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Hiring Professional Movers in DC, MD & NoVA

If It’s Time to Move, We’ve Got a Service That Can Help

Summertime is the busiest time of year for moving. And that means that the springtime months leading up to your move offer the perfect span in which to start planning and preparing for a smooth and successful transfer. Whether you’re moving your home or your office, whether you’re relocating nearby or far away, we’ve got both the experts and the expertise to see to all your moving needs—precisely when, where, and how you want them.

BB&D Moving Services is your “one-stop shop” offering the full array of services, from helping you pack up, to securing a storage facility, to getting you comfortably and conveniently settled at your new location. Whenever possible, schedule your move 3 to 6 months in advance—that way, we can incorporate as few or as many targeted services as you need to meet your move date and goals.

MENU OF BB&D MOVING SERVICES:

  • Residential Moving: We carefully and skillfully move all of your belongings from your current residence, onto our moving truck, and into your new residence—right into the rooms labeled on your boxes. Along the way, we provide full property protection, making sure no damage is done to walls, carpeting, floors, banisters, doorframes, etc. All furniture is fully and securely wrapped and taped.
  • Commercial Moving: We bring order to the world of commercial relocation with minimal downtime and comprehensive services including: pre-move container drop-off, disconnecting and reconnecting office equipment, eco-friendly moving materials, and our very own “Smart Moving Package,” which utilizes specific systems and techniques for a stress-free commercial move.
  • International Moving: We provide top-caliber transit across foreign borders, collaborating with trusted partners to provide regulations assistance.
  • Packing/Unpacking: Don’t want to do all the boxing, crating, taping, and labeling yourself? We can do it all at either your departure point and/or your destination point, even supplying all the packing materials (at an additional cost).
  • Temporary Storage: We offer storage facilities, for both short- and long-term use, that are lighted and temperature-controlled, with round-the-clock video surveillance cameras.
  • Disposal: We haul away junk or donations from your old location so you don’t have to worry about disposing of unwanted contents yourself or taking anything unnecessary with you.
  • Staging: We can help you prepare your home or office for sale by coordinating with real estate agents and professional stagers to maximize the appeal and value of your property while your own belongs are safe and secure in our storage facilities.
  • Additional Services: We really can and will do it all for you, including such tasks as:
  • Cleaning old/new spaces
  • Minor repairs to property being vacated to prepare it for sale
  • Listing unwanted furniture/items for you online via sites like Craigslist
  • Scanning documents for you, so you can toss out all the old paperwork and save it digitally instead

Interested in a moving-related service you don’t see listed here? Just ask! Call us today at 301-573-5447 and visit us at http://bbdmoving.com/.

Why Spring Is the Best Season to Move

Spring is a time of new beginnings — of longer days and warmer weather, of budding flowers and fresh starts. It’s also a great time of year to move for multiple reasons. True, most people typically don’t have a choice of when to relocate and are instead dependent on such factors as the real estate market, the school calendar, and family and work schedules. However, for anyone fortunate enough to be able to pick springtime as the span in which to make a residential transition, it can make your move less stressful and much smoother!

THREE GOOD REASONS TO MOVE IN THE SPRING:

  1. Good Weather
    Climatic conditions can significantly impact the success of your move. Across the country in springtime, the weather is normally milder and more agreeable — after the snows of winter, but before the heat and humidity of summer. A spring move greatly increases the chances that you and your movers can safely transport and deliver all of your belongings in a temperate environment that avoids dangerous and/or uncomfortable weather conditions.
  2. Spring Break
    When your kids are occupied in school, it allows you the freedom to plan and prepare, to organize your move, and to pack everything up. On the other hand, if you schedule your move over spring break, you can enlist the help (and the hands!) of everyone in the family to execute and expedite the move. So whether the kids are in or out of school on move day, use your time wisely to make the most of both their absence and their presence.
  3. Availability of Moving Companies
    Summer is traditionally the busiest time of year for movers, given summer break from school and the higher frequency of summer vacations. But movers are likely to be more available in the spring, which gives you more leeway with your schedule and more options for a personalized move. Get a head start on the summer rush by booking your move earlier in the year, which will reap seasonal rewards.

We advise scheduling your move at least 3 to 6 months in advance. This time frame will allow your moving company of choice to easily and efficiently make an inventory of all the personal possessions in your home, to secure your preferred move day and time, and to reserve the number of trucks and movers needed.

To schedule your move with BB&D today, please call 571-375-2826 or visit our website: http://bbdmoving.com/

How to Avoid Moving Scams

Many people are unaware of moving company scams until it’s too late and the damage has been done. Common scams include being overcharged for services or not being compensated properly for damage to or loss of personal belongings, and these scams are more likely to occur with people who haven’t moved much in their life and therefore don’t have a lot of experience with the moving process. The truth is, the moving industry can be full of scams that the consumer should be aware of before hiring a professional moving company.

FOUR GOOD TIPS TO FOLLOW:

  1. Research moving companies
    Always do your homework first by researching at least three professional moving companies online, including their industry reviews and customer testimonials. It’s also a good idea to get word-of-mouth references from friends and family for reputable moving companies they have experience with and would recommend.
  2. Schedule an on-site visit
    Reputable movers will insist on coming to your location to inspect your household goods so they can estimate bulk and weight. For long-distance residential moves, your movers will also make an inventory list of those goods, including items in your cabinets and closets. Moving prices are based not only on mileage and time needed for transport, but on the weight of your belongings and the number of trucks needed per your particular move.
  3. Be cautious about payment
    Reputable moving companies will not request cash or a large deposit before your move. You generally pay upon delivery. If you pay up front, you have little to no control over whether you will see your belongings again. When it is time for payment, use a credit card to protect against any fraudulent activity.
  4. Confirm the moving company’s name
    Some companies know how to get around the Better Business Bureau and other scam-busting agencies by conducting business under different company names. Be sure to verify the name of the company you choose, along with a local address and information about the company’s licensing and insurance. Additionally, always ask for three references in your own local area that the company has serviced in the past three months.

When hiring a professional mover, to avoid any hidden fees or unexpected charges during your move, ask for a detailed estimate of the total cost of your move and a itemized invoice of all charges on your final bill.

To learn more about moving scams, visit: https://www.movingscam.com/ or https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/16917-bbb-tip-moving-scams.

Moving in winter

Tips for Moving During Winter Months

It can be good to schedule your moving during the winter months because it may be more economical and not as busy – although it is not without some risks. Since most people do not try to schedule their move in the colder months due to bad weather and the busy holiday season, rates for moving can be cheaper.

So if you schedule your move between the months of December through March, you may experience better rates and a more flexible schedule with your professional movers since they are not as busy during these months. This will allow you to pick the exact date and time frame for your move that will work into your schedule and busy lifestyle. So moving in winter can have its advantages, although there can be some weather related risks you should be prepared for.

THREE TIPS FOR MOVING DURING WINTER:

  1. Have a back-up plan for inclement weather:
    Having a backup plan with your professional movers is wise, just in case a storm blows in and threatens your move. Checking into their policies during inclement weather conditions and what options are available to you, just in case you are forced to reschedule your move. Typically, if you are unable to move out then no one can move in and things are at a standstill until the weather clears out. Checking with your professional movers and their policies will be the safest route to make certain you are covered either way.
  2. Maintain your vehicle and plan your travel route:
    If you are driving to your new destination, map out the safest travel route along major highways, should a storm hit while you are on the road. Pack your vehicle with emergency items such as blankets, ice scrapers, windshield fluid, shovels, etc. Getting your car serviced and all-weather tires installed is also a good idea.
  3. Your professional movers are here to help:

BB&D Moving & Storage offers a fleet of safe and reliable moving trucks that can safely move your household items to your new destination. We also offer storage facilities should you experience any inclement weather conditions and need storage facilities to safely store your items.

Moving during the winter months can have its advantages. Being prepared with a back-up plan will help make your move successful.

 

Tips for Settling in Your New Home After Your Move

Moving away from a home where you have lived for years is never an easy thing to do, especially if you are moving to another city or across the country. Living in a new home can be exciting at first, but around the holiday season you may find yourself missing the ones you love even more. If you find yourself away from those you love around the holidays, there are some things you can do to help mitigate the pain you may be experiencing while missing family and friends during this time of year.

THREE HELPFUL TIPS

  1. Keep Familiar Things Nearby
    Keeping sentimental objects nearby, such as Christmas or holiday ornaments that you inherited from your mother or grandmother, and decorating with them will bring back loving memories. Decorating your new home with your own personal touch will make it feel more familiar. If possible, bring some pieces of furniture that belonged to family members, and this will help make you feel more at home.
  2. Keep Busy with Friends
    Feeling sorry for yourself during this time of year can be an easy thing to do, but staying home and dwelling on your feelings may only make them worse. Get out of the house and spend time with friends as much as possible during this time of year so you don’t feel as lonely while missing your family.
  3. Invite People Over
    Moving to a new city, state, or even country can be a life-changing experience for you. Meeting people who are new to the area, and may be going through the same thing, will help you to not feel so alone. Host some dinner get-togethers, cookie exchanges, or gift giving parties to help meet new people and share the holidays with them as you would your own family.

Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure, along with meeting new people. And remember, the hard part is over. You have already moved your belongings to a new residence with the help of your professional movers. You can now get settled in and enjoy a memorable holiday season in your new home!

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!