Tips to Find the Right Movers when Moving into a New Home in Spokane

This article was provided by Guenther Management, a local Spokane property management company. You can visit their website at

Although the prospect of occupying a new home in Spokane, WA seems fun and exciting, the act of moving is not. You have to pack all your belongings into boxes, safely prepare to transport, load them on the truck, drive to your destination, and then rearrange them in the new premises after offloading and unpacking the boxes. On top of it, you have to do all these tasks without losing or damaging your valuables. files

No wonder many people contract professional moving companies to handle the relocation process. However, for you to have a perfect moving experience, you must identify and hire the right moving company. Otherwise, you might end up having a nightmarish and traumatizing experience. So, how do you ensure you find the correct moving company? Asking the following questions can help you accomplish that.

Is the company licensed?
When looking for a mover, the license is one factor you should never ignore. For a mover to operate across state lines, he or she needs a permit from the federal government and a DOT number. You can verify whether an interstate mover has the right paperwork, simply by calling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Similarly, if the mover is operating within Spokane, you can find out the status of his or her license by contacting the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

What is the reputation of the company?
Irrespective of how anxious you might be to occupy your new home, do not just hire the first moving company that comes your way. Take the time to ascertain the company’s standing and reputation. How long have they been operating, do they have credible references who can vouch for their quality of service, is the company well known and so on? Luckily, thanks to the internet you can easily find reviews and comments from previous and existing customers revealing what they think of the moving company.weblink

Is the moving company insured?
No matter how careful the moving company is, accidents can still occur, resulting in the loss or damage of valuables. For this reason, hire a company which has adequate insurance cover. Inquire from the mover what kind of coverage it offers. Is it replacement insurance only, or do they also provide unique protection for expensive antiques and jewelry? Furthermore, find out what the extent of the company’s liability in the event of loss is. Is the cover a Full Value Protection or the Released Value Protection? To keep the moving cost low, many renters erroneously go for companies that have no insurance cover. Unknown to them, however, is the fact that even though companies with sufficient insurance cover do charge slightly higher shipping fees, the cost is justifiable more so in the event of a loss.

Are the people handling the shipping full-time professionals or sub-contractors?
It is not rare for moving companies to hire sub-contractors to carry out the move, especially when there is too much demand for transportation services. The problem with most of these sub-contractors is that they lack sufficient skills to handle the exercise safely. As a result, they are likely to mishandle, damage or misplace your valuables. Full-time professional movers, on the other hand, have the right skills, coordination, experience and motivation to execute a seamless and satisfying move. mover

What are the moving estimates?
Since the moving company is in business, logically they will charge you for their services. Give them as much detail as possible of your transportation needs, to help them give you realistic estimates. Once the firm provides you with the estimates, dig deeper and inquire what you will get for the quoted fee. Insist on getting a written estimate and not a verbal one. Furthermore, be on the lookout for hidden charges which only serve to drive up the overall shipping cost. If you are unsure of what a special fee is for, do not hesitate to the point that out. Moreover, research several moving companies and compare their estimates so as to get the right company. The idea is not to go for the cheapest, but rather the one that offers the best deal.

Does the company provide additional documentation to support the move?
Any reputable moving company will offer extra documentation in addition to the written estimates. Such includes;

i. The Bill of lading, which is a receipt of your items along with the agreement between you and the moving company.

ii. Order of service, which gives the carrier to ship your possessions from one destination to your new one, and

iii. The Inventory list, which is a receipt describing each of your belongings, and their state before the move.

Opt for a company that has such support material as they will make your work easier.

While moving requires a lot of work, you can make your life much easier by hiring a moving company to complete your move. By following the above tips you’ll be sure to make an informed decision when hiring!

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American Van Lines is Proud to Support Multiple Sclerosis!

We have completed our Multiple Sclerosis 53’ trailer that travels all 48 states for Allied Van Lines and American Van Service Inc.  It is the only one of its kind to represent Multiple Sclerosis and bring awareness and show that we joined the movement.  It’s something that my driver Kevin Dugan and myself take great pride and privilege to be a part of.  It took over a month to refurbish, paint and decal this trailer in Louisville Kentucky and it just rolled out today.


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American Van Service – Teddy Bear Toss 2015

American Van Service Inc. just completed today the delivery of over 6000 stuffed toys for the Spokesman Review / Spokane Chiefs “Teddy Bear Toss” event.
The event started off Saturday night as the Spokane Chiefs played the Tri Cities Americans and then today we took our truck and delivered them out to the Fairground where the toys will all be provided to those in need this Xmas as gifts.


This is the 6th year we have provided the truck for storage and delivery services.

We are proud to help the community and make a difference during the holidays.





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Spokane’s American Van Service Announces Allied’s Partnership with Women’s Choice Awards

Due to Allied’s partnership with Women’s Choice Awards, Allied has been included in a TV commercial beginning December 8th.  The commercial will air on female-friendly cable networks (i.e., Style, WeTv, HGTV, etc ) with more than 30,000 spots reaching over 4.6 million households in a 2-week window.

There has been quite the activity with Allied Van Lines in the media lately and they’ve recently announced even more!  Due to Allied’s partnership with Women’s Choice Awards, Allied has been included in a TV commercial beginning December 8th.  The commercial will air on female-friendly cable networks (i.e., Style, WeTv, HGTV, etc ) with more than 30,000 spots reaching over 4.6 million households in a 2-week window.

As an added bonus, Women’s Choice Awards is also doing on-line video pre roll reaching approximately 400,000-600,000 impressions.

Women’s Choice Awards has also provided congratulatory videos to both the consumer and corporate segments.  These videos congratulate Allied for earning Most Recommended Moving Company and instill further confidence to move with Allied.


About American Van Service:

American Van Service is the oldest family owned & operated full service moving and storage company in the Inland Northwest. As Allied Van Line’s agent for most of eastern Washington, American Van Service has been helping your family, neighbors, and co-workers for over 55 years.

Few Spokane Movers can rely, month in and month out, on repeat business, but American Van Service does. Why? First, because we’re committed to customer care, second to none. Secondly, after 55 years one of the oldest Spokane Moving Companies, we know that our customers are likely to need us again in the future. Whether you need Movers Spokane again in 5, 15, or 50 years from now, you know we’re going to be here for you.

After 55 years, we’ve got this moving and storage process down pat. We know the best way to move your possessions, insuring that they get to their destination in one piece. That’s one reason that you’re going to be hard pressed to find better prices.

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Top 10 Moving Tips by Allied Van Lines

The top 10 tips for a successful move from Allied Van Lines for National Moving Month! Learn smart moving practices and how to hire a reputable and professional moving company, along with packing tips as you prepare for your move.

Top 10 Moving Tips
1) Check the Identity Of the Mover
2) Get an In-home estimate
3) Check the BBB
4) Know Your Rights
5) Ask about Extra Care Protection
6) Avoid Large Down Payment
7) Get Your Document in Writing
8) Take Your Valuables with You
9) Ask Questions
10) Be Reachable By Phone

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Spokane Movers – Moving Tips from Allied


In the moving process, choosing your moving company will be one of the most important decisions you can make. This video will outline 10 common mistakes people make when contracting a moving company, and more importantly, how you can avoid each of them in order to make your move as effortless as possible.

10 Common mistakes to avoid when hiring a mover:
1. Deciding to go with the mover that has the lowest price
2. Getting moving quotes over the phone and submitting an online inventory list without in-home estimates or visits
3. Not receiving estimates from several moving companies to compare fair prices
4. Not researching the moving company for proper licenses and complaints
5. Not planning ahead
6. Not asking about extra costs or fees you may be charged
7. Not asking the right questions
8. Not checking with the Better Business Bureau for previous record of complaints
9. Not informing the mover of any unusual situations that you may run into before the move
10. Forgetting to keep track of each in-home moving estimate

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