Moving on Up! Welcome our New Receptionist Allison Kickham!

The Fry-Wagner – St. Louis branch is proud to announce Allison Kickham as our new receptionist!

Allison officially took on the role as our St. Louis Receptionist on November 3rd, 2017. Before she joined the Fry-Wagner team, Allison earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a French minor from Truman State University. She also worked as a Policy and Communications Assistant in Jefferson City for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. In her spare time, Allison likes to hike, read and spend time with family and friends. 

Allison is excited to learn more about Fry-Wagner and to begin her career. She is an intelligent and warm person who prides herself on always being happy and positive. These traits definitely show in the workplace, as she is always friendly and shares a smile with everyone.

“My favorite part about working here so far has been how welcoming everyone has been.”

We are happy to welcome Allison into the Fry-Wagner family and cannot wait to see how she can grow within our organization.

Welcome to the team, Allison!

Out of the Box: DIY Headstone

 

Halloween is just around the corner! If you want to make your house one of the spookiest on the block, these DIY headstones will turn your average front yard into a creepy graveyard. Follow our steps below to create your very own headstone!

Supplies:

  • Medium size cardboard box
  • Box cutter/scissors
  • Pencil/marker
  • Tape
  • Paint

Step 1:

Using a pencil, draw the desired shape you would like your headstone to be. Repeat this step on another piece of cardboard equal in size.

Step 2:

Cut along the outline of the shape you drew. Repeat this step on the other cardboard piece.

Step 3:

Fold the bottom of both cardboard pieces upward.

Step 4:

Tape the bottom of the two cardboard pieces together.

Step 5:

Tape the two sides of the headstone together to provide support.

Step 6:

Tape a piece of cardboard that is the width of your open sides to each side of the headstone.

Step 7:

There should be an open slot at the top of the box. Place a bag of rocks in this opening to weigh down the headstone.

Step 8:

Place another piece of cardboard over the opening and secure it to the headstone.

Step 9:

Paint and decorate as you desire.

Step 10:

Display in your yard for everyone to see!

For more fun DIY projects or to receive a free in-home estimate for your upcoming move, visit us today! Happy Halloween!

What to Expect on Move Day

Moving day will be one of the most important and stressful days of your life. Whether you are someone who is moving for the first time, or a pro who has moved a lot, there are always surprises that can occur on move day. It is important to expect the unexpected on move day, but we are here to help you better prepare of what might occur. Check out our list of what to expect on move day below!

Expect a Window of Arrival: Most customers are under the impression that their crew completing the move will arrive at a specific time. In most cases, this does not happen. Your coordinator will call you with a specific window of time in which the crew will arrive at the residence to begin the move. A typical arrival time is anywhere between 8 am-10 am for most customers. This means that the crew could arrive at 8 am, 10 am, or any time in between those hours. Check in with your coordinator the day before your move so you can know when to expect your crew!

Expect a Written Inventory: The lead member of the crew will walk with your through your home to take an inventory of all the items that you are taking and inspect them thoroughly to note any prior damages before moving the items. This ensures that your goods arrive at your new home in the same condition in which they left the home.

Expect to direct your Crew: Remember, these are your important items; therefore, your crew is going to rely on you to direct them during the move process. Point out any high value or important items, items you do not want loaded, and items you will be moving yourself. Keep an open line of communication with your crew through the entire process to make sure they are caring for your items properly.

Expect your Crew to Take Breaks: Moving is a very time consuming and physical process. Your crewmembers will easily grow tired after moving items for hours. It is very important that they take their breaks! Each crewmember is required to take two 15 min breaks and one 30 min lunch break. Please note that you will NOT be charged for these break times. Breaks allow your crew to relax, re-fuel, and re-focus, so your items are properly handled throughout the entire move.

Expect a Call from your Coordinator: Your coordinator is the individual assigned to you as the main point of contact throughout your entire move. You coordinator should give you a call to check in with you on your move day to ensure everything is going well. If you have any questions or concerns about your move, be sure to speak with your coordinator about these issues when they call.

Expect a Bill of Lading: At the end of the day when the move is finally complete, the lead will present you with a Bill of Lading. The document notes all the important details of your move. Be sure to look over the bill of lading carefully before signing. If you see any discrepancies, please let the lead know so it can be assessed and changed.

Expect a Long Day: Moving is time consuming, whether you are moving a small shipment or a large shipment. Be prepared to keep yourself busy, hydrated, and alert the entire day.

You can never perfectly plan out a move, but you can be better prepared for the process. At Fry-Wagner we strive to keep an open line of communication with our customers throughout the entire day to ensure that they are aware of how our process works. For more information on how to begin your move process, contact us today!

Understanding Valuation

Accidents happen. They happen every day and we rarely see them coming! It may be something as simple as spilled milk or as bad as a car accident. We cannot predict when accidents will occur, but we can prepare for them. Unfortunately, just like in everyday life, accidents can occur during your move. That is why we want to make sure you are prepared if you encounter an accident during your move, and that you understand your options for reimbursement.

“Do you offer insurance?” is a common question moving companies receive from their customers every day. Moving companies do not offer insurance; instead, we offer something called valuation. Valuation is defined as the customer’s declaration of the value of his or her household goods in the event of loss or damage during the move process. Valuation is often confusing to those who are not familiar with the process, that is why we have put together a helpful guide to help you better understand how valuation works.

Valuation Vs. Insurance:

See the infographic below to learn more about the difference between valuation and insurance.

Valuation Options:

Basic Coverage – This valuation option is offered to every customer for free. It is the minimum liability coverage for any move. If damage were to occur to one of your items, you would be refunded $.60 per pound per article.

For example: If you own a table that weighs 100 pounds and it is damaged during the move, you will be refunded $60 to fix that damage (100 pounds x $.60).

Full Value Protection – If any item is lost, destroyed or damaged during the move process, Fry-Wagner will repair the item and cover the cost of repairs, or replace the item with similar quality and value at no cost to you. In terms of valuation, full value protection is the best option to ensure that your items will be fixed or replaced in the event of an accident during your move.

Example of how to calculate your amount of full value coverage: In Missouri, if a shipment weighs 2,000 pounds, the minimum full value protection of $3.50 per pound, making the shipment worth $7,000 ($3.50 x 2,000 pounds).

How to Select your Valuation Option:

Once you receive your Bill of Lading for you move, it is important to indicate which valuation option you would like to use. Be sure to indicate the value of your shipment as calculated above. If you have questions about how to calculate the value of your shipment or where to indicate the value on the bill of lading, it is important to reach out to either your coordinator or estimator.

Valuation is a very important part of your move and it is extremely important to understand exactly how the valuation process works to eliminate any frustration or confusion throughout your move. For more questions on valuation or the move process reach out to your friends at Fry-Wagner today!

Fry-Wagner’s Disaster Response Team: Here to Help in Your Time of Need

Disaster can strike at any moment in time. Whether it is a flood, fire, tornado, or any other catastrophic event, a natural disaster can turn your life upside down. If disaster hits, Fry-Wagner is here to help pick up the pieces and ease some of the stress. The Disaster Response Team at Fry-Wagner is on call 24/7 and trained in many aspects of emergency relief, so we can quickly help get your life and home back in order. Fry-Wagner offers a wide variety of services to help in your time of need.

  • Salvageable Content Inventory and Cleaning
  • Emergency Board Up and Tarps
  • Storm Cleaning Services
  • Furniture & Appliance Moving Services
  • Debris Removal
  • Secure Storage – both on-site and off-site

Your safety and well-being is our #1 priority, so we have the professionally-trained crews, resources, and warehouse space to help when you need it most. We understand that a disaster can affect more than just your home; it can completely change your life. That is why we pledge to lend a helping hand to those in need in our St. Louis communities by providing quality responsive disaster relief services. If you or someone you know has experienced a recent disaster, contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

To make a donation to the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico click here http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

4 Things to Expect When Moving

Planning a move takes a lot of time, preparation, and organization. If using professional movers, the move process can seem a bit confusing if you have never used a moving company before. At Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage, we strive to make moving as easy as possible for our customers, which is why we have put together a quick list of things to expect throughout your move. These tips will help you better understand some of the more complicated parts of planning a move, so you are well prepared.

Do Not Move on Closing Day: Moving takes a good deal of coordination from every party involved. It is a common misconception that moving on the same day as closing will be easier for everyone; however, this can cause more of an issue than a solution. Professional movers will need adequate time to carefully pack, protect, and move your belongings, and not only is it required to have someone at least 18 years old on-site, it is a good idea to be present for the entire move day to oversee the process and answer any questions that the movers might have regarding your items. Closing can often take several hours and unforeseen issues may arise, so it is best to schedule your move date a day or two before/after closing to avoid overlapping schedules.

Your Estimate is Subject to Change: At the beginning of the move process, you will meet with an estimator who will survey your home and generate an estimate on how much your move will cost. What many customers find hard to understand when moving is that an estimate is just an approximation. The purpose of the estimate is to give an idea of how much the move is going to cost. Once the move is complete, the hours of service, for local moving, or weight of your shipment, for long distance moving, will be calculated to determine the final cost. However, it is important to note that when moving long-distance with Fry-Wagner, you will never have to pay more than the estimated amount because the quote is on a not to exceed basis.

Expect the Unexpected: Moving can often be unpredictable; no matter how much time you take to plan the process perfectly. That is why it is important to expect the unexpected. This includes being in need of extra boxes, removing items from your estimate, changing your move date, or any damage to items. Fry-Wagner encourages our customers to get full value protection on their goods during the move to ensure that if damage were to occur, the value of your items would be fully refunded to you. Fry-Wagner strives to provide an excellent quality of service, but there is always a chance that an accident could happen. Full value protection covers you when the unexpected occurs.

Long Distance Moves will have a Delivery Window:  When planning your move-in day, be prepared that your moving company won’t be able to give you a specific date and time of arrival. Every long distance move is given a delivery window of 2 to 18 days, depending on the weight of your shipment and the distance of your move. Once your driver’s schedule is planned, your move coordinator will be able to provide you with a narrower delivery window of a few days, and it is important to make sure that you are available every day within that delivery window to accept your goods at your destination. If you have specific travel plans or needs for delivery, please discuss these requests with your move coordinator in the very early stages of your move.

Be prepared for your move by knowing what to expect. Moving can be intimidating, but Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage wants to make it easier for you. We are here to help you every step of the way. Reach out to us at any time with questions or to schedule your free in-home estimate today!

The Best Neighborhoods in Springfield, MO

Springfield, MO is a hidden gem that many call home in the Southwestern region of Missouri. Springfield has been growing consistently in popularity over the past few years. This southern Missouri city gives residents all the benefits of living in a big city with a small town feel. The “417” is a great place to call home. Read below to find out which neighborhoods in Springfield MO are the best to move to.

Rountree: Rountree is a quaint, older neighborhood located just minutes from downtown Springfield and Missouri State University. Residents of Rountree tend to make this family-friendly neighborhood their forever home; as some residents have been living there all their lives. This neighborhood is known for its character – where the homes come in all shapes and sizes. Some common styles of homes in this neighborhood are American Foursquares and Craftsman. The average home price in Roundtree is $219,900. Rountree is perfect for young families looking for their start home.

Olde Ivy: If you’re looking for a more lavish and upscale area to call home, then Olde Ivy is perfect for you. Residents of this up and coming neighborhood are usually established in their careers, have families, and love being friendly with their neighbors. According to Olde Ivy residents, almost everyone in the neighborhood owns a golf cart, and it’s their preferred mode of local transportation. You can find Olde Ivy neighbors at the local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, throwing neighborhood barbeques, or flocking about near the natural spring located behind some of the homes. The average home price in this neighborhood is $482,450.

Midtown: Midtown is Springfield’s most historic and nationally-recognized district. There are many amazing and affordable historic homes available. Young families find Midtown not only an affordable area to live, but also a safe one. Many Midtown residents enjoy walking their children to school, spending time in nearby parks within walking distance, and simply lounging on their front porch. This famous neighborhood is also known for its annual Victorian Christmas Homes Tour. Springfield residents flock to the area to view all the remarkable homes decked out in beautiful holiday lights and décor. The average cost of a home in Midtown is $67,900.

Downtown: Downtown is perfect for young singles and college students. There is so much to do and see! Famous restaurants, bars, and businesses are on every corner, which always gives residents something to do. Those who live in downtown Springfield claim they can walk to almost anywhere. This area is especially popular amongst the college kids who attend Missouri State. There are many different styles of homes available. Whether you are in the market for a single family home or an industrial loft, Downtown Springfield has it all. The average cost of a home in Downtown Springfield is $145,000.

Ozark Heights: Ozark Heights is a neighborhood full of fun activities! This neighborhood, located just east of Springfield, is full of life, and its residents always know how to have a good time. Every year this neighborhood has a friendly Christmas décor competition. They also celebrate Halloween by handing out goody bags to all their neighbors. Nearby you will find a community pool, basketball courts, tennis courts, a playground, pavilion, walking trail, and a lake. It is hard not to be active in this community! The average price for a home in Ozark Heights is $347,400.

Overall, Springfield has a lot to offer anyone who is looking to settle down in the area. There are so many different neighborhoods for new residents to call their home. No matter what type of home or neighborhood you’re looking for, Springfield MO has something to fit your wants and needs. If you’re planning an upcoming move to the area contact the professional Springfield MO movers at Fry-Wagner for more information, or set up our free in home estimate today!

 

Sources: http://www.417mag.com/417-Magazine/July-2015/Neighborhoods-We-Love/index.php?cparticle=5&siarticle=4#artanc

 

Moving Into a New Home: How to Establish a New Routine

Moving to a new home is an adjustment for everyone. It can be stressful and difficult at first to get settled into your new surroundings. Even though many aspects of your life may stay the same, the environment you will spend most of your downtime in is completely different. This can make it hard to establish a new routine. Below you will find some quick tips on how to begin a fresh routine that will make your life a little easier as you settle into your new home.

Get a Calendar: Calendars are key to keeping life in order! Even if you are a frequent user of the calendar on your phone, a physical paper or dry-erase calendar is a must-have in your new home. You can easily keep track of all your important dates and display it for everyone to see, so no one is out of the loop.

Create a Chore Chart: Establishing chores can be one of the hardest things to do when trying to settle into your new home. Create a chore chart with a list of chores, so everyone in the home has something to do on a designated day; allowing you to worry about things that are more important.

Create Checklists: Checklists allow you to make a list of all the things you have to do in a day. Whether it be appointments, chores, practices, work, etc. You can check these tasks off throughout the day to help keep your routine in check.

Think Ahead: Make your days a little easier by prepping for the next day to come. Pick out clothes the night before, pack lunches, prep dinner, etc.

Test Drive your Routine: Practice your new routine for at least 30 days to see how well it is working for you. Change your routine up if needed and adjust accordingly.

Getting settled into a new home with a new routine will take some time. It is important to find a routine that works well for you and your family to ease the stresses of daily life. For more helpful moving tips, or information on how to plan your upcoming move visit us today!

The Top 5 Trending Housewarming Invitations

A housewarming party is an important celebration for new homeowners all over the world. With ancient origins, the housewarming party is something that is celebrated in thousands of countries. Although various cultures have different traditions surrounding this gathering, one thing remains the same – guests need an invite! In the U.S., homeowners are getting more and more creative when it comes to sending out the official invitations to their housewarming parties. Check out the current top five trending housewarming invitations below!

The Moving Box Announcement:

This cute and creative invitation is fun, visually appealing, and goes along perfectly with the theme of a big move. Guests will rave about the creativity and how fun the invitation was to open! You can purchase these out of the box invitations here.

Paint Swatch Invitation:

This invitation has been trending all over social media! The paint swatch invitation is simple, appropriately themed, and you can even make it a DIY project if you’re on a budget. Head to your local hardware store and pick up a handful of your favorite paint swatches (which are free), write or print your information onto the swatch and send to your guests! For inspiration on how to make your paint swatch invitation click here.

Edible Invitations:

If you feel like going the extra mile and want to show off your baking skills, try sending an edible invitation! Bake cookies shaped like houses or other things that relate to a new home. Package your cookies in a clear plastic gift bags, and attach a small card at the top of the bag with all your necessary party info on it. For more home sweet home treats click here.

The Classic Evite:

The evite is perfect for those who aren’t looking to spend a lot of time or money on the invitation and want to focus their efforts on the actual party details. Hosts can easily create simple and free invitations online. This allows the host to post their invite on multiple platforms and send to groups of people without all the hassle of tracking down everyone’s mailing address. You can create a free image for your evite here.

The One Pager:

The basic one page invitation is the classic way to send an invite for your housewarming party. You can choose whatever design you like and include all the necessary info needed to make your party a success!

Planning a housewarming party after a move is exciting! Start your gathering off on the right foot by sending out memorable invitations! For more information on housewarming parties or if you’re planning an upcoming move, reach out to Fry-Wagner today to learn more about all the services we can offer you.

10 Tips on How to Pack Your Car for College

College students all over the country are buzzing with excitement as the upcoming school year is just days away. For many, it may be their first time moving into a dorm or apartment, so it is important to make sure your student is prepared and packed with all the necessary items. More importantly, everything they are planning to bring will need to fit in your car! As professional movers, Fry-Wagner put together a list of helpful tips on how to pack your car for the big college move-in day.

  1. Consolidate & Purge: As packing begins, take an inventory of the items being brought to college. Do you actually wear those shoes? Do you really need that memento at school? Dorm room spaces are often tight, so bringing only the necessary items will help you avoid a cramped space.
  2. Coordinate with Roommates: Reach out to future roommates and see who is bringing which larger items. Not only is space tight, but coordinating on pieces such as TVs, dorm refrigerators, and printers can help save money during an expensive time.
  3. Avoid Bringing Large Furniture: Furniture can be extremely bulky and take up unnecessary space. If you plan to take certain pieces of furniture, make sure it is dismantled and in a box to save space. The best thing to do is to buy your furniture after move-in day. Waiting will give you more room to transport your items, and your student will have a better idea of what will fit and look best in the new space.
  4. Use Totes: Totes are a great way to transport items, and they double as storage space that can be used throughout the school year. Unlike boxes, totes easily stack on top of one another without falling over during transport, making it easy to load the car and saves space. 
  5. Pack Smart Not Heavy: People often assume that the fewer boxes there are, the easier the unload. Less boxes can mean heavier boxes, and heavier boxes means more tiring work. Students likely have to carry their items up a flight of stairs at some point, so the smarter everything is packed, the easier the unload.
  6. Save Space: There are tons of space saving solutions that can be used as an alternative to some typical household items. A few of these space savers include, collapsible hampers, stackable crates, fabric cubes, collapsible ottomans, etc. These items can be folded and placed in between boxes and totes to hole them in place or filled with essentials.
  7. Minimize the Number of Passengers: Although many family members and friends would like to tag along for the big move-in day, it is important to keep the number of passengers traveling to a minimum to save room for your student’s belongings.
  8. Balance the Car: It is important to make sure that you are not putting too much weight on one side of the car. This can put strain on your vehicle. Try to distribute the weight of your items equally by putting heavy and light items on each side of the vehicle. 
  9. Fold Down Seats: Utilize not only your trunk space, but the space inside your vehicle by folding down as many seats as you can to fit more items.
  10. Strategize: Plan out your loading and unloading process. Put items that will be needed first toward the front of the packed car to ensure these items are unloaded first. Check the weather, so you can dress and plan accordingly. Designate jobs during the unloading process, so everything can move smoothly.

College move-in day is exciting! Make your move process a lot easier by packing your car perfectly. If you are planning a larger move, feel free to contact your friends at Fry-Wagner to see how we can help! Best of luck this school year!