Yelp! Can Be Your Best Friend

My mother just got word that she's been accepted at a senior housing building on the islands, so I am under the gun to find a good moving company to move her belongings across the pond.

Things have been pretty busy lately, so for some reason I wasn't thinking straight in regards to my search for a mover.  Sometimes I can slip back into my old-fashioned ways.  I start to reach for phone books.  I actually call companies whose names begin with AAA.  I go onto Craigslist, and against my better judgment, start searching in the 'Services' section.  

So I PRINT OUT a few ads and bring them with me to Target, so that I can call while having a beverage before doing my shopping.  No one answers so I leave messages. With one of those companies, it was my second attempt at reaching them. It had been a full 24 hours and no one returned my call so I left another very curt message.  The woman on the machine sounded like she was completely strung out on something, her words slurred so bad I could barely understand her.  I try to call a third company but there's no phone number anywhere on the ad, just a "click here" icon.  With every passing minute I am feeling more and more lame. 

So after I return home I am searching the web for more moving companies to call and I come across Yelp!, whose tagline is "Real People, Real Reviews".  I had seen this before but am not in the habit of using it.  Well, I sure will be now!

I looked up the moving company with the strung out lady on the answering machine, the people that I called twice(they had posted some great rates and had a large enough truck for the job).  More than one person who left one-star reviews said that they wished that they could rate them at a '0', it was that bad!  Apparently they were cursed at, yelled at, and ultimately stood up time and time again. 

Thanks to Yelp! I sure dodged a bullet.  I found a very reputable company with great reviews and decent prices.  Once they are finished with the move I will go back and provide my feedback and so that others can utilize that information.   It's nice to know that at least in some instances we can all depend on each other and support those businesses that want and appreciate our business.  Thanks Yelp!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Comment balloon 2 commentsLisa Bosques • February 25 2010 02:29PM
Yelp! Can Be Your Best Friend
My mother just got word that she's been accepted at a senior housing building on the islands, so I am under the gun to find a good moving company to move her belongings across the pond. Things have been pretty busy lately, so for some reason… more
Talking Disparagingly About My Property Makes Me Think You Don't Want…
Having sold plenty of items in my life, I am aware that pointing out an item's faults, whether that item is a car, a house, a piece of furniture, etc, is a tried and true negotiating tool used for the purpose of diminishing the value in the eyes of… more
It's February - Are The Goals You Set Last Month Posted Where You Can…
In December, as I was transfering information from my old (paper! ) planner to my new one, I noticed something that I hadn't laid eyes on in a year: my list of goals for 2009. My first thought was, "What's it doing here, in the very back page… more
Note to Large Retailers: The Hard Sell is Starting To Get Very…
Did you shop at a major retailer this holiday season? If so, this dialogue will probably ring a bell for you: You are at the cash stand… Sales associate: Good day. Did you find everything all right? You: Yes, I did, thank… more
From Wise Bread: 9 Ways To Save on a Move
Coupon Sherpa's blog pos t "9 Ways To Save On A Move" is a great reference for those of you who are planning to make a move soon. I can especially relate to tip #8, which is to Dump Some Junk. How many of us have items, boxes and… more
Ways To Save On Heating
T hese days I am all about saving money. I am constantly reading blogs aimed at saving and making do with less in our new economy, and in the past few months have learned a great deal. Even a cheapskate like me can learn to be more frugal -… more
The Real Cost of Owning A Home
Julie Rains over at Wise Bread has written an excellent article entitled, "What It Really Costs To Own A Home". It's a great run-down of all(or most) of the costs of homeownership. Now, of course I'm all for investing in a home,… more
Unrepresented Sellers(FSBO's): Advice For Selling Your Home
Selling Your Home On Your Own? Many homeowners decide to try selling their home on their own. You may be one of them. Below are some tips to keep in mind when selling your own home. However, if the time ever comes when you think you may… more
Changes To Conventional Fannie Mae Underwriting - Update
I just received an e-mail from Team Evergreen @ Evergreen Home Loans(www. teamevergreen. net) regarding changes to Fannie Mae coming December 11th. There are some significant details regarding credit scores, ability to secure loans after a… more
A Key to Realtor Safety That Is Often Overlooked… Protecting…
When I think of Realtor Safety, usually the things that come to mind have to do with protecting myself from the actions of strangers in various situations. Self-defense is, in my opinion, a very necessary skill, particularly when you're in a… more