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!