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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.”

What you need to know about rate setting for professional movers

Did you know professional movers are subject to rate setting? What you pay a mover is actually a rate set by the state through its transportation regulation. Rates are set by the Utility Transportation Commission under the 15-C tariff. The tariff is broken down into three basic sections: #1, General Rules, #2 Intrastate Moves, and #3, Hourly Rated Moving.

If your move is fewer than 55 miles from point A to B, then this move is to be done by the hour. If the move is greater than 55 miles from point A to B, then this move is done by the weight of the shipment. Online estimates are available to you, but an in-home estimate is always your best bet. Make your reservation in advance to allow enough time for our estimator to come to your home or office and get it all in writing. This allows us to be prepared for the unforeseeable, such as a special request like moving china over the long haul, how many boxes you may need, and much more.

“Double-pad wrap” means safe, secure furniture handling and moving

This is a bit of industry jargon for us at Friends and Family Moving & Storage-”double-pad wrap”-but it’s pretty cool just how fool-proof it is for protecting furniture. It’s our proven way to ensure the quality and safe transport of your furniture.

Using double-pad wrap means we take our new, thick quilt pads into your home and carefully wrap each piece of furniture. Then we take clear plastic stretch film wrap and tightly secure the padding to the item being moved. This wrap system deeply cushions the harder edges of your furniture, as well as ensures that the soft surfaces of your furniture don’t absorb dust, dirt, or moisture.

Double-pad wrapping is the best way to move heirloom belongings, as they can actually be worth as much or more than what you’re paying for the move itself!

Who’s actually doing the moving, and do they have the necessary resources when things go awry?

So, who is doing the actual moving? When hiring a mover, ask if they contract the work out to another source. Find out if they have full-time professional movers, and make sure they are paying into Labor and Industry. A lot of moving companies these days are hiring contractors to do the work for them. What does this mean to you? Contract labor limits their liability and actually puts you at a greater risk for loss or damage of your belongings!

A great moving company must also have the right resources available when things do go wrong, like professional technical support for moving and networking your computers in your new location, and having an experienced furniture repair person to quickly come by and fix little problems that may happen during a move.

At Friends and Family Moving & Storage, we strive to be as careful as we can, but when something does go wrong, we always have top-notch resources available with a quick call.