Hidden Moving Costs To Pay Attention To

Hidden Moving Costs to Pay Attention To

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Learn how to hire a reliable moving company and how to avoid paying for hidden moving costs!

Moving is never easy, and no one likes to do it. Those who try to do it by themselves lose large amounts of time, energy and nerves – only to end up hiring movers. And, those who hire a moving company to take care of their relocation usually overlook hidden moving costs and end up paying much more than they have initially planned to. But, there is a way to have a perfect relocation – quick, efficient and affordable. Stay tuned, and learn how to do it and how to avoid any hidden moving costs.

Be prepared

To avoid hidden moving costs and mistakes that can cost you a lot of money – you must come prepared. Get informed, and learn everything there is about the moving company of your choice. How to do it? It is quite easy!

Get references

Think twice before you choose to hire a moving company to take care of your relocation. Never jump to conclusions. Try to find a reliable mover with many years of experience and even more satisfied clients. Get referrals from your family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. The best way to get a reliable mover as your ally is to find the one that has already been checked out.

Do a background check

Make sure you know who you are about to hire. It is quite easy to get the right information nowadays – just open your Internet browser and start your search. Never make a decision based solely on an official website of a moving company – always check out other sites with reviews to get the clearer picture.

Get an accurate moving estimate

You can get an estimate in one of three ways:

  • Over the phone.
  • Over the Internet.
  • In-person, at your house or business address.

Many people feel uncomfortable with movers going through their every drawer – but this is the only way to get an accurate moving estimate and to avoid hidden moving costs. If you try getting a quote over the phone, the chances are you will forget to mention some details that can change the price of your move drastically. The same stands for Internet moving estimates, but if you find a moving company with a good online quote calculator – your chances at getting an accurate quote will rise.

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Follow our easy steps, and you will avoid having to pay for hidden moving costs.

Never sign blank or unclear documents

If you want to avoid hidden moving costs – you should make your every step count. And when it comes to signing documentation – you should be especially cautious. Why is that? You need to know what you are signing. Overlooking costs isn’t the same thing as getting scammed with hidden moving costs. You should do everything in your power to get a positive moving experience – and reading documentation before signing it is a big part of it.

Good communication is the key

Get to know your movers. Don’t be shy. These people will come to your house, and there is nothing wrong with you asking some questions. Everyone wants to get informed, and there is no shame in doing it. If something is unclear, seems wrong or you have a problem with any part of the relocation – talk to your movers. Ask about prices. Try to get to know what costs add up, and what you can be additionally charged for.

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If you don't want movers in your house before the moving day comes - go for an over-the-Internet estimate. This will get you a ballpark.

Look for red flags

It is common for people to pay for hidden moving costs. But, in most cases – it is their own fault. Why is that? If you don’t do your part of the job and sign off on anything – don’t be surprised with the final cost. On the other hand – moving scammers will do everything in their power to take as much as they can. So, make sure you hire a reliable moving company. There is no way to tell how much it can cost if you get scammed.

To prevent getting scammed, make sure you know your mover. Search for the red flags. Look at them closely. Think in advance. Ask for proof of their license and ask if they are properly insured.

What are some of the most common hidden moving costs?

  • Additional services. Moving companies will always offer additional moving services, and if you accept – you will have to pay for them. It is really not a big surprise.
  • Additional charges for – extra stops, elevator fee, and similar.
  • Express delivery fee.
  • Canceling of a relocation fee.

Just like we have already said before – get to know your mover. Ask about its pricing system, and you will avoid paying hidden moving costs.

What are the makings of a reliable moving company?

Every moving company is unique, but there are some characteristics that are the same for each and every one of them. Look for companies that have highly trained and well-experienced moving specialists. Ask if they have the tools needed to complete your relocation – and if they are a reliable moving company, they do.


Even if there is a risk of having to pay for hidden moving costs – in the end, it will be cheaper than having to pay for possible moving mistakes. The more complex your move is – the more reliable mover you will need. And if you are moving interstate or overseas, let professionals deal with your international move – and focus on other, more important matters.

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To avoid paying for hidden moving costs - you will need to know your movers.

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Restoration Moving, Packing, and Storage Services

Restoration Moving, Packing, and Storage Services

Restoration Moving and Storage Certified Staff

Supporting restoration companies with pack out service is not an easy move. That is why they call Bekins Northwest for restoration moving, packing, and storage.  Our professional crews have earned expert status in this unique segment of our business. In addition to handling all of your moving and storage needs, Bekins Northwest can assist with your restoration or remodel moving and storage needs.

In the pacific northwest, many homes are susceptible to flood, fire, and water damage from various natural disasters, as well as the cold nights. In cases such as these, all items must be removed from the home, and evaluated for ability to be salvaged and restored. Bekins Northwest assisted First Choice Restorations on the water loss pictured below. The broken pipe was not discovered for over a month, and the environment was contaminated with mold. The pack out alone was a three week process requiring hazardous materials gear throughout the job.

Relocation Partner for Restoration Moving

Bekins Northwest is a proud relocation partner for top restoration, emergency service providers, and insurance companies in Washington state. Bekins Northwest supports restoration companies with:

  • Water loss
  • Level 3 water loss
  • Fire loss
  • Frozen/burst pipes
  • Mold loss, and more

We know when a loss occurs our response time must be immediate. We can accommodate urgent turnaround requests, and will have a dedicated move coordinator with you every step of the way. The best part is, your insurance company usually pays for everything! We can pack, store, deliver, and unpack all of your personal belongings during and after any restoration service.

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KEPR TV Antenna Move – Johnson Butte

KEPR TV Antenna Move


John Mazza is the chief Engineer for KEPR-TV/KVVK-TV/KORX-TV with the Sinclair Broadcast Group.  John calls Bekins when he needs some heavy lifting. This time he called for some help moving a $150,000.00 antenna… relatively simple except that it is 18 feet tall and located at the top of Johnson Butte (Kennewick, WA).

The Johnson Butte trail and access route is rated as a moderately difficult hike.  It is almost a 1000-foot ascent to the summit over a 2.5-mile, one lane, dirt road.  Add two intrepid movers and a Bekins Moving van and you have a typical day in the moving business. Oh, by the way, the antenna needed to be crated and moved to another TV station on the East coast – no problem.

Bekins Northwest is a household goods moving expert.  We are also experts in office and industrial moving… even on Johnson Butte.

Thank you John Mazza and KEPR TV for another interesting day at work!

Jorge Motalvo, Ruben Chariez, and Jorge Cofarrubias are pictured building the antenna custom crate.  Jorge Motalvo and Ruben Chariez made the “Hike” up Johnson Butte.  Great work guys!

John Mazza

Chief Engineer – KEPR-TV/KVVK-TV/KORX-TV Company Name Sinclair Broadcast Group; Dates Employed Oct 2008 – Present Employment Duration 9 yrs 3 mos; Location: Pasco, WA

Responsible for all engineering at KEPR-TV located in Pasco, WA, a CBS affiliate 19.1, CW 19.2, and GRIT 19.3 and Univision stations KVVK-TV 15.1 and Comet 15.2 and KORX-TV, Walla Walla, WA. Additional responsibilities include purchasing/receiving, CAPEX projects, and maintenance of 11 news and engineering vehicles.

Ken Wendland

Relocation Specialist

Ken has spent a combined 20 years of his career with Bekins Northwest; his wealth of industry knowledge, leadership, integrity and exceptional customer service has made him an instrumental member of the sales team and company.

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Heidi’s 8 Helpful Moving Hints

Heidi’s 8 Helpful Moving Hints

I have told customers over the years these moving hints, tips, and tricks. They usually ask if I have them written down…So here they are!

infographic of Heidi's 8 helpful moving hints

1. Essentials Box

These are items you will be need right away. The last thing you want to do is hunt down the following items the day you move in. Mark your box with special tape or colors so you can find it right away.

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrushers
  • Coffee Pot/Toaster
  • Remotes
  • Screwdriver/Hammer
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Paper Towels
  • Work Gloves
  • Pet Supplies
  • Light Bulbs
  • Alarm Clock
  • Box Cutter
  • Band-Aids
  • Toys for Kids

2. Picnic Box

Pack a separate box with items you can use to prepare a few meals during unpacking days.

  • Spices Used on a Regular Basis
  • Favorite Pan/Skillet
  • Spatula/Spoon for stirring
  • Hot Pad
  • Canned Goods/Boxed Foods
  • Paper Plates/Utensils/Cups

3. Packing Materials

Use your clothing as “packing material” for added protection.

  • Smaller family/decoration pictures can be wrapped with shirts – one arm forward/one arm back. Place in box.
  • Socks can go inside glassware as added protection.
  • Towels/linen can be used for lining the box for added protection, wrapping items, and filling in gaps if your box isn’t full enough.

4. Linens

Put a set of bed linen in the top drawer of the dresser for that room. Now it is packed and ready to be used when you are!

5. Code Your Boxes

Remember to think of your new home and where these items will be placed by the moving crew. This helps the moving crew to know where each box goes and organizes how you unpack. Use a 1/2 sheet of paper taped to bedroom doors to indicate what room gets what boxes as marked.

Use colored tape, numbering, or letters for each room. For example, red tape, the number 1, or the letter A might be the kitchen. Blue tape, the number 2, or the letter B might be the living room.

6. Rattle Check

Make sure to roll your boxes back and forth on all sides before taping up – do you hear anything rattling around? If so, use your clothing/linen or unprinted newsprint to fill those spaces. Tight boxes (not bulging) are best.

7. Parts Box

Put all of these in the same box. Now all is together with no wondering where they could be.

  • Lamp finials
  • Keys to clocks/cabinets
  • Screws to mirrors on dressers
  • Shelving pegs
  • Stereo/TV cords
  • Remote controls, etc.
  • Computer cords

8. Happy Kids!

Kids under 10? Moving is pretty stressful for all of us, but children just don’t understand where their “stuff” is going to go. We all love our belongings, and want to be sure they are safe and in our space.

  1. Use a large or medium box – don’t put it together yet.
  2. Let your child color, sticker, stamp it with their name and whatever else they want to make it theirs.
  3. Now make it a box being sure to use clear tape so not to cover their artwork.
  4. Let them fill that box with what is “important” to them. It may be one of the last boxes taped up, as they will change their mind frequently.
  5. Make sure they have items in the box that can be played with that aren’t electronic and need parental help. This will help you those first few days.
  6. Tell them that the mover will be extra careful with their box while loading it all up in the truck.
  7. When the child sees the box come off the truck, or in their room when they come home for the first time, they will have a connection back to their “stuff.” It really makes a difference to all of us knowing our stuff is okay.

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About the Author

Heidi Rinker
Relocation Specialist

Heidi works as a Relocation Specialist for Bekins Northwest. With over 20 years of experience in the moving industry, Heidi excels in customer service, home, and business relocations.

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6 Luxurious Places to Relocate Near Seattle

6 Luxurious Places to Relocate Near Seattle for a High-Class Lifestyle

Relocating to a luxury home in an affluent market requires a competitive attitude and significant cash. The city of Seattle is busy and bustling, but just outside the city limits in the wider metro, you’ll find numerous slower-paced, exclusive neighborhoods with picturesque properties.

If you’re exploring first-class options near Seattle, start with these leading locations.

Yarrow Point, Medina and Clyde Hill are three of the highest-end neighborhoods in the greater Seattle area. All are located within 3 miles of each other on the Eastside — the portion of the Seattle metro area just east of Lake Washington. These sought-after neighborhoods are situated on a peninsula along Lake Washington, a location that accommodates many waterfront properties and homes with spectacular views, nestled away from the bustle of the city. Few homes in these markets list for sale, making shopping for a luxury property challenging, but not impossible if you’re determined.

Yarrow Point

At the northern tip of the peninsula is Yarrow Point. The median value of homes is $2,711,000, the highest in the Seattle metro. In the last year, values hiked an incredible 22.2 percent and are anticipated to rise another 6.5 percent within the next 12 months. For comparison, a standard and sustainable annual growth rate is just 3 percent. Neighborhood attractions include Loch Lane Beach, Yarrow Point Beach Park and Wetherill Nature Preserve.


Medina is just 3 miles south of Yarrow Point, on the southwest shore of the peninsula. The median value of homes in Medina is $2,667,700, the second highest in the metro. Values in Medina rose a whopping 18.3 percent in the last year and are forecast to appreciate 6.2 percent throughout the next year. Community features include Medina Beach Park, Medina Park, 520 Bridge View Park and Overlake Golf and Country Club.

Clyde Hill

Between Yarrow Point and Medina is Clyde Hill, with the third-highest median home value in the Seattle metro, $2,603,600. Clyde Hill does not offer waterfront properties, but its elevation allows for stunning Lake Washington views. Home values in Clyde Hill appreciated 17.7 percent in the last year and should experience another 6.4 percent lift in the next 12 months. Clyde Hill boarders the Overlake Golf and Country Club as well as Wetherill Nature Preserve.

Mercer Island

Just south of Medina, and situated within Lake Washington between the east and west sides of Seattle, is Mercer Island, a small, self-contained city connected to the mainland by bridges on either side. Homes across the island have a median value of $1,406,800, fourth on the list for the highest home values in Seattle, and the town is certainly secluded from the fast pace of the city. Values rose 10.5 percent throughout the last year and are projected to climb another 4.3 percent in the next 12 months. Residents frequent Luther Burbank Park and Clarke Beach Park along the waterfront, as well as Pioneer Park and Mercer Island Beach Club. If you’re considering buying in Mercer Island you’ll notice a bit more inventory available compared to the other markets, reducing the purchasing competition slightly.


Lake Sammamish is another large body of water in the Seattle metro, east of Lake Washington. On the east coastline of Lake Sammamish is the distinguished town of Sammamish. Home values are notably reduced compared to the prior markets, but they are still among the top 10 steepest values in the Seattle metro at $905,800. Like the other cities, values in Sammamish continue to climb: 11.4 percent last year and anticipated growth of 5.1 percent throughout the next year. Locals enjoy Lake Sammamish State Park, Evans Creek Park, Soaring Eagle Regional Park and Sahalee Country Club. As a buyer, be prepared to face competition when shopping for homes in Sammamish —a popular market with limited inventory.


Much farther north than these other luxury markets is Woodinville, best known for its plethora of wineries. The median value of homes in Woodinville is $764,900, putting it in 10th place for highest values in the Seattle metro. Values rose 12.4 percent last year and have a forecast of 4.9 percent appreciation throughout the next 12 months. The housing market is competitive with some inventory to select from, a bit more than in Sammamish. A major attraction in Woodinville is Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards, both a winery and vineyard as well as an outdoor music venue with incredible lineups.

If luxury is your objective, begin your house-hunting endeavors in these suggested markets. Once you find that perfect property, toast to your success and let the professional movers take care of the rest.

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Jason Nurmi

Jason Nurmi works at Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace, where he writes about real estate and finances.

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Press Release – Spokane Movers have Delivered 13,000 Meals to Local Food Bank

Spokane Moving Company has Delivered 13,000 Meals to Local Food Bank

Bekins Northwest honored by Move for Hunger, a national non-profit organization

Bekins Northwest Movers and Office Staff

SPOKANE, WABekins Northwest of Spokane, has been recognized by Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization, for delivering more than 15,000 pounds of food – enough to provide nearly 13,000 meals – to local food banks.

People tend to throw a lot of “stuff” away when they move, including perfectly good food. As part of Move For Hunger’s national network of relocation professionals, Bekins Northwest provides their customers with the opportunity to donate unopened, non-perishable food during the moving process and volunteers to deliver the donations to the local food bank, free of charge.

There are 750 moving companies across the United States and Canada that are members of the Move For Hunger network, but Bekins Northwest is one of just 96 that have rescued more than 10,000 meals.

“Bekins Northwest has been an amazing ally in our fight to end hunger,” said Adam Lowy, Executive Director of Move For Hunger. “We are so proud of the work they are doing to help people who are struggling with food insecurity in the communities they serve.”

“Bekins Northwest has had a long term relationship in support of Move for Hunger.  Their organization has shown a commitment to the community and they continue to champion the cause, to feed those in need,” said Rob Schmidt, VP of Sales and Marketing. “We are extremely proud of the efforts by our Spokane team to reach this milestone!”


Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. In addition to collecting food from people who are moving to new homes, Move For Hunger helps companies and individuals across the United States and Canada organize successful food drives. To date, they have collected nearly 9 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.

Bekins Northwest based in Tacoma, Washington, is a leading provider in comprehensive relocation and storage services in Washington State. The company provides services related to moving, packing, storage, as well as furniture installation and disposition. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout the Northwest, including the Seattle Seahawks and the state of Washington. Bekins Northwest has branch locations in SeattleLakewoodTacomaFederal WayOlympiaMoses LakeYakimaRichland, Walla WallaTukwila, and Spokane, Washington. To learn more about Bekins Northwest visit www.BekinsMovingandStorage.com.


Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger
dan@moveforhunger.org | (732) 774-0521

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Bekins Northwest
marketing@olympicmovers.net | (877) 547-7174

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Moving? Consider the Appeal of the Tri-Cities

Moving? Consider the Appeal of the Tri-Cities

Relocating is a major decision, especially if you’re uprooting a family. As a parent, you likely consider more factors than a typical home shopper, including the community’s safety, quality of schools, possible outdoor activities and access to green spaces. Then, you still need to hunt for the desired home features.

To help narrow your search, consider the three family-friendly communities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. These neighboring cities are known as the Tri-Cities and unite at the convergence of the Columbia, Yakima and Snake rivers. The region is excellent for water sports and activities like paddle boarding, boating or floating. In addition, you can find parks along the rivers’ edge and numerous hiking and biking trails. Despite their combined population of around 200,000, the Tri-Cities feel quintessentially suburban. Plus, the communities are significantly safer than other nearby cities like Ellensburg or Yakima.

In addition to offering the family must-haves of safety and recreation, the real estate markets across the three cities are currently at peak health. Median home values have increased dramatically since July 2014, and they are predicted to climb further throughout the next year. If you’re interested in moving to the Tri-Cities and think you’ll stay for at least two years, it’s more cost effective to buy a home than rent.

The median listing prices for homes throughout the Tri-Cities range from $269,000 to $340,000, making a standard 20 percent down payment $53,000 to $68,000. Coupled with a bit of help from professional movers, you can budget a relocation to please the entire family.


Richland is the northernmost of the Tri-Cities and the priciest of the three. The median home value is $296,600, with homes currently on the market listed at a median price of $340,000. Although it’s more expensive than Kennewick or Pasco, the area has strong appeal. In fact, Kiplinger named Richland the second-best city nationwide to raise a family. The community offers multiple outdoor attractions such as Howard Amon Park, Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve and Badger Mountain Park.

Additionally, Richland High School and White Bluffs Elementary School are both rated 9 out of 10 by GreatSchools. If you were to purchase a home in Richland, you could expect it to appreciate 5.6 percent throughout the next year.


Situated just south of Richland along the Columbia River is Kennewick. Even if you’re not familiar with the area, you may know it as the discovery site of one of the most complete ancient human skeletons ever found, the Kennewick Man. Homes here experienced an incredible 10.8 percent appreciation rate across the last 12 months, and they are anticipated to rise another 5.5 percent during the next year. Even with all that growth, the median home value is still approximately $35,000 lower than Richland at $261,400. If you’re thinking of buying, the median listing price for homes in Kennewick is $269,000.

Nearby attractions include the Sacagawea Heritage Trail Loop which passes through all three area cities, the Playground of Dreams, Columbia Center Mall and Toyota Center, a venue for sporting events and concerts. Additionally, three Kennewick elementary schools top the GreatSchools charts: Ridge View Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Ruth Livingston Elementary all rated 8.


East of Kennewick and Richland and across the Columbia River is the city of Pasco. The median home value is $196,000, about $65,000 less than in Kennewick, despite high appreciation of 10.3 percent last year. However, the homes on the market in Pasco are listed at a median price of $269,000, identical to Kennewick. Homeowners in Pasco can expect an additional 5.4 percent increase in value within the next 12 months.

The top-rated schools in Pasco include two elementary options, Ruth Livingston Elementary (rated 8) and Cascade Elementary (rated 7). Beyond housing and schooling, you’ll find outdoor entertainment at Sacajawea State Park and Wade Park along the Columbia River, and on rainy days you might enjoy the Franklin County Historical Museum.

If a move is on your horizon, check out the Tri-Cities. It may be the perfect place for you and your family to call home.

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Jason Nurmi works at Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace, where he writes about real estate and finances.

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6 Packing Tips When Moving to a New Home

6 Packing Tips When Moving to a New Home

Few things are more exciting than searching for a new home, one that you envision yourself settling down and building your life in. However, as exciting as that may be, the “actual move” can be a major headache. You are forced to pack up all of your belongings and transport them from your old property to your new one. Homeowners are concerned with a variety of things, including having the proper supplies. Protecting your breakable valuables and packing efficiently are all major concerns. Below are six packing tips that can help homeowners that are moving, and make their move feel seamless.

Packing Tips:

  1. Before you begin, purchase or borrow all of the supplies you need.  This will include packing tape, markers, tissue paper, newspaper, bubble wrap, peanuts and of course, boxes.  However, before spending a mini fortune on boxes or reusable tubs, go to a local retail store and inquire if they have boxes they would give away to you. Many of these places receive weekly shipments that encompass a myriad of boxes, and the majority of those boxes end up in the recycling bin.  Most would be happy to give you their boxes after they unpack their shipment.
  2. Label, label, label.  Anytime you pack a box, write a detailed label of what is inside on the box’s exterior.    This will save you a ton of time while you are unpacking, and it will be an immeasurable advantage when you are unloading.  Your family or movers will know exactly where to place each box based on what is written on the outside.  Of course, try to box together items that will be placed in the same room. Also, you could keep an inventory list and number each box, which would certainly help you stay organized.
  3. Put all of your heavier items in the bottom of the box, and make sure boxes aren’t too heavy.  You do not want the box to rip on you, and you do not want to overburden your movers.
  4. Keep things together. Whether it’s silverware, and rods or other small tools or hooks that go with a larger item, keep them together. You can do this by taping or tying it to the item or putting it in a small Ziploc bag inside the package box.
  5. When boxing up breakable valuables such as china and glassware, be sure to wrap each item individually with tissue paper or newspaper, and be sure to cushion them with peanuts or bubble wrap.
  6. Make sure that every box is properly taped. Put smaller valuable items in a box or in a small bag to avoid having them misplaced.

These packing tips should help prepare you for an easier move. However, the easiest way to reduce your moving stress is to let the professionals take care of it! Bekins Northwest can handle all of your needs, and will ensure your residential move goes as smooth as possible.  Call us today for more details!

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Bekins Northwest Partners With Special Olympics Washington for 2017 Spring Games

Bekins Northwest Partners With Special Olympics Washington for the 2017 Spring Games

Bekins Northwest is the Official Relocation Provider for Special Olympics Washington for the 2017 Spring Games in Tacoma, WA.

Tacoma, WA – Bekins Northwest and Special Olympics Washington are proud to announce a charitable partnership to provide logistics and storage solutions for the 2017 Spring Games! The event takes months of planning and cooperation from all vendors involved.

“Bekins Northwest is proud to partner with Special Olympics Washington. The organization demonstrates a caring effort and fosters community involvement. It’s wonderful to provide these athletes a platform to display their remarkable athletic ability,” says Rob Schmidt, VP of Sales and Marketing.

Special Olympics Washington provides the opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities a safe and inclusive place to play. The 2017 Spring Games will include soccer, cycling, swimming, power lifting, track and field, and welcome over 2000 athletes. The opening ceremonies will take place Friday night, June 2, 2017 from 7-8:30 PM. The games will take place Saturday – Sunday, June 3rd-4th at various times and locations. Visit http://www.specialolympicswashington.org for complete details.

2017 Spring Games – Opening Night
June 2nd 7-8:30 PM
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447

About Bekins Northwest

Bekins Northwest based in Olympia, Washington, is a leading provider in comprehensive relocation and storage services in Washington State. The company provides services related to moving, packing, storage, as well as furniture installation and disposition. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout the Northwest, including the Seattle Seahawks and the state of Washington. Bekins Northwest has branch locations in SeattleLakewoodTacomaFederal WayOlympiaMoses LakeYakima, RichlandWalla Walla, Tukwila, Boise, and Spokane, Washington. To learn more about Bekins Northwest visit www.BekinsMovingandStorage.com.

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Moving to Boise: The ULTIMATE Guide

Moving to Boise, Idaho

The ULTIMATE Guide for Living in, or Moving to Boise, ID

Boise Capitol Building


Whether you have plans on moving to Boise, Idaho, or you are just thinking about it, we have compiled everything that you need to know about The City of Trees. Ranked #1 in Time Magazine for “Getting it Right”, Boise has a thriving economy, quality healthcare, a booming cultural scene, and a growing university (KTVB). Hopefully this article gives you a better insight on why people are moving to the Pacific Northwest and what you can expect if you do the same.

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What You Need to Know About Boise Culture

Boise’s Thriving Basque Community

Boise Basque Museum

With over 16,000 people, Boise’s Basque Community is one of the largest Basque communities in the U.S. The result of this community is known as the “Basque Block.” Literally only one city block, the Basque Block is the center for events, food, and merchants of the Basque Community. Additionally, at the end of every July, the San Inazio Festival is held to honor St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. Every year thousands gather to see local musicians, dancers, and sporting events at this festival. If you plan on moving to Boise, this is a must-see!

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Boise’s Music Scene

boise jazz festival

With large towns comes a large variety in the music played. Whether you find yourself in a local bar or coffee shop, or even at Centurylink Arena, there’s something for everyone – from Indie to Jazz. On a large scale, Boise is known for its Gene Harris Jazz Festival each spring, and in late March the Treefort Music Fest features emerging bands – similar to SXSW. If you find yourself in Boise in March and April, be sure to get your tickets for these two great events.

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

Treefort Music Fest

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The Boise Arts

Boise Art Museum

In 2013, Boise celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary, locally referred to as “Boise 150”. The commemoration was led by the City of Boise’s Department of Arts & History, spurring a revival in the arts. Many performing arts and theater groups included are the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Little Theater, The Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, and more.

Additionally, the Boise City Department of Arts and History funded the production of murals, sculptures, and mosaics throughout the city. According to Americans for the Arts, the arts in Boise is a $48 million a year industry, supporting over 1600 jobs.

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What You Need to Know About the Boise Economy

Company Headquarters

Albertsons Headquarters in Boise, Idaho

As Boise continues to grow, it’s increasingly becoming the home to several major companies in the Pacific Northwest. Albertsons, WinCo Foods, Clearwater Analytics, Micron Technology, Idaho Timber and many others all house their headquarters here, and many more companies are moving to Boise.

A thriving industry in the city, technology is becoming increasingly important to Boise. With over 20 call centers in Boise, including T-Mobile, WDSGlobal, and DirectTV, they employ over 7,000 people combined.

250 E Parkcenter Blvd
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 395-6200

Micron Technology
8000 S. Federal Way
Boise, ID 83707
(208) 368-4000

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Boise Employers

St Lukes Hospital Boise, Idaho

Being the home to many major companies, there are several key employers in the city. According to the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, St Lukes Health System comes in at #1 with 7,400 employees, while Micron Technology comes in at #2 with 5,900 employees. Education becomes prominent with West Ada School District, Boise School District, and Boise State University taking the next 3 spots with between 3,500 and 4,100 employees each. Healthcare takes the #6 spot, where Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center employs 3,400 people. The #7-#10 employers in Boise include Wal-Mart, City of Boise, Hewlett-Packard Co, and J.R. Simplot Company. Albertsons has dropped to #11 with 1,800 employees, and Winco ranks at #16 with 1,400.

St Lukes Health System
190 E Bannock St
Boise, ID 83712
(208) 381-9000

J.R. Simplot
P.O. Box 27
Boise, ID 83707
(208) 336-2110

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Boise Economy

Moving to Boise apartments

With an incredibly low unemployment rate of 3.2% (national average is 5.2%), Boise tops the charts with one of the best economies. Job growth over the next 10 years is expected to be roughly 43%, which can be attributed to the many companies relocating to Boise. The state minimum wage matches the federal requirements at $7.25 per hour, while family income is about equal to the national average. Recent job growth has been experienced in the farming, fishing, forestry, and transportation industries.

The cost of living in Boise is about 3% higher than the national average. Comparatively, Seattle is about 75% higher. You can expect to find a one bedroom apartment for an average of $600/month and a 4-bedroom house for about $1300/month. The major reason for the higher cost of living is due to housing, but groceries and utilities make up for the difference with less than the national average costs, at about 94%.

Are you moving to Boise and need help finding a job? Try these resources:

Department of Labor
1st Floor, East
317 W. Main St
Boise, ID 83735
(208) 332-3575

Boise Idaho Jobs

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Boise Statistics

Boise Crime Statistics

Crime Statistics

As the third most populous metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest, Boise lies in the plains of southwestern Idaho. Surrounded by mountains, the city is located on the Boise River. With 80 square miles, Boise is divided into several smaller areas (Downtown Boise, Boise State University, Boise Highlands, etc.) As far as crime rates go for major metropolitan cities, Boise ranks as the 7th safest place to live in the United States, with a crime index of 211, much lower than the national average of 286 (city-data.com). Many residents rest easy knowing that their chance of becoming a victim of a crime lies at 1 in 31; comparatively, Portland stands at 1 in 18.

If these lower than average crime rates aren’t enough for you to feel safe, there are many local security companies to help protect your home if you plan on moving to Boise.

Peak Alarm Company
11770 West President Drive #G
Boise, ID 83713
(208) 323-1199

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Boise School Systems

School System

Boise well exceeds the state’s averages in education rankings. In Boise alone, the Boise Independent School District ranks #1 as the best school district in Idaho. This ranking was based on academics, culture, health & safety, parent/student surveys, teachers grade (salary, absenteeism, test results, etc.), resources, clubs, and sports participation. Additionally, Idaho as a whole has a high graduation rate, ranking #13 in the nation.

Currently a hot topic to local politicians, Governor Butch Otter’s education reform is predicted to increase the number of young adults attending college by an additional 15% by 2020. Additionally, Otter has pledged large budget increases for education funding. The next few years will be exciting to watch as education takes the forefront in Idaho.

Boise has several post-secondary educational options, including Boise State University, University of Idaho satellite campus, and Idaho State University satellite campus. Additionally, there are two law school programs, including Concordia University School of Law and the University of Idaho College of Law. Boise Bible College and various technical schools are also located within the city.

If you’re looking at moving to Idaho and are interested in learning more about the education system, check out these resources:

West Ada School District
1303 East Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642

Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1000

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Boise Demographics


According to the 2010 United States Census, Boise had a population of 205,671 people with a racial and ethnic composition of 89% White, 3.2% Asian, 1.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.5% Other, and 3% identified with 2 or more races. The Hispanic/Latino population of any race made up 7.1% of the population. Boise is currently making strides to becoming a melting pot, with several ethnic refugee resettlement programs and one of the largest Basque communities in the nation.

Boise isn’t exactly a melting pot of ethic culture, but it is family oriented. On average, households carry 2.6 residents, with 62% owning pets. If you’re looking for a great singles experience, Boise may be the place for you! Less than half the population is married, which may contribute to the great downtown Boise nightlife.

If you are looking to indulge in some cultural experiences then you should visit The Basque Museum and Cultural Center and the Idaho Office for Refugees in Boise.

The Basque Museum and Cultural Center
611 W Grove St
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 343-2671

Idaho Office for Refugees
1607 W. Jefferson St.
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 336-4222

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Boise Transportation

Boise Bicyclists

The average Boisean commutes 17 minutes to work, which is 31% less than the national average of 25 minutes (tsheets.com). Alternative transportation options are increasing throughout the city. With a limited number of buses, Boise’s transportation system (ValleyRide) doesn’t reach all corners of the city, but it does help ease traffic.

Alternatively, the Boise Greenbelt exists to offer bikers and walkers a scenic route through the city, and along the Boise River. Throughout the U.S., Boise has the 7th highest number of bicycle commuters per capita – 3.9% of commuters ride their bikes to work.

As most major cities do, Boise offers several ridesharing programs, such as Uber. Taxis can be found throughout the city, with several different options such as US Taxi Service, Nitro Cab, and B&W Taxi.

Traffic is a top priority in the city, as they’re trying to keep up with the booming tech industry. With goals to have the downtown a hub for employment, Boise has been mapping out plans for a possible light-rail, increased bus or streetcar system, and has even recently built an underground hub for buses at City Center Plaza.

Boise River Greenbelt
900 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

4701 Northrup St.
Boise, ID 83705
(208) 345-7433

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Boise Weather

boise idaho weather

Rarely seen in the Pacific Northwest, Boiseans get to experience four distinct seasons, each of about equal length. Don’t worry about 6 inches of snow one day, and shorts the next here! In the summers you can expect to see the average highs in the 80s-90s, and in the winter, you can expect to see highs in the 30s and 40s.

Unlike Idaho state as a whole, Boise doesn’t see near as much snowfall as you’d imagine. Snowfall averages about 19 inches annually, but usually only falls in amounts of less than 3 inches at a time. Rainfall is also scarce, with only about 12 inches/year. While drought is always looming, mountain run-off is plentiful so it’s rarely ever a true threat.

The one downside to Boise’s weather is due to inversion. Surrounded by foothills, the smoke from wildfires gets trapped causing difficulty breathing for the residents. Additionally, clouds can become trapped, hiding the sun for days at a time. Don’t let the one downside deter you though! If you’re moving to Boise, rest assured that Boiseans make the most of the wonderful weather every season.

Roaring Springs Water Park
400 West Overland Rd
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 884-8842

Miracle Hot Springs
19073B U.S. 30
Buhl, ID 83316
(208) 543-6002

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Boise History

The Founding of Boise

Moving to Boise - Old Boise

As many settlers made their way to Oregon, Boise setup camp in 1834 when Hudson Bay Company founded a trading post for wagon trains on the Snake River. In 1862, gold was discovered, bringing many prospectors and allowing Boise to thrive as a supply point. In 1864, Boise became the capital of the territory, and in 1920 the capitol building was erected once Idaho joined the Union.

When the gold dried up, residents struggled to survive. Many left for more prosperous areas, but the ones who stayed developed irrigation systems so the community could thrive as a farming region. As rain is sometimes scarce, dams and reservoirs were constructed during World War II, improving water supply for the farmers. Additionally, a base was established at Gowen Field, and in the 1960s, Boise annexed a large number of suburban areas, doubling the population. Boise continues to grow as people learn of its desirable climate, jobs, and overall quality of life. (Photo: OldBoise.com)

If you’d like to learn more about the history museum before moving to Boise, feel free to check it out at:

Idaho State Historical Museum
214 Broadway Ave
Boise, Id 83702

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Notable Events in Boise History

Founding of Boise

Originally known as Fort Boise, The Hudson Bay Company established a trading post in 1834, which later moved along the Boise River and became what is today known as Boise. However, Idaho did not become a state until 1846, and Boise did not become the capital until 1865.

In 1880, the Boise Independent School District was created and in 1890 Idaho was admitted to the Union as the 43rd state. In 1973, Boise State College became what is now known as Boise State University, home to the blue turf field. (Photo: OldBoise.com)

If you’re planning on moving to Boise and are interested in more Idaho history, check out these great resources:

eReference Desk State History Timeline

Tour the Idaho State Capitol Building Online

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Notable Boise Residents

Kristin Armstrong

Kristin Armstrong Boise

Three time gold medalist, Kristin Armstrong was raised in Boise, Idaho. After giving up a career in swimming due to arthritis, she proceeded to succeed in cycling. As an Olympian, she won three gold medals in the women’s individual time trials in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics.

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Torrie Wilson

Torrie Wilson Boise

For those wrestling fans, Torrie Wilson was born in Boise, Idaho. Torrie made several appearances on WWE, as well as pursued a career in acting, modeling, and fitness competitions. You can even see her in several wrestling video games!

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Joe Albertson

Joe Albertson Boise

Raised in Caldwell, Idaho, Joe Albertson found himself dissatisfied with Safeway after managing dozens of stores. He decided to venture on his own and founded the Albertson’s brand grocery store. Founded on the principles of quality, value, and service, Albertson’s grew to over 600 stores in the Western United States.

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Popular Boise Area Attractions

Boise River Greenbelt

Boise River Greenbelt

One of the many reasons people find themselves heading to Boise is due to the quality of life. This includes the high level of outdoor activity many residents find themselves involved in. Over 3% of residents commute to work via bike, which can be attributed to the Boise River Greenbelt. This 25 mile stretch of paved bicycle and pedestrian trails provides a safe alternative to walking and biking the city streets. Additionally, it connects over 850 acres of parks along the Boise River, allowing residents to truly enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest (photo: TripTutor).

If you find yourself moving to Boise, you’ll definitely want to explore the Boise River Greenbelt.

Boise River Greenbelt Map
900 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

Boise Parks & Recreation
1104 Royal Blvd
Boise, ID 83706

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Old Idaho Penitentiary

Idaho State Penitentiary

Are you more of an adventurer? Then check out the Idaho State Penitentiary! Opened in 1872, it’s housed many of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history, including Harry Orchard – a union terrorist and guilty of assassinating the governor, Idaho’s own “Jack the Ripper” Raymond Allen Snowden, and serial husband-murderer Lyda Southard. After hundreds of deaths and riots, the penitentiary was rebuilt south of Boise.

The Idaho State Penitentiary was retired in December 1973, and was shortly after placed on the historical registry. It has been rumored to be a paranormal hotspot and is a major attraction for ghost hunters. Now a popular tourist attraction with guided tours, self-guided tours, scavenger hunts, Halloween “haunted cells”, and even date nights. (Photo: Peter Wollheim, Wikimedia Commons)

If you’re interested in learning more about the Idaho State Penitentiary, visit their website or schedule a tour:

Old Idaho State Penitentiary
2445 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712
(208) 334-2844

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Capitol City Public Market

Boise Capitol City Public Market

Started in 1994, Capitol City Public Market had its beginnings with just a few local vendors and artisans. As it became a way to showcase the many offerings of Boise, including the fresh and original ideas, the market grew to over 150 vendors. During peak season you can expect the market to span four city blocks on any Saturday. Many of the great offerings include fish, vegetables, art, and pastries. Special events are hosted regularly, including educational events for the kids, music for the family, and community awareness.

Capitol City Public Market
802 W Bannock St #800
Boise, ID 83702

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The Moving to Boise, Idaho Conclusion

Boise is a Northwest gem with a robust history and exciting present times. With so much to do, so much to see, and so much to experience there is little wonder as to why so many people are moving to Boise. If you have the opportunity, and the means, there are few other places in the world that compare.

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