1 Movers Network is here to help make your move AMAZING! Owings Mills Movers – Owings Mills Moving Company
✔ Residential or commercial moving.
✔ Local & long distance.
✔ Short term or long term storage.
✔ Partial or full packing available.
✔ Fully licensed and insured.
✔ Over 20 years of experience.
✔ Amazing reviews online.
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We are very proud to have served thousands of clients moving from or to Owings Mills.
✔ Free in-home estimate.
✔ Professional uniformed staff.
✔ Disconnect or connect appliances.
✔ Full service packing & unpacking.
✔ Crating of antiques & fine art.
✔ Disassembling & reassembling.
✔ Moving blankets for furniture.
✔ Loading & unloading.
✔ Mileage & taxes.
✔ Basic value protection.
✔ Clean trucks.
✔ Friendly movers.
✔ Quality service.
What service are you looking for?
- Owings Mills local movers base their estimates for local moving on an hourly rate.
- The time billed should begin when they arrive at your home and end when they are finished unloading and assembling everything.
- Local movers allow 30 minutes to arrive at your origin and 30 minutes to return from your destination to our dispatch location.
- Spend some time talking with each local mover. It’s a good sign if they take the time to understand your moving needs, ask questions.
- A professional local mover is sure to perform your moving more efficiently and protect your belongings, which will ultimately save you money.
- Look for reviews about the local Owings Mills moving company on the internet.
- Choose a local moving company best suited for your moving based on the above criteria not the hourly price.
- The lowest hourly rate on a local move is not necessarily the lowest final price. Bad or slow movers will cost you more in the long run.
- Do not use a broker just ask, are you a broker?
- Being flexible with your moving date will help you get a better price. Try to move Monday through Thursday as it can be cheaper.
- Having your friends move you in a rented truck may seem to be the lowest cost option, but ask anyone who moved themselves and most will say they wish they had hired a moving company.
- Sort and dispose of any unneeded items through garage sales, donations to charitable organizations or gifts to friends and family.
- Pack areas you don’t use often such as basements and garages.
- Consider moving some of the smaller items yourself.
Long Distance Moving:
The cost of your long distance move is usually determined by the following factors:
- Weight of your shipment & the actual distance you are moving your belongings.
- The number of extra moving services, such as packing & unpacking your belongings.
- Your choice of additional valuation for your personal items.
- The need for moving storage in transit while you are getting settled in your new location.
- Additional accessory charges which may include things that keep the door of the truck away from the door of your new or old house such as a flight of stairs, elevators, excessive long carry, the need to use a small shuttle vehicle, etc.
- The date you plan to make your long-distance move greatly influences the cost. The busiest season for moving companies is May through September, so they may increase their prices and fees up to 20 percent during this peak period.
- The adage “you get what you pay for” usually applies to the costs associated with hiring a moving company for your long-distance move. Partnering with a professional, trustworthy moving company saves time, relieves stress, spares you from possible bodily injury, and ultimately ensures the safety of your most priceless possessions.
Quick checklist to help you get started:
- Create a moving task force. You don’t have to shoulder the entire burden of a move. Indeed, that could be an impossible task and, therefore, a guaranteed failure. Establish a task force consisting of key employees who can offer assistance and guidance during the entire moving process.
- Meet with a space planner and/or interior designer. Trying to fit everything into a new space with little or no expertise is asking for trouble. Make sure you enlist the help of professionals.
- Take inventory and toss what you don’t need. Moving can be an excellent time to clean house. As you’re taking inventory (do this so that you can make sure everything has arrived safely following the move), consider getting rid of extraneous equipment, papers, and other items that the office has amassed.
- Interview moving companies. It’s never too early to begin collecting information about moving companies and then following up with interviews. Be sure to thoroughly check references, too.
- Meet with communications staff. Knowing how the phone system and computer facilities will operate at the new location is a must. It’s incumbent on you to make sure that service will not be interrupted. The best way to ensure minimal disruption is to meet with communications staff on a regular basis.
- Contact appropriate utilities. You’ll need to contact your local utility companies for various services like phone, electricity, and water. Provide them with stop and start dates and schedule any necessary appointments that will require your presence.
- Take care of the details. Remember to make changes to office stationery and alert your customers that the company is moving with change-of-address cards. This is an excellent opportunity to remind your customers that the company is always looking for ways to improve and this move is just one example of the firm’s commitment to excellence. Let your vendors know about the relocation as well.
- Provide employees with orientation. Meet with employees before, during, and after the move to explain how any new functions such as the security and phone systems work. Also, offer guidelines for any new procedures that will be put in place as a result of the move.
- Arrange for new services. You want the transition to occur as smoothly as possible, so try to make move-in day easy and stress-free. Make sure, for example, that ample parking is available for your company’s employees. Order new keys, too, so that people can actually get inside!
- Meet with movers to review plans. Stay in close touch with your movers as move-in day approaches. Make sure you set aside enough time to actually sit down to review and confirm furniture and floor plans. Waiting until move-in day will frustrate the movers, your colleagues, and you.
- Conduct a walk-through. On move-in day (or before) walk through the new space with staff to indicate new work areas. Make them feel welcomed and respond to any questions they may have.
- Plan a party and celebrate. Don’t forget to reward yourself and other employees with a move-in party. Celebrate the success of the move and congratulate everyone on his or her contribution.
49 packing tips you can use right now:
1. Make box handles. Use a knife to cut the handholds in the sides of the boxes. It will be easier to pick up or lift the heavy ones.
2. Make use of soft items. Put pillows, blankets, sheets, stuffed animals and other soft items into plastic bags (you can use trash bags). Use these bags as a padding for fragile objects. The bags can also act as a space filler.
3. Use suitcases on wheels. Put books or any other bulky items in suitcases on wheels. This way you won’t have to pick them up, but just roll them instead.
4. Have your hanging clothes in bags. It has some advantages. You won’t have to take the clothes on and off the hangers. You’ll keep them in the same order as they were in the closet. And the clothes will be safe during the transportation.
5. Save your plates. Put foam plates in between your glass and ceramic plates. This way, you’ll keep them from chipping and breaking.
6. Take advantage of plastic wrap. You can use plastic wrap to keep the items in the drawers. They’ll stay shut, and you won’t have to empty them.
7. Paper bags to save the glasses. Paper bags will do the perfect job of keeping glass cups and bowls from breaking during the process of moving. Paper bags are also better than newspapers because they won’t leave ink traces.Paper bags will do the perfect job of keeping glass cups and bowls from breaking during the process of moving. Paper bags are also better than newspapers because they won’t leave ink traces.
8. Wine cases for glassware. Another great way to protect vases, cups and glasses are to put them all in wine box cases.
9. Keep the mattresses clean. If you have old blankets and sheets lying around in the closet, make use of them. Wrap your mattresses with these sheets and blankets to keep them clean during transportation.
10. Pack your jewelry. The right way. To keep your jewelry from tangling or just in order not to lose them, use these tips. Connect all the necklaces through a toilet paper roll. This will prevent them from tangling. Store and protect smaller pieces of jewelry in egg cartons.
11. Use double boxes for valuable items. There’s no such thing as too much protection. Double box all the valuable belongings (especially electronics) to keep them safe during the transportation.
12. Leave the light items in the drawers. There’s no need to pack lightweight items. It’s better to keep them in the drawers because they won’t affect the process of moving in any way.
13. Towels for extra protection. If you have especially delicate or fragile items, better wrap them in towels. You can also fill the free space in boxes with towels. This will keep items from shifting or even breaking.
14. Use potholders. Potholders can serve as good packaging for knives. Place them in there and they won’t cut through anything during transportation.
15. Position your plates vertically. The lack of additional pressure and weight will prevent your plates from breaking, so be sure to pack them vertically.
16. Stack up. Put smaller items into larger ones. This way you’ll save some extra space. For instance, you can put little spices cans or bottles into a crockpot.
17. Find a good use for plastic bags. Plastic bags can do a much greater job than just lying around in your kitchen. Use them as extra padding when you pack your boxes.
18. Another good use for toilet paper rolls. Empty toilet paper rolls can make managing cords a lot easier during the moving. Tuck them inside those rolls and you’ll keep them from tangling.
19. Label the cables. Labeling the cords before packing them into the box will make your life much easier when you unpack all your stuff. At least you won’t have to figure out which cord goes where.
20. Prevent the bottles from leaking. Take extra safety measures to prevent the bottles from leaking. Cover the openings with plastic wrapping before putting the lids back on.
21. Number the boxes. This will make it easier to keep track of all the stuff you’ve loaded. And you’ll prevent yourself from losing your belongings. Also, it can help you to decide what you need to unpack first.
22. Keep items from different rooms separate. This will make unpacking much easier and less stressful. And you’ll know exactly where you put particular items.
23. Keep the liquids in one box. Sure, we told you how to prevent the bottles from leaking. But you still need to be ready for everything. If you keep all the liquids in a separate box, you’ll be sure that nothing will soak if there’s a leakage.
24. Roll, not fold. When packing clothes, rolling them instead of folding will save you extra space.
25. Start with the hardest task. Begin packing the kitchen first. All the kitchen appliances and dishes are difficult to pack. So you’d better deal with that first.
26. Take the opportunity. Moving and packing are a great chance to purge things you no longer use or clothes that don’t fit you anymore. You can throw those away or donate them.
27. Don’t overload the boxes. Keep the weight of the boxes below the 40 pounds mark. This way you’ll make it easier to carry them and load them into the truck. You can even use scales to control the weight.
28. Start packing earlier. It usually seems that there are fewer items. And in the end, it turns out that you lack time to pack everything.
29. Stay organized. Don’t try to pack everything at once. Try to pack one room at a time. You’ll be able to focus and keep the process under control.
30.Use the table. Instead of putting boxes for packing on the floor, put them on the table in a room you’re packing. This way it will be more efficient.
31. Tape the boxes firmly. Put tape on boxes along the seams where the flaps meet then form a cross by putting extra tape perpendicular to the center of the first one.
32. The original is the best. Try and find the original boxes for your electronics. The original boxes are the best packaging because they’re made particularly for the particular item.
33. Get everything you’ll need in one go. Sit and make the list of the things you’ll need for packaging. Then visit the hardware store and get everything on that list. Making a list makes sure that you won’t forget any items you might need.
34. Heavy furniture first. Load all the heavy stuff first (like sofas, couches, armchairs, etc.) and then continue with lighter items.
35. Do the packing in layers. When you pack things that are different sizes, put the heaviest on the bottom and the lighter ones on top. Don’t forget about the cushioning.
36. Use sticky notes. You can put sticky notes saying that there are still things to pack in certain locations. Remove those notes when you’re done the packing.
38. Completely pack everything. You know that there might be small items that “will go in the car.” No. Pack them too. Because they’ll eventually start stacking up and you won’t be able to fit them anywhere.
38. Pack like you’re going on a trip. You’ll need clothes to wear for the first couple of days after you’ve moved in and haven’t completely unpacked yet. So have a separate bag with clothes you’ll wear right away.
39. Shower caps for shoes. Pack your shoes into shower caps and you won’t get your clothes dirty when packing everything together.
40. Protect your cosmetics. If you have cosmetics that can break (powder, for instance), use a cotton pad or cotton ball to prevent it from breaking.
41. Try to use boxes of the same approximate size. Have three different box sizes for options. It’ll be easier to stack them this way, compared to a bunch of boxes that are all different sizes.
42. Have extra padding. Make moving pads or extra paper padding for wood and metal furniture. Especially for their corners and legs. This will protect the items from being damaged.
43. Custom packaging for art. If you’re moving pricey art pieces, it’s better to have them in individual crates to keep them safe.
44. Pack the boxes tight. Don’t leave empty spaces in your boxes. If they feel loose or unbalanced, they may shift or tip over. And it may cause damage to the contents of the box or the other items.
45. Pay attention to old boxes. If you use boxes that aren’t new, make sure that they’re clean and tough enough. You want all your belongings to be safe, right?
46. Blankets to protect the furniture. This one goes closely with the moving tips described earlier. You can use old blankets as extra padding to protect your furniture. You’ll also save space because you won’t have to pack them.
47. Stack boxes the right way. Remember the moving tip telling you to pack heavy items in the box first? This is correct of the boxes too. Load the heavy boxes first and top them with lighter ones.
48. Boxes without tops are useless. They don’t provide the decent amount of security for your items, and it’s impossible to stack them. So don’t use the boxes without tops.
49. Be careful with breakables. Always pack and unpack the items that are easy to break over a padded surface. This will keep them safe in case you drop them.
Storage Unit Checklist: Things To Double Check for Your Move.
Make sure that you have plenty of boxes to keep all of your stuff in. Once you move those boxes into the storage unit, you won’t want a bunch of loose things here, there and everywhere, so make sure that everything that should be enclosed in a packaged box is in one. Also, pack similar items from the same room together and label the boxes they are stored in to help prevent confusion when unpacking or when looking through the storage unit to get a particular item down the road. Another helpful tip is to try and make each box a similar weight that is manageable for most individuals that will be involved in helping with the move.
Fragile Item Precautions:
Some items that you are packing and send to your storage unit may be fragile or take extra care. If you are packing fragile items like bowls, cups and plates, make sure to wrap them individually, and look for ways to provide extra cushion should these pieces shift in transit. Wrapping them in bubble wrap is a great idea. Also, in order to preserve the spines on books that may be boxed up or going into storage, stack them flat so as to preserve the spine and keep those books lasting even longer. Have a box that is only half-filled? Load the rest of that box with packing peanuts in order to avoid too much shifting and movement inside the box.
Largest in Back:
When moving heavier items, make sure that you pack these items in the back of the moving truck. Sofas, appliances, dressers, chairs, tables and other large items are extremely heavy and having them further back in the truck will prevent them from sliding around and damaging other things in the moving truck.
Find a Puzzle-master:
When getting your group of helpful movers together, assign one person to be in the truck managing and stacking where certain items will be going. By having one single person with the vision of what the packed truck should look like, you will find that the packing goes smoother, has less hiccups and ends up getting packed neater than if you had multiple people walking up and dropping the box or item they are carrying wherever they see space.
Plug It with Pillows:
As you are packing up the truck, you will notice that natural holes will start to form in the wall of packed items. By filling these holes with pillows and blankets, you will do two things: One, you will get those pillows and blankets packed without having to stick them in another box or fill up more space somewhere else on the truck, and two, filling those areas will prevent additional shifting and movement that can occur in-transit from your home or apartment to the storage unit.
Protect What Is Yours:
When you get to the unit lay down tarps, cardboard mats or wooden pallets to protect your items from flooding or leaks from other units, pests and rodents and other nuisances. Also make sure to bring industrial plastic wrap to wrap larger pieces to protect them. Wrapping dressers, mirrors and other valuable items will protect them from dust and other damage that time may inflict on them. Wrapping appliances in plastic wrap will keep bugs and pests out of them, making them easy to transition into their new home. If you have particularly valuable items, store them further back in the unit as well.
Make Your Unit Work for You, Not Against You:
In order to make your unit more manageable, remember to store boxes that won’t be frequently accessed in the very back of the unit and pack boxes that will be accessed frequently in the front of the unit. In addition to packing boxes in this way, create an aisle in the middle of the unit to allow easy access throughout the entirety of the unit. Also, make sure to store a small step ladder in your unit to reach higher up places and store and move boxes that are stacked to the unit ceiling.
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How do I know if a mover is legitimate?
You must check the licensing of every Owings Mills moving company you are considering as you want to use a licensed and insured company to ensure that your move goes smoothly.
How can I check a Moving Company’s Licensing and Insurance?
To check a moving company or moving broker’s licenses, insurance, safety data and other services related to the transportation industry please visit: http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/. When visiting, make sure to have the company’s DOT or MC number so you can see the requested data.
Why should I use a Moving Company instead of a broker?
Moving brokers act as middlemen between the person who is moving and the moving company. Brokers do not do the actual moving and typically do not own trucks or moving equipment, or have a professional moving staff. A moving company will have trucks and employs movers to perform your move.
How do I know that a moving company is Reputable?
Check the company’s reviews online, We recommend only using companies with an “A” rating that have been in business for at least 5 years.
Why do I need an estimate?
An estimate helps you understand the moving costs ahead of time and avoid any surprises on moving day. Make sure to receive a written estimate. When comparing prices from different companies, ensure that you are using only an A rated company with the Better Business Bureau and that all estimates are based on the same size shipment.
What do you need to know to offer me a basic moving quote?
To receive an accurate quote we first need to know from where to where you are moving. If you are moving locally, we will need to know the number of bedrooms and rooms you are moving. If you are moving from state to state, we need an inventory list of the items that do not fit into a box and an estimated number of boxes.
What do you need to know to offer a complete moving quote?
In addition to the size of the move we would need to know if there are stairs involved at origin and destination. Will you need packing services? Do you have any specialty items to be moved like pianos, chandelier, grandfather clock etc? Will we be able to park our moving truck in front of your home at origin and destination.
Why is charging by inventory for long distance moves better?
There are companies that charge based on the weight of the shipment. They will weigh the truck before your move, and once again after your items have been loaded. Your final cost will be based on the actual weight of your shipment. This might seem great, but because there is no way to weigh your furniture before your actual move – all you get before the pickup is an “estimate”. Most of these companies will even go as far as offering you a “binding estimate” but it is a binding only for the estimated weight. One pound different and the estimate is no longer binding. We made it simple – you give us a list of items that you want to have moved and we guarantee your price for that list as described. Easy to understand, no need to guess the weight of your furniture, just tell us what you have and we will give you an easy to understand binding price for your move.
What should I expect to pay for local moving services?
Local moves are charged at an hourly rate and the final cost is based on the actual time it took to complete your move. There are two payments: The first is a deposit to schedule the moving truck and crew, and the second and final payment is due when the movers are finished placing your items in your new home.
What should I expect to pay for long-distance moving services?
For long-distance moves, your quote is guaranteed for your inventory list and based on the distance between the pickup and delivery locations. Please make sure to provide your agent with all the details of your move for a precise quote. There are three payments for long-distance moves: A deposit to schedule the move, a payment at the pickup location, and a final payment upon arrival at the destination.
Why do you need an inventory for a long-distance move?
We calculate our price for your move based on your inventory. Using your inventory, we are able to give you a guaranteed price to move the items on your list. This way, you know the price before we arrive at your home and start working. Our prices are as accurate as your list and will never change unless you decide to add items to your moving list.
Are my items insured while in transit?
You have several levels of insurance coverage available to you. As a fully insured company, we offers you limited liability coverage at no additional cost. Alternatively, you can purchase full value protection from an insurance policy from a third party insurance company. We suggest checking with your homeowner or renters insurance provider about coverage options they may offer.
Will movers wrap my furniture?
The movers will wrap your furniture with durable moving pads so that everything’s protected during the move.
What is included in the packing services?
Our professional movers/packers will bring the boxes to your door on the day of the move, pack all items that fit into boxes, and crate the larger furniture with glass tops and doors. We’ll also provide mattress covers for your beds and pack your electronics.
Why do you need so much tape?
Movers use tape to secure the protective moving pads on your furniture. Tape is also used to create handles to help movers carry items to and from the truck.
Will your moving team pack for me?
Should you request packing and/or unpacking services, we will pack (or unpack) as much or as little as you want.
Will there be boxes available on moving day?
Yes. Movers come prepared to accommodate your needs. On moving day, packing materials will be available for purchase if needed. It is helpful if you ask for packing services in advance, but we are able to handle last-minute requests on moving day.
How should I pack my belongings for the move?
Unless packing services are included in the quote you received, the movers will wrap your furniture with durable moving pads. Anything that can fit in a box should be boxed up, and all fragile items with glass must be put in a cardboard crate prior to the movers’ arrival. Mattresses and box springs should have plastic covers. You can purchase our packing service or buy packing materials from us before the move or on moving day.
Do you have storage options?
Yes! We provide both short-term and long-term storage services to clients using our moving services.
Do you have set storage fees?
Our storage cost is conveniently priced based on the size of your shipment. Meaning you are paying for the exact space you are using rather than paying for a set room size that Public Storage will bill you for even if you do not use the entire space. That means you only pay for the storage space you actually use rather than for a set room size like Public Storage will bill you for.
Will I be able to access my belongings while they are in storage?
We provides storage solutions to our clients that are moving locally and to clients moving from state to state. We do not offer an option to access your items while in storage.
How do you bill for storage?
Storage is billed month to month and should be paid in advance.
When is the best time to book a move?
We suggest that you book three to four weeks in advance. If planning in advance is not possible, we will do our best to accommodate last-minute moves. Based on availability, we may be able to accommodate moves on a one-day notice.
How do I schedule my move?
After you contact us for your free moving quote, your assigned moving consultant will help you set your moving date.
Why do we need to pay a deposit and is it refundable?
A deposit guarantees that we will move you on your requested date. However, it is fully refundable as long as you cancel within the contracted time.
What if I need to switch moving dates suddenly?
We will do our best to accommodate any scheduling changes. As long as you give us enough notice, we should be able to accommodate your needs.
What is the payment schedule for a local move?
We ask you to prepay when you schedule your move. The cost varies, but is typically $50.0 unless scheduled at the last minute. The amount you prepay will be deducted from the total cost of the move. The remaining balance should be paid by when the move is complete.
What is the payment schedule for a long-distance move?
We require a 20% deposit at the time of scheduling. You will then pay 50% of the total cost on moving day, and the remaining balance once the move is complete. *Last-minute moves will require a higher deposit.
What forms of payment do you accept?
For your convenience, we accept credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express), cashier’s check, money order, or cash. No personal checks are accepted. Please call your agent for additional details.