Thursday, March 16, 2017

Moving Your Office with Beltway Movers


Are you planning on moving your office soon? If so, consider hiring us! We usually write about our house, apartment and condominium moves, but this month we wanted to focus on our niche in the office moving industry.  While office moves might fly under the radar, they’re still a big part of our business, and we think you should know what we have to offer.

 
Beltway excels at moving offices of up to 25 employees.  You’ll find that the same specialized and expert care we employ in residential moves are  applied to your office suites. Surroundings are protected with floor and wall coverings as required just like moving a home. Care of a building or facility is no different than what would be done in the hallways, lobbies and elevators of residential buildings. 

Beltway has the additional equipment resources to ensure we keep disruption of your office time to a minimum.  Many companies have IT departments or outsourced vendors who direct how technology is moved; we will not only follow their direction but provide padding, packaging and protection to ensure safe passage. 

Our staff is interactive with your employees just like they are with families.  If you’ve ever moved with Beltway Movers then you know it’s important to us that we form a relationship with you. Our crews are the same back ground checked and fully uniformed employees we bring to homes.  You can trust us with your sensitive documents as well as treasured decorative pieces.  

We’ve been told by many people we’ve moved that post move they felt like we were all friends – and that’s the goal for both home and office moves! Think of it as moving your family – just a bit larger with more equipment! If you’re looking for a friendly / comfortable move with nice people, then we’re the right moving company for you.
We understand moving offices is a very daunting experience, so we wanted to give you a few ideas on how you will need to prep for your office move.

Logistics:
·        Do you need to reserve the elevator for your building?
·        Are there certain times of day you’re not allowed to use the elevators for moving furniture and other office supplies?
·        Is there a place for the moving truck to park?

Liability:
·        Does your building and the building you’re moving to require a Certificate of Insurance (COI)? Be prepared to provide your move consultant with each locations’ COI requirements which may include specific wording and dollar limit. Beltway Movers' standard COI lists $2,000,000.00 aggregate coverage.

 Packing:
·        Talk to your moving consultant about the use of plastic crates and rolling office carts. It may save you time and eliminate paper waste!
·        Take advantage of our reusable SmartPack® crush proof cartons for wall monitors and artwork.
·        Use this opportunity to declutter and get rid of things that you don’t need.
·        Do NOT pack items that spill.

Packaging and moving large items:
·        Talk to your move consultant about the larger items in your office and how best to prepare them for the move. 

We hope this blog post has given you a glimpse into how we can handle your office move. If you’re looking to move offices and have questions, please give Beltway Movers a call today at (800) 966-8348. We look forward to moving with you!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Long Distance Moves: Your Van – Your Crew – Your Dates

Did you know our services include long distance moves? If you’re moving to another city or town on the East Coast, we’d love to be your movers! Moving isn’t easy - it can be very stressful, especially long distance moves. We will ease your anxiety by providing a dedicated van and crew throughout your move process with locked in dates. Keep reading to learn about our long distance moves.

It’s important to keep in mind that our long distance moves consist of moves on the East Coast. We do not complete cross country moves. For customers outside of our service area we are glad to coordinate using a network of companies we highly trust and recommend (if you’re interested in that information, please let us know). Many long distance moves consist of one truck that picks up multiple households and drops them off at each person’s new home. We don’t do that – only your possessions will be on the truck during your move.

Larger van Lines require you to fit within their industry procedure, which means your shipment takes on a status very similar to a carton being shipped by a freight carrier. Choice Relocation, Beltway’s long distance subsidiary, is prepared to offer you our undivided attention from beginning to end. We want to make your move as smooth as possible and as a result offer exclusive van rights. Below is a breakdown of what that includes.

1. Only your household items are on the truck and are never transferred until they reach the destination, your new home!

2. Guaranteed arrival time appointments at origin and destination.

3. Saturday services that fit your schedule at non premium rates.

4. A dedicated crew that will provide you with all of your needed services, i.e. packing, storage, moving and final placement in your new home.

By law, all long distance move customers receive an Order for Service (OFS). An OFS lists the details of your guaranteed move, i.e. services, dates, special requests, etc. Additionally, customers receive a detailed inventory of the items they requested be moved. Federal Law requires that you acknowledge receipt of these documents and the terms as outlined in the Order of Service.

We hope this information helps! Moving isn’t easy, but we’re here to help make the process as seamless as possible.

Are you moving up or down the East Coast in the near future? If so, call Beltways Movers today at (800) 966-8348. We look forward to working with you!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Leave Bed Bugs Behind When You Move

If you have ever been the victim of a bed bug infestation, you know how annoying and persistent they can be. The tiny orange or tan pests feed on blood and can live in almost any of your belongings. Not surprising, one of the most common place bed bugs take shelter is in your mattresses and box springs. Here, they have easy access to food while humans sleep (creepy!). However, bed bugs can take shelter in almost anything, from clothes to books to pets. That’s why when people discover they have a bed bugs issue, they usually either get rid of most of their belongings, or move to a new place.

If you’re moving away from a place that is infested with bed bugs, it’s extremely important to make sure that they do not make the trip with you. Unlike many pests, bed bugs do not travel very far on their own. That’s why important to make sure you aren’t accidentally bringing bed bugs with you on your move. Here are some precautions you can take to prevent introducing bed bugs to your new home.

- Thoroughly wash all clothes and linens before packing them. Store them in sealable bags or bins for the move.
- Inspect all of your belongings before packing them away. Quickly flip through books to make sure bugs aren’t hiding in between pages. Inspect any luggage that you’ll use to help move.
- While using old boxes can save money, they also increase the chance that bed bugs join the move. Likewise, don’t buy used furniture for your new home.
- Consider using an encasement for any mattresses and box springs that you are moving.
- As for yourself, make sure everyone in your family showers and wears clean clothes during the move. If you have a pet, bathe them and consider a haircut before moving.

Making sure your belongings are free of bed bugs and properly packed before you move is the best way to prevent a bed bug infestation in your new home. It is much easier to prevent against bed bugs than it is to get rid of them.

While bed bugs can be incredibly difficult to eliminate from your home, there are a couple things you can attempt. If you notice bed bugs on your sheets or living on another belonging of yours, seal the item in a bag with a vapor strip inside. It is recommended that you leave the bag sealed for at least two weeks to properly work. Another way to kill bed bugs is with heat. Try leaving any infested items in a black plastic bag outside in the sunlight. If you’re worried that bed bugs making the move with you, both of these techniques can be used while moving to decrease the chances of bed bugs surviving the trip.

Don’t have bed bugs and want to prevent them when moving? Choose a reputable company. A fly by night company may cost you more than you bargained for in the end. Beltway Movers takes added precautions to combat infestations of bugs. Our warehouses for storage are inspected for insects monthly. We tell all of our customers who are worried to come on by - and that they don't have to bother to tell us when. That way they can inspect our warehouses to confirm there isn’t a bed bug in sight!

Additionally, we require the use of mattress bags on our moves. Our crews are trained to spot flea and or bed bag infestations and react accordingly. Bugs are bad for business. We do not want them anymore that you do.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself is hire a good, reputable mover with clean trucks and warehouses. To be sure, you may want to drive by your mover's facility to inspect the equipment and storage areas prior to booking - a good mover won't mind this one bit. We tell all of our customers who are worried to come on by - and that they don't have to bother to tell us when.

Questions? If so, call Beltway Movers, we're a moving company in Northern Virginia, today at (800) 966-8348. We look forward to working with you!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Moving with Beltway Movers (Part Three)

Well here we are – move in day! As I explained in the last blog post, my husband and I moved into our new apartment in Richmond the day after we moved out of our apartment in Arlington. It just made sense sanity wise, for both us and the movers, to complete the move in two days.

Move in day was pretty amazing. I wasn’t stressed at all. My husband and I slept in our new apartment, and were up and ready for the movers arrival at 9:30 am. Cesar and Josh, our movers for move in day, handled EVERYTHING very quickly, which included but wasn’t limited to completely unloading the truck, putting boxes in the right rooms, putting together the bed, offering furniture placement tips and hanging our clothes in the closet. The day couldn’t have gone any better.

The building that we live in is right off of VCU’s campus, so college students were moving into the building the same day we were (we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into with this building!;)). I realized what a gem we had in Beltway Movers when a father and daughter team were struggling to carry a couch up the stairs, and Beltway offered to help move some of their heavier items at no charge. Beltway Mover hires good, kind people, the type of people you can rely on, and to me that means a lot.

I’ve included pictures in this post to show you what move in day was like from beginning to end.

Now that our move story has come to an end you’re probably wondering if I would ever move with Beltway Movers again. My answer: Absolutely! Beltways Movers turned a stressful process into an easy going one. They were kind, friendly and respectable. Beltway Movers is the way to go when it comes to hiring a moving company.

Photo Credit: Cat Siler
Welcoming Cesar and Josh to my new apartment!
Protecting the floors.

Our new place!
Unlocking the truck.
Prepping to unload!

Unpacking

Welcome to our new home :)

Let the adventure begin!
Unpacking

Moving the mattress.

Signing the bill!

Signing the bill.

Moving the mattress.


Assembling the bed.

Assembling the bed.

Moving the chest of drawers.


Furniture placement discussion!

Unpacking



Curious kitty!
Furniture placement

Me and Deborah! :)




Water time -- it was hot outside!

Yay - successful move!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Moving with Beltway Movers (Part Two)

Hi All, Bridget here! This month I wanted to tell you about our move out day. You’re probably wondering why we moved out one day and moved in the next day - it’s pretty simple! Beltway often limits the hours to protect the customer from taking on more than they should on a given day. Since we had a camera crew filming the move (video below!) and had to deal with Friday afternoon traffic south on 95 we had a feeling it would be better for the crew and myself to break up the day.

Anyway, let’s get on with move out day! I woke up bright and early on that day already wishing it was over. I was nervous, for me this was a big move, and while I thought everything would go well I wasn’t sure. I remember seeing the moving truck pull up and telling my husband that I would go out and greet the movers. Boy was I nervous – what do I do, what do I say, what’s expected of me (many thoughts we’re going through my head). I went up to the driver side of the truck and introduced myself to Cesar (the driver). Within a minute I met all of our wonderful movers Cesar, Josh and Darius - they all put me at ease. They’re nice, capable, and easy going people, which is exactly what’s needed on your move day. A few minutes later Beltway’s customer service representative, Deborah, arrived and we started the move process!

We all headed up to my apartment, so I could show the guys what was being moved. They all seemed to think it seemed pretty straight forward and easy (phew!). Before we started the process we all had bagels, coffee and PLENTY of water. It was an extremely hot day. I’d recommend to everyone out there who’s planning on moving to supply your movers with water, especially on a hot day.

From there it was pretty straightforward! Cesar, Josh and Darius got to work. They seamlessly moved all of my furniture and boxes out of my apartment, and packed them nice and neatly into the truck. Our pictures were wrapped in protective moving blankets and then lowered in to Beltway’s SmartPack ® crush proof carton. It looks kind of like a giant toaster. Our dressers were wrapped and sealed with shrink wrap (we didn’t need to take the clothes out), and our hanging clothes were packed into a moving wardrobe.

One concern that I had was how the boxes would stay secure in the truck while it was moving. The movers showed me that all of the boxes were packed firmly together like a big puzzle. Each tier was then strapped off to reduce movement. Beltway also has shelves in their vans so open top boxes can quickly be loaded on the top of the tier without being crushed. Shelves are most often used on local moves that are charged by the hour. The shelves allow the movers to load more quickly; another Beltway Movers SmartPack® exclusive.

Once the truck was packed we said our goodbyes until the next day. Cesar, Josh and Darius drove the truck back to Beltway Movers, and parked it in their secure warehouse until it was time for the trip down to Richmond the next morning.

Below is a video of our move out day - we hope you enjoy it! Be sure to check back soon to read  about our move in day.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Moving with Beltway Movers (Part One)

In this blog post we’re going to give you a different perspective than usual – our blog post writer, Bridget, decided to put us to the test! She and her husband moved to a new city and needed movers, so after reviewing a few moving companies they decided to go with Beltway Movers. Bridget was happy with what she saw, and wanted to see if we practice what we preach. Read on to find out what her experience was like.

Hi everyone, my name is Bridget. I moved with Beltway Movers a few weeks ago and had a really good experience! My move should have been stressful – it was an unexpected move that happened during a busy time in my life – but because of Beltway it really wasn’t that bad. Today I’m going to start at the very beginning of my move journey, so you can get a taste of the entire experience start to finish.

It’s May 2016 – less than a month from my early June wedding - when my fiancĂ©, Brad, tells me he might be transferring for work from Arlington, VA to Richmond, VA. I won’t go into the gory details of our decision making, but in the end we decided to take a leap of faith and move to Richmond.

Most people told me we were crazy to get married, go on a honeymoon, and then completely uproot our lives to move to a new city in the time span of 6 weeks - I disagreed because I was up for the adventure! What I wasn’t up for was the stress of everything… wedding planning, actual wedding, move planning, actual move.

Brad and I have moved together several times, and we’ve always moved ourselves. Brad has a Jeep, so we’ve always packed our belongings into the back of the Jeep and moved things… one small trip at a time, back and forth, over and over. Needless to say it was time consuming and awful. When Brad and I decided to move to Richmond we toyed around with the idea of renting a U-Haul and moving everything ourselves. However, after much discussion about everything else we had to do, we decided that wasn’t a sane idea, and if we wanted to start our marriage off on the right foot we’d need to hire a moving company.

We looked around at a few moving companies in the DC metro area, and ultimately decided to go with Beltway Movers. Why? Well there were a few reasons: A. The most important one: They’ve never missed a move, and they’ve been in business since 1961; B. I like Beltway – I’ve been working with them for a few years and they’re really good people; C. I wanted to put them to the test, so I could make sure what I write about every month is really what they’re all about.

Doug showing Bridget move folder documents.
The process started with Doug Barroga, a move consultant with Beltway, visiting our apartment to provide a move estimate. I have to say… it was such an easy process. When Doug arrived I instantly felt at ease – he was nice and told me how easy they were going to make the move for us. Before we got started he presented me with a move folder – it contained material on their credentials, liability coverage, as well as a pre-move checklist, tips, and information on what to expect on move day - step by step. While I read through the materials Doug took a few notes on what we had to move, asked a few questions, and then said he’d be in touch later that day with an estimate – super easy! The best part of the estimate experience? Doug told me the movers would wrap our chest of drawers in protective moving blankets and plastic wrap, so we didn’t need to pack our clothes. The idea of having to pack less made my day!
Doug explaining the move process to Bridget


True to his word later on that day Doug sent me a very fair cost estimate for the move detailing time and materials. My husband and I approved it, and then started the fun process of packing up our apartment. Beltway was wonderful during the 3-4 week period we had between accepting the cost estimate and actually moving. Doug checked in with me to make sure I didn’t have any questions, and I was sent an email from Beltway with information that I might need for my move day.

Additionally, another wonderful thing about moving with Beltway Movers is that they have an extremely informative website: http://www.beltwaymovers.com. The website has great resources and articles with answers to questions and moving tips – the information on their site made the move a lot easier for us.

The day before the move a dispatcher called to confirm that they were coming and to see if I had any questions. You know what the best part of that call was? I asked what I needed to do to prep the apartment for the move, i.e. stack boxes, take apart furniture, etc., and he said that while those might save us time and money, that if it was easier on us I didn’t need to do a thing – what a relief!

Check back soon to hear about the big move day! Below I've included a few sneak peek pictures of our move.
Bridget and Brad unpacking.

Bridget using her essentials box (everything
she needed for the move day was in it!).
Cesar and Josh moving the wrapped chest
 of drawers - more clothes
that didn't need to be packed! :)

Deborah and Bridget
Bridget unpacking the wardrobe box.
No need to pack the closet, just hang
everything in the wardrobe box!

Floor runner to keep the floor clean and
undamaged during the move process.

Cesar assembling the bed. One less thing Brad and
Bridget had to worry about on move day!




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

National Moving Month: Protect Yourself from Moving Scams

Did you know that May is National Moving Month? It’s the jump start of our busiest time of year – the summer! Today we’re not here to tell you about how to move, or what to move, or how to move it – we want to tell you how to stay safe and avoid the fly by night / shady movers who are out there and will, more than likely, try to get your business. Moving is stressful enough, the last thing you need is a shady rogue mover to scam you!

Listen now, we don’t want to scare you, we just want to make sure you know how to protect yourself from rogue movers. Below are a few tips and tricks for making sure you’re on the right track to finding a reputable mover.

1. Always request quotes from at least 3 different moving companies. This will help you get a feel for the pricing and to determine what’s reasonable and what’s not. Never accept an estimate that is too high or too low. Ask the move consultant to help you compare apples to apples when reviewing the estimate pricing and services. Love knowing this kind of stuff and want to dig deeper? Visit our FAQ article on questions to ask local movers.

2. Don’t wait until the last moment to secure a mover. Reputable companies will book weekends and end of the month quickly. Allowing yourself lead time for booking can help ensure you get the date you want, at the price you want with the company you want.

 3. Ask your friends and family members for referrals. Sometimes word of mouth is the best guarantee that you’ll find a good, trustworthy moving company. Be sure to also check company reputation with consumer protection groups and through social media. Finally, a good indication of a mover that wants to comply with government and industry regulations is one that can supply you their DOT number, Motor Carrier number and demonstrate that they support the professionalism of moving by being an American Moving and Storage Association member.

4. Be sure to get everything in writing. A reputable mover will be able to tell you estimated volume of your move, provide a list of the items you want moved, list the services and supplies you need, offer additional valuation protection, as well as make you aware of the terms and conditions of your move contract. Don’t put down a deposit or agree to anything until you have the information that you need, and the contract, in writing.

As we said earlier, we’re not here to scare you, we’re here to educate you about finding a mover that will treat you like they would like to be treated. As long as you take your time to find a reputable mover, and ask all of the right questions, you’ll be in good hands.



Do you have questions on moving scams? If so, call Beltway Movers, we're a moving company in Washington, DC, today at (800) 966-8348. We look forward to working with you!

Resource: promover.org