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Moving day is quickly approaching and you think you have everything ready – the kids and dog are scheduled to go to grandma’s house, the packing boxes have arrived and the mover is booked. Unfortunately, as much as it might seem like you are, you’re not completely prepared. Why? Well, you need to keep in mind the importance of moving logistics. If you live in an area with limited parking, or you live in an apartment building, you will need to keep in mind the people that live around you and how you’re prepping to move around these other people. Below are a few tips.

  • If you live in an apartment building you’re going to need to reserve the loading dock. Imagine 2-3 different families moving on the same day and attempting to share the loading dock – it doesn’t work! Plus, a lot of apartment buildings will only allow you to have the loading dock for a certain amount of hours, so you’ll want to make sure you schedule properly and inform the moving company of those plans. Note: There might be height restrictions on the loading dock, so be sure to ask building management what those restrictions are and let the movers know.
  • If you live on a busy street that’s usually filled with cars you’re going to need to obtain a permit from the city to reserve a spot for the moving truck. If you don’t reserve the spot the moving van might need to circle the block for a while before they’re able to secure a spot – you will be charged for the time the moving truck needs to find a spot. Interested in securing a spot in DC? Click here to visit the District of Columbia Transportation Online Permitting Systems. Note: Our moving vans require 3 car sized spaces minimum and 4 spaces to allow for safer extension of a loading ramp.
  • Arrange the items you’re moving in a fashion that’s easiest for the movers to load and unload the truck. This will save the movers’ time and you money!
  • Reserve the freight elevators for your moving day. This will save you a lot of headache because you won’t need to wait to use the regular building elevators.

Additional items to ask your building manager before the big move.

  • Is a certificate of insurance required?
  • Masonite required in hallways?
  • Gate and building access requirements?

For more detailed information please visit our Move Day Logistics worksheet. Do you still have questions? If so, no problem, call Beltway Movers today at (800) 966-8348. We look forward to working with you!

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I booked a move with Beltway Movers after some changes to my plans meant that the original company I contracted could no longer manage my move. I had a great experience! Their quoting process was easy to understand and gave me a lot of confidence in the move. Troy, Donald, and the third gentleman whose name I didn’t catch did an excellent job - they were friendly, professional, efficient, and took great care with my belongings. At the end of the day, they saved me a good amount of money off the estimate. I definitely recommend this company!

- Katie Ellis March 30, 2023

I had a great experience with Beltway Movers. Being new to the area I hadn't heard of them before, but someone recommended them to me and I figured they seemed like a big enough outfit to be legit. What I didn't expect was a great crew! Brian, JR and Ben were friendly, efficient, and attentive as they moved my stuff from a downtown DC apartment to a house in the 'burbs. Brian even fixed my platform storage bed that the previous movers had broken! Moving is a huge pain and I hope to never do it again... but if I do, I'll definitely use Beltway Movers.

- Cicely Wedgeworth January 19, 2023

Beltway movers did a fantastic job helping me move furniture and other items at short notice. They were super responsive in general. I appreciated that they very careful wrapping and moving antique furniture. They went above and beyond. Highly recommended.

- Emily Kaplan April 19, 2024

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