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When is the Right Time to Move?

Another year has come and gone, and spring right around the corner. People in the DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas may be finding themselves asking the question, “Is it time to move?” It is common knowledge in the real estate industry that the best time to prepare for a move is during the winter months, completing household repairs and any necessary renovations or home improvements before spring comes.

Preparing your home in the winter will allow you to put it up for sale during the spring and summer months – which is, of course, the most convenient time to move. It is usually during the summer months when the kids are off from school and vacation time can be scheduled, that people try to plan a move.

BB&D Moving & Storage offers a one-stop residential and commercial moving service, also including storage facility services. Storage facility services may come in handy for many reasons. For instance, if there is a gap of time between selling your residence and moving into your new residence, your furniture and belongings can be stored safely and securely in a private storage unit.

OUR PROFESSIONAL MOVING SERVICES INCLUDE:

Loading & Unloading – We move furniture, boxes, and crates from your current residence, to the moving truck, to your new residence. All boxes and crates will be placed in the correct room as labeled at your new residence.

Packing & Unpacking – We pack up your items securely and unpack them at your new residence.

Storage Facility – Our facilities are lighted and climate-controlled with around-the-clock monitored security with cameras. Short and long term storage options are available.

Cleaning, Handyman, & Junk Removal Services – We can clean, perform minor repairs, and haul junk away.

International Moving Services – We provide transit across foreign borders with trusted providers with regulations assistance.

Remember to schedule your move at least 3-6 months ahead if possible, so that you don’t run into any conflicts with the dates you want and you can secure the exact date you prefer. This will also give you enough time to work with your moving company to make sure that all of the pieces fall into place in a way that makes your move as stress-free as possible.

A Checklist to Avoid Moving Scams

You’ve probably heard the many versions of horror stories regarding disreputable moving companies. Movers load up your things one day and the hold it hostage while demanding more money, or disappear altogether with your things and resell them later. Not only can they demand more money, but sometimes when your things are finally returned to you they may not be in their original condition. They might be damaged, scratched, or broken. How can you avoid all of this hassle and heartache? It’s simple: Do your homework and check out your moving company first.

FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE CHECKLIST TO AVOID SCAMS:

  1. Always get 3 estimates: When shopping around for movers, it’s always a good idea to get at least 3 estimates for comparison so you can compare prices. The most common scam is overcharging for a move.
  2. Investigate the company: Check with your area’s BBB (Better Business Bureau) for any complaints filed. Additionally, you can check websites solely dedicated to moving scams, such as movingscam.com. These contain a “blacklist” of companies which contain both bad and good experiences.
  3. The moving company should visit your home: A representative should always come to the client’s residence and physically look at the logistics and contents of what has to be moved. Reputable moving companies will spend time with their clients to answer questions and provid guidance for packing tips. Beware of internet companies that do not have their own facility or warehouse and do not own their own moving trucks.
  4. Insist on a contract that covers everything: A good contract should spell out all details of a move. There should be no “hidden charges”, for example, a “drivers fee”. The contract should consist of several pages of information explaining details of the move. Scam companies tend to make it sound too easy; something like: “Moving from Point A to Point B… Here’s the price”.
  5. Real estate agent recommendations: General consensus among moving professionals is usually word of mouth. Friends and family are fine but real estate agents have more information and know the ins and outs of the housing industry and can be the most reliable sources.

Doing your homework and investigating the company first will ensure that you are hiring a professional moving company that has DOT# and MC numbers along with Insurance for protection and claims. Please call us at BB&D with any questions. We’re more than happy to help make your move as smooth and stress-free as can be!

A Checklist to Avoid Moving Scams

You’ve probably heard the many versions of horror stories regarding disreputable moving companies. Movers load up your things one day and the hold it hostage while demanding more money, or disappear altogether with your things and resell them later. Not only can they demand more money, but sometimes when your things are finally returned to you they may not be in their original condition. They might be damaged, scratched, or broken. How can you avoid all of this hassle and heartache? It’s simple: Do your homework and check out your moving company first.

FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE CHECKLIST TO AVOID SCAMS:

  1. Always get 3 estimates: When shopping around for movers, it’s always a good idea to get at least 3 estimates for comparison so you can compare prices. The most common scam is overcharging for a move.
  2. Investigate the company: Check with your area’s BBB (Better Business Bureau) for any complaints filed. Additionally, you can check websites solely dedicated to moving scams, such as movingscam.com. These contain a “blacklist” of companies which contain both bad and good experiences.
  3. The moving company should visit your home: A representative should always come to the client’s residence and physically look at the logistics and contents of what has to be moved. Reputable moving companies will spend time with their clients to answer questions and provid guidance for packing tips. Beware of internet companies that do not have their own facility or warehouse and do not own their own moving trucks.
  4. Insist on a contract that covers everything: A good contract should spell out all details of a move. There should be no “hidden charges”, for example, a “drivers fee”. The contract should consist of several pages of information explaining details of the move. Scam companies tend to make it sound too easy; something like: “Moving from Point A to Point B… Here’s the price”.
  5. Real estate agent recommendations: General consensus among moving professionals is usually word of mouth. Friends and family are fine but real estate agents have more information and know the ins and outs of the housing industry and can be the most reliable sources.

Doing your homework and investigating the company first will ensure that you are hiring a professional moving company that has DOT# and MC numbers along with Insurance for protection and claims. Please call us at BB&D with any questions. We’re more than happy to help make your move as smooth and stress-free as can be!

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.

What to Pack – and Not Pack – for Moving Day

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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!

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.

Tips for Moving When You Have Cat(s)

Moving can be hard on pets, and cats certainly present specific challenges during a move. The good news is that with some advanced planning, there’s quite a bit that you can do to help your cat get through the move as smoothly as possible.

Just as you physically prepare for your move long before the actual moving day, you can also spend that time helping prepare your cat. And after moving day, there are also steps you can take to help your cat transition to his or her new home:

  • If you have an outdoor cat, begin limiting outdoor time at least a week before the move, and keep your cat indoors only for several days before your move. Cats can get nervous around all of the boxes, and may decide to stay away from home for a few days. The last thing you need on moving day is a missing cat!
  • Before you move into your new home, be sure it’s been cleaned thoroughly, particularly if the previous owners or renters had pets. Cats are very territorial and sensitive to smells, and can get upset or even mark their territory if they smell other animals. Getting any carpets professionally cleaned can go a long way toward making your cat comfortable.
  • On moving day, keep your cat either locked in a room that the movers will empty last, or in the carrier to ensure that your cat doesn’t run outside while the moving truck is being loaded. At the new house, keep your cat in the carrier until you have a room set up for the cat – preferably the room where the litter box(es) will be. The litter box is absolutely the first thing you want your cat to investigate in your new home.
  • Just like people, all cats have different personalities. Some cats adjust to the stress of moving by becoming more affectionate. Some will prefer to be left alone while they spend time investigating every nook and cranny of their new home. Some may lose their appetite for a few days. There is a wide range of normal reactions to moving from a cat, and usually there is no need for concern. If your cat’s behavior doesn’t go back to normal after several days, though, it may be time for a trip to the veterinarian.
  • If you have an outdoor cat, wait until behavior has returned to normal before allowing any outdoor exploration. A good rule of thumb is to keep your cat indoors for at least a week after the move, allowing your cat to get used to one thing at a time.

Moving can be a stressful time for everyone, pets included. But with some advanced planning, you can make the transition easy on your cat, which will make things easier for you.