“DIY” projects are all the rage these days. There are a number of things you can do yourself, and might even do them better, but….. moving is not one of those things. We’ve compiled some major moving fails for your entertainment between packing and we can assure you that if you move with Olympia Moving & Storage, you can avoid the situations illustrated below!
Yes… we do suggest you take your valuable electronics with you, but by that we mean smart phones and tablets, not your 40 inch flat screen! Let us take care of that!
Innovation at it’s finest we will say. We’re curious how he tied the two carts together and then attached them to the scooter. How is he pulling all that weight? Impressive for sure. Effective, not so much. (:
Home service to a whole new level- but not a level anyone wants to reach!! We promise to park as close as we can, OUTSIDE of your home.
Something above does not belong. Can you guess what? Pups don’t belong in the couch! Take the fluffy ones with you when you go, and we’ll take the couch.
All hands and feet inside the car at all times…. AND BOXES! When you’re moving, safety is at the top of our list and nothing about having boxes hanging out of your car while driving is safe!
I think these “DIY” movers are going to need more than a gas fill up!
You know those situations that just are a disaster waiting to happen? This is one for sure. Dresser vs. two men. We’re betting on the dresser.
Excuse me sir….. This is Olympia, is your refrigerator running?
We hope we provided you with a good laugh and consider leaving it to us to take care of all your relocation needs. Call us today at 800-222-4744 to request an estimate, or request one online.
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When it’s time to move, it often does not occur to families that a moving company might scam them. Unfortunately, due to the low barriers of entry to the industry, there are disreputable and illegal movers out there, and even a few trying to actively cheat customers. When selecting a mover, there are a few things that you need to be vigilant of. Keep an eye out for these red flags and you should be able to find a mover you can trust & love!
Unprofessional customer service, or phone etiquette.
This is a red flag from the moment you call. When you call a prospective moving company and the customer service is anything but professional it might be time to do some more research. Customer service is the corner stone to a wonderful move. It starts and ends with customer service representatives. If there is no answer when you call, and there is no professional voicemail, this could raise concern as well.
No interest in on-site survey inspections or written estimates.
Professional movers will be able to gage if they need to come onsite to see your home to give you the most accurate estimate they possibly can. When the customer service representative speaks with you they will determine the best course of action. Sometimes for smaller moves an over the phone survey will suffice, but in a larger move a professional mover should always come out to survey the property. Even if the survey is over the phone, it is a red flag if the representative isn’t reviewing an inventory with you or asking detailed questions. Movers that quote a price over the phone without any interest in learning more about what you’re moving should be avoided. You should only choose a mover if they will provide you with a written estimate.
The website isn’t professionally made or doesn’t have a lot of information
A proper moving website should provide you with an abundance of information on the services they provide. A good mover is well aware that the customer will do a great deal of research before selecting a mover. With that being said, a proper moving company will provide you with information on contacts, locations, addresses of their offices and warehouses, and reviews from their customers. The contact information for the moving company should be plastered everywhere on the website, a good moving company will want you to call!
If the mover wants a large down payment before services or only allows cash
When moving companies want cash upfront before they provide any services a red flag should be raised. It is not likely a legitimate mover will ask for more than a deposit upfront when booking a move. When it comes to form of payment, if the mover only allows cash, this is also a signal that their operation might not be completely licensed and legal.
Negative news articles
A simple google search of the company can be quite revealing. If the results are littered with negative press, news and government investigations, and consumer complaint websites, this is definitely a company to avoid.
Summer months see a rise in electric and cooling costs. Olympia Moving has some tips on how to set up your new home to keep costs down after your big move.
Moving is a process. You’re uprooting your life from one place to another and unpacking takes up time. Something that may be pushed to the back of your mind is your new energy bill. We have some tips on how you can save money this summer while you enjoy your new home! Unplug things you aren’t using. Are you keeping your laptop or phone chargers plugged in when you’re not home? What about your toaster or coffee maker? All of these are contributors to your electric bill. Unplug electronics when you are done using them, and use a power strip to be able to efficiently unplug whatever is not in use. Unplugging your computer alone could save you around $75 per year.
Placement is key. Lights and televisions radiate a certain amount of heat, which can affect the reading on your thermostat or air conditioner. Your air conditioner will run longer and take longer for your home to heat up to your desired temperature. Place these heat-emitting electronics away from thermostats and anything gauging a temperature reading to evenly distribute heat and cooling.
Switch out your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLS) use less energy than incandescent bulbs and are made to last up to twelve times longer than regular bulbs. The upfront cost will pay itself off quickly when you take into consideration the length of time between replacement. You should also ask yourself about the temperature you need to feel comfortable in your home. Running your air conditioner at a higher temperature saves up to 18% on electricity costs over the summer. Higher settings require less power to run and having a ceiling or floor fan to circulate air will help keep your home cool. Just remember to turn both off when you leave to save money; fans cool people more than they cool rooms.
Consider adding solar panels. If you just moved into your dream home for the long haul, consider going the extra step to save on your energy bills and help the planet. Get a consultation for adding solar panels to your home. Solar Power Authority and this guide from Forbes are good resources for getting started.
Still looking for your new home? Request a moving estimate from Olympia Moving & Storage online or give us a call at 800-222-4744
Move day can be crazy. The weeks moving up to move day can be hectic and stressful. Making a moving checklist and checking it twice is always a good idea, but how do know if you have what you need on your list? In order to make your move as smooth as possible, we made a timeline moving checklist leading up to the big day.
8 to 9 weeks to move-in day:
Begin to look at your home, start sorting, and get rid of anything you don’t need anymore. If you know that the place you’re moving to is smaller than your current home, be sure to plan an aggressive declutter.
Sketch out a general floor plan of your new home including furniture placement so you know if there’s any furniture you can’t bring with you.
Research your packing options! Do I have the time to pack myself? Do I need help from the movers? How much are materials?
Call a dumpster service, it’s time to cull the forgotten items in the attic and basement.
Plan a yard sale, sell things you don’t want to take with you, and make some extra cash. Check out our blog on planning a successful yard sale.
Research moving companies and schedule in-home or phone surveys in order to obtain pricing.
Call Olympia Moving & Storage to book your move! Booking a moving company 5 to 6 weeks in advance will allow you to have your choice of moving time and day.
4 weeks to move-in day:
Begin packing. The earlier you start the better. Add packing services to your move to have us check off this item for you!
If you are renting your current home make sure you notify your landlord, neighbors, and whoever else may need to know.
Make sure you have a primary care physician and schools set up for your kids and request a transfer of your records.
3 weeks to move-in day:
Now is the time to contact your insurance company, car, and any other billing agencies that need to know that you are changing your address. If you move with Olympia you can use our free address change tool to help with this.
Schedule transfer or set up of utilities for your new home, including electricity, gas, water, internet, TV, and phone.
If you are traveling far to your new home make sure your car is in good shape or your flights or hotels are booked.
If you’re moving in or out of an apartment building, reserve the elevator for your move and check if the building requires a Certificate of Insurance from the moving company.
Confirm whether your current or new home need a parking permit for the move. If so, ask your moving company to order one.
Look at the food and perishables you have in your kitchen. Start to eat what is open, throw away what you can, and plan what you will need to buy for the last few weeks in your home.
2 weeks to move-in day:
If you are packing your home yourself, step on the gas. It’s close to go time and the last week to moving day is hectic.
Keep track of electronics and valuables. Don’t lose sight of them in the rush of packing.
Feel free to call Olympia with any questions you may have, we’re here to help! Be sure to let us know if the scope of your move changed, or if you think you need to add packing services.
1 week to move-in day:
We will be calling you to confirm your moving day and time.
Pack your overnight bag for your first night in your new home.
Towards the end of the week empty the refrigerator and freezer. The earlier you do this the easier and cleaner it will be to move.
Disconnect your appliances, or schedule a service to do so.
Confirm again that you have electronics and documents handy, we cannot stress enough that you don’t want to lose your essentials.
Communicate with your movers. They are there to help you! Make it clear to them what is fragile. Since everything is clearly marked the delivery will be a breeze!
Walkthrough your home make sure everything is out.
Leave behind cleaning products for the post-move clean, or schedule a maid service, many have move-out cleaning specials.
You are on your way! Congratulations!
Moving checklist complete!
Enjoy your new home!
Ready to get started on a major item on your moving checklist? Call us for a free moving estimate at 800-222-4744 or request an estimate online.
Olympia’s volunteerism at Special Olympics Summer games has become cemented in Olympia culture as an annual tradition. This June marked the fifth year of Olympia’s partnership with the organization, with Summer Games as the hallmark event for Olympia’s work with athletes with intellectual disabilities.
The event requires the donation of over 350 man-hours from our crew to transport equipment, move athletes in and out of their weekend accommodations, manage luggage, and break down the event. The Olympia team always looks forward to this opportunity to meet the athletes and play a small role in making their biggest competition of the year a success.
Our team assists in the whole week leading up to the games, picking up the equipment, food, and supplies for the competition.
The excitement then truly begins the day of the Game’s opening ceremonies, when the athletes arrive at the event. They are greeted by the Olympia Movers, who valet their luggage to their dorms.
Between competitions, Olympia’s “Are You Stronger Than An Olympia Mover?” hi-striker game has becoming a big hit with the athletes and their families – an impressive number have proved their strength by hitting the bell!
The weekend concludes with event break-down (including extremely heavy gymnastics equipment!) athlete-move out, luggage sorting, and delivering the luggage to families as they depart for home. We love asking athletes to show us their well-earned medals from the weekend!
We’re looking forward to participating in Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games next year and for many years to come!
While May marks the transition to summer, for many Boston-area families, May also means it is time to start planning a move. May is National Moving Month, or the beginning of moving season. About 35 million Americans will move this year, about 11% of the population, and nearly a third of the those moves will occur during the summer. This is especially true in New England, where relocation is heavily influenced by weather and school schedules.
Local Boston moving companies, such as Olympia Moving & Storage, see a tremendous increase in moving requests beginning in May. Moving season in Boston runs from May through September, with the most moves occurring the last week in August, when the students return, and the last week of June, just after school finishes. Boston families planning a move to avoid those weeks if possible, to avoid increased hassle and higher costs.
Olympia Moving & Storage uses National Moving Month as an opportunity to educate local consumers about the relocation process. In honor of National Moving Month, Olympia Moving created a handy infographic to help Greater-Boston families plan their move. Olympia designed the infographic to help consumers find a mover they can trust, as well as take the mystery out of the planning process.
With the right moving company, good communication, and proper planning, the move will go smoothly and your family will be enjoying their new home in no time.
If you plan on moving you will be going through every last item that has been put away in your house for years. Whether you are downsizing and need to get rid of stuff or just realized how much extra “crap” you have lying around, a yard sale is a great way to declutter your belongings while also making a couple extra dollars. To ensure you have a successful yard sale you do need to plan a little ahead of time. Follow these tips to make sure your yard sale is a home run!
Preparing For The Yard Sale
Pick a Date: Your first step is to decide which day you want to hold your event. If you plan ahead of time you can even pick the best season to hold your yard sale. We suggest starting Saturday mornings and during the spring time. The earlier you start, the bigger the crowd you’ll get, as people are usually busier later in the day.
Gather Your Goods: Go through every room in your house and pick out things you don’t want or haven’t used in months. Be sure to even go through closets, attics, basements and garages. Even if you don’t want something, there are plenty of other people that would pay money for it. The worst case scenario is people won’t buy something.
Permits: Many towns now require that you have a permit in order to have a yard sale. If you’re not sure, then double check with the city or town hall to find out if you need one. If you try to have a yard sale without a required permit you can get shut down and fined.
Advertising Your Yard Sale
The more people you get to your yard sale, the more you will sell. The better you advertise and people know about it, the more people that will show up.
Make & Place Yard Sale Signs: Most towns have laws prohibiting posting yard sale signs. Checking in with a clerk at your local police station will tell you what you are allowed and not allowed to do. If you are allowed to make signs then make sure they are easy to read from a passing car. Write “Yard Sale” or “Garage Sale” in large letters with your address and an arrow pointing to your house.
Online: The internet has become a critical advertising tool that all yard salers should utilize. People are using websites to look for Yard Sales in your area and you don’t want to miss out. When posting an ad online be sure to include dates, starting time and your address. If the site allows it, then also take some pictures of your hottest items to spark people’s interest. Some places online you can advertise include:
Now that you have your yard sale date picked out and people are going to stop by, it’s time to prepare for the showing.
Sort Items: In order to give your yard sale some organization and order, try placing similar items together.
Pricing Items: As a general rule of thumb, price items a quarter or third of what they would cost new. There are certainly exceptions to this rule, but at least it gives you a starting point.
Display & Ambiance: Make sure that your yard sale is easily visible from the road as catching people’s attention is crucial. Another tip to catch the eye of people is to place some of your more interesting items towards the end of the driveway. You can lure previously uninterested people if the see a handful of things that would make it worthwhile.
There is surely more that goes into a yard sale but hitting these main points will get your Yard Sale off to a great start.
After the Yard Sale
After your sale there will surely be things left behind. If you can’t give items away to friends and family hold off on throwing everything out.
Over the weekend, athletes with intellectual disabilities from all over the country flew to Washington DC for final preparations for their most anticipated event of the year: World Winter Games Austria 2017. The athletes have been training all year to complete in one of the biggest sporting events in the world, featuring 2700 athletes from 107 countries.
Upon arrival in Washington DC, Special Olympics Team USA was greeted by the professional movers of Olympia Moving & Storage, a leading Washington DC moving company. The Olympia Movers welcomed the team as they arrived and loaded their sports equipment for transportation and storage while they were in DC.
On Monday, the Olympia Moving truck filled with the athletes’ equipment joined the police escort to transport to Dulles airport for their departure to Austria in style. Cheerleaders, fans with signs, law enforcement, and the Olympia Movers were all there to cheer for Special Olympics Team USA and wish them luck at the Games.
This logistics donation was just one part of Olympia Moving & Storage’s sponsorship of Special Olympics. This is the Washington DC moving company’s fifth year donating services to the Virginia and Massachusetts teams for fund-raising events, sports competitions, office moves, and more.
“Through our work with Special Olympics, our team has seen firsthand what focus and dedication can accomplish” says Michael Gilmartin, Founder & CEO of Olympia Moving & Storage. “Our crew loves the opportunities to meet these athletes, and we were excited to play a small role in sending these athletes to compete on the world stage.”
Ellen Head, Director of Development for Special Olympics Virginia, who helped coordinate athlete send off said “Thank you to our long time Dulles Plane Pull partner Olympia Moving & Storage for helping Special Olympics USA get ready to head to Austria for the Special Olympics World Games 2017. You are just plain awesome!”
Olympia Moving & Storage is proud to announce that their Boston branch has earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award! This is Olympia’s company’s first time earning this award. Angie’s List Super Service Award represents peak service in the home service industry, and is only rewarded to companies who:
Are in the top 5% of their service category as reviewed by Angie’s List customers. This makes Olympia Moving & Storage one of the best moving services in Greater Boston!
Earned a “A” rating in overall and recent grade
Are in good standing with Angie’s List and pass a background check
“Olympia’s staff and crew work relentlessly to turn moving, usually a stressful event, into a seamless and positive experience,” says Michael Gilmartin, Founder and President of Olympia Moving & Storage. “We are so thankful to our wonderful customers for recognizing our efforts on Angie’s List.”
Olympia Moving & Storage is so proud to have earned this award from one of the top consumer review sites! It is especially meaningful to be recognized based on the feedback of the wonderful families we worked with in 2016.
Another year, brings another September 1st and another one of our favorite holidays… Allston Christmas. Allston Christmas is the time when hundreds of thousands of college students move into and out of apartments in the area, leaving their belongings strewn about streets in student-rich sections of the city.
According to Urban Dictionary, Allston ‘Christmas’ refers to the bounty of “new” stuff that one can easily acquire free of cost simply by walking down to the sidewalk and running off with it back into your own apartment. Much of the items that are left on the sidewalk are free to take because people can’t fit them into their new apartment or don’t have enough space in the truck to move them. However, many of the items are simply left on the sidewalk temporarily and are rummaged (read: ‘stolen’) by the neighbors in the chaos that is the city of Boston on September 1st.
With over 70% of leases ending on September 1st, it’s no surprise to find the city alive with moving trucks and to find discarded belongings on every corner. What is surprising is the types of things you’ll find.
This year in honor of Allston Christmas, we at Olympia decided to pair with Flutter to give one lucky winner the gift of a free move. And,while Bridget didn’t have to deal with the stress of heavy lifting during her move, these people weren’t so lucky.
Whether you love it or hate it, here are some of our favorite accounts of Allston Christmas 2016:
You know it’s Christmas when Santa shows up!
but an Allston Christmas wouldn’t be the same without an appearance from the BPD… bad Santa.
When you know you shouldn’t even bother trying to drive through Allston…
but you still appreciate the holiday’s roots!
Allston Christmas is a deep rooted tradition that you won’t soon escape, even if you aren’t living in the area anymore.
Because despite all the frustration…
at the end of the day you (hopefully) have a new, furnished apartment, with some street finds and maybe a bedbug or ten…
and minimal damage,
or insights into the reality of how your neighbors live…
But most of all, it wouldn’t be Allston Christmas without the fun.
Until next year, Boston!
If you’re planning a move and you’d like to save yourself some stress, give us a call at 800-222-4744.