Free Activities in Washington DC

There are so many frwashington dcee activities  in Washington DC that you don’t want to miss! All throughout the year you can explore activities that cost you nothing!

1) So many museums, including all the Smithsonian Museums (Some of these being the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, etc)

2) Smithsonian’s National Zoo

3) Summer time concerts (Mid May – mid Sept) at Yards Park. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm.

4) Gravely Point Park. You get to watch planes land right over your heads! Perfect for children!

5) Take some awesome pictures of the Monument in the moonlight. Talk about a stunning picture!

6) Watch the changing of the guard at the Arlington National Cemetery. It happens every hour (on the hour) from March- October. Kind of weird but super cool, if you ask me.

7) Watch the cherry trees blossom in the spring time. They’re’ absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

8) Look at the awesome fountain at Bartholdi Park. This is a great activity to do with children as well.

9) Visit the National Cathedral (only free on Sundays so make sure you go then). History lesson, anyone?

10) Go to the P Street Whole Foods on Tuesday nights for some cooking classes/demos. Make sure to register before you go. And please, you could use the cooking help ;)

Have fun doing all your FREE activities in Washington DC!

Summer moving

Summer’s here Summer movingso let’s talk about summer moving! The moving industry gets very, very, VERY busy during the summer months. Did I say very?! Kids are out of school, young adults are on their college breaks, and parents want to move in before the beginning of the school year. It’s summer moving time! The truth is, temperature wise, I myself would much prefer to move in the summer rather than the dead of the freezing winter!

 

If you have a move coming up this summer there are very important things to remember. Start here:

  • Schedule in advance! Moving companies will be jam packed during the summer months. Try to book as much in advance as you can so you don’t get stuck with crazy high rates or no moving company at all.
  • To get the best price, try to move in the middle of the week, in the middle of the month. This will be the cheapest option for an expensive season.
  • If it’s a hot day, remember that it’s hot for the movers as well. Offer them cold water and understand if they need to take a few short breaks.
  • Try to schedule your move for the morning, the first appointment of the day. In a busy season, the afternoon jobs may get delayed from the morning jobs.
  • If moving into a storage facility make sure it’s climate controlled. Any extreme weather temperatures can damage your belongings if the units are not climate controlled.
  • Try to ensure that there is working air conditioning at both locations..pick up and delivery.
  • Some of your items won’t do well in the hot back of the truck. This is especially important if you’re moving a longer distance. Try to pack any items that will be damaged from the heat with you in the car.

DC Pro Movers is almost fully booked for this summer. Call now to book your upcoming summer move before we’re filled up!

 

 

 

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.

Moving during the winter time

Moving during the winter time can be both good and bad. It’s good because the winter is moving “off-peak” season so you can get much cheaper rates! However, it can be tough because of the inclement weather.

If you end up moving during snowy or icy weather, be sure to do the following:

1) Clean and salt the walkway, driveway, and other areas around the home you’re moving from and moving to.

2) Make sure you have plenty of extra shovels, salt, and scrapers in case there’s more to clean during the move itself.

3) Line the entry way (and the hallways if possible) with mats to keep the snow, water, and salt from getting all over your beautiful new home.

4) Only choose a moving company that carries liability insurance so you won’t be held responsible for any slips or accidents that can happen.

5) Be in contact with your moving company about their weather policies. You don’t want to be waiting around for a moving company that isn’t planning on showing up due to snow or bad weather.

6) Make sure all of your furniture are wrapped with blankets or protective packing supplies. You don’t want your fabric sofa falling into the snow!

7) Winterize your vehicle for moving day. Check your brakes, tires, steering, fluid levels, HEAT, etc. You don’t want any accidents on moving day!

8) Turn on electricity in the new home prior to moving day. Because the winter days are shorter, it gets dark outside earlier. You don’t want to be moving your furniture into a dark home with no lights!

9) Most importantly, be very careful. Walk, drive, move slowly and carefully so you don’t get hurt.

Good luck on your move if you’re moving this winter! For a detailed estimate please fill out the contact form.

Thank you!

Snow angels!

Snow angels!

Moving Your Christmas Tree & Decorations

Great tips on moving your Christmas tree & decorations!

The holiday season has already begun. This month always makes me smile. Everyone is in holiday mode! While I want to write all about the fun holiday customs and such, I must remember that this blog is for my moving customers. I will implement Christmas into my moving blog by telling you all how to move your Christmas tree & decorations.

Let’s start with your tree. The easiest way to move your tree safely is to purchase a tree bag (no, I’m not kidding- it’s a real thing!)

 Tree Bags

That should take care of that!

Next we have the (sometimes very fragile) Christmas decorations. With the lights and ornaments, you must be careful and pack them wisely. Small ornaments can be packed into empty egg cartons- they will stay safe and can be stored easily by stacking them one on top of the other. Place the hooks into a zip lock bag and tape them to the egg carton so you don’t lose them. Larger ornaments like the angel tree topper, should be wrapped in soft acid-free tissue paper. Be generous with the tissue paper to ensure that they’re very well padded and protected. After they’re wrapped in tissue paper, place them into partitioned wine boxes to keep them

Wrap your lights carefully so they don’t get tangled- the last thing you want is to have to trash your tangled Christmas lights.

Follow these easy steps and you should have no problems moving your Christmas tree & decorations! Good luck!

How to choose a great moving company

Choose a great moving company!

Choose a great moving company!

Uhoh! The dreadful time has come- you must relocate. Before you get stressed out…let us help you! Here, DC Pro Movers will walk you through the steps of how to choose a great local or long distance moving company.

Simply follow the five easy steps below:

1) Make sure the company is licensed with the Department of Transportation. Ask the company for their D.O.T. and MC numbers. Visit this website to check the status of their license: https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/pkg_carrquery.prc_carrlist

2) Check if they’re accredited with the Better Business Bureau. If they’re members with the BBB then you know that they’ve been investigated and proven to be a real, reputable company (unless they have a very low rating).

3) Ask for referrals. Gather a  few referrals from all potential moving companies. Speaking to real customers about their experiences will allow you to gather information that you can’t get from the moving companies themselves.

4) Check online reviews. The internet is a great resource to investigate moving companies, there are many websites that feature moving reviews.

5) Ask the movers about hidden or non inclusive fees. The more information you have, the more calculated your decision will be. Be careful because most moving companies won’t reveal this information unless specifically asked.

If you follow the steps above, you can be confident that you’ve done your part to find the best moving company for you! Good luck with your move.