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To Pack or Not to Pack? You’ve Got Options

So you’ve finally made the decision to move. Now comes all of the other many decisions that need to be made. The first one may seem like a simple one: should you move yourself or pay for full-service movers to pack up all of your belongings and move them to your new residence for you? Doing some research and checking options first is a good idea, because you may not be aware of all the different options you have.

Depending on how much free time you have and how flexible your schedule is, you can pick an option that works best for your busy lifestyle.

THERE ARE THREE BASIC TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL PACKERS:

  • Full Pack – Packers come to your home and expertly wrap and pack all items. Boxes are labeled to ensure they arrive at correct location.
  • Partial Pack – Packers will pack one item, one room, or entire home, depending on your specific request.
  • Unpack – Packers come and unpack for you, putting items away as directed or as labeled on the boxes.

There are many ways that you can combine your own labor with professional services, which will save you both time and money. A full-service moving company can do all of the packing and unpacking for you, or will work with you while you do some or all of the packing yourself. The ideal situation is to relinquish as much of the moving job as possible to the professionals. If you have it all hired, your home and its belongings will remain intact and living in it will not feel like a “war zone”, with belongings scattered or packed away while you still need them, such as cooking utensils, pots, pans – and of course – personal items and clothing.

Moving professionals are also trained and experienced in packing all items, including large and fragile hard-to-move items such as pianos, mirrors and heavy pieces of furniture. You won’t have the added worry of those items getting damaged or broken during the move. They will label each box and what room it is to be moved to. Professional movers are experienced in packing and are quick, safe, and efficient. They can pack up your household within days, whereas it may take you weeks or even months to pack up your own household.

It’s all about finding the right balance for your situation. The good news about moving and all the decisions you will be making is that you have plenty of options. BB&D can work with you and offer the right amount of assistance for you.

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.

Preparing for a Move – Clear the Clutter!

Moving is a great time to get rid of things you no longer need or use. And when you give yourself enough time to clear the clutter in advance, it can dramatically affect your move in positive ways. In fact, if you’ve lived in the same home for decades and haven’t really gotten rid of much during that time, it’s possible that you could move into a smaller home by the time you’re done decluttering!

In addition to more space, though, decluttering also offers opportunities to both save and make some cash. Whenever we have too much clutter, there’s a good chance that for every ten items stored away that you haven’t needed in ten years, there is one item that you’ve needed and haven’t been able to find. So whether you wasted time looking for it or bought a new one, with less clutter you’d be more likely to know where it is in the first place.

And of course, you can make money by selling anything that others may be able to use through Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, yard sales, or any other of the many ways available to us these days to sell our stuff. For anything useable but not sellable, research local charities to donate your items to.

Then there are all of the things that aren’t even useable anymore. Sometimes things just need to be thrown away or recycled. While this may not earn you cash (and in fact could cost you dump or removal fees), the peace of mind created by getting rid of useless items is priceless.

But here’s the best part about getting rid of stuff. It will make your move much easier:

  • If you are moving yourself, you’ll save money by needing a smaller moving truck. And think about all of the moving boxes you won’t need to pack! And all of the padding, newspaper, and bubbles you won’t need to procure.
  • If you are hiring a moving company, they will charge less since their movers won’t have to move as many boxes and they won’t need as much space in the moving truck.
  • Whether you are moving yourself or hiring a mover, the move will be faster and easier the less stuff you have. Spend less time loading and unloading and more time settling in to your new home.

All in all, the advantages to decluttering drastically outweigh the time and effort it takes to do so. Start the New Year off right and make a resolution to simplify your life. Happy New Year and Happy Decluttering!

 

Thinking Outside the Moving Box to Plan Your Next Move

Most often, moving from one place to another is fairly straightforward. You find a new home, pack your things, and move into your new home. But sometimes, things can be a little more complicated than that.

If your move is temporary, or you are combining homes or downsizing, you may find yourself needing to store your items in a storage facility. Several possible life changes may also create the need for junk removal services or handyman work.

Perhaps you’re looking to sell some furniture, but don’t have the time or patience to find and screen potential buyers. Maybe you’re moving overseas, which can complicate the process of getting your furniture and belongings safely from one home to the next.

At BB&D, we can meet all of your moving needs, from the simplest to the most complicated.

At BB&D professional moving services, we offer:

  • Loading/Unloading: Moving boxes and crates from your current residence to the moving truck, and to your new home. All boxes and furniture will be carefully placed in the labeled rooms at your new residence.
  • Packing/Unpacking: We can pack up your items securely and unpack them at your new residence. BB&D can also provide all packing materials at an additional cost.
  • Storage Options: Our storage facilities are lighted and temperature controlled with around-the-clock monitored security cameras. We offer both short and long term storage options.
  • Cleaning/Handyman/Junk Removal Services: We can take care of any cleaning, minor repairs, or hauling junk away from your old residence.
  • International Moving Services: We provide transit across foreign borders with trusted providers and regulations assistance.
  • Additional Services: We can also list any unwanted furniture on Craig’s List for you. We even offer scanning services for documents to save them digitally if you no longer want to store or pack hard copies of documents.

Call BB&D today at 301-573-5447 to see how we can make your move as stress-free as possible.

Boxes, Boxes Everywhere! Moving Options that Reduce Stress

If you’re planning a move, you may be experiencing unpleasant flashbacks from previous moves, where you spent a good amount of time living out of boxes.

Before your move, did you have partially packed boxes in every room for weeks, not quite sure what to pack or when to pack it? Did you underestimate or overestimate how many boxes or how much bubble wrap would be needed?

And after your move, you may have discovered too late that accurate labels really are important. Or maybe you were just so exhausted after your move that you didn’t have the energy to unpack and figure out where everything goes.

At some point, almost everyone has experienced at least some of these things. If any of these experiences have you dreading your next move, we’ve got good news for you.

The Good News

While everyone knows that there are moving companies that will move your things from your old home to your new home, not everyone knows that they can do much more than that.

Take Packing Off of Your To-Do List

Professional movers will do all of the packing for you. If you desire, they can come in the day before your move and take care of everything. No need to worry about packing fragile items, how many boxes to buy, or remembering to label everything.

Choose Which Things You’d Rather Pack

Do you have some areas you’d like to pack yourself and others you’d like the movers to pack? No problem. The movers can take care of as much or as little as you’d like.

Unpacking Taken Care of – No Living Out of Boxes

And after your move, your professional movers can unpack everything as well. Using the systematic labels on each box, they will be able to put all of your belongings in the appropriate rooms, and even put items back on shelves or on furniture where they were before the move. No need to live out of boxes for even a day!

If this sounds like a dream come true, give us a call at 301-573-5447. We’d be happy to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Plan Not to Pack These Items on the Moving Truck

Whether you’re hiring a moving company or moving yourself, there are several items that you should not plan on moving in the moving truck. These items fall into two categories:

  1. Items most moving companies have rules against putting in their trucks, and
  2. Important items that you’ll want to make sure you have with you at all times.

For various safety and insurance reasons, most moving companies cannot or won’t move the following items in their moving trucks. You’ll want to make sure you make plans ahead of time to either find another way to transport them, or get rid of them before moving day.

  • Gasoline: You can use up the last of your gasoline either with one last mowing of your lawn or put it in your car’s tank. Just make sure that come moving day, all gas containers and lawn equipment are empty.
  • Any other liquids: This includes gardening chemicals, cleaning chemicals, and any foods or drinks with liquids or frozen items that may melt.
  • Batteries: Any and all batteries, whether for cars, remote controls, or anything in-between, should go in your car with you.

The second category, of items you’ll want to keep with you in your vehicle, include any personal, valuable, or irreplaceable items as well as anything you’ll need immediately after arriving at your new home.

  • All important papers and documents: Things like birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, financial records, etc. are best kept with you for the move, particularly if it’s an interstate move, as you may need these documents before the moving truck has arrived or unloaded.
  • Jewelry, family heirlooms, etc.: Anything expensive or irreplaceable should ride in the car with you.
  • Perishable food or open food: In the days leading up to your move, try to eat your leftovers and open food, and get your fridge and freezer as close to empty as possible. You’ll probably want to either throw out anything left or bring it in your car in a cooler instead of putting it in a hot moving truck.
  • Sheets and pillows: After a long day of moving, the last thing you want is to be searching through boxes when you’re exhausted, looking for everything you need to sleep.
  • A suitcase with a day or two of clothing: Just like the sheets and pillows, your bathroom necessities and your clothing are not things you want to be searching for before everything is unpacked. Fill a suitcase as if you were going on vacation for a few days, and you’ll be set.
  • Pet food: Unless you plan to shop when you first arrive to your new home, your pets will appreciate knowing they don’t have to wait for dinner!
  • Medications: Make sure that any prescriptions or supplements you take on a daily basis are close at hand.
  • Chargers: Moving is a big deal, and you’ll want to be sure you can keep your phone charged in case you need to make any calls.

How to Prepare and Pack Bedrooms for a Move

Bedrooms can be one of the trickier rooms to pack, for the simple reason that you use the items in it every day – from your bed to your clothes. Where to begin? Well, just like any other thing in life, making a plan and taking things one step at a time will have your bedroom ready to move before you know it. Follow these steps to simplify the process:

  1. Sorting time! Before you pack a thing, make sure you’re not wasting energy or money moving things you no longer want or need. This goes for the whole family. Have the kids go through their things while you go through yours, and determine what’s ready to give away or throw away, and what to sell. This step can begin long before any packing begins, and can greatly reduce the amount of things that need to be moved. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used or worn it in over a year, it’s probably safe to get rid of it… like that prom dress from 1993!
  2. Pack the off season. If you’re moving in the spring or summer, then go ahead and pack your winter things, and vice versa if you’re moving during the colder months.
  3. Time for knick-knacks. Use small boxes and plenty of protective bubble wrap or other packing material for all of your small tchotchkes, knick-knacks, photos, decorations, and any other small things that you don’t need on a daily basis.
  4. Up next: Shoes and bedding. Pack all shoes and extra linens that you won’t be needing before your move. Medium boxes work well for shoes, and larger boxes work well for linens and extra pillows.
  5. Label, label, label! There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to find something after a move from boxes that are either not labeled or are not labeled clearly. Make sure you clearly mark what room a box belongs to, what is in it, and if there are any special concerns, such as fragile items inside. Also be sure to fill the boxes to the brim, leaving no empty space. This will ensure that they stack nicely in the moving truck.

This leaves you with only two more big categories: things you need on a daily basis, and your furniture. The things you need on a daily basis should go with you in your car, to make sure you always have access to them. As for your furniture, mattresses, and other large items, leave those to your professional movers. They are experts at taking things apart when necessary, packing and protecting all of your items with care, and setting them up, ready for your first night’s sleep in your new home. As always, be sure to visit our website for more tips on packing and moving: www.bbdmoving.com

Preparing For A Move – The Checklist

A poorly planned or executed move can be one of the more taxing experiences in your life. At BB&D Transportation, Moving & Storage, we never want our patrons to experience a stressful moving event. Beyond perfect service, it’s the goal of our professional movers to ensure you enjoy your move and all that it brings!

How To Prepare For A Move: The Basics

The key to reducing stress on your move (or in general!) is organization. Having a clear to-do checklist, and all of the materials you need is the most important aspect. So what do you need? Surprisingly, not all that much! Avoid complicating your move, and ensure you have these things:

  • A calendar date. Or appointment book date, anything of the sort, really. While not a tangible item, a planned, scheduled date is the single most important item you can bring to a move. A proper date gives you an exact game plan, and allows you to coordinate appropriately.
  • At least three box sizes. Dependant upon your packing style, you’re going to need various box sizes to get everything organized. Boxes can be purchased from most general stores, or you can ask local stocking services if they have left over boxes to spare (liquor stores awesome for this!).
  • “Safe” boxes. Don’t depend on cardboard for everything! Plastic, wood or other sturdy box materials are excellent for fragile items like electronics, glass, china and heirlooms.
  • Packing material. Whether you get a big bag of styrofoam ‘peanuts’, rolls of tissue paper or just a large supply of loose newspaper, have something to fill packed boxes. You should never have loose space in your packed boxes!
  • Labelling Clear, distinct and easy to read lables are the key to organization. Be sure everything is very easy to understand. This helps both you, and your professional movers! And speaking of professional movers…
  • Professional movers.Of course, this isn’t a requirement, but it will make things much, much simpler. When it comes to packing, moving and carrying out your move expertly and without incident, no one does it better than a professional! Curious about why you would need a professional mover? We’ve discussed it at-length in a previous blog post! (“Do You Really Need A Packers And Movers Service?”)

Perfect, Stress Free Moves With BB&D

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Why Do I Want My Piano Moved By Professionals?

You likely understand why you would want a professional mover to assist in making your move as smooth and stress free as possible. But have you considered how important they can be when moving even something as simple as a piano?

And yes, we mean during a full move, or just to haul the piano across town (or even across the house!). Why? There are a few primary factors to consider:

  • Pianos are heavy. Obvious, yes, but consider this. The average piano weighs anywhere between six and eleven hundred pounds. And some styles can even exceed that. A piano is not something you can cart around willy-nilly with a dolly.
  • Pianos are expensive. Another obvious point, but again, bear with us. A piano is often an heirloom, prized for generations. Or a brand new piano can cost you as low as a few thousand, and up to the hundreds of thousands. Don’t trust an investment of that caliber to just anyone.
  • Pianos are cumbersome. So we have an exceptionally expensive, exceedingly heavy piece of art. To add to the difficulty, make it oddly proportioned, awkwardly weighted and larger than three fridges. A mishandled piano move can cause a lot of damage. Both to your home, and to your person.

So what does this all mean to movers, and do they have the solution? Movers are prepared to handle all of these factors. Professional movers have the tools, the experience and the training to address moving a piano (or any other large, highly-valuable possession, for that matter). Hiring a professional mover to move your piano across the country, across town or even to the next room saves you on stress. it saves you on time, and it ultimately saves you financially as well.

Expert Movers At BB&D

Our team or professional movers boast the best skills in the business, and we can provide all of the knowledge and equipment needed to successfully and painlessly move your large furniture. We pride ourselves on exceptional, friendly service, and are sure to bring our best to every job. Contact BB&D for your moving needs!