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Moving 101: The Basics

With as much as 25% of the U.S. adult population moving or considering a move amid the current national climate, relocating is a timely topic and has taken center stage in a lot of people’s minds. Whether you’re 18 or 80, own a little or a lot, or are moving near or far, moving is known to be a stressful life event. But there are steps you can take to reduce the stress and professionals you can call to ease your load.

When things are complex, make them simpler. When something feels overwhelming, make it manageable. The following tips are exactly that—simple and manageable—so that you can start your move off on the best foot possible, with an eye toward keeping the whole process running smoothly and successfully.

Tips to Start Your Move Off Right

Tip #1: Pick an Advantageous Date. Having a set date on the calendar is the single-most important factor in launching a low-stress move. Try to find a date that’s beneficial for both you and your moving company. You want it to fit nicely into your schedule—not too soon or too late, not conflicting with any work or family commitments, and not interfering with any holiday or travel plans—but you also want to take advantage of a moving company’s slower days of the week or slower times of the year so you can get the most personalized attention and the most affordable pricing. Call around to learn about cost and availability differences at different times.

Tip #2: Schedule Backward from Your Moving Date. Once you’ve settled on a date, you can stay organized, on track, and on budget by allowing yourself enough time to proceed through all the moving tasks in orderly, efficient, and feasible time chunks. Map out your schedule ahead of time: how much time you’ll need to separate what’s coming with you from what you’ll donate or dump, what rooms/items to pack in what order, when to shop for moving supplies, what day you’ll need help to disassemble your entertainment unit, when to start in on pre-moving cleaning, when to schedule your utility shutoffs.

Tip #3: Get At Least Three Box Sizes. One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to moving boxes. Gather as large a variety as you can—from grocery stores, liquor stores, retailers, friends and family—so that heavier items (like books) can be packed in sturdy boxes no larger than one armload, so that small items (like costume jewelry and figurines) don’t get lost and squashed in huge piles in massive boxes, and so that larger items that need to be boxed (like table lamps or floor vases) can comfortably fit without parts jutting out that could get damaged during the move. Acquire what you can for free (neighborhood networking websites are a good place to look), purchase the rest.

Tip #4: Safer Material for the Safety of Your Possessions. Think outside the box—literally! Sure, standard cardboard boxes will work for the majority of your goods, but plastic, wood, and metal containers are great options when it comes to fragile items like electronics, glass, china, and heirlooms. Such materials won’t bend, pucker, or collapse under weight the way cardboard can. But there are also specially made heavy-duty boxes for things like dishes, mirrors, artwork, and clothes that you can purchase at hardware stores or through your moving company.

Tip #5: Don’t Forget Packing Material. It’s not just what goes in your boxes that matters, it’s also what goes around your items, protecting and stabilizing them. Styrofoam peanuts, shredded paper, newsprint, packing foam, rolls of plastic and tissue paper, bubble wrap, dish dividers–use ’em all so that there’s no loose space left in your packed and taped boxes.

Tip #6: Cleary Label Everything. Clearly labeling and tagging your bundles and boxes just might be the most critical step in a stress-free move. Make sure your labels are large, legible, easy to understand, and won’t peel off or wash off when wet. Not only will it help you immensely to keep track of your belongings, to know what goes into which rooms, and to be able to quickly find what you’re looking for once you’re in your new place, but labeling also helps your movers know what they’re carrying, how to stack/pack it on the truck, how much special care should be taken with fragile or unruly items. Take the time to mark up each and every box, and it’ll save you untold time in the long run.

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Tips for Moving in the Fall

Fall can be a great time of year to move. The weather cools down, making the manual labor side of things more comfortable, without having to pack and haul in the heat of summer. Not only that, but since the spring-to-summer span is the most popular time of year to move, you’ll often find better prices and more availability in terms of moving company and truck rental costs.

As a buyer, you’ll likely be in a better position in autumn as well. Spring and summer are also the peak seasons for buying and selling a home, so you’ll face less competition both on the market and in your home search if you list and house-hunt after the peak. All of this can translate to less pressure to make a decision before you’re ready.

When you are ready, though, following these tips will make for an optimal fall move:

  • Clear your sidewalks and pathways. All that fall foliage blanketing our yards sure is beautiful … but fallen leaves can be dangerous too, especially when wet. Make sure you sweep, rake, or use a leaf blower on all curbs, sidewalks, and driveways to avoid slips and spills. Piles of fallen leaves can also conceal hidden debris and branches that could do serious damage to you, your movers, or your belongings, so it’s always better to play it safe by clearing all walkways entirely.
  • Schedule your move during the school day. The school calendar doesn’t affect families without kids much, but if you do have school-aged children, take advantage of booking your local move when they’re busy and distracted at school, for minimal disruption to everyone. Most moves are scheduled for weekends, so if you have the flexibility to move on a weekday instead, it can improve an on-time, on-point, on-budget move all the more.
  • Dress for the weather. Layers are always a good bet in the fall, when weather can be quite unpredictable. Whether it’s cool mornings and evenings but warmer days or an unfortunately timed downpour, you don’t want to be in the middle of moving or in transit with clothing that leaves you too hot, too cold, or wet and soggy. Have a jacket or sweatshirt on hand, and keep a raincoat unpacked and readily available. And no matter what time of year you move, comfortable and supportive closed-toe shoes are always a must.
  • Plan for sundown. As the fall months progress—particularly once daylight saving time ends—the days get shorter and shorter and dusk comes earlier and earlier. Start your move as early in the day as you can, to benefit from as much sunlight as possible.

If you can, take advantage of the benefits a fall move offers. With just a little advanced planning, you can have a great experience in the primo pocket of time after summer vacation and back-to-school hubbub but before the holidays hit. So fill your coffee cup to the brim, put on your favorite comfy sweater, and enjoy the scenery around you as you transition to your new home!

We’ve got lots more guidance and advice for smooth and successful moves. Contact BB&D Moving Services today for a free consult and estimate:

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What NOT to Pack on the Moving Truck

Much has been written about prepping and packing for the moving van when the big day arrives. But it’s just as important to know what not to pack—what to hold out and transport yourself, either because (a) certain items are not permitted on moving company trucks or because (b) certain items are too valuable or irreplaceable for you to entrust to anyone else’s care.

The first category—what’s not allowed, usually for safety or insurance reasons—includes objects or substances that you’ll have to move yourself or perhaps just dispose of prior to moving day:

  • Gasoline: Make sure you use up the last of your gas in the lawnmower and that your propane tank is disconnected from your gas grill. If you have portable gas containers for your cars and such, those must be empty too or you can bring them along in your car trunk, where they’re usually already stored anyway.
  • All other liquids: Gardening sprays and chemicals, cleaning fluids, paint tins, solvents—none of them should be packed on the truck, including beverages, booze, and other frozen food or drink items that will melt.
  • Batteries: Any and all batteries—whether for cars, remote controls, smoke detectors, toys, and anything in between—should go with you, not the movers.

The second category is more subjective and consists of anything and everything you truly cannot afford to lose, misplace, or have damaged. It also includes items you’ll want with you immediately upon arrival at your new location, simply for practicality and convenience. In your own vehicle or luggage, consider packing:

  • All important documents: Paperwork like birth certificates, passports, social security cards, marriage certificates, financial records, and the like are best kept with you during the move, not only because they’re most secure that way, but because you also may need some of these documents along the way for interstate or international moves. And don’t forget the moving contract—you’ll want your own copy on hand at delivery.
  • Jewelry, family heirlooms, old photos: Anything expensive or very near and dear to your heart should be kept that way. Best to keep them on your person for those very rare but possible “just in case” scenarios.
  • Perishable or open food: An unopened box of rice or canned vegetables aren’t likely to do any harm, but why transport edibles in a hot moving truck when you can just do your best to empty your fridge, freezer, cupboards, and pantry in the days leading up to your move. Eat up all those leftovers, drink all the juice and soda, and cook meals with the groceries you already have on hand before heading out. If you really want to keep that special maple syrup you bought on vacation or your grandma’s canned peaches, pack a cooler and bring it with you in the car.
  • Pet food: Unless you plan to stop at a store on your way to your new home, your pets will appreciate not having to wait for dinner! (And make sure you have some kind of receptacles for their food/water.)
  • First night’s bedding: After a long day of moving, the last thing you’ll want to do is go on a hunt in boxes or be without your pillows and comfy sheets so you can get that good night’s sleep you’ve earned.
  • Toiletries: You’ll also surely want your toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and brush, and any other bathroom items that will make you comfortable that first day and night.
  • Medications: Any prescriptions or supplements you take on a daily basis should be close at hand. You don’t want to be rummaging around for them in a house full of unpacked goods or, worse yet, without them altogether if the moving truck is delayed for any reason.
  • A day or two’s worth of clothing: Filling a bag or suitcase with a few changes of clothes for each of your family members is a smart, time-saving move. Just bring along whatever you would pack for a weekend getaway and you should be all set.
  • Chargers: Who goes anywhere without their cell phone these days, right? But it won’t do you any good if it goes dead. Make sure your smart devices are juiced up so you can receive and send messages throughout the move.

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Can’t I Just Move Myself?

When it comes to packing up and moving out, most people are concerned about the associated expenses—and rightly so. It’s both savvy and sensible to want to weigh the pros and cons of hiring a professional moving service versus trying to go the DIY route. Will it be worth the expenditure? Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Do you have the resources to undertake such a considerable task on your own?

As with any financial decision, you’ll want to consider your specific circumstances, needs, and budget to determine if you prefer the outlay of time, labor, effort, and energy to be yours or someone else’s. To help you make that determination about your upcoming move, here’s a list of advantages professional movers bring to the table in case you don’t want to move that table yourself!

The Benefits of Professional Packers & Movers

  • Assurance. With a professional moving company, you can rest assured that your move will be managed by experts who do this for a living, day in and day out. Your belongings will be properly protected during transport, and you can be confident that your possessions will remain intact from point A to point B, no matter the volume of your move or the distance it covers. With the insurance and safeguards in place by reputable moving companies, you might have other worries on your mind about relocating, but you’ll have peace of mind about the move itself.
  • Safety. Some DIY projects are relatively risk-free. Moving the entire contents of a family home? Not so much. Large and heavy items require appropriate equipment to safely move and proper procedures for heavy lifting. Personal injuries are common among self-movers, and damage to furniture and fragile items even more so. Professionals, however, mitigate all risks to both persons and possessions, following strict safety guidelines and protocols to fully protect your valuables.
  • Quality control. All’s well when things go according to plan. But when they don’t? When the size U-Haul you reserved isn’t there, when the day laborers you hired don’t show up, when you can’t get that entertainment unit out the door after all? Even the best-laid plans go awry, but if you leave the planning to a professional company, the chances of your move going off without a hitch drastically increase and the likelihood of unanticipated issues cropping up drastically decreases. Even if a problem is encountered, it’s the moving company’s responsibility to deal with and resolve. You’re paying for their expertise and experience, and that’s exactly what you’ll get, whether it’s keeping your items dry in the rain or getting those stubborn legs off the pool table.
  • Efficiency. No matter how strong or gung-ho your makeshift crew might be, there’s no way they’re going to be faster or more efficient than professional movers who have industry-grade equipment to transport bulky items from here to there, who know how to maneuver around corners and navigate stairways, who are adept at wrapping items and ensuring they don’t move around in transmit. Based on the prep work and inventory done on your home before moving day, they know just what to expect and come equipped with all of the manpower and materials needed for a swift and successful move.
  • Reduced costs. Sounds counterintuitive, right? But hear out this argument first. Moving is not a cheap venture, that’s true. Insurance premiums, licenses and certifications, fair wages, vehicle maintenance, equipment and supplies, mileage and gasoline—it all must be accounted for in consumer estimates. But what if the consumer pays for everything out-of-pocket themselves? Moving blankets, tarps, protectors, and containers. Trunk rental, with strict pickup and drop-off deadlines that incur late fees. Labor-for-hire. Dollies and carts and ramps. Possibly even trailers and hitches. Travel expenses, like tolls, sundries, and accommodations needed while in transit. And what about visits to the chiropractor or orthopedist if your back goes out or you break your ankle? Repairs that will be needed if you damage anything on the way out of your old home or on the way into your new one? Bottom line: à la carte pricing can sometimes work in your favor; far more often, a fixed price turns out to be your best bet.

All of these advantages add up to a stress-free move that puts you in the driver’s seat of hiring professional help … without having to do the actual heavy lifting and truck driving yourself!

Call BB&D Moving Services today to talk more about how we can facilitate and expedite your move: 301-573-5447 (MD)  |  571-375-2826 (VA)  |  786-390-4040 (FL)  |  bbdmoving.com/

How Do I Move My Piano?

It’s pretty common knowledge that hiring a professional company for a long-distance move will drastically cut down on the stress and drastically improve your chances of a smooth, problem-free relocation. Sure, small moves for an individual just starting out in a new apartment can readily be handled by a U-Haul and a few friends with willing arms, but when a whole family and their whole household is pulling up anchor? With their furniture, technology, trunks, bunks, and gardening tools? It’s a no-brainer for large loads, heavy items, precious goods, and family heirlooms.

But what about when you just need something heavy moved down the road or even elsewhere in your own home? Like if Aunt Linda is finally ready to take your grandmother’s huge china cabinet off your hands, or it’s time to move the piano from the basement to the living room or from the living room to the new music room? You might feel tempted to attempt this undertaking yourself or with a few guys-for-hire. That’s not advisable for several obvious, but nevertheless significant, reasons:

  • Pianos are heavy. (And by “pianos,” we mean any hefty and possibly odd-shaped item.) Items of great weight cannot simply be carted around willy-nilly on a dolly or casters. There’s tipping and bending involved, securing loose parts and protecting breakable ones. There’s maneuvering around corners or even up and down steps. Consider this: The average piano weighs anywhere between 600 and 1,100 pounds. Risk of injury is real and damage to the item is probable.
  • Pianos are expensive. If someone’s going to go to the hassle of moving something of great weight, it’s clearly something of great value to them (and likely to their wallet as well!). Something like a piano in the garage, an antique trunk in the attic, or an old-time safe in the back of a closet is often a prized possession that has been handed down through the generations. And if it’s something you’d want to replace if it breaks, that could cost thousands. You don’t want to trust an investment like that to amateurs.
  • Pianos are cumbersome. When you’re talking about an exceptionally expensive and exceedingly heavy piece, it’s the sheer bulk of it that makes moving it so dicey and difficult. We’ve all heard stories of the pool table that was never level again or the piano that never sounded the same again after moving, the splintered legs or the scratched surfaces. Oddly proportioned, awkwardly weighted items like these that are larger than three refrigerators can cause a lot of damage when mishandled—to the item itself, to your home, and/or to your person.

So what’s the short answer to “How do I move my piano”? By using a professional moving company—we know what we’re doing even when we don’t do it with a truck! We have experienced and informed solutions to your challenges, we have the proper tools to properly handle your valuables, and we have the training to do so quickly and successfully. At first, you might be hesitant to pay for what you consider a short move of a single item. But when you think about what it might cost you in terms of home repairs, medical bills, or replacement expenses if something goes awry, it’s definitely worth a small investment to yield large savings on time, energy, efficiency, and safety.

Call today for a free estimate:
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Costly Mistakes Made When Hiring Movers

Planning a big move in the near future? Great! Moving can be a fantastic experience, full of new adventures, fresh starts, and clean slates. But there can also be an unfortunate downside. Sometimes moves don’t go as planned, and there’s no shortage of people with stories about how they got burned by movers in the past. When this happens, it tends to color opinions and create a negative bias toward moving companies in general.

The experts at BB&D don’t want your moving story to be an unhappy one. To help keep your move on track and your experience positive, here are some tips on how to avoid common mistakes consumers make when choosing a moving company:

  • Know that not all movers are equal. This doesn’t mean that you’ve got to sift through a lot of bad to find the good. Rather, it means that not all movers will be a good fit for your particular needs and concerns. Often, to save time and hassle, consumers just go with the first available option. But this can be a misstep. Just like buying a car or getting an insurance quote or seeking a second (or third) opinion on a health ailment, it’s worth the investment to shop around a bit—to pick a moving company that aligns with your budget, schedule, content volume, business values, and work ethic.
  • Be sure all fees are crystal clear up front. Don’t get blindsided by hidden fees that don’t hit you until during or after the move. Talk about and settle on all aspects pertaining to cost before signing on the dotted line. You should feel free to ask all the questions you want to feel comfortable and confident in knowing what your total payment will be before it’s time to pay.
  • Confirm that the moving company is insured. All proper moving businesses are insured, so do a little research and ask for proof of insurance while you’re shopping around. Insurance alone can make all the difference between hiring a solid, dependable company instead of a bunch of swindlers.
  • Avoid a last-second move. We get that people can’t always control the flow of their life—new job offers can arise quickly, you can be called on to relocate near family members at a moment’s notice, and your college-bound child could be moved off the “wait list” and into the “accepted” pile at any point. Still, picking a mover out of a hat at the eleventh hour is never advised. It can lead to unclear details, unnecessary costs, and unanticipated obstacles—none of which will ultimately get you where you need to be any quicker.
  • Discuss the entire process. As with any negotiation, you’ll want to discuss all steps of your move before it actually begins—from the exact date of pickup to what items to pack yourself to how to contact your movers en route. Understanding all the details before moving day is the best step you can take to create a moving day that ends well!

The professionals at BB&D are always clear, concise, honest, and punctual. Keep these tips in mind to be well on your way to a clean, stress-free move.

Contact us today to learn more:
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Why to Choose Local Movers Over Brokers

When it’s time to choose a moving service, there’s certainly no shortage of options out there! If you start your search on the internet, you’ll have hundreds, even thousands, of listings literally at your fingertips in seconds flat. Between the huge nationwide chains, moving brokers, and local companies, how do you even start differentiating among them and narrowing down your choices? It’s precisely because the process can get so time-consuming and overwhelming that many people just take the easy route and let a broker handle the entire transaction for them.

Well, we’re here to tell you that the easiest way isn’t always the best way. Consumers can and have encountered BIG problems when enlisting the services of a broker, so you’ll want to weigh your options carefully based on some important considerations.

What’s a Broker?

A broker is a company that arranges for the transport of your goods rather than transporting them itself. Basically, the broker plays the middleman between you and the company that will eventually serve as your carrier.

Brokers are not movers, brokers are not authorized to transport, brokers do not own trucks, and brokers do not employ professional moving people. Instead, brokers will make an estimate on your move from the information you provide when you contact them, then they act as “matchmaker” to try to find you the best deal among their network of for-hire carriers. And sometimes they do find you the right deal—the date you want in the timeframe you want at the price you want. But that’s not always the case …

Disadvantages of Brokers

  • Most moving brokers operate from call centers located virtually anywhere, so you don’t interact with them face-to-face and they’re never directly involved with your home, your belongings, or the actual move itself.
  • Brokers are more of a sales team than an actual service provider, meaning they “sell” your move to bidders. In turn, they are not responsible for any follow-through after the connection has been made.
  • As such, brokers take no accountability for your cargo and assume no liability for the actions of the moving company they commission.
  • For interstate moves, brokers are required to use only movers that are registered with the FMCSA. In a perfect world, this would always occur … but it’s not a perfect world, as we all know, and there have been documented instances of unlicensed movers being commissioned for jobs.
  • When it comes to estimates, brokers don’t always hit the nail on the head. This can lead to carriers refusing to take the job when the actual calculations don’t match the approximation. Worst-case scenario, you could end up with no mover on moving day; best-case scenario, you can end up paying significantly more than you planned.
  • Similarly, consumers can sometimes be surprised by hidden fees incorporated in the broker process. “Extras” can start showing up above and beyond the straight carrier fee.
  • Sometimes a broker will have difficulty placing a job for various reasons, like a too-low estimate the carriers won’t consider, no availability for the requested moving schedule, or limited resources to properly complete the job. Bottom line: you don’t want to get stuck without a mover on moving day because of a broker issue with supply and demand.

Advantages of Local Movers

Given all the things that can go wrong when you use a go-between, why not go directly to the source to ensure the proper resources for your move? With a local mover, you get:

  • Personalized customer service: A local mover comes to your home, meets you in person, and takes a physical inventory of your goods to provide a firm quote and go over all the requisite paperwork.
  • Elimination of a middleman: You work directly with your own company representative so that all expectations, fees, regulations, and job parameters are addressed and negotiated one-on-one.
  • Honesty and transparency: Everything is laid out in black-and-white in writing—what you see is what you get.
  • Accountability: The local mover’s name and reputation are on the line with each and every customer they serve. They work harder for you because, to be frank, they have more to lose than a massive corporate chain or a regional franchise of that chain.
  • Streamlined personnel and continuity of service: Smaller companies have smaller staffs—that means you’ll be dealing with the same representative from start to finish; and just in case something goes wrong, you won’t be dialing a generic 800 number and you won’t be left on your own to resolve any issues.
  • Established history of trust: When you hire in your own community, the feedback and reviews on the company that you can research are from your own neighbors.
  • And don’t forget the satisfaction and goodwill of supporting local business in your area!

BB&D Moving Services is a local business specifically for consumers in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. Rest assured that we take care of our community members because we are a community member. When you want things to go right, GO LOCAL! Contact us today to speak directly to a BB&D team member about your upcoming move.

BB&D Moving Services
301-573-5447 (MD)  |  571-375-2826 (VA)  |  786-409-4799 (FL)  |  
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How to Schedule Movers

Unless you’re moving into your first place, your belongings fit in the trunk of your car, and your friends are willing to schlep your boxes for free pizza and beer, you have a “real” move on your hands—and the best way to tackle that is to hand the job over to real, professional movers.

But how to choose the right moving company and manage the process for the most successful move possible? Start with this basic checklist, sort of like a 101 intro course on moving for those who can benefit from a step-by-step guide:

  1. Choose your moving date. The busiest times on the calendar for professional movers are at the beginnings and ends of months and on weekends, so scheduling your move for midweek or in the middle of the month is ideal.
  2. Research moving companies at least a month before. Ask friends and family for recommendations, do a Google search in your area, and check customer review sites. Make sure the moving company has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number and check online to confirm it. Factors when choosing movers include:
    • How much stuff needs to be moved
    • How many valuable items you own
    • The movers’ policy for liability of damaged items during the move
    • Whether payment is based on a flat fee or on an itemized inventory
    • When and where you plan to move
    • How soon the movers can deliver your belongings to your new place
  1. Ask for an on-site estimate and get everything in writing. Ask the movers to do an on-site estimate of the total moving cost. Then ask for that estimate in writing, along with the company’s USDOT number, insurance information, and the date and time of the move. Confirm this information a couple of weeks before your moving date.
  2. Collect moving supplies. Get free boxes from grocery or liquor stores. Use towels, comforters, and newspapers to wrap, protect, and separate fragile items. Make sure you have packing tape, permanent markers, and special containers like wardrobe boxes.
  3. Allow yourself ample time to pack. Give yourself at least a month. Start with the things you use the least. Reserve boxes and suitcases for stuff you use on a daily basis and will want to unpack first when you arrive at your new home.
  4. Use the move as an opportunity to declutter. You don’t want to pay to move things you don’t need or want anymore. Donate the items in good condition to charity and get a receipt for your tax deductions.
  5. Arrange payment and tip. Depending on when and how you’re paying, be prepared to pay the movers, and upon completion of a job well done, 10–15% of the total bill is the standard tipping range for good service.

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)  |  
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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/

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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 https://bbdmoving.com/.