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Packing Your Bedroom for a Move

When getting ready for a move, it can be tough to know where to begin. Before you even start packing a room, it’s best to organize it first. Knowing what to pack and what to leave behind will save you both time and money. The less you have to pack and take with you will save time in packing and unpacking. Kitchens and bedrooms tend to be the most time-consuming rooms to pack for a move. Knowing where to start will help with the often overwhelming feelings we can have when preparing for a move.

STEPS TO PACK UP YOUR BEDROOM:

Clean Your Room

Cleaning your bedroom will help with by getting things organized so you know where everything is. You can straighten and go through your things while cleaning.

Set Aside Unwanted Items 
This is the perfect time to go through your items, clothing, furniture, accessories, and knick-knacks. Make piles of items you are taking, as well as items you are giving away or throwing out.

Collect Bins & Boxes of Multiple Sizes
Keep in mind you will need large boxes to pack your larger, lighter items such as your clothing, pillows, curtains, and bedding.

Pack Small Items First

Packing up any knick-knacks, picture frames, posters, books, movies and any other decorations will help get the small items out of your way and clear your space. Use plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper for the fragile items.

Check All Boxes and Bins for Labeling
Check that your fragile items are wrapped securely in tissue or wrapping paper and sealed with packing tape. Check that larger boxes are secured tight with packing tape. Label all boxes and bins with their contents and which room they belong in.

Make sure you have your packing supplies on hand before you get started: small, medium and large cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, and markers for labeling. Your professional movers can supply any boxes or moving supplies that you need for an additional fee and can even pack up your items for you to save you time.

Packing Your Kitchen for a Move

Are you getting ready for a move and find that your kitchen is untidy and disorganized? Whether you are moving across the street or across the country, you’ll need to get organized. Organization is key when trying to decide which items to pack up and take with you, which to give away, and which to throw out.

SOME BASIC STEPS IN PACKING YOUR KITCHEN:

Acquire Boxes – Purchasing boxes from your professional moving company or a storage facility is a great time saver. Use small boxes for kitchen utensils and cookbooks, medium-sized boxes for Tupperware and small appliances, and large boxes for awkward items such as baking tins and casserole dishes. Be sure to use heavy-duty boxes for glasses, dishes, china, and plates.

Acquire Packing Supplies – 1. Marker for labeling 2. Dish packs for breakables 3. Packing paper 4. Bubble wrap (residential small bubble) 5. Tape

Organizing Items – Start by sorting things into piles. First, decide which items are outdated or duplicates that you don’t need to take with you. The items you are keeping can be sorted into piles to pack together.

Pack Non-Essential Items – Now that items are sorted and you have boxes ready, start packing items that you don’t use every day such as cookbooks, kitchen gadgets and towels, glasses, and pots and pans that are not for everyday use.

Kitchen Essentials – It is a good idea to have a few essential items stored in an easy to access box or bin to get you through the last couple of days in your old place and the first couple of days in the new place. Be sure to label this box clearly. It might hold a few bowls, plates, cups, utensils, napkins, and paper towels so you can have them handy for your meals.

Pack Fragile Items – Any items that are fragile such as china, dishes, glasses, casserole dishes, and any other breakable items can be packed into medium boxes. Be sure to use plenty of packing materials and bubble wrap. Remember: don’t make these boxes too heavy!

Tape & Label Boxes – Check all boxes to make sure contents are well protected and not too heavy. Seal each one up with packing tape and label all boxes with their contents and which room they belong in.

Your kitchen may be one of the most time consuming rooms to pack, so another great option is to have your professional movers handle the packing, labeling, and even provide the moving boxes for you. This will ensure that your belongings are packed securely and will arrive at your destination safely.

Best Practices for Packing and Labeling Boxes When Moving

Moving boxes and supplies

Once your professional mover is on board, they will assist you in all your moving and packing needs. Your professional moving company can supply boxes in every size needed for an additional charge, if you do not have time to collect boxes yourself. Because you will need a lot of boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes, your professional movers can even supply you with specialty boxes and wooden crates for those hard-to-pack items such as large mirrors, framed artwork, computers, printers, and any other large, heavy, or fragile items.

Here is a typical packing supply list:

  • 25 small moving boxes
  • 15 medium moving boxes
  • 15 large moving boxes
  • 5 extra-large moving boxes
  • 10 heavy duty boxes
  • 10 wardrobe boxes
  • 4 rolls of unprinted news wrap
  • 1 roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 roll of tissue paper
  • 2 permanent black markers
  • Roll of sealing tape

Once you have your boxes, you can start packing and labeling them. Packing your belongings can be tedious and time consuming. You may be tempted to toss things in random boxes without much wrapping or labeling involved and leave it at that. If your packing is hurried and unorganized, you risk your things possibly becoming damaged, broken, or even lost. And your unpacking may be disorganized as well and take even more time because boxes weren’t labeled correctly from the beginning. Your professional moving company has plenty of experience both packing and labeling, and can pack all of your boxes safely and securely. Your items will be safe from any damage or breakage, and all boxes will be labeled with the correct contents as well as which room it belongs in.

Quite possibly the most important step to packing your things is to label absolutely everything! Label each box on all sides, being sure to include the room it belongs in. It is even a great idea to map out your new residence and know where your furniture is being placed first, and then where the boxes should be stacked in that particular room. This will allow for a very organized and smooth unpacking of all your things in your new home. Happy moving!

To Pack or Not to Pack? You’ve Got Options

So you’ve finally made the decision to move. Now comes all of the other many decisions that need to be made. The first one may seem like a simple one: should you move yourself or pay for full-service movers to pack up all of your belongings and move them to your new residence for you? Doing some research and checking options first is a good idea, because you may not be aware of all the different options you have.

Depending on how much free time you have and how flexible your schedule is, you can pick an option that works best for your busy lifestyle.

THERE ARE THREE BASIC TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL PACKERS:

  • Full Pack – Packers come to your home and expertly wrap and pack all items. Boxes are labeled to ensure they arrive at correct location.
  • Partial Pack – Packers will pack one item, one room, or entire home, depending on your specific request.
  • Unpack – Packers come and unpack for you, putting items away as directed or as labeled on the boxes.

There are many ways that you can combine your own labor with professional services, which will save you both time and money. A full-service moving company can do all of the packing and unpacking for you, or will work with you while you do some or all of the packing yourself. The ideal situation is to relinquish as much of the moving job as possible to the professionals. If you have it all hired, your home and its belongings will remain intact and living in it will not feel like a “war zone”, with belongings scattered or packed away while you still need them, such as cooking utensils, pots, pans – and of course – personal items and clothing.

Moving professionals are also trained and experienced in packing all items, including large and fragile hard-to-move items such as pianos, mirrors and heavy pieces of furniture. You won’t have the added worry of those items getting damaged or broken during the move. They will label each box and what room it is to be moved to. Professional movers are experienced in packing and are quick, safe, and efficient. They can pack up your household within days, whereas it may take you weeks or even months to pack up your own household.

It’s all about finding the right balance for your situation. The good news about moving and all the decisions you will be making is that you have plenty of options. BB&D can work with you and offer the right amount of assistance for you.

What to Pack – and Not Pack – for Moving Day

Moving DAy

You have finally found a new home and decided on a professional moving company. Now comes the sometimes overwhelming job of packing… Where do you begin? You may have already decided to have the movers do some of the packing for you. But first, you need to sort out what items get packed and what items don’t. There are some items in your home that require specific packing and handling in order to reach your destination safely, and there are also some items that should not be packed at all. Contact your moving company prior to moving day if you have any questions about any specific items.

For any items that require special disassembly or crating, it is safest to hire licensed and insured professional movers. They have the experience to pack or crate these large items and handle them safely when moving them. These include such items as:

  • Exercise Equipment
  • Pianos
  • Pool Tables
  • Grandfather Clocks
  • Hot Tubs
  • Marble Tops or any Tables with Glass Tops
  • Oil Paintings
  • Expensive Mirrors

Here are a few more guidelines on what to pack and what not to pack:

Perishable items: Throw out any perishable food that will not keep during the move. Food, animals, and live plants are perishables and will need special handling. Therefore it is always recommended that the customer carry these items with them when moving.

Dangerous items: Flammable or hazardous items such as batteries, car oil, charcoal, gasoline, cleaning fluids, ammunition, and propane tanks are safety hazards and are therefore illegal for your movers to transport. You can give these items away to neighbors or take them to a recycling center or fire station to be disposed of properly.

Irreplaceable items: These may include items that are of sentimental value or of importance. Items such as personal files, checkbooks, financial statements, software, stocks, and bonds are best to carry with you. It is also recommended that you care any personal items such as jewelry, cash, medicines and other valuables with you during your move.

Your professional movers are here to help and advise you on any specific questions or problems that may arise while getting ready to move, and they will ensure that your moving day runs as smoothly and safely as possible!

Relocating? Planning for Your Big Move

Planning a move to a different city, or perhaps abroad? We all know that just moving from one residence to another requires a great deal of planning and organizing. But moving to another city can be twice as challenging. Many factors need to be taken into consideration.

HERE IS A CHECKLIST OF THINGS YOU’LL NEED TO CONSIDER AND PLAN FOR:

  • How you will move your vehicles from one residence to another
  • How you will move your pets to your new home safely
  • Perishable items
  • Irreplaceable items such as jewelry, personal files and documents, checkbooks and financial statements, stocks and bonds, etc.
  • Personal items such as photos, car keys, house keys, address books, etc.
  • Computers – both hardware and software
  • Medicines, cosmetics, grooming items – anything you need or use on a daily basis
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Furniture and large household items

There are two main categories into which you can sort your things when preparing for a move: things you’ll move yourself, and things you’ll have professional movers take care of for you. It’s always a good idea to move any personal items you may need throughout your move yourself, such as some clothing, medicines, jewelry, and any other smaller personal items, so that you have immediate access to them at all times. You’ll have to decide whether you’d rather have the movers take care of your computer equipment and any other technical gadgets, or if you want to move those pieces yourself.

Larger, non-personal items such as furniture, rugs, appliances, lawn mowers, tools, yard equipment, boxes, and any bigger household items are usually best left to your professional mover, who has more experience safely moving these larger items to your new residence.

Moving and relocating is challenging enough without having the added stress of sorting and packing your own items. Your professional moving company can also take care of the packing for you, at an additional cost. You can have peace of mind knowing that your cherished belongings are being moved safely and securely to your new home.

How and When to Start Packing For Your Move

The best time to start the planning process is the moment you decide to move. There are lots of factors that need to be taken into consideration, and the planning process could easily take months. Are you moving out of state or staying in the area? Are you purchasing a new home or renting? If purchasing a home, timing will depend on your settlement date or move-in date. If renting a home, timing will likely depend on when you sign your lease. The timing has to be just right – which isn’t always an easy task!

The first question you may want to ask yourself is, “Do I want to move myself, or should I hire a professional moving company?” If you want to hire professionals, you should always interview a few companies and get estimates that include on-site visits. Book the moving company as soon as you have made your decision, so you can get the move date that you want without any scheduling conflicts. From there, allow yourself at least 3-4 weeks to pack up your household.

CHECKLIST FOR PACKING SUPPLIES:

  • Moving boxes in different sizes (Keep in mind that free isn’t always better. You may need to purchase professional sturdy boxes to hold your items safely.)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tissue paper and/or newspapers
  • Strong, heavy-duty packing tape
  • Stickers for labeling
  • Scissors
  • Markers to label boxes

With all of your boxes and supplies ready to go, you can start by packing a little bit each day, room by room. A good rule of thumb is to start with those rooms in your house that you do not use every day, saving the kitchen and bedrooms for last.

Remember, if you do run out of time or need assistance, your professional moving company can supply your packing materials for you at an additional cost and even pack up your house for you. With some careful planning and organizing, your move can be exciting instead of stressful!

Tips for Hiring Professional Movers in DC, MD & NoVa

Hiring Professional Movers in DC, MD & NoVAAre you wondering if you’ll need a professional mover for your upcoming move? The answer to that question depends on several criteria: Are you and your family relocating to a different city, or are you just moving across town? Do you have many large or fragile items to move, such as antique furniture or a piano? Does “moving yourself” fit into your busy schedule?

Some or all of the answers to these questions may bring you to decide that hiring a professional mover is the fastest, safest, and easiest option for you. Once you have made a decision to hire professionals, how do you get started? Here are some helpful guidelines:

Get Estimates – It never hurts to shop around. A good rule of thumb is to obtain at least 3-5 estimates from different companies. Keep in mind that you’re not just comparing prices; you’re also comparing services, professionalism, and experience.

Check Referrals – Always review online referrals and reviews from people who have actually hired the specific companies you are comparing. Any reputable moving company will also be happy to provide you with several high-quality references.

Consult the Better Business Bureau – Always do a background check on any company you are considering hiring in order to check for any negative ratings.

Ask Friends and neighbors – You can always contact people you know who have used moving companies. See who they recommend – and just as important – who they don’t recommend. These “word of mouth” referrals can give you much peace of mind, because you know and trust the people making the recommendations.

Each moving company should send a representative to your residence to do an in-home estimate. Be certain to show them everything that needs to be moved, including all contents in your closets, basement, and garage or shed. You don’t want to leave anything out. Some companies may try to offer you an estimate over the phone. You should avoid these “phone estimates” because without seeing exactly what needs to be done, the estimate is likely to be inaccurate.

Once you have some estimates to compare, you should review each one carefully. Each estimate should include all detailed charges, as well as explain the services included in your move – including options for having the movers do all packing and unpacking. Moving can be a hectic and stressful time in your life, so hiring professionals to take care of everything will allow you to concentrate on your new home and the things that matter to you!

6 Tips for Choosing a Reliable Moving Company

Moving can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. What usually begins as excitement about a new home or city can end in frustration and emotional breakdown.

Fortunately, many of today’s moving companies can handle the entire moving process for you – from planning and packing to delivering and setting up. Just make sure you review their policies, procedures, and credentials before you sign on the dotted line.

Here are six tips for selecting a dependable moving company that will do all of your “heavy lifting” for you:

  1. Be sure to choose a mover that doesn’t sub-contract the job. If a moving company hires sub-contractors, they lose control over much of the moving process, and quality can suffer. When reviewing moving companies, be sure to ask if they have full-time staff, and if this full-time staff will be the ones who show up to assist you with your move.
  2. Only choose a mover who offers an on-site estimate. When hiring a mover to handle your belongings, you should never accept an estimate before the mover has been on-site. Nor, for that matter, should they provide one. In order to provide you with an accurate estimate, movers need to visit your current home and review the amount, size, and type of belongings that need to be transported.
  3. Verify that the mover is bonded and insured. Without these credentials, your moving company can’t be held responsible if something should happen to your personal belongings. In addition, they aren’t liable for injuries that happen to their workers or, worse, your family or property. Ask for proof of your mover’s bond and insurance before hiring them.
  4. Get a comprehensive estimate. Paying more than the estimated cost is a surefire way to increase your stress, and that’s exactly what you’re trying to avoid. Before you commit to a mover, find out if there are extra fees for special services, supplies, or labor that goes beyond the scope of the contract. These “little” extras can add up fast. Ideally, everything should be included in the original estimate.
  5. Ask for references. All good movers will be able to offer several references. Speaking to past customers can be a great way to get a feel for the professionalism of a potential mover. You can also check out the Better Business Bureau and the American Moving and Storage Association for insights on any mover you’re researching.
  6. Choose a mover with uniformed and trained employees. When a mover goes the extra mile to provide employees that are fully trained and arrive in uniforms, they show a greater level of professionalism. This kind of attention to detail demonstrates their concern about your home, your safety, and getting the job done correctly.

Now that you know what to look for in a moving company, you can begin researching the movers in your area. It may take some extra time to find the right one for you, but without the burden of doing the move yourself, it’s a safe bet that your investment will be well worth it.

How Long Does it Take to Move?

That’s easy to answer if you’re the president of the United States. Every four or eight years on moving day (a.k.a. Inauguration Day), it takes approximately 95 workers exactly five hours to move one family out of the White House, do any painting or repairs needed, and move another family in.

Needless to say, for the rest of us, the answer to how long it takes to move isn’t as clearly defined. It depends largely upon three factors:

How long will it take to load the moving truck?
Choosing the right size moving truck and knowing how to load it efficiently are the two most important aspects to this piece. If you get a truck that’s even slightly too small, you may need to use another vehicle or take multiple trips (assuming your move isn’t far). And loading a truck properly can save hours of frustration to your big day.

How far is your move?
This one is pretty obvious – the farther you’re moving, the longer the actual drive will take. But it’s important to note that often people who aren’t moving very far will try to save money by getting a smaller truck and taking multiple trips. This can easily backfire. Not only will you spend more money on gas, but switching gears multiple times throughout the day between loading and unloading can wear you down much faster than doing it all at once.

How much support do you have?
This is by far the variable that matters most when looking at how long it takes to move. Whether you have friends or family helping you or you hire a moving company, the more support you have, the faster the job will go by far.

If you ever need any evidence of that your amount of support makes the biggest difference, just remember the White House example. You may not have 95 staff members to help you move, but you do have the next best thing: professional movers who can make your move as stress-free and easy as possible every step of the way.