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Fast Dispatches

August 16, 2016

The building of the New Jersey Warehousemen & Movers Association was destroyed in a fire and their offices were displaced…

Bekins Northwest has opened a new location in Moses Lake, Washington…

Scott Balint has joined Stevens International Forwarders as the new operations manager…

Trevor Gentry has been promoted to client relations manager with SafePet Transports

Tim Helenthal, president and COO of National Van Lines, set a new record fundraising for Move for Hunger, AMSA’s official charity partner…

Arpin Van Lines was rated #1 household goods mover in customer satisfaction in the 22nd Annual Nationwide Relocating Employee Survey by Trippel Survey & Research…

Moving Tip Monday Generating More than 1,600 Likes Each Week

 

August 16, 2016

AMSA keeps our members’ interests front and center by reminding consumers to hire a professional mover — even during the busy summer months!

AMSA’s Facebook page focuses on consumers and we use it to provide helpful tips and tools, information and educational material to help guide them during the moving process. Recent tips included a packing checklist from Arpin Van Lines and greener alternatives to cardboard boxes from Bekins. Our Moving Tip Monday posts have been averaging more than 1,600 likes every week. Like “American Moving & Storage Association” on Facebook so you don’t miss a thing!

AMSA uses LinkedIn to let you know about important industry and regulatory issues, ask questions and start discussions, and provide timely information about industry products, services and education to help you grow your business. Recently, we posted information from Atlas profiling the modern day truck driver.

Follow us on Twitter where you’ll find #MovingTipMonday, our popular Facebook and Twitter feature. Recent tips included getting enough sleep the night before moving day and decorating early in the unpacking process to make the new place feel like home.

Scott Michael is on Twitter! Follow him @AMSACEO. You also can follow AMSA’s Government Affairs feed @AMSAGovtAffairswhere we’re posting all of the legislative and regulatory information impacting our industry. A recent retweet mentioned the proposed federal rule on truck speeds that will be published soon. AMSA is also on Pinterest where you can follow us and pin away!

Over 17 Years, Chipman Relocation & Logistics donates $100,000 in Toys

Each year, for the last 17 years, van operators from Chipman Relocation & Logistics (Concord, California) donate money to organizations collecting toys for children in need. Those donations have been matched by Tom Chipman. This year, van operators donated $2,272 and Tom donated $4,540 bringing the total to about $7,400. Over the past 17 years, it is believed that Chipman and its van operators have donated more than $100,000 in toys to organizations such as Solano Heroes, Bluestar Moms, Children Nurturing Project and Toys for Tots.

Thinking about moving to California?

California Dreaming?

Moving to California is a concept as American as apple pie. Here is a guide to make it more than just a dream.

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Moving Advice

Before moving to California, you should know one thing: there are a lot of people living here. At last count, almost 38 million. This isn’t to say that you’ll have to learn to fight for elbow room just to get around.

In fact, there are many places in the state where you can lead a life with plenty of breathing (and elbow) room. And if you’re coming from a sizable metropolitan area elsewhere in the nation, you might not even notice much of a change.

If, however, you’re moving to CA from a comparatively sparsely populated region, you’re likely to take one look at the vast freeway-bound throngs and wonder how more people don’t succumb to ochlophobia (fear of crowds).

If you’re moving to California and headed for one of the state’s bigger metro areas like San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego or Los Angeles, you’ll do well to arrange your schedule around the high probability of freeway traffic.

You’re not always guaranteed to run into gridlock, but the occasional traffic jam can even be found on Sunday nights. Here are a few insider tips to help make your migration to California go smoothly.
  • Heaviest freeway traffic occurs between the hours of 6AM and 9PM in the morning, and 3PM to 7PM in the afternoon.
  • Carpool lanes are established to allow vehicles with more than one passenger access to a more free-flowing traffic lane; however, many of them are only carpool lanes during certain hours of the day. Pay attention to this.
  • An adult riding with a child is considered a carpool.
  • Due to California’s pervasive “car culture,” there are very few places within the state that can’t be accessed via paved road.
  • San Francisco’s hilly streets are known the world over for their unusual layout, but if you’re moving to CA with your sights set on Fog City (or a city with a similar, hilly orientation), be sure you know in advance what the parking situation adjacent to your new home will be.
  • Moving van permits aren’t required, but are a smart thing to have in order to secure a temporary “no parking” zone where you or your movers can unload easily. Requirements vary throughout the state. To obtain a moving permit, contact the city offices or police department of the city you’re moving to for more information on fees and availability.
  • California’s state university system is the biggest in the country, with close to 450,000 students. If you are moving to California, it may be wise to seek housing that’s located outside the immediate vicinity of its most densely populated universities: the City College of San Francisco, UCLA, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach and San Diego State University. You can find more information on the various universities in California here.
  • With a climate that can vary greatly depending on your location, be sure to check weather forecasts ahead of your planned move-in to avoid the possibility of heat exhaustion and dehydration in the hot, dry areas of the state, and to avoid snow delays or cold exposure at higher elevations.
  • Complete a change of address form with the USPS a week prior to your move to allow for the 7- to 10-day lag that can often accompany the necessary completion of paperwork.
  • When hiring a moving company, always check the company’s record with the Better Business Bureau, and be on the lookout for the possibility of frequently perpetrated moving scams.

CMSA President Elected to AMSA Board

Congratulations Steve! 

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CMSA President, Steve Weitekamp has been elected to the AMSA Board of Directors. He takes the place of Patricia McLaughlin, executive director of the Illinois Movers’ and Warehousemen’s Association, who announced her retirement from the board. Weitekamp has been a strong advocate for the association’s almost 400 members on state regulation and compliance issues.

San Diego Members Donated Services to Village

CMSA members in San Diego have rolled up their sleeves to assist Operation Homefront Village, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to military personnel and their families, relocate from Oceanside to Mission Viejo. Moving companies donated moving services for the organization from July through September. CMSA members who donated their services include Atlas Transfer & Storage Co., Covan WorldWide Moving, Ace Relocation Systems, Republic Moving & Storage and Priority Moving. Operation Homefront Village residents and staff had nothing but glowing reviews about their experience with CMSA members: “The movers have been amazing! It has been such a long day and they have been so positive and fast.” “The movers were great! Professional and quick.” “The movers were here bright and early, and they were great throughout the entire day.” Operation Homefront Village provides transitional housing to wounded or ill military members leaving the service and their families. In addition to providing free rent, utilities and furnishings, the organization also offers financial planning, employment coaching and a support network for service members and their families to lean on in hard times.