In this blog post we’re going to give you a different perspective than usual – our blog post writer, Bridget, decided to put us to the test! She and her husband moved to a new city and needed movers, so after reviewing a few moving companies they decided to go with Beltway Movers. Bridget was happy with what she saw, and wanted to see if we practice what we preach. Read on to find out what her experience was like.
Hi everyone, my name is Bridget. I moved with Beltway Movers a few weeks ago and had a really good experience! My move should have been stressful – it was an unexpected move that happened during a busy time in my life – but because of Beltway it really wasn’t that bad. Today I’m going to start at the very beginning of my move journey, so you can get a taste of the entire experience start to finish.
It’s May 2016 – less than a month from my early June wedding – when my fiancé, Brad, tells me he might be transferring for work from Arlington, VA to Richmond, VA. I won’t go into the gory details of our decision making, but in the end we decided to take a leap of faith and move to Richmond.
Most people told me we were crazy to get married, go on a honeymoon, and then completely uproot our lives to move to a new city in the time span of 6 weeks – I disagreed because I was up for the adventure! What I wasn’t up for was the stress of everything… wedding planning, actual wedding, move planning, actual move.
Brad and I have moved together several times, and we’ve always moved ourselves. Brad has a Jeep, so we’ve always packed our belongings into the back of the Jeep and moved things… one small trip at a time, back and forth, over and over. Needless to say it was time consuming and awful. When Brad and I decided to move to Richmond we toyed around with the idea of renting a U-Haul and moving everything ourselves. However, after much discussion about everything else we had to do, we decided that wasn’t a sane idea, and if we wanted to start our marriage off on the right foot we’d need to hire a moving company.
We looked around at a few moving companies in the DC metro area, and ultimately decided to go with Beltway Movers. Why? Well there were a few reasons: A. The most important one: They’ve never missed a move, and they’ve been in business since 1961; B. I like Beltway – I’ve been working with them for a few years and they’re really good people; C. I wanted to put them to the test, so I could make sure what I write about every month is really what they’re all about.
|Doug showing Bridget move folder documents.|
The process started with Doug Barroga, a move consultant with Beltway, visiting our apartment to provide a move estimate. I have to say… it was such an easy process. When Doug arrived I instantly felt at ease – he was nice and told me how easy they were going to make the move for us. Before we got started he presented me with a move folder – it contained material on their credentials, liability coverage, as well as a pre-move checklist, tips, and information on what to expect on move day – step by step. While I read through the materials Doug took a few notes on what we had to move, asked a few questions, and then said he’d be in touch later that day with an estimate – super easy! The best part of the estimate experience? Doug told me the movers would wrap our chest of drawers in protective moving blankets and plastic wrap, so we didn’t need to pack our clothes. The idea of having to pack less made my day!
|Doug explaining the move process to Bridget|
True to his word later on that day Doug sent me a very fair cost estimate for the move detailing time and materials. My husband and I approved it, and then started the fun process of packing up our apartment. Beltway was wonderful during the 3-4 week period we had between accepting the cost estimate and actually moving. Doug checked in with me to make sure I didn’t have any questions, and I was sent an email from Beltway with information that I might need for my move day.
Additionally, another wonderful thing about moving with Beltway Movers is that they have an extremely informative website: http://www.beltwaymovers.com. The website has great resources and articles with answers to questions and moving tips – the information on their site made the move a lot easier for us.
The day before the move a dispatcher called to confirm that they were coming and to see if I had any questions. You know what the best part of that call was? I asked what I needed to do to prep the apartment for the move, i.e. stack boxes, take apart furniture, etc., and he said that while those might save us time and money, that if it was easier on us I didn’t need to do a thing – what a relief!
Check back soon to hear about the big move day! Below I’ve included a few sneak peek pictures of our move.
|Bridget and Brad unpacking.|
|Bridget using her essentials box (everything
she needed for the move day was in it!).
|Cesar and Josh moving the wrapped chest
of drawers – more clothes
that didn’t need to be packed! 🙂
|Deborah and Bridget|
|Bridget unpacking the wardrobe box.
No need to pack the closet, just hang
everything in the wardrobe box!
|Floor runner to keep the floor clean and
undamaged during the move process.
|Cesar assembling the bed. One less thing Brad and
Bridget had to worry about on move day!