Our Move from Houston, TX to Miami Beach, FL
December 12, 2015
I was born and raised in Houston, and frankly never imagined that I would be leaving. When my husband’s job suddenly offered him a promotion in Miami Beach, Florida, I definitely had mixed feelings about moving. After a long talk with both my children and my parents, we decided that we should look at the move as an opportunity to try something new; with the understanding that it didn’t have to be a permanent move unless we wanted it to be. When moving several states away like we did, it seems like the difficult decisions never stop coming. Deciding to leave Texas was difficult enough, but now how were we going to get all of our belongs packed, transported, and unloaded in Florida? Last time we moved, we had hired some local guys to take care of our things, but honestly I didn’t trust them to move all of our belongings so far; and who knows if they even offered such long distance service.
As anyone does these days, I turned to the internet for help. A quick search for Long Distance Movers Houston connected me with Hercules Movers & Packers. Reading their site, it seemed like they were exactly the company I was looking for, but with so many options, I wondered if they might be too good to be true? There were three things that made me decide to call Hercules Movers. First, I noticed that they were fully licensed and bonded, so at least I could trust their professional capabilities. Then I saw that they have been in business since 2005. Ten years as long distance movers in Houston made them seem legitimate to me. Lastly, they offer free estimates, so I at least I wouldn’t be committed to anything if I didn’t like their attitude or pricing.
I think I already mentioned how stressful moving to an entirely new state can be. Suddenly, all I could see were the massive amounts of “stuff” that my family had accumulated over the years. Not only was there furniture, but there were toys, sports equipment, clothes, all of our decorations…the list could go on. Just thinking about packing all of our items was overwhelming, and I was seriously worried about the price of the estimate that Hercules Movers would quote me. When they arrived, I was surprised at their professionalism. They were friendly and easy to talk to, which was a great comfort to me, but I could also tell that they were here for business. They walked through my house, measuring doorways, estimating angles, and talking about strategies for moving our largest pieces.
After some time, they finally handed me the quote and explained all of the costs included. I honestly could not believe the thoroughness of their service. Not only does their price include the normal loading and unloading of our belongings, but it also covers the fuel costs, and any toll fees (which do appear on the long drive from Houston to Miami Beach). They also provide liability insurance, and a full inventory of all items moved from your home. If this wasn’t enough, they also provide one month of full storage if we needed it. After talking to some of my friends, and hearing about all of the hidden costs that their moving companies had not informed them about, I felt confident that Hercules movers were doing honest business at a competitive price. So, I decided to book them. As comfortable as I felt, though, I was still worried about the logistics of moving everything in our house!
As it turns out, Hercules movers are excellent and experienced with both taking apart, and more importantly, putting back together, a wide variety of furniture. As nervous as I was on moving day, watching the guys work, I was becoming more and more relaxed because of their obvious experience, and their consulate professionalism. Not only were boxes being moved out at a pace faster than I imagined, I did not once cringe at a fragile box being thrown into the truck. Additionally, every piece of larger or fragile furniture and electronics were wrapped in a protective blanket, and secured in the truck. The movers at Hercules came prepared with everything imaginable to increase the efficiency of our move. They had several dollies, other wheeled furniture movers, slides, and more than enough shrink wrap and blankets. Once the truck was loaded up, I watched them secure all loose articles, and double lock their truck doors.
Watching them pull out of our driveway in Houston, Texas, bound for Miami Beach, Florida, I couldn’t believe how quickly our entire life had been boxed up, carted out, and transported to our new home. Our own drive to Florida was long, so I cannot imagine the trip in a moving truck, however, when Hercules arrived, they unloaded everything into our new house with the same professionalism that they had used packing it up. Absolutely nothing was damaged, not even a scratch! The furniture was reassembled, and we were able to focus on the long task of unloading the boxes in our new Florida home.
Any move to another state is going to be stressful, there’s just no way around it. However, working with Hercules Movers reduced so much of my anxiety, I cannot thank them enough! Without worrying about all of our belongings, I was able to focus on making sure our kids felt secure, saying goodbye to all of our friends and family still in Houston, and making the preparations for our arrival in Florida (enrolling the kids in school, contacting the local basketball club, etc).
We are now settled in Miami Beach, and while we do miss Houston, we know that if we move back, at least we won’t have to worry about any of belongings!