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Best Practices When Packing for a Move

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Moving to a new location is always an exciting time, but it is also likely to raise many questions in your mind. This is especially true if you have a lot of items to move. You might have questions about the cost of the move, as well as wondering how much help you can expect from a moving company. You might even wonder how to pack for a move? Or, what to pack first when moving homes? Should you pack items in a certain way and use certain packaging materials? All of these are good questions. Knowing the answers will help your move be successful and efficient.

How To Pack for a Move

A good idea is to start with those items in storage in your basement or garage since they are probably already in boxes. You can spend some time consolidating boxes and purging unnecessary things. Next move onto items you won’t need for several months, such as clothes you won’t that are for winter or summer, depending upon the time of year When deciding what to pack first when moving homes consider the order of this list:

  • China and other infrequently used dishes
  • Artwork and wall hangings
  • Knick-knacks
  • Towels and linens
  • Books

The important thing is to get started. As you begin, a logical pattern will start to reveal itself to you.

How To Find Packaging Materials

More than likely you will have a number of sturdy boxes on hand, as well as some Sharpies to record what is in each box. Your moving company can also be a good source of packaging materials meant to organize and secure your belongings. An assortment of packing boxes allows you to organize items better, and bubble wrap is essential for fragile items. Strong packing tape will keep boxes closed. A few specialized containers enable you to pack such things as dishes, wardrobe, mattresses and floor runners. Labels and stickers help you identify what is in each box.

Hopefully you found our tips helpful. If you are interested in a moving estimate, contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Interior Moving Services Earns 2019 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.

Interior Moving Services is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2019.

“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2019 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

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

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

“Rochester’s Moving Specialists”

Established in 1992. Interior Moving Services is your all-in-one full service moving and storage company, providing moving services 7 days a week. We can accommodate local and long-distance moves, residential and commercial moves, loading & unloading of rental trucks or portable storage containers, and senior relocation. We specialize in piano moving and spa/hot tub moving along with offering climate-controlled storage for any length of time.

Interior Moving Services also provides packing supplies, packing service, and moving equipment rental.

Interior Moving Services Receives 2019 Best of Rochester Award

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ROCHESTER September 28, 2019 — Interior Moving Services has been selected for the 2019 Best of Rochester Award in the Mover category by the Rochester Award Program.

Each year, the Rochester Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Rochester area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Rochester Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Rochester Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Rochester Award Program

The Rochester Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Rochester area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Rochester Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Rochester Award Program

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Local Moving Company is HIRING!

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As your local moving company, we are looking to expand our staff.

We are looking for individuals with BOTH truck driving & moving experience. ONLY those with experience and the following requirements NEED APPLY:

  • Applicants must be skilled with excellent communication, customer service, math, map reading, and leadership. The right candidate is hard working, reliable, and has a positive attitude. 
  • 2+ years of provable, professional moving experience
  • Clean driver’s license (Class D or CDL)

Please email resume (in the body of your email) to and include the following information: date of birth, driver license # and state (if applicable), any and all professional moving experience.

Resumes sent as attachments will not be opened.

You may also apply directly at 157 LaGrange Avenue, Rochester, NY 14613

How to Make an Office Move Way Easier

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Commercial moves are not only a hassle, but can be expensive as well. Maintaining regular workflow is a challenge. How can you make the relocation process as smooth and painless as possible? Check out these simple moving tips that’ll keep your company in business despite changing offices.

1. Get Your Staff Involved

Make sure your staff knows about the move 3-5 months in advance. Right away, they can begin organizing their personal offices as well as their department. When you work together as a team, the moving process will be much simpler – everyone can begin throwing things away, donating to charity, or moving essentials to the new location.

2. Inform Your Service Providers in Advance

Let your internet provider, utilities company, cleaning staff, water delivery service, etc. know your new address. You don’t want to end up paying for the same service twice, once for your past location and again for the new.

3. Purge Purge Purge

Take several walks throughout the office and see how much can be eliminated. You don’t want to pay to transport items that don’t hold much value for your company. Furniture, old files, outdated records can all head to the trash bin.

4. Find a Professional Moving Company

Professional moving companies can make a commercial move fast, efficient, and stress-free. They are insured and licensed, which means they’re liable if anything is damaged or lost during the relocation process. Some moving companies provide packing services and packing materials – they will pack up everything in the current office, unload them at the new location, and organize everything to suit the company’s needs.

It’s important to get several moving quotes, about 3-5, so you can compare estimates, services that are offered, available schedules, and insurance information. Start researching moving companies 3-4 months in advance.

5. Make a Detailed Floor Plan

As soon as you know the new location, take some time to draw up details plans about where you want the furniture to go and the layout of office space or cubicles. Your moving company will want as detailed a plan as possible, and the foresight will make the move much faster and easier for the employees.

We hope these suggestions make your move stress-free! If you are interested in a moving estimate, contact us and we’d be happy to help!


The 4 Most Essential Tasks to Complete on Move-In Day

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A few weeks ago we talked about what you should do 2 months before your move. But now we want to share with you what you should do 2 hours after your move. Unpacking everything into your new home can be just as stressful as packing was. These simple tips can help you stay organized – and sane! – during the first few hours you arrive at your new home sweet home.

1. Make sure the bathroom has toiletries.

There is no way around this tip. Probably the most demanding of all human functions, using the restroom is unavoidable. The moment you arrive at your new home, make sure all bathrooms have toilet paper, soap, and a towel. You don’t have to decorate the walls and hang up the shower curtain right away, but you do have to make sure the bare necessities are there for quick potty breaks while you unpack.

2. Set up the bedrooms.

After the big move-in day, you’re going to want to sleep really well at night. Assemble the bed frames, make the beds, and don’t forget to hang up the window treatments for privacy – you don’t want any new neighbors trying to peer into your house at night! Once night time arrives, you’ll be very thankful you didn’t save this task for last.

3. Unpack the most essential kitchen items.

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Many movers pack a Number One box – a single box where they keep the most essential household items that they know they’ll need right away, before anything else. (This box is especially helpful when the movers take longer than expected to arrive.)

Inside the Number One box should be the coffee pot (and a mug, coffee filter, and grounds to make a pot right away), a few disposable table settings (only as many as you need), duct tape (you never know when you’ll need it), all-purpose cleaner, and a rag (since there’s no guarantee how clean your new house will be when you arrive).

Tidy up the kitchen, shine the sink, wipe out the fridge, oven, and other appliances, and get a trash bag into the garbage bag – you’re likely going to need this sooner than you think.

4. Go grocery shopping even if you don’t feel like it.

Last, head to the grocery store even if you’re dog-tired by this point. You’ll be relieved you did when you wake up the next day. You don’t necessarily have to buy everything to outfit your kitchen, but a few essentials can go a long way. Focus on easy at this point – you’ll have time later for some more in-depth food shopping.

Ready to hit the ground running, come move-in day? Hopefully these tips help prepare you for the big day. You’ll be glad you prioritized. If you’re interested in a free, no-obligation moving quote, contact us and we’d be happy to answer any questions!

4 Moving Tips You Need to Start Doing – Immediately

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It’s easy to forget the details during the moving process. You have a lot to remember and you probably feel stressed and overwhelmed. But in the hustle and bustle of your busy schedule, you can’t afford to forget certain things.

We have a list of four items that will help you plan your move, stay organized, and get everything done ON TIME!

Moving Tip #1. Get a Folder

Even if it’s not your tendency or even your personality, get a manilla folder, three-ring binder, or document-sized mailer – whatever works for you – to collect all important paperwork for your move.

If you get estimates from professional moving companies, keep them all in your folder. When you sign the bill of lading, save a copy for yourself. Keep a moving checklist to help you stay on track!

Moving Tip #2. Take Inventory

moving tips Go through your entire house and decide which items are worth the hassle to move. If you’re worried some belongings could get damaged during the transition, take pictures of them beforehand so you have something to compare once you’re completely moved into your new home.

Take notes of things you could sell, give away, or donate to charity (which could help you get a tax deduction if you save the receipt). When it comes to throwing things away, don’t be shy – ask yourself:

  • Does it serve a specific purpose?
  • Would you think to use/read/look at it again?
  • Does it bring you daily joy?
  • What does the rest of your household say about it?

You might have some difficult decisions to make about what to pack and what to leave, but your move will be a lot easier when you minimize your inventory.

Moving Tip #3. Plan Out Your New Home

moving tipsTake a look at the floorplan of your new home and start planning out where your belongings should go. Get measurements of furniture, room spaces, and window treatments to make sure everything will fit. Plan everything out BEFORE your move so your movers will know exactly what you want.

Moving Tip #4. Change your Address

Remember to change your address at the post office, your bank, your kids’ school (if you’re staying in the same school district), and with your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and insurance provider. If you don’t, the US Postal Service will place a yellow “Update sender of new address” note on any mail that’s addressed to your previous address.

We hope these moving tips help you keep calm during your move. If you need more suggestions to prepare for your move, call 585.288.8000 and we’d be happy to help!

How to Tell Your Clients About Your Office Move

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What’s one of the most important details of your company’s move you do not want to forget? Communicating with your customers! Regardless of the reason of your move, your customers need to know where they can find you. Your clients are your livelihood, so treat them like it!

What are the best ways to keep them informed about your company move? Check out these 3 tips!

1. Inform Your Customers in Advance

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Make phone calls, email, send a business letter in the mail

Let your customers know in advance that you’re office is moving – at least a month before the move day.

You can inform them using several different methods:

  • Send a short note in your invoices and receipts, listing your new address and phone number (if applicable)
  • If you have your customers’ contact information, send them an email with your new location and the date you’ll be moving in
  • Create a banner for your company’s website announcing the upcoming move
  • If your company is active on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and others, broadcast your move on all channels – and do so more than once to be sure all your followers are duly notified
  • If you have office neighbors, you can tell them your company’s new address so that they know what to tell customers who show up to the wrong office
  • If you prefer a more traditional method, write them a Company Relocation Letter

Obviously, being as thorough as possible works to your greatest advantage. Your customers will thank you!

2. Update Your Online Listings

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Update your online directories and make sure they’re unified.

As soon as you officially move into your new location, don’t forget to update your online listings. The last thing you want is for your customers to show up at the wrong address. Worst case scenario, they become so frustrated with your business that they leave your company. Remember, one bad experience is all it takes to lose a customer, potentially for good.

Make sure you update all your online listings – not just Google+ Local. Google uses multiple sources to display business data, so you want to make sure your NAP (Name, Address, and Phone Number) is the same across all listings. Some common examples are, in addition to Google+, Yelp, Facebook, Trip Advisor, Localeze, Infogroup, and Acxiom.

In addition, don’t forget to update your own website’s Contact Us page and Homepage. The point is to be unified across the board.

3. Host an Open House

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Host an open house at your new location

If you want your customers to see your new location, host a grand opening ceremony! An Open House is a great incentive to get your clientele to not only visit your new location but also engage with your company. Getting them on-site is the perfect strategy to get them familiar with your new office so they know where to go the next time they need your services.

Invite all your customers, even those who haven’t purchased from you in a while. Your new location might be more advantageous to them! You can send a note to say, “We’d love to see you again!” with directions to your new office. By the time the Open House ends, you may have not only gained additional customers, but retained many previous ones as well.

In Summary

We know company moves can be stressful, but one thing we strongly recommend you to remember: inform your client base. You don’t want to lose the customers you’ve worked so hard to acquire and retain. We hope these 3 suggestions will help you know how to communicate efficiently!

How else can you make your company’s move an easy and painless transition? Take a look at this Moving Checklist for more tips and helpful suggestions!

We’ve been commerical movers since 1992. If you need help making your commercial move as smooth as possible, contact us and we’d be happy to help!


What Should You Do 2 Months Prior to your Move?

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What Should You Do 2 Months Prior to your Move?

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Relocation is a busy, stressful, time-consuming enterprise. Despite everything else that’s going on in your life, you have to plan a move on top of it – no easy task. And if you have dependents that are clambering for your attention – young kiddos who don’t want to be pulled from their school and friends – odds are, you’re at your wits end.

So what can you do to make the moving process a whole easier? Even though no move is going to be perfect, you can least make an attempt for a smooth transition. We think planning ahead is by far the best step you can take to make moving easier on both you and your family.

Two months is a pretty good time to start thinking ahead to those nitty-gritty details. Check out this check-list of how you can prepare for your move:

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1. Compare Quotes from Residential Movers

The relocation process almost always takes longer than you think it will, so it’s important to contact different moving companies in advance. Give yourself time to compare prices, but don’t forget – cheapest doesn’t always mean best. Unfortunately, many fraudulent moving companies are out there, looking for their own advantage, even at your expense.

You’d be wise to first ask family and friends for companies they recommend. Positive, real customer reviews are by far the most reliable proof of a moving company’s merit. Try to find a company that’s bonded, and even insured if they will be transporting monies, jewelry, etc. You can also call the Better Business Bureau to make sure your moving company of choice is registered.

2. Take Notes

Once you’ve selected your moving company, make sure you fully understand the Bill of Lading. The Bill of Lading is the contract you have with your moving company, and each one is a little different. It describes your insurance coverage, your responsibilities and the mover’s responsibilities, the specifics of what you’re paying for, if the services include packing, how the price is calculated (whether it’s by hour, weight, or item), if the agreement is binding or non-binding, etc. Make sure you go over the contract carefully so you fully understand what you’re paying for.

3. Start Packing

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Two months might sound like it’s too early to start packing, but the packing process is one of the most time-consuming parts of moving. And let’s be honest – we all have rooms that we don’t use all the time.

Start by packing the guest room, the attic or storage rooms, all off-season clothes, etc. The sooner you start, the more time you have to think about the best way to organize what you pack. When it comes time to actually move, you’ll be glad you started ahead.

4. Finish up Opened Foods

Go through your kitchen and start using up partial packages of food. If you can, consolidate containers so you have less to pack. Focus especially on dairy – when it’s time to move your fridge, you’ll have to unpack everything anyway and clean the inside. The task will be a lot easier if you have only the bare minimums of perishables to pack. Most movers don’t pack or transport perishables.

Hopefully you feel more prepared for your move! When you plan ahead, relocation doesn’t have to be a stressful time.

Good luck and happy moving! 

Don’t Freeze to Death During your Move this Winter

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Maybe you were hoping to make the move this summer, but life picked up or you weren’t able to verify your offer on a new house, and now you’re stuck with moving in the rain, snow, or sludge. In addition to the move, you’re probably stressed about preparing for Thanksgiving, the upcoming holiday season, the kids’ school and sport schedule, etc.

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Moving In Winter | Interior Moving Services

But that’s where we come in. We’re here to make your move stress-free, time-efficient, and thorough. And to look on the bright side, you have a great advantage moving in the winter as opposed to the summer; now that the busy season is over, our trucks are available to transport your belongings as soon as you’re ready!

We have a couple heads-up that can help you manage your move and make the process an easy transition.

1. Save the Floors

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Obviously, winter entails tracked snow, sludge, and ice throughout any house. During your move, you and your movers will be making many trips inside and outside both your current residence and your new location. Be sure to protect your carpets by taping down plastic sheets and your hard floors with taped cardboard. Our movers do work hard to protect your floors as much as possible, but winter has a mind of it’s own.

2. Don’t Sweat It

Even though the temperatures keep dropping, once you have your boxes loaded and then unloaded at your new location, you might get hot with all the activity. Try dressing in a t-shirt with a good sweater that you can easily put on and take off as needed.  

3. Heat it Up

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Layers for winter

Carefully monitor when your utilities end at your current location and when your new utility carriers begin. You don’t want to arrive on a chilly November day and find your new place bone-cold. Get the furnace ready for your move-in day.

4. Get Geared Up for Winter

Most people pack a change of clothes, the coffee maker, bed clothes, and toothbrushes in the First Day box, and all of those are essential. But if it’s chilly outside, you’ll need accessible winter jackets, gloves, hats, etc. especially since the first day often requires frequent trips to the local Walmart.

5. Protect Temperature-Sensitive Items

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Living Room

Some items such as electronics, plants, furniture, or aquarium pets need special attention during the move. If the weather has dropped drastically, you may need to protect these sensitive items from severe cold. Make sure they are the last items to be loaded onto the moving trucks and unloaded first at your new location.

We want you to be as prepared as possible for your upcoming winter move. Don’t stress out about the details – we are here to make the moving process as painless as possible. Call 585.288.8000 for a FREE estimate.