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Moving office computers

Office relocation mean lots of careful attention to the various computers and peripherals. Friends and Family Moving & Storage offers the following approach to your office’s vital systems to help things go smoothly during your business move:

Start by backing up your data. Store the backup disks with the original application disks in a crush-proof box. Then:

  • Be sure to shut down all computers completely before you unplug any cables.
  • Using masking tape, create labels on each cable and power cord to document where it is connected.
  • Unplug all power cables.
  • Unplug all of the cords and cables to any peripherals (keyboard, printer, etc).
  • After you disconnect each printer, remove the ink cartridges and store them in leak-proof packaging.

The original box and formed foam packing material that your computers and peripheral devices came in is ideal for packing, but if you don’t have them handy, try to re-create similar tightly fitting, shock-resistant packing.

Don’t forget that a monitor’s screen isn’t just vulnerable to breaking – the glass could also become scratched. Wrap the monitor in a large plastic bag first, and then pack it in an appropriately sized box with insulating type materials. The idea is to create as much shock resistance as you can. Heavy duty bubble wrap works well. The same approach works for printers if you don’t have the original packing boxes and cushioning materials.

You can pack CPUs upright or lying on their sides. Note that the motherboard should be closest to the bottom of the box if you pack it sideways; this makes the motherboard and associated parts much more stable and less likely to become loose during your office move.

We have boxes! At Friends and Family Moving & Storage, we have a variety of boxes available for any office move-we’re sure to carry ones that will best fit the equipment that you must carefully move during your office relocation. Just give us a call!

Get an estimate as your first step in hiring a professional mover

Have you ever moved without first getting a written estimate from your moving company? If you were lucky, there weren’t hidden fees or other inconvenient surprises for you or your mover that made moving day way more complicated than it needed to be.

So don’t count on luck, get an estimate first-it’s quick and easy and worth it and it’s inherent to a professional moving company’s way of doing business. At Friends and Family Moving & Storage, we insist, and we give you options for your moving estimate: you can fill out our easy online estimate form, or have one of our estimators come to your home.

Our estimator will make an appointment to come to your home well before your move to get it all in writing. This allows us to be fully prepared for the unforeseeable, such as a special request for moving china over the long haul or how many boxes you may need, etc. (We sell individual boxes and box kits!)

Sometimes there are things we need to be aware of having to do with the building or house, and you’re probably way too busy to think of every little detail-let the estimator come and check it out first and save you one more hassle.

Just say no to hidden fees! Shady movers are more than happy to hit you with surprise charges when you’re in the thick of your actual move. Friends and Family Moving & Storage wants you to know the moving estimate you get beforehand is for your knowledge, protection, convenience, and budget. It’s all a part of being a professional moving company. They say knowledge is power, and the information gained in a thorough move estimate is no different!

Why professional memberships for moving companies matter for the customer

Professional organizations have professional associations, and, guess what, moving companies are no different. Sadly, it’s true that some Washington moving companies don’t bother to be a part of these consumer protection oriented organizations.

We specialize in Seattle, Bellevue, and the Eastside, and Tacoma, and we’re a member of the statewide Washington Movers Conference (WMC). We’re also a member of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA). At Friends and Family Moving & Storage, we’re proud of our membership in these organizations and strongly believe in what they stand for.

We’re also subject to the rules, regulations, and protections of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). All of these organizations help you the consumer understand exactly what you’re paying for with professional moving services, as well as provide information on your legal rights and other options.

Anyone providing local or intrastate moving services in Washington must hold a permit with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). For one, this helps ensure we maintain adequate levels of liability insurance. If an illegal mover does your moving, you open yourself up to risk and may find your recourse severely limited if something goes wrong. You can count on the WUTC to provide you with consumer information aimed at smart decision-making when you’re getting ready for a residential or commercial move. The WUTC also functions as a liaison between its members, consumers, regulatory agencies, and the media.

The Washington Movers Conference (WMC) helps consumers determine whether a Washington-based mover is legally permitted. The WMC further states: “As a condition of WMC membership, each mover member agrees to abide by a code of conduct promising to provide Washington moving consumers with honest, legal, and efficient service. Trained personnel, operating clean and safe equipment, are standard WMC member service characteristics.” You can see why Friends and Family Moving & Storage is proud to be a WMC member.

Then there is the Washington D.C.-based American Moving and Storage Association, the national trade association for the professional moving industry. This 3,200-member organization that we belong to states as one of its main goals: “to include strong support for effective government regulations and policies that protect consumers while allowing members to provide quality service at compensatory prices, and ensuring that consumers understand the value of professional moving and storage services.”

We take pride in being subject to AMSA’s code of ethics, which includes that we abide by always offering and providing “the most efficient and reliable moving and storage services available, while adhering strictly to a policy of truth, honesty, integrity and fairness in all business transactions.” AMSA also “promotes the elimination of fraud, deceit, misrepresentation and unethical practices within the industry and to engage in formal disciplinary review of any and all members involved in such practices.”

So, rest assured that with Friends and Family Moving & Storage, you’re dealing with a regulated, ethical, professional Washington moving company that takes the time to keep up with industry standards, practices, and the promotion of consumer advocacy in the moving and storage field.

Handling hard-to-pack, hard-to-transport items

Packing for vacation is hassle enough, but packing for moving can definitely cause a few headaches. Among the tedious tasks are things that are tricky to pack and perhaps hard to move. But, Friends and Family Moving & Storage reminds you that there’s always a solution bound to keep your stress level down a notch, whether it’s a local move or long distance.

We offer up these handy tips for the challenging things you may need to pack and move:

Dealing with furniture disassembly and reassembly

Got a complicated piece of furniture that you just can’t pack in its assembled form? At one point you put it together, but now it’s time to take it apart for moving (or storage). No problem-but what about putting it back together after you’ve relocated? You’ll want that effort to go quickly and easily too.

Before you prepare the parts and hardware for your move, photograph them. Place everything unassembled on the floor in an uncluttered area and grab a camera to document what goes where, and what goes with what. You’ll get a visual inventory of the pieces and parts and a reminder of the sequence of assembly.

If your item has small parts, such as different-sized sets of screws or brackets, place each set in its own zip-seal bag and label what they’re for with a permanent marker. Use heavy tape and tape the bags to the larger structural parts, or designate a box just for the bags of parts and clearly label the box.

Indoor plants-how to keep them happy during your move

Move them in a way that keeps ‘em lush and green and won’t create a mess of spilled soil:

  1. The day before or the day of your move, put each houseplant in its own cardboard box that is deep enough to close the box without damage.
  2. Pad each box lightly with damp newspaper all the way around to cushion the plant and keep it moist. Drape a wet paper towel over the top of the plant.
  3. Mark the boxes “Do not load” since you’ll want to transport them in your own car.
  4. Seal up the boxes and poke holes for air in the top of each box just before you place them in your car.
  5. Unpack your plants as soon as possible, but don’t place them in direct sunlight at first. Give each plant time to adapt before you put it in bright light, if that’s the plant’s seattle-wa-moving-company destination in your new home.

We do move plants at Friends and Family Moving & Storage, but we can’t guarantee safe transport if the plant should go into shock or if a limb gets broken.

Have something valuable that’s ultra fragile or oddly bulky? No problem…

The trained team at Friends and Family Moving & Storage are experts in custom crating items such as pictures, mirrors, chandeliers, granite, glass art, or marble table tops. So, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professional moving pros. We have special techniques for padding, wrapping, and shock-proofing your valuable possessions.

It typically isn’t that costly to let us prepare and pack your fragile art or heirloom pieces or other delicate valuables. It’s actually cost-effective in the big scheme of things-much more than taking chances with something precious and perhaps impossible to replace.

And seattle-wa-moving-companyly, how about a tip that might make at least one little part of your move simpler… Did you know you don’t have to empty clothes out of dresser drawers? You can leave your clothes inside, but remove breakables or heavy objects or things that may spill in the drawers. However, if it’s a fragile antique or a dresser made from particle board, it would be best to move them empty.

John’s 7 don’t-move-without-’em moving tips

  1. Get rid of it-you can save money to boot!
  2. Moving stuff you don’t want or need costs you money. Moving is regulated and because in-state moves of 55 miles away or more are priced by weight, be sure to ask yourself, Do I really need these items? Have I used this in the last year? If the answer is no, consider donating those items to a charity or organization that can give them to a family in need.

    When moving locally or around the state, moves are charged either by the hour or by the weight of the shipment, so adding numerous items you may not use will only cost you more money one way or another. So, maybe it’s time to just get rid of it! This will save you money in the long run and free up some extra space if you’re downsizing. Moving into clean, debris-free areas is so much more appealing than a cluttered room full of stuff, isn’t it?

  3. Give solid advance notice for switching your cable and phone
  4. Well in advance of your move, call the cable and phone companies and let them know you plan on moving. These companies have only a small window of time to switch your service, taking sometimes days or weeks to schedule.

  5. Transitioning pets
  6. Pets almost never enjoy the change and chaos of the moving process. Dogs and cats know when things aren’t quite right and sometimes run away or go into a sort of kitty or doggie depression.

    Make sure they have a place they can be during your move. Never just think you can just stick them in an empty bathroom or leave them in a car. Make plans for them as well… Your pets will love you for it!

  7. Credit cards and your new address
  8. It’s too darn easy sometimes to procrastinate submitting your change of address. But a key reason to do it right away is to make sure you stay current on your credit card bill. Don’t let your credit rating suffer because you missed a payment!

  9. Moving in or out of a high-rise apartment
  10. When moving in or out of a high-rise building, be sure to find out if your mover has the required insurance certificates to be able to do moving at that kind of property.

    A solid, knowledgeable moving company like Friends and Family Moving & Storage won’t have any problem obtaining the right insurance certificates, but they will need to be in place before the move begins. It’s important that we set it up in advance because most insurance companies will not be open on holidays and or weekends.

    And then there’s the elevator-be sure to reserve it well in advance and let your moving company know the specific time frame you’ve got it reserved for. Be sure to let your mover know of any other details associated with these unique buildings so that the move can be as seamless as possible.

  11. Office moving-just say no to extra stress and lost productivity
  12. Office relocations can be much less stressful when you’ve chosen the right moving company. Our team of professionals has the knowledge and equipment to move your business with ease so you can be back to work in your new location. We know absolutely that “time is money”!

    Our goal is to move your office equipment and furniture quickly and efficiently so you retain your normal productive business routine. We even have technical support if you need your computers set back up and networked.

  13. When parking areas near the building are limited…
  14. Moving out of an apartment or an office building that has limited parking? When you try to reserve a spot as close to the building as possible for the movers, hold the space with your own vehicle or use cones. If your building manager doesn’t have cones, you can buy bright, heavy-duty cones at places like Home Depot or Lowe’s. (And perhaps sell them to the landlord when you’re done!) Save time by having the space completely ready to go when your movers arrive so they can park near where they will be loading the truck, POD, or trailer.

    So there you have them: a “lucky seven” assortment of key tips to help your move go more smoothly. It’s really the little things that do the trick!

    Be vigil, prepare as much as you can ahead of time, and definitely choose a licensed mover. So what are you waiting for-call on Friends and Family Moving & Storage for all of your moving and storage needs! God bless, and happy moving from “Your Friends in Moving.”