We used Payday Enterprises (Daamon Patterson) for my recent move on the recommendation of the leasing agent at Westbrooke apartments in downtown DC. She said that the company was familiar with the quirks of moving in to the older portion of the building and would do an exceptional job at a relatively low price. However, our actual experience was a complete disaster. We agreed to pay a flat rate for them to pack up our kitchen and move everything from our one bedroom apartment for which we were promised three to four movers and a truck that could fit a two bedroom apartment, as well as the necessary packing materials. On the day of the move Daamon showed up with one other guy, a truck meant for moving a studio apartment, two boxes and a roll of bubble wrap. They made no effort to protect our furniture during the move, simply using a dolly to move everything without wrapping it in a blanket. This resulted in every single piece of furniture sustaining damage during the move from major scratches and dents. Moreover, they didn’t wrap up our white couch and chairs before throwing them in their truck, leaving them filthy with dirt stains. It will probably cost us several thousand dollars to repair or replace the furniture they damaged (and of course these guys have no real insurance). Finally, because he only brought two boxes for packing the kitchen they ended up leaving much of the kitchen unpacked for us to take care of.
While moving the furniture into the new apartment they damaged the front door and scratched the brand new hardwood floors. I had to take pictures to document the damage for the leasing company so that we aren’t charged for Daamon’s carelessness. The kicker was that since the truck was so small they could only fit two-thirds of our stuff in it, so after paying these guys to move us, I ended up spending the next two days hauling multiple loads of clothes and items from the old apartment to the new apartment.
Basically, this was a case of you get what you pay for (or less). If you have Ikea furniture and don’t mind it getting damaged, and don’t mind getting half of the move you paid for then Payday Enterprises is the company for you. If you have anything nice at all and actually want all your stuff moved then you should avoid this company at all cost