When I looked at the mountain of stored furntiure and other home goods upaid and accounted for in my warehouse I came up with an idea, instead of running my annual auction to clear it out, why not give it to the Salvation Army. Over four days and over seven truckloads later, the Salvation Army at 6855 NE 82nd Ave. in Portland benefited from this massive donation.
I hope this donation, along with our recent move of cancer survivor Patti Jay will demonstrate that good companies can do good things in our community. I’ve always believed in gving back and we will continue to look for ways to help out in our town, our customers are our community and our community are our customers.
Recently Willamette Express donated a complete move for a local women stricken with cancer who was losing her house due to mounting bills and cancer treatments. Willamette Express stepped up to the plate for this women and moved her and her children to a new residence without charge. We were really happy to help Patti out and you can read all about it on the following link:
Always ask your movers detailed questions about insurance. The moving company will provide insurance at any additional cost. Insurance is usually basedo n weight, so you will need to assess the value of your goods versus what the insurance policy will provide should your belongings be damaged. Look into your existing homeowners insurance to see if they cover anything during the move.
We hope you enjoyed our series on What Questions To Ask Your Movers, our goal is to provide straight forward and reliable answers to any questions you have to be your mover
not just today but for all your future moves.
For longer distance moves some moving companies may transfer belongings from one truck to another. These transfers risk loss or damage to your valuable possessions and should be reduced or eliminated if possible. Keep this in mind before you choose your long distance mover. Also ask about precautions taken during rainy or snowy weather,does your mover address these addtional concerns. At Willamette Express we want you to ask the questions because we have the answers to perform a worry free move, whether it’s across the town or accross the country, we’re here to answer your questions.
Another vital question to ask your potential mover is do you charge any additional fees? Many companies charge extra fees for awkward items that are unusual in shape or weight or when the access to such items are difficult and even when the delivery place is unusual. Of course, much of this is subjective and can be answered in a straightforward fashion prior to the actual move by your moving company. Some moving companies will not ask any questions and then tack on charges after the fact. At Willamette Express, we want to answer all your questions right up front and be aware of any special needs so we can plan accordingly and quote the correct rate. Also we want to bring any special equipment needed to provide safe transport of your possessions. So when in doubt ask, ask, ask, there are no bad questions when it comes to moving your household or business.
You want to MAKE SURE that the company that you are hiring to move you is the company that shows up to move you. Some large movers subcontract out to local one or two truck movers if they overbook. These movers may or may not be of the same quality of experienced movers and there might be a much greater risk of an accident or breakage. Some people might be willing to take that risk while we find that most people would rather have their valuables moved by an experienced company that is the company that was hired for the job. Willamette Express will always be the company that shows up when we’re hired, our experience doesn’t mean you will necessarily pay more though, we are very competitive with our rates. Don’t take chances-hire Willamette Express.
The first question to ask any mover is are you registered, with whom and what are your registration numbers. Moving companies should have a USDOT (US Department of Transportation) number and also a State Registration number. Simply don’t do business with any mover that is not fully licensed and registered as many unforseen things could happen. You could have the mover take money and simply not show up, or show up and break valuable possessions and you have no way to file against them. Worse is a scenario where someone gets injured or even dies on the job, and there is not proper liablility coverage to handl the claims. The industry is very competitive and so our prices are very competitive. You don’t have to sacrifice a thing doing business with a fully licensed and registered company like Willamette Express, but you risk alot if you don’t ask the right questions.
Now that we’ve covered the steps to lead up to your move, we should cover what to ask your mover before, during and even after your move. These questions can be key in making sure your move goes as smoothly as possible and that you are contracting with a vendor who is going to do a great job for you and most importantly a mover that you can trust with your possessions. We have been moving families and businesses for almost twenty years and we know the good questions to ask your movers as you are considering who to use. Over the next several week we’ll tell you what questions to ask and why and how the answers will make sure your move is succesfull and as stress free as possible. I look forward to sharing this information with you.
Wow, you’ve prepared for weeks and finally the big day is here. Where do you start? With the beds of course. Take your beds apart and make sure all your hardware etc. is packed seperately, it’s the first thing you will want to do on the otherside. Here’s the rest of the day of the big move!
If you rented a truck, go EARLY to pick it up.
If you hired movers, take the time to walk them through your house and and give them specifics on fragile or important items.
When your old house or apartment is empty, do a walkthrough to make sure it’s completely empty.
Always leave a note for the new owners with your contact information in case they find items like manuals etc.
Turn off the lights and lock up the old address, take the time to lock it down.
Inspect your new home and try and give the movers room to move around, they are working hard for you!
Immediately check all utilities as time will go fast and you don’t want to be making phone calls after hours.
Pour a glass of your favorite beverage and toast to a move well done and well planned.
You are close now, time for dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. Only a week to go, here is your final prep before moving day.
Confirm your details again, can’t hurt. Make a schedule of the times and commitments on the day of the move. Make sure you know who is driving
It is really important to make sure you are set up financially and that you have cash on you for the move. As things transpire, you need cash for food, tips etc..
Continue the clean as you go routine. Defrost and clean your refrigerator.
Check over your toolbox, do you have everything you need to assemble your beds and other essential furniture. Buy a case of water and bags of healthy snacks for the move day,
energy bars work great.