What is Purple Heart?
If you’re looking for a standard moving experience and want a full-service brokerage company that finds you middle-of-the-road prices, say hello to Purple Heart Moving Group.
Purple Heart Moving Group is a no-frills, family-owned and family-operated brokerage moving company based in Florida. As a brokerage company, it’ll find you moving companies that get the job done without trying to upsell you pricey carriers.
Read on to hear everything we have to say on the matter in our Purple Heart Moving Group Review.
- Moderate prices
- 30-day free shipping
- Select packing materials with every move
- Disassembly/reassembly of furniture
- Partnerships with standard (vs. top rated) moving companies
- Limitations on 30-day shipping
- Over-the-phone estimates only (no in-home option)
Things we like
Purple Heart appeals to movers who want a standard, simple move and who don’t care to pay a ton to get there.
We also like that along the East Coast, Purple Heart Moving has its own trucks and carrier fleet, which can service people in reach.
Here are the features we like best about Purple Heart Moving Group:
- Budget-minded prices
- Disassembly and reassembly of any standard piece of furniture
- 30 days of free storage
We’ll get into these details below, but let’s talk about which services are included in the price of the move and which are extra.
Included vs. paid services
|Disassembly/reassembly of furniture|
|Basic valuation protection|
*30 days of free storage is offered depending on the size of load, time of year, and availability of storage units.
**Bubble wrap, shrink wrap, and a moving blanket are included in every move—additional materials cost extra.
Just so you know
Just so you know
Supplies like large boxes for TVs are extra, but Purple Heart puts on seasonal specials for free moving supplies—so be sure to ask about that.
Standout feature #1: Middle-of-the-road prices
Purple Heart gets that not every mover wants carte blanche—or to pay for it. Because of this, unlike other brokerage companies, Purple Heart won’t seek out moving companies with specialty services and sky-high prices, which is ideal for the budget-minded mover.
Instead, Purple Heart Moving company will go to bat to book you fair prices on standard moves. In pairing you with solid companies that make fair offers, Purple Heart is able to help movers who have tighter budgets or less specific moving needs.
Standout feature #2: 30 days free storage
Purple Heart provides thirty days of free storage on most moves, which is a rarity in the moving industry. The only caveat here is that it offers it on most moves—not all.
Essentially, if Purple Heart has a storage unit available, it’ll give you thirty days of storage. Whether or not it has a storage unit available all depends on the time of year (i.e., how busy it is) and the size of your inventory.
Standout feature #3: Furniture setup and take-down
Purple Heart will do the drudgery of assembly and disassembly of any standard piece of furniture for you.
Not all moving companies offer this perk in their moves, so take note if your IKEA dresser was a pain to build the first go-round. Purple Heart will do the work for you—both times.
How is the cost determined?
No matter which company you end up going with—whether that’s Purple Heart’s Moving Group in Florida or another moving company it assigns you—your overall cost will depend on the following factors:
- Moving distance
- Time of year (summer being the busiest and most expensive season)
- Shipment volume (in non-summer months this is around $3.98 per cu. ft.)
- Level of moving insurance
- Storage fees
- Moving/packing materials
- Transport, taxes, tolls, mileage, labor, field surcharges
Because you’ll be using a brokerage company, you’ll pay your overall cost to Purple Heart, which will be split into three payments.
- Initial deposit
- Pickup day payment
- Delivery day payment
No date change penalties
No date change penalties
As long as you give seven days’ notice prior to your scheduled move date, you can change your date as many times as you’d like within that year and still receive a full refund.
Additional fees and services
Some services, like storage, will cost extra depending on availability. Others are extra depending on where you’re moving to/from and how much you’re moving.
Here are the fees and services that would fall into this camp:
- Long-carry fee: If they have to park the moving truck more than 75 feet from your front door, you’ll pay extra by about $1.00 a foot. (Cost will increase in the summer.)
- Access fees: A $50.00 fee per floor incurs if a stairway is more than ten steps. For instance, if you live on the eighth floor of an apartment complex, the move will cost more than a first-floor move of a rambler home.
- Specialty packing: For fragile items or things that require individualized crafting, like a chandelier, for example, you’ll be charged extra.
Bulky item moves: You’ll have to pay extra to move unwieldy, hard-to-move objects like playsets and pianos.
- Shuttle service: If the semi-trailer can’t get close enough to the building you’re moving into or out of, Purple Heart will call in a shuttle service, costing a minimum $0.50 per cubic foot.
- Full-value replacement: Every move comes with basic valuation—$0.06 coverage per pound—but you can opt for full-value replacement, which replaces any items broken, damaged, or lost during the move.
A word about fees
A word about fees
Like many moving companies, Purple Heart divides its yearly fees into summer months and non-summer months. Fees typically spike on almost all services during summer months—since that’s the industry’s busiest season.
To get a quote all you have to do is fill out some basic information on Purple Heart’s website. Heads up, though: Purple Heart’s website gets the job done but is hard to navigate.
To get a quote you’ll need to provide the following information online:
- ZIP codes of where you’re moving to and from
- Move size (number of bedrooms)
- Cubic weight of inventory
- Date of move
After you’ve received a ballpark estimate, Purple Heart will have you fill out an itemized inventory of everything you’re moving. Purple Heart doesn’t offer in-home estimates, which means you’ll need to inventory everything yourself—but it also means you don’t have to schedule one more meeting when getting ready for your move.
Typically, your quoted price will increase on moving day since most people forget to include things like rugs in their initial inventory. If you underestimate, this can cause problems on moving day, since Purple Heart will send you a truck based on the number of cubic feet you estimated for.
To combat this, Purple Heart cushions its quotes by 15–20%—so you can plan for the worst-case scenario price-wise.
And even though Purple Heart doesn’t do in-home estimates, there’s still a way to make sure you’re including everything in your inventory. If you book a week in advance of your desired move date, someone from Purple Heart can walk you through your inventory over the phone and remind you of things you might forget.
Purple Heart could do better on the customer service front. Each time we’ve called, it’s either been a hit or a miss.
Other important things to ask
Because the process of using a brokerage company varies from using an independent full-service moving company, we broke down each step so you can see the difference.
Step 1: To start, enter general info about your move online (such as ZIP codes and move dates) to get a quote.
Step 2: From there, Purple Heart will request a full inventory of each item that needs to be moved. You’ll go through and complete this inventory, including every item you need moved.
If you request a move at least seven days in advance, a quality assurance representative will call you two to five days before your move date to clarify your inventory and talk you through anything you may have missed.
Step 3: If its own trucks and carrier fleet can’t serve you, Purple Heart will assign you a moving company. It’s a good idea to research this company, as your moving experience will depend on this company.
Step 4: Your mover will come on moving day and take its own itemized inventory of the items you’re moving, revising the inventory you filled out earlier, if necessary.
Step 5: Purple Heart will coordinate the wrapping of any furniture, specialty wrapping, and the disassembly of standard pieces of furniture.
Step 6: The movers will load all your belongings into the moving truck.
Step 7: Your Purple Heart representative will be in constant communication with you throughout the move, updating you by phone and email, though you’ll also have the personal phone number of the truck driver.
Step 8: Once at the destination, movers will unload your belongings, go through the inventory again, and reassemble any items they disassembled.
Why should I use a broker?
Purple Heart will handle the logistics and negotiation required of booking a move by acting as a go-between for moving companies and you.
Combining its understanding of your needs and its rapport with moving companies, Purple Heart makes this process easier by vetting your options for you and then booking the movers. Plus, throughout the process, Purple Heart will facilitate communication between you and your truck driver.
For instance, if it’s difficult for you to get in contact with your truck driver, Purple Heart can step in and use its relationship with the carrier to get you the information you need.
If you take away anything from this Purple Heart Moving review, remember: its rates aren’t overpriced but they don’t seem too good to be true either—they’re a reasonable, happy medium.
Plus, if you live in Florida or along the East Coast, Purple Heart is an especially good option, since it has its own trucks and carrier fleets there. That way, you get the benefits of its logistical expertise and the simplicity of working directly with a single moving company.
So if you’re a mover looking to do a standard move that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, we recommend Purple Heart. And keep in mind, when working with a brokerage company, your experience largely depends on the mover Purple Heart books you with.
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