Moving FAQs: Pre-Move
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Do you do local moves?
Yes, we do. We serve all metro Washington DC and surrounding areas in MD and VA.
Do you do long distance moves?
Yes, we specialize in moving households from metro Washington DC to anywhere in the US. Also, we can accommodate you with your move from almost anywhere in continental US to the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Are you insured?
Yes, we are licensed, bonded and insured. Standard insurance is included at no additional charge in all of our moves. Full-Coverage insurance can be purchased from our partner insurance agency Baker international
Do you use day labor?
NEVER. All our crews consist of trained, professional and uniformed full time employees.
Are your prices competitive?
Yes, our pricing structure is one of the most rewarding features of our services. We strive to keep our prices as competitive and appealing as possible without compromising attention to detail or quality. We encourage you to visit Unpakt.com to instantly compare guaranteed prices from multiple moving companies in one screen and read real customer reviews. Then, give us a call.
When should I begin contacting moving companies for estimates?
Try to provide the moving companies with as much notice as possible, especially if you are moving during the busy season as noted before. Six weeks from the actual move date is not too early for estimators to come into your home to complete what they refer to as a “visual survey of your household goods shipment.” Add even more time to make a decision if you are obligated by your employer to submit estimates for approval. Try to decide which mover you will use four weeks from your actual load day. Call the mover to confirm your booking and schedule your packing, loading and delivery dates. This timeframe can be shortened in the off peak season which is September 15 through May 15.
When is the best time to move?
The busiest times for moving companies are during the summer months, May 15 – September 15. At the end of these months, the volume of shipments is extremely heavy. This is the case for all professional moving companies.
Take all the factors into consideration when deciding on the best time for you to move. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, provide the moving company with a five day window for loading your shipment. This will allow the individuals who schedule the drivers and crew members greater flexibility when scheduling your move. If possible, be flexible with your destination timeframe as well. If you stay flexible, it should make a difference.
What happens when a relocation consultant comes to my home?
The relocation consultant will arrive at your home to complete the visual survey of your items. Once this is completed, the relocation consultant will calculate the cubic ft, packing cost and any other charge related to your move.
*Remember that the relocation consultant must clearly see what you are moving in order to provide you with an accurate estimate. Crawl spaces, attics and cluttered closets can be deceiving, so organize your house before the relocation consultant arrives.
Don’t be alarmed if the relocation consultant goes through all your cabinets and closets or looks under beds and on top of cabinets. He or she must be able to see what is moving and possibly needs packing. If you know of items that are out of view, be certain to point them out to the relocation consultant. If there are items you will be eliminating, be sure to point them out as well.
One word of caution that can save you a great deal of trouble on loading day. Get rid of all items you do not plan to move. Otherwise, there may not be enough space for your shipment. This will not occur on one or two small items, but if you anticipated eliminating an entire bedroom suite and do not do so, it is quite possible that this could violate the integrity of your binding estimate and/or cause the driver to run out of space.