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Supply Checklist for Your Upcoming Move

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/

What to Pack Yourself When You Move

Packing to move

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/

The Advantages of Hiring Your Movers to Do Your Packing

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:

  1. Your household items and valuables will be packed safely and securely in the proper boxes and packing materials provided by the moving company.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/

Hiring Professional Movers in DC, MD & NoVA

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

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

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

MENU OF BB&D MOVING SERVICES:

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

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

Tips for Settling in Your New Home After Your Move

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

THREE HELPFUL TIPS

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

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

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!

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.

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.

Best Practices for Packing and Labeling Boxes When Moving

Moving boxes and supplies

Once your professional mover is on board, they will assist you in all your moving and packing needs. Your professional moving company can supply boxes in every size needed for an additional charge, if you do not have time to collect boxes yourself. Because you will need a lot of boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes, your professional movers can even supply you with specialty boxes and wooden crates for those hard-to-pack items such as large mirrors, framed artwork, computers, printers, and any other large, heavy, or fragile items.

Here is a typical packing supply list:

  • 25 small moving boxes
  • 15 medium moving boxes
  • 15 large moving boxes
  • 5 extra-large moving boxes
  • 10 heavy duty boxes
  • 10 wardrobe boxes
  • 4 rolls of unprinted news wrap
  • 1 roll of bubble wrap
  • 1 roll of tissue paper
  • 2 permanent black markers
  • Roll of sealing tape

Once you have your boxes, you can start packing and labeling them. Packing your belongings can be tedious and time consuming. You may be tempted to toss things in random boxes without much wrapping or labeling involved and leave it at that. If your packing is hurried and unorganized, you risk your things possibly becoming damaged, broken, or even lost. And your unpacking may be disorganized as well and take even more time because boxes weren’t labeled correctly from the beginning. Your professional moving company has plenty of experience both packing and labeling, and can pack all of your boxes safely and securely. Your items will be safe from any damage or breakage, and all boxes will be labeled with the correct contents as well as which room it belongs in.

Quite possibly the most important step to packing your things is to label absolutely everything! Label each box on all sides, being sure to include the room it belongs in. It is even a great idea to map out your new residence and know where your furniture is being placed first, and then where the boxes should be stacked in that particular room. This will allow for a very organized and smooth unpacking of all your things in your new home. Happy moving!