Moving isn’t a particularly technical or complicated task. After all, how many of us, at one point or another, have moved our own home or office contents ourselves, filling our trunks and backseats over and over and taking ride after ride to our new location? But is can be tedious, it can be extremely time-consuming, and items can and do break or get damaged in transit—especially today’s newfangled gadgets and large or fragile electronics.
So there’s still a strong argument to be made for hiring professional movers to conduct your move: to get you from point A to point B safely, properly, punctually, and reliably. And if you’re moving a great distance away, you’ll no doubt want the know-how and expertise that only professionals can provide.
When you’re ready to book, plan for, and budget your move, there are three steps you can take to select the company best suited for your specific move and then reward them for a job well done.
- Picking the right moving crew. You’ll be entrusting all your valuable belongings, not to a logo or a website page, but to actual people who will be handling and delivering your goods. So you want movers who will handle with care and be responsive to your needs.
- Gather recommendations from friends, coworkers, and local real estate agents.
- Do research online, confirming a company’s U.S. DOT number on the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and checking references and reviews.
- Be selective and zero in: If you need interim storage, does the company offer that? If you want your car shipped too, does the company move autos? If you’re an avid mountain biker, do they have experience properly shipping expensive sporting equipment? If you own a valuable art collection, is special insurance available for that?
- Get multiple estimates from your narrowed-down list of moving companies and assess the “right fit” with them: Is everyone you interact with courteous and professional? Does the company supply its policies in writing? Did the assessor give you adequate time and attention and answer all your questions? Use your own judgment when judging the best choice.
- Get a written copy of your inventory list.
- Give explicit directions to your new home if any navigation is tricky.
- Exchange phone numbers so you can communicate with your crew during the move.
- Tipping your movers. Movers are as much a part of the service industry as restaurant wait staff or bellhops or hairdressers, so they should be treated with the same etiquette when they do a good job. But how much should you tip and when? As with any other service provider, you should tip based on a combination of job performance and cost of the job. There’s no firm rule as to how much, but consider how much the safe and intact delivery of your worldly possessions matters to you. If your movers were careful, punctual, helpful, and friendly, adequately express your gratitude for that. Exceptional workers appreciate acknowledgment of their exceptional customer service and work all the harder for it. Oh, and keep in mind that the crew that loads you might not be the same crew that unloads you across the country, so you may need to plan for two different rounds of tipping. Here are just a few sites where you can get an idea of current guidelines:
- Treat your movers to refreshments. Moving an entire household is hard, backbreaking work. Especially in extreme temperatures, especially when stairs are involved. So be prepared with an adequate supply of cold bottled water, soft drinks, and/or sports drinks on hand. If loading/unloading time is lengthy, it’s acceptable to provide lunch for the movers. They might not take you up on it, but they’ll certainly welcome the offer. Just be sure to ask them what they’d prefer—sure, pizza seems like a great idea, but you might be the tenth client to order that for them this month! One more strong suggestion: Don’t offer your movers beer when they’re done. As kind as it sounds, most legitimate moving companies have strict rules against alcohol on the job and in the trucks. Keep everyone and everything safe by sticking to nonalcoholic beverages.
Call BB&D Moving today to learn more about how we can help you throughout the entire moving process, from planning, budgeting, and packing to storage, delivery, and setup.
BB&D Moving Services
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Life is full of big decisions. What school to attend. What job to take. What city to live in and what home in your chosen location. Selecting a mover to get you there might not be a life-altering decision, but it’s important nonetheless: If all goes well, your move turns into a one-day event that proceeds smoothly, according to plan; but if things don’t go well, your move can turn into a stress-fueled, frustration-filled nightmare from which you just want to escape.
The difference between scenario A and scenario B? Choosing a qualified, reputable, and experienced full-service moving company you can rely on. Here are some steps you can take to pave the way for a problem-free move:
- Seek out recommendations and referrals. Take advantage of your own personal network as an invaluable source of dependable and useful information. Just like you’d trust your family and friends to set you up on a blind date or help you find just the right restaurant for that special anniversary dinner, leverage the collective knowledge of the people around you to help you zero in on a good fit. A new colleague at work or a new family at your kid’s school? Ask them what mover they used and if they were happy with their choice. Word of mouth is almost always worth listening to.
- Research online information and reviews. Typing “moving companies” into your Google search bar will result in a long list of options in your area, but geography and availability shouldn’t necessarily be the deciding factors. Instead, you’ll want to look at what information a company shares online, what their reputation is in the industry, and what reviews have been posted about them. Sure, no one receives 100% satisfaction ratings 100% of the time, but when the general consensus shows the company to be professional, reliable, well-received, and well-reviewed, that’s a great start to narrowing down your options.
- Get multiple on-site estimates. An established moving company will have a streamlined, systematic process in place to provide you with a detailed estimated cost for your entire move. In writing. To do so, they should offer a timely visit to your home, where the estimator can conduct an in-person inventory of all your belongings to accurately assess weight, volume, and approximate move time. Securing several estimates will allow you to compare and contrast.
- Check credentials. A legitimate company will be licensed, bonded, and insured. Without these credentials, the company isn’t responsible if something unfortunate happens to your possessions en route, nor are they liable for injuries that could happen to their workers, your family members, or your property. For interstate moves, movers are also required to be registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation and have a DOT number. Ask for proof of credentials if this information isn’t already provided in the company’s paperwork and/or on their website.
- Read the fine print. Consumers have responsibilities in moves as well. Make sure you read through the company’s policies and procedures before you sign on the dotted line and ask for clarification on anything you don’t understand. Which leads us to our final suggestion.
- Ask questions. Experienced movers are used to inexperienced customers who may have lots of questions and concerns, such as:
- How long will your move take?
- Will you be able to contact the company and the driver during the move?
- Does the company subcontract the move or the delivery, or will they be in possession of your belongings from start to finish?
- What is the cancellation policy?
- What forms of payment are accepted, and when is payment made?
- Are there any packing restrictions or limitations you should be aware of?
- Any extra or hidden fees for special services, supplies, or labor not readily apparent in the estimate?
- Which items will the moving company take care of themselves and how (e.g., electronics, furniture, large or odd-shaped items, items that don’t fit in boxes, like bicycles and rugs)?
- How are the movers trained, and can you expect them to show up on moving day in uniform?
There are lots of online sources to help you pick the right moving company, among them:
BB&D Moving can help you as much or as little as you want throughout the entire process, from planning, budgeting, and packing to storage, delivery, and setup. Call us today to learn about how we can get you from “here” to “there” as swiftly and efficiently as possible!
BB&D Moving Services
301-573-5447 (MD) | 571-375-2826 (VA) | 786-409-4799 (FL) | http://bbdmoving.com/
If you’re planning on moving and know your home could use some renovations to prep it for resale and greatly increase your chances of getting top dollar for it, now might be a very good time to start thinking more seriously about your plans. That’s because October is National Kitchen and Bath Month, when lots of remodeling businesses offer special offers and lots of retailers have big sales on kitchen and bath supplies.
Why October? Well, it conveniently falls right between the hot, humid days of summer, when you don’t really want all your doors and windows open while workers come and go, and the frigid, icy days of winter, when you want everything in your home to be buttoned up and unexposed to the elements. More importantly, however, October is perfect ramp-up time to the holidays—especially to all the high traffic your kitchen and bathrooms are subject to with holiday entertaining and holiday guests.
Maybe you’re thinking about some minor updates and upgrades, or maybe you’re in the market for a complete remodel of one or more rooms before you put your home on the market. Either way, here are some things to consider:
- Go “window shopping.” Today’s home buyers are savvy and sophisticated, having grown up amid the DIY industry spurred on by such home improvement giants as The Home Depot and Lowe’s and having been groomed by countless episodes of Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop on HGTV. They want granite countertops, they expect double sinks, and they’re drawn to clean lines and open spaces. So go to open houses in your area to start getting a look at and a feel for today’s modern, marketable interiors. Talk to your friends about their own remodels—their list of do’s and don’ts, their recommended vendors. Stroll the aisles of decorating stores to learn more about available features and finishes, costs and space considerations.
- Appeal to the masses. Remember, you’re redoing your home for resale, not for yourself, so you’ll want to take into account colors, textures, materials, and products that will attract the greatest number of potential buyers. Trendy can work, but timeless is your best bet. Vibrant can be eye-catching, but you can’t go wrong with neutrals. Easy to clean and easy to maintain, long-lasting and highly functional, cost-effective and energy-efficient … these are the elements that will appeal to anyone’s taste and will make house hunters feel comfortable and assured in their next home.
- Research resale value. This step is crucial, because only by knowing the “comps” in your neighborhood can you make informed decisions about how much to renovate, how much to spend, how much you can ask for your house. Bottom line: you need to have a solid idea of how much value your reno will add to your current home before you decide how much valuable time and resources to invest in it. A real estate agent can help you research comparable home prices; you can also do a lot of this research yourself online, on sites like Zillow, which not only specify list and sold prices, but which show lots and lots of pictures of the homes for sale in your market, so you can compare yours to theirs.
- Make a budget. Planning for your expenses before you begin the renovation will save you a lot of headaches afterward. And make no mistake—renovations can be very costly. So while you’re shopping and researching, map out an expense sheet that prioritizes necessities over wish-list indulgences, and choose wisely when it comes to options for things like appliances, cabinetry, lighting, tiles, backsplashes, faucets, mirrors, and everything in between. It doesn’t have to be high-end to be high style or top-of-the-line to get your house in top form!
When you’re ready for your move, BB&D will be there for all your relocation and storage needs.
BB&D Moving Services
301-573-5447 (MD) | 571-375-2826 (VA) | 786-409-4799 (FL) | http://bbdmoving.com/
Preparing for a move can be one of life’s more overwhelming events for most people. With so much to do and juggle—not just planning and packing and organizing in the home you’re vacating, but also planning and unpacking and organizing in your new home—it’s easy to get so stressed out that you start forgetting things, that details start falling through the cracks.
The most efficient way to tackle the planning process is to write everything down—make a checklist of all that you need to do, all that you need to get, and you’ll be thanking yourself later on when things get even busier as your move date approaches.
One list you don’t have to make is an inventory of your belongings—once you have your professional moving company of choice on board, they’ll take care of that for you. The inventory list will give both your movers and you a very good idea of the number and types of boxes you’ll need. Your moving company can supply those for an extra charge—in every conceivable shape and size—or you can procure them yourself. Regardless of which option you choose, here’s a typical list of what you should have on hand to get the packing off to a great start and under control.
TYPICAL PACKING SUPPLY LIST:
- Large moving boxes
- Medium moving boxes
- Small moving boxes
- Extra-large moving boxes
- Wardrobe boxes
- Heavy-duty boxes
- Large roll(s) of bubble wrap
- Multiple rolls of tissue paper
- Permanent black marker
- Rolls of sealing tape
- White labels to paste on boxes
Now, when it comes to specialty boxes and wooden crates for fragile items such as large mirrors, marble tops, glass tops, valuable artwork, computers, printers, electronics, and other bulky, hard-to-move items, we recommend consulting with your professional movers. But all of the other contents of your home can be safely and securely packed up with the above materials, at a pace that’s comfortable for you and works with your schedule.
Then it’s time to proceed to the crucial step of labeling the boxes. Trust us, your move will go a lot smoother and settling in to your new home will be a lot easier when boxes are delivered to the rooms they belong in.
BB&D Moving Services can do all of the above (and more!) for you, but we’re also here to help you do it yourself. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your move:
301-573-5447 (MD) | 571-375-2826 (VA) | 786-409-4799 (FL) | http://bbdmoving.com/
So you’ve set your move date, you’ve hired professional movers, and now comes the often-overwhelming task of packing up your entire household. What should you pack up all by yourself? What should you leave to your movers? And what might fall somewhere in between?
Well, sorting through your household is the first step in efficient and productive packing. If you’ve already compiled an inventory of all your belongings with your mover, use that as a starting point. If not, you can proceed through your house one room at a time, making an inventory list of your own to determine which items you know you want to be responsible for yourself (like jewelry), which items require proper packing materials and special handling and should therefore be taken care of by your movers (like your grandmother’s antique chest), and which items shouldn’t be packed at all but should be left to the movers’ discretion (like bicycles). For any items that you’re leaving to the movers’ care, prep them as necessary and practical—for example, empty your grandmother’s chest and carefully box up the contents inside so that only the piece of furniture itself is left for the movers to handle.
Here are some tips on deciding who should move what:
- Private and confidential material: Paperwork and information that is sensitive in nature and is important to your identity and privacy should be handled on your own—things like financial files and statements, bonds and deeds, passports and certificates, banking information. If items are for your eyes only, then it will give you peace of mind to pack them up yourself.
- Irreplaceable items: You’ll also rest easier knowing you took care of precious belongings yourself, such as heirloom jewelry, your teacup collection, family photo albums, collector items, first-edition books. If it can’t be replaced, that’s your cue to place and pack these things yourself.
- Everyday household items: As prepared as you want to be ahead of time, you don’t want to pack up things you use in your home on a daily basis and will want on hand even on moving day: house and car keys, remote controls, address books, flash drives, the coffee machine, your pillows and a set of sheets. Remember that you still need to live comfortably and effectively a few days before your move and a few days after.
- Personal items: The same goes for any and all personal items that you use on a daily basis that you’ll want to keep within easy reach: clothes, shoes, medications, eyeglasses, toiletries, and cosmetics. You can pack up the bulk of your bedroom and bathroom contents well ahead of the move, but remember to save a bag for packing up what you’ll need during the actual transition period of the move.
- Fragile contents: When it comes to items that require special packing and handling, however, it’s recommended that you let the professionals take care of them for you. No matter how sentimental or valuable these items are to you—furniture, artwork, TVs and other electronic equipment, computers, appliances, large household items, pool tables and pinball machines and stereo systems—these items are fragile and difficult to move and so will be safer in the hands of your professional movers.
Relocating is stressful enough without the added concern of not knowing when, how, and what to pack. Take advantage of the expertise and experience of your professional movers by letting them help you inventory, organize, and sort through everything. And if you really don’t want to pack up anything yourself other than your toothbrush, your wallet, and your car keys, well then, for an additional fee, your movers can take care of (literally) everything but the kitchen sink!
Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your move: 301-573-5447 (MD) | 571-375-2826 (VA) | 786-409-4799 (FL) | http://bbdmoving.com/
Moving can be one of the most stressful experiences in life. Just the thought of it can fill you with a curious blend of mixed emotions: dread, excitement, anxiety, anticipation. And yet moving doesn’t have to be quite so overwhelming and nerve-racking—especially once you get a professional moving company on board to walk you through the process and offer options along the way.
One of those options is letting your movers do your packing too. Yes, there’s an added cost for this service, but if you think of how much money you’ll spend on packing tape, labels or markers, tissue and bubble wrap, and boxes of all shapes and sizes, that cost is quickly neutralized. Not only that, but it’s important to consider that packing plays a critical role in a successful move: If your house contents are packed professionally and correctly, you alleviate all worry that your possessions will be broken or damaged in transit.
You can hire a mover to pack as little or as much of your inventory as you want, so as you decide how you want to proceed, keep in mind these benefits of a combined moving + packing package:
- Your household items and valuables will be packed safely and securely in the proper boxes and packing materials provided by the moving company.
- Your movers will label each and every box—its contents as well as the room in which it belongs—which expedites your move and eliminates any possible confusion during the unloading and delivery phase.
- Your movers can also safely unpack all your items in your new residence, if you wish, and haul away all the packing materials for you. Instead of breaking down boxes and making trips to the dump, you can just start enjoying your new home.
- Your movers can do virtually all of the work—they’ll arrange an on-site visit well in advance of your move, they’ll compile an accurate inventory list of your belongings, and they’ll compose a map of your new home that specifies in which room your boxes and furnishings belong.
How do you pack a lamp? Large artwork? China and other fragile items? Computer and electronic equipment? Let your movers decide how to best take care of your valuables that require special handling.
BB&D Moving Services does it all! Call us or visit us today to learn more about how we can meet all your moving and packing needs: 301-573-5447 (MD) | 571-375-2826 (VA) | 786-409-4799 (FL) | http://bbdmoving.com/
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/.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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/
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.