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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.

Go with a licensed mover

When moving locally, who do you call? We recommend calling a licensed mover. Did you know that all licensed moving companies in the state of Washington are regulated by the Utility Transportation Commission (UTC)? Did you know there are many rogue movers out there who are engaged in the very business practices the state regulators are trying to protect you from? Be cautious of movers who just say they’re licensed.

Being around and in the moving industry, I personally have seen some real doozies-people being duped by unlicensed movers using their car license plate as their license number! Don’t be fooled buy these people. Simply having a UBI number does not make them a licensed mover, either. When choosing a licensed mover, check their credentials and ask for their household goods permit number, which they should provide without hesitation. Protect yourself and protect your investment-you’ve spent decades acquiring things and have had heirlooms passed down from generation to generation that you’ll want handled properly by a mover you can trust. There are horror stories out there, thanks to unscrupulous unlicensed, rogue movers-and with them, there is no recourse.

The Washington State Utility Transportation Commission protects you from unethical business practices, and audits companies with too many complaints to ensure they’re in compliance with all rules and regulations. As a family-owned and operated moving company, Friends and Family Moving & Storage assures you that your belongings are being handled safely and professionally with good, old-fashioned care!

Five Tips for Making Your Business Move Go Smoothly

A corporate move can go smoothly-without business interruption-with the right planning, knowledge, and help. Friends and Family Moving and Storage offers tips for planning an office move:

  1. Ensure your plan includes communications. Lack of communication makes an office move difficult-a solid plan will mitigate this. The communications plan should be within the project plan, addressing “Who needs to know what, when” around tasks, milestones, responsibilities, and contingencies.
  2. Involve a communications person. He or she will ensure all stakeholders and their concerns are identified. At the least, you’ll be communicating with staff, vendors, customers, potential customers, contractors, other tenants, and public utilities.

  3. Know that I.T. relocation can be quite complex. Moving servers, computers, networks, cabling, computers, printers/copiers/faxes, phones-it’s highly specialized! Adding to the complexity are things like the firewall or the need for 24/7 up-time.
  4. Got outdated equipment? Don’t pay to move it. Moving might be just the time to get rid of old equipment, and deliver only the new stuff to your new space. Disposal of outdated electronics often involves understanding data security, and proper recycling and re-use. (You could even get tax credits or money back for salvaged, donated, or reusable equipment.)

    A good I.T. relocation consultant will assist you in navigating what can be a complicated process. If you lack an in-house expert, Friends and Family Moving can help you find one!

  5. Go local. Local movers tend to be more affordable than national companies. They’re also not subject to inflexible, corporate headquarters-mandated relocation plans. Another advantage of using a local company is their local know-how. There’s a better chance that your driver knows where you’re vacating and where you’re moving, along with traffic patterns and how to avoid delays. Local movers are often easier to reach than a national corporation and they’ll have area references.
  6. We specialize in local moves and offer great flexibility, every step of the way, in the level of help you need—whether it’s packing up, storage, or even helping you load a rental truck. We have a service plan that fits your business move, working with you in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Olympia, Tacoma, and other Puget Sound area moving locations.

  7. Need temporary storage? Your move (or remodel) might require temporary storage. Maybe you’re building a new office space, but the move can’t wait. We’re the office mover with safe, secure storage-and why not deal with one company?
  8. Before we put your items in our storage facility, we carefully pad, tape, and shrinkwrap everything. It remains sealed till relocation time. Plus, our movers prepare a detailed inventory and record the exact condition of each item.

  9. Hold an orientation after the move. Not everyone embraces change-even those who do can get flustered. We recommend helping your staff feel welcome: hold orientation before or on the first day and offer much Q&A time.
  10. Great employee relations is a solid investment. Go that extra mile for your people-offer them different tour times to accommodate schedules, provide gourmet coffee, pastries, or “lunch on us,” or a fun contest.

    These are just a few tips to get you going on your office move. Friends and Family Moving and Storage has the experience you need to help you pull off an easy business relocation-one with zero lost productivity.