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Richmond VA Movers, How Do I Plan For a Move?

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MOVING TIPS:  How do I plan for a move in Richmond Virginia?

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The end and the beginning of each month, as well as Saturdays, are very busy for Richmond VA movers. If you must move during those days, you really need to schedule your move ahead of time. Also, if you need to move during peak season (between Memorial and Labor Day) to or from Richmond VA, the sooner you contact your preferred moving company, the better!


Plan in Advance


Start looking for a Richmond VA moving company and getting estimates about 6 to 9 weeks before your move. This will ensure that the date you choose is available. It will also be very helpful to draw on the mover’s expertise as your packing progresses. Even if your closing date is not confirmed yet, don't hesitate to contact the Richmond VA moving companies that you would consider to move your stuff. Depending on closing dates and times, most Richmond VA moving companies offer overnight and storage services if needed.


Moving Estimates


Almost all moving companies in Richmond VA, as well as the rest of moving companies in the Northern VA, charge time and travel for local moves and weight/zip codes for long distance moves. Most people collect three estimates to help them with their decision. Our quotes always include an itemized inventory and free online moving estimate. What sets us apart from other Richmond VA moving companies is our service and reputation in the Northern VA.  We are willing to stand behind our quotes (which are ALWAYS free of charge; and online) so there will be no surprises on moving day – or the bill. Unfortunately there are movers in the northern Virginia area that don't hold the same values. Also, many are unlicensed (fly by night movers). Do your research!  Check reviews and be cautious of any phone estimates. We only offer free online moving estimates that you can review as a customer at your convenience (as well as edit).


Generally, if you look around for other Richmond VA moving companies, you may find someone who costs a little less but remember that you get what you pay for! You’re probably moving your lifelong and most precious possessions; do you really want a cheap but inexperienced mover? You should also think about the risk of opening your home to a dishonest mover or one who uses casual labor.  Save the stress and invest in peace of mind with the best quality Richmond VA moving company there is! Get your free online moving estimate now. click here

Moving Tips:  How do I prepare my stuff to be moved?


The number one question we get at Mid-Atlantic Moving & Storage is, “Do I need to empty my dresser drawers?” In most cases clothing and linens can be left inside dresser drawers. If your furniture is antique, delicate, or if the integrity has already been compromised we would require them to be completely empty. In all instances you would need to empty any drawers that contain loose items, liquids, glass, perfume, etc.), valuables and important papers.  Anything fragile should be packed inside of a secure box. If you need packing services or boxes, please give us a call at 877-452-4797.


Lawn Mowers & Snow Blowers


We can move lawn mowers and snow blowers but the gas tanks must be emptied in advance for safe transport inside of our 26 ft moving trucks.  If you’re unsure if your lawn item has any fuel in it, feel free to ask one of our movers to check for you. Safety is our number one priority at Mid-Atlantic Moving & Storage.


Mops, Brooms, & Rakes


Mops, brooms, and rakes can be taped together for easy handling.  Any loose pole items can be a pain to carry one by one. Don’t worry, let us handle that for you if you’re unsure how to secure your loose items together for easy transport.


Items to Move Yourself


You should move some items yourself including cash, securities, jewelry, furs, firearms, personal papers, collectibles, television mounts, paint, and family heirlooms.


Live Plants


We cannot move live plants due to potential spillage and possible decay. However, we can assist you on how to move them yourself.  The pot/planter needs to be properly packed in a box before it can be loaded in your personal vehicle. We will not guarantee the safe transport of live plants, which can be traumatized by motion or temperature extremes inside of your car.  Please understand that you need to move your plants at your own risk.


Small Items


All small items should all be packed in boxes prior to the movers’ arrival. It makes it much easier for them to load the truck when there is a minimal amount of loose items. In addition, the top of all boxes should be closed and sealed with tape. Occasionally we have a customer who insists that we move open-top boxes with the contents hanging out, which is unsafe and will not be permitted (unless it’s a special circumstance)..


Tabletops & Antiques


Items such as marble, glass tabletops, pool table slate, special antiques, chandeliers, or other large, fragile items should be packed by a professional mover or installed into a crate prior to moving. Please ask about our crating services.


Flammables & Combustibles


Don't pack paints, firearms, propane tanks, or aerosol cans with your household goods as these items are flammable and combustible. On a local Virginia Beach move these items must be transported by the customer. For a long distance move, arrangements should be made to give these items away or have them disposed of properly.




You may want to set your vacuum aside and instruct the movers not to move it so you can do a final vacuuming before leaving your home. You may also not want to pack your cleaning supplies so you can do a final cleaning after everything is removed from the premises.


Fragile Items


Most small fragile items are best wrapped in unprinted newsprint which is economical and effective. Before you put any fragile items in a box, it’s a good idea to make crumpled balls of newsprint to fill the bottom of the box, which will create an air cushion. Wrap each item with plenty of paper.


It’s best to make your dishes or glasses stand upright in the box which helps avoid breakages if something is placed on top of the box. Bubble wrap should be used for items like stemware which could be damaged by the weight of the paper.


We strongly recommend that you use new boxes, especially when packing fragile items. The integrity of most used boxes has already been compromised and there could be sanitary issues. Mark the box as fragile on the top and at least two sides.  If you need boxes, please let us know in advance.




Labeling your boxes is a very simple yet an important step in the moving process. It will make your move more organized and easier for you and your movers. Properly labeling your boxes can prevent having your goods placed in the wrong rooms of your new home and reduce the chances of your goods getting damaged.Your movers will be especially careful when handling boxes labeled “Fragile” and won’t load heavier boxes on top of them. Proper labeling ensures that you’ll know exactly what’s in each box without having to open them to find out.


Here are some ideas on how to properly label your boxes-


Write which room each box should go in.

List the contents of each box.

Write "Fragile" or "Handle With Care" on any box containing delicate or easily broken objects.

Label any box that you plan on taking yourself as "Do Not Move".

Label some boxes as "Unpack First" or write a big "X" on them so you’ll know which boxes contain the most important day-to-day necessary items.

TIP: You may also want to assign each box a number, and then make a separate list where you record all of the contents of each box in detail. When you begin unpacking, you can refer to your list to find out what each one contains.


Make sure you use a large dark permanent marker for labeling your boxes prior to move day. It is a good idea to have at least two markers handy, in case one gets lost or runs out of ink. Most moving boxes have labels already printed on them, so you can just write the destination of the box and its contents on them. Always label the top and at least one side of each box to ensure that your labels will be visible.




It’s best to pack your microwave in a box but if necessary the movers can wrap it in a moving blanket for you. Make sure you remove the glass base and pack it separately and securely.


Flat Panel TVs


Flat panel televisions are delicate and need to be boxed for transport. Mid-Atlantic Moving can provide tv boxes on move day if you opt for that option.  Pack them in the original carton and packing material if you have them, otherwise contact our office to provide the proper material on moving day.




Appliances need to be disconnected prior to moving day. However, if you’re unsure on how to or feel uncomfortable messing with all those cords, then please allow our movers to disassemble and reassemble your appliances for you.  This includes but is not limited to your washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, and range. If your refrigerator is connected to a waterline, that should be disconnected at least a couple of days before the move. Once the water line has been disconnected, the small needle shutoff valve should be monitored as it sometimes leaks.

Buildings With Elevators


Contact building management at least 10 days prior to moving day to reserve the elevator and find out if they require Mid-Atlantic Moving to provide a certificate of insurance.


Truck Parking


If relevant, please plan ahead to secure the best possible parking spot for our 26 ft moving truck(s).


Restricted items


We will not move hazardous or combustible items such as propane tanks, firearms, paint, and aerosols.

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