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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.

Dishpack/Glasspack
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.

Mirror/Artwork Carton
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.

Wardrobe Carton
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.

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
• Alcohol
• Any type of gas in bottles or tanks (including propane or oxygen)
• Paints, varnishes, solvents, thinners and oils
• Household cleaners (i.e., ammonia, bleach)
• Batteries
• Ammunition
• Fertilizers and pesticides

Common perishables you shouldn’t pack:


• Frozen or refrigerated food
• Produce
• Open food items
• Plants (indoor and outdoor)
• Fresh herbs
• Flowers

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
• Money
• Jewelry and furs

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.

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;

  1. You won’t lose track of where you’ve packed everything
  2. 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.

Save Space

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!

Other Advice

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;

  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Garbage
  • Water
  • Home Insurance
  • Bank

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.

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.

moving companyWhen you receive an estimate from Spokane, Washington moving companies, you’re probably only worried about one thing: the cost. But if you’re moving to or within Washington state, your moving company has to comply with an extremely detailed list of requirements in order to create an estimate.

While most private companies set their own rates, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission details the rates and services that a moving company can offer its clients. The commission also requires moving companies to follow a thorough list of rules regarding what type of information must be disclosed on a company estimate, whether the estimates are binding, and even how much moving companies in Spokane, WA are allowed to charge.

Regardless of whether the estimates are binding or not, they all must contain the following pieces of information:

  1. Basic company info: The carrier’s name, address, phone number, fax, and email if applicable.
  2. Status: Is the estimate binding or nonbinding?
  3. Verification: All customers need to be provided a space to sign or initial to confirm that they were provided the brochure: “Your Guide to Moving in Washington State.”
  4. Basic customer info: The customer’s name, phone number, address, and name of contact person, if other than the customer him or herself.
  5. Shipping info: The origin, destination, and any intermediate stops along the shipment’s route.
  6. Inventory: Each item of the shipment must be listed and estimated in size in order to create the detailed moving estimate.
  7. Details for long distance moves: An estimated total weight of the shipment, as well as the formula used by the shipping company to determine the estimate. The formula cannot be based on a unit less than seven pounds per cubic foot.
  8. Details for local moves: Detail regarding the number of personnel and vehicles used, the number of hours the job will take, and detailed charges for each.
  9. Overtime charges: Are they applicable?
  10. Third party details: Are any third party companies assisting in the move? Details of service and charges must be shown.
  11. Valuation: Details about loss or damage protection and associated charges.
  12. Storage: Storage charges, if applicable.
  13. Packing charges: Any charges associated with packing or container use must be detailed.

While that list might seem exhaustive, it’s only a partial list of the requirements.

If a moving company issues a binding estimate, the estimate must also have a statement saying that the company must guarantee that the estimate is accurate, and that it will not charge more without preparing an additional estimate to supplement it first.

Nonbinding estimates are more nuanced, but must detail the incurring possibilities. These estimates must state:

  1. That the estimate is nonbinding.
  2. That the cost of shipping may exceed the estimate.
  3. If the charges exceed 110% of the estimate, the carrier must allow the customer to pay the charges over a 30-day period following delivery.
  4. Charges may not exceed 125% of the estimate under any circumstance, unless a supplemental estimate is provided and filed. This rule does not apply in cases of late payments or interest rates.

Moving can be stressful, no matter where you’re going or coming from. And every year, about 16.8% of the population has to relocate for some reason or another.

Take some weight off your shoulders with a trusting, high quality moving company. Movher provides free moving estimates to all customers and ensures that your move is as worry-free as possible.

moving organization tipsMoving 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.

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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