Guindon Moving & Storage

Escanaba

(906) 786-6560

Negaunee

(906) 475-4139

Escanaba

(906) 786-6560

Negaunee

(906) 475-4139
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Julie Beauchamp
00:50 21 Dec 22
The entire experience from someone coming to see if we needed 1 truck or 2, all the great communication throughout the process. The men were timely,... considerate, polite, professional, and careful of the walls etc.read more
Annie Tippett
16:52 05 Dec 22
My experience with Guindon was 100% positive! Every single person I interacted with was professional, reassuring and upbeat! They moved my belongings... from Ishpeming to lower Michigan and it was totally stress free. Cannot recommend Guindon enough!read more
Gary H (Von)
14:58 14 Oct 22
I appreciate the owner working with me after the mishap we had.
Cassidy Cayemberg
19:59 08 Sep 22
They were very professional, quick and respectful! They did an excellent job and helped us out tremendously.
Robert Lehto
13:17 02 Aug 22
Efficient. Professional. Friendly. We’ve moved many times over the years and folks at Guindon Moving & Storage made this one the best experience - by... a long shot. Our movers were exceptional. I highly recommend and will use them again for our next venture!read more
Marie Maxwell
13:23 15 Jun 22
They knew how to pack a truck. Also, didn't damage the house getting things out.
Luke Nave
15:01 14 Jun 22
Everyone at Guindons who was part of our move was prompt, attentive, responsive, and just darn good at their jobs. They run a seamless operation and... we would recommend them to anyone looking for a professional move. Scott, Melissa, Brian, Tony, and William were great to work with!read more
Kim Strom
17:58 10 May 22
William and Jacob were wonderful! I was overwhelmed but they were quick and efficient and had a great attitude. They did their best to be helpful and... that put me at ease. Thank you so much for your sevices!read more
Mary Cattani
00:53 07 Apr 22
We could not have been happier with our experience! The 3 men arrived right on schedule and were extremely considerate, efficient, and careful with... our belongings. I would not hesitate to hire Guindon Moving again and and would definitely recommend them to anyone!read more
Joan Anderson
18:54 01 Mar 22
My husband and I were very pleased with the movers.They went out of their way to be helpful. They were very professional and treated all of our... belongings with care. They understood how stressful the day was for us! I would definitely use them again!read more
Erin Genewick
00:20 01 Mar 22
Fantastic company to work with. The gentleman that came to my home were kind courteous friendly and professional.They loaded the truck with care... and reassured me of any questions or concerns I had about storage. Very impressed and will use again, when it come time to move back into a home.read more
Annette Bergevain
17:09 19 Feb 22
Right from the very first call I knew we had the right company and people to do the job. Professional, polite, and pleasant on the phone. Our closing... date got a little complicated and Roger and his staff was understanding and flexible about changing dates. On the day of the move 3 men showed up with a large truck, you could tell they knew what the were doing by the order that they loaded the truck and the way they fit everything into the truck. The men were pleasant, respectful, hardworking and we enjoyed teasing and talking with them while they worked. Would definitely recommend this company for moving.read more
Jane Putnam
01:44 06 Dec 21
I had a delivery of chairs and a desk coming from my favorite FL furniture. Due to the pandemic it was delayed for several months. But after it... arrived in the UP, I received in a few days. The service I received was professional and the delivery went smoothly. All packing materials were taken out and the family room is starting to take shape! Thanks so much.read more
Debora Winn
00:17 27 Nov 21
Great company
Stephanie Robar
18:00 24 Nov 21
Both Dana and Annie were extremely helpful and accommodating when arranging the move. Kyle and Tyler executed the move quickly and efficiently while... paying attention to detail. They were careful with the desks (metal, and heavy!) and took precautions to ensure no damage was done to doorways, etc. I would recommend Guindon for any and all of your moving needs.read more
Dianne Connor
14:32 10 Nov 21
Best place to store your treasures
Robert Aho
16:17 30 Oct 21
I only had a few things to move and the movers got it done quickly and professionally.
Aaron McSwain
17:45 13 Apr 21
Best movers in our area right now! Courteous with customer service and willing to go above and beyond to get the job done.
Lauren Bareiss
19:43 03 Feb 21
This was my first time using a moving company and the guys I got from Guindon were great. They were very nice and respectful. They took extra care to... make sure my cat was secured while moving things out and were pretty careful with my items overall. They also went above and beyond to make stuff work. My box spring wouldn't fit up the stairs so one of the guys walked it around the entire building and they hoisted it up the side of the building to the emergency exit in the back! Unfortunately after PLENTY of out of the box thinking and effort the guys were not able to get my couch through the door way, but they gave me 30% off to Ashley Home Store to buy a new one and helped me store it in my storage area. It did end up being a bit more expensive than the estimate, so that was the only real negative I have, but it was well worth it. Anything they took apart they rebuilt (though my one of the legs on my kitchen table is a bit funky now) and they helped me place everything exactly where I wanted it. They were a great help. Definitely recommend.read more
B Rad King
15:13 07 Jan 21
Very helpful and extremely friendly!!
Todd Beauchamp
15:16 18 Nov 20
Very nice storage units. Fairly priced, very safe, good business people. Conveniently located also.
CosmoBee7
21:50 05 Jul 20
These people are amazing. I was sitting in a lot with a 20' loaded truck, ready to move into my new apartment. The movers I had hired NO SHOWED. I... am new to the area, a woman, and solo. I had no idea how I could get help, especially at the last minute nearing the 4th of July. I called Guindon Moving Co. and spoke to amazing Annie. Annie said she had a crew that she could dispatch immediately. They arrived at my place within 30 minutes. The guys were so polite and professional. They managed to clean out the truck in short order and did it with a smile in the intense heat we had. Scott and Tyler were absolutely phenomenal. I would recommend this company, hands down, over and above any company. They exceeded my expectations by a wide margin and I hope that anyone who reads this review will use Guindon Moving. They will rock your move!read more
Sherri Buchanan
19:37 12 Jun 20
They moved my furniture and were very professional and fast. The two men were very coordinated. Worked very well together to get the job done.Thank... you!read more
Gary Sirois
19:01 04 Jun 20
Excellent units and very nice people
Jason Parks
13:34 11 May 20
Wonderful experience with Guindon movers this past weekend. They were easy to work with, the crew was fast and efficient, and this was easily the... least stressful move we've ever had.read more
Andy Schlei
21:56 08 Mar 20
Guindon Moving and Storage is a top-notch, professional moving company. I had to move belongings out of a small apartment and into a storage unit. ... I was not organized -- items were all over the apartment. I spoke with the courteous office staff on Monday an scheduled the move for Thursday. The crew showed up on time and quickly packed everything up, safely wrapped in marked boxes. They took it to a 10' x 10' storage unit and got everything to fit. I thought that would be impossible. I could not more highly recommend these movers.read more
Katelyn morrison
12:25 08 Feb 20
They are the best! Moved my household and huge piano with relative ease, were incredibly kind, and very quick. I highly recommend!
Yaling Wang
01:57 24 Jan 20
Very nice service. They are careful while moving my piano and try the best they can to keep my floor clean. I am very grateful.
Aaron McSwain
17:32 23 Jan 20
They offer a multitude of services at prices sure to fit anyone's budget, the owner is really easy to work with and is willing to do anything needed... in order to make sure that they can work for youread more
Aaron McSwain
17:30 23 Jan 20
They do an amazing job regardless of the time of year or moving situation, the guys at guindon are always awesome to work with and make sure that all... the things they move and delivered without damage. Would recommend to anyone in the area looking for a mover!read more
John Johnson
14:15 30 Dec 19
Reasonable rates on storage units
Korey Capello
15:12 14 May 19
Great service from start to finish. The office was in communication throughout the process. The movers were friendly and went above and beyond when... unloading at my new house. Happy as can be with the experience and will be recommending to others.read more
Teri Thompson
04:38 18 Nov 18
Highly recommended!! Have used this company for 4 moves, Scott is a pleasure to work with and his follow up is amazing. His staff, including... John, Brian, and Tony are a top notch crew. They moved my mothers entire contents of her 1300 square foot home in less than a 8 hour shift. Wow is all I can say, and if you want it done right these are the people to call!! Thanks everyone for a great experience!read more
Steve D
16:19 29 Nov 17
Guindon Moving went above and beyond to ensure my move went very smoothly, despite a couple of glitches on my end. I recommend everyone should... contact Scott J at Guindon/Stevens when their move involves MI's UP.read more
Ppp Ssss
11:37 28 Oct 17
Very nice people
kelly jensen
19:10 29 Jun 15
Highly professional and courteous company to work with! Great drivers and delivery coordinators that have been employed with the company for many... years. Two thumbs up!! :)read more
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A BUYER’S GUIDE FOR HOUSEHOLD MOVES

The average American changes their residence 11.3 times throughout their life. Ben Franklin said, Moving three times is as bad as a fire. That 18th-century adage is no longer true — especially when you have professional movers like Guindon Moving & Storage by your side.

No matter if this is your first move or your fifteenth, we know that moving is inherently stressful and can be downright confusing. This guide will walk you through the top questions and concerns to ask when hiring a moving company and completing a move.

We encourage your questions throughout the process. Most of the professional movers you’ll meet are down-to-earth people running a family business helping people like you. You may move only 11 times in your life. At Guindon, we move families like yours every day.

Do I Need A Mover?

 

You may think a DIY move is for you, but there are often tips, tricks and, most important, the proper tools and equipment professional movers have access to that you may not.

  1. How much does it cost to have someone move you?
    • The cost to hire a mover varies based on the inventory of your move and its weight.
    • Movers also charge an hourly fee for labor, which includes their travel time.
  2. How much does packing cost?
    • According to HomeAdvisor, the cost to pack a home varies between $270 and $2,200, with the average being $1,000.
    • If you’re hiring a pro to pack and unpack, the cost can run from $370 to $3,600.
  3. Do I need insurance for my move?
    • The details of what your insurance covers depend on your policy. Moving and storage companies can’t sell insurance per se, but they can provide valuation options.

What Kind Of Mover Do I Need?

 

If you’re looking to downsize or rightsize your office, or if you’re simply changing homes, we have moving and storage services ranging from local and long distance to office and corporate relocation that depend on:

  1. How far away you’re moving.
  2. How many rooms you’re moving.
  3. If you require specialty services (moving a pool table, wine cellar, gun safe, hot tub, piano).
  4. If there is furniture that requires disassembly or reassembly at the new location.

How To Choose The Right Moving Company For You

 

  1. Get estimates in writing. 
    • Eliminate confusion and miscommunication.
  2. Talk to 2-3 companies.
    • Compare what they have to offer and at what price.
    • Do this about six weeks ahead of time, or sooner if you’re moving in the busy summer months.
  3. Are they licensed and insured?
    • Make sure you’re covered in the event of an accident.
    • Ask for the license number and insurance carrier.
  4. Are they family-owned and operated?
    • If there is a problem, talking to the owner is best.
  5. How long have they been in business?
    • Experience makes a difference.
  6. Read reviews.
    • Don’t look just at the five-star recommendations. Also, look to see the common complaints people reported and how the company offered to rectify them.

Types of Moves

 

Full-Service Move

Full-service moving includes furniture disassembly and reassembly. Just like the name says, it’s full service. The customer doesn’t need to lift a finger. Busy professionals often choose this option, as it takes the stress out of moving. Many companies also offer partial-service plans and customized moving plans.

DIY Move

Packing, lifting and transporting your own items.
You will probably find it beneficial to rent trucks and dollies, especially for heavy items.

Labor-Only Moves

The middle ground between full-service and DIY moves. Hire movers for a few hours to help load/unload your goods. Labor only is a time- and energy-saving move if you don’t mind packing your own items but would like some help with the heavy lifting.

How To Hire A Mover

What information to have ready before calling a mover:

  1. Date and time of your move.
  2. What services you will need: Will you need optional packing? Will you need storage or packing supplies?
  3. Do you have any specialty items you plan to move?
  4. Know your budget. How much are you willing to spend for moving help?

Fill out an online estimate form.

Most moving companies will have an opportunity to fill out a free moving estimate form on their website. Once you narrow down the movers you are interested in using, fill out their online estimate forms to get an estimate on your moving cost.

How To Make An Accurate Inventory of Your Belongings

 

  1. Start with a clipboard.
  2. Create a new sheet for each room.
  3. Go through each room and note:
    • Furniture (will it need disassembly?).
    • Items that will be boxed and the type of box (book box, medium box, large box, specialty box).
    • Items that will need special consideration (artwork; large, bulky items; TVs; mirrors).
    • Items that are on hangers.
  4. Don’t forget to look in closets, the attic and the garage.
  5. Put all sheets together in a moving binder, where you can also store receipts and paperwork from the moving company.

Questions To Ask A Mover

 

  1. Do they provide boxes or totes? 
    • What types of boxes will I need for my move?
    • How many boxes will I need for my move?
    • While it may be tempting to find cheap moving boxes or ask for boxes at the grocery store, as experienced movers, we recommend that you buy quality cardboard boxes that are designed for moving and which have the structural integrity to allow for stacking.
    • Do they supply totes? How many will I need?
  2. What types of moving supplies do they offer (wardrobe boxes, moving blankets, dish boxes, mattress bags, flat-screen TV boxes)?
    • Can wardrobe boxes be borrowed instead of purchased?
  3. Do I have to unpack my dresser drawers?
    • If it’s a sturdy, well-made dresser being moved from home to home, you can leave clothes in the drawers.
    • Flimsy dressers should be emptied.
    • If you’re moving it to storage, the drawers must be empty.
  4. Which Items Are Movers Prohibited From Transporting?
    • Combustible liquids (rubbing alcohol, antifreeze, cleaning materials).
    • Corrosive liquids (acid, bleach).
    • Explosives (fireworks, ammunition, dynamite).
    • Flammables (aerosol cans, gasoline, kerosene, ammonia, propane, scuba tanks).
    • Food items (nothing perishable, subject to freezing or sold in a bag or box).
    • Plants (no live plants or soil).
  5. Which Items Should I Move Myself?
    • Any of the items listed above, if it is safe and legal to do so.
    • Important documents
    • Birth certificates
    • Passports
    • Mortgage papers and contracts
    • Laptop computer
    • Medications
    • Jewelry
    • Money and coins
    • Pets
    • Emergency kit
    • Moving company contract
  6. Can a mover move a car?
    • If you have a collector car or a spare car in storage, you can discuss auto transport options with us.

Questions Your Guindon Moving & Storage Representative Will Need To Know:

 

  1. How many floors is your home?
    • We’ll make sure to bring the right tools and equipment and the correct number of crewmembers
    • Stairs may add overall time to the move
    • If your building has elevators, reserve one in advance.
  2. Do you have a flat-screen TV?
    • We can build a box for it, if you don’t have the original.
  3. Do you have antiques?
    • We will outline valuation coverage and discuss how to pack or crate the items.
  4. Do you want someone to help you pack?
  5. Do you want additional insurance coverage? 
    • Valuation coverage is optional added liability insurance. If you choose full replacement value protection, the mover will repair the article to the extent necessary to restore it, pay you for the cost of repairs or replace the article with an article of like kind and quality. Without this coverage, the mover is required to reimburse you for the item based on its weight, at 60 cents per pound.
  6. Is your location accessible by our truck?
    • If your location is on a hill or in a hilly area, we will need to prepare.
    • For inaccessible locations, we may need to arrange for a shuttle service to load items into a smaller vehicle for the final destination.
  7. Is there a place to park in front?
    • Where will the movers park in relation to your front door?
    • Will we need a permit for street parking?
  8. How to handle an inventory (virtual or in person):
    • A mover will go through your home with a clipboard or tablet, room by room to document furniture, artwork and items that will need to be boxed.
    • Be upfront with the mover about all of your items, so we can establish an accurate inventory and estimate.
  9. Be sure to tell them things you don’t want packed.
    • Most movers work fast. Label the items you don’t want loaded.
    • Designate a room or space for these things.

Call The Mover

Once you have received your estimates, you should be able to choose a mover that meets your needs and your budget. Call the mover you are most inclined to hire and ask them more specific questions about your move, such as the type of services you need, and ask if they are available for your moving dates.

What To Do On Move Day

On moving day, you need to:

  1. Be present for questions and direct the movers where to go.
  2. Review documents.
  3. Create and review your own inventory checklist.
  4. Sign the driver’s inventory list.
  5. Provide payment.

What To Do At The New Location

 

  1. Set up cable, phone, Wi-Fi and yard maintenance.
    • Talk to the cable installers and other utility-related services for your new home four weeks ahead of the move to arrange for connection.
    • Have utilities turned on a day before your move.
    • Arrange to have utilities turned off at your old home a day after you move out.
  2. Do you need a cleaning service?
    • The best time to deep clean a house is before you move in.
    • Consider scheduling a cleaning crew a day or two ahead of the move.
  3. Do you need people to unpack?
    • We offer unpacking services to help you move in quickly.
    • We can place your items on a counter for you to put away or place them in the cupboards and closets.
    • We can haul away and recycle empty boxes.

After The Move

 

  1. What to do if something is broken during the move or is missing after the move:
    • Call your moving company and make a report. They may have a system for finding misplaced items.
    • Consider filing a claim with the moving company.
    • Have any proof of your item, such as photos from the move or your inventory list.
  2. How to file a claim:
    • Call your moving company and ask how they file claims.
    • Here are some pro tips when it comes to preparing for a claim:
      • Be sure to keep your broken items.
      • Don’t throw them away, but set them aside in case the damage must be inspected for your claim. Submit claims as soon as possible in order to expedite the process.
      • If you notice a missing or broken item on the day of the move, be sure to say something to your movers right then to protect your rights. If you don’t, it’s hard to prove who is at fault.
  3. How much will I recover as compensation?
    • Don’t expect to get full value back for your lost or damaged item. The moving company may ask how much you paid for the item or what the condition was before. You may be able to negotiate how much you receive back, but this is up to the moving company itself.
    • Full or partial valuation: If you opted to pay for full valuation for your moving company, you will receive more compensation for your item. Valuation is typically dependent on the weight of your items and can be as low as receiving back $0.60/pound of your item.
    • Movers are able to limit their liability coverage on more expensive items. However, the exact cost of value protection varies by mover, so it is beneficial to ask your mover about their plans and have a clear understanding of your rights before signing the paperwork.
  4. Let the company know if you are not happy. Or leave a positive review online.
    • Bad experience? Contact the moving company. More than likely, they will have policies and procedures set in place.
    • Good experience? Leave a review for them on Google or Yelp to let others know they are a great company to work with. Informing the moving company about your experience also helps them to better serve their customers by informing them what they did right and what they can do better.

Moving Glossary

 

Moving is a specialized industry, and you’re likely to come across unfamiliar terms. We’re here to break down commonly used moving terms and what you need to know:

Accessorial/Additional Charge: Charges for additional services, such as packing/unpacking.

  • These charges may show up for unexpected issues during your move, such as having to use a shuttle service.

Bill of Lading: This is your receipt or contract with your mover.

  • Read the bill of lading before you accept it.
  • Ask your moving company questions if you don’t understand something.
  • By signing this bill of lading, you are entrusting all your belongings to the mover for transportation.

Binding/Non-Binding Estimate: This is what is provided before the move as an estimate of how much the move will cost. The full charge amount will be given after the move is complete.

  • Binding: The mover estimates a flat price based on a given inventory. No matter how long the job takes, the flat price is always paid. It is given only when an onsite estimate is performed.
  • Non-Binding: These estimates are based on the movers’ previous experience of jobs similar to yours. As the name suggests, these estimates are subject to change.

Carrier: The mover or company you’re working with.

C.O.D.: Stands for “cash on delivery.”

  • Payment is required at the time of delivery (before the move).
  • Some movers take cash, cashier’s checks or money orders.
  • Be sure to discuss payment options with your mover before your moving date.

High-Value Article: An item valued at about $100 per pound.

  • You might need to fill out an inventory form for each article valued as a high-value article.

Interstate Move: Any move that crosses state boundaries, regardless of miles.

Intrastate Move: A move within the state.

Order for Service: The document that authorizes the moving company to move your items.

Order Number: The number used to identify and track your shipment. It will be found on your order for service and the bill of lading.

Shuttle Service: When a smaller vehicle is used to transport your shipment to its destination. This usually happens when a road is too narrow or there isn’t enough parking to get the moving truck to its destination.

Storage In Transit (S.I.T.): Temporary storage for your belongings if your new home isn’t ready.

  • The time in storage may not exceed more than 180 days.
  • Note that you will be charged for storage fees.

Valuation: This is not insurance but a specific amount a moving company agrees to pay if an item is damaged or lost by a mover.

  • Options for minimum or full coverage.
  • Federally regulated.
  • Often determined by the weight of goods.

Now, you’re fully armed with all the knowledge you need to plan a successful move. You know what to look for in movers, what to pack and some frequently used terms to help you navigate your moving contract. You are at an advantage — you’re going into this process knowing more than the average person.

Moving is stressful. But you’ve got this!

Did you know...?

Does My Quote Have To Be In Person?

No! Technology has allowed moving & storage companies a chance to offer virtual options. Any top moving company will allow remote options for your quote survey.

When looking for virtual options, remember how important it is to have a good, thorough walk-through. There are some moving companies who will offer “instant quotes” or quotes over the phone which should be avoided at all costs. Instead, look for an option over video chat where the moving representative can see your house and the items needed to be moved.

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