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!

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!


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:

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.

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 (, 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 ( 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!