hair. One looks like a short dock worker and one looks like he could be a cousin.

Things started okay and then got very hairy, very fast. They came in bearing a contract that says I am covered for damaged up to 60 cents per pound. I call the movers and am transfered to the manager who tells me that I was previously notified about alternative insurance. I explain that I wasn't and I feel like the victim of bait and switch. I tell him I am going to consult with a lawyer. He tells me he is no longer interested in moving me, hangs up on me and calls his guys at the apt.

I grandly state that I am not having my move cancelled. Short dock worker coverses on phone in (maybe) russian for about 5 minutes. Then hands me thr phone. Manager says he's not interested in cancelling but if that's my decision....

I comment that I have full faith in his people and willl sign off on his contract but will discuss this with him after the move. He thinks the conversation is over.

If anything is damaged this will probably get very ugly.

More as the day goes on.

  • 1

Gone through several moves and moving companies

And I've constantly hated it every time.

There is just no getting around the feeling that you are goint to be screwed by the movers. Combine that with the fact that moving is one of those cut-throat businesses with low margins run by people who have the combined intelligence of a turnip--and you can't help wondering if you will ever see your stuff again in one piece.

Look at it this way: expect to pay them a few hundred bucks more than they estimated--they'll give you some song and dance that an estimate is not really an estimate, and they are simply charging you by the hour. On the other hand, you'll probably not have to move again for a few years.

Re: Gone through several moves and moving companies

I've only hired movers once, and usually do it the homegrown way. If I were going to expect to pay a few extra hundred, I'd whip out a few benjamins and flash them at the dock workers, thus going right to the source of ensuring your stuff isn't scuffed.

  • 1