5 Tips to Find Quality Local Movers

Are you overwhelmed with closing dates, packing, and now you have you find local movers? Finding the best moving company for you doesn’t have to be hard, but there are a few things to consider. Begin your search for quality local movers near you today with these 5 tips.

  1. Check Moving Company Reviews & Certifications:

When contacting possible moving companies, check their online reviews and certifications. Is the moving company a PROMOVER for AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association)? AMSA certification helps protect you from rogue movers by identifying legitimate, professional local movers in your area and provides resources to help you prepare for your move.

  1. Get a Free In-Home Estimate:

It is important that the moving company you choose offers a free in-home estimate to ensure the most accurate quote and avoid unexpected costs. A good estimator will do a walk-through of your home with you, taking a detailed inventory of all the items you plan to move. All questions and concerns about your local move can be addressed during this time. To protect yourself, never book a local mover who has generated an estimate over the phone or online.

  1. Make sure they are Experienced Movers:

In this digital age, consumers have the power to do an in-depth search of almost any company. When finding a local mover, do your research to find moving companies with valuable experience. Choose a moving company who has been in the industry for a substantial amount of time. This means they are experienced, reputable, and have quality standards to uphold.

  1. No Deposits:

Legitimate moving companies will not require you to put a deposit down on your move – whether you are moving locally or long distance. If a local company requests a deposit on your move, consider this a red flag.  Many customers have found themselves in a sticky situation with movers who took a deposit, then never showed up on the move day!

  1. Capacity to Complete the Job:

Choose a local mover that has both the tools and capacity to complete the job. To avoid last minute cancellations, ask each moving company about how many trucks and what sizes they have, if their crews are professionally trained, and if they provide the tools needed to complete the move. A moving company with a large fleet of vehicles and movers will ensure they are equipped to handle your move throughout the entire process – even in the busy summer months.

Fry-Wagner Moving and Storage has been moving people down the street and across the country for over 100 years! As an AMSA ProMover and A+ rated BBB business, we know what it takes to provide quality local moving services to our customers. If you’re planning a local move contact us today to learn more about our process, or to set up a free in-home estimate.

Get Organized This Year with Portable Storage

The New Year has finally arrived, and it is time to say goodbye to 2017. You probably are already planning the year to accomplish your resolutions, whether it be to lose weight or to spend more time on your personal wellbeing. However, did you know that 84% of adult stress is due to an unorganized home?  While many people aim to eat better or exercise more, organizing your schedule and home can help you achieve your overall goals.

While springtime might be the typical time of year to give your home a deep clean, get organized at the beginning of the year to take on 2018! Whether you are simply cleaning and re-arranging furniture or doing major projects at the start of this New Year, portable storage containers from Fry-Wagner are a convenient solution to assist you in your home organization process.

  1. Delivered Directly to You: Our do-it-yourself containers can be conveniently delivered to your home or location of choice, where you can easily move items in and out of the unit at your own pace. If the organization process is going to take longer than expected, Fry-Wagner will safely transport your loaded container back to our storage facility until you are ready for your items to be delivered.

 

  1. Safe & Secure Temporary Storage: You can rest assured knowing that your items will be protected from the elements in our steel-framed, weatherproof containers.  For added protection, attach a lock to the heavy-duty security latch for safe keeping while you are away.

 

  1. Affordable DIY Option: With easy online payment and no hidden fees, Fry-Wagner’s portable storage containers provide an affordable moving and storage option and flexibility at no extra cost to you.

 

Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage is here to help you achieve your organization goals throughout 2018. Offering flexibility and affordability, portable storage is the perfect option for you.  Call Fry-Wagner today to inquire about our portable storage containers so you can start your year off right!

 

 

How to Survive Holiday House Hopping

The holidays are one of the best times of the year, but they also can be one of the most stressful times. It can be a challenge to see all the important people in your lives during the holidays. It requires a lot of planning, travel, and socializing, but we are here to help! Below you will find a few helpful tips on how to survive your holiday house hopping experience this year.

Organize Your Gifts: Divvy up all your gifts the night before your travels. Use large plastic bags or trash bags to transport the gifts. Label bags with the name of the home the gifts are going to. This will ensure that your gifts don’t get mixed up and end up at the wrong home.

Keep Kids Entertained: Make sure kids have a toy to keep them entertained during car rides. You can even let the kids open up one small present before you leave and allow them to bring it along.

Prevent Hunger: Be sure to stay well fed and hydrated throughout the day to prevent holiday hunger and crabbiness.

Listen to Holiday Music: Listen to holiday music on the way to each house to stay in the holiday spirit.

Take some Alone Time: Seeing multiple families in one day can be exhausting. Make sure to carve out some time for your immediate family or significant other to spend memorable, quality time together.

Get a Good Night Sleep: It is important to get plenty of rest the night before, so you have plenty of energy to face the day.

We wish you and your families a joyous holiday season filled with peace, love and prosperity, and we hope that these helpful tips will make your holiday a bit easier this year. Stay tuned for many more helpful blogs to come in the New Year, and don’t forget to call Fry-Wagner for all your moving needs in 2018.

Out of the Box: DIY Cardboard Gingerbread House

Are you looking to add some more holiday decor to your home? Gingerbread house are fun, but they can get messy! You can use your left over moving boxes to create your very own Gingerbread house that lights up! Check out our tutorial video below!

 

 

Supplies:

  • Medium cardboard box
  • Box cutter
  • White Paper/Wax paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Paint/items to decorate with

Step 1:

Draw the outline of your house. You can make this any shape or size you’d like. Be sure to repeat this step to create both the front and back of the house.

 

Step 2:

Draw and cut out windows and a door. These can be place and designed to your liking.

 

Step 3:

Using another piece of cardboard, create the two outer walls of the house by cutting them to size.

 

Step 4:

Draw and cut out windows on both of the exterior walls.

 

Step 5:

Paint/decorate the exterior of the house to your liking.

 

Step 6:

Using the hot glue gun, glue all the walls together.

 

Step 7:

Cut pieces of white paper or wax paper to size and glue the pieces to the inside of the windows.

 

Step 8:

Using additional cardboard pieces, cut them to size to complete the roof of the house.

 

Step 9:

Continue to paint/decorate the exterior of the house to your liking.

 

Bonus step:

To make your house glow, place a battery operated tea light inside. The light will glow through the paper, making your DIY gingerbread house look warm and inviting.

 

We hope that this project will bring a little holiday cheer into your home! The Fry-Wagner family wishes you and your family a very happy holiday!

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.

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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!