Our move involved:
1) Transporting the contents of a relatively small home, lived in for just under ten years as well as moving the contents of my woodshop - a space about as large as the house was.
2) Our new home, however, was not ready so the move involved transporting goods both to my in-laws, and a storage facility.
3) All moves were done in town.
4) The moves involved maneuvering on and off a very busy street.
THREE Men & A Truck
When moving day arrived, our truck arrived ten minutes early. They deftly navigated our busy street, backing into our driveway between our fence. It was a bit like drivers' ed for movers.
Our crew was clean cut, well-mannered and hard working. And our crew consisted of three men. There was an obvious crew leader which made the process even more streamlined (and I, by the way, did not act as the crew leader).
Moving went well with all of our boxes already packed and purchased (or begged and borrowed) prior to the move. These guys handled a large tablesaw with finesse and managed a treadmill, carrying it from a 1940s house (meaning not much headroom or turning room) and out the door. Furniture was wrapped well and their process was thought out and logical.
Finally - we move
Our crew made two stops successfully, moving about our town with relative ease. Each stop they proceeded to unload swiftly but with respect for their surroundings and the items they were moving.
Our move was fast, taking 3.5 hours from start to finish. For this we paid $85 per hour. Not a bad rate considering they were dealing with my woodworking tools in addition to regular household stuff.
Repeat the above information but fast forward another 4.5 months - we utilized our movers yet again to go from storage unit to new house. Oh, I still feel I'm young enough and strong enough to do it myself but my wife still feels otherwise. Again, no problems, no hitches, and this time a rate of $78/hr (no woodworking shop to do this time around).