Purple Heart Moving Group Review
Purple Heart Moving Group, the company that Retirement Living Named the Best for Long Distance Moves, is a full service moving broker that can cover all the aspects of moving. The fully-integrated transport and logistics provider works with storage providers and moving companies to handle the job efficiently and with care.
Moving, whether it’s across town or the country, can be stressful no matter how many boxes it takes to pack up your life. From the packing and loading to the transport and unloading, every step of the journey must be completed with care to avoid potential heartbreak over lost or damaged items. Timelines must be followed carefully to keep extra costs at bay. Your sanity and bank account depend on choosing the right company to handle your move.
- The cost of the move is based on weight and includes fuel, taxes and tolls
- Full-service options include 30 days of free climate controlled storage
- Purple Heart Moving Group services the entire US except for Hawaii and Alaska
- The original estimate and the final cost can be very different if the customer provides inaccurate information
Moving with Purple Heart Moving Group
As a moving broker, Purple Heart Moving Group books your move and then arranges it with a moving company that can handle the job. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a moving broker is not a mover, does not assume responsibility for or transport your household goods. Brokers don’t own moving trucks or employ movers, but they act on your behalf to secure arrangements with movers registered with the FMCSA.
Purple Heart Moving Group carefully pre-screens each carrier to make sure that those companies and drivers follow the same high standards.
Family owned, Purple Heart Moving Group can arrange a move for those suffering from a time crunch in as little as one day. Whatever your calendar looks like, Purple Heart will work with your timeline.
The company offers a 24-hour customer service line. Once you have reserved a spot with them, an agent will always be there for you through each phase of the moving process.
How to get a Purple Heart Moving Quote
Purple Heart Moving Group says quite simply, “You pick the location, we will take care of the rest,” and they mean it. Getting a quote can be done online through their website or by giving them a call. To experience their customer service first hand, we called to get an estimate on a move from South Carolina to Georgia. The customer service agent was knowledgeable, helpful and very personable. There was no “hard sell” and he answered all of our questions with ease
The steps to getting an estimate start with the zip code you’re moving from and the relocation zip code. Should you be looking for a move to a town but aren’t sure of the exact zip code, the estimate is good for up to 100 miles from zip code you provide.
The second part of the estimate process boils down to the size of the household you’re moving. While Purple Heart Moving Group can efficiently move a one-bedroom apartment as easily as they move a large estate or business, the size of the property helps them estimate the total weight of the items you will move. That weight is an essential part of the basis used to calculate your estimated cost. Be sure to include all rooms, including the garage and outbuildings, to get an accurate quote.
As a customer, you’ll enter a detailed inventory of each item being moved into their online system once you have locked in a reservation with Purple Heart. This step will further the accuracy of the price, so be sure your entries are complete. The truck weight determines the final cost of the move, which can be very different from the original estimate. This issue is not limited to Purple Heart Moving Group; it is industry wide due to the impossibility of a site inspection before the move that results in “guestimating” the weight after the customer lists what they will be moving.
A deposit based on the estimated cost will lock in the rate (38 cents per pound as of February 10, 2018). The customer service agent shared that the rate lock means that you can change your moving date as many times as needed for up to one year. If you do not complete your move within that year, you will receive a full refund; however, the cancellation policy published on the company website differs. The owner of Purple Heart Moving Group explained that the refund policy will be updated on the website soon, just be sure to get the policy in writing and read it before paying the deposit.
Sample Estimate From Purple Heart Moving Group
A move from South Carolina to Georgia (approximately 250 miles) for a 1-bedroom apartment was estimated to cost $1,857.16. The estimated weight for the average 1-bedroom apartment is 3,518 pounds. The deposit, based on this estimate, was $618.57. The balance is split into two payments: $619.30 on pickup and $619.30 on delivery. A weight difference or extra fees would change the balance. We obtained our quote in February 2018; rates vary over the year.
Purple Heart Moving Details
Customers are required to have all of their boxes packed and taped before the movers arrive. While Purple Heart Moving Group does not ask customers to use their packing supplies, they offer them for sale before the move itself. It is a better option to buy moving supplies at a local hardware store or big box home improvement store, where you can return what you don’t use. Skilled movers will load the boxes and furniture with plenty of protective padding. They will also disassemble any large pieces you have for no extra charge, then reassemble the pieces upon arrival at your new home.
The truck is weighed at a DOT certified weigh station after it is loaded with all of your belongings to get the exact weight. This step can raise or lower the cost of your move. If the actual weight is lower than the estimate, the cost will drop. If the weight is higher than the estimate, the cost will increase.
Fuel prices can differ between states or even cities, but this is not an issue when you choose to move with Purple Heart Moving Group because fuel costs are not a separate charge on your bill.
The final bill has the amount of the deposit deducted from the total, and the bill itself is broken into two payments: half is due the day of the pickup and half is due the day of the delivery. Additional charges include:
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Purple Heart Moving Group Storage Options
Thirty days of free storage in climate-controlled units are included with every move, whether you need that service or not. If you need storage, your items are held safely in the originating city with no access due to insurance regulations and to keep the manifest from changing. This is a convenient feature for customers who have to be out of their old property before the new one is ready.
Purple Heart Moving Group Reviews and Ratings
- Better Business Bureau- Purple Heart Moving Group has an A- rating with the BBB, including four positive reviews and one complaint.
- My Moving Reviews- Purple Heart Moving Group has a five-star rating with nine positive reviews and one negative review.
- YellowPages.com- You’ll find a rating of five stars with about 70 percent positive reviews for Purple Heart Moving Group on YellowPages.com
Purple Heart Moving Group Service Q&A
- What is the difference between a moving company and a moving broker?
A moving company, which can be national or local only, is a company that provides a moving service to you directly while a moving broker specializes in coordinating long distance moves and they are not the group that physically moves your belongings.
- Why would I use a moving broker?
A moving broker knows the ins and outs of the transportation business and can find the most cost-efficient way to get your belongings from door to door safely. You probably don’t need a moving broker if your new residence is across town, however, if your belongings will be shipped long distances or you require storage, Purple Heart Moving Group is a good option.
- How are my estimate and final cost of a move calculated?
State to state moves are billed based on weight and miles rather than man hours. Your initial estimate will be broad, based on the weight of the belongings found in an average size home (1-bedroom and up) and the miles between point A and point B. Your final bill will be calculated once the truck is weighed and any additional fees are calculated.
- Why should I consider Purple Heart Moving Group when there are national carriers I can do business with directly?
Purple Heart Moving Group is smaller than the large corporate groups so they have more flexibility as well as the ability to offer more personalized service.
- How do I know what trucking or moving companies will transport my belongings if I use Purple Heart Moving Group?
Brokers such as this company are required to provide customers with a list of the transportation companies they use. Ask for this list and a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Finding a moving group that will work with you to make your move as stress-free as possible is the difference between a nightmare and a dream. Purple Heart Moving Group’s customer service agents are easy to work with and explain all aspects of the move thoroughly. If you’re interested in getting a quote or learning more about their services, call Purple Heart Moving Group at 844-913-7186 or visit their website for a personalized quote.