So you’re planning to move within the state of Washington and want to hire a moving company. Here are the Top 5 things you should know before making your final choice:
- Residential Moving is Regulated in Washington State. What does that mean? It means there are rules that moving companies should follow and tell you about. It also means that moving companies are required to file with and be approved by the State of Washington and submit proof of insurance on an annual basis. It means that moving companies need to charge within the “legal band allowed” for their services. It means that the moving company has a license number that has been assigned to them by the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (Movher’s is HG-63829). If you contact a company and they can’t tell you their license number, then that should be a red flag. Residential moving is regulated whenever a customer’s goods are loaded onto a moving company’s truck. If you call a moving company and just want them to load a truck or vehicle you have, or even a portable storage unit (i.e., PODS), then that type of moving is NOT regulated so a moving company can charge you whatever they want and they are not required to give you a written estimate. Which leads me to #2.
- Get a Moving Estimate in Writing. Also known as a “written estimate.” This should preferably be done in your home that you are moving out of; if you live far away from the moving company, you can have the estimate done via FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangout, etc. But it’s always best to have it done in person, in your home. And they are ALWAYS free. Estimates do not require you to utilize that moving company’s services, either, but if you decide to move forward with that company, then the estimate serves as the basis for your upcoming move and you need to make sure you inform your estimator of any substantial changes in the scope of the job before your actual move. A moving company can give you two types of estimates: non-binding and binding. A binding estimate means a flat price. You know exactly what you’re going to pay and it will not change. A non-binding estimate means it can change; it can be lower or it can be higher. But in the State of Washington, moving companies cannot charge any higher than an additional 25 percent above their original estimate unless the scope of the job has significantly changed from the time of the estimate. So let’s say an estimator came to your house and you told them that you would move all of the boxes, lamps and artwork. The day of your move arrives, the movers walk in and what do you know? All the boxes, lamps and artwork are all there and you want the movers to move them. That’s a change in the scope of the job and the mover will have you sign another estimate, typically called a “Supplemental Estimate,” which will allow them to charge you for the additional work that was not part of your original estimate. So do everyone a favor and keep your estimator informed of any changes in your job.
- Understand “Loss and Damage Protection” Options Before It’s Too Late. “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” Someone should write a song with those lyrics. The same holds true for your “stuff.” Things tend not to be that big of a deal until they’re broken. That’s why you really need to take a few minutes to understand the options you have in protecting your household goods while they’re being handled by your moving company. It’s also good to know what wouldn’t be covered regardless of what level of Protection you selected: furniture made of pressboard or particle board, for instance, is not covered because of its inferior composition (think IKEA). You also shouldn’t have your moving company take items of extraordinary value (that means items worth in excess of $100 per pound), jewelry, coin/stamp collections, your pets (yes, that’s true), houseplants and items requiring temperature control (want the mover to take your freezer full of that 1/2 beef…not a good idea). None of those items are covered, no matter what. Don’t want the movers to box up your $1,000 flat-screen TV even though you chose the Basic Level of Valuation Protection? Then you’re saying you’d be happy to receive 60 cents per pound of what that TV weighs as compensation when and if it’s damaged. So a 50-lb. TV will get you a $30 check from the moving company. When moving in Washington State, you get to choose between three options: the Basic Level (it’s free), Replacement with a $300 Deductible (it costs more), and Replacement with No Deductible (it costs more). Here is how moving companies determine the value of your shipment (again, thank you to Washington UTC for determining this): on average, every pound of household goods is worth $5, and when an estimator comes to your home to provide you with a written estimate, they are also taking an inventory of your goods, which enables them to come up with an estimated weight. Then, they can multiply this estimated weight by $5 to come up with a “shipment value” of your goods. So let’s say that your estimated weight was 5,000 pounds. That means the value of all of your goods is worth $25,000 to the moving company. Think it’s worth less than that? Doesn’t matter – the moving company will go with the highest value. Think it’s worth more? Tell your estimator so he/she can adjust the total shipment value. The Basic Level of Valuation Protection costs nothing extra to you, but provides the least amount of coverage at 60 cents per pound, so if the truck crashed and burned and you had 5,000 pounds of goods on it, you would receive a check in the amount of $3,000 for all of your goods, regardless of the brand names that made up that shipment. If you chose the Replacement Value with the $300 Deductible, that’s going to cost you more in addition to your moving costs. In this example of a 5,000-lb. shipment, this level of protection would cost you around $500. In this scenario, if something is damaged or destroyed, you would pay the first $300 towards the repairs/replacement, and the moving company would pay the rest. The final option, the one with no deductible, costs a bit more, so you’d be paying around $640 on top of your moving costs, but the moving company is 100% responsible for repairing/replacing any damage that occurs to your goods while in the hands of your moving company.
- Make Sure Your Moving Company Insures Its Vehicles – and Its Employees. Your move is going great. All of your goods are loaded onto the moving company’s truck and they’re on their way to your new home. Unfortunately, they’re involved in an accident. Do you know if they carry cargo insurance in additional to regular liability insurance? What about the people who are actually moving you? Are they insured through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries? What happens if they are injured on your property? Could you potentially be held liable for any injuries? Make sure that the moving company you hire carries motor liability and cargo insurance, and is current on the taxes it owes to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
- Be Prepared. People dislike moving for a reason: it’s hard work. Don’t start one of the most stressful events in your life 24 hours before the movers show up. Break it into small, manageable pieces: start boxing items you know you won’t need several weeks ahead of time.
After all, if it’s summertime, you aren’t going to need those wool pants, heavy coats, mittens and scarves, are you? If you have children, give them their own boxes and have them start packing their own rooms. Come up with a labeling system that’s going to make sense to you when the movers are moving your boxes into your new home. Don’t want to pack? Then get an estimate for packing in addition to moving! What about artwork and other items on your walls – how will you transport those? If you have the capability to move these pieces yourself, then by all means do so. If the movers need to move the artwork, be prepared to pay for art/mirror boxes. Same for lamps. Same for flat-screen TVs. Even though most of us think about how difficult it will be to move the dressers, the sectional, the china cabinet and so on, those are actually some of the easiest pieces to move for people who do it all the time. What ends up taking a disproportionate amount of time – and your money – is when there are a lot of “miscellaneous” items like table and floor lamps, oversized vases, knick knacks, artwork, computers and other electronics that are not properly packed for safe transport. When movers arrive thinking you are “ready to move” and then find out that, well, you’re really not, it makes the job, and the day, longer than it really needs to be. So do everyone a favor and be realistic in what you can get done yourself and what you will need help from by your moving company.
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Spokane, WA – Movher is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.
“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award have demonstrated the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided top-notch service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
“Thanks go to our customers who believe in us, who trust us with their most valuable possessions and share their Movher experience with others,” said founder and owner, Sabrina Jones. “To win this award for the sixth year in a road is a true testament to the commitment we have with our customers and with our employees.”
Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
Movher is an independent, fully-licensed Spokane-based company that offers professional moving, packing, storage and cleaning services within a 500-mile radius. Founded in 2010, Movher’s mission is to “lighten our customers’ load with superior service, integrity, commitment and trust.”
Contact: Sabrina Jones, Owner
3311 E Ferry, Spokane WA 99202
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.
When 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:
- Basic company info: The carrier’s name, address, phone number, fax, and email if applicable.
- Status: Is the estimate binding or nonbinding?
- 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.”
- Basic customer info: The customer’s name, phone number, address, and name of contact person, if other than the customer him or herself.
- Shipping info: The origin, destination, and any intermediate stops along the shipment’s route.
- Inventory: Each item of the shipment must be listed and estimated in size in order to create the detailed moving estimate.
- 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.
- 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.
- Overtime charges: Are they applicable?
- Third party details: Are any third party companies assisting in the move? Details of service and charges must be shown.
- Valuation: Details about loss or damage protection and associated charges.
- Storage: Storage charges, if applicable.
- 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:
- That the estimate is nonbinding.
- That the cost of shipping may exceed the estimate.
- 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.
- 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.
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