Spotted Frog went above and beyond my expectations. Jason was the first response I received and was the best value. The rate was very good and no nickel and diming. Many of the other outfits I contacted charged extra any opportunity they could find. I checked other local movers through Yelp, GotMovers, and recommendations through friends, but decided to give Spotted Frog a try. We had a rain delay and mechanical delay, but Jason called the day before to advise they might start an hour later.
Jason called ahead and arrived with two other movers (Zach and Alex). They loaded up the ~24 foot trailer and heavy duty truck in about 2 hours. This was an across town move (+20 miles). They finished in about 4 hours all together (2 hours under estimate) and charged exactly the time it took. I was so impressed, I gave them most of the estimated hours back as tip. Not only did they move my 4 bedroom / 3 bath household quickly, they made sure it got there safe. Everything was wrapped tight with moving blankets and anchored down pretty well.
I had most items boxed, but I have a big 70" tv, two couches, a futon, 3 beds (king, 2 queen, full headboard and rails), a crib, 2 large dressers, entertainment center, large speaker towers, smoker, 2 bikes, 100 lb kicking bag and full-size stand, desk, dining table, several chairs, lounge chairs, maybe 30 boxes, plus other items. Most of the items were also on the 2nd floor.
I don't even remember these guys taking a water break. They were polite and professional as well. I'm sure there are many good movers in Austin, but I wouldn't recommend anyone other than Spotted Frog. Thanks again!