Staying organized during your move

This is get-organizeda great guide for staying organized during your move. Relocating is stressful as it is- you definitely don’t want to add fuel to the fire. Keeping organized during your move will make the experience 100 times better! Trust me on this one.

Start by giving yourself time! You should begin the process at least 1 month prior to moving. You definitely don’t want to wait for last minute.

1) Create a moving folder. This folder should, at the least, include:

  • Quotes from a few moving companies (if you plan on hiring movers)
  • A packing schedule if you’re going to be packing yourself. Start room by room. And begin with the items you won’t need any time soon (out of season clothes for example). Most importantly, remember, slow and steady wins the race!

2) If you plan to pack yourself, go through your belongings and trash/give away whatever you can. The less stuff you have to move the more organized you can be.

3) Label your boxes!!!! The simplest, possibly most helpful organizational tip is to label boxes by room. This way you can have the correct boxes placed in their appropriate rooms  It will make unpacking a million times easier!

4) If disassembling the furniture yourself, put all appropriate hardware in a bag and tape it to the items being disassembled.

Hopefully these easy steps will help you in staying organized and calm during your upcoming move. For any additional questions please feel free to contact us at 202-570-7220.

How to handle the stress of moving

HealthStatus restressful moveports that moving is one of the biggest stressors amongst people. Even if you’re upgrading your home, there’s something about relocating that really stresses people out.

Follow these helpful hints on how to handle the stress of moving:

1) Ask for help! Don’t be to shy or stubborn to ask for help. Ask your family or friends to help you pack, watch your kids or pets, etc. Even minimal help will make a large difference.

2) Hire help! Hire movers, cleaners, whatever you can to make the process easier for you.

3) Plan ahead. Don’t wait till last minute to start packing. Make an organized packing plan starting 3 weeks before your move. Make sure to stick to the plan so you don’t have too much to do last minute.

4) Pack wisely. Label boxes when you’re able to. This will help tremendously when unloading and unpacking.

5) Trash/give away what you don’t need. The less you move, the less you stress.

6) Treat yourself with something awesome once everything is settled in. The reward will motivate you to keep on going!

7) Take deep breaths! Try to keep yourself calm by taking slow deep breaths. Just remember that the stress will be over before you know it!

These helpful tips should help ease the stress of moving. Good luck with your move!

The Importance of Customer Reviews

I’m here to tell you about the importance of customer reviews. I can’t stress enough how important they are. In fact, I’d say reviews are the most effective way to research a moving company. By reading the experiences of former customers you’re getting the most honest feedback possible. The reviews will tell you whether the company is reputable, trustworthy, or a bad idea.

There are many websites available to check the reviews on moving companies. There’s yelp.com, movers.com, Angies list, Facebook, and most of the time the moving company itself has some reviews on their company website.

For reviews on our company please click here for some customer reviews on DC Pro Movers.

Now go do your research on those moving companies to get the best rate for the best service!

Customer Reviews are Important

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Frequently asked moving questions

Planning for that big move of yours? Let us help you! Below are some important frequently asked moving questions to make the process easier for you.moving questions and answers

Q: When should I begin packing for my move?
A: The bigger your home is the more time it will take to pack it up. For large home we recommend beginning about 3 weeks prior to your move date. For smaller homes we recommend beginning 2 weeks prior to your move date.

Q: What’s the best way to get an accurate estimate?
A: Request an on-site estimate with a flat rate. This way the moving company is aware of all of the details and can give you a price according to your specific needs. Make sure this estimate is written and signed by the moving company before you schedule with them.

Q: How can I check if a moving company is licensed?A: There are websites like https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx that allow you to search the licensing authority of every moving company.

Q: Are there any items that shouldn’t be transported by the movers?
A: Yes, people shouldn’t have the movers ship the following:

  • Paints
  • Open liquid containers
  • Propane tanks/cans
  • Gas or oils
  • Butane
  • Ammunition
  • Open alcohol bottles/cans
  • Open food containers
  • Aerosols
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Welding gas
  • Antifreeze
  • Disinfectant cleaners (specifically ones that contain bleach or ammonia)
  • Plants

Q: What is a bill of lading?
A: A bill of lading is the contract between the customer and the movers. This should be given to you before the move begins. Make sure to review it before signing it to make sure there are no discrepancies.

Cross Country Move

Cross Country Moving

Cross Country Moving

If you’re planning a cross country move, keep in mind the following:

  • Make sure the company you choose is fully licensed and bonded for interstate moving (not just local moving)
  • Check online reviews for the companies you’re considering
  • Ask your family, friends, and neighbors for their experiences with other companies
  • Look into different insurance options with your moving company. The standard insurance is very low so entertain all insurance options! This could mean using a third party insurance company or even your homeowner’s insurance- sometimes they cover the move entirely.
  • It will be significantly cheaper to do the packing and wrapping of your furniture yourself!
  • Label all boxes with your name and designated room.
  • Make sure to read the moving company’s contract IN DETAIL. Some companies have hidden costs.
  • Request an on-site or fill out an inventory list to get an idea of what the total cost will be
  • If you can, be flexible with your pick up and delivery date- it will allow the moving company to give you a better rate.

Follow the steps below for a smooth, cross country move!

Call DC Pro Movers at 202-570-7220 for a free estimate for your upcoming cross country move!

 

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!