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questions to ask a moving companyWhat 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.

local moversApproximately 43 million Americans relocate every single year, one-third of all American adults who rent move at least once every 12 months, and another 40% of U.S. men and women anticipate having to move within the next five years. In other words, Americans move a lot. They know all of the standard questions to ask a moving company. (How much will the move cost? What is the best day to move?) There are some things, however, that frequent movers may not know — and that includes how to move with pets. Here are some tips to make moving with pets simple and relatively stress-free.

Keep Your Pet Out Of The Way (For His Or Her Own Good!)
It may sound cruel to keep your pet pent up — even if it’s just for a couple of hours. It’s not. In all likelihood, local movers will be in and out of your house on moving day. Keeping your dog or cat in a reasonably sized room, such as the bathroom, with some food and water will keep him or her out of the way — and it will provide pets with a safe, quiet space away from strangers moving heavy boxes and furniture.

When It Comes To Car Travel, Plan Ahead
For dogs and cats alike, a well-ventilated and secure crate or carrier is essential when driving (especially when it comes to long distances!). Dogs and cats will wander, and your safety and the safety of your passengers (including your pet!) depends on keeping pets from becoming a major distraction.

Help Your Cat Or Dog Adjust As Soon As Possible
“Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings,” Realtor Magazine warns. “Upon your arrival at your new home, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, toys, etc.” Familiar items with familiar scents will help put your pet at ease.

Stress-free moving depends on keeping pets happy and healthy. Make things easier for pets and local movers by keeping pets out of the way and packing familiar items to set up in your new home.

 local moverAmerican renters and homeowners get really intimidated by the prospect of lower temperatures and snow — and these worries may actually cost them a great deal of money, especially if they are moving. If you are moving within your state or long-distance, braving the cold this winter or fall can have a lot of perks. Here are just a few.

Local Movers Offer Lower Rates During The Off-Seasons
Let’s start with the most expensive months to move. June and July are the very worst months to move, no matter where you live. If you live in a college town, near a college town, or you are moving into an area with a college or university, also expect moving companies to be really busy in late August and early September and again in mid to late May.

Technically, any other month is considered the off-season. Rates will be lowest, however, from late September through February or March — because people are trying to avoid the snow.

It’s Actually Easier On The Moving Company
Driving to your new home on icy roads may seem less than ideal to you, but it is actually an appealing prospect for most local movers. Why? They are the ones moving your king size bed upstairs, and they are the ones walking back and forth to the truck while unloading all of your heavy things. Movers are much less likely to break a sweat in the cool air, and they much less likely to have to stop to take a breather, even if it is just for a few minutes.

The Fall And Winter Moving Seasons Are More Flexible
Every year, one-third of American renters move. In total, approximately 43 million Americans move each and every year, and 40% of Americans are “likely” to move within the next five years. Let’s face it. Sometimes things come up. Apartments or new houses aren’t ready quite as soon as you were expecting, new jobs ask you to start earlier, and the list goes on. Fall and winter are the best time for things not to go as expected. Moving companies boast greater availability during these times, and they are more likely to be able to work with you, should something come up.

It’s not always possible to dictate exactly when we will move, but — if it is — fall and winter will save you money, time, and unnecessary frustrations.

moving day tipsWith the housing market slowly but surely on the mend, Americans are even more likely to relocate — and that’s saying something. Just how common is it to pack up your things and move? On average, 43 million Americans relocate in any given year. About 35.6% of young adults ages 20 to 24 moved in 2013, and 30.7% U.S. men and women ages 25 to 29 packed up and moved, also in the last 12 months or so.

The prospect of packing your entire home into boxes and making arrangements to get those boxes into your new home can be daunting. Here are a few moving day tips to make the whole thing a little less intimidating.

Know What You Are — And What You Aren’t — Willing To Do/strong>
It’s moving day. Everything is neatly packed into the truck, thanks to the help of local movers. You’re all set, except there is one problem. When you rented the truck online (or maybe over the phone), you didn’t realize it would be quite that big. The most you’ve ever done is driven your uncle’s pickup truck once, and you just aren’t comfortable maneuvering what basically amounts to a semi (plus, those huge blind spots!).

Believe it or not, a lot of people make this mistake. You can rent a truck to drive or you can pay moving companies to take care of loading and driving for you. Carefully note how much you’ll be moving, what size truck you’ll need, and whether or not you’ll be confident driving it (especially if it’s a long distance).

Don’t Pay For Boxes
Good news! You can easily pick up some entirely free boxes from your local liquor store. (Just ask!) If you call grocery stores and retailers, they may also be able to hook you up, with some notice. Just remember: free boxes are great, but you have to be careful. One of the best packing and moving day tips is to carefully inspect and reinforce any boxes as necessary. Double-tape may be a slight pain down the road, but it beats bottomed-out boxes and broken dishes.

Forty percent of Americans expect to move in the next five years. Make moving day a breeze with realistic expectations and estimates (know all of the specifics about your movers and the truck!), and forgo the expense of paying for boxes — but be prepared to reinforce them!

local moverThe big day is finally here. Your eyes are welling up. Maybe somewhere, in the far corner of your mind, you’re imagining an empty room and mentally arranging your new home gym. In any case, it’s finally time to move your child into college for the very first time. It may not seem like rocket science, but it’s definitely a milestone that you do not want to be entirely unprepared for, either. Here are some ways to make move-in day easier for you — and for your student.

If Possible, Steer Clear Of The Moving Day Chaos
Some colleges only have one or two move-in days for freshmen, and getting caught up in the hundreds or thousands of students moving in may be more or less inevitable. That’s not always the case, however. Carefully communicate with your child’s college to find out when exactly they can move in. If it’s an option, schedule your move-in day Monday through Thursday, when it is least likely to be busy.

Whether you choose a weekday move-in or you’re pretty much confined to the weekend, make sure your child communicates with his or her roommate, too. You don’t want to end up trying to carry in boxes and other large items at the exact same moment your daughter’s roommate is rearranging her furniture and there’s a couch in the dead-center of the room.

Communicate For The Best And Least Expensive Move
Local movers are going to be pretty busy at this time of year. Don’t call them up at the very last minute, and — if you do — don’t have your eyes set on a particular truck size. Decide on the exact level of involvement you expect from a moving company. Moving companies will help pack, load the truck, and drive — but this all comes at an expense. At this time of year, it may be best to rent a truck and possibly local movers to load it. Take care of driving on your own.

Americans ages 18 to 29 are among the most likely to move (two-thirds have moved in the last six years!), and there’s a good reason — college. Roughly 35.6% of movers are 20 to 24 years old, followed closely by the next age bracket, 25 to 29, with 30.7%. Keep your first college move-in day (or your second or third!) a breeze by avoiding the crowds and calling local movers well in advance.

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

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Movher LLC has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. The company also won the coveted award in 2012.

“It is such an honor to be selected for the second year in a row for this amazing award,” said Movher LLC owner Sabrina Jones. “We thank each of our customers who took the time to post their Movher experience to the Angie’s List website. It’s a testament to our employees’ dedication to customer service and always striving to do the right thing.”

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Movher competes with in the greater Spokane, Wash., area market are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of their consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 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, have a fully complete profile, 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 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. More than 2 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

Date Published: Oct 22 2013
by Sabrina Jones of Movher, LLC

Did you know that moving companies are required to provide potential customers with written estimates, regardless of the size of the move? Did you also know that there are essentially only two different types of estimates: binding and non-binding?

It might sound a bit confusing, but it’s simpler than you think and it is definitely worth your time to know the difference between the two.

A binding estimate is a flat rate. In other words, if the moving company says they will charge you 500 dollars for your move, you know that is exactly what you will pay, no matter how long your move takes or how many movers work on your job. That is a binding estimate.

The majority of moving estimates, however, are typically non-binding. A non-binding estimate is the moving company’s “best guess” for how long your move will take (if it is a local move) or how much it will weigh (with a long-distance or interstate move).

The most important aspect to know with a non-binding estimate is that there is always a limit to how much more a moving company can charge you in addition to that non-binding estimate. In the state of Washington, the most a moving company can charge is an additional 25 percent on top of their estimate.

So let’s say that you are planning a move within a 10-mile radius. A moving estimator comes to your home and gives you an estimate of four hours with a crew of two movers. Using that 25 percent cap, the most you, as a customer, could be charged, would be one additional hour.

It is important that you are as thorough as you can be with the moving estimator at the time of the estimate. If the “scope of the job” changes from the time of the estimate to the day of your move, then your estimate could be voided and the mover would have the right to charge you for the actual time it takes to complete your job.

As an example, if you forgot to show the moving estimator the items in your garage, then the moving company has a right to charge you for the additional time it takes to move the items in the garage.

When you know you have a move in your future, one of the best things you can do is to start planning early. Contact two or three moving companies, invite them over to provide you with a written estimate, be up-front and thorough when giving them a tour of your home and the items that will be included in your move and then choose the company that you feel the most comfortable with and have the most trust in.

Finally, check references, license numbers and, of course, Angie’s List!

About the Author
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About this Angie’s List Expert: Sabrina Jones is the owner of Movher, LLC, providing moving services in Spokane, Wash. Since 2010, Movher has specialized in moving, packing, cleaning, storage and moving supplies. They are a recipient of the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @Movher.

Hiring a Spokane moving company to move you is something that you may want to consider if you’ve got enough money to do so, and can’t afford the time to do it yourself, or its impossible for you to pack and move.

Spokane Moving companies offer several great reasons to hire them – with different levels of service. From companies who will show up and move you and your belongings to companies who will pack, clean and move your belongings from place to place.

Some even unpack at the other end for you.

You’ll need to check any company out thoroughly before hiring them – each company should be vetted to your satisfaction, with viable references, if possible. You should also search for any complaints or comments about them online, and see what comes up. These recommendations should also contain information on whether they were prompt, priced fairly, or added additional costs.

You may also want to ask your Spokane movers for references, and information on when their cheapest and most expensive times are to move. You may find moving midweek to be far more cost effective, as weekends sometimes carry a premium.

The company you eventually choose to move you will want to come out and inspect your home, to work out what they will be moving, and to provide you with an estimate so you may want to de-clutter before they arrive – they will take an inventory, in some cases, with you and decide what your moving expenses will be. These companies will also provide you with a complete overview of their insurance – review it carefully so you’re sure of what they cover and what you’re liable for, should the worst happen.


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