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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!

 

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.

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!