Big Johns Moving in Portland, ME with Reviews -
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By: Joyce D.
Mel's Moving & Light Trucking
Mel's team worked well with us through a difficult and extensive move. His team was personable and helpful to us as older movers.We have a small damage issue that has not been resolved. I continue to be optimistic that it will be a positive outcome,but quite a bit of time has passed and I am beginning to feel like we are getting a run around. Mel has committed to make good on this damage, but this has not happened. I will update this review in 2 days - hopefully with a positive rating.
By: Roberta B.
Movers Unlimited
Best moving experience ever!!!! i was moving out of state and Chris did everything he could to make the move smooth (and as enjoyable moving can be). He was kind and worked so hard (took all my stuff, including my car). The only thing that surpassed his hard work was his positive attitude. The guys helping him load were just as nice and helpful. Go team Chris!!!!
By: kelley.gilpatric
Movers Unlimited
first i would like to say that I lived in the same place for 20 years. When I decided to move I was pretty stressed and anxious about it. Chris was awesome. very professional and friendly. The service was great. I would def recommend this company.
By: John S.
Big John's Moving
Excellent Service,On Time,Very Professional,Open 7 Days A Week, 24 Hour Service,Be Sure To Check Out The Dump Man Service For Your Other Needs.
By: Tenlee D.
Movers Unlimited
Great movers! Professional, great job moving the furniture, friendly and reasonably priced. I would have them move us again!
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By: Aaron H.
Earle W Noyes & Sons Moving Specialists
Warehouse guys are great, accounting has messed up a couple times but issues have been corrected by management.
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By: amomwithhope21
A & B Moving
The best movers I have used , fast , on time , friendly , Just the best !
Tips & Advices
Yes, it’s best to empty drawers, wardrobes and chests before a move. Items always get knocked around a bit, and doors can fly open even if they’ve been taped. In fact, more often than not, movers will want to remove the drawers from a dresser--or disassemble the wardrobe to be more space-efficient.
Yes, it is customary to tip movers, but the amount varies widely. For full-service moves, a 5 percent tip is suggested, although, for extra service, some people go up to 10 percent . For small local movers, you can give each mover $10 for a few-hour job, or $20-$40 for jobs that take longer.
A bill of lading is the legal contract for the move. It provides a detailed receipt, in addition to a contract between the client and the mover. It authorizes the mover to transport the goods from one specific point to another, and it outlines the exact scope of services, with cost breakdown for those services. It also provides an itemized list of the inventory, and carrier liability protection for each declared item. Finally, it specifies the payment arrangement. Make sure to go over your itemized list extremely carefully before finalizing the paperwork--and get a copy of the full document. A good mover will go over everything on the bill of lading with the customer.
There are several items that moving companies will not move – those items will be listed on a document as “non-allowables.” These items typically fall in three categories: perishables, sentimental/personal items, and hazardous material. Perishables are food and plants. Sentimental/personal value is up to the client to decide, but usually includes jewelry, medical and dental records, personal paperwork, valuables and collectibles. Hazardous material is the tricky category, since it includes a lot of everyday items found in the garage, garden or kitchen. For example, cleaning liquids and pesticides both are considered non-allowable by many companies. Some go so far as to disallow nail polish and batteries.
A binding estimate means that the moving company cannot charge more than the stated amount, though they can lower the final bill if the scope of the job was smaller than expected. A non-binding moving estimate is more likely to wind up costing more than expected, since the movers can increase their rates for unforeseen variables like stairs, “long carry” and materials.

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