Founded in 1890, Peasley Moving & Storage has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Peasley Moving & Storage will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.


All Peasley Moving & Storage Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Peasley Moving & Storage continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Peasley Moving & Storage requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • 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 all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

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 are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re here to make the process seamless & safe for you, just as we’ve done for well over a century!

~ Peasley Moving & Storage  

When is it a good time to ask for a binding moving estimate?

Moving is one of those undertakings where you simply can’t afford to rush in blindly. In most cases, it starts the same – with drafting a moving budget. And it’s at that point that people encounter the first tripping stone. Namely, is there a way to know, for sure, that the cost of the move won’t exceed said budget? The answer is a simple one. Yes – that’s why Idaho moving companies offer the option of getting moving quotes for their service. While it is common for companies to provide non-binding estimates, there are times when customer can and should feel free to ask for a binding moving estimate. In this article, we explore the conditions under which you should ask for binding estimates.

Start by understanding all types of estimates

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Never hesitate to ask for a binding moving estimate. It’s a great way to eliminate uncertainty from your relocation.

To understand why you should always ask for a binding moving estimate, it’s essential to know the difference between the two. As opposed to “rough estimates,” non-binding and binding estimates require specific details to get a calculation from (moving from/to, moving date, move size/type, inventory list, etc.).

How do movers calculate the price?

Both types of estimates are what movers generally consider as “precise estimates.” To determine the overall cost of your move, they’ll do an “on-site” or a “virtual estimate”. This process is extremely thorough and takes into consideration several factors, such as:

  • Distance from your origin point to destination;
  • The combined weight of your belongings;
  • Number of movers required;
  • Default moving services;
  • Additional and/or special services;
  • Special circumstances.

What you end up with when movers finish their estimate is a detailed list of everything your relocation involves. If you need an extra mover, they’ll note it in the list. If you require medical equipment shipping services, you’ll find it there, too. This way of calculating moving expenses leaves nothing to chance. Therefore, it’s the most reliable way of determining how much you need to set aside for your relocation.

What’s the difference between a non-binding and binding moving estimate?

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It’s much easier to budget if you know how much the move is going to cost right from the get-go.

At a glance, the difference between the two is hard to tell. Both estimates contain all the details of your relocation. The price noted is the same. They are both legal documents, made out in writing, requiring your signature and that of moving company representatives to make it valid. But, there’s one significant difference.

Four conditions when it is okay to ask for a binding estimate

A binding moving estimate guarantees the price of your move, both for you and your movers. They cannot charge you more, even if the job demands more engagement on their part. Similarly, you can’t pay any less than agreed upon, even if you don’t use all services you requested. So, a binding estimate fixes the price, making it unchangeable, regardless of the circumstances. So, what are the conditions that call for such an official step in planning your move?

#1: When you need to plan a large-scale move with no room for surprises

There’s a lot of planning involved even in the simplest move. However, the majority of it revolves around one thing – budgeting. It’s no secret that moving is costly. Therefore, every dime you invest must be put to good use. With a binding estimate, you won’t have to set aside more than necessary. An exact number will make it easy to draft a responsible budget.

#2: If you’re moving on a very limited budget

A binding estimate guarantees that your movers will finish the job, without charging you more than previously agreed upon. If you’re moving on a tight budget, this can be a godsend. It gives you peace of mind during a turbulent time. Also, don’t forget to combine it with discounts and promotions. More often than not, your movers will have a pleasant surprise in store. Of course, you’ll find this item on the list, too

#3: When you are looking to validate the credibility of your movers

One of the biggest upsides of a binding moving estimate is that it helps you discern reputable movers from amateurish or fraudulent ones. Reputable freight companies Idaho houses have confidence in their skills and abilities. As such, they won’t have trouble taking responsibility for your belongings. Simply having the option to get a binding estimate is a sign of trust.

Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, a binding estimate is a legal document. Therefore, their willingness to sign it shows they operate within the confines of the law. This is an additional guarantee of safety that you shouldn’t pass up.

#4: When looking to avoid moving scams or past mistakes with hiring movers

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Start your relocation in the best way possible. Contact your movers and ask for an on-site estimate.

Recent years have seen a rapid expansion of fraudulent movers and moving scams. Tens of thousands of Americans fall prey to these rogue elements every year. They endure incredible heartache and hardship while under their thumb. Not to mention – a great financial loss. But, you ensure you’re not one of them when you ask for a binding moving estimate. Dealing with the law is a big “NO” for all scammers. So, when you ask them to sign a legally binding contract, they’ll claw to avoid it however they can. And that is a certain sign you should bid them farewell and be on your merry way.

How does it work?

Actually, it couldn’t be any easier. Here’s how it goes:

  1. Contact your Idaho moving company of choice;
  2. Schedule an on-site estimate;
  3. Wait for a company to send their representative;
  4. Give them a tour of your home/office, clearly (indicating) what goes with you and what stays;
  5. Wait for a representative to finish calculations and present you with a contract;
  6. Sign and enjoy your uncertainty-free move.

As you can see, the entire process is pretty streamlined. There are no hidden clauses, guessing, or messing around. Once your movers complete the calculation – that’s it. You have a number that’s set in stone and you can keep on planning.

There is a time and place to ask for a binding moving estimate

A looming uncertainty is what makes moving so nervewracking. Combine it with the constant pressure of important decisions and a tight timeframe, and you get a great recipe for stress. But, if you ask for a binding moving estimate, you eliminate a major portion of it. You’re introducing order into chaos, thus making your relocation more organized and simple.

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