Entries tagged with “move”.

Merrill Gardens Island House

How can you move free to Mercer Island?

Just select your apartment at Merrill Gardens Island House, 7810 SE 30th St., Mercer Island and move in by November 15, 2010 and they will pay for your Seamless Move! Both independent and assisted living apartments are available on a month-to-month rental basis; close to medical services, shopping and restaurants. Never mow your lawn or shovel snow again!

Enjoy their Anytime Dining served restaurant style, hair salon/barber shop and full activity program. Small pets are welcome.

Contact Caryn Shivley, Community Relations Director, for details at
(206) 236-0502.

The Lakeshore on Lake Washington

We are pleased to announce that two more Era Living Properties are offering new residents a no-cost Seamless Move. Move into The Lakeshore (on Lake Washington in South Seattle) or The Gardens at Town Square (Bellevue) by August 31, 2010 and get up to $5,000 credit towards your Seamless Move.

Shopping Near The Gardens at Town Square

Just think: professional help assisting you and your family to plan and decide what to move and what to do with things you are not moving. Someone to pack, move, unpack and put everything away in your new apartment while you direct us or relax with your new friends. We even hang your pictures!

A Seamless Move can be accomplished in just a few days, even if you have lived in your home for 30, 40 or 50 years. “Impossible!” you say? We’ve been helping folks just like you for over 12 years.

For information about The Lakeshore, please contact Marlene Williams at (206) 772-1200.

For information about The Gardens at Town Square, please contact Sharon Howell at (425) 688-1900.

Exciting news for anyone planning to make a move to a retirement community: Move into University House Issaquah by August 31, 2010 and get up to $5,000 credit towards your Seamless Move. This is your chance to get the highest level of moving services for the lowest possible cost–possibly even free!

University House Issaquah, an Era Living property, is located on the Sammamish Plateau. It has 185 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom penthouse suites. Elegant interior design and comfortable surroundings are abundant. Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, weekly housekeeping, scheduled transportation and much more. Other amenities include an indoor pool, exercise room, hair salon and many planned social activities. University House Issaquah provides residents with an involved way of life which is enriched by the connection with the University of Washington Retirement Association (UWRA) and the resources of the University of Washington.

Please contact Kathleen Beers, Community Relations Director, (425) 557-4200 for more information.

Recently, folks in the Seattle area have brought to our attention something that has been disturbing them. Many people are distressed that the final bill for their move was quite a bit more than the original bid. Either it takes more time than projected, needs more people to accomplish, more boxes and supplies, etc.  Here is something you may not know:

According to the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (which oversees moving companies registered to do business in this state):

“If charges are more than the written non-binding estimate, the mover must unload and release all of your goods if you pay 110 percent of the amount of the estimate and supplemental estimates. The mover is required to give you at least 30 days to pay the balance. Even if you receive only a nonbinding estimate, there is a limit to the amount you are required to pay. UTC rules ensure that in no instance are you required to pay more than 25 percent above the estimate and any supplemental estimate.Consumer Guide, Moving in Washington State (emphasis ours)

As you can see, it is important for you to know whether you have received a binding or a non-binding estimate from the moving company. We will go into further detail about estimates in a subsequent post, however a couple of things to note regarding cost and the estimate:

1) It is seriously important for you to show your estimator EVERYTHING in your home that you want to have moved during the estimate process. That includes things in the attic, garage, backyard, shed, crawlspace, basement, underneath and behind furniture and inside every closet and piece of storage furniture. If you point to several things and say, “that will be gone before the move” and they are not, your cost will be higher. If you suddenly remember a storage unit down the road with more items in it…well, you get the idea.

2) Times are tough for movers right now. Many have gone out of business in this ‘correction’ economy. The companies that remain are competing for a much smaller marketplace of folks who are moving than in the past.

So yes, SOME companies, knowing they can legally charge you 10-25% more at the end of the move, are bidding your move lower than they know it will actually cost in order to come in below other bids you may have received to get your business. Additionally, any mover you schedule through a third party referral service (through your realtor or relocation company) might be required to pay that service a commission, thereby cutting their net revenue on your move. Did this happen before the recession? Yes, of course, but not nearly as much as we are seeing now.

This is where it comes in handy to have a project manager such as Seamless Moves on your team. If we see a moving estimate that is obviously TOO low, we are going to call them on it. A moving company that cares about customer service and whether you have a good moving experience (the ones we work with and recommend) work very hard to estimate your move correctly. Their estimates sometimes look higher than other companies who have a more short-term view of their business.

If you are managing your move yourself, ask your friends and co-workers for recommendations. Check testimonials on Yelp , Angies List , etc.
And above all, remember this lesson we have all learned the hard way:

Going with the lowest bidder doesn’t always save you money.

photo courtesy of Mike Nakamura Photography

Laurie Lamoureux, Founder and Chief Box Opener of Seamless Moves, will present a Downsizing Seminar Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the Lakeview Dining Room at The Lakeshore, an ERA Living community located at 11448 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98178 (near the Renton airport). The information presented will be helpful to people moving right away, those who want to be ready for a future move as well as individuals helping friends or family with their moves.

  • Learn how to begin the downsizing process
  • Hear tips on how to find and interview movers
  • Learn more about organizing, packing and more
  • Dessert, coffee and lots of useful information about beginning the process for a seamless move

Feel free to invite a friend! No cost to attend, but please RSVP to The Lakeshore 206.772.1200 by June 10th.

Printable flyer (.pdf) here: LKS Downsizing Seminar_061210

T-Shirts Before

Do or your children you have a disorganized T-shirt drawer? Maybe your t-shirts are well-folded but stacked on top of each other in the drawer, making it difficult to see which one is which.  Here is Seamless Moves’ super-secret “Out of the Box” professional organizing tip so that you will quickly be able to find just the right t-shirt to fit the occasion.

As you may know, there are many ways to fold a t-shirt. For this tip, you will need to fold your t-shirts “store display” style, in other words you lay it on its front, fold both sides in to about the 1/3 mark, then fold the t-shirt in half. Depending upon the depth of your dresser drawer, you will either need to fold it in half again, or fold it in thirds instead of half. Make sure you can see some of the writing and/or picture on the top third and fold of the shirt.

Note: For a really fun, easy way to fold t-shirts, see videos on YouTube such as How to fold a Shirt in 2 Seconds or you can buy a plastic shirt-folder thingie from just about any garage sale in town.

Now here’s the big secret—ready? Don’t lay the t-shirts on top of each other in your drawer, stand them up on end with the neck opening facing down like this:

T-shirts After

What? Aunt Millie is on her way over? Where is that cutsie cat t-shirt she gave me? (Open drawer, look, grab = 3 seconds), “Hi, Aunt Millie. What? Oh yes, I wear this all the time; such a thoughtful gift!” And just think how quickly your kids will get dressed for school.


Well, it’s official. You’ve 1) bought a new home; 2) been hired for a new job; 3) gotten married/merged households; 4) kids have left home and you’d like to downsize, or 5) many, many other reasons (some happy; some, unfortunately–not so much). And now you have to M-O-V-E. Uggghhh! All of your precious, favorite, special belongings now have to be shoved into boxes and trucked across town or across the country. Could anything be worse?! Remember what a horror it was LAST TIME? Why can’t you just snap your fingers and it would all be done? (Actually, you can if you have a Project Manager such as Seamless Moves, but that’s not the point of this post.)

I was surprised to find that the often-cited Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale lists ‘change of residence’ at only 20 points out of 100. Of course changing your residence, as noted above, is usually the result of another life-event. For instance, a marriage is assessed at 50 stress points, a major mortgage is 32 points and retirement is 45 points. And those are considered ‘good stress.’ ‘Bad stress’ such as death of a spouse (100 points) or divorce (73 points) are assigned significantly more stress points. Added together, you can see why moving can be a major headache for most people.

Pour yourself a cup of peppermint tea, sit down and take a breath; you’ve come to the right place. In the next few weeks, we’ll share some tips that we’ve acquired/developed over the last dozen or so years that you’ll be able to use when you move (or when your friends or family co-opt you into helping with their moves!). We hope you’ll add your tips to ours so we can all help each other to have a more Seamless Move!

We’ve changed our name to Seamless Moves!

Move after move, our clients have told us how delighted they have been with their stress-free moving experiences. Our new name more clearly defines the benefit YOU receive: “SEAMLESS” meaning, “harmonious and smooth; having no awkward transitions or interruptions…” Doesn’t that sound like a heavenly way to move?

A sincere THANK YOU to our loyal clients, employees and referral partners. It is because of you that we have been able to grow over the last six years and to provide an “Out of the Box” moving experience for families of all sizes and situations. Whether you’re moving within or relocating to Seattle, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond or anywhere in the greater Puget Sound area, we look forward to working with you, your family and friends on your next Seamless Move!