Frequently Asked Questions

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Looking for some quick answers to keep your move running smooth? Check out these common questions for additional help along the way.

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Vancouver Goody Moving®

What should I keep with me on my moving day?

Keep with you anything you or your family will use on the day of your move with you. Common items include snacks, toilet paper, paper towel, phone chargers, a change of clothes, toothbrush/toothpaste, and your kids’ favorite toys. Additionally, medications, important paperwork (e.g., birth certificates and social security cards), and anything highly valuable or sentimental (jewelry, credit cards, bank account information, etc.) should be set aside. On your moving day, place these essential items in a box or bag that you’ll carry with you to your new home.

How do I pick the right mover?

  1. Create a list of local moving companies you plan to research.
  2. Get a quote from each mover. Make sure to get moving quotes directly from a company’s official website or phone number. Working with movers directly cuts out any middlemen and will result in the lowest price.
  3. Get a feel for each moving company’s reputation by reading reviews from real customers.
  4. Ask whether each company is licensed and how they’re insured.
  5. Determine how each mover’s schedule works. Is your delivery date guaranteed? Will the same person who loads up your belongings transport and unload them as well?
  6. Make sure you’re comfortable with how each mover charges, their cancellation policy, and whether or not a deposit is required.
  7. Choose whichever company best fits your move; everyone’s needs are different.

When do I need an in-home moving estimate?

  1. Generally, moving companies can give you an estimate over the phone. In some cases, movers may need to visit your home in person to give you an accurate quote. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may need an in-home estimate:
    • Is your home 1,500 square feet or larger?
    • Do you have any large or bulky items (e.g., safes or pianos) that may be difficult to move safely and securely?
    • Does your home have any narrow hallways, doorways, or stairways that furniture cannot fit through?
    • Will movers have difficulty parking a 26 ft. truck close to your home?
    • Are you moving out of state?

How do I measure the square footage of a room?

    1. Use a tape measure to measure the length and width of the room. In order to get the most accurate measurement, be sure to clear objects out of the way.
    2. To determine square footage, multiply the length of the room by the width of the room.

    If a tape measure is not available, you can also measure the area of the room using your own two feet.

    1. Measure the length of your foot with a ruler.
    2. Pace off the length of the room stepping heel to toe. If you need to, you can use the wall for support.
    1. Multiply the number of steps by the length of your foot.
    2. Divide that number by 12 to get the approximate number of feet from wall to wall.
    3. Repeats steps 2 – 4 to measure the width of the room.
    4. To determine the square footage, multiply the length of the room by the width of the room.

What’s the most efficient way to pack a house?

    1. Block off time in the days before your move to pack. Give yourself enough time to pack carefully without feeling overly stressed out.
    2. Decide the order in which you’ll be packing up your home. The most common way is to pack up each room separately.
    3. Begin packing the room in your home that gets the least amount of use.
    4. Save essentials for last. You won’t want to pack items you use daily, such as a toothbrush, until the last moment possible.
    5. If you don’t have time to pack yourself, you can hire professionals. Most moving companies offer packing services as well

How do I change my address?

    1. You can change your address with the US Post Office online.
      1. Visit usps.com/move.
      2. Follow the prompts to fill out your change of address information with the post office.

Why should I choose "Vancouver Goody Moving" as my movers?

With more than 30 years of experience in the moving industry, we are well equipped to handle any move situation. From local to long-distance moves, business and in-home moving, packing services, and storage solutions – we are able to take the stress out of your move, and get you where you need to go. We have a 96 percent customer referral rate across our system, proving we truly are the “Movers Who Care®”!

How much should I tip my movers?

Although our movers are trained to never ask or hint for tips from customers, they are allowed to accept tips should customers feel inclined for the hard work they received.

In terms of what to tip the movers, we encourage customers to tip whatever they feel is necessary for the job that was completed.

What types of payment does Vancouver Goody Moving® accept?

All major credit cards are accepted. Additional payment options may vary by location.


What is the best size box for moving?

There is no single best box for moving. Different items require different types of moving boxes. To avoid damage during the move, you’ll want a combination of standard sized boxes:

  • Small box (1.5 ft3): best for heavy items such as books, canned goods, shoes, etc.
  • Medium box (3 ft3): best for items without a uniform shape such as lamps, lamp shades, or small kitchen appliances.
  • Large box (4.5 ft3) and extra-large box (6 ft3): best for light items like pillows and bedding.
  • Picture box: best for framed artwork, mirrors, and other thin items that are fragile and breakable.
  • Dish barrel and dish pack inserts: best for packing dishes and other fragile kitchen items.
  • Wardrobe box: best for clothes on hangers.

How do I figure out how many moving boxes I need?

  1. Determine the square footage of your house. Based on the square footage, you can estimate how many boxes you’ll need.
    • Less than 500 sq ft: 3 – 12 large boxes, 8 – 15 medium boxes, 12 – 18 small boxes, 2 – 5 dish barrels, and 3 – 5 wardrobe boxes.
    • Between 500 – 999 sq ft: 5 – 15 large boxes, 10 – 20 medium boxes, 15 – 25 small boxes, 3 – 6 dish barrels, 3 – 6 wardrobe boxes.
    • Between 1,000 – 1,499 sq ft: 10 – 20 large boxes, 15 – 25 medium boxes, 20 – 30 small boxes, 4 – 6 dish barrels, 5 – 7 wardrobe boxes.
    • Between 1,500 – 1,999 sq ft: 15 – 25 large boxes, 20 – 30 medium boxes, 30 – 40 small boxes, 5 – 97 dish barrels, 5 – 10 wardrobe boxes.
    • More than 2,000 sq ft: 20 – 30 large boxes, 25 – 35 medium boxes, 40 – 50 small boxes, 6 – 9 dish barrels, 8 – 12 wardrobe boxes.

    Our box guide can also help determine the number of boxes you need to correctly pack for your next move.

How should I label my moving boxes?

  1. Decide what you will pack in the moving box. Packing similar items in each box will make labelling easier.
  2. Label each box on the top and sides, indicating what contents are in the box (e.g., utensils, books, or sheets).
  3. Label each box with what room it belongs in, so the movers know where to place it in your new home (e.g., if the box contains your sheets, mark it master bedroom). This will simplify the unpacking process since you won’t have to move items from one room to another after unloading.
  4. Number each box. Knowing how many boxes you’re moving in total will help ensure that nothing gets lost during the move.

How do I pack a box?

      1. Choose the appropriately-sized box. For heavy items, such as books, use a small box. For lighter items, like throw pillows, use a larger box.
      2. Assemble your box. Fold down the flaps on the bottom of the box — smaller flaps should be folded down before the larger flaps. Then apply moving tape to the seam. If you’re packing something heavy, apply extra tape.
      3. Crumple up pieces of packing paper and place them on the bottom of the box for cushioning.
      4. If the items you’re packing are fragile, wrap them with packing paper. Use tissue paper for especially delicate items such as china.
      5. Place each item in the moving box. Be sure to pack similar items in boxes, which makes unpacking much easier.
      6. Pack the box as tightly as possible without overcrowding it.
      7. Add extra packing paper to the top of your box if there’s extra room, so your items cannot move around while they travel.
      8. Once your box is packed, secure the box with packing tape. Boxes should always be taped shut to easily stack during transport.
      9. Label your box with its main contents and the room it belongs to.

      More detailed packing tips can be found here.

Where can I get boxes for moving?

You can often get boxes straight from the moving company you hire. Alternatively, large hardware stores often carry a good selection of moving supplies. Keep in mind, the size of your vehicle when picking up your boxes. Many large and medium boxes will not fit in two-door or small, four-door vehicles without having to be folded, which can damage the structural integrity of the box. Make sure to ask about the return policy for boxes in case you buy more than you need. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, for example, will purchase back any unused boxes whereas other companies may not.

If you are reusing old boxes or getting boxes from a retail or grocery store, check to make sure the boxes are clean, free of bugs, and do not have water damage, mold, or other structural damage that could cause the box to buckle during the move. While you can save money using free or old boxes, you do run the risk that they could cause damage to your items during the move.


Costs for movers may vary slightly and prices typically depend on region of the country you’re looking to move to. Many companies charge an hourly rate for local moves, often requiring a one or two-hour minimum. Long-distance moves are regulated, and will often be based on weight and miles.

How much does Vancouver Goody Moving cost?

At Vancouver Goody Moving, because our locations are independently owned and operated, they each set their own rates. Most charge hourly for local moves and by weight and miles for long-distance moves. Contact your local Vancouver Goody Moving office for additional pricing information.

What factors may affect my move cost?

  • Number of flights of stairs
  • Distance of walk from the truck to the load or unload location
  • The amount of time it takes to load and unload your items
  • Driving time from the load to the unload location

How much does it cost to move?

If hiring professional movers for a relocation, you can expect to pay at least $1,000. As mentioned above, the average cost of a local household move is $1,250, and the average cost of a long distance move is $4,890. Of course, the cost of your move will depend on a number of factors including distance traveled, weight of belongings, move date, labor costs and any additional services needed such as insurance or packing.

How much does valuation coverage cost?

All interstate movers are required by federal law to offer Released Value Protection and Full Value Protection to customers. The cost of Full Value Protection varies by mover, so be sure to ask your moving company for details. The most basic level of liability, Released Value Protection, is automatically included in the cost of your move. This basic protection covers 60 cents per pound per item. While this type of coverage won’t cost you anything extra, it is considered the bare minimum. Those looking for more comprehensive coverage should opt for Full Value Protection. This level of liability means that if the mover damages or loses a belonging, the mover must either replace your item or reimburse you for its current cash value.

Can moving costs be deducted?

Yes! Save those receipts because your moving expenses could be tax-deductible. If donating household items to a charity before or after the move, be sure to itemize all belongings and record their current cash value on the donation receipt. You should be able to claim a tax deduction on these donations. In addition, those moving for work may be eligible to receive a tax deduction on moving expenses.

Are moving costs for a job tax-deductible?

Possibly. If you are moving for work, your moving expenses could be tax-deductible. According to the IRS, “if you moved due to a change in your job or business location, or because you started a new job or business, you may be able to deduct your reasonable moving expenses but not any expenses for meals.” The IRS claims that you can deduct these moving expenses if: 1) Your move closely relates to the start of work. 2) You meet the distance test. 3) You meet the time test. To deduct these expenses, you must fill out and submit IRS Form 3903.

What should I consider before hiring a moving company?

Before hiring a pricey moving company, be sure to consider whether or not the expense is worth the money. If the answer is no, consider less expensive DIY alternatives such as truck rentals or moving containers. However, if your budget is more flexible, and you’d like to save time and energy on the move, then hiring movers may be worth the price. Whatever you do, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each choice carefully before deciding on a move method.

How are moving costs calculated?

The cost of an interstate or long distance move is determined by the weight of the shipment, the mileage between the origin and destination, and the labor costs. Calculating the cost of a local move is slightly different. Intrastate moves are based on a flat dollar amount per hour. Factors that affect this hourly rate include labor costs, services such as packing or climbing an excessive number of stairs, assembling furniture and extra add-ons. In addition, many local movers also offer customers a flat rate option. A flat rate is typically the moving company’s estimated number of hours the move will take, multiplied by their hourly rate. Many times this fixed price includes the cost of add-ons as well.