Thursday, November 9, 2017

Moving Over the Holidays

Halloween has passed which means it’s now officially the holiday season! Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, and Christmas and Hanukkah won’t be long after. Most people don’t think of this time of year as moving season because, well, it isn’t! Having said that, it can be a fun time of year to move – everyone is happy and full of good cheer, which makes everything easier!

Don’t forget the meal! If you’re moving right before a major holiday you don’t want to forget about your holiday meal. We recommend packing a separate box with all of your cooking essentials, and a cooler with all of your food. That way you’re ready to start cooking when you move in, and you don’t need to dig through your boxes to find everything you need.
An alternative – don’t feel like cooking? Look up restaurants in your new neighborhood to see who is open and make a reservation. Then dress up the family and enjoy a relaxing evening on the town.

Don’t forget the kids! Moving is hard for kids, so make it easier for them by having fun things planned. Before the move look up local holiday events in your new neighborhood, and take the kids so they can have some fun.

Pack a box with crayons, markers, color pencils and coloring books – once you’re at your new home pull them out so the kids can get to work on their holiday masterpieces! Don’t stop at the coloring books, let them have some fun and color the moving boxes, too!

If you’re moving before or during Christmas and Hanukkah, wrap small gifts and pack them all in one box. Once you’re at your new home unpack the boxes and your kids will have a little bit of celebration within their new home.

Don’t forget to book early! The holidays tend to be a slower time of year for moving companies, so more movers take off this time of year. As a result, we recommend booking early to ensure we have a full crew ready to move you.

The final piece of good news for moving over the holidays? Rates are lower during the winter! Are you planning a holiday move?

If so, call Beltway Movers today at (800) 968-8348. We look forward to moving with you!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What You Need to Know about Damages and Liability When Moving

Moving your belongings from your old home to your new home, or into storage, is a big deal. Without trying to sound too dramatic, you’re essentially moving your lives, all boxed up, in a single truck. That’s serious stuff and it needs to be handled properly! We hope no accidents will happen on your move but what if they do? Don’t wait until move day to discover a moving company is not going to be held liable. Ask them if they offer what most reputable companies like Beltway Movers offers Beltway Movers includes three types of coverage for your move:
  • Workman's Compensation: Should a mover be injured on your premises. If a company does not provide this you pay the medical bills.
  • Fleet and Liability Insurance: Should there be damage to your home or the building you live in. Again, if a company does not have this type of insurance you will be held liable. In fact, many apartment and condo buildings will require that a moving company supply a certificate of liability. 
  • Standard or Additional Valuation Coverage: Should there be damage or loss of your belongings during the move.

Most people assume that if something is broken a company will replace it. This is not always the case. Read on…. 

It's important to keep in mind that while the above does cover a good chunk of your move, it doesn't cover all of your belongings in their entirety. Customers who assume movers replace everything if it’s been damaged during a move have uniformed and unrealistic expectations of the moving industry. Those types of expectations can cause undue stress and anxiety for both the customer and moving personnel. So, what should you expect? It really depends on what type of liability you selected when signing your local or long distance bill of lading. Standard and additional valuation coverage is not dollar for dollar coverage.

Most state laws deem Standard Valuation as the coverage of 60 cents/lb. That means a broken 20lb chair would be reimbursed for $12.00 and a shattered 5lb crystal lamp would be reimbursed for $3.00. 

Additional Valuation allows for claims of loss or damage to be repaired or replaced beyond the mover’s minimum coverage. The premiums are based on the amount of coverage selected on your bill of lading and the deductible. That means the broken chair would be repaired and the shattered crystal lamp would be replaced or compensated with like kind or quality after the deductible has been met.

Most moving companies also note exactly what they’re not responsible for. For example, most moving companies are not responsible for mechanical, electronic or electrical functioning of computers, copiers, fax machines, printers, etc. Unless, of course, there is physical evidence of external damage.

Additionally, many moving companies will not assume liability for fragile items (i.e. china, paintings, marble, etc.) that they have not packed and /or unpacked by the company’s employees unless there is physical damage to the carton.

We certainly don’t want to bore you with the nitty gritty, but at the end of the day the nitty gritty is extremely important! No matter who you move with, we strongly encourage you to read the fine print of your bill of lading. Beltway Movers will send you that fine print prior to the move. As with anything else, you should completely understand how you, and your belongings, are covered before you hire a moving company.

Are you planning a move? If so, call Beltway Movers today at (800) 968-8348. We look forward to moving with you!

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Logistics of Moving Exercise Equipment

The hard part is over (or so you thought) - you bought a home, you hired a moving company, your boxes are packed and you’re ready to move! Not so fast! We’ve realized over the years that our customers don’t realize what it takes to move exercise equipment (it’s an exercise in itself!). If you have an entire home gym, or even just one exercise bike, the equipment might not be as easy to move as you’d think. Below is a list of the most commonly moved pieces of exercise equipment.

1. Treadmills

2. Rowing machines

3. Ellipticals

4. Stationary Bikes

5. Weight machines

Exercise equipment can be both cumbersome and tricky to move. Twenty years ago moving a stationary bike was simple, you’d lift and move it, but nowadays exercise equipment is extremely heavy, has a lot of moving parts and probably contains electronic features.

Electronics: If the equipment can just be unplugged and moved, that’s easy enough. However if electrical items need to be removed and disassembled, a fitness equipment specialist will need to complete that portion of the job.

Size: Very large and cumbersome pieces of exercise equipment might not fit through doors. The best guiding principle is to think back to when it was moved in. If it had to be disassembled to move in, it will have to come apart to move back out. If that’s the case, you will need to disassemble the equipment yourself. Most moving companies will not disassemble large, electronic, expensive equipment. It might be as easy as removing the handles of a bike, but it could be as difficult as taking apart the entire bike. In that case it would be in your best interest to contact a fitness equipment specialist to either disassemble it for you, or to walk you through disassembling it. Our consultants can often refer you to companies we trust to assist you.

Disassembling Equipment Yourself: If you decide to disassemble the equipment yourself, you will want to pack the pieces of the equipment carefully in their original packaging. If you don’t have the original packaging, you will want to wrap the equipment pieces in protective covers, such as foam wrap and pack them in sturdy moving boxes.

Moving Entire Pieces of Equipment: We’d recommend, if movers are going to move the equipment themselves, folding up the equipment and preparing the moving parts such as handles . The movers will then wrap the equipment in protective moving blankets.

Note: It’s also important to keep in mind that since exercise equipment is heavy and large it will take extra time to move.

If you have small pieces of equipment to move, i.e. hand weights, medicine balls, yoga mats, etc., we’d recommend packing them in a box. These items are easily packable and moveable. Having said that, please remember not to over pack the boxes so they’re not too heavy for the movers.

Disclaimers: 1. We’re not liable for electronic items. We will not take apart electric items and are not responsible if they don’t work post move, except of course if we were to drop an item! 2. Since exercise equipment is heavy, it might take longer to move than the usual items. This means, since we charge at an hourly rate, the cost of moving these items will be higher.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tips for Tipping Movers!

Should I tip the movers? We get this question a lot! Movers are a part of the service industry like waiters and hair dressers. And as a result, movers generally are tipped by our customers as a thank you for their hard work and to show appreciation for the level of service they gave. Tipping however is not required.

We know it’s something some people aren’t aware of and since it can be a sensitive subject, we wanted to address it for you in today’s blog post. We’ve broken the post into a few sections to answer the most frequently asked ‘tipping’ questions that we get from our customers.

How Much Should I Tip My Mover? It depends on how well the move went. Were your belongings handled with care? Did the movers ask you the questions needed to get the job done? Did you feel like you were being taken care of? Did their attitudes and expertise make your move day a little less stressful. Beltway Movers wants to be the company you like as much at the end of the day as the day you said “I do” to the move consultant

If they did a great job, we would recommend approximately $20 to $30 per mover for a small local move and approximately $40 per mover for a larger local move. It is not unusual for the crew foreman to be tipped a little more.  If you’re talking about interstate moves, the tipping price will increase. 

How Should I Tip Movers? Most companies will encourage you to provide cash.  How you hand over the tip really depends on your personality and circumstances. If you want to show your appreciation to each member then feel free to gather them together. If things are a bit hurried or you have specific instructions you want carried out then feel free to give the money to the foreman. Once the movers have left, he/she can divide the tip evenly amongst all of the movers. 

Show Movers You Appreciate Them with Water and Snacks: Let’s face it, moving is hard! We recommend providing your movers with bottled water and healthy snacks, i.e. bananas. They will appreciate the nourishment, especially on a sweltering hot day!
If it’s cold on your move day, offer the movers hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate. No one likes to be cold and the idea of a hot drink waiting for you indoors is even better encouragement to get the job done and to take a much needed break with a hand warming drink! 

For more great ideas visit our blog titled Partnering With Our Moving Crews On Move Day.
One more tip. Sales and staff appreciate positive and instructive feedback on our surveys as well as on consumer review sites. Your feedback is as good as gold.

In this blog post we've told you what we recommend you do tip wise on moving day, but we also wanted to briefly discuss what our movers shouldn't do when it comes to tips. We never want our movers to ask for tips. Tips are earned and should never be expected. Our movers are professional and should never make you feel uncomfortable. You should give tips because you want to not because you feel pressure to do so. The review listed below, we just received it!, exemplifies how we work and how we want our customers to perceive us.

"Easily the best experience we've had moving. The trio were professional, never complained once, and brought a lot of humor with them. I know it's not a fun gig (that's why we paid you!) so it was nice to have that positive energy. As a comparison, I've had appliances and furniture delivered and have been met with endless grousing and hints about tips from the delivery people."

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Warehouse, Storage, and… FUN!

Do you watch HGTV or other home shows? If so, we really think you’ll enjoy this blog post! A lot of people aren’t aware that we do more than just moving and household storage. We actually do work that might surprise you, and that we think is pretty great! Sit back, relax and enjoy learning about the other things we do!

Warehouse Management for Design Companies: We work with several design companies but the people that gave us our start is Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design. They serve as an excellent example of how warehouse management and the model home decorating process works. Sounds like fun, right? It is! The way it works is Carlyn purchases everything one would need in a model home, i.e. furniture, paintings, books, area rugs, etc. The items are shipped directly to Beltway where they’re inspected, inventoried, labeled properly and placed in storage until they’re ready for their new home. This is usually for a new development so we are tracking several homes and the clubhouses at the same time in the same community. When we’re contacted about a model home that needs to be decorated the real fun begins! We take the furniture, pictures, books, etc. and move them to the model home. Under the direction of the designers we furnish the home to make it appeal to prospective buyers.

Visit their website to see their excellent work and ours.

Shipping and Receiving for Individuals: If need be, we’re happy to be the shipping and receiving hub for local customers. Why would we do that? It’s simple – say you’re having your kitchen redone and need to order the tiles yourself, but don’t know where to store them. It’s easy - just have them delivered to our warehouse. We will store them until either you or the contractor pick them up. We also offer furniture support. For example, so you’ve ordered a mattress from a company that won’t install it on the bedframe for you, we can help! You can have the mattress delivered to our warehouse and we will deliver it to your home and install it for you.

Record Storage for Small Businesses: Our warehouses are also designed to provide record storage for small businesses. If you have a small space and important records that you don’t have room to store, we’re happy to store them safely and securely in our warehouse for a fraction of the cost of keeping them at your office space. Secure our services to make the management of your records including inventory and shredding more a joy than a job.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about what Beltway Movers does behind the scenes. If you’re interested in any of the services we’ve discussed above, please give us a call at (800) 966-8348 for more information about warehouse distribution services and commercial storage in our Alexandria, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland locations.
We look forwarding to hearing from you!

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.

·        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?

·        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.

·        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!