Choosing a Storage Unit

There are various reasons storage facilitywhy a person may find themselves in need of storage. Whether that may be temporary storage or long term storage, there are a few important factors to consider:

1) Climate control. This is, in my opinion, at the top of the list and something that you shouldn’t compromise. Climate control means that whether it’s 100 degrees or -10 degrees, your belongings will be protected from pests, moisture, and other threats.

2) Prices $$$$. Pricing is always important, no matter the subject. Many facilities offer cheaper prices online and many well known facilities offer $1 first month or first month free. (In those cases, there’s usually a $30 insurance and maintenance fee).

3) Location location location. This can be especially important if you need access to your stored belongings.

4) Size. There are a bunch of different storage units. Examples are 5 x 5, 5 x 10, 5 x 15, 10 x 10, 10 x 15, 10 x 20, 10 x  25, 10 x 30, etc. When you’re finished packing, measure out an appropriate sized box and see if your belongings will fit. Most units have an 8 ft ceiling so you can stack furniture as well. A quick guide for sizes:

  • 5 x 5: Approximately one small room of furniture
  • 5 x 10: Approximately one regular sized room of furniture
  • 5 x 15: Approximately 2 rooms of furniture
  • 10 x 10: Approximately 3 rooms of furniture
  • 10 x 15: Approximately 4 rooms of furniture
  • 10 x 20: Approximately 5 rooms of furniture
  • 10 x 25 and up: Approximately 6+ rooms of furniture

5) Cleanliness. I would recommend visiting a facility before reserving a unit. Some units are cleaner than others and you definitely want the best for your prized possessions.

6) Security. Last but certainly not least, while visiting the facility, make sure to find out about their security system. Most facilities are equipped with a gate and camera system but you need to make sure. The safekeeping of your belongings is your main focus so make sure they’ll be safe and sound wherever they’ll be held.

I hope this tips will help you to find the most suitable storage facility and unit for you. For storage quotes, questions, or assistance finding the best storage solution for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you with all of your moving and storage needs.

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.

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,, 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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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.

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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!

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 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!