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Frequently Asked Questions

Olympia Moving’s frequently asked questions provides answers to the most common moving questions. Should you not find the answer to your question, feel free to contact us at 877 373 3316. 

We recommend that you contact us as soon as you know that you will be moving.  During peak season, we are often booked out in excess of a month for scheduling new moves.  We also can provide you valuable information to help guide you through the transition.

The short answer is as many as you feel you need to find a company that fits your needs. It is often suggested that you get 3 estimates. This isn’t bad advice, but it isn’t certainly mandatory or even sometimes necessary. Do your due diligence by researching companies on the web, read reviews, and ask friends and family. 

Doing your own packing of boxes can save you money and provide you an opportunity to sort through your belongings prior to the move.  But, at a minimum, we suggest that you have us pack your breakable items.  Importantly, be aware that items that you pack in your own boxes are not covered against loss or damage under the mover’s valuation coverage. That’s an important consideration. 

Not all companies that market themselves as movers are actually licensed to provide moving services.  Unlicensed movers are often called “Rogue Movers” and are responsible for the large majority of  service or business complaints. Ask to see the movers registration numbers for state and interstate moving.

Local: Many local moves are completed in a day. Long Distance: Interstate movers can take as little as 3 to as much as 28 days to transport your goods. The larger your shipment, the more control you have over transit times.  On interstate moves, many shipments will have a guaranteed delivery window. Your moving consultant will explain the delivery options available to you.  

Movers are not licensed to  offer insurance. Valuation coverage is a service option that determines the moving company’s assumption of liability in the event of loss or damage. The valuation option you choose for your move will determine the amount of liability including any deductible options. Some renters or homeowners insurance will cover your items during a professional move. Always check with your insurance agent do determine what coverage amount might be appropriate for you. 

Great question.  Olympic is  family owned moving company committed to providing an outstanding moving experience. If quality of service, safety and attention to detail are important to you, then Olympic would be a good choice for you. 

We can handle moves from virtually anywhere. Through our vast network of partners, we coordinate hundreds of moves yearly from locations across the globe.  Our primary service area is the South Sound.  This includes Olympia, Centralia and south, the Peninsula, Pierce and South King County. We can also handle moves out of the area including people moving from out of state. 

The two most impactful ways of saving money on a move are a) doing some or all of the packing and b) reducing the size of the shipment by sorting through your belongings, making decisions on what you need and don’t need. 

Although certainly not mandatory, movers do gladly accept gratuities. Should you decide to provide a tip, give it to the crew lead. They can disperse it to the staff.   

Olympic puts the safety of our customers and team members first. We’re following all best practices and guidelines for sanitation, cleanliness, and precaution. You can be assured that we are following all the appropriate protocols. 

Your moving consultant will provide you with a comprehensive list of items that are prohibited. In general, it is anything flammable, explosive, corrosive, acid, high value documents or items and a number of personal items. Movers also do not move plants or other live items.  See your moving consultant for more information. 

Olympic can pack the whole household or just a few key items. One popular option is called a breakables pack. Olympic would pack anything breakable including dishes, artwork and mirrors. You can pack the non-breakables, saving money while doing the pre-move sorting. Movers will always pack your mattresses and box springs as part of the standard service. 

Communication is key when it comes to moving. If you have not completed the tasks that you have committed to (packing, getting rid of items) or need to change your dates, please contact Olympic immediately. 

Binding and non-binding estimates are similar in many ways.  Each are appropriate in a number of situations.  A binding estimate, generally used in interstate moves, states that the mover will move the identified items and provide the listed specific services  for a set amount of money. A binding estimate does not mean that there won’t potentially be any additional charges. If services are required or requested outside of the agreed services, a mover may collect additional fees. Non binding estimates establish a projected cost with a range of costs based upon actual services. 

If you can avoid the end of the month and Fridays during the month, you will be avoiding days of peak service demand. 

We suggest that you place the items that you plan to move on the bed to ensure that they are not packed or moved. Clear items in hallways or in rooms where they might interfere with the move.  And make sure to do the dishes so we can get then packed up. 

You’ll meet, either in-person or virtually with one of our local moving consultants. They will learn about the specifics of the move and your concerns. The moving consultant will complete a walk through creating an inventory of items to be moved, services required and a breakdown of costs.  

Olympic accepts cash (not preferred), credit card, cashier’s check or money order. The tariff requires collection of funds prior to delivery unless other arrangements have been made. 

Olympic, like most movers, does not move plants or other live items.  The interior of a moving trailer is dark and can get quite hot. 

We recommend that you personally move items of great monetary or intrinsic value yourself.  This includes, irreplaceable documents, family photos, cash, jewelry, high value items. 

All loose items including clothing should be packed in boxes. Furniture is not designed to be moved with contents of excessive weight. Loose items can also be damaged or lost. 

A Bill of Lading is the controlling document that outlines the services, conditions and exclusions of the move contract. It also outlines the costs associated under the transportation agreement. 

An inventory is a series of documents identifying the items being moved and their current condition.  Numbered stickers are assigned to each item being moved. These numbers are notated on the inventory. 

An inventory is  a series of document with a detailed list of items being moved. A Van Foreman will complete a detailed inspection of the condition of items, noting pre-existing damage prior to the move. After the delivery of the shipment*, please inspect items for damage and notify Olympic immediately. (* self storage must be inspected at the time of delivery). We encourage you to contact us promptly in the event of damage. 

Every move starts with floor and stair protection. We want to ensure that your house is as protected as your household goods.   

Moving interstate requires thorough planning and coordination. At Olympic Movers, we recommend starting by creating a detailed inventory of all the items you plan to move. This will help you determine the size of the moving truck needed and the amount of packing supplies required. It’s also essential to research and book a reputable interstate moving company well in advance of your moving date to ensure availability and secure the best rates. Our team of experienced professionals can help guide you through the entire moving process and ensure a smooth transition to your new home.

The price of an interstate move may vary based on a number of elements, such as the distance travelled, the size of the moving truck, and the quantity of objects being transported. Olympic Movers takes pleasure in offering reasonable and aggressive pricing for all our moving services. To match any budget and make sure that our customers get the most for their money, we provide a variety of adaptable moving packages.

A long-distance move typically refers to any move that crosses state lines or covers a distance of 400 miles or more. At Olympic Movers, we specialize in long-distance moving and have the expertise and resources needed to ensure a successful move, no matter the distance.

The cost of moving to Olympia can vary depending on several factors, including the size of your home, the distance of your move, and the specific moving services required. At Olympic Movers, we offer competitive and transparent pricing, with no hidden fees or surprise charges. We’ll work with you to create a customized moving plan that fits your budget and meets your specific needs. 

The typical cost for many everyday items in Olympia, Washington is somewhat higher than the public normal. In any case, it’s vital to take note that the cost for most everyday items can fluctuate contingent upon variables like lodging, transportation, food, and amusement costs. While Olympia might have a greater expense of living than a few different urban communities in Washington, it’s additionally viewed as a more reasonable choice contrasted with significant metropolitan regions like Seattle. 

Olympia has an advanced public transportation framework, with choices, for example, transport and trains accessible. The expense of a one-way transport charge is around $1.75, and a month-to-month pass costs around $70. On the off chance that you like to drive, the typical expense of gas in Olympia is around $3.50 per gallon, which is somewhat higher than the public normal. 

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Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful staff at 877 373 3316.