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Northern VA Movers Quick Guide to Hassle Free Moving

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Moving is a pain! We know – we do it for a living. Our northern Virginia clients always appreciate our helpful advice for making it easy. Or at least, easier… Take some of the sting out of your move by following these “get ready to move” tips…

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How To Make Your Move Hassle Free

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Moving is never easy. That’s just a fact. Get this – we’re always running advertisements in Google and other search engines so that people who are moving in northern Virginia can easily find us. The most popular ad – by far – tells people, “Get a Hassle Free Move.”

But after over 80 years and four generations of movers in the Craig family, we don’t need statistics to tell us that having a hassle free move is what people want – we know it because we live it every day!

So what should you do if you want to have an easy go of it?

Here are a few tips that will help make your moving day go smoothly…

1) Learn about your moving company. With so much information at our fingertips, there is no reason not to do your homework! Often times, Fred Craig himself will come to your home to meet with you and prepare an estimate. When you can look the owner in the eye and get information, you can be confident in the service you’ll be getting.

2) Insist on a professional crew. One thing you may run into – especially in the discount movers – is a non-professional crew. Sure, college kids need jobs, but this is your life we’re talking about. Craig Van Lines movers are professionals – this is what they do for a living. Many of our movers have been with us for more than a decade – some longer than that!

3) Take inventory of your delicate items. When your getting your quote for residential moving, it is always a good idea to review all of the items that will need special care and attention during the move.

4) Get the right packing supplies. You would be shocked at how many boxes we go through! It will make your moving day a LOT easier if you get a variety of box sizes, the proper tape and packing material and get your small items packed in a well organized fashion.

5) Take the time to interact with your crew. When the crew arrives at your home, take a moment and greet each one. A short conversation introducing yourself to the group and getting to know them a little will help you throughout the day. If you have a bit of rapport with your crew, it will go a long way when something needs extra attention. Craig Van Lines crews are trained to be very attentive to your needs so this is no problem with us!

Moving can be a real hassle – especially in the hustle and bustle of northern Virginia. We’re here to make your move as easy as it can be. Call us when you’re ready!

A Helpful Moving Checklist

Monday, February 20th, 2012

To make your move has pleasant as possible, we have provided some helpful information to make your move a success. Feel free to print this page and use as a check list. If you would like more detailed information on moving tips and your rights and responsibilities when you move, please contact us.

One Month Before Your Move

Make final arrangements with Craig Van Lines on:

  • Date and time of move
  • Boxes needed
  • Have Craig Van Lines pack you
  • Valuation coverage

Begin packing items seldom used:

  • Out of season clothes
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Books
  • Silver/China
  • Albums/Tapes

Clean out:

  • Attic
  • Closets
  • Garage/Shed
  • Basement

Find important papers and keep them packed for quick access when you arrive at your new home:

  • Medical records
  • Valuation records
  • Children’s school records
  • Car titles
  • Passports
  • Checking accounts
  • Settlement papers

Save all receipts of you move and record all expenses incurred as some moving expenses are tax deductible*. Accurate records are critical. Record such items as:

  • Movers expense
  • Boxes
  • Your travel expenses

*For specific tax information, please contact the IRS.

Two Weeks Before You Move

Send change of address forms and leave a forwarding address with the Post Office.

Contact utilities and arrange disconnect/connect dates for the following:

  • Electricity
  • Water / Sewer
  • Newspaper
  • Cable
  • Gas
  • Phone
  • Trash / refuse
  • Remember to check into hook-up charges and deposit policies

Pack a box of items which may be needed to get you settled in such as:

  • Garbage cans and bags
  • Paper towels, paper plates/cups
  • Can opener
  • Linens/towels
  • Flashlight
  • Tools
  • Cleansers and sponges
  • Vacuum/broom
  • Light bulbs

Empty gas and flammable liquids and dispose from:

  • Lawn mowers
  • Gas edgers
  • Gas grills
  • Kerosene heaters
  • Chain saws

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