I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, and keep spacing it.

Some time before the move, Prairie and I decided that we didn’t have the time, energy, or interest in doing all the heavy lifting of furniture and thousands of books ourselves, and started looking for local moving companies. Prairie dug through Google for a day, came up with a few, and hit their websites to see how expensive it would be to hire movers. None of the sites gave even rough ideas right away, though a few of them had ‘online estimate’ forms, so Prairie filled a few out to see what they said.

Of the three or four she filled out, the only company to get back to us was Jordan River Moving and Storage. They called us back, we had a brief conversation about just how much work there would be, and they gave us an estimate. Since we had never done this before and had no idea what to expect for pricing, we waited another couple days to see what other quotes we would get — but since nobody else bothered to call us back, we decided just to go with Jordan River.

The day of the move, it was quickly obvious that this was a good idea. Perhaps this is slightly colored by our not having hired movers before, but the guys from JR were incredible. We got a team of three, and even though they had to deal with a power outage at our old apartment that kept the hallways quite dark and a third-floor apartment on the other end, they just flew through everything. We’d figured on four to five hours for the process, but they got the whole thing — loading, driving from Northgate to Kent, and unloading — done in just barely over three hours. Watching them work was amazing, hefting three heavy boxes of books at once and practically running up the stairs, lifting larger items up and over the railing of the outside stairs to avoid half of the stair climb…wow. I tried to pitch in for a few minutes, but it quickly became obvious that I was just getting in the way, so I stepped back again.

In the end, the whole thing was done under the estimated time (and therefore under the estimated budget), and we were more than happy to give them a good-sized tip. While we don’t expect to be moving anytime soon again, we’ll definitely be giving Jordan River a call when the time comes. Highly recommended.