Category Archives: Planning Your Move

Tipping & Treating Your Movers

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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:
  1. 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
301-573-5447 (MD)  |  571-375-2826 (VA)  |  786-409-4799 (FL)  |  bbdmoving.com/

Picking the Right Moving Company Is Key

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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/

Optimizing Your Move by Zeroing in on the Calendar

Moving is nobody’s idea of a good time, right? All the prioritizing and the packing, the checklists and the supplies, the organizing and reorganizing, updating addresses and changing utilities—the list goes on from there, and it can get more than a little overwhelming for anyone.

But there are some things you can do to not only prepare for the smoothest move possible, but to make it more cost-effective too, by picking a precise date for your move that can save you time and money.

Start by thinking “off”—off-peak, off-season, when moving companies are least busy, so the greatest amount of resources will be available to you. Then drill down from there:

WHAT MONTH? Certainly, you must take into account your own personal circumstances and required timelines, but if you can avoid scheduling your move from the middle of May through September—typically, the busiest months for residential moves—you’ll likely you be glad you did. Scheduling your move during the fall or winter will allow less of a time crunch and more affordable pricing (not to mention cooler weather!).

WHAT WEEK? Just like summertime is predictably the peak season for moves, the first week of the month (the 1st day of the month, to be exact) is routinely booked the most. So mid-month is the where you want to fall—on or around the 15th, when there’ll be fewer fellow clients on the roster.

WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK? Most people prefer to schedule their move for the weekend, when they’re off work and their kids are off school. This is especially true for do-it-yourself movers, meaning rental trucks might be in short supply and come at a premium. Monday to Thursday offers you the prime window for a more open, less stressful moving experience.

If your schedule allows for flexibility, think about using these tips to map out an ideal time frame for your move.

Contact BB&D Moving Services today to learn more or to schedule your move:

301-573-5447 (MD)  |  571-375-2826 (VA)  |  786-409-4799 (FL)  |  http://bbdmoving.com/