26 Feb 2018
Don’t get me wrong: moving furniture isn’t like performing brain surgery. But there are definitely techniques out there that are essential for a safe, damage-free move.
Do you know if the movers who will be moving you have been trained in proper moving techniques? Do you know if the movers are actually employees of the company or are they independent contractors, or, day laborers?
At Movher, all of our movers are our employees (we like to call them “team members”). That means they have successfully completed our interview process, passed a background check, watched the AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association) training video, and participated in at least three different moves with some of our other experienced Movhers. If the feedback is positive from our Movher team members, they’re ready to be part of our “real” Movher crews!
While moving appears to be pretty simple, moving WELL is not so easy. A successful move involves properly protecting our customers’ goods as well as their home. If it’s rainy or snowy outside, we may have teams of crews to minimize tracking into the home. Covering furniture with moving pads (also known as blankets) is essential. Protecting walls with cardboard, doorways with blankets and door jamb protectors, floors with neoprene covering. All of these efforts go a long way into making for happy customers.
Movers who have been trained to move properly also will be able to disassemble and reassemble furniture quicker than those who have not been trained. Do you know if your refrigerator doors will need to be removed in order to get it out of your current home? How about any exercise equipment you have? Hiring a moving company with trained employees who care about you having the best moving experience possible cannot be overstated.
AMSA is the national organization for the moving and storage industry. Consumers are encouraged to visit their website at www.moving.org to find moving companies in their geographical area who are also certified as what AMSA refers to as a “ProMover.” (Movher is a certified ProMover.) Remember it’s always good to get 2-3 estimates when you’re planning a move. There is a lot of good information on the www.moving.org website, so be sure to spend a few minutes doing some research!
When a move is in your future, do yourself a favor: Do your research, ask all the questions that pop into your head, and make the best decision for YOU. Because it’s the not so much the age of the mover, it’s the attitude and willingness to always do it right.
19 Feb 2018
First of all, moving is a busier industry than you likely think it is. We get calls from people who want us to move them the same day they call, or maybe the next day or the upcoming weekend. Depending on our schedule, we may be able to make one of those work, but one thing you should always require of your moving company before agreeing to have them move you professionally is a written estimate.
Written estimates protect you as a consumer (I am referring to moves within Washington state and those crossing state lines; moves in Idaho are not regulated, so a written estimate is not required). When you contact a moving company, find out if moving is regulated in your state. That means that moving companies must be licensed with the state and follow state-mandated rules, such as carrying a specific amount of liability and cargo insurance, as well as labor and industries insurance. Another requirement is to provide all customers with a written estimate, which are always free and do not require you to utilize the services of that moving company.
Written estimates are typically scheduled in the home you will be moving from, and you do not have to have everything packed for a moving estimator to give you a reliable estimate. What you do need to do is be consistent and realistic with what you will want the moving company to move for you: Just the furniture? Both the furniture and the boxes? Are you going to move anything on your own, such as clothing, lamps, artwork, flat-screen TVs? Do you have any specialty items or access problems at your current home or where you’ll be moving to? Figure out what your game plan is and follow through with that.
It’s a good idea to get 2-3 estimates so you have others to compare prices with; but remember that a lower price does not always mean a better moving experience. Look at online reviews, ask to speak with previous customers, ask your friends on social media, and see how you were treated when you initially contacted the company and how the estimator made you feel. All of these things should be a good indicator of which company should do the best job for you.
Make sure you understand your moving contract. All too many times we hear stories of how someone’s china broke into a million pieces or the walls of their brand new home were scuffed or dented. Will the moving company you hired take care of the damages? Which level of Valuation Protection did you choose for your move? Is damage to your home covered by the moving company you hired? These are all questions you should ask your moving estimator and make sure you understand before making your final choice. Because most people don’t care about things like this until something precious to them is damaged or, worse yet, beyond repair. As the saying goes: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Planning for your move is a safe bet.
14 Jan 2018
Want to make packing easier? Use the right boxes! Here is a helpful list of typical box sizes and what types of items fit best in each of them.
1.5 cf (small; 16” x 12” x 12”)
Perfect for books, magazines, photo albums, canned goods, grain products, hand tools and other heavy items.
3.0 cf (medium; 18” x 18” x 16”)
Probably the most-frequently used box. Ideal for taller kitchen supplies such as cooking oil, vinegars, etc., small lampshades, small kitchen appliances (toasters, coffee maker, can opener or iron), pots and pans, shoes, hats and small breakables.
4.5 cf (large; 24” x 18” x 18”)
This box is sized similar to a dishpack box, but isn’t as sturdy. Perfect for tall items such as wrapping paper, medium lampshades, board games, and small or medium kitchen appliances (upright mixer, wok, etc.).
6.0 cf (extra-large; 24” x 24” x 24”)
Large lampshades and other items too large to fit into 4.5-cube cartons such as bedding, towels, etc.
Dinner place settings, cups, mugs, stemware, crystal or glassware, figurines, table lamps, vases, small pictures, mirrors and glass shelves. May or may not include dividers; we have short dividers for glassware and mugs; tall dividers for vases, pitchers, etc.
Flat Screen TV Carton
A specially designed carton that provides added protection when transporting a flat screen TV. TV should be covered with padded picture paper prior to placing in box. Don’t ever use bubblewrap directly on any of your electronics as the static electricity could short-circuit your piece of equipment.
We have two sizes of mirror cartons: small and large. The small can take pictures/mirrors up to 33” in width; the large carton can take pictures/mirrors up to 48” in width. Use these boxes for pictures, artwork, glass tabletops (less than 7 square feet), dresser mirrors, flat screen TVs up to 42”, or other high-value items. Use padded picture paper for large and/or valuable pictures and TVs. For paintings made of pastels and oils, use pieces of cardboard cut to the size of the frame, then use blue painter’s tape to adhere to the back of the frame, and cover in padded picture paper.
We use a 24” wardrobe box and fill it with hanging clothes, curtains and also use them for miscellaneous items in the garage or home to minimize the amount of “miscellaneous” items our boys have to move. Typically we leave the top open when we do this, taping around the 4 edges but not closing off the top because typically items are sticking out too far. Perfect for rakes, shovels, vacuum cleaners, Swiffers, rolled-up area rugs, skis, etc.
Mattress Bags, Chair & Sofa Covers
We have mattress bags for twin, full/queen and king mattresses, as well as chair and sofa covers. We also have mattress boxes for twin, full and queen/king mattresses.
14 Jan 2018
If a move is in your future and you’re not sure what your moving company won’t take, here is a helpful list.
Do NOT pack:
• Aerosol cans (regardless of content)
• Flammables (i.e., Sterno, charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, lighters)
• Nail polish and remover
• Fire extinguishers
• Any type of gas in bottles or tanks (including propane or oxygen)
• Paints, varnishes, solvents, thinners and oils
• Household cleaners (i.e., ammonia, bleach)
• Fertilizers and pesticides
Common perishables you shouldn’t pack:
• Frozen or refrigerated food
• Open food items
• Plants (indoor and outdoor)
• Fresh herbs
What to keep handy (or at least off your moving truck if irreplaceable):
• Important medications
• Stocks, bonds, securities
• Identification documents (i.e., birth certificates, social security card, passport)
• Collections (stamps, coins)
• Insurance policies
• Jewelry and furs
12 Jan 2018
It’s early January of 2018 and I’m already WAY ahead of my competition.
In the way of financial forecasting, I mean.
That’s right. I’ve already done what only about two percent of closely held businesses do at any time of the year: make a plan.
According to Dave Duryee, author of the 60 Minute CFO, and my business advisor for the past several years, most business leaders/entrepreneurs, founders, CFOs, whatever you want to call them, don’t plan for the following reasons:
1. Lack of knowledge on how to do it (after all, what type of entrepreneur wants to admit she doesn’t know how to do something?!)
2. Don’t have time.
3. Fear of being held accountable.
4. Uncertainty about the future.
With Dave’s help, I’ve established new strategic goals for my company that will be achievable in 2018 and we’ve created a realistic financial plan that me and my leadership team will review monthly and make adjustments as necessary throughout the year in an effort to stay on track.
So if you’re not in this two percent, what’s holding you back? Don’t be satisfied with being in the other 98 percent. Venture into the unchartered, sometimes choppy waters of financial planning and soon you’ll find much smoother sailing, headed in the right direction.
03 Jan 2018
Packing up a house or office before moving can be a massive upheaval.
On average, we move houses five times before turning 30, and then three more times after that, meaning most of us experience this process at some point.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Moving can be exciting, and we’ve got plenty of advice for packing up a house. So, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Let’s dive in.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
This may seem like overkill. However, you should always try to give yourself at least six weeks to pack before moving.
This avoids the stress of running around shoving things in boxes, trying to get everything packed in record time – no one wants that.
Diligent planning and time management is key to saving you both time and money.
With that in mind, we recommend creating a packing calendar. This is essential for keeping focused and motivated.
When writing your calendar, prioritize your packing and try to distribute your tasks with the time you have left evenly.
Unsurprisingly, you should plan to pack all of your non-essentials first. For example, if you’re moving during winter, pack all your summer clothes, and vacation gear to begin with.
If you’re feeling super organized, consider breaking down each task into ‘mini goals.’ For example, one of your tasks might be ‘pack wardrobe.’ – you could break this down into the following categories;
- Sort through clothes and shoes
- Pack my clothes
- Pack his clothes
- Pack shoes
- Pack accessories
You get the idea; this may seem boring. However, you’ll save yourself time in the long run.
Don’t Move More Than You Need
Before you put any of your belonging into boxes, sort through everything you own. Ensure you allocate time to your calendar to sift through your belongings.
Undoubtedly, there’ll be things you don’t need/want anymore.
Use this as an opportunity to de-clutter your life and give to charity – win-win.
You may find you need to book a trash haul if you have a lot of stuff to get rid of. This is usually easier than finding time to take everything to the dump yourself- especially if you have lots of bigger items.
Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to pick up supplies.
Do your best to estimate how many boxes you’ll need. Before you waste money buying any, see if you can get some from work, use suitcases you already have, or, ask your friends and family.
Label. Label. Label.
Labelling your boxes is key to a smooth moving experience. You can buy sticky labels in most stationary stores, for next to no money.
Ensure you mark both the top and sides of your boxes with the contents and make it clear whether it’s fragile.
This will help to remind you which room each box needs to go. You should also make it clear as to the specific contents of the box.
This will come in handy when you’re desperate for a pair of underwear. You don’t want to be rummaging through 10 boxes stamped ‘bedroom’ when you’re trying to get ready in the morning.
Make Sure Your Stuff Stays in One Piece
When packing up a house, you should use what you have already to supplement your bubble wrap.
By this, we mean use clothes, and towels (and other household things) to wrap items that are easily breakable.
Just be sure to mark on the box what you’ve used. This has a twofold benefit;
- You won’t lose track of where you’ve packed everything
- You don’t want to go the trouble of safely packing away your gear to then have a champagne flute flung out of an old tea towel
In addition to doing the above, thoroughly wrap anything fragile in lots of bubble wrap – newspaper just won’t cut the biscuit.
Where scratchable surfaces are concerned, you’ll want to wrap them up in protective padding.
For example, coffee tables, TV stands, chest of drawers, etc. Furniture padding is usually easy and cheap to rent from storage facilities.
Try to save as much space as possible by taping lone items together. For example, brooms and mops.
This is especially important with disassembled furniture. Not only does this save space, but it also makes the load lighter and easier to move.
However, you must make sure you keep all relevant parts together. Put any small pieces into a secure sandwich bag and tape it to the furniture.
Keep Things Light
Aim to keep boxes as light as possible. You don’t want you or anyone else helping you move injuring themselves.
We recommend your boxes weigh less than 50 pounds. If you have any unusually heavy boxes, be sure to mark them to ensure no-one has any nasty surprises!
Things You’ll Want to Have to Hand
There are a few things you’ll want to access when you reach your new home. Such as;
- Enough clothes for the immediate aftermath
- Paper plates and plastic cutlery
- Toilet paper and soap
- Bottled water
You’ll be thankful you thought ahead when you start unpacking all your stuff!
Two to three weeks before the move, make a list of your utility service providers and plan to transfer them to your new address or cancel them. Here’s a list of utilities you should consider;
- Home Insurance
While contacting your insurance provider, check what your policy says about belongings in storage. This may come in handy.
We also recommend asking what your policy says about the removal process. For example, is your property covered if anything breaks on the road?
Are You About to Start Packing up a House?
If you’re about to start packing up a house, please feel free to check out our services pages.
Our team of professionals will be more than happy to help you pack up your belongings and clean your house before the move.
Additionally, if you have any questions about how we can help you during this chaotic time, please feel free to reach out. We’d be more than happy to work out the best way to help.
13 Dec 2017
Business is booming and you’re ready to move to a bigger office.
Now comes the tedious part of moving your office to a new location. Office moving can feel like an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be.
All you need to do it a little planning with the right information. Read these 9 tips for a smooth office transition.
1. Plan, Plan, Plan
It goes without saying that the first step should be to have found a new office space. Ensure all the applications are done and leases and clearances are signed and ready to go.
Next, begin by setting a detailed time lime when office moving planning. Make a realistic timeline and stick to it.
Allow the necessary amount time for the timeline to be realistic. While small offices might only need 3 months, large offices might need up to 8 months to move.
Make sure you account for building moving in and out policies. Get layouts and blueprints for your new space.
2. Communicate With the Team
Once the initial office moving planning is done, you need to communicate this information to the team.
Give them all the information they are supposed to know because you don’t want people being misinformed about the timeline.
Ensure everyone is aware of the timeline and what roles they’ll be playing. If they’re not in a leadership role, they should at least know what things they should be taking care of.
Don’t forget to get their feedback on issues that could be improved in the new office.
3. Assign Roles
Too many hands in charge could create unorganized chaos. Ask your employees to volunteer to be responsible for tasks. It doesn’t have to be upper management, after all, they already have enough on their plate.
These will be the people who will communicate with employees, movers, and other key contact people to make sure everything runs smoothly and on time.
They should coordinate with each area and department to ask what moving materials are required.
Continue having meetings with your moving team leaders to ensure office moving goes without a hinge.
4. Deep Cleaning
Even if you’re office is maintained, years and years of dust bunnies will catch up with you in the office moving process.
A deep clean is necessary if you don’t want to bring unnecessary clutter to the new office.
Arrange to send documents that need shredding to separate from the ones that should get packed.
If you need to get rid of some old furniture, arrange to put it up for sale or donate it to a charity.
Delegate that every employee cleans their specific workstations to ensure there’s even less clutter.
At the end, depending on how much cleaning it’s required, you can consider hiring a professional cleaning service to leave the space clean.
5. Hire Movers
No matter how big or small your office is, you want to hire professional movers. Imagine you and your staff moving those heavy desks without the proper tools.
Remember this takes time, so it should be early on your moving timeline. The person in charge should start gathering quotes and doing research to ensure you get the best movers for your office.
Depending on your moving budget, you might want to consider hiring professional packers. This might be an advantage when packing items that could get scratched or damaged in the process.
6. Update Contact Information
This is the part no one ever likes doing. You have to update your contact information.
First, all of your business accounts need to be updated when you move offices. We’re talking about utility bill, internet, phone, banks, and other service providers.
You also have to contact your vendors and see if they will be able to accommodate you at your new location. In the event that they cant, you’ll have to start the search for new ones.
Don’t forget to also make your customers aware you will be changing location well in advance. You want to make the transition easy for them and avoid any inconveniences.
The person in charge of updating contact information should make a spreadsheet and check off to ensure nothing gets missed.
7. Secure IT Service
You don’t want to move to the new office and not have what you need to do your job.
Well in advance make sure your IT support company knows about the move. You will need their help setting up computers, printers, wifi, and router.
Technology runs smoothly when it’s properly installed, so make sure you start off well.
Don’t forget to call your service providers and schedule them to go in advance of your moving day to ensure they connect the services you need.
8. Do an Inventory Check of All Equipment
You’ll want to take an inventory of all your equipment including, computers, printers, copy machines, etc.
If the equipment is too old and your budget allows, you will have to decide which computers need recycling.
Also, if you’re moving to a bigger office, you might have to purchase more equipment. It’s always good to plan it well in advance.
9. Pack Equipment, Files, and Personal Items
Finally, develop a packing strategy to get everything else packed and coordinated.
All of the technology equipment should probably need more attention to ensure none of it gets damaged. Pack and label the files in a way that is easy to make a smooth transition when they have to be unpacked.
Tell your staff they’re responsible for moving and cleaning out personal items and they should be the ones bringing them to the new space.
The moving coordinators should make sure everything is securely packed and label to make the transition as quick as possible.
Must-Know Office Moving Tips Final Thoughts
Moving can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re prepared and organized your office moving should be a breeze.
Are you moving offices in the Spokane, Washington area? We’re here to help. Contact us for a quote and join many other satisfied customers.
Every year since 1980, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 43 million Americans (16.8% of the population), end up having to move to a new house or apartment. If you’re finding yourself in this percentage and are planning on relocating within the next few months, you should start seriously considering everything that a move will entail.
Moving is extremely stressful. Whether you’re moving down the street or to a completely new place across the country, you’re going to be stressed out, at some point, about your move. To limit that stress as much as possible, consider working with professional movers.
By finding local movers in your area to help pack, transport, and unpack all your items, you’ll be much less stressed out during your big move. Your moving day will likely still be stressful, however, even if you are working with an experienced moving company. Rather than worrying about packing each box and item into your own vehicle, driving to and from each location, and carrying all those heavy items, professional movers will handle all that while you focus on other important aspects of moving into a new home.
You don’t want to work with just any moving company, though. Make sure that you’re dealing with a quality organization. Here are a few things you should look for when hiring professional movers.
A moving company should be experienced.
Every move is different and every person has different items that need to be moved. The company you’re working with should have experience moving all kinds of items (TVs, shelves, furniture, etc.) into all kinds of buildings. The last thing you want to be doing on your moving day is helping a “professional” get your couch up the stairs.
A moving company should be hardworking.
If the moving team you’re considering isn’t hardworking, you might as well do everything yourself. Because moving is so stressful, it’s best to get everything done as quickly as possible. That doesn’t mean rushing, either, but rather working extremely hard.
A moving company should be compassionate.
You might’ve lived in a certain home for decades and have so many memories, making it tough to go through with the move. If you’re working with an inconsiderate team, they might not take good care of your items, especially any sentimental items you may have. Make sure the local movers you’re hiring are as compassionate as they are experienced.
If you want to get in touch with compassionate, hardworking, and experienced movers in the Spokane region, contact Movher today.
24 Aug 2017
You’re finally taking that big step and getting your own place. Congrats! Hopefully, you’ve found the perfect home or apartment and you’re in the middle of counting down the days to the big move. It’s important, however, that you don’t just stare at your calendar during these crucial months, but rather work hard to make sure the move is as seamless as possible.
Here are some excellent life tips for people just like you who are moving into their very own place for the first time.
Plan out every detail of your move
As you pack for the upcoming move, make sure you are writing down all your moving plans and are staying as organized as possible. Moving can be stressful and so can the first few weeks of living in a new place if you’re not sure where everything is. Make as many lists as possible to stay on top of your items and keep track of where everything is going.
Consult a professional moving company
Every year in the U.S., one-third of renters move to a new place and the smart ones get professional help. In addition to packing carefully and keeping track of everything, working with a professional moving company is a great way to guarantee a successful move. There are affordable moving services available that will put you in contact with local movers who know exactly how to get all your stuff to your new place. Struggling with that big couch of yours? Contact a quality moving company and watch the magic happen.
Buy everything you need before you actually move
The worst thing that can happen is you finally get everything moved in and then you realize you don’t have any toilet paper in your new place. To avoid these emergencies and other stressful situations, you should make another list of every important household item you’ll need during the first few days of living in your new place. Get all the bathroom essentials like TP, shower curtains, soup, toothbrushes, and toothpaste; important kitchen items like dishes, silverware, and chairs; necessary items for sleeping; and any other item you’re going to need during the first few days of living in your new place.
Plan for a day or two of rest
Although you’re probably extremely excited about moving to your new place, you’re going to be that much more exhausted after it’s all said and done. Packing, moving, and unpacking is tiring, and the last thing you’ll want to do after it’s over is to go right back to work. Your best bet is to take a few days off to slowly get your home in order and just spend some time relaxing so you aren’t overworking yourself.
Work with professional movers, plan out everything, get all the necessary items, and take a day of rest to have the perfect move. Enjoy your new place and contact Movher today if you need moving assistance.
Millions of Americans move every year, with 35.6% of those between 20 and 24 moving, and 30.7% of those between 25 and 29. If you’re one of those looking to move to a new home, you might be dreading the moving process. Loading, packing, and transporting all the items on your list can be a real hassle, and that’s why you should consider getting moving help.
Moving companies, professional movers that handle a lot of the work for you, can be a great investment for the tried mover. Especially if what you’re planning isn’t a local move.
Here are some benefits of hiring professional movers:
This is more for the local movers or those that are moving away to somewhere they’ve never been. Professional movers have the knowledge of the area, and the routes in that area, so your belongings can be safely transported to your destination. If you’re moving to a place you’ve never been, this can be a nice bonus.
Save And Insured
Hired professionals will have more experience in moving than you do, it’s a given as it’s what they do for a career. The safety of your belongings will be one of their highest concerns, and your belongings will be insured under their moving company. This can lead to great peace of mind.
They’ll also make sure to pack everything securely, if you allow them to pack for you, too.
The Right Equipment
If you’ve ever moved, you know how using the improper equipment can be a bad idea. Getting a truck from a friend and trying to do it yourself, without the right gadgets to make life easier, can lead to injury and broken possessions.
Professional movers, however, will come with the right tools for the job. They’ll likely have hoisting straps, dollies in both the two and four wheel variety, ramps and a large truck with cushions to transport your items in a safe and secure fashion. And, they’ll know how to use it.
They’ll know how to get the harder furniture out of your door without scratching or banging the walls, and how to get it back into the other building, too.
So if you’re moving and dreading the move, consider getting a professional moving company to do the job for you. They’ll have all the knowledge, experience, and gear that you might not.
If you have questions, contact us. We’ll be glad to inform you about the types of services you can expect from professional movers.