10 Must-Ask Questions You Should Ask Before You Choose an Oklahoma Moving Company

Moving is stressful. Help your stress level by doing a little legwork up front when choosing a moving company.

Every region is different, so it’s important to think about what you want and need out of a mover in your specific region or state. When it comes to handling your belongings, picking a moving company is not a decision to take lightly, and asking a few questions ahead of time can help ensure your move goes smoothly. Here are the questions we suggest asking your Oklahoma moving company.

1. HOW LONG HAS YOUR COMPANY BEEN IN BUSINESS?

You’re asking this question to find out if they’ve moved enough families to understand the value of your possessions, especially things that have a low monetary value but are priceless, like photos and child-made crafts. If they’ve been around a while, they will have gained experience with proven results in order to stay competitive. They’ll also have protocols to handle special items that are delicate or difficult to move.

2. IS YOUR COMPANY PROPERLY LICENSED?

Moving companies that provide state-to-state services in Oklahoma are required have a US Department of Transportation (DOT) number, which is a license issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can check online to see if their license is valid.

3. WHAT KIND OF LIABILITY COVERAGE DO YOU PROVIDE?

Basic liability protection doesn’t cover much. You need to find out if your company can offer you full value protection for an extra fee. Keep in mind that often basic liability is based on weight rather than actual value. You can choose to insure your things based on their cost instead of their weight.

4. DO YOU DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES?

Moving is stressful even before you think about someone else handling your possessions. Make sure your moving company cares about your security by requiring background checks on all employees who may handle your belongings.

5. ARE STORAGE FACILITIES AVAILABLE?

If your belongings will need to be stored for any amount of time, you want to make sure they’ll be in a safe place. Don’t forget to ask how much storage will affect your price.

6. WHO WILL BE PROVIDING SERVICES UPON ARRIVAL AT YOUR FINAL DESTINATION IN THE EVENT OF AN INTERSTATE MOVE?

Some movers may enlist a third party to assist with your move once you arrive at your new home. Find out who that company will be and do research on them as well. Ace Moving & Storage is an interstate agent of Atlas, one of the nation’s largest carriers of household goods and special products.

7. DO YOU HAVE CASE STUDIES FROM PREVIOUS MOVES?

You’ll get a better idea of a mover’s reputation based on reviews and case studies. No one will give a good review to a company that broke their grandmother’s Tiffany lamp.

8. ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

Find out if they supply anything you may need to assist with your move. Ask what things are included (like boxes and hand trucks) and what you may need to pay for separately. Ask about fuel and mileage surcharges, if applicable. Compile some follow-up questions so you’re not blindsided by the total cost of your move.

9. DO THEY HAVE EXPERIENCE MOVING MILITARY?

Tinker Air Force Base, Altus Air Force Base and Fort Sill are just a few of the military bases in Oklahoma. If your move is military-related, you should ask Oklahoma moving companies if they have experience with Do-it-Yourself (DITY) moves, which are designed to provide military members an alternative to move their household on their own.

A follow-up question to ask is if they are an approved participant in the General Services Administration (GSA)’s Centralized Household Goods Traffic Management Program (CHAMP).

10. WHAT KIND OF VEHICLES DO YOU USE?

Oklahoma weather is unpredictable and road conditions can change rapidly. You’ll want to make sure your mover has high quality vehicles equipped to handle Oklahoma weather.

A reputable moving company won’t take offense to any of these questions. They’ll be expecting them and will be ready to give you answers. If you encounter a company that doesn’t seem helpful or want to answer these important questions, you may take their attitude as a sign to move on.

At Ace Moving & Storage we work hard to make sure your transition is as seamless as possible and we want you to feel comfortable with your movers. Contact us today to get a free moving quote.

Making the Most of Your Military Move to Oklahoma

Making the Most of Your Military Move to Oklahoma

The orders are in: looks like you’re heading for the great state of Oklahoma. Getting to know a new state and home can be difficult, but military personnel and their families know moving can be a rewarding experience.

While you settle the logistics of your move (check out this guide to reducing those relocation irritations), remember that a little research before moving can help make the most out of the transition.

RESEARCH BEFORE YOUR MOVE

The Sooner State is home to several military bases. Enid and Oklahoma City each host Air Force bases within their communities, while the Army is represented in Lawton and McAlester, Oklahoma.

Check your new base’s website and reach out to friends and neighbors who have been stationed there previously or who may know of someone who currently is there. Listen to their feedback about living in Oklahoma, but do some investigations of your own.

If you know you’ll living off-base or will be spending a lot of time away from it, it’s a good idea to read up on the neighboring city and the local school districts if you have school-aged children. Take some time to research the real estate and renting options if you’re planning to live off-base (here’s a cheat sheet of the best apartment and home finders in the state).

BASE GROUPS, RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES

Each base has a variety of resources for the military families stationed there. Oklahoma City’s Tinker AFB’s Tinker Living provides a great round-up of base events, activities and resources. Fort Sill in Lawton offers children’s day camps, youth sports and craft fairs, among other events.  Your new base’s website can be a great resource to find activity listings.

If you’re the spouse of the military service member in your family, research the spouse’s club on your base to see what volunteer and social activities you can participate in. If you’re a workout junkie, join on-base gym group classes. With constant social events and meetings available, there will be plenty of chances for you to connect with others in your new base community.

GETTING TO KNOW OKLAHOMA

Each area has its own unique feeling within the community. Oklahoma City is a bustling city on the rise, full of various districts including historic Bricktown and the growing Plaza District.  Enid, home to Vance AFB, is full of Chisolm Trail history and close-knit community vibes.  Both Altus and Fort Sill are an easy distance from several wildlife and hiking parks and major concert venue Winstar Casino.  Adventure Road and the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department are rich resources for all things fun across Oklahoma.

Sports fans will have more than just the OKC Thunder to make room for in their hearts, with local teams including the FC Energy and the minor-league Oklahoma Dodgers. Outdoor enthusiasts have hiking day trips in the Turner Falls Park or at the Wichita Mountains, as well as river watersports in the Boathouse District.  The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History are just two of the many Blue Star Museums offering military days across the state.

This is just a sample of activities and attractions to keep you and your family busy in Oklahoma. With so much to do and see, you’ll be immersed in Oklahoma’s state culture in no time.

 

Bricktown Riverwalk

Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Wherever your new home is, ACE can help get you there.  A trusted military and DITY mover since 1971, ACE Moving & Storage provides those who serve with quality moving experiences.

Contact us today to make your military move an easier transition for you and your family.

Best Apartment and Home Finders in OKC

Are you thinking about moving and need to find a new place? Half the battle is finding a place that fits your needs in terms of location, price and size. If you need a little help (other than moving of course), we are here to provide you with the best resources to jump start your new life.

 Here is a list of apartment and home finder websites in Oklahoma:

 APARTMENT LOCATOR

“As the only comprehensive local apartment search tool in Oklahoma, we aim to offer our users the best apartment finding experience around.”

OKC METRO HOME FINDER

“Hart Home Selling Team is Oklahoma City Metro’s most innovative real estate team.”

ZILLOW

“Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help.”

REALTOR

“We provide buyers, sellers and renters of homes with the information, tools and professional expertise they need to discover and create their perfect home.”

HOME FINDER

“We have a laser like focus on providing you with innovative ways to connect with the three million monthly home buyers and sellers who visit us to find their new home.”

 

If you need any help moving into your new home, contact us for a FREE moving quote.

ACE Employee Retires After 36 Years

It’s hard saying goodbye to a dedicated employee – especially when that employee has been with the company for more than three decades.

Ace Atlas Moving and Storage celebrated the retirement of Roy Carpitcher.  Over cake and well wishes, Carpitcher’s 36-year journey with ACE was honored on January 14, 2017.

Ace CEO David Howell is the only other Ace employee with a longer company history.  Howell says he’s learned from Carpitcher’s tireless commitment to customer service.

“Roy taught me several significant life lessons along the way,” Howell says.

Carpitcher exemplified great service throughout his Ace career in so many ways, particularly by making sure customers feel supported during stressful moves, paying attention to specific needs, and overcoming challenges along the way.

Roy Carpticher celebrate his retirement at the ACE Atlas office.

THREE DECADES OF SERVICE

Carpitcher’s journey with the company began in 1972 while he was looking for part-time work.  He was a contracted worker with Ace for nine years. In 1981, he went on the payroll full time and has served in almost every Ace role.

He’s been a packer, mover, and driver. From Oklahoma City to Tulsa to the numerous small towns across the states, he’s loved getting to know Oklahomans from every corner of the state.

“I’ve enjoyed every single bit of it,” Carpitcher says.

Carpitcher represents the desire to effectively and safely move families across the nation. Howell says Carpitcher helped shape the company’s culture.

“I admire the personal touch he invested in each of our customers he served. Roy was instrumental in shaping my vision for the Ace family of companies,” Howell says. “As we work with customers during one of the most stressful times in their lives, we try to deliver as much peace of mind and stress relief that we can. That’s our mission.”

The Ace family thanks Carpitcher for his service and wishes him the best in retirement!

Our employees want to make your move a stress free experience. Let Ace move you. Contact us today for a moving quote!

Feed Oklahomans and Move For Hunger With ACE

One in six Oklahomans struggle with hunger, according to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Food insecurity, the inability to procure nutritionally adequate foods, is a serious reality for many in our state. This winter, many will struggle to provide enough food for their families. Considering high rates of food waste, it’s alarming that so many are left hungry.

While it’s hard to contribute time toward every cause you’d like to during the busiest time of year, there are many ways you can provide support to those in need. One of way to combat hunger in our state is extremely doable — especially if you’re moving to a new home over the holidays.

Through ACE Moving and Storage’s participation in Move for Hunger, you can give back and feed your community easily.

MOVE FOR HUNGER

Established in 2009, Move for Hunger is a year-round, non-profit program that utilizes moving as an opportunity to gather food resources for families in need.

The program aims to reduce food waste and stock food banks in communities across America. Often, when a family moves, canned goods and other non-perishables are left behind. What many don’t consider is that these forgotten cans of food are able to feed others who are in immediate need.

ACE Move For Hunger

Move for Hunger partners with several national moving networks across the states, including ACE and interstate partner Atlas Van Lines.

The moving businesses contribute by giving participating families moving boxes with a Move for Hunger sticker placed on the side. Canned goods that won’t be making the move with the family are placed into the box. Movers will then take the box with the sticker and take it the local food bank.

All of this is done at no cost — and you can do it with ACE!

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN MOVE FOR HUNGER WITH ACE

An ACE client participates in Move for Hunger

When trying to organize all the necessary moving arrangements, the contents of your pantry may slip your mind. Chances are you’re not concerned with where all those cans food may be going, but we can easily help bring them to those in need.

When you arrange your moving day details, let us know if you’d like to participate. We’ll bring you what you need and take care of the rest.

Once you’re done packing the canned goods we’ll bring them to your local food bank. There’s no stress for you — only a wonderful gift to your community.

BUILDING COMMUNITY, EMPLOYEES, AND PEOPLE

ACE President and CEO, David Howell, spoke about the company’s participation in the November/December issue of Direction Magazinethe American Moving & Storage Association’sindustry publication.

“The ACE Family of Companies across all 11 of our divisions works hard to get our employees involved or interested in their company’s involvement with charitable areas. The paybacks are just too great,” says Howell.

Opportunities to give back provide a chance for ACE employees to engage in a real way with Oklahoma communities.  Though delivering a donation is simple, it’s an impactful way to unite our customers and employees toward one cause.

“At ACE we follow the old John Maxwell axiom: We’re not only here to build a great company. We’re here to build great people,” says Howell.

We can help you arrange your move and give back to our community. Contact ACE today!

4 Tried And True Tricks To Save On Your Move

Woman putting coins in change purse

 

From the movers to the packing supplies to the deposits at your new place, moving can cause a strain on your budget. It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving down the street or relocating across the country: you’re going to need some funds to get it done. But you can limit the cost of the move by thinking ahead and being strategic.

TIME IT CORRECTLY

You don’t always have a say in when you’re going to move – if your spouse is in the military and changing locations, for example. But if you do have the option, try to move during the off-season, which is usually between the months of October and May. You may also be able to save some dough by simply changing the date of your move to the middle of the month, since the majority of people are moving at the end or beginning of it.

DON’T MAKE HASTY DECISIONS

Obviously, the more stuff you own, the more you are going to have to shell out for the move. Most moving companies charge according to weight, so the more you can get rid of, the lower your cost.

That being said, you need to be smart about what you toss and what you take. Yes, getting rid of your sofa may save you a chunk of change on the move itself, but it will cost you a lot more to replace it once you get to your new home. Before you drag out anything to the curb,  think about whether or not you have a place for it in your new home – or if it’s worth the cost of replacement.

PURGE WISELY

Once you’ve weeded through your heaps of stuff to figure out what is worth moving and what you can live without, it’s time to actually get rid of it. (That’s the hardest part!) Since time is money, having a garage sale is not always your best bet. You can sell larger items at a consignment shop or through your local classifieds section and donate the rest. (Just make sure you get the receipt for your taxes). If you do go forward with a yard sale, don’t bother putting price tags on anything. As long as you are able and willing to negotiate, you will have the easiest garage sale of your life.

REPURPOSE MATERIALS

If you have the time and don’t mind doing the work, packing things yourself is a very effective way to save some money. And if you’re smart about it, the only things you will need to buy for the occasion are some packing tape and a Sharpie.

  • Boxes

    Purchase packing supplies from a local moving company. Compared to big-box stores, local moving companies are able to offer discounted prices on moving packages, giving you the most bang for your buck.

  • Padding

    When it comes to cushioning your fragile items, you can always use your own clothing, towels, and bed linens. You have to pack them all anyway, so you may as well combine them in the same box. Another option is to use newspapers (but be wary of ink transfers), old magazines, or leftover wrapping paper. Just make sure everything is properly wrapped – because when you pack yourself, you do assume liability if something breaks.

While there are plenty of ways to cut expenses during your move, it is crucial that you choose a moving company based on their services and skills and not their price. You can always contact us for moving quotes and any questions you may have. While you want your move to be affordable, you also want to keep all of your belongings intact.

ACE Atlas Guest Blog on Home Creations

The wonderful people at Home Creations allowed us to guest blog for them this month! We shared our favorite moving tips for families during the start of the school year and beyond.

 Home Creations is a company that has dedicated themselves to building new homes for Oklahomans. With several communities in different cities across Oklahoma, their homes offer the latest amenities and the best location all for a reasonable price. Since 1981, their mision is to provide the best product in Oklahoma’s new home real estate market.

Check out the feature here: 10 Moving Tips from the Experts

 

How ‘Move For Hunger’ Helps Your Community

Mom and Daughter Donating Food

When you’re moving, dealing with all the food in your pantry may be the last thing you want to think about. Often, we find that our clients prefer to start fresh in their new home, taking the opportunity to explore nearby grocery stores and stock their shelves after all the move-in dust has settled. Your desire for a new start can mean extra food security for another Oklahoma family, with the help of Ace Atlas and our partnership with nationwide nonprofit Move for Hunger.

What is Move for Hunger?

Move for Hunger is a 501(c)3 organization that collects usable food from people who are moving out of their homes and delivers it to local food banks. Partnering with hundreds of relocation companies across Canada and the United States, Move for Hunger has delivered over 3.5 million meals to food banks. This operation intercepts the waste that can occur when busy people throw out food that they don’t have time to deal with, in the midst of packing and moving. Move for Hunger also meets an important seasonal need: Hunger exists in our communities year-round, but food bank donations peak during the winter holidays. Summertime can be especially difficult for hungry families, because food bank stocks are low and children don’t have access to free school breakfast and lunch. Move for Hunger is most active in summer, because that’s when most people move to new homes.

How Ace Moving & Storage works with Move for Hunger

If you have unopened, non-perishable food in your cupboards, you can load it all into the free box that we provide — or, if you prefer, you can simply walk away and let us come in, pack it up and remove it free of charge. Our moving team donates its time to provide this service, delivering your food to the local food bank so that it can serve the needs of your community.

Small donations add up

As an agent of the Atlas network, Ace Moving & Storage participates in the largest van line partnership with Move for Hunger. Atlas agents across the country have brought more than 100,000 pounds of food donations to local food banks, and we’re adding truckloads more every day. We love effectiveness, since it’s something we strive for in every aspect of our business, and we are impressed with the volume and efficiency of Move for Hunger.

We care about Oklahoma

With deep roots here in the Oklahoma soil, Ace Moving & Storage cares about hunger in our state. One out of every four Oklahoma children is likely to go to bed hungry tonight, according to Feeding America, and statewide there are more than 650,000 food-insecure people. These numbers are far too high, and the team at Ace Moving is committed to doing what we can to look after our neighbors. Our involvement with Move for Hunger gives us an added reason to be in business; a reward beyond simply conducting our moving business at the highest level of professionalism.

If you’re looking for a locally-owned moving company that provides genuine community service, we hope to partner with you to help our hungry Oklahoma neighbors. Let Ace provide you with the satisfaction of benefitting your community, while we take an extra task off your hands during your next move.