Bannister Moving & Storage has been helping customers since the late 1980s move their homes or offices smoothly and efficiently. Our service is designed to provide you with honest, dependable, and affordable service. That means we do what we say, we treat you with respect, and we take care of your belongings.
After 25+ years of experience, we’ve know what people need to know before a move. Let us provide you with some advice and answers for some of the most commonly asked questions!
Movers get the most requests during the winter holidays, the end of the month, or during the summer months. If you try to move during less common moving periods, it will be far easier to find the most convenient time slot for your move.
In other words, if you can help it, try to move in the spring or fall, during the middle of the month or so. Try to avoid holiday weekends as well!
One month to six weeks’ notice is preferable for both you and your moving company. The more lead time that you provide, the more likely we will be able to help you move at the exact time slot you request. While our team is always willing to make your schedule work, you’ll have more peace of mind when you call us sooner.
For local moves within Arizona, your belongings will almost always be the only ones in the truck. If that’s not the case, don’t worry—we always clearly separate different households’ belongings and keep them secure in different portions of the truck.
We recommend you transport your plants personally in the family car! We cannot accept responsibility for your plants, as being in our trucks will likely deprive it of the light and water it needs (even over short distances). Not only that, but packing plant life in close proximity with other belongings creates a contamination risk.
We offer two packages: Full Coverage Protection, and Declared Value Protection. Even if you do not purchase an insurance package, we provide basic coverage at no charge for $0.60 per pound for any damaged items. However, this only provides for the weight of an item and not its actual value; for lightweight electronics and computer equipment, we recommend more comprehensive protection.
DVP lets you be reimbursed for lost or destroyed belongings at its depreciated cost (limited by the total declared value of shipment). The minimum valuation of DVP coverage is $1.25 per pound of your belongings. If your items ever get damaged or lost during the move, you would receive cash for the depreciated value of each item.
FCP provides for the full cost of replacement or repair for any item lost or destroyed during the move, up to the amount declared to be the full value of your total items. The minimum valuation for this package is $4.00 per pound of your total shipment. The cost of replacement is valued at the current price, not the depreciated cost of the item. Replacement protection includes sets and pairs, common with furniture.
For clothes and lightweight, durable items: yes! You don’t have to empty your dressers of clothing, which makes your move even more convenient. Just be sure that the drawers are secured. For jewelry and breakable items, however, you’ll need to pack those securely in a separate box. We recommend that you keep as many valuables as possible in the family car. However, our moving experts are more than happy to take extra care of your valuable belongings!
In general, make sure they are unplugged. The refrigerator must be emptied of perishables, and the washer must have a stabilizer installed. You will be put in touch with an appliance professional to make sure this process is handled correctly!
Yes, and at the end as well. While you don’t have to be there for the entire move, you do have to sign paperwork at the start and at the finish to ensure everything is accomplished the way you want it. While you’re free to leave while we work, questions do come up during the move—to make sure it goes by efficiently, you may want to be on hand to provide answers. If you absolutely cannot be there for the move, you can fill out a form to assign someone to sign and act on your behalf.
Virtually any form of payment works with us: cash, check, money order, debit card, or credit card. In the event that your employer is paying for the move, we also accept prearranged invoices and billing from your company. As long as your method of payment is settled and decided prior to your move, it shouldn’t be an issue!
We can use rug runners to prevent damage or dirt to your carpet. If you are concerned about your carpet, let your moving coordinator know! They will make sure your movers know to protect your carpet prior to entering.
Yes! In order to pack it appropriately and to ensure we have the right supplies, let us know ahead of time about items of extraordinary value. This includes money, jewelry, antiques, collections, and other fragile or priceless items. In general, however, we recommend transporting your valuables with you whenever possible. It’s not that we can’t transport them—we just know that it’s better for your peace of mind!
Any item that is worth over $100 per pound is considered an item of extraordinary value. Classifying these items for shipment requires a few extra forms. For example, to transport these, you’ll need to sign a High Value Inventory form, as well as fill out the “Extraordinary Value Article Declaration” section of the Bill of Lading.