Founded in 1890, Peasley Moving & Storage has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Peasley Moving & Storage has been categorized as an essential industry business within the current mandate established by Idaho State Governor Brad Little.

As an essential industry business, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Peasley Moving & Storage

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Peasley Moving & Storage will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps Peasley Moving & Storage is Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and moving crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff members that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and moving crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with work gloves to be worn during the moving process and disinfected both during their work and between customers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with appropriate masks (when available) to be worn during the moving process as circumstances require.
  • Peasley Moving & Storage is limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.
  • Peasley Moving & Storage is offering Virtual Estimate Appointments! For more information, please visit our Virtual Estimate Appointment page or ask about this terrific option when speaking with one of our professional relocation consultants.

Steps We’re Asking Customers To Take Prior To Our Arrival At Your Residence:

  • Please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing.
  • Please use disinfectant/cleaner to wipe down commonly touched surfaces, objects, door handles, etc. at your residence.
  • Please make a sink, hand soap, and paper towels available to your outside salesperson and moving crew for handwashing during their time within your home.
  • Please keep residence and office windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and less potential containment of germs.

We are all in this together.  The team at Peasley Moving & Storage is proud to continue offering our wide range of services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. Whether you or your business will be moving down the street, across the country, or around the world, we are here to make the process seamless & safe for you, just as we’ve done for well over a century.

~ Peasley Moving & Storage

4 steps to buying a house remotely

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Picture in your mind the perfect home buying process. It probably involves going to an open house, walking through the door of your future home, and immediately feeling that it’s the right one for you. And in a utopian scenario, this may be just how you find your future house. But sometimes, things simply don’t go down like this. If you need Idaho movers for an out-of-state relocation or if you are moving abroad, you may see your new home for the first time only after you move into it. Even though buying a house remotely is not ideal, it is definitely possible. And under certain conditions, it may even be preferable. However, it is certainly a unique process and you should know more about it before you opt for it.

When is buying a house remotely a good idea?

Ideally, you want to see a house in person before you commit to it. It is only too easy to hide flaws in a select few photos posted online and you don’t really get a feel for a place until you’re actually there. However, if you’re moving to Idaho from another state or even another country, it may not be possible for you to visit the area in person before the relocation. In such cases when you are physically far away from your potential new homes, buying remotely may be your only option.

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These days, it is entirely possible to buy a house remotely.

But remote real estate investments can also be a smart alternative in other situations. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, you may not feel comfortable leaving your home too much and interacting with others. Some medical conditions may also make shopping for a home in person challenging. Finally, you may just be too busy to take the time to travel to see prospective homes in person. Luckily, in this day and age, it is perfectly possible to purchase a home remotely.

A brief guide to buying a house remotely

Some things about your relocation won’t change regardless of whether you are buying a house in person or virtually. You will still need to go through the process of looking into the different offers on the market, narrowing things down, getting a mortgage pre-approval, hiring movers in Star ID when you’re finally ready to move, packing, and unpacking… But some things are specific and unique to remotely purchase a house. We’ve singled out the four most important steps to the process.

Step 1: Hire the right realtor

No amount of research you do about the real estate market compares to the knowledge and experience of a professional. So hiring a realtor when looking for a home is unquestionably a good idea even when you’re buying in your own neighborhood. But when you’re purchasing remotely, a good real estate agent is essential. They will be your eyes, ears, hands, and everything else that you can’t be. For this reason, it is crucial to find a reliable realtor with experience. You want them to be local to the area where you’re moving so they’ll know the market you’re buying into well and be able to examine homes on your behalf. You also want them to be someone you can trust so find someone that you really feel comfortable with.

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A good realtor is necessary when buying remotely.

Step 2: Communicate your expectations

Since you won’t be personally present for showings and won’t be able to examine potential homes yourself, it is vital that the person you’re working with knows what you’re looking for. Try to establish a good connection with your realtor and tell them about your dream home. Make sure, however, to also be clear on your priorities. What are the things that you absolutely must have? What would you like but can live without? Are there any things you absolutely will not accept?

Make sure to let your realtor know about these things. And if anything changes, keep them updated. Finally, if you have friends and family in the area, let them know about the kind of house you’re looking for. They can also keep an eye out for offers or go to showings in your stead.

Step 3: Explore the household virtually and schedule an in-home inspection

Even when you cannot see a house in person, you can still have a showing of sorts. After all, you want to see your home somehow before your long-distance movers bring your stuff into it – a house is a big investment and it’s important to know what exactly you’re investing in. So don’t buy one sight-unseen. Instead, insist on a virtual showing. Discuss it with your realtor and have them go to the house, then show it to you through Skype, FaceTime, or a similar app. Have a virtual meeting with the sellers too so you can ask any questions you have.

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See the house virtually with the help of modern technology.

Finally, consider an in-home inspection. It is not necessary for a sale, but it is a good idea when you’re buying remotely. So talk to your realtor about good home inspectors you can contact. They will be your opportunity to really get to the nitty-gritty of the house from afar.

Step 4: Seal the deal

Once you’ve found the right house, it gets significantly easier. All you need to do is make the offer and close. Legally, your virtual signature carries as much weight as anything you sign in person. So you don’t have to be physically present for this part and neither does your agent. You can do this part entirely online.

What to do if buying a house remotely goes wrong

Even if you take all the possible precautions when buying a house remotely, you can still make the wrong choice. Luckily, there’s something called the due diligence period, during which you can still back out of the purchase. You will have to pay a negotiable due diligence fee (typically $500-$2000) which is non-refundable. But you will then have a window of opportunity to visit the home in person, complete final inspections, and make the final decision. During this time, you can terminate the contract with the seller for any reason (or no reason at all) while only losing the due diligence fee. So use this time wisely when you’re buying remotely!

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