The Truth About Moving Pets

The Truth About Moving Pets

We’ve talked a lot about preparing for your move and how things affect you. But what about moving pets? The 4 (or 8) legged members of the family? Your pets are just as affected by change as we are….well except for fish…I don’t think fish really care which house their bowl or tank is in. But the dog and cat are going to notice something’s up once the moving boxes and tape come out. My dogs always became worried whenever I moved…the cats however, well, they were all about taking ownership of the boxes as soon as they could! Here’s a little advice for moving pets smoothly.

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Huckleberry caught in my "cat trap" - if there was a box, he owned it!

1. Emotional Discomfort When Moving Pets

I’ve moved with animals, back and forth across the country, as well as locally, so I know what you’re going through. Keep in mind that your pets are going to need time to adjust. They’ll pick up on the increase in your stress levels as you’re preparing for the move which can increase their stress as well. Pets don’t understand what is going on. When the boxes start coming out and items in the house start getting packed up, it can be quite upsetting. My dogs would always get anxious when the moving boxes came out. They would display their anxiety by getting “clingy” and constantly underfoot.

2. Safety and Security When Moving Pets

On the day of your move, you’ll want to make sure that your pets are safe and secure. For cats, you can either put them in their carriers or keep them in a room that has already been cleared out with the door closed. However, just be prepared for them to explode out of the room Mach 10 with their tail on fire the minute you open the door! So be sure to bring backup to chase the cat around the now empty house. And for Pete’s sake…keep any doors to the outside closed or you’ll really have a tough time catching the cat!

3. Prepare for Long Car Rides

For moves that require a longer ride in the car, be sure to bring what your pet will need (like food and water). Also, be prepared to make several stops for potty breaks. If you’re traveling with pets other than a cat or dog, be sure to take into consideration any special needs they may have. For example, my parakeets loved having their cage high enough to see out the window, but I had to avoid cold drafts from vents or open windows. Harriet the Tarantula preferred her case on the warmer floor boards…naturally the parakeets thought it was tremendously funny to drop their empty seed husks through the screen on top of Harriet’s case (and yes, they got a stern talking to for tormenting the spider).

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Claire hiding in the cupboard.

4. Resettling Into Your New Home

Once you’ve arrived at your new digs, it can be difficult to get your pets to settle in. The key to getting your pets to settle into their new surroundings is to get them back into a routine as soon as possible. Cats will make themselves scarce almost immediately, hiding in closets, cupboards or under furniture – until they realize everything is safe and the new home won’t actually eat them.

For my cats that went outdoors, I typically waited for a week or two before letting them outside so that they knew this was “home”. Dogs are a little easier in some cases because you can take them for walks in the new neighborhood right away. But don’t be surprised if they “inaugurate” the middle of the living room floor at first. They’re not trying to be bad, they just haven’t learned where the door is yet to go outside. So be patient and understanding with your pets as they adjust to their new surroundings.

5. Patience and Planning

Moving is challenging enough but when you have pets it can really add an extra degree of difficulty. With a little bit of planning, and a lot of patience, you can make the move a lot easier on everyone involved!

Sookie and Rolex adapting to the new neighborhood.
Sookie and Rolex adapting to the new neighborhood.

About the Author

Stephanie Armato
Customer Service Representative

After moving across the country (twice) with her two favorite horses, Stephanie has experienced first-hand what every single one of our customers goes through. Her passion for helping people for the past 16 years as a customer service representative has led her to delve into the world of writing informative blogs to help our customers during the moving process. If you have questions for Stephanie, please feel free to add a comment below!

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Press Release – Bekins Northwest Acquires Crown Moving Co, Inc.

Bekins Northwest Acquires Crown Moving Co, Inc.

Northwest Moving Company Continues to Grow in Washington and Idaho

Tacoma, WA – April 1, 2017 – Bekins Northwest has acquired the name and assets of Crown Moving Co, Inc. Crown currently has 3 locations including Tukwila, Spokane, and Boise. Bekins Northwest will continue to operate the Tukwila and Boise facilities, and service the Spokane area with its existing location.

This marks Bekins Northwest’s first location in Idaho state, bringing the total to 11 locations. The acquisition allows Bekins Northwest to service a larger area and a higher demand, especially during the summer months for both residential and commercial customers.

“The recent acquisition of Crown Mayflower is just another key piece of the Bekins Northwest footprint. Crown has been a staple in the moving industry, with a stellar reputation. We are proud to continue that level of service and commitment,” says Rob Schmidt (Vice President/Sales and Marketing).

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 packing, moving, unpacking, short- and long-term storage, records storage, and debris removal services. 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 Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Tukwila, Olympia, Yakima, Richland, Walla Walla, Boise, Moses Lake, and Spokane, Washington. To learn more about Bekins Northwest visit www.BekinsMovingandStorage.com.

Media Contact

Bekins Northwest
Sommer Valles, Marketing Coordinator
360-688-5204
marketing@olympicmovers.net

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Don’t Wait ‘til the Last Minute to Plan Your Move!

Don’t Wait ‘til the Last Minute to Plan Your Move!

Ooh nothing irks me more than people who wait until the last minute to do anything…I should know, I do it all the time! Yep, I am the  Queen of Procrastinators…just ask my mom she’ll confirm it. Now I know you’re thinking “well, sometimes things happen” and I would agree wholeheartedly with that. There’s a difference though between last minutes changes due to unforeseen circumstances out of your control….and putting stuff off because of poor planning. Luckily I’m here to teach you how to plan your move!

Unforeseen Vs. Poor Planning

How do you know the difference between “unforeseen” and “poor planning”? Well, that’s kinda easy. Unforeseen – your boss calls you in and tells you that you’ve just been promoted to head the new office in New York…you  need to report there on Monday, and it’s only Friday! Lack of Planning – You’ve known for three months about the move and you wait until Friday to schedule a mover to deliver your household on Monday. Are ya picking up what I’m laying down? If you know about it well in advance, plan for it well in advance. I promise, it makes everyone’s lives much easier when you plan your move.

Here is a pretty simple guideline to follow for a successful move. As we know, the very first thing to do is schedule your onsite visit with the Move Coordinator (cannot stress that enough) as soon as you know you need to move. They can customize your move to suit your needs (and your budget) and ensure that you get the move date you need. The rest of this is just 4 simple steps:

4 WEEKS before your move:

  • Make a Moving Binder to keep track of all of your moving documents, receipts and inventory of all items you will be moving.
  • If you’re moving out of the area, have Dr.’s and dentist offices forward your records to the new offices. It’s a good idea to get copies for your own records as well.
  • Go through your stuff, decide what you want to keep and what should be sold or donated or thrown out
  • Notify the utilities of your move and schedule turn off/on dates at both old/new addresses
  • If you have children, you’ll need to let the old/new schools know that said child/children are moving.

2 – 3 WEEKS:

  • Now this one is super important, so really pay attention to this: Make a list of all the important names, phone numbers and addresses and keep them in you Move Binder. Most of us have our whole entire world entered into our cell phones or tablets…but they can get lost, broken or batteries will die during a move. Have this information on paper as backup in case you can’t find the box your charger is packed in!
  • File change of address form with the Post Office or use a service like Updater to do it for you
  • Begin packing the items you use the least (like your photo albums, hula hoops, etc)
  • Request time off from work so you can be available on moving day.
  • Decide which items you’ll be packing and which items you’d like the movers to pack
  • Purchase all the packing supplies you will need: boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and labels.
  • Discontinue services like Trash and Lawn care, security systems and so on.
  • If you’re moving a considerable distance (like out of state), make sure to finalize how you’re going to get there (and no, you can’t ride in the truck with the mover)
  • If you have a safety deposit box, you may want to transfer the contents to a bank branch near your new address. Also might want to let the bank know your new address.
  • Arrange for the proper servicing of appliance at both origin and destination

1 WEEK:

  • Make arrangements to transfer cable/internet services from origin to destination addresses
  • Determine which items you will be taking with (i.e. jewelry, personal documents etc.). Get them packed and set aside in a designated area. And don’t forget them!
  • Use up any frozen or perishable foods
  • Pack a “First Night” box with everything you’ll need for night 1 in your new home.
  • Refill all your prescriptions
  • Set aside things like maps, games, medicines and anything else you can think of that you will be taking along with you in the car.

1 DAY before:

  • Pack the things you will need as you arrive at your new home. If you’re driving to the new home, put it in your car. Otherwise have the mover load it last on the truck so it’s first to come off at destination.
  • If you’ve elected to have the movers pack for you, this is when they will be there to do so.
  • Defrost, clean and dry out your freezer(s) or refrigerator.

Moving Day:

  • Be at the current address when the movers arrive and throughout the loading of your shipment. If you’re not able to be present (I think you forgot to finish this sentence?)
  • Check the conditions of your things as they are inventoried and loaded
  • Do a final tour of the home/property to make sure you aren’t leaving anything behind
  • Sign the Bill of Lading; confirm the new address and phone number are correct.
  • Turn off all the switches and lock the doors when you leave.

Pretty simple right? So now that I’ve spelled it out for you to plan your move, you won’t wait until the very last minute to call asking if movers can be at your house in 15 minutes…to move your stuff…right?  Keep in mind, just as you have a lot of things to schedule just to move your one household, we also have a lot of scheduling to accommodate moving several households every day, 6 days a week. Whew! But you can do it, I’m super confident that if you follow the steps outlined above to plan your move, it will go smoothly.

Stephanie Armato
Customer Service Representative

After moving across the country (twice) with her two favorite horses, Stephanie has experienced first-hand what every single one of our customers goes through. Her passion for helping people for the past 16 years as a customer service representative has led her to delve into the world of writing informative blogs to help our customers during the moving process. If you have questions for Stephanie, please feel free to add a comment below!

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Let’s Talk About Storage!

Let’s Talk About Storage!

So let’s talk about storage. What is it? Why do we need it and where do we go to do it? These are all excellent questions and frankly, this is why I like you best! There are all kinds of storage…storage bins, storage closets, storage sheds, mini storage, self-storage…blah, blah, blah the list goes on. Then there’s the infamous “Moving and Storage”….wait a minute! If you’re moving, why do you need storage? Well, if you’ve ever lived anywhere for more than 10 minutes, you tend to collect stuff. It’s when you decide to move that you suddenly realize…where in the world did all this stuff come from? You sort through it all, give some stuff away, donate other stuff…and then there’s the stuff you just can’t live without. But maybe you have more stuff than will fit in your humble abode. Or maybe you’ve decided to move into a bigger abode so you can revel in all your wonderful stuff….but maybe this new palace isn’t quite ready to accommodate you AND your stuff.

Storage Options

Well, that’s where the storage part of moving and storage comes in (see how clever that is? We’ve thought of everything!). Let’s talk about the different options out there. Mini or Self Storage is just what it sounds like – you rent a storage unit and move your stuff in there. They come in all kinds of sizes…the smaller units (what I like to refer to as “fun sized”) which are typically 5’ x 5’ or 5’x 7’. Medium sized 5’ x 10’ and then the larger ones ranging from 10’ x 10’ to 10’ x20’. These are the types of storage you keep your own lock on and can come and go and rummage around in whenever you like. And they can get quite pricey in the long run.

Vaulted Storage

Another form of storage is called Vaulted Storage. Vaulted…hmm…like what….a bank vault? Well, no, because that wouldn’t really be practical…super safe (pun intended) but not practical. No,  in the moving industry, a vault is a 7’ x 7’ x 8’ wooden box that holds roughly 1000lbs or the equivalent of 1 room’s worth of stuff. Depending on how much you want to store, a Move Coordinator may need to come out and do the free onsite to determine what’s being stored and how many vaults will be needed. Then the movers bring the vaults out, pack them up with all your stuff, complete inventories of each vault then bring them back to our warehouse where they can be stacked 3 or 4 high in a secure warehouse.

Bulky/Odd-Shaped Items

For those items that won’t fit into a vault, such as a grand piano or sofa, fear not my intrepid friend! We have a solution for that too! Pianos are wrapped in heavy padded blankets (and when I say heavily wrapped, think mummified) and stored on piano boards and tucked into secure racks so they are safe and snug. Sofas are also wrapped within an inch of their life, labeled and stored in oversize racks. In fact, I’ve seen all types of things in some of our warehouses…. Row upon row of the usual household goods, a Harley Davidson (yep, it was well covered), part of an airplane (that was pretty cool to see) and I’m pretty sure I even saw the Ark of the Covenant down one of those aisles.  The really great part of vaulted storage is that whether you need to store for just a few weeks or a few decades, when you’re ready to reunite with your beloved stuff, we’ll just bring the vaults out to your location and unpack them!

Storage Features

If you’re in the market for storage, check out our great features:

  • Fire Protection Systems
  • 24-Hour Surveillance
  • Climate Controlled Warehouse
  • Continuous Security Patrols
  • Inventory Management System
  • Continuous Pest Control Management
  • Department of Defense Approved

Did you see that last one? Department of Defense Approved…yeah, we’re kinda cool like that! What does that mean for you and your stuff? It means that if we’re good enough to store stuff for our military; you can rest assured your stuff is in good hands. We can also provide Commercial Storage and Document/Records storage. So there you have it; I have demystified the storage part of Moving and Storage.

Stephanie Armato
Customer Service Representative

After moving across the country (twice) with her two favorite horses, Stephanie has experienced first-hand what every single one of our customers goes through. Her passion for helping people for the past 16 years as a customer service representative has led her to delve into the world of writing informative blogs to help our customers during the moving process. If you have questions for Stephanie, please feel free to add a comment below!

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The International Experience in 5 Easy Steps

The International Experience in 5 Easy Steps

So Great Aunt Mathilda has more of her famous “Chachkie” collection she needs to send to her twin sister Olga (a profound Chachkie collector in her own right). Granted, this is one of her smaller collections consisting of only a dozen or so medium sized boxes…but it just so happens that Great Aunt Olga lives in Oslo, which is in Norway. Obviously, there are too many boxes to simply take to a parcel shipping company or even the post office, so what does she do? Well, we can certainly handle this international move for dear old Great Aunt Mathilda! Really?

Yep! If there’s an address on this planet, we can most likely get your belongings there. But let’s take a minute to consider what it is you’re wanting done. There are a lot of moving parts to any move, but with an international move, well, there’s a bit more. Let’s take a moment to go over some terms you are going to see a lot of and let me explain what they mean.

International Move Definitions

  • Customs – This is the government agency that administers and collects the duties levied on imported goods.
  • Duties – A Tax levied by a government (usually through its Customs Authority) on certain items purchased abroad.
  • Port/Terminal Charges – Charges associated with the processing of shipping containers as they come in to port.
  • Custom Clearance – The documentation required by a country’s Customs Authority allowing goods to be imported and exported.
  • Liability – As the shipper, we are responsible for the items packed in all of your boxes. We are required to provide detailed inventories of every single item you are sending because different countries have different restrictions on items coming into their country (for example, you cannot bring cordless phones into Norway).

So what does all of this mean? Well, I’ll tell you. If you’ve ever traveled internationally, you were required to go through Customs before they allowed you to enter their country. You probably stood in what seemed like huge, never-ending lines only to be greeted by a bored looking Customs Agent. They needed to see your passport, asked you if you had anything to declare and might have even look inside your bags. So why is that?

I promise it’s not because they’re dying to see what color socks you have…nope, they’re looking to make sure you aren’t bringing anything into the country that is prohibited or carries a Duty tax on it. If you don’t declare something, or are dishonest…or in some countries, if you simply look shifty, the customs agents will pull you aside, inspect everything you have (down to the thread count on your favorite pair of socks) until they are sure you are on the up and up. The rules that apply to you as a traveler also apply to the household goods you are bringing into their country.

5 Easy Steps to an International Move

Now don’t worry, this may seem daunting but it really isn’t. Here are the steps to making your international move easier:

  1. You decide to move overseas and you contact a moving a company.
  2. The moving company you’ve selected prepares all the customs documentation required for your shipment and you fill them out.
  3. Once an onsite is performed (see Rogue Movers, Reputable Movers, and Written Estimates) and the move date set, the crew comes in, packs everything up, creates the detailed inventories of everything (that’s the liability and customs thing I mentioned earlier) and loads it all into the shipping container.
  4. The container will be delivered to the port and loaded onto the cargo ship for transport.
  5. In Great Aunt Mathilda’s case, this is a smaller shipment so she can either elect to bring the boxes directly to our office, or, she can have them picked up by one of our trucks (for a nominal charge of course). We weigh and measure the boxes and then determine how she wants them shipped….by air or sea and then off they go to Great Aunt Olga in Oslo.

Transportation Options

Now naturally, shipping by air is going to be faster, usually between 3-10 days, but it’s also more expensive. And, it only works when you have a very small shipment like just a few boxes. But, If you don’t care how long it takes, we can stick these smaller shipments on a cargo ship and the boxes will arrive in a couple of weeks.

There are a lot of moving parts to an international move and it can seem quite overwhelming. The process takes a little longer because it can take a day or two for the quotes to come back from the forwarding agents on a shipment. But rest assured that we are more than capable of helping you through every aspect of this move, no matter how big or small.

Stephanie Armato
Customer Service Representative

After moving across the country (twice) with her two favorite horses, Stephanie has experienced first-hand what every single one of our customers goes through. Her passion for helping people for the past 16 years as a customer service representative has led her to delve into the world of writing informative blogs to help our customers during the moving process. If you have questions for Stephanie, please feel free to add a comment below!

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Bekins Northwest Earns 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Bekins Northwest Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Angie's List Super Service Award

Bekins Northwest – Yakima and Bekins Northwest – Richland have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the moving companies in Yakima and Richland were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Bekins Northwest is delighted to receive this honor. It reflects and validates our tireless efforts to consistently provide the highest level of service to our clients,” says Robert Schmidt VP / Sales and Marketing.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

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 Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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 Seattle, Lakewood, Tacoma, Federal Way, Olympia, Moses Lake, Yakima, Richland, Walla Walla, and Spokane, Washington. To learn more about Bekins Northwest visit www.BekinsMovingandStorage.com.

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Rogue Movers, Reputable Movers, and Written Estimates

Rogue Movers, Reputable Movers, and Written Estimates

Let’s be honest: moving is a pain, no one likes to do it. Seriously, just ask your friends to help and suddenly everyone is instantly busy, out of town or scheduled for routine brain surgery. So now that you’re on your own, what do you do? Where do you go to find help? Is it time to bring in the pros and if so, how do you pick the right company for you? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Rogue Movers vs. Reputable Movers

There’s a couple of things you should know when “shopping” for a moving company. There are two types of moving companies…the Reputable Movers and the Rogue Mover. In the state of Washington, Reputable companies follow the strict guidelines set by the Utility Transportation Commission (UTC) and the Rogue companies….well, they don’t…which is why they’re Rogue…so be very careful with this kind of company. How do you know the difference? Well, the Reputable Movers have professional websites listing all the services they offer, tips for moving, “free quote” sections, etc. The Rogue Mover….well, sometimes they do too. Telling the difference can be a bit tricky. So for now, let the shopping and sorting process begin!

Before you know it, it’s 2 a.m. and you’ve been trolling all the moving websites, filling out quote requests until you can’t feel your fingers anymore. Some companies throw a quote out right away that sounds too good to be true. Others give a price range and then there are the companies that tell you to schedule an onsite visit in order to get your “free written estimate”. Ugh…can I just get a realistic number please? I don’t want to take the time to get anything in writing! I know, you’re tired, you’ve microwaved the same cup of coffee so many times it now has a faint nuclear glow to it and you are not in the mood for any of these shenanigans! But let me tell you something about the need for the written estimate because this is going to be a major factor that sets the Reputable Movers apart from the Rogue Movers.

Written Estimates

Washington State law requires that customers receive a Written Estimate from a licensed moving company before you put your stuff on their trucks. This is a free, no obligation service and anyone who tries to charge you for an onsite visit or tells you a Written Estimate isn’t required is a company to be very cautious of. Now you may be wondering what difference it makes; how does a piece of paper protect you? Well, here’s why – the estimate protects you from a Rogue Mover who quotes you a low rate to get you to sign on the dotted line and then holds your belongings “hostage” on their truck until you pay whatever inflated price they want. They are also known for telling customers to pay a percentage up front as a “deposit” only to never be seen or heard from again. A Reputable Mover does the free onsite visit to assess the needs of the customer. They then either provide you with the written estimate at the end of your appointment or will email one to you if you prefer.

Now what happens if the size of the household being moved changes? Maybe you’ve had a monster yard sale and sold off all the “chachkies” you inherited from your great aunt Matilda….or (and I promise, this has happened) you got click happy on the Ikea website and went on a furniture shopping spree and now have more furniture than you did at the time of your estimate…not a problem because a Reputable Mover will make the necessary adjustments to the estimate before your stuff goes on our truck.

Protecting YOU

At the end of the day, it comes down to just using your best judgement. If a quote sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Written Estimates are required by state law to protect YOU the consumer. They aren’t some evil form of salesman trickery to coerce you into something you don’t want or need. It’s not a “hard sell” – either you like the quote or you don’t, it won’t hurt our feelings in the least….well, ok, maybe it’ll hurt ’em a little…and the Move Coordinator will probably lose sleep over it or might require therapy….but it’s all good. Now, repeat after me, Rogue Mover – BAD, Reputable Mover and their Written Estimate – GOOD!

Stephanie Armato
Customer Service Representative

After moving across the country (twice) with her two favorite horses, Stephanie has experienced first-hand what every single one of our customers goes through. Her passion for helping people for the past 16 years as a customer service representative has led her to delve into the world of writing informative blogs to help our customers during the moving process. If you have questions for Stephanie, please feel free to add a comment below!

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Press Release – Renewed Support for Move for Hunger

Renewed Support for Move for Hunger Program

BEKINS NORTHWEST RENEWS PLEDGE TO FIGHT HUNGER IN WASHINGTON

Updated 4/25/18

TACOMA, WA – Olympic Moving & Storage/Bekins Northwest announced that it has renewed its partnership with Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger. As a partner, Olympic Moving/Bekins Northwest will support Move For Hunger’s efforts to reduce food waste and fight hunger; to date, the non-profit’s network of relocation professionals has collected and delivered more than 10 million pounds of food – providing more than 8.3 million meals – to food banks and pantries across the United States and Canada.

When people move, they often throw out a good deal of “stuff.” Unfortunately, much of this stuff is food that could be delivered to a family in need rather than just left behind. Olympic Moving/Bekins Northwest’s ten locations in Washington collect those food items from their customers and deliver them directly to the local food banks. The service is free to customers and turns every move into an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, simply by donating the cans and non-perishables on moving day. In addition to collecting food, Olympic Moving/Bekins Northwest proudly displays Move For Hunger’s logo on all of their trucks to help raise awareness about hunger in the state.

“Olympic Moving & Storage/Bekins Northwest has delivered more than 13,800 meals to food banks in the communities they serve,” explains Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. “We are proud to call them our partners.”

“We’re excited and honored to continue our sponsorship of such a noteworthy cause,” said Rob Schmidt, Olympic Moving/Bekins Northwest’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Move for Hunger’s community involvement aligns directly with the company’s core values. We look forward to a long lasting partnership.”

Through the support of partners like Olympic Moving & Storage/Bekins Northwest, Move For Hunger can continue to help the more than 42 million Americans struggling to find their next meal.

Move For Hunger Parade Float

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 more than 10 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.

Olympic Moving & Storage/Bekins Northwest based in Tacoma, 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 Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Olympia, Moses Lake, Yakima, Richland, Walla Walla, and Spokane, Washington. To learn more about Bekins Northwest visit www.BekinsMovingandStorage.com.

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Dan Beam, Move For Hunger | dan@moveforhunger.org | (732) 774-0521 x 109

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Press Release – Bekins Northwest Acquires New Corporate Headquarters

Bekins Northwest Moves Corporate Headquarters to Tacoma, WA

Northwest Moving Company Continues to Grow in Western Washington

TACOMA, WA – December 2nd, 2016 – Bekins Northwest (BekinsMovingandStorage.com) announced they have negotiated a purchase of the old Hostess Factory at 8500 Durango in Tacoma. The site will serve as the new corporate headquarters and main distribution warehouse. The new location will better serve the needs of Bekins Northwest’s customers statewide, especially those in Pierce County and the surrounding areas.

The strategic acquisition marks the 10th location in Washington state. With roughly 150,000 sq. ft of warehouse space, Bekins Northwest is now better equipped to meet even the most demanding needs for scalability. The facility plans to be operational by December 10th, 2016.

“This calculated expansion delivers on the commitment by ownership, to service all areas of Washington state. It will also be instrumental in the development of distribution and asset management capabilities,” says Rob Schmidt (Vice President / Sales and Marketing).

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 Seattle, Lakewood, Tacoma, Federal Way, Olympia, Moses Lake, Yakima, Richland, Walla Walla, and Spokane, Washington. To learn more about Bekins Northwest visit www.BekinsMovingandStorage.com.

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Sommer Valles, Marketing Coordinator
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Bekins Northwest Wins “Agent of the Month” for August 2016

Bekins Northwest Wins “Agent of the Month” for August 2016

Bekins Agent of the Month

Seattle, WA – September 1st, 2016 – For the month of August, 2016, Bekins Northwest was selected by the Agency Development program as the Bekins Agent of the Month. Everyone at Bekins Northwest is extremely proud to hear this news. We have worked tirelessly to make sure our customers get the best moving services available to them. This is why all of our employees go the extra mile to ensure satisfaction of every single person we move.

“Bekins Northwest, Mountlake Terrace, Wash., was selected as Bekins’ Agent of the Month for August, 2016. Bekins Northwest was first appointed as a Bekins agent more than 40 years ago, and in 2013 rejoined the Bekins system. Bekins Northwest has locations in Seattle, Richland, Lakewood, Yakima, Spokane, Walla Walla, Federal Way, Moses Lake, and Olympia. They are also the Official Movers of the Seattle Seahawks. This is Bekins Northwest’s 2nd ‘Agent of the Month’ Award“
– Eileen Mishler, Director of Agency Development

“As we progress as a company, we hope to continue this trend of excellence. We aim to win award after award. Bekins Northwest will be the standard for moving companies to look up to. We would like to extend our thank you to all of our employees and customers. Without your help, none of this would have been possible.”
– Rob Schmidt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

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 packing, moving, unpacking, short- and long-term storage, records storage, and debris removal services. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout the Northwest, including the Seattle Seahawks. To learn more about Bekins Northwest visit https://www.bekinsmovingandstorage.com/seattle-movers/

If you are looking for a premier Seattle Moving company, Bekins Northwest is for you!

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