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TELEPHONES - A cell phone number is almost always necessary to help us for pre-move day confirmation and move-day communication. A secondary phone number such as a work contact is helpful.

 

INSURANCE -Mighty Men Moving provides with every move insurance at the industry standard of cargo, commercial liability, general liability, and workers' compensation policies. This is the minimum coverage required by the government and is provided free of charge. Certificates of insurance are available upon request

  PARKING-If parking a large truck will be tight or complicated at either your old or new location, or if it appears that it will be necessary for us to double park in front of your house or building, you should advise us of this before moving day. You should allow for about 40-50 feet, keeping in mind that the walk ramps add on to the total length of our trucks. If you live in a densely populated area such as Adams Morgan, Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria we advise you to obtain Emergency No Parking Signs from your local police precinct. You must ask for them four or more days in advance, fewer days will usually be too late for issue. You can help prevent any problems by parking your own cars and placing barrels, cones etc. in the necessary spaces-a day to two prior of the move. We also suggest Permit Puller, www.movingpermits.com
NOTE: Customer is financially responsible for any parking tickets incurred while our trucks are parked during scheduled moves.
   
  ELEVATORS-Some buildings management's require you to reserve the elevator in advance, and many building managements do not permit you to move on weekends, before 9AM or use their primary tenant elevators. Please advise us as to the schedule you have reserved for your elevator.
   
  LARGE ITEMS-Certain bulk or large items (armoires, mattresses, cribs, large wall units, refrigerators, pianos, safes, cast iron stoves, etc.) can turn an otherwise easy move into a problem, particularly if it is discovered after we arrive and begin your move that the job will require one or more complicated procedures involving hoisting or furniture disassembly. You can help us in this regard by providing us information regarding these items which we may have missed in estimating your move.
     
    HOISTING AND FURNITURE DISASSEMBLY-Surcharges sometimes apply for hoisting, depending on your needs. We try to provide our trucks with the necessary tools for all basic furniture disassembly, so let us know if you have something particularly unique. It may require us to do our estimate in person. Visit our hoisting page to see hoisting pics.
     
   

PAYMENT-Unless otherwise arranged in advance, payment is expected before or upon receipt of your goods, in the form of cash, check and credit card. For local moves in the D.C. area, personal checks are accepted if drawn on a local bank. We charge an additional fee for credit card payments.

RATES-We charge hourly in quarter hour increments with minimum 1 hour travel charges. There is a two-hour minimum on all moves. Example; a move from Arlington to Arlington which begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM will be 4 hours, 3 hours of moving plus 1 hour of travel.

TRAVEL TIME-With all of us spending more and more time behind the wheel in DC metro area traffic, MMM has to allow for travel times accordingly. Travel/drive time from our office to origin and back to our office when move is completed. Minimum travel time charge is 60 minutes.

60 minutes for Annandale, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Oakton, Reston, Herndon, Centreville, Springfield...etc
1 - 1.5 hours for Chantilly, South Riding, Gainesville, Sterling, Woodbridge, Manassas, Mt. Vernon, DC and MD...etc
Some VA and MD areas (Rockville, Germantown, Winchester) will exceed 1.5 hours...etc

Time Estimations
Type of Move Sq. Feet No. of Movers Hours of Loading Hours of Driving Hours of Unloading Apprx. Total Hours
Studio 450 2 .5 .75+/- 1 2.75-3.25
1 Bedroom Apartment 700 2 1-2 .75+/- 1.5 3-4
2 Bedroom Apartment 900 3 2-3 .75+/- 1-2 5-6
2 Bedroom House 1,100+/- 3 3.5 .75+/- 2 5-8
3 Bedroom House 1,750+ 3-4 4.5 .75+/- 3 7-9
Large House 5,000+ 4-6 6+ .75+/- 4+

8-12+

Office/Sm n/a 3-5 2+ .75+/- 2+

3.5+

Office/Lg n/a 5+ 4+ .75+/- 4+

7+

Please note: Factors that may effect this chart include: stairs, elevators, long carry, distance between new and old residences, truck parking, packing services and your own uniques size/amount of belongings.

*Gratuity is suggested and should reflect the quality and professionalism of service provided by our employees.

 
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PACKING SUPPLIES -Mighty Men Moving can provide you with professional packing in addition to our moving service - on the same day or prior to your move. For those who prefer to pack themselves, we can deliver to you your packing materials and you need not pay for them until the completion of you move. Free delivery (for scheduled customers) is available several days a week (20 box minimum). It is our recommendation that you use packing materials consistent with your desire to protect the quality of your goods. If you wish to use your own boxes, be sure they can be sealed top to bottom, and that they are strong enough and not over packed (i.e. records and books should not be put in boxes originally designed for paper towels or tissue). Try also to use boxes similar in size, as they will be easier and safer to stack. Clearly label all fragile boxes accordingly (see packing instructions below). We cannot assume responsibility for damage to fragile items in a box not clearly marked as such.

We also sell good used boxes at a 75% discount off new box prices - a delivery fee applies for customers not booked for moving with Mighty Men. There is no credit for returned used boxes.

     
     
  • BOOK BOX-(1.67 cf)-$2.00-For books, records (upright), flatware and small kitchen items, and also small fragile items. If packing small sets of dishes or breakables, pad the bottom of the box with three inches of wadded newsprint and wrap all breakables individually. Use the "tuck and roll" method with the packing of cups,glasses,etc.. Plates must be stacked vertically. Pack everything tightly, do not leave items protruding out and when box is full close the top flaps and seal.
  • LINEN BOX-(3.1 cf)-$3.40-Not just for linens and blankets, but for pots and pans, small kitchen appliances, lampshades, baskets, and other lightweight medium-bulky items. Please do not pack books or records in these boxes.
  • WARDROBE-$15.00-One wardrobe will fit up to 3 linear feet of closet space. The cost of three or four wardrobes is less than what you'd spend to clean the clothes you are protecting. We prefer to supply and load wardrobe boxes on the day of your move, wardrobes are inconvenient space takers and are quick to load.
  • PACKING PAPER-$25.00/25lb Bundle-Clean newsprint will protect your dishes and other fragile or scratchable items. Use generously. *Old newspaper works as well but note that ink can rub off on items.
  • TAPE-$2.00/roll-Plastic packing tape, for the tops and bottoms of all your boxes. Masking, cellophane, and duct tape should not be used. Don't apply the tape to the surface of your furniture items, such as desk of file drawers. The tape's adhesive may leave a residue, or it may strip the paint or stain.
  • MATTRESS COVER-$10.00/ea-Clear plactic bag of various bed sizes to protect mattresses and box springs from dust and rain during the moving process.
     
 
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PACKING INSTRUCTIONS-
     
     
  • FRAGILES/DISHES/GLASSES-Use as much packing paper as needed, the more used the better chance your fragiles will make it whole. Pad the bottom of boxes with clear newsprint or newspaper, use clear newsprint to avoid ink on dishes. Don't overstuff boxes, this may cause damage to fragiles. Try to use smaller book boxes for fragiles and larger boxes for pots and pans. *Kitchens take the longest to pack, start early and get this room packed before moving day!
  • MISCELLANEOUS KITCHEN-Seal cleaning supplies tightly. Small appliances should be packed in linen boxes or dish barrels. Refrigerators should be defrosted and their trays removed. Perishable and glass items should be labeled and marked accordingly. Tape brooms, mops, etc. together.
  • CLOTHING-Dressers do not need to be emptied, unless antique or very heavy. For hanging clothes, we can provide you with the necessary wardrobe boxes, at $5.00 rental each.
  • OFFICE-Books, papers and files should be packed only in book boxes. The contents of desks should be emptied, as we cannot be liable for damage or loss to their contents while in transit. Sturdy metal file cabinets can be left full. Wooden and lateral file cabinets must be emptied, unless the move is in-house and will not involve stairs.
  • BEDROOMS-We can disassemble beds and cribs (except water-beds), remove and pack mirrors, remove air conditioners from windows, etc., all as a normal part of any move. We can also reassemble these items. However please note that the time we spend on any disassembly or reassembly is not computed in our estimate, and that we cannot be held responsible for complications, delays, or lack of proper tools. Let us know in advance if you've any special requests or need any special tools. Disassembly of beds prior to the move day will save us all time.
  • DESKS/DRESSERS-Desks should be completely emptied. Chests and dressers are best emptied, it's only necessary to empty drawers if an item is very heavy or weak (ie, IKEA). If you cannot easily budge a full dresser yourself then it probably needs to be emptied. Generally drawers do not make good boxes, it is best to leave them in place. If a dresser is light it is all right to leave clothing in the drawers, fragiles and liquids should not be left in any drawers. Nightstands should be completely emptied.
  • PICTURES & MIRRORS-Consolidate into one area out of the lane of moving traffic, or leave on your walls. Please do not put into plastic bags. NOTE: We cannot assume responsibility for frameless prints and mirrors other than $.60 per pound per article.
  • LAMPS-Shades and globes must be removed and packed. We cannot be liable for damage to these if left unpacked. We pad all lamps.
  • PLANTS-As plants are extremely vulnerable to changes in environment, temperature and can carry insects, we cannot assume liability for them if we do move them. Please move small plants, pots and potting soil yourself, we cannot move these frail items.
  • STEREOS,COMPUTERS,VCRs,ETC.-If you are unable to use your original boxes, we can pack them. For moves of greater than 25 miles, our liability is limited to $.60 per pound per article without the purchase of additional insurance.
  • CLOCKS-Weights, pendulums and chimes should be packed separately;chains should be secured in place.
  • WASHERS,DRYERS,STOVES-Couplings should be disconnected, but our crew can perform this task if requested in advance. We cannot, however, be held responsible for damage to housings, hoses or pipes. Gas dryer connections are sometimes beyond movers' expertise.
  • PROPANE GRILLS-We cannot transport propane tanks attached to barbeque grills, and we cannot detach them for you. Please remove the tanks from the grills before moving day.
  • FLAMMABLES/ CLEANING SUPPLIES/SOLVENTS/LIQUIDS-Our apologies, but we are not licensed to move these items. In addition, liquids may spill in our trucks wreaking havoc on your furniture and our hardwood floors.
  • FIREARMS/AMMUNITION-Our apologies, but we are not licensed to move these items.
  • LABELING-Label boxes with a magic marker, try not to use stickers since they tend to fall off during moves. Write as much information on boxes as possible so you can quickly find items at your new locations. Write"fragile" on more than one side for fragile boxes.
  • FINAL NOTE-The more thoroughly items are packed, consolidated and sealed in moderate weight boxes, the quicker and easier your move will be completed.
     
      RESIDENTIAL MOVES - Residential moves are the largest percentage of the types of moves we perform. We are fully equipped to move large 4BR+ homes, apartments, row houses, townhouses, studios as well as only a few items.
       
      COMMERCIAL MOVES - We provide full commercial moving services. Offices are sometimes more challenging to estimate correctly than residential moves so we recommend an on-site estimate. We can also provide a full packing service to prepare for a complete office relocation. Remember that building managements almost always require Certificates of Insurance from moving companies before move or pack day.
       
      POD/ABF/RENTED TRUCKS - Some customers opt or need to use storage containers or rental trucks for their moving but need professional help for difficult, large/heavy items and box packing. Since items loaded into containers for long distance transport can shift dramatically it is important to use professional help. Mighty Men Moving offers lower (labor only, no MMM truck) rates for these types of moves.
       
      INTERSTATE MOVES - We require an on-site survey to provide our potential interstate customers with a binding estimate and inventory for an efficient interstate move process. Please contact us to set up an in-person estimate.
       
      STORAGE UNITS - Moving out of a storage unit is straight forward. One area that is overlooked by many customers is the need for furniture blankets/pads to protect items while still in storage. We can provide storage pads for sale, $10/ea for cloth blankets and $3/ea for paper pads, both types are 5ft x 6ft in diameter.
       
      PACKING ONLY - Mighty Men Moving can provide you with professional packing as a single service - separate from a pack & move package.
       
      PIANOS -With years of piano moving experience, we welcome the challenge of moving any piano from upright spinets to grands. Your piano can be moved as part of a complete household move included in the charge of a move, or as a single item. Please call MMM for hourly rates on single piano moves. (Based on facility of access to and from moving locations, i.e. challenging stairwells.)
      Visit our piano page to see pics and piano moving procedures.
 
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