02 May 2015
For this Movher Muscle spotlight I would like to share with you one of Movher’s more recent, but none the less a rising star within the company, Michael Robinson. Mike joined the Movher team back in August of 2014 as an addition to our drivers, where he quickly asserted himself as one of the company’s most reliable employees, accepting any and all jobs that have been offered to him as well as becoming one of our best drivers.
Michael is familiar to the 509 area, as he grew up in Cheney, Washington, where he attended high school and graduated in 2010. Being from a small town, Mike’s ambition was quenched by his insatiable need to travel and discover the world outside his front door. This free spirited young man (no he’s not a hipster), has seen much in his travels, completing a solo trip through Costa Rica last year as well as enjoying the outdoors in a variety of forms, from camping to hiking, to mountain biking and shooting. But his true love, dare I say addiction, is the time he gets to spend on his motorcycle. Enjoying a cross-country trip from Pittsburgh to Spokane, Mike has burnt rubber all over this great nation on his steeled stallion and intends to do more when the time is right, possibly somewhere Down Under, vagabond style.
Having worked with Michael more times than not since his employment began, I can personally vouch for his dependability, character, and slightly dry sense of humor. He is also one of my favorite employees to antagonize when it comes to manly challenges, (he’ll laugh at that, trust me). But the Movher crew is happy to have him on our side, even if it is only for a little while, before the road takes him elsewhere.
It’s that time of year again, and it’s time to get moving. Sure, the warm weather that the spring and summer months bring are perfect for getting outdoors and stay active, however, the spring and summer months are also prime time for moving.
Whether you’re moving into a college dorm room for the first time or are downsizing for retirement, moving is simply a part of life. According to the Census Bureau, since 1980, every year nearly 43 million Americans — roughly 16.8% of the population — end up having to relocate. The most commonly cited reason movers give for relocating is pursuing a job opportunity.
Regardless of why you’re moving, it’s important to carefully plan out exactly how you’re going to get your belongings from point A to point B. Here are just a few of common mistakes people make while moving, as well as simple and easy moving tips to make the process easier.
Trying to do it all yourself
DIY is good for a lot of things and can save you a lot of money, however, in regards to moving, it’s a big no-no. Why not pay someone else to do the heavy lifting — pun intended — for you? Hiring a moving company or local movers allows you to leave everything set up at your old house longer and have it unpacked at your new house faster, which means you’ll be calling your new house a home that much sooner.
Forgetting about peak season
While hiring a moving company is always advisable, it’s important to plan in advance. With well over 40 million Americans moving each year, the spring and summer are the busiest times of year for moving companies. As such, it’s important to get moving estimates or quote and book your dates as far in advance as possible. If anything changes in regards to dates, location, etc., notify them immediately.
You forgot about Fido
This is perhaps one of the most important easy moving tips to remember. In the chaos of moving, it can be easy to forget that your pet has to move as well. Schedule an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian shortly before moving day in order to make sure they’re healthy and current on all their shots, medications, certifications, and ID tags. Ask for travel recommendations in order to minimize the stress of moving for your pet.
03 Apr 2015
For this Movher Muscle profile I would like to introduce one of my most trusted friends, a man I have sweat and bled with on the rugby pitch, Cameron Bowers. I have known Cam for a long time now, first meeting him at a rugby game and later at assorted socials, of which I have a great many stories, (but he’d kill me if I put them up on the blog). He is a passionate man who will give his all to accomplish whatever task is laid out before him and he has no problems letting someone know when they’ve messed up. He’s a sort of “voice of reason” at job sites, and the only person I’ve seen play two years of rugby with a broken shoulder.
Cameron grew up in Kennewick, Washington, where he would eventually graduate from Kennewick High School. As a student there he played multiple sports including football and baseball, acquiring skills and coordination that would better suit him for a job at Movher. Upon graduating from high school, Cam quickly began his college education the following fall quarter at Eastern Washington University. As a newly appointed alumni of the Eastern Eagles, (graduated winter of 2015) Cameron’s undergraduate years were filled with lots of adventures, many of which I was there for and many of which I can’t explain in great detail but trust me, they were fun. As a member of Eastern’s rugby team he experienced triumphs and defeats as well as gained recognition, making an all-conference selection team made up from the very best players in our league. But it wasn’t all fun and games while attending college. As a recent graduate, he earned his degree in Community Health with a minor in Business Administration with hopes to one-day work in disease prevention.
Cameron’s introduction to Movher was quite unique as he is the only person I’ve ever known to get hired and then forgotten for the first six months of his employment. But once he did start working, it didn’t take long for him to rise through the ranks, and in two years become one of the company’s top drivers. He is well suited for the work here at Movher, not just physically, but being a kind individual, the customers are always impressed with his work ethic and politeness. These traits have just as much influenced Sabrina and Jerry, relaying the trust he has earned within Movher. Cameron will always be the guy you can count on to get the job done efficiently and with a smile on his face.
01 Apr 2015
For the first Movher Muscle entry I had to do it on the man who has been this company’s anchor almost since its start date. That mover is Justyn Cozza, our fearless, and heavily tatted leader. When I first met Justyn I was intimidated. Here was this hulking man, covered in tattoos, who looked liked he’d seen his fair share of back ally bar brawls, but after a flawed driving maneuver and his ample descriptions of being a self-proclaimed sissy, I knew I was going to like working with this guy.
Justyn’s background is as diverse and intriguing as the artwork that has taken up residency on his skin. Born in Scotland (yes, that Scotland) Justyn moved to Anchorage, Alaska at a young age where he spent his childhood years. It wasn’t until later in his life that he moved to Spokane, Washington, graduating from Mead High School in 2007. Justyn wasted no time entering higher education, beginning his college career the summer after he finished high school at a little college called Gonzaga University. Maybe you’ve heard of it? While attending Gonzaga he dabbled in many different disciplines, focusing mainly on health and fitness, but ultimately obtaining a bachelor of education in physical education.
It was also during his tenure as a Zag that he was introduced to Jerry Almanza, the operations supervisor of Movher. Almost five years ago Justyn was offered a job at Movher, and after a couple months and a bartending job, he would accept a position with the company that would come to rely on him for so much. He is a jack-of-all-trades within Movher, starting out as a basic mover, working his way up to driver, then to where he is now as the crew supervisor and fellow estimator along side company owner, Sabrina Jones.
Justyn plans on remaining with Movher to see the company through to its full potential, as well as his own. It’s not an easy gig, but honestly, I can think of no one better suited for the job than him. He is the man, the myth, the legend; with no regrets or apologies, only a staggering fear of spiders. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Justyn Cozza.
While moving can be an exciting time, the process of getting from point A to point B can be stressful to say the least. However, moving has become more and more common in today’s modern society, especially among millennials who are eagerly pursuing career prospects.
Two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 say they have relocated within the past five years, with another 35.6% of those ages 20 to 24 relocating each year. In addition, 30.7% of millennials between 25 and 29 also relocate every year. However, millennials aren’t the only ones who relocate frequently. Every year in the United States, one third of all renters relocate. Now that’s a lot of moving.
As such, winter is a great time to flesh out your next move. Here are some helpful tips for packing and moving.
One of the best tips for moving out of your apartment, home, or even office space is to take stock of exactly how much stuff you have. Taking advantage of moving organization tips can greatly expedite the moving process. Ask yourself questions such as, what am I selling, donating, or keeping? How many fragile items do I have? Should I hire movers? Moving companies can make the entire process of relocating a lot less stressful.
Getting and staying organized is perhaps one of the most important tips for packing and moving out of your space. It’s never too early to start the process by packing and labeling items you currently don’t use but plan on taking with you or putting in storage. A sharpie and post it notes will become your best friend!
Last but not least in tips for packing and moving is finding local movers to get your stuff from here to there. While recruiting family members and friends can be helpful — and economical — if you only have a few items, large scale moves such as an entire apartment or home require heavy lifting (pun intended). As such, professional movers can help move and set up your space so it can begin feeling like home in no time.
Moving can be a really exciting time. After all, it feels like a great adventure or the opportunity to start fresh. However, if you’re not probably prepared, then moving can be a frustrating if not stressful experience. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be.
If you’re like many other Americans, you may have moved within the past few years and are perhaps preparing to move again this spring or summer. In fact, more people are moving more often. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, since 1980, an estimated 43 million Americans — 16.8% of the population — ended up relocating for a variety of reasons, whether it be to pursue a new job opportunity or moving to a more affordable location.
Regardless of the reason you’re moving, it’s important to stick to moving organization tips in order to ensure a smooth, affordable move. Here are a few easy moving tips to help get you from here to there.
Sketch a floor plan
Organization is key in terms of moving, and one of the best tips for moving out is to draw up a basic floor plan for your new space. Then, lay out exactly where you’d like your large furniture items and boxes to be placed in your residence office. This will allow the local movers or your friends to work faster and more efficiently, which in turn saves them time and you money.
Be There or Be Square
Let’s face it, moving can be pretty chaotic at times, which is why it is so important to be there when your items are being packed and moved. Whether you are using friends or a professional moving company, it’s important to be present in order to act as a guide and properly coordinate the move. This also minimizes the chance of any damage done to your items.
Go Easy on Them
One of the most important moving organization tips you should be sure to stick to is to label absolutely everything. This makes it much easier for your moving company or friends to get your items from point A to point B in one piece. Boxes should not be over packed, and every box should be clearly labeled with its contents and room it’s going to.
25 Feb 2015
A few years back two people got the idea of starting a moving company that was based out of the Spokane, Washington area. Little did they know this small company would one day become the premiere moving company within the area, beating out local competitors and leaving your husband’s friends in the dust when it came to the handling of your precious items and the efficiency in which they were moved. This company, with the big pink dots on the sides of their trucks, would come to be known as Movher.
When Sabrina Jones and her partner, Jerry Almanza, first started out in this business, they were little more than your average movers. They had little experience, they were ill equipped, and comically under staffed, but like any sturdy and dependable Oak tree, they had to start from a seed. What they did have though was an idea; a dream of what Movher could become, and it was this idea that acted as the company’s ray of sunlight and helped it grow into what it is today.
When I first met Sabrina and Jerry I was nothing more than a young college student looking for a part time job that fit well with my class and rugby schedules, but eventually Movher would become a fulltime job for me. As a Creative Writing student out of Eastern Washington University, I have to admit I was a little disgruntled at entering a hard labor job after college, but with my background playing rugby and other physical sports I was more than up to the task. It has been almost three years now since I began at Movher, some experiences good, others bad, but all of which I am very satisfied with. And like all growing companies, it’s time for Movher to expand its avenues of interests and availability with the introduction of our blog.
I was thrilled when Sabrina and Jerry offered me the chance to be a writer for the Movher blog. It’s an opportunity for me to use what I studied in college as well as gain valuable experience related to my field of interests. As this is new territory for both Movher and myself the first moments of this new enterprise will be learning experiences on which we’ll find our footing and the voice of the Movher blog. A lot of the substance that will be discussed and written about within the blog will be on the Movher employees, as they are the lifeblood of this company. Other topics will be centered on the act of moving, the do’s and do not’s, tips for successful moves, and other related topics. Another focal point the blog will contain, and my favorite by far, will be the introduction of fictional short stories involving or centered upon Movher. This is a way for me to do what I’m passionate about as well as add uniqueness to Movher that sets us apart from other moving companies, and hopefully this will also give customers a chance to have some fun.
This will be an exciting expedition for Movher as well as for myself. I’m looking forward to all the new opportunities this will open for both the company and for the customers. Hopefully this will help add a voice and a face to Movher, which those who have moving needs will be more comfortable calling upon. So if you see one of our buzzing pink dots around town, say “hello.”
Movher has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
“We are thrilled to win this award for the third year in a row,” said Movher owner and founder Sabrina Jones. “We owe this to our customers who take the time to post their reviews and, of course, to our crews who consistently deliver the service worthy of this award.”
“Only about 5 percent of the moving companies in the Spokane area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
Just about everyone will agree: Divorce is a painful and life-changing process. While people cope in different ways, a lot of people find comfort in packing up their things and physically moving to a different area. In fact, it’s one of the most popular reasons to relocate, accounting for a large portion of the 43 million Americans who move each and every year. For the best possible experience, keep these things in mind when moving during or after a divorce.
Dot Your Is and Cross Your Ts
While it may be tempting to just pick up everything and go, life doesn’t really work that way. In the end, moving overnight may cause more stress and exacerbate problems. If you are moving long distance, go on interviews. Secure a new job first. Research the best moving companies. Hire movers who are accustomed to moving houses long-distance. Make sure that you don’t have to attend court or divorce proceedings in-person, or (at the very least) be prepared to make a trip or several trips back. If you have children, you may have to stay within a set distance. You may be able to work out a legal agreement with your ex-spouse and/or a lawyer to move longer distances with your children. Obviously, it is always best to make certain you have all of this figured out before you set a concrete moving date.
Divorce can take a huge emotion toll. It can consume your thoughts, and it can — especially if you are not careful — continually drag you down. Embrace the moving process. Look up moving organization tips, and tips for packing and moving. The kitchen has the most items, so most people start there, for example. Meticulously packing up your things can help take your mind off things. Plus, moving out of the house you shared with your ex can be cathartic and healthy. Different surroundings can easily help you feel like you are starting something new, and it’s often best to leave the baggage and hurt behind.
Don’t get stuck in the past. While career is still the top reason to relocate, divorce isn’t far behind. Take care of all legal matters before setting a final move date, and embrace the moving process. Pack, organize, hire movers — and get caught up in doing it.
What is one of the most common — yet unexpected — questions to ask a moving company? Believe it or not, Americans ask a fair share of local movers whether it is possible and/or advisable to move during the holidays. The answer is yes. You can move during the holidays, and — with some careful planning and dedication — it doesn’t have to put a damper on your holidays, either. Here are some tips for packing and moving during the holiday season.
Recreate The Joy Of The Season Anywhere
Of all Americans ages 18 to 29, at least two-thirds have moved in the last five years, and 40% of Americans anticipate a move in the next five years. If moving happens to coincide with the holidays, don’t let that bring down your holiday spirit. Even if it is not practical to keep holiday decorations easily accessible, it is relatively simple to play your favorite Christmas music or watch your favorite Christmas movie from just about anywhere. Thanks to the internet, you can rent or purchase just about any movie at any time!
Pack And Move Around Family Gatherings And Other Festivities
The very last thing you want is to have to turn down a holiday party because “I have to pack that night.” Pack ahead whenever possible, and make a list of questions to ask a moving company about the specifics and logistics of moving during the holidays. When exactly will you be moving? What if there is snow? What are their busiest and least busy times?
Have A Backup Plan
Sometimes you just have to move — and ASAP. Relocating for a job, for example, can come up fairly quickly and unexpectedly, and it usually comes with a concrete deadline, too. If it comes to it, have a plan b (or a plan c or d). In other words, if you really cannot find suitable housing during the holidays — consider other, temporary options, like short-term rentals, corporate housing, and more.
Don’t let moving with the holidays get you down. Carefully plan, keep things festive, and have a backup plan — just in case.