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7/17/2009
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Allen Stern
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Three Services To Help You Move More Effectively

Moving across the street or across the country is always a pain. I've moved several times over the past few years and have found several services to make the process easier and more affordable.

Moving across the street or across the country is always a pain. I've moved several times over the past few years and have found several services to make the process easier and more affordable.My favorite web service for moving is eMove. They have been around forever, have no social networking features and a Web site that looks like it hasn't been upgraded in years. I have used the moving help service two years in a row and both times it has worked perfectly.

eMove offers human help for a variety of needs including: moving, loading, maid services, piano moves, painting, lawn service, handyman, furniture assembly and electronics hookup help. eMove is simple to use and protects you against fraud or poor service. When you select the service you need along with the time and day, eMove presents you with a list of companies offering the service that are available when you need them along with their price and rating. You only pay the mover at the end of the job when you are satisfied. Moving this way saved me about 40% over using a traditional moving company and I got to pick the specific time and day that worked best for me.

CityMove is a moving marketplace similar to eMove except the site appears more up-to-date. CityMove relaunched their website earlier this year. While eMove offers the ability to search for a moving company, CityMove allows you to post a "job" and have movers bid on your specific requirements. The job postings provide insight into the bids for similar moving jobs and it provides a way to itemize what you plan to move.

Both eMove and CityMove provide reviews for each listed moving company. eMove only lists reviews from actual customers while CityMove lists both reviews from CityMove customers (verified reviews) and public reviews which means anyone can post a review.

Vavoca is the newest marketplace for labor. Vavoca is currently serving the San Francisco market but they have plans to expand nationwide. Vavoca offers a labor search and the ability to post jobs. While not as feature-rich as CityMove and eMove, Vavoca could work well when you need a specific type of person for a specific job. They are also working on offering an image service as part of the job posting process. This can help a mover provide an accurate quote by not just listing the items in text but also displaying photos of the items to be moved.

No matter what online service you use to help with your move, always make sure that you check the reviews and reliability for all movers you are interested in. I've found many movers have fake reviews making them look much better than they actually are.

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