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Archive for April 2011

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.

 

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