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Tips for Planning a Move During the Holiday Season

The best way to execute a move is to plan and get organized early, following some simple steps so that you are prepared for any situation that may arise. Some planning and organizing will go a long way, especially during what can be an already busy and hectic time of year.

TOP FOUR MOVING TIPS:

Find a Mover:
Once you have made the decision to move and have set a timeframe, the next step is to start researching professional moving companies. They will be able to handle every aspect of your move from scheduling to packing and moving you to your new residence, whether it’s the same city or across the country. Make a list of three or four companies, researching them with a background check and references before choosing your professional mover. 

Schedule Your Moving Date:
After checking with your family and work schedules, deciding on your move date early on is crucial to getting the day you prefer and the moving company you want. Lock in your date with your mover once you know your schedule and you can plan your move around your activities. A benefit of moving around this time of year is demand is typically low for moving companies and you should be able to get the day you want along with a good price for your move.

Prepare for Weather & Traffic:
When moving during winter months you may have two concerns: inclement weather and more traffic than usual. Check the long range weather forecast to see if any storms are brewing and try to schedule your move accordingly. Be prepared for more holiday traffic and going with a weekday for your move, depending on when the holiday hits, may also be wise.

Pack Up:
Packing during the holiday season can be stressful along with all the other things you do such as shopping, cooking, and visiting relatives. Your professional movers can assist with providing all moving materials and supplies. They can also pack your belongings for you, for an additional fee to help save you time, and can also provide storage facilities should you need to store anything. Start packing early so you are not left running around at the last minute, packing up while trying to enjoy your holiday!

Contact BB&D Moving and Storage for all your moving needs: 301-573-5447

Getting Ready to Sell During National Kitchen & Bath Month

Whether you find yourself getting ready to sell a home or even stay in your current home, remodeling is always a great investment. October just happens to be National Kitchen and Bath month, and this is the most popular month to remodel your kitchen or bath. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market in the next year or two, prospective buyers will almost always look at the kitchen and baths as their number one priority when deciding whether to buy a specific home.

HERE ARE SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER:

Why should you update your kitchen or bath? A freshly updated kitchen or bath is often the main feature that home buyers are looking for when they are looking at homes to purchase. Walking into a home and seeing new appliances with up-to-date technology may be the major deciding factor in purchasing a home. Having a move-in ready home where the improvements have already been made (versus purchasing a home that need to have updates done before move-in), many home buyers will almost always go for the move-in ready home if they can afford to. Many real estate agents will agree that a kitchen can make or break the sale of a home.

Getting ready to sell: Are you getting ready to sell your home in the future, and don’t necessarily have the time or money to completely renovate your home? You can always pick one room to update. Typically real estate agents would advise it be the kitchen, since that is the “heart of the home” and many potential buyers will look at that room first. It is also recommended to “stage” your home by moving your furniture around in different rooms for a “new look,” or even buying some new pieces to freshen up your rooms. Even small updates will improve the look of the room, whether you update appliances, cabinets, repaint walls, replace floors, etc.

Getting ready for a move requires a lot of preparation, between hiring professional movers and packing up your household. You don’t need the added worry of cleaning up your home each time people come in to look it over while it’s on the market. BB&D Transportation can even store any overflow household goods while your home is up for sale, if you need extra storage space, along with recycling or disposal services. Newly updated rooms will help keep your home looking fresh and new so you can free up your time to focus on the important things!

For help planning your move, call us today: 301-573-5447

Checklist for Planning an Out of State Move

Planning a move out of state can take twice as long to plan as a local move would. Not only do you have to plan a move long distance, but you also have to plan for setting up a residence in another state. This type of move usually takes longer to plan because you are coordinating everything from a distance, which can be a difficult task! Relocating to another state requires a different level of organization in terms of planning a budget as well.

An out of state move will be more costly. Your movers have to move your household belongings from one state to another. You may feel overwhelmed by relocating out of state, so it is highly recommended to start organizing your move at least six months to one year ahead of time.

SOME HELPFUL TIPS FOR MOVING OUT OF STATE:

  • Find reliable interstate movers
    Research moving companies by reading reviews and checking moving scam websites such as movingscam.com before you hire a professional mover. Your moving company should always send out a sales consultant for an on-site visit to discuss all your moving requirements. You should also check if your professional mover is fully equipped for an out of state move and if they offer storage facility services for any items you may need to have stored. You’ll need an experienced interstate moving company that will offer you the advice and moving consultation of what to expect.
  • Changing utilities for your new residence
    You will need to arrange for all utilities ahead of time and also to have your current utilities turned off when you leave your home.
  • Preparing for moving day
    Start packing early and arrange ahead of time for any items you may need to have stored. Keep all the moving information and any other important documentation in one file so you can access it. If you are taking a flight to your new home, keep these important documents with you for security reasons.
  • Prepare for unexpected costs 
    When relocating to a new state you will be charged by weight, volume, and amount of your items. It is recommended to get three different quotes from professional moving companies in order to choose the company who best fits your budget and personal needs.

Remember to allow as much time as possible when scheduling your out of state move to avoid any scheduling conflicts with your mover and to secure the moving dates that you want.

Best Time to Plan a Move

Planning your move on a certain day or even month, when most people aren’t planning their move, can save you both time and money. By planning your move during mid-week or off-season, you will potentially have the most resources available to you in terms of moving companies, moving vehicles, and packing supplies.

The ideal time to move is when movers are least busy, as you will be able to pick the exact day and time you’d like, since their schedules may not be as full. It will also mean that you may not feel as rushed, if you pick a day that is less busy for you and your movers.

THREE OF THE BEST TIMES TO MOVE:

Prime Days of the Week to Move
The best days of the week to move are Monday through Thursday, because most people are planning their move for the weekends. This is especially true for do-it-yourself moves as well as renting trucks to move. The worst days to move are typically the weekends – Friday to Sunday – because most people are not working then and plan their move during those days. 

Prime Day of the Month to Move
The best days of the month to move are mid-month; on or around the 15th of the month. This may be because there are no major holidays with fewer people moving and requiring moving services, so supplies and prices will be better too. The worst day, because it is the busiest, is on the 1st of the month. This is typically when everyone else is moving, and so prices may be higher. 

Prime Month of the Year to Move
Depending on your personal goals, try to avoid having your move mid-month May to September. These are typically the busiest months of the year for moving. Scheduling your move during the fall and winter will help in obtaining the best prices possible for your move.

Remember, these are all good suggestions, depending on your schedule, and will give you a good time frame when planning your next move. For more tips or to see what we can do for you, give us a call today.

Moving into a new home

Moving into a New Home as a First-Time Buyer

First-time home buyers are often surprised to learn how much work is involved – not only in moving and purchasing a home, but setting it up as well. It can be hard to visualize how to set up a new home if you are not in it yet, so it is best to make a list of essentials and plan ahead of time.

Creating a living space that you are happy to call home can be an involved process, and there will surely be many essentials that you will need right away. After your professional movers have taken care of safely moving your belongings into your new home, there are some essentials you will need:

Carefully Budget Your Expenses
After going to settlement and setting up utilities, it will be time think about home essentials. It is best not want to wait till the last minute, after you move in. First-time homebuyers are sometimes stretched to the limit with expenses, so it’s best not to purchase items on a credit card. It’s a good idea to plan ahead for the expenses by purchasing the essentials beforehand, so you will have them on hand when you arrive. 

Odds & Ends Inside the Home
While you’re taking care of the more important items like food and furniture for your new home, it is easy to forget about the smaller items such as window coverings, curtains, and blinds for the windows. You will also need shower mats, shower curtains, and waste baskets for the bathrooms. Some other essentials include area rugs for your tile or wood floors and floor protectors that stick under furniture legs to protect your new floors from damage. Another good idea is to always have hardware on hand to hang pictures and frames in your home. Another service your professional mover can provide is to hang and mount your flat screen TV. 

Odd & Ends Outside the Home
Setting up house is likely to involve purchasing a few outdoor essentials such as lawn care items, snow removal items, and basic garden tools such as rakes, trimmers, and rubber hoses. You may also need some basic tools for minor repair jobs inside and outside the house such as screwdrivers, hammers, nails, wrenches, a power drill, flashlights, etc.

Hopefully by purchasing these essential items ahead of time, you will be prepared once you move in and won’t have to worry about last minute expenses. Let us know if we can provide any assistance with your move to make it a wonderful experience!

 

How Movers Calculate Estimates – What Your Move Will Cost

If you are getting ready for a move, keep in mind that no two moves are the same and rarely are two moving estimates the same. Doing your own research and comparing estimates from different moving companies’ works best, rather than comparing your estimate with your neighbor’s estimate. There are always several factors, including each of your individual circumstances, that movers take into consideration before they calculate your estimate.

HERE ARE FOUR FACTORS WHEN ESTIMATING THE COST FOR A MOVE:

Time
How long will the move take and how much manpower is needed are usually the two main factors movers use to estimate the cost for a move. Movers may charge by the hour or by the day, depending on how much manpower may be needed to complete the job in the allotted timeframe.

Distance                            
How far will you be moving from your current residence? Movers usually charge either by the mile or a flat rate depending on the distance of the move. Flat rate moves are usually within the area or between major cities. When movers charge by the mile it is usually for long distance moves, such as moving from state to state.

 Weight 
Movers rely on their experience and the on-site visit to eye your possessions to evaluate and estimate the overall volume and weight of your things. It is always a good idea to obtain a binding estimate from your professional movers so that the amount doesn’t change once the truck is loaded with your possessions.

 Access 
Access to your home may be another factor if a full-size moving truck cannot access your residence. Limited access factors may cause movers to charge an additional fee if a shuttle is needed to move your possessions from your home to the moving truck, or if there are narrow streets, or no parking – which limits access.

 Any other circumstances pertaining to your individual situation such as storage of belongings, special handling instructions for precious items, and moving during peak season or holidays, will all determine the amount of your estimate. Contact us anytime for a comprehensive estimate you can trust.

A Simple Checklist for Moving Day

Moving day is finally here! You have spent days, weeks, or even months planning in advance, with so many things to accomplish before your professional movers arrive. With all the planning, packing and organizing, it is now finally time to move. How does one prepare to leave a residence for the last time? It’s not an easy job, but following a simple checklist will help alleviate that overwhelming feeling of “so much to do, so little time”. The following list will help keep you organized and on track to get everything done:

What to pack before the movers arrive – Once family members are ready, you can pack up the last of the personal items from the bathrooms and kitchen, throwing out any last remains of food. If you are going to keep any food items, be sure to pack them in freezer bags so the food does not spoil. Carry it with you in your vehicle along with any cleaning supplies for touch ups. Strip the beds and mark the boxed linens last on truck so these boxes are first off truck to be brought to the bedroom(s) of your new residence.

When your mover arrives – Most importantly, have your master checklist in hand and ready to reference when you are going over details with your professional movers. Simply start at the top of your list and check off items as you go. Pay close attention to the moving process since it will be your responsibility to see that all items are removed from your residence. Your professional movers will have a crew leader assigned to load the truck in the correct order, with the boxes marked according to which rooms they belong in.

Once the house is empty – It’s always a good idea to clean up the areas in your old home once the space is empty. Leaving the house as clean as possible for the new residents will make it that much easier for them to move in.

Looking around your old home may make you feel sentimental, but watching the moving trucks pull into the driveway at your new residence will give you a feeling of excitement for your new home. Enjoy your big day!

Peak Moving Season – When to book your Move for Summer

Spring has arrived and summer is right around the corner. While peak season for commercial moves are during the winter months, residential moves peak during the spring, summer and fall months. Most people try to schedule their residential move during spring and summer months for a number of reasons.

These reasons include warmer weather, kids being out of school, and vacations being scheduled during these months. If you and your family fall into this category and are planning a move this summer, you will need to research moving companies and book your professional movers now.

SOME HELPFUL MOVING TIPS:

  • Investigate Moving Companies & Get Estimates
    Investigate and research at least 3 different moving companies to compare estimates and check availability. Moving scams are on the rise and these companies will over-charge for their less-than-professional services.
  • Make Sure Company is Professional & Reputable
    When choosing a moving company, it is also wise to check on their fleet of trucks, truck sizes and availability. Some moving scams include sending smaller trucks out – which costs more in the long run, results in more trips back and forth, and can also be damaging to your personal belongings. Verify that the moving company is professional and insured.
  • Book Your Move
    It is recommended to allow between four and six weeks to book your move. So if you are moving during the prime months of June through August, you will need to book your professional movers now so you can get the dates you prefer. If you wait, you run the risk of picking a company last minute that may not be as professional or reputable.
  • Additional Services Are Available
    No matter how big or small your move is, once you have your professional moving company on-board, they can also provide many additional services to assist you in your move: handyman services, junk removal, furniture recycling, storage facility services, and International moving services, just to name a few.

Don’t forget to book your professional movers as soon as you have settled on a moving date so that you get the dates you prefer and can have peace of mind, knowing you have the best moving company working for you and your family.

How to Pack Boxes & the Moving Truck to Make Unpacking Easier

We have all had the experience of standing in our new homes surrounded by moving boxes, and having no idea where to begin. The most important indication of how smooth unpacking goes will be how organized you were when you packed your belongings.

FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE BUT THOROUGH TIPS:

  • Use the right size boxes – Put heavy items like books in small boxes and light items such as linens and pillows in bigger boxes. Large boxes which are over packed with heavy items pose the risk of breaking and make the job harder for your professional movers.
  • Pack contents of boxes correctly– Make sure to place the heavier items in the bottom of the box and the lighter items on the top so the weight of each box is evenly distributed. Try not to leave empty space in boxes. You can fill the gaps with towels or packing paper so items won’t slide around, making the boxes unbalanced and dangerous.
  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms – When packing your boxes, try not to mix items from different rooms, keeping all the items in one box for one room only. This will not only make your packing quicker, but it will also make unpacking much easier.
  • Label each box with the room and description of contents– Keep an inventory list of your boxes so you know how many you have. Numbering each box and tagging it is an excellent way of keeping track of what items are packed and not packed up yet. Tag each box with a colored sticker with the name of the room it belongs in, for example: Green – Family Room, Blue – Kitchen, Orange – Peter’s room, etc. Your mover can provide the colored room stickers for you. Tape up all boxes at the seams with heavy packing tape.
  • Loading the truck– The moving crew will work from your inventory list and will coordinate with you on loading the truck to be sure that boxes which need to come off the truck first get loaded last. The professional movers will also load the truck with heavy items on the bottom and all fragile items on the top for safety and protection.

Remember, any large and fragile items such as mirrors or expensive art should have special crating provided by your mover. All of these steps will help make your packing and unpacking experience as smooth and successful as possible.

How to Unpack after a Move

Finishing a big move can feel like a huge accomplishment, but watching the moving trucks drive away – while you are standing in your new residence surrounded by boxes everywhere – can be a most overwhelming sight! Where do you begin? Luckily, you had the foresight to label all your boxes and even the contents of each box, and which room they belong in. As with most things, the key to unpacking your boxes is to plan ahead… in this case, on the packing end of your move.

Labeling all your boxes and even placing colored stickers on the moving boxes with a color-coded floor and room plan will aid the movers in placing boxes in the proper rooms. This kind of planning and organization beforehand will make a huge difference in how easy or difficult your unpacking will be.

SOME HELPFUL PLANNING TIPS

Tips for Packing the truck – The rule here is, “last one in first one out”. When loading a moving truck, your professional movers will possess the know how to load the truck properly. Discuss with the movers what items are most essential in getting your home up and running and they will pack the truck accordingly. For example, bedroom furniture should be loaded last so when it comes off the truck it’s easier for the movers to carry up the stairs to the bedrooms. And of course, you can be setting up your beds while everything else gets unpacked, ensuring you have a great place to rest when moving day is over!

Tips for Unpacking the Truck – Plan to set up the most important room first. For most people this is often the kitchen or the bedroom. You may feel more at home unpacking some kitchen items to make a meal for your family, or setting up the bedroom so you can feel at home with your personal things. It is best to set up the room that will make you feel the most in control of your environment.

The best system is to tackle the unpacking room by room. This will help things go smoothly, if you take the time to organize and label everything. And of course, your professional movers can also take care of the unpacking for you, at an additional cost, if you don’t have the time in your busy schedule.