Moving Tips
Estimates and Quotes: Common misperceptions

Most DC Moving Companies web sites try to convey that if you supply DC movers with some basic information they will provide a
“Quote” or “Flat rate” for the cost of your move. Unfortunately it is not possible for DC movers to provide an accurate cost with the
short descriptions that are typically given in an email. We encourage DC movers a phone contact with a DC Moving Companies
specialist in our office who can provide you with the benefit of his many years of experience in answering your questions and
determining the cost of your move. Also you can schedule a DC Moving Companies estimator to
visit your premises and provide DC movers with a written and binding estimate.

Reducing Moving Cost

DC Moving Companies offers complete packing service but doing your own packing will significantly reduce the cost of your move. It
is commonly believed by DC movers that large items such as sofas and refrigerators contribute most to the cost of a move. In fact it's
the numerous smaller items in a typical household which
take more time. DC movers can reduce their cost by moving small items such as pictures, lamps and house plants. Moving your
own boxes does not significantly reduce cost because professional movers will move them quickly with a dolly. It is more important
for DC movers that your packing is complete.

Moving Preparation Time line

As Soon as DC movers Decide to Move

•        Purchase packing supplies, such as packing boxes, tape, and packing paper or bubble wrap. Buy stickers or red markers to flag
fragile items, and black markers to label other boxes.
•        Start keeping track of all moving expenses, because some might be tax deductible.
•        Clean and organize all closets.
•        De-clutter every room, including the garage.
•        Pack unused items that you intend to keep. Store them in an out of the way location.
•        Donate unneeded items to charity or have a garage sale to get rid of them.

As Soon as You Know a Moving Date

•        Discuss your needs with DC Moving Companies. Determine the service you want and obtain two or three estimates.
•        Place your order when you have a firm move date.

4-6 Weeks before Moving

•        Continue packing if you are packing yourself. If you have a large residence you may wish to have a housekeeper or family
member help. Ask your mover for advice on what or how to pack.
•        Contact people who work with you on a regular basis, such as pool maintenance companies and gardeners, to cancel their
services. Leave their business cards for the new occupant.

2 Weeks before Moving

•        Call utility companies and arrange for meter readings on the day of closing so that all services after that date are the
responsibility of the new owner. The new owner should also notify utilities of the switchover and set up new accounts.
•        Have utilities disconnected at closing if the new occupant does not establish new accounts.
•        Arrange to discontinue your home telephone service on your move date. Give your cell phone number to everyone associated
with the move in case they need to reach you after your home phone has been disconnected.
•        Arrange to disconnect your satellite or cable TV.
•        Now do just the opposite to begin establishing services at your new residence.
•        File a change of address notice at the post office, making it effective on your moving date or a few days before.
•        Notify your creditors, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, friends and family, doctors, and dentists of your new address.
•        Order bank checks with your new address. If you are moving out of the area, establish a new account. Return library books and
rented DVDs. Arrange to have your prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy near your new residence.
•        Start an essentials box or two containing all the things you’ll need immediately after you unload at your new location, such as
toiletries, towels, a change of clothes, and bedding.

1 Week before Moving

•        If a house sale is involved confirm that your closing is on track and handle tasks required by your closing agent. Arrange to have
your homeowners insurance transferred to your new home.
•        Confirm your service arrangements with DC Moving companies.
•        Clean each room thoroughly as you finish packing. Clean all appliances which will remain and place their manuals in a kitchen
drawer. Wait to pack your vacuum and other tools necessary for last minute cleaning on moving day.
•        Arrange to have pets and small children out of the way on moving day.

On Moving Day

•        Walk through every part of your residence before the DC movers leave to be sure nothing has been left behind. Look in every
closet and open every drawer and cabinet.
•        Make sure you have keys to your new residence.
•        Supervise the DC movers as they unload so that furniture and boxes go in the correct room or area.
•        Before signing the bill of lading ask the DC movers if they are aware of any damage. If any damage has been observed make a
note of it on that document.
•        Unpack only what is necessary and relax. Enjoy your new residence. The maxim that applies is “Never do today what you can put
off until tomorrow.”

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