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Van Operator Awards at Mesa Moving and Storage

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Congratulate these 3 Van Operators (pictured in the middle) for their fine accomplishments in 2015 to be recognized as the best of the best for Mesa!

Pictured Left to Right is Kevin Head (CEO), Mike (Driver), Alex (Driver), James (Driver), and Josh (General Manager for Denver).

Mike Schodrow – Top Driver OVERALL for Mesa M&S – Mike won our Top Driver award for 2015 be excelling in all 4 rating categories over the entire year. Mike exemplifies Quality and Customer Service in all he does and his scores prove it!

Alex Perez – Top Driver Customer Surveys for Mesa M&S – Alex won our Customer Service award by attaining a near perfect 99.36% for 2015! His attention to the Customer on every move is 2nd to none!

James Schultz – Top Driver On-time Updates for Mesa M&S – James scored 100% for on-time shipment updating for 2015 – what an accomplishment! This requires laser accuracy on every move and diligence to insure that information updated right away, on every move!

Please congratulate them on a job well done!


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What You Should Know Before Moving to Boise, Idaho

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What You Should Know Before Moving to Boise, Idaho

Friendly community

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People in Boise are friendly happy people

The people in Boise are very friendly and happy people. There’s a lot to be happy about. Boise was listed one of the best places to live in 2009 and 2nd on Forbes “Best Places to Raise a Family” in 2012.

Outdoor Recreation


Boise features many outdoor activities year round. There are countless activities to try. You can bike and hike close to the downtown area. There are many hikes in Boise; one of the popular hikes close to Boise is the Boise River Greenbelt, which is great for biking or walking. For some outdoor winter activities you can enjoy some cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at the Bogus Basin Mountain. There are river-rafting tours offered on the Boise River. Many ranch getaways offer horseback riding.

Boise Culture


Boise is known for as a hub for music and performing arts. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival happens every spring. There is a variety of museums to visit including, the Boise Art Museum, Basque Museum and Cultural Center, and the Discovery Center of Idaho. Theater is also very popular and there are many theater groups working in the city like the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Every five years the community holds a large Basque festival called Jaialdi, which is a way to promote and sustain Basque culture in the U.S. it has been going on for nearly 30 years.

Safe for a Family

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Boise has 35.2% lower crime rate than the national average in 2010, and 5.8% lower for property crime. Most of the crimes were larceny and theft. If you would like to live in a safe city for your family, Boise is very safe.

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All Four Seasons


Do you like to have snow during the winter? Most likely a white Christmas! And do you like hot and dry in the summer? The climate in Boise goes right along with the seasons; you actually get four different seasons and climates unlike say California.

Best City Lists

Boise routinely shows up on various lists of best cities, such as….

Traveling is Easy

Interstate 84 is known as the Great Connector and it provides you an easy route to Portland or Salt Lake City. Boise is great for a Road Trip; Boise is close to a few very popular cities like Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

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Silly Laws

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It is technically illegal to ride on a merry-go-round on a Sunday. It’s an old law and isn’t really enforced, but be careful kids and don’t break the law.



Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad is from Boise; Actor Aaron Paul Sturtevant graduated from Centennial High School early with the Class of 1998. He left Boise to pursue his acting career in 1982.


Brandi Sherwood from Boise took the title of Miss Teen USA in 1989 before being crowned Miss USA in 1997! Wow! Not just a small town lady.

Nickleback Fans are Unwelcome


Nickleback Fans are not welcome in Boise. In fact, in the local Boise Weekly newsletter there was an article stating all of the things you could buy instead of a Nickleback ticket.

Two Headed Calf

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Boise is known for some of the most iconic museum items. One of those was the two-headed calf at the Idaho State Historical Museum. There are many great museums in to explore like the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Boise Art Museum, and Idaho Botanical Garden. Two

Beer is Sold Here


Featured in Boise are a vast variety of breweries. It’s not hard to come up upon a brewery without trying. They are popping up quickly and taking over Boise. Boise is a great place to try many breweries such as Dragon Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewery, Cloud 9 Brewery, Crooked Fence, Sockeye Grill & Brewery and more.

Smurf Turf

bluefieldBroncos are a huge part of Boise and many think that the blue turf at the Bronco Stadium is a result of some crazy prank, but it isn’t.   The blue turf was intentional and intended to gain Boise State University some national publicity. Well, it definitely worked. If it’s one thing you know about sports, you know about the blue smurf turf at BSU. It was the first non-green field in American football.


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Would you like to start a business? Boise is the place as it ranked for the 20 Most Innovative Cities in of the West by Sunset Magazine. Micron is a top gun and one of the city’s largest employers, along with Inovus Solar, Tsheets, and Sky Detective.

If you do decide to move to Boise or anywhere in the U.S.

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Why Hire a Moving Company?

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There are many reasons why to consider hiring a professional mover to help you with your move.

     1.  Relax – Peace of Mind:

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You – Moving is stressful; it is the 3rd most stressful situation in life following death and divorce.  Planning a move is overwhelming and tiring. You have to pack, minimize belongings, find friends and family to help, find a truck, load all your furniture and boxes to fit in a truck, drive truck to new location, unload, and unpack.

Professional – Hiring a professional takes a lot of the stress and hard work out of the equation.  You can have professional movers give you an estimate to have them load and deliver your stuff or you can go with full service movers, which will pack all your belongings nicely, unload, unpack, and even set up furniture.  It may be a little more costly but will save you time and energy. Having professional movers gives you a reliable option that will keep your belongings safe and protected to give you a piece of mind.

      2.  Time: Don’t waste your time, spend with your family

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You – Think about the time it will take to get all your packing, loading, and unloading done. Time is money. How much is your time worth? You could be spending time with your family, making dinner, getting the children to school instead. Plus, professionals will get it done in a fraction of the time.

The average person is not used to lifting and maneuvering a fridge or washer throughout a house or benching a couch.  You will probably need to get your closest friends and family to help you move, hopefully they are willing to give up their weekend.   With all different types of people trying to manage the move there will be some compromising on how to get it done.

Professional –

Professional movers are trained professionals and are typically strong men that are used to lifting and moving heavy furniture and boxes.  They also usually have a system to get it done quickly and efficiently.  This will save you a lot of time from getting distracted and trying to figure a way to fit everything in a truck. While the professional mover is driving your stuff to your new location safely, you can be on a plane or drive and relax without having the worry of driving and maneuvering a large truck.

     3.  Breakage: Keep your TV and other items safe with moving professionals

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You – If you or your friend or family member drops a flat screen TV or prized possession, you will be responsible for the damage and always secretly think about that one time your friend or family member broke one of your prized possessions.

Professional – The most important part of a move is how all your stuff is loaded into boxes and placed into the truck safely.  Movers are trained on loading everything efficiently and effectively to ensure that everything fits and is kept safe.  Plus, many moving companies offer insurance for special items and reassurance that everything will arrive in one piece.

If anything does happen and it is the movers’ fault they will be responsible for damages and keeping you happy.

     4.  Equipment – Nice to have all the equipment you need ready 


You – It’s a pain to get all the boxes you need for your packing. In fact, many people underestimate just how many boxes they need and half to stop midway and find more. Plus, buying boxes or finding free boxes is time consuming.

Most likely you aren’t used to hauling a huge truck around with tons of your possessions. You may also jump in the drivers spot being in charge of all your belongings without any experience in driving a large truck and this could result in damages in your belongings or accidents.  You may choose a truck that is too small to fit your belongings and realize it half way through loading it or get stuck with a truck that is too large and end up with extra space.

Professional – Movers come with all the equipment needed for an easy move like ropes, belts, and boxes.  We are trained professionals and can navigate the streets and heavy load with ease.

     5.  Save your aches and pains


You – Save your aches and pains; moving is back breaking work. It requires a lot of effort and may even send you to the chiropractor or doctor if you aren’t use to such strenuous work. You may even have to spend several days recovering from the move with all your sore muscles and joints from lifting heavy furniture and boxes. You may need some time to recuperate and soak sore muscles. It could be days until you feel well enough to unpack, organize, and even feel up to meet the new neighbors.

Professional – Hiring a professional means you have more time to get used to your new house and even happy to meet the new neighbors.  Some full service movers give you the option to have someone to unpack your things as well, which will save you even more time and effort.

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What to Know BEFORE You Move to Utah:

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Moving to Utah?  Congratulations! Utah is an amazing destination with SO much to offer.  Like any other state or country, there are many differences in the culture that many that are new to Utah find to be the most difficult.  We’ve helped thousands of people move to Utah, and just like anywhere, you should plan ahead and do some research before you go.  Here are some tips our customers found to be most helpful.

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Before your move to Utah you will need to contact your doctors, dentists, and any other appointments to find them in the area. Your current contacts may be able to provide a recommendation. Also, check with your health insurance regarding facilities covered in your area. Check with your homeowners or renters insurance whether moving is covered and arrange any changes needed. Notify your utility companies about a month ahead of time that you are moving and choose a shut off date. Do a change of address for the following businesses:

  • Post Office
  • Credit Cards
  • Banks
  • Drivers License
  • Car Insurance

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One of the best qualities of Utah is their people. They are extremely friendly and welcoming and whether you are walking downtown looking at the Christmas lights or going for a stroll, it’s not out of the ordinary to meet a friend or engage in casual conversation. It isn’t strange to smile or say hello to a passerby, so don’t be afraid to be friendly.

Utah is like a whole other country! You wouldn’t move to India without knowing a few things about its culture, right? After living here all my life, many people who have moved here from other places have told me it is like no where else and here is why. Let’s start out with one of the better qualities of Utah; people are extremely friendly and welcoming in Utah. Whether you are just walking downtown looking at the Christmas lights or going for a stroll, it’s not out of the ordinary to meet a friend or engage in some casual conversation. It isn’t strange to smile or say hello to a passerby, so don’t be afraid to be friendly.

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Get Ready for All Four Seasons – Utah has all four seasons so be prepared with all the essentials for a hot summer day to a cold, snowy night. Having all the seasons is especially wonderful during the holidays when you can enjoy the snow and some warm hot chocolate and then being able to enjoy the warm summer for hiking and boating.

Be aware of the time and day – One thing out-of-towners need to know ahead of time is to plan ahead for food and drinks. Utah’s hours of operation, whether for a nice restaurant or to enjoy a drink are much different than other states; many restaurants close at 9 or 10 pm on the weekdays and 10 or 11pm on the weekends and the only place to usually eat after that is fast food or Alberto’s (a late night staple in Utah). If you are having company over for drinks you need to prepare ahead of time in Utah, the only place to buy well liquor besides a bar is the liquor store, which opens and closes at 10 and is closed on Sunday. No, we do not have any well liquor at the grocery stores, so plan ahead but we do have beer. Last but not least, last call is 1am… everywhere in Utah. Now that you know, you can prepare so you don’t get stuck in a rut.

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We are known for the outdoors – If you really want to enjoy what Utah has to offer get outside and enjoy one of the many mountains located close to SLC. People here love to hike, bike, climb, and camp all over Utah. If you need some equipment, Scheels, recently opened its newest and largest shopping experience in Sandy, Utah and it is a great place to find anything you need for the outdoors. Utah also has the best powder in North America, so if you board or ski and are here when it snows, get on that mountain and experience the powder that makes you feel you are gliding on top of light, fluffy clouds.

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A Simple Grid System to Navigate – Utah is mostly laid out with a grid plan, the major streets run north- south and east west. It may confuse visitors and newcomers initially, but it actually makes sense. In Salt Lake City it is very easy to tell which direction you are facing, just look at the mountains – where the sun rises is east (where the big mountains are) and sun sets is west (the smaller mountains). Now that I’ve explained that in Utah we use mostly numbers for street names, there are exceptions. Once you get used to it you can find nearly any address without being familiar.

A great way to make new friends – Face to face interaction is important, there is a tendency to cocoon after a move, partly because you are tired and stressed with all the changes.  Moving to a new state can be difficult when you’re away from your friends and family. I would recommend getting out there and joining a group or organization of some sort. Whether it is a sport, hobby, social club, charity group or religious organization, there are lots of ways to get involved with the community and start meeting people. To check out the popular events going on in Utah go to and it has up-to-date events and activities for you and your family.

The Inter-Mountain Relocation Council (IRC) has a social connect group that holds events once a month with the sole purpose of helping new people to Utah, meet others who are new to Utah while exploring some of the best that Utah has to offer.  Many of their events are free, or subsidized by Utah’s largest corporations. You can request to be added to their events list at

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Freebies and deals for vets on Veterans Day

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Thank to all our Veterans! Enjoy all these awesome freebies! Best list of freebies! Go enjoy some free food and drinks😀

This Veterans’ Day there are a ton of great deals and freebies for active, inactive and retired military personnel.

Note: Store locations can often opt out of special promotions. We recommend checking with the location of any of these businesses to confirm they are participating in the promotions.

Here are a few deals for active, inactive and retired military personnel:

Applebee’s:  Free “Thank You” meal from a special menu.

Baskin Robbins: No deal here, but the ice cream chain will donate 10¢ from every scoop of their First Class Camouflage ice cream to the United Service Organizations (USO).

California Pizza Kitchen: At participating locations, receive a complimentary entree from a special Veterans Day menu.

Carraba’s: Free appetizer of your choice.

Chick-fil-A: Get a free meal at participating locations.

Chili’s: During lunch, get any lunch combo for free. For the dinner menu, the free meal…

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14 Frequently Asked Questions About Moving

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The following moving questions and answers are adapted from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Household Goods Guide.

1. Are movers obligated to move my goods for the estimate they quote?

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Not if it’s a non-binding estimate. Make sure all estimates are in writing. The estimate must clearly state whether it is non-binding or binding. If it’s a binding agreement, they’re legally obligated to follow the estimate.

Remember, a mover is under no requirement to make an estimate to the shipper, so be sure to ask for a written estimate.

2. What do the following estimate terms mean?

Non-binding estimate: A non-binding estimate is one that can change, although these estimates should be reasonably accurate and provide you with a general idea of the moving cost. Typically, a mover will schedule an onsite visit and check out the goods for the estimate. If you add items or request additional services, the mover may void the estimate or revise it. The non-binding estimate must be in writing and state that it is non-binding.

110% rule: If the final cost exceeds the non-binding estimated amount, the mover must deliver the goods upon payment of the estimated amount plus 10% of that amount. The mover must then defer the balance due on the charges for 30 days.

Binding estimate: A binding estimate is a set price estimate. It is a legal agreement between you and the mover that the cost to move the goods will not exceed the price agreed upon. You still may add services, and the cost for those services is due at delivery. Binding agreements must be in writing.

3. What information and paperwork is the mover required to provide?

At the time of the estimate and/or prior to the execution of the order for service, the mover must supply the following:

  • A copy of its written non-binding or binding estimate
  • A copy of the U.S. Department Of Transportation (DOT) publication, “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move”
  • Neutral dispute settlement/arbitration program information
  • Contact information for the mover for inquires and complaints

When the order for service has been executed, the mover must supply a copy of the order for service after it has been signed and dated by you and the mover.

At loading time at the time of pick-up, the mover must supply a copy of the bill of lading/freight bill (and scale weight tickets when freight bill has been paid).

At unloading time at the time of delivery, the mover must supply a copy of the completed bill of lading/freight bill (and scale weight tickets when freight bill has been paid).

4. What is an order for service?

This is the document authorizing the mover to ship your goods.

It isn’t a contract. It notes the estimated charge of the move and other special services asked for (like packing and storage)—as well as pickup and delivery dates or spread dates.

5. What is a bill of lading?

The bill of lading is the contract between you and the mover. It should be given to you before the mover loads your goods.

Like any contract, it’s your responsibility to read it before you sign it. Go over any discrepancies with your mover and don’t sign the bill of lading until you’re satisfied with it.

The bill of lading is an important document, so don’t lose it. Have it available until your shipment is delivered, all charges are paid, and any claims are settled.

6. What happens if the mover does not pick-up or deliver my goods according to the dates provided?

Movers are required to meet something called “reasonable dispatch” requirements.

This means the transportation must happen—within reason—during the scheduled dates, as shown on the order of service and bill of lading.

Some things beyond a mover’s control, like weather, may be acceptable reasons for delay.

7. Will I be compensated if my shipment is not delivered as promised?

Not necessarily. You may file an inconvenience or delay claim with the mover, however. Include receipts for lodging and food expenses for all days past the last day of the pick-up and/or delivery spread dates.

However, the mover is not obligated to compensate the shipper, so court action or arbitration may be required.

If the mover refuses to pay or otherwise disallows any part of the claim, you can pursue a civil action within a two-year timeframe of the dispute.

8. What types of insurance will I be offered?

Movers generally provide three types of protection for your goods in case they are lost or damaged.

Limited liability: This is the basic coverage required by law and doesn’t cost you anything. Under limited liability, the mover is responsible for 60 cents per pound per item for an interstate move.

Added valuation: This type allows you to collect the amount based on the current replacement value of the item, minus depreciation. The amount you pay for this coverage depends on how much you declare your goods are worth.

Full value: This insurance costs the most and covers the actual cost of an item’s replacement or repair, without any deduction for depreciation. Before purchasing coverage from the moving company, check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if it will cover your goods during a move and compare plans.

9. If there is loss or damage to my goods, how much time do I have to file a claim?

You have nine months from the date of delivery to file a claim.

10. What if I’m not satisfied with the mover’s compensation for damaged or lost goods?

You will have to seek recourse through court or arbitration. If you choose court over arbitration, the suit must be brought within two years of the dispute.

11. If I do my own packing, is the mover still responsible if something is lost or broken?

Yes. The mover usually has a tariff provision that allows it to repack boxes or cartons if they feel they have been improperly packed—or if they will cause harm to the rest of the shipment.

The mover is also liable for any loss or damage caused during transit unless the sole cause for the loss or damage was due to any of these common law defenses:

  • An act of nature
  • An act of—or omission by—the shipper
  • An act of public enemy
  • An act of public authority
  • Inherent vice

Improper packing falls under an act or omission. Since the sole cause for the damage must be the act of the shipper, any contributory damage by the mover would void the common law defense—and the mover would be responsible.

In other words, pack carefully.

12. What should I know about the pick-up and delivery dates?

Make sure the mover gives you a specific date or spread of dates on your order for service and bill of lading. Do not allow the information regarding these dates or spread dates to remain blank. This may delay your shipment.

Make sure your order for service dates are transferred to your bill of lading unless you have made arrangements for another date or spread of days.

At pick-up: Be sure to receive a bill of landing (not just the inventory sheet) showing the name of the mover responsible for transporting your goods, along with the mover’s address, telephone number and “MC” number.

At delivery: You are responsible for accepting delivery of your goods from the first date to the last date of the delivery spread dates. Don’t depend on dates given to you by the driver. Refer to your order for service or bill of lading.

13. What should I know about the pick-up of my furniture?

Be present until your furniture is loaded.

Look at the mover’s description of your furniture on the inventory and ensure the mover denotes items that are chipped, marred, dented, scratched, etc.

Make certain the items’ conditions are listed on both the driver’s copy and your copy of the inventory sheet—but more importantly on the driver’s copy.

Make certain all goods to be moved are listed on the inventory sheet.

14. What should I know about the delivery of my goods?

It isn’t unusual for the driver to ask for, or expect payment of, transportation charges before the truck is unloaded—or before the van doors are opened. If a shipment is delivered on more than one truck, the mover can choose whether to collect charges for each portion of the shipment as delivered—or all at once.

At pickup, it is the driver’s responsibility to list the condition of your shipment on the inventory sheet. This is the time to agree or disagree with the mover’s description of the condition of your items.

At delivery, it is your responsibility to list the condition of your shipment. If there are items missing or damaged, make an indication on the driver’s copy and your copy of the inventory sheet. Put an “X” on the boxes (at pickup) that contain breakables so that at destination you can note the condition of the boxes.

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Have fun in the Fall and Winter with this Great To Do List –

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Trying to find something fun to do… Well here is an awesome, fun list to keep you busy and not be stuck inside. Share with Friends and family. Great for the 20 somethings that need to try new activities.