New York, NY (PRWEB) September 21, 2012
It doesn’t matter if you’re moving into a second story walk-up in Adams Morgan or well-appointed manse on McLean’s Chain Bridge Road, the universal truth is that moving one’s home is one of life’s most dreaded and stressful ordeals.
Unpakt, a one-of-a-kind platform that digitizes and simplifies everything but the moving truck, changes all of that for the Washington DC metropolitan area. In a region where District residents frequently relocate, Unpakt acts as a welcome relief to the old-fashioned methods of planning, pricing and purchasing moving services.
Unpakt users simply plan their inventory, price-out competitive moving companies and then pay for their move via credit card. The entire process takes place online, can last an hour or less and provides guaranteed exact pricing backed by the Unpakt Mover Pledge.
“We gathered the best movers in the National Capitol Area, had them commit to an exact price model and streamline the moving experience for consumers where they already spend a bulk of their time - online,” said Sharone Ben-Harosh, founder of Unpakt. “The entire Unpakt experience condenses the moving process – planning, inventory and choosing a moving company – from several days into an hour or less.”
Prior to Unpakt, Washington-area residents typically spent hours on the phone with different movers, endured repetitive conversations, and had few options for determining if their mover was reputable or if the prices were fair. Unpakt provides every customer the ability to inventory their home, immediately compare moving prices and company profiles and feel sure that they are getting the best deal.
In addition to Greater Washington, DC, Unpakt is currently available for moves originating and/or ending in Greater Boston, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Greater Los Angeles. Additional cities will open over the next several weeks including Miami, San Francisco and more. Created by moving industry veterans, Unpakt provides consumers with an unrivaled level of control and service, including:
1. Organization: Customers use the Unpakt tool to easily create an inventory of their household, which allows both the customer and the mover to create a set plan for Moving Day.
2. Comparative Pricing & Profiling: All Unpakt moving companies provide immediate, side-by-side prices for comparison shopping. Each moving company profile provides customer reviews and a grading system to allow the customer to make an informed decision. Since changes in moving dates may raise or lower the price, customers are also shown the prices for both the days immediately before and after the selected date in case their move date is flexible.
3. Exact Prices: Every Unpakt moving company member adopts the exact price model, which uses a straightforward formula to provide a guaranteed price. The formula analyzes the inventory list, the services required, the distance between the origin and the destination, and the moving date selected to create a real-time complete quote from each available moving company.
4. Accountability: Each Unpakt moving company has been pre-screened and must qualify for membership in Unpakt; their licenses, insurances and customer reviews are readily available online for consumer review. Every Unpakt moving company member also agrees to uphold the Unpakt Mover Pledge, helping to ensure excellent service for Unpakt customers.
Additional Unpakt services include the ability to hire movers to pack or unpack one’s possessions, request custom packing containers for technology or fine art or have a moving professional visit your home to conduct an in-person inventory of furniture and other possessions.
Pushing the Industry Towards Exact Pricing
The ability to review a client’s household inventory and quantify the move is an integral part of the Unpakt service. The formula for calculating the service was perfected over time by Sharone Ben-Harosh beginning with FlatRate Moving®, which was founded in 1991.
By aggregating movers onto the Unpakt platform, Sharone Ben-Harosh and his team are steadily shifting the industry away from the unreliable hourly-rate model and replacing it with fixed rates and exact pricing that cannot change unless a client changes their inventory.
Membership Pays Off for Movers
All moving companies appearing on the Unpakt platform are pre-screened by the Unpakt team. Licenses, insurance and previous user feedback are all taken into consideration before they are accepted for Unpakt membership. In return for their commitment to offer exact pricing, moving companies are presented with booked and paid-for moving jobs without having to engage a customer, saving hundred of dollars in advertising and sales expenses per job.
“In addition to the benefits Unpakt offers to customers, we’re also empowering the moving industry to actively grow their business and connect with today’s clientele who are using the Internet to make purchasing decisions and plan their moves,” Ben-Harosh concluded.