What to look for with movers in Northern VA/DC area?
December 31, 2012 6:01 AM Subscribe
Moving just up the road in Arlington (Northern VA) but have quite a bit of stuff that I don't trust me and my friends to not mess up. So what do I look for in a professional moving company?
posted by zombieflanders to home & garden (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Due to my landlord moving back in (issues on his side, not mine), I'll be moving to a new place roughly a mile away in about 3 weeks. However, I'll be moving a 1BR apartment's worth of stuff, including at least one large couch, an entertainment center including a big-screen TV, and a bed. Since I don't have a car and several of the items are large, delicate, and/or expensive, I've decided to go with a professional moving company. This will be my first professional move (i.e., not just grabbing a bunch of friends to help), so I have couple questions:
1) What should I be looking for in terms of rates, insurance (bonded?), etc? I'm estimating maybe 3-4 hours, but I don't know how accurate that would be.
2) How should I arrange transportation? Do I ride with them or rent a car for a couple hours, or just walk there while they're packing the truck up?
3) What exactly will I need to do other than packing beforehand and setting up pick-up and drop-off logistics with the respective building management? I have most if not all of the packaging for my electronics (including the TV), but I've heard that I should let movers pack them because they won't be held responsible for poor packaging.
And of course, any suggestions as to specific movers would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance for any help.