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Top 4 Movers in Omaha, Nebraska

published by on June 21, 2017Before You Move Tips

Moving is a big event. Not only are you making a major life change, you also need your belongings transported safely to your new home. Given that moving can become rather pricey – with a full-service professional move estimated to be higher than $10,000 – you may worry that finding a reputable yet affordable mover is a difficult, even impossible, task.

If you’re moving to Omaha, you are strongly encouraged to choose among the best moving services in town. This will make your move stress-free. Here are the top 4 movers in Omaha, Nebraska.

1. Excel Moving and Delivery

Excel Moving and Delivery offers a comprehensive list of moving services for Omaha and the state of Nebraska. In addition to traditional offerings like furniture hauling, junk removal and packing, the company provides carpet and upholstery cleaning, painting, appliance installation and more. They literally handle every part of the move, allowing you time to simply enjoy your new home.

Excel Moving and Delivery surpasses the competition in Omaha when it comes to customer service. Previous customers have routinely praised the company’s ability to deploy personnel quickly. Even if you need to move in two hours, rest assured Excel Moving and Delivery can help out. Excel Moving and Delivery has also received good reviews for its polite and friendly staff, and for properly caring for items. The company’s pricing is also quite reasonable.

2. I-Go Van & Storage Co.

Founded in 1898, I-Go Van and Storage Co. is a household name in and around Omaha and throughout the Midwest. Thanks to those extensive years of experience, you will get a moving company that works efficiently and promptly. I-Go Van and Storage Company operates in Omaha and across state lines, and can even assist with moves back to Omaha from abroad. On top of full-service moves, the company also offers storage, distribution and installation services. They also specialize in corporate relocation, auto transport and industrial moving.

3. Select Van & Storage Co.

Founded in 1961, Select Van & Storage Co. is the leading moving and storage business in Lincoln and Omaha. They also cater to Des Moines and Kansas City. Their shipping services even include international shipments and DOD/military certified local moves. With more than 80 trucks on the road, Select Van & Storage Co. can accommodate a move of any size without a hitch and at a competitive rate.

4. Murphy Moving Inc.

Founded in 1959, Murphy Moving Inc. is one of the “best-kept secrets” in the Nebraska moving industry. They provide assistance with all types of moves – from residential to commercial. The best thing about this company is the lack of hidden fees; they are completely family-operated and only provide their services within the state. You receive a full-service move by bonded and insured workers, but you are also allowed to help out – which could lower your bill when the job’s done.

Conclusion

Choosing the right mover is never an easy task. After all, many larger businesses offer moving services, as do small-scale local companies. Either way, sticking with “two men and a truck” rarely goes well; you need movers that are insured and proven to provide excellent service. For residents and business owners in Omaha, the four Nebraska companies mentioned above certainly will not disappoint.


How to Befriend Your New Neighbors During the Holidays

published by on December 3, 2015After You Move Tips

Holidays

Moving is difficult no matter when you choose to relocate, but it’s made even harder during the winter months for an assortment of reasons. The slick and stormy weather makes carrying heavy boxes more dangerous, and the cold tends to keep people indoors – meaning you might not meet your neighbors until the Springtime thaw.

However, if you want to celebrate the holiday season by making friends with the residents in your area, you can employ a few of these great tricks to break the ice.

Don’t be shy. Say hi!

The great thing about trying to befriend your neighbors is that you’re very likely to run into them. The yuletide season is a busy one, and the odds are good that you’ll bump into a neighbor or two while walking the dog or returning from shopping. When this happens, make sure you say hello. Introduce yourself and tell them you’re new to the area. Ask them for some local recommendations, like what cafe serves the best coffee or where the best brunch place is. Your neighbors will be thrilled to share their area expertise, and you’ll come away one acquaintance richer.

Bribe them with food

Of course, waiting to encounter your neighbors leaves a lot up to chance. You can skip the waiting part and just go knock on their doors and introduce yourself – but it helps if you have something to give them when you stop by. Bake some festive cookies or a delicious casserole and bring it to give away when you make your introductions. Your neighbors will enjoy the goodies, and you’ll get the opportunity to socialize with them. Bonus points if you give them a dish that needs to be returned to you!

Host a small holiday get-together

Now’s the time to seal this friendship deal. Once you’ve chatted up your neighbors a few times, you should be ready to up the ante and invite them over to your place for coffee, tea, or other beverages. This is a great chance to be hospitable, get to know them better, and demonstrate your eagerness to be a part of the community.


Packing Specialists: Worth Your Money?

published by on November 19, 2015Before You Move Tips

Are packing specialists worth the cost?

Preparing and packing for a move can be both a daunting and an exhausting task. The endless organizing, wrapping, packing, taping, and labeling is immensely time consuming — especially if you work a full-time job and only have evenings and weekends to get your packing done. Limited time to pack means you have to start the process much further in advance, leaving your home or apartment in a state of disarray for weeks, as you pile up boxes and painstakingly pack away your necessary items until you’re eating off of paper plates and living out of a suitcase until the move.

And then, there’s always the risk that you’ve packed some of your most cherished items improperly, leading to scratching, chipping, or breakage that can’t be repaired.

Of course, if you hired packing specialists to do the job for you, they can take your home from fully functional to completely packed in a matter of hours or days, depending on the size.

What does hiring a packing specialist entail, and is it worth the cost?

What do packing specialists offer?

Partial Packing

You pack as little or as much of your home as you want, and the specialists do the rest. This is a great choice if the thought of someone else handling your underclothing or family heirlooms makes you uncomfortable.

Full Packing

Your entire place is packed up by the specialists, and transported to your new home. You don’t have to lift a finger.

Partial Unpacking

Packing specialists will assist in the unpacking of a portion of your possessions, and allow you to unpack the rest at your leisure.

Full unpacking

Your specialists will unpack and place all of your belongings, so you can get settled into your new space faster.

What to expect from your packing specialists?

If you choose to hire a packing specialist, they will first want to determine which services you will want from them. Once you’ve selected your level of service, they will do a home assessment to judge how long it will take their team to pack your home and get you on the move. After the assessment, the specialists will also be able to quote you an accurate price for their services.

They will draft a schedule and a full inventory of your belongings to make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle. If you have any particularly fragile or strangely shaped items, they will be able to create a packing solution to fit your items and appease your worries.

Why should you hire packing specialists?

There are plenty of reason to hire packing specialists. We’ve offered some of the most common below:

  • You have disabilities or injuries that make the process of packing and moving your goods difficult or painful
  • You’re moving a long distance, and you want to protect your goods during the drive across the country
  • You have a massive home of three or more bedrooms, or own a large number of antique items or furnishings that require special care
  • You dislike the labor and effort that goes into packing up your home, and you’d prefer to pay a specialist to do it for you

So are packing specialists worth the cost?

If any of the above reasons to hire a packing specialist really resonated with you, you should consider hiring professional packers. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if you want to pay for the convenience and expertise of their packing skills, or if you’d prefer to do it yourself.


5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Made With Moving Boxes

published by on October 22, 2015After You Move Tips

Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, and Ghostly Crew

Moving takes its toll on your life, from the general chaos it causes in your home, to filling up your space with boxes, to forcing you to eat pizza for a week because your kitchen utensils are packed away. Moving during the fall season can also detract time from creative endeavors, like making fun Halloween costumes for you and your kids.

Don’t despair if you haven’t had the time to put together those All Hallow’s Eve get-ups yet. You can use your leftover moving boxes to create some fun, fantastic, and super-simple homemade costumes that will be ready for trick-or-treating in no time!

1. Candy Boxes

The only thing less crucial than finding a great Halloween costume is the sweet, sweet candy swag you receive for the effort of dressing up. Use those leftover moving boxes and a bit of clever painting to let your kids advertise the kind of candy they want most. Then head off to collect as much of those sugary treats as possible.

Candy Boxes  (Image via)

2. Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, and Ghostly Crew

With some imaginative cutting and spray painting, you can dress the whole family as Pac Man and friends. The colorful video game ghosts are certainly more fun that the traditional white sheet ghosts, and there’s the added bonus of being able to chase each other around in homage to the vintage video game. Just don’t forget to add eye-holes to these clever costumes, or you’ll be running blind!

Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, and Ghostly Crew (Image via)

3. Fish Tank

If you’re looking for a box costume that requires less artistic dedication, look no further than this fish tank ensemble. Just cut a hole in the top and front of the box, purchase a plain blue sweatshirt for the costume-wearer, and tape a few cute sea critters and bubbles to the sweatshirt. Voila! A costume that’s both simple and cozy for colder temperatures.

Fish Tank

(Image via)

4. X-Ray Vision

Were you craving some spookier moving box attire? This excellent X-Ray costume should do the trick. Paint a box black and add arm and head holes. For those who aren’t so artistically-inclined, you can simply print out a picture of the torso bones and glue or tape it directly to the box. No drawing required!

X-Ray Vision (Image via)

5. Crayola Crayon Box

Of course, if you love to draw, then perhaps this Crayola Crayon Box is the right disguise for you. With some clever box-coloring and the use of bright paper cones, the only costume question you’ll be left to ponder is: should you also include that built-in crayon sharpener?

Crayola Crayon Box (Image via)

What’s your favorite DIY Halloween costume? Share in the comments!


3 Email Etiquette Tips for Better Lead Conversion

published by on September 29, 2015For Business

Email Etiquette

In today’s digital world, your first interaction with many potential customers will be via email. Do your messages get the response you want? Try these email etiquette tips to impress potential customers and win more business.

Apply basic grammar rules

Non-traditional capitalizations and creative abbreviations (e.g. l8r) may be common in text messages or emails between family and friends, but these composition shortcuts are never appropriate when communicating with potential customers.

Whether you’re trying to schedule an estimate or sending a thank you note post-move, be sure to apply the grammar rules you learned in grade school.

  • The first word in a sentence and any proper nouns should be capitalized
  • Always use complete sentences
  • Start each message with a greeting that addresses the recipient
  • End with a professional closing

Stay away from all-caps and don’t assume spell check will catch everything, especially when it comes to client names. Take a moment to proofread your email before you hit send.

Save imagery and bold colors for your advertising

Email today provides a lot of opportunities for creative expression. From new fonts and extensive color palettes to animated GIFs embedded in the message, the sky’s the limit. Unfortunately those enhancements can make your message more difficult to read and may even get it routed to the SPAM folder.

Know when not to use email

The convenience of email makes it a prime communication tool between movers and their customers, especially if you own a smartphone, which enables you to email on-the-go. However, it isn’t always the best communication method and could be costing you business.

Before you start typing, take a moment to consider any communication preferences the potential customer expressed. Anything requiring an immediate response or potentially sensitive information may require a phone call.


Running for Move for Hunger

published by on July 20, 2015For Business, News

MFH tent

Yesterday, the MCR team and a few friends braved the sweltering heat to support our good friends at Move for Hunger at the Chicago Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon and 10k. The MCR team did the 10k (perhaps the 1/2 next year!) Thanks to Move for Hunger for taking care of us before and after the race with a shady tent, drinks, snacks and words of support. It’s awesome to see how much Move for Hunger continues to grow and how many moving companies throughout the country have stepped up to fight hunger. If you’d like to donate, it isn’t too late – check out our fundraising page here.

Getting our packets at McCormick Place

Getting our packets at McCormick Place

 

MFH tent

 

Award for toughest runner (a broken toe!)

Award for toughest runner (a broken toe!)

 


Promote Your Moving Services

published by on July 7, 2015For Business

Moving Services

We connect consumers with companies based on their selected moving needs (see image). This provides an awesome consumer experience, and higher quality leads for the mover.

Movers: update the Moving Services area of your business listing to appear in more search results. Our categories are Full Service, Moving Labor, Packing Services and Portable Storage Containers.

To promote the moving services you offer: Sign in > Account > Edit Business Listing > Moving Services

Listing

 

After updating, you’ll receive leads based on your selected services. For example, if you want labor only leads; you get labor only leads.

Here are a few FAQs from our support team:

Q: I’m currently a Suggested Mover, will updating my Moving Services change the leads I receive?

A: As a Suggested Mover you will be charged for any Suggested Leads regardless of service type. For example, if you select Full Service and Portable Storage Containers; you receive suggested leads of consumers that indicate their looking for Full Service movers and/or Portable Storage Containers.


Q: I have multiple business listings on MCR. Will changes to my ‘Moving Services’ show on all of my listings?

A: Yes – all locations will display the same moving services.


Support Team Move for Hunger (oh, and get a free MCR ad)

published by on June 1, 2015For Business, News

The 2014 Chicago Move for Hunger Team

The whole team is running a 10k to support Move for Hunger

We’re in training for the Rock n’ Roll 10k on July 19th as part of Team Move for Hunger. Yes, you read that right. Even our “non-runners” are braving the July heat to run 6 miles in support of this wonderful charity.

The 2014 Chicago Move for Hunger Team

The 2014 Chicago Move for Hunger Team

 

If you live in Chicago, come join us! If you don’t, you can still support our team with a donation (with all proceeds going to Move for Hunger).

Support Chicago’s Move for Hunger Team (Donate here)

When you donate $200 to the Chicago Move For Hunger team, we’ll feature you in a special ad unit on MCR from June 15th – July 31st. The ad will include your name and a link to your MCR listing. You’ll get even more brand exposure during the busy summer move season.

Move for Hunger ad on MCR

Move for Hunger ad on MCR

To donate, just use this link. We’ll get notified when your donation is received and we’ll reach out to you about your ad.

Not an MCR member?

If you’re not part of MCR, learn more about us here. You can still donate and receive a free ad. Just include your company info and contact info in the donation form notes and we’ll call you to get you all set up.

Now let’s get running!

 

 


This Lead is Your Lead

published by on May 6, 2015For Business, News

An important note about our terms

MCR Movers,

We wanted to call to your attention to our Business Owner Terms which prohibit the re-distribution of MCR leads. MCR is committed to protecting our users’ privacy, letting them choose the movers from whom they want estimates, and providing a transparent and consumer-friendly experience every step of the way.

In simple terms, this means that when you receive a lead from MCR (either paid or unpaid), you may not share it with anyone. Our users expect to hear from the movers in their list and no one else.

Please take a moment to review the section below.

Thanks.

Prohibited Conduct:
When you Claim your listing on MCR, the leads generated from your listing (whether free or paid) belong to you and to MCR. In order to protect our consumers’ privacy, we prohibit your re-distribution of leads to 3rd parties (ie other moving companies or lead aggregators). Exception: In cases where you cannot service a move for an MCR-generated lead, you may recommend an alternative mover directly to the consumer. You may not pass this consumer’s lead details onto another company without the consumer’s explicit consent. If MCR suspects you are re-selling or re-distributing a lead without the consumer’s explicit permission you may be removed from the site.


How finding a great mover took me 3 years.

published by on May 5, 2015Before You Move Tips, For Business, Move Day Tips, News

The semi arrives (yes, a semi!)

Moving sucks

Some research says moving counts as one of the top 5 most stressful things you can do.  I believe it.

I’d like tell you a story – a story of how I spent 3 years finding a great mover.

First, some background.  I moved more than 15 times in my life.  Early on, I would move myself.   As I acquired more stuff and got a bit older, I hired movers.    Every single time I tried to find a mover online, I thought to myself, “wow, moving is the industry the internet forgot about.”   Why could I not search movers?  Why could I not read verified reviews? Why could I not see photos of movers, or get any info on them at all?

When you search for other things online, reviews, prices, photos, and other great information guides you to an informed decision.   I wanted an Amazon, or Orbitz, or Tripadvisor, or Cars.com, or HomeFinder for moving.   Heck, I would have settled for a list of licensed movers in my area.    Instead, I constantly ran into a blind lead form – one that asked for all of my personal information, without showing me any of the movers that would contact me. You know what happened when I submitted that lead form?   I got called by not one, not two, but by SIX movers.  Argh!

Making it better

3 years ago, Shannon Cullins, then HomeFinder’s VP of Product, and I decided to change things.  We learned everything we could about moving, and decided to build an incredibly trustworthy, consumer friendly service to help consumers find great movers and experience happy moves.  We called it MovingCompanyReviews.com (MCR for short).  Shannon took over as General Manager, and we launched the site in February of 2013.   We launched with a few key features to guarantee we focus on helping people find the best movers:

  • We verify every review with either a moving receipt (called a Bill of Lading), or a move confirmed by a quality moving company
  • We prominently display each mover’s review rating
  • We prominently show every mover’s state and federal licensing information, links to their federal complaint history, and any other pertinent government information
  • We put caution badges on movers with suspect quality, or fraud complaints
A mover listing on MovingCompanyReviews

A mover listing on MovingCompanyReviews

 

See the license requirements for your move type and confirm a mover meets them

See the license requirements for your move type and confirm a mover meets them

 

Finding my mover on MovingCompanyReviews

Fast forward to today.   I moved last week, and found Olympia Moving through MovingCompanyReviews.  Interestingly enough, I chose a different mover than I thought going in.  Reading all of their verified reviews swayed me to them initially, and then their fantastic customer service during the quoting process won me over.

I am happy to report that Olympia made my move wonderful. They were, by a wide margin, the BEST movers I have ever used.   Their attention to detail stunned me.  They wrapped things meticulously, carried things extremely carefully, pointed out existing damage before wrapping or moving anything, and went way above and beyond what I expected.  For example, they expertly squeezed an huge armoir into a bedroom by taking some of it apart and putting it back together again.   Every other mover who moved that armoir just gave up, or damaged walls trying to shove it in.   The Olympia crew took such great care that we had no damage to any items, or any walls, other than a tiny smudge here and there.

The semi arrives (yes, a semi!)

The semi arrives (yes, a semi!)

Here’s the best part – they estimated 12 hours for the move, and it only took them 8, so we saved a bunch of money versus our quote.

I almost forgot the icing on top – I got a free pizza from MCR by leaving a voice review about my move.  Nothing tastes quite as good as a free pizza on move day.

My best move ever

It feels great building something that makes a difference.  Moving delivers loads of stress.   Having the fantastic movers from Olympia made this move much better and much less stressful than any other time I moved.    I’d like to thank the whole MovingCompanyReviews team for their work the last few years, you guys rock.

Planning to move soon? Find your mover and get free estimates at MovingCompanyReviews.com.

 

 


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