How to Paint the Interior Walls of your Home

Painting interior walls of your homeMoving to a new place? Does it need a new paint job? I say save the money and paint it yourself! With these step-by-step instructions, you’ll have your interior walls painted in no time.

The most important part of painting is the prepping. A good start is the key to a great paint job. Before beginning, cover the floors with drop cloths. This will protect the floor from paint and other materials.

After you’ve covered the floors, check the walls for scratches or holes. If you find any surface imperfections use a putty knife to fill them with light weight spackle. Make sure to remove any excess spackle using the putty knife.After that dries, smooth the repaired areas with a small piece of sand paper. This will allow you to paint evenly on the walls.

Clean any dust or cobwebs that you see around the walls. Remove as much as you can. You don’t want spots to be raised up under the new coat of paint.

For a clean, professional look apply painter’s tape to door and window trims, baseboards, molding, and other areas that you’re not painting. While applying the tape, make sure to press firmly around the edges to avoid any “bleeding”.
Time for primer! Take a thick paint brush with and paint 2-3 inches of primer on the edges of the walls where they meet the corners, door and window trims, baseboards, molding, door hinges, etc. This will make the actual painting, with rollers, much easier because the rollers can’t reach those confined places. Once you’ve finished, use the roller to do the rest. Work with one section at a time painting strokes top to bottom in a V or W shape. Always paint over wet primer to give it a clean look. Let the primer dry.

You’re almost done! Once the primer is dry, use the paint brush to paint 2-3 inches on the edges, like you did with the primer. Once that’s dry, use the rollers to paint, using the same technique that you did with the primer. Remember, when painting in strokes, always paint over wet paint to make everything flow nicely together.

Take off the painter’s tape and enjoy your beautiful new painting job!

How to Lower the Cost of your Move

Moving can be expensive. Sometimes, way too expensive. As professional movers, we know just what to do to lower the cost of your move. Take it from the professionals!
1) Don’t wait until last minute to pack. If you do, you probably won’t complete all the packing by moving day and you’ll need the movers to help you. Time is money (in most moving cases)! You should try to have everything packed and ready to go so the movers don’t need to spend any extra time in your home.

2) Find out what furniture pieces have to be wrapped. Most moving companies require specific furniture pieces to be wrapped (ie TVs). Before the move, ask a sales rep what pieces have to be wrapped and with that. Go to your local Home Depot and purchase the supplies in advance. Wrap whatever you can before the movers arrive.

3) Again, time is money! Specifically if you’re moving locally. If you can, disassemble and reassemble all necessary furniture to save the movers from having to do that. The less work they have to do, the less the move will cost you!

4) Help the movers. Help carry boxes and light furniture pieces to the truck. For liability issues, you won’t be able to go onto the truck but bringing the items to the truck will speed up the move.

5) Use a company with a low minimum amount of hours. This is especially true if you’re moving a small home, like a studio or one bedroom. Some moving companies have a minimum of 4 hours or so- you don’t want to pay for time you don’t need.

Good luck on your move!

Choosing a New Place To Move To

Movinig to a new city Moving to a new place is scary. This new place is going to be your home for the next few months, years, or decades. Make sure to plan and research your options as much as possible before choosing a new place to move to.

Use the list below to help you find your new home:

1) First and foremost, try to visit the potential towns before the big move. While in the areas, drive around and visit the central areas, restaurants, shops, recreation centers, etc. to get an idea of what living there will be like.

2) Use the internet to look up crime rates and statistics, school options (specifically if you have children), libraries, hospitals and other emergency services, proximity to the local airports, etc.

3) Don’t forget about the financial aspects. Its’ important to know what you can afford. After that, plan accordingly. Research the average cost of homes in the area as well as different state taxes.

4) Check out employment opportunities in all potential areas. If you specialize in a specific field, take time researching the city’s job market in your industry. In addition, keep in mind that income levels for the same job can vary from one state to another. There are websites (salary.com, for example) that compare salaries for different careers in various states.

5) Do you like warm weather? Or do you prefer the cold? If you’re passionate about either, make sure to search typical weather habits for different areas.

6) The more information you can get the better it will be. Informed decisions are usually the best.

Good luck finding your new home!

5 Most Common Moving Mistakes

Don't let these mistakes happen to you!

Unfortunately, there are many mistakes that people make when choosing a moving company.

Here at DC Pro Movers we’ve created a list of the top 5 most common moving mistakes to make your next move a smooth transition.

  1. Giving less details and information about the move: The more information you give the moving company, the more accurate your estimate will be. If possible, give the moving company an exact list of the items to be moved. Details, details, details!
  2. Not reading the contract in detail: Some moving companies have hidden fees (ie processing fees, credit card fees, anything they can come up with!) It is very important to read the contract in detail. If you’re unsure about something, make sure to ask. If the moving company agreed to a discount, make sure it’s included in the contract. Every detail should be clearly written out with no room for discrepancies!
  3. Not researching the company enough:I’m sure everyone has heard all the moving nightmares. First and foremost, before choosing a moving company, check to make sure they’re licensed, bonded, and insured (http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/pkg_carrquery.prc_carrlist). Check the Better Business Bureau and any online reviews- keep yourself informed.
  4. Not being ready on the day of the move:  It’s very important to begin packing and preparing for your move a couple weeks in advance. It’s always more work than you presume and it always takes longer than you anticipate. Begin doing a little bit every day and by the time moving day comes, you will be fully ready for the movers.
  5. Accepting the cheapest quote: Cheap is not always best! Cheap prices can lead to cheap service. Normally, if something seems too good to be true, it’s because it is. You will likely find all of the rates to be within close range to one another- anything out of the ordinary is usually better to stay away from.

For any questions or for a free estimate, please feel free to call us directly at 202-570-7220.Good luck with your move!

Planning a Last Minute Move

Sometimes life has a way of surprising you. Here’s an example of one of life’s surprise that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy: A Last minute move. For whatever reason, you need to relocate….in the next week or two.  Uhoh! Don’t panic just yet because although there are (way too) many things to think about when planning a last minute move, we are here to help you! Print and check off these items as you accomplish them and you will be very well prepared for your move. Take a deep breath! This will all be over sooner than you think.

  • Schedule a moving company if you plan to use one.
  • If you plan on packing by yourself, get a move on things!
  • If you live in and/or are moving to an apartment building with elevators, make sure to reserve them.
  • Get help from a friend, neighbor, or family member! This is what they’re here for
  • If you plan on having the movers pack your things- go through the stuff and see what you want to move, what you want to throw out. The more things you throw out- the cheaper and easier your move will be!
  • Label your boxes (“Fragile”, “Kitchen” etc.)
  • Put jewelry, electronics, and valuable items in a separate place for you to move yourself
  • Forward all prescriptions to the local drug store in your new neighborhood
  • Return all borrowed items (library books, rental movies)
  • Empty your lawn mower, snow blower, or any other gasoline run machines.
  • Notify your bank, credit card, and other important people of your new address
  • If you’re moving with young children, hire a babysitter to help you while you’re packing and most importantly on moving day
  • Cancel all services in your home (internet, TV, phone) and schedule re-installation in your new home. Try to plan it so you have these set up before you move in.
  • Pack a bag for each member of the family with important things like a change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, phone chargers, diapers for babies…the essentials. Keep the bags in the car with you so you have easy access to such things when you arrive
  • Don’t buy anything online that will ship to your current home- it may arrive after you leave your current home

Good luck!