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Merry Moving Season! Best Tips for a Successful Winter Move

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Moving in the winter wasn’t really the plan, but hey, sometimes plans change. The house you coveted in Loudoun County finally went on the market; it’s just so perfect. Or, the nice young couple from Fairfax had their realtor call your realtor, and the family home sold much faster than expected; you’re excited to downsize. So you better start packing.

It’s winter time, and time to move.

Moving in the winter has advantages and disadvantages: potential savings, snow. Home prices are lower, but the odds of freezing temperatures and bad weather are greater than zero (and less than 32F). Whether your next winter move is a matter of choice or circumstance, Craig Van Lines has compiled the following list of tips to help make it go a little easier.

Watch the weather.

Some meteorologists release weather forecasts as far as two weeks in advance; keep a close eye on these reports in the days leading up to your move and be sure to alert your residential moving company whenever there is a chance of a snowstorm. It’s better to delay the move than to risk driving in dangerous conditions.

Protect the floors.

Carpet and hardwood stained and pocked with general winter yuck — snow and ice and mud — just isn’t the best look when new homeowners move in. Invest in a few sturdy tarps, dropcloth, or plastic sheeting from your local hardware store, and place mats at every entrance to protect the floors.

Turn the heat off.

It seems counterintuitive; it’s cold outside. But people are going to be traipsing in and outside all day. Turning the heat off will increase your energy efficiency and lower the electricity bill too.

Board your pets.

In and out, in and out. Everyone will be in and out, hauling furniture. Pets that sneak underfoot could pose a safety risk while moving heavy items. It’s also a risk, as cats and dogs could sneak out an open door unnoticed amid the chaos.

Keep blankets and towels available.

The day started out cold but beautiful and sunny blue, so wouldn’t you know it’s just such luck: Just about ready to begin loading the truck, and icy rain begins to fall. Use a heavy blanket or towels to protect antiques, valuables, and electronics from the elements.

Craig Van Lines is helping Fairfax move.

Call on Fairfax and Loudoun (and Prince William, and Arlington, and…) Counties’ most reliable residential movers to learn more about moving in the winter, or to inquire about how Craig Van Lines’ moving and storage services can get you merrily on your way home.

Will the Election of Donald Trump Affect Washington DC Real Estate Market?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

It’s been four weeks, almost a month since the election of Donald J. Trump, and in 44 days he will be sworn in as President of the United States. Some say this is unprecedented, but this presidential transition of power is one Washington knows well. One family moves out; another family moves in. And with each, the thousands (3000 to be specific) move out, and in. That’s not even to mention Congress and the moving and shaking that happens outside the executive branch.

Where it’ll stop, nobody knows. Because people are moving.

Now, sure, some of who will fill these soon-to-be vacated executive and legislative positions already live in Washington DC and parts of the great metropolitan area, and some who leave their jobs will stay, but a majority — at least half will move to rent or buy anew in our area.

Elections years past suggest a boost for Washington’s real estate market.

David Howell writing for The Washington Post makes a valid argument when he says that a new job isn’t enough, alone, to incite the purchase of a home: “Individuals do not make a decision to purchase a home in a vacuum. Just moving to the area to take a new job — even a new job on the Hill or in the executive branch — does not cause a person to ignore overall market conditions or their personal circumstances.”

After a sluggish 2016, with an increase of just 2.7 percent in home sales over the previous year, Howell’s position is conservative. A look at the Washington DC real estate market in years following the election of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, however, indicate that the President and his goings on can have significant impact on growth.

The following content was originally published by the Economists’ Outlook blog at the National Association of Realtors on October 5, 2016.

  • …in the first year of Clinton’s presidency, home sales increased by 2 percent in Washington, DC metro area from the previous year. However, sales increased by 12 percent one year after the elections.
  • In 2004, …single-family home sales reached a peak in Washington, DC metro area. As a result, median home price for the months November through March rose to $348,915 in 2004 from $272,314 a year earlier (28 percent increase).
  • During the second inauguration of Obama, home sales in the Washington, DC metro area rose by 11 percent from a year earlier… while the median home price increased to $320,468.

And as history tends to repeat itself, Washington should expect increased home sales, and higher home prices, too.

The Holidays Are Stressful. Moving During the Holidays? A Little Less So With a Little Help from Craig Van Lines

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

If you thought the holiday season was stressful…

Can you imagine moving during the holidays?

That’s exactly what one northern Virginia family did this month, with a little help from the residential moving experts at Craig Van Lines. When their house sold faster — about three months faster! — than they expected, this Bristow-based clan needed to pack and get their belongings into storage in a hurry.

How exactly would it be possible to wrangle the schedules of two busy teenagers, holiday shopping, moving boxes, tickets to see Star Wars opening weekend, and a closing date seven days before Christmas?

How?! With a little help from the residential moving experts at Craig Van Lines, that’s how.

The Craig Van Lines team arrived bright and early at our clients’ home for a busy day of packing, storing, and what we do best: residential moving.

Residential Movers Northern VA | Craig Van Lines

Boxes, they were packed.

Packing Services | Bristow VA

Furniture, and drum kits, they were moved.

Residential Movers Northern VA | Craig Van Lines
Residential Movers Northern VA | Craig Van Lines

Items, they were stored.

Storage Services | Bristow VA | Craig Van Lines
Storage Services | Bristow VA | Craig Van Lines

A successful northern Virginia residential move, it was completed — with many thanks to our loyal customers, and especially to the expert, professionally trained team of movers and shakers (err, packers) at Craig Van Lines.

Call Craig Van Lines to help you move in northern VA!
See for yourself just what it’s like to move in northern VA during the holiday season:

Packing Yourself May Save You A Little Money, But Hiring a Professional Northern Virginia Mover Will Save You More than a Little Stress

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Many families planning a move in northern Virginia often wonder: Should we pack our belongings ourselves and save money, or should we hire a professional for the task?

Packing yourself may save you money…

But it may also put your possessions at greater risk of damage during your move, while professional movers have the expertise and material to best protect your possessions. That, and truly, your time is valuable; why spend hours upon hours meticulously and carefully packing all of your items when Craig Van Lines is standing by to do it for you?

A trained northern Virginia mover has the tools and knowhow to make your move a good one. Hiring a professional mover eliminates one of the biggest sources of stress for relocating families — PACKING! — and will save dozens of hours before moving day.

Really, the choice is clear:

Let Craig Van Lines do the packing for you.

When hiring a professional moving company, consider the follow tips:

Be sure to schedule a packing date with your moving company at least a day or two before the moving truck is scheduled to arrive.

Be present as all your items are packed. The professional packers at Craig Van Lines will work together with you to create an inventory of your goods, and it’s important that you know what is in what box before signing the inventory document. Make sure all copies are legible and all boxes are properly identified. Label valuable items to ensure you can claim their full value in case of damage. Some appliances may require servicing prior to the move, which your mover can schedule for you.

Ask your mover what boxes and containers they offer for sale. Buying from your mover usually saves money and the quality is better than the cardboard boxes purchased from the grocery store. The mover will also be able to provide an estimate of the number and types of boxes you need to buy based for your move.

If you decide to pack some of your items yourself, it is never too soon to start.

Though it should be noted that Craig Van Lines does not usually accept liability for any damage to items packed by the owners. Do your part to protect your belongings; consider the following tips.

Pack breakable or fragile items in sturdy boxes with strong packing tape. Remember, these items must travel with the rest of your household goods.

Use sheets, pillows, blankets and towels to provide cushion-like support. These items will help support your packed items, and prevent things from sliding around during transit.

When planning a big move, it’s important to consider all of your options — so please, do so. But soon enough, you’ll realize you’ll realize:

It is more cost effective and safer to have a professional mover handle all your northern Virginia packing needs.

For a FREE moving and packing quote, call (703) 273-8852.

Completed Linton Hall Rd Interchange Offers Traffic Relief for Gainesville Residents

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Linton Hall Road and Route 29 IntersectionIt was a day years in the making, one Prince William County residents (not to mention all those thousands of northern Virginians who traveled from the outer suburbs in the direction of Washington DC and back again) had long anticipated.

On Thursday, July 9, a ceremonial ribbon cutting marked this momentous occasion.

With but a few finishing touches that remain, the Route 29 and Linton Hall Road interchange project in Gainesville is complete. The $230 million project successfully eliminated an angled railroad crossing near the Interstate 66 juncture that many residents and county officials deemed dangerous and “a traffic headache.”

Read more, as reported by WTOP’s Max Smith:

The following text was originally published by WTOP on July 9, 2015.

Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson describes the opening as “manna from heaven.” She says former supervisor John Stirrup described the old Route 29 and railroad crossings as something like the Berlin Wall, and she agrees that it became something no one wanted to cross.

She has lived in the area for about 20 years.

Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne also attended the ribbon cutting, and pointed to the impact that clearing up the backups onto I-66 can have on the larger regional traffic flow.

“This eliminates the at-grade railroad crossing … safety has been improved, and in this rapidly growing area its unlocking the stop-and-go traffic on [Route 29 and Linton Hall Rd],” he says.

State Sen. Dick Black gave an anecdote about being in the car with kids before the changes — when the kids would start counting the number of freight cars going by.

“And then, about that time, the train stops and backs up and you start counting all over again,” he says. “You know what that does to traffic congestion.”

Also, the changes leave room for Norfolk Southern to add another track under the overpasses that could not only help with freight congestion, but also could provide extra track slots if VRE service is extended to Gainesville and Haymarket.

The completed Linton Hall Road interchange offers major traffic relief for residents of Prince William County.

Anybody who’s at all familiar with life in northern Virginia knows that traffic headaches are a dime a dozen. But not anymore, at least not in Gaineswille where Route 29 meets Linton Hall Road.

Maybe you’ve seen Craig Van Lines’ trucks there.

If you’re relocating in Gainesville, or throughout northern Virginia, call the most trusted name in commercial and residential moving services for more than 80 years; call Craig. Craig Van Lines, that is.

Virginia Gateway Has Everything in Gainesville

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Over the last eight decades, the professional movers at Craig Van Lines have been helping people move in, out, and around northern Virginia. It’s what the Craig family loves, and it’s what we do. So much that we know about the residential moving business, we also know that our job doesn’t end when the last piece of furniture is carried from the moving truck.

(Did you know Craig Van Lines offers storage services to customers in northern Virginia? It’s true; just ask! But I digress…) Craig Van Lines is more than just a moving company; we’re a member of the community, and we’re happy as it grows.

As we’re seeing a marked increase in people who choose, or have chosen to call northern Virginia home, the demand for more shopping, dining and entertainment grows along. Oh, and that demand is met in spades.

Note: This article is first in a new series we’ve decided to call, Craig Around Town. Once a month, we’ll select one of the many prime shopping and entertainment destinations around northern Virginia, the first of which is:

Gainesville’s own, Virginia Gateway

Virginia Gateway is conveniently located in the heart of Prince William County where Interstate 66 and Route 29 meet. Serving the good people of Gainesville and Haymarket, this 1.3 million-square foot shopping mecca boasts more than 120 retail shops, restaurants.

So whether it’s date night…

Virginia Gateway is the perfect place for dinner and drinks.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
14020 Promenade Commons Street,
Gainesville, Virginia 20155

Firebirds is well known for classic American, wood fired grilled entrees. Open for lunch and dinner, Firebirds features a large variety of bold selections prepared in-house, including hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, chicken and ribs — all seared over local hickory, oak or pecan wood. Since 2000, loyal guests have enjoyed scrumptious signature menu items, including Firebirds’ Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Chile Rubbed Delmonico, Wood Grilled Salmon and more.

Make date night great, and catch a movie at Regal Cinemas after dinner.

Or the occasion calls for a shopping spree…

Virginia Gateway has the boutique for you… tique.

14009 Promenade Commons Street
Gainesville, VA 20155

Francesca’s boutique offers an eclectic mix of carefully curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive. New pretties arrive almost daily, so you’ll always discover something special and amazing on every visit.

Virginia Gateway has everything in Gainesville.

There’s a consignment shop, and Massage Envy too. Doctors offices, and more restaurants to count; Stein Mart, and Sprint. Petsmart, and Palm Beach Tan too. Virginia Gateway has everything in Gainesville.

Americans are Moving Again & They’re Calling Northern Virginia’s Go-To Movers For Help

Friday, May 29th, 2015

I’ve moved.

You’re planning a move.

Everybody moves at least a few times in their lives, right?

Have you ever wondered just how many people move each year?

There for a while, over the last decade, few people moved, because they couldn’t afford to. Now it seems the pendulum is swinging back, and as northern Virginia’s go-to residential moving company, we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Americans are moving again.

The following excerpt was originally published by USA Today on October 11, 2014.

Americans, new statistics suggest, are moving again.

New U.S. Census data show that the great slowdown in migration caused by the recession is starting to give way. In 2012, “domestic migration” was as high as it’s been in the past five years — nearly 16.9 million people moved between counties, with long-distance interstate moves accounting for about 7 million of those, up nearly 5% over 2010.

In a sense, [demographer Kenneth Johnson of the University of New Hampshire], said, the recession had the effect of “freezing people in place” as they waited for the economy to improve and their homes to recover value. The 2012 figures may not represent an actual recovery, but it’s “at least a thawing” as conditions begin to improve again, he said.


Now that the thaw is upon us, places like metropolitan New York, Buffalo and Rochester are starting to see more people leave again, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Census data: In 2009, the Baltimore metro area, which includes the city and surrounding counties, gained 25 people per 10,000 residents from other states. [In 2013], it lost 36 per 10,000.

Meanwhile, places like the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area, which had a net loss of migrants in 2009, added them in 2012. Likewise in Las Vegas, Jacksonville and San Jose, among a few others.

And the Washington DC metropolitan area, too.

According to a separate set of data compiled by a team of researchers at the University of Virginia, Fredericksburg is expected to grow by nearly 70 percent in the next decade and a half. So, while people are moving out of New York and Baltimore, they’re moving into northern Virginia; and guess who’s standing by to help?

You guessed it:

Northern Virginia’s most experienced residential movers, Craig Van Lines

A Few Lessons In… How Not to Move

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Moving is hard. And sometimes, things happen.

Sometimes, couches are big, and doorways are tight. Sometimes, bookshelves are heavy, and stairways are steep. It might seem like the best option is to try, and hope for the best. And sometimes, it works out. Some couches sent flying over deck railings live to sit another day. But some couches don’t.

Some couches are just wide, or just tall enough that it seems impossible to think you’ll ever get them inside. Some bookshelves are just too much for one person to handle. It was for these circumstances precisely that some northern Virginia moving company — *ahem* Craig Van Lines — was founded so many decades ago.

Take a lesson from the experts: Don’t move this way.

He’s okay! But the bookshelf might not be.

Joanna can’t help you. But Craig Van Lines can!

You get the picture. But you’ll have to pay for it.

Save yourself, your time, and your furniture.

Leave the moving to the experienced professionals.

Through four generations, the Craig family has provided quality moving and storage services. Whether you’re looking for a mover in Alexandria, VA, Fairfax or anywhere throughout Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland, we can help. We are recognized as one of the leading moving companies in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC metropolitan area. From local to long distance, our commitment to personalized moving services for residential and commercial relocation is unmatched in the industry.

Will the new Route 29 / Linton Hall Road Interchange ever be finished?

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Linton Hall Road and Route 29 Intersection

Driven south on 29 into Gainesville recently? (And by recently, I mean any time in the last four years.) If you have, chances are good you’ve been caught up in traffic, and road construction, and wondered:

What are they doing, and will they ever be finished?

The Gainesville / I-66 Improvements project, now in its fourth and final phase, began construction, and is scheduled for completion sometime this summer. So, we’re happy to report: Yes. They will ever be finished. So says Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Communications Manager Joan Morris, “It is on schedule to be completed in June 2015.” One of the largest construction projects in Virginia, at the center of the new Route 29/Linton Hall Road interchange is a pair of overpasses: one carrying Route 29 over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, and one carrying Linton Hall and Gallerher roads over the railroad and Route 29. VDOT also green-lighted the widening of Route 29 to six lanes — as well as the elimination of driveway entrances and two traffic signals between I-66 and Virginia Oaks Drive — in an effort to further improve traffic flow.

Okay, but why?

In a word: Bottleneck. Nobody likes them. (Except, of course, for the kind attached to a nice cold bottle of craft beer.) The I-66 / Route 29 Gainesville Interchange is conveniently — or not so conveniently, as the case has been — located in one of Prince William County’s fastest growing areas, and serves as a major link from the DC metropolitan area’s so-called exurbs. As new communities in Prince William, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren Counties emerge, and flourish, so too is the traffic demand on the Route 29 and I-66 corridors growing.

Let’s talk traffic.

In 2008, Interstate 66 carried just 82,000 vehicles per day between Route 29 and the Route 234 Bypass. And in a period of just 20 years, by 2028, that figure is expected to more than double, to 175,000. Route 29 through Gainesville, which once saw only 57,000 vehicles, must soon accommodate as many as 87,000. And then there’s Linton Hall Road: Traffic here is expected to triple in the 30 years between 2005 (15,500 vehicles per day) and 2035 (42,000). As long-time residents of northern Virginia, we’ve come to expect the snarl of traffic, but such rapid growth necessitated action. Many local business such as My Plumber, Gainesville Dental Associates , Grigg Design, and JK Enterprises will benefit from the ease in traffic congestion.

See a video rendering of the completed interchange.

Northern Virginia is the place to be, and come summer’s completion of the new Route 29/Linton Hall Road interchange, it’ll be a little easier to get around. Moving into, or around the area? Call the experienced residential movers at Craig Van Lines.

Jennifer Supports Bill. Bill Supported Jennifer’s Big Career Move [to Chantilly, Virginia]: Study Finds More & More Americans Willing to Move for Women’s Jobs

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Residential Moving Services | Chantilly VA

Meet Jennifer.

Jennifer is a wife, a mother of three, a runner, the breadwinner in her family; and that’s not all: Jennifer just got big news. She has just been offered her dream job as editor-in-chief for Northern Virginia magazine, but that means moving the family from Richmond to Chantilly, Virginia.

“What will Bill think?” Jennifer thought as she hung up the phone. Should she let herself get excited? Was he going to be okay with the idea of leaving HIS job, finding new schools for the kids, moving away from his parents? Jennifer knew she should be excited about this opportunity, but she just wasn’t sure.

Later that evening…

“Hi honey,” Bill kissed Jennifer’s cheek as he took her coat. “How was your day?”

“Well…,” Jennifer smiled.

“You got the job, didn’t you?!”

The couple had, of course, talked about the possibility, and he’d been supportive, taking the day off work to drive her to the interview two weeks before, but Jennifer was genuinely surprised by his reaction.

“I did.”

Bill beamed.

“But you know this means we’re going to have to move. Start all over,” Jennifer said hesitantly. “I told them I’d have to talk to you, that I wasn’t sure you’d be willing to leave your job for mine.”

“Are you kidding?!” Bill was incredulous. “Of course I’ll leave my job! Let’s go. Call them back right now. [shouting] KIDS! Pack your rooms; we’re moving.”

According to a recently conducted survey, Americans are more willing to move for the wife’s job today than just five years ago. And, in fact, almost 90 percent of Americans believe that relocating for the wife or mom’s job is now more common.

Nearly half of respondents said they know someone who has recently moved for the wife’s job, which is not surprising considering 40 percent of married women surveyed reported earning the same or more than their spouse. This new data complements the results of a 2013 Pew Research Center analysis, which found that a record 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 — married, and single — moms are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.

“For us, gender was never part of the conversation when it came to our careers,” said Katy Michael, a mother of two who recently relocated her family for a career opportunity. “We weighed the pro and cons, and decided to move because it was ultimately the right decision not for me or for him, but for our entire family.”

The survey found that the majority of women would be willing to move their family for their job, and more than half of families report that they’d support the decision.

Jennifer supports Bill. Bill supported Jennifer’s big career move.

Craig Van Lines supports the residents of northern Virginia, DC and Maryland. From local to long distance, our commitment to personalized moving services for residential and commercial relocation is unmatched in the industry.


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