If you’re planning a relocation, you’ve probably compiled more than a few questions about the process. Even if you feel confident that you know what you’re doing, a conundrum or two is bound to pop up somewhere along the line. At Ed’s Moving & Storage, we’ve been helping people just like you move around the state, the country, and the world since 1965, so we know a thing or two about relocations. To help you get a handle on your move, we’re answering a few of our most frequently asked moving questions below. Is yours on our list?


#1: When Is the Best Time to Move?

If you get to decide when you move, try to avoid moving at the end of the month, during summer, and during the year-end holidays. Movers are typically in high demand during these times, so you may have difficulty booking a moving service and adhering to your preferred relocation timeline.


That said, if you simply don’t have the luxury of choosing when to move, move at the time that works best for you! Just make sure you get several moving quotes to make sure you’re getting the best service for your money.


#2: How Do Movers Determine the Cost of My Move?

Your moving company considers several factors in determining the final cost of your relocation. Depending on the services you elect and the scope of your move, these factors may include:


●        Additional mover assistance, such as specialty packing services

●        Total weight of goods being transported

●        Transportation distance

●        Cost for additional insurance coverage

●        Number of movers necessary for the job

●        Hourly moving charges, if your move is local


Unless you’ve received a binding estimate, the total cost of your move cannot be accurately calculated until after your possessions have been packed and loaded onto the truck.


#3: What Does “Items of Extraordinary Value” Mean?

In a moving capacity, “extraordinary value” refers to any items that have a value of more than $100. For insurance purposes, you must list these items on the appropriate inventory form, which we’ll provide. Articles that may fall under the “extraordinary value” category include:


●        Jewelry

●        Collector’s items

●        Fine china and silverware

●        Furs

●        Antiques

●        Art


If you’re planning to transport several items of extraordinary value, it may behoove you to purchase additional moving insurance coverage. In the event your items suffer damage during transport, standard moving insurance may not cover the full value of your possessions. Unfortunately, if you don’t have enough coverage, you’ll be financially responsible for any losses incurred.


#4: What Should I Do With My Stuff If I Cannot Move In Immediately?

If you’ve already sold your home or broken your lease but cannot move your things into your new abode immediately, our climate-controlled storage solutions are a great option. We offer short- and long-term storage options, storage-in-transit containers, and continuous security monitoring. We also conduct routine inventory inspections to ensure your possessions remain safe, clean, and intact while they’re under our supervision.


#5: What’s the Safest Way to Pack My Things?

That depends on what you’re packing! For large, fragile, and expensive items, we recommend custom crating services because each crate is handmade according to the item’s shape and size. Wardrobe cartons, specialty containers with dividers, and specialty packing materials can also keep your possessions protected while making your packing process simpler and more organized. For more packing ideas, check out this article on our blog!


#6: How Do I Move My Plants?

Certain states prohibit the entry of non-native plants, so before you move, check with state and local regulations regarding foliage transport. If your new location does allow foreign foliage, you’ll need to arrange transportation for your houseplants because we cannot take responsibility for the health or safekeeping of your plants during your move.


Transporting plants in the back of a moving truck exposes them to significant temperature changes, lack of water, and inadequate sunlight, all of which may contribute to poor health. If you’re moving a long distance, you may want to consider shipping your plants in the appropriate packing materials. For shorter distances, you can safely transport houseplants in the back of your vehicle. 


#7: How Do I Move My Pets?

Before you relocate, make sure you check state and local laws regarding the safe transport of your pet(s). You’ll also need to check with your new neighborhood or complex regarding breed restrictions if you haven’t done so already. Make sure your pet also has a rabies tag, applicable animal health certificates, and any necessary permits.


As for transporting your pet(s), you’ll need to bring them with you in your family vehicle or, if you’re flying to your new location, on the plane. Pets cannot be transported in the moving truck for safety and liability reasons. If you need assistance procuring safe transport for your animals, feel free to ask a member of our team for suggestions.


Looking for a Moving Company Near Seattle? Contact Ed’s Moving & Storage Today

If you’re getting ready to relocate and need reliable, experienced professional movers and packers, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Ed’s Moving & Storage. Whether you’re planning a local move, an interstate relocation, or even an international move, you can trust our team to take care of the details. From climate-controlled storage solutions to full packing services, and furniture moving to international logistics assistance, we provide a full suite of services to make your move as smooth and stress free as possible.


If you live in or near the Seattle or Tacoma metro areas and would like to learn more about how we can help you with your relocation, give our team a call at 253-581-2449 or reach out to us on our contact page. Trying to price out movers and packers? Feel free to request your moving quote online!