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By: D S.
Starving Artist Moving
We have used Starving Artist of Topeka/Lawrence for 2 different moves. They are a SUPER group of hard working, fast, efficient, respectful, and pleasant guys! The first move was especially stressful (a divorce), and they were there for us to get the move over quickly. The second move (with a different group of fantastic guys) was for a medical issue, so there was still stress, and a need to get things done quickly. They packed all my mother's antiques and things so that none were broken at arrival!! (And there were a lot of things: over 100+ boxes). I HIGHLY recommend using their moving service!!! Even though they weren't able to do the 1,000 mile move for us due to the time frame I needed it done in, he sent his packers and loaders to make sure everything got packed and loaded correctly. They (2 guys for 5 hrs, 1 guy for 3) were totally done in about 5 hours (~120+ boxes packed!). They have truly helped me (and my elder mother) through 2 very difficult situations! Ask for Craig, and let him know that "the lady who had to move her mother due to divorce and then again due to a broken back to Florida" recommended Starving Artists.
By: Kristin P.
Mastery Moving
After over forty years in Topeka, my sister relocated to Tennessee. Jim and Tish and their associates did a fantastic job of packing her things up, loading the truck for long-distance travel, unloading at two different locations, generally making the transition as stress free as possible. The packers were efficient and helped tremendously by putting labels on boxes, and Jim's crew showed up at the time promised on both ends of the job. The contents of the truck arrived in good order. And the price was well in line with what we expected for a move of that distance. We were so glad that we contracted with Mastery Moving and recommend them highly.
Tips & Advices
Yes, it’s best to empty drawers, wardrobes and chests before a move. Items always get knocked around a bit, and doors can fly open even if they’ve been taped. In fact, more often than not, movers will want to remove the drawers from a dresser--or disassemble the wardrobe to be more space-efficient.
Yes, it is customary to tip movers, but the amount varies widely. For full-service moves, a 5 percent tip is suggested, although, for extra service, some people go up to 10 percent . For small local movers, you can give each mover $10 for a few-hour job, or $20-$40 for jobs that take longer.
A bill of lading is the legal contract for the move. It provides a detailed receipt, in addition to a contract between the client and the mover. It authorizes the mover to transport the goods from one specific point to another, and it outlines the exact scope of services, with cost breakdown for those services. It also provides an itemized list of the inventory, and carrier liability protection for each declared item. Finally, it specifies the payment arrangement. Make sure to go over your itemized list extremely carefully before finalizing the paperwork--and get a copy of the full document. A good mover will go over everything on the bill of lading with the customer.
There are several items that moving companies will not move – those items will be listed on a document as “non-allowables.” These items typically fall in three categories: perishables, sentimental/personal items, and hazardous material. Perishables are food and plants. Sentimental/personal value is up to the client to decide, but usually includes jewelry, medical and dental records, personal paperwork, valuables and collectibles. Hazardous material is the tricky category, since it includes a lot of everyday items found in the garage, garden or kitchen. For example, cleaning liquids and pesticides both are considered non-allowable by many companies. Some go so far as to disallow nail polish and batteries.
A binding estimate means that the moving company cannot charge more than the stated amount, though they can lower the final bill if the scope of the job was smaller than expected. A non-binding moving estimate is more likely to wind up costing more than expected, since the movers can increase their rates for unforeseen variables like stairs, “long carry” and materials.

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