(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

the shippers are coming, the shippers are coming!

I have a move date ... May 8, 2008. Rhymes auspiciously.

I'd like to thank movingscam.com for helping me avoid what, at least from all outward appearances, could have been a disastrous ripoff. With moving quotes ranging from $12,000US to $3,800US, one can definitely see where mistrust would form. If you are considering a move, international or domestic, do yourself a favor and check out this site. They have organized a ton of information, including customer feedback ... good and bad, on a variety of movers.

After taking time to do more research, and reading countless customer stories of a variety of moving companies ... I have settled upon Rainier Overseas Movers.

What I have learned is there are a number of internet movers looking to make quick bucks by holding your precious belongings hostage until you fork over more moolah. Many of these scammers are based in Florida, where state laws make it very challenging to sue. As an example, you can only sue them IN Florida.

The site movingscam.com was packed with lots of information, including a feedback forum. They had five recommended international movers, of which Rainier was one. Rainier is based in Seattle (being near the company is a plus). In addition, following their online estimate based on the inventory list I submitted they sent an on-site estimator to view my goods. The fact that they are associated with Bekins, who will perform the packing/loading is also a good thing in my opinion.

These are essentials recommended to ensure you have an accurate, honest estimate. Their fee was smack in the middle of the 5 estimates I received and includes packing, loading, shipping and unloading ... door-to-door. Not the lowest charge but also not the highest and includes handling much of the international logistics involved. $13.95 a cubic foot, all inclusive.

So, at this point I am excited and encouraged. Of course, my belongings haven't arrived in Brantôme yet. They are expected mid-July. I am hoping against hope that my next blog post on this topic is celebratory and a full on recommendation of my shipping experience and company.


La Framéricaine said...

Felicitations, Kimberlee!

I spoke to Le Framércain this morning at some ungodly hour and our stuff was safely unload and stashed in the house!!! Yippee!!!

I am happy that you got a reputable company and a good rate. I hope that your move will go as well as ours has gone to date.

What's up next for you? I can't wait to read all about it and am looking forward to learning more about your move.

Why Brantôme?


Stephanie said...


Thanks for the link to movingscam.com. We still have a few months til we're at the cargo shipping phase, but it's good to have that in my reference file.

May 8th is when Mr French flies over to establish our little piece of Paris. The sadness of separation meets the joys of taking a very big step.