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Old 15.08.2007, 05:46
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[US->CH] Good moving company??

Hi out there,

Wondering if anybody knows of a good yet inexpensive moving company. We will be moving from Los Angeles, CA to CH in a few months. I have tried with emailing quotes which seem to get me nowhere. Any help would be great. Thanks

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Re: [US->CH] Good moving company??

Hello:

I also have a similar situation as Jessica. Only I will be moving from the San Francisco/Bay area. Does any of you guys have a lead for us? Vielen Dank!

Vinnie
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Old 18.08.2007, 23:07
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Re: [US->CH] Good moving company??

I've heard that this company is good although I have no personal experience. Their site is in English.
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Old 18.08.2007, 23:35
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Re: [US->CH] Good moving company??

I will add more to my response later, but let me say in no uncertain terms that you should avoid Euro Transport which is based in the US and Canada. We are filing criminal charges against this company for fraud/theft for their charging us $1250 (usd) for insurance that they did not provide. the goods have not yet been delivered (YIKES).

Pay very careful attention to the contract that you will be required to sign with whatever company you work end up hiring. they will interpret the terms and conditions of the contract in ways that will shock you. also you should note that Euro Transport (and another Canadian-based moving company) are merely inept, general contractors who make a few bookings, hire local movers, and drivers as independent contractors do not directly manage or perform the move. My advice is that you would save a lot of money and hassle if you find a trucker who will deliver a cargo container to your home/apartment, get space on a ship to Europe, find a european-based mover to get your goods from the port to your new home. It is easier than it sounds and would take no more than a week at most to plan and execute.

Otherwise, get yourself a lawyer or smoke a big fattie, cus you are going to be taken for a ride like never before. bonne chance!!!
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Re: [US->CH] Good moving company??

I am using Crown Relocation to relocate from Chicago to Lausanne, Switzerland. They are a full service relocation company with a worldwide presence. The surveyer who came to my home was very professional and the quote turn around time was just one day. Hope this helps!!

http://www.crownrelo.com/web/relo.nsf/index.htm
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Re: [US->CH] Good moving company??

I am using Nationwide Relocation Serices which I later found out are only brokers and hire other movers to do the actual move. This company that they hired is Cross Country Vanlines...I do not know yet how the process is since I didn't get my stuff yet, but I am crossing my fingers. The beginning so far was pretty good except that the movers that came weren't very professional and looked like people they hired off the street. The packing of the truck was pretty good, but who knows since the stuff didn't arrive yet. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 19.08.2007, 11:54
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Re: [US->CH] Good moving company??

Just wanted to say that I also think Crown Relocations is decent from what I've heard. In our case though, I think we should have left half our belongings behind. Anything you need for your household is available here at prices that are quite reasonable when you think of what you paid shipping them so far!
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The good thing for me is that as part of my relocation package my firm covers the cost of packing and transportation of my personal belongings to Switzerland. Thus, it makes much more sense for me to purchase what I need in the US at reasonable prices, have it shipped at no cost to myself to Switzerland and hit the ground running not having to worry about where to buy stuff and how much it will cost. If I didn't have this benefit I might consider selling my stuff in the US and refurnishing once I arrive in Lausanne.
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Re: [US->CH] Good moving company??

I used "professional" folks, too. They sent me a quote w/in 24 hours of the inquiry. They seemed to do everything right...until move day. A few things to ask, watch for, or consider:

- ask when they will use a 3rd party. My movers never informed me that they were just brokers and outsourced everything. They used 3rd party companies for EVERYTHING except for writing the contract and receiving payment. The fine print in that contract says they can charge an additional 30% when they use a 3rd party. And they did!

- if the contract states "approximate" in any line item, that is exactly what they mean. And it will not work in your favor.

Finally, schedule your goods to be picked up 5-7 days before you leave your house and keep in mind that these folks do not work weekends. Give time for problems to occur and the movers to delay things at the very last minute (real life example: truck carrying cargo container gets stopped at a weigh station and does not pass inspection. Has to get brakes and other things fixed before they will release him. Barely makes it to the house on a Friday afternoon. Then he said, if it had taken longer, he would have had to reschedule for Monday or Tuesday.) The trickle down impact could have been HUGE.
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The good thing for me is that as part of my relocation package my firm covers the cost of packing and transportation of my personal belongings to Switzerland. Thus, it makes much more sense for me to purchase what I need in the US at reasonable prices, have it shipped at no cost to myself to Switzerland and hit the ground running not having to worry about where to buy stuff and how much it will cost. If I didn't have this benefit I might consider selling my stuff in the US and refurnishing once I arrive in Lausanne.
Also remember that a lot of electric goods from your side of the Pond really don't like 230V - and the TV standard is different (PAL vs NTSC)

Good luck

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Re: [US->CH] Good moving company??

Hi there,
I used Weber-Vonesch to move from UK to Zug. They were excellent and I would certainly recommend them
www.weber-vonesch.ch
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