Organizing For Your Next Move

By: Brian S. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your house organized for your next move. Follow these simple techniques to make your move day a breeze! 1. Allocate a room for give-aways/trash: Set aside a space in your home where you can put everything you plan to donate or throw-away. Once you’ve compiled everything, plan an afternoon around taking these items to donation centers or to the dump. This way you’ll save yourself some time and $$ (gas). 2. Place boxes in each room: Pre-assemble and place labeled boxes in each room. Each night, spend a little bit of time packing rooms one-by-one. Don’t remove the boxes until the day of your move. This way, if you need something you’ll know where it is. Also, you’ll need more boxes than you think, so it’s best to grab a few extra just in case. 3.  Get into a routine: Set an allotted [...]

By | October 29th, 2013|All the Rest, No B.S.|0 Comments

The Ultimate Moving Playlist

By: Brian S. Moving can be a long and often times stressful event… why not motivate yourself with some tunes!! Check out some of our favorite songs for moving in this playlist!! 1. “Movin’ Out”- Billy Joel 2. “Move Along”- All-American Rejects 3. “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”- Paul Simon 4. “Hit the Road Jack”- Ray Charles 5. “Born to Run”- Bruce Springsteen 6. “Life is a Highway”- Tom Cochrane 7. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”- The Proclaimers 8. “A Place in the Sun”- Stevie Wonder 9. “Movin’ on Up”- The Jefferson’s Theme ….and for when you’re all settled in!! 10. “Celebration”- Kool & The Gang Do you have any favorite moving jams?? We’d love to hear about them!

By | October 17th, 2013|All the Rest, No B.S.|0 Comments

Behind the Scenes: Automobile Transportation

By: Brian S. Do you love your car? Does your car have a name like mine (Rocky)? At Town & Country Movers, we understand the bond that one can have with his/her automobile. That’s why we treat your vehicle with the respect it deserves. All of our vehicles are carefully stowed inside our easy riding trucks, that’s right, we said inside! Unlike typical automobile transporters, we move your automobile within our trucks, along with the rest of your belongings, safe from all the elements. It’s really quite cool… as seen in the picture below! Enclosed truck shipping is hands down the safest and most effective way one can transport a vehicle. The hard exterior barrier protects your vehicle from dust, rocks, and weather induced damage. And you don’t even have to clean your car after!! We’ve moved all types of vehicles ranging from sedans and exotic sports cars to pick-up [...]

By | October 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Globe Trotting- International Moves

By: Brian S. Town & Country Movers incorporated international moves in 2007 as a way to expand our customer base. Since that time, we’ve moved families and businesses to and from over 100 countries worldwide. This wouldn’t be possible without the forwarding expertise of Southern Winds International. Our international move coordinator has worked with Southern Winds for over 15 years and our strong relationship gives us the necessary assurance that your belongings are in the best hands from start to finish. Vice President of Southern Winds, Michael Gilbert states, “truth, honesty, and integrity are our principles; finding these principles in other companies is no easy task, but we’ve found that with Town & Country.” There are a lot of pieces at work during an international move and working with a reputable and trustworthy forwarder is absolutely essential. To give you a better idea about how an international move works, let’s [...]

By | October 10th, 2013|Behind the Scenes|0 Comments

6 Tricks to Make Packing a Treat!

By: Brian S. An organized and complete pack job can be the difference between a smooth move and a scary move. Below are 6 tricks to help you ward off those nightmare moving scenarios! 1. Label, Label, Label: Be sure to label all of your boxes. But don’t stop there! Color code your boxes based on what rooms they belong in. Take it a step further; use a clear plastic bin for items you’ll need right away! 2. Get Creative: Stack plates vertically and use foam plates as dividers. For other valuables, save money and space by wrapping them in clothing! 3. Go to Your Local Liquor Store: No, no, no… not to drown your moving sorrows away. Beer boxes are great for carrying things like books because they have handles. And often times you can get the boxes for free! 4. That’s Not Garbage!: Use garbage bags for packing hanging [...]

By | October 8th, 2013|All the Rest, No B.S.|0 Comments

The New Suburbia- Gaithersburg Crown

By: Brian S. Since the late 1940′s, a shift in traditional suburban living has taken place. A shift that is bringing city-living to what were once quite neighborhood streets. Planned Unit Developments (PUD’s), which incorporate residential, recreational, commercial, and industrial aspects into one contained development, have become extremely appealing to buyers… and therefore developers. And it makes sense; you get the convenience of city-living with the comfort (and often times safety) of a suburban neighborhood. Washington D.C. has long been known as a commuter city. High crime rates (although declining), poor schools, and high cost of living are three main reasons people, typically families, flee to places like Northern Virginia and Maryland. Take the new Crown Development in Gaithersburg; occupying 180 acres, the development is said to house a mixture of town-homes, single-family detached homes, multi-family units and over 260,000+ square feet of commercial use. The development will take place [...]

By | October 1st, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments

Rock On JBG

By Brian S. Chevy Chase based development firm, The JBG Cos. has been very busy leaving their mark on what has been described as the center of D.C.’s music scene. The U Street Corridor has undergone pretty significant changes over the past 20 years, and there are no signs of slowing down. Close to completing a 268-unit mixed-use apartment complex at 14th & U (complete with a Trader Joe’s), and plans for a 135-unit mixed-use apartment complex at 13th & U (across from U Street Metro Station), JBG has also just broken ground on a two building mixed-use project that will boast a total of 375 residential units and close to 24,000 square feet of retail space located right next to the 930 Club (see rendering above). Through the first half of the 20th century, U Street was defined by its rich music culture. Somewhere along the way, U Street [...]

By | September 26th, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments

Did You Know?? D.C. Streets Explained

D.C. streets, believe it or not, are extremely well organized (for the most part). In each of the 4 quadrants, numbered streets run North to South, lettered streets run East-West and diagonal streets are named after U.S. States. But here are some fun facts you may not have known! - The letter “J” is omitted simply because it bears too close a resemblance to the letter “I.”   “X, Y, and Z” are also missing. - Once the alphabet is exhausted, it starts over with two syllable names (i.e. Euclid, Fairmont, Harvard, etc.).   - Once the two syllable names are exhausted, then begin three syllable names (in alphabetical order as well) (i.e. Allison, Buchanan, Decatur, etc.).   - Finally, once the three syllable names are exhausted, streets are named alphabetically after plants/flowers (i.e. Aspen, Butternut, Cedar).   Now you’ll never get lost in the city, right??!… All I have [...]

By | September 26th, 2013|All the Rest, No B.S.|0 Comments

Don’t Get Your Lederhosen in a Bunch- Frederick, MD Oktoberfest!

By: Brian S. Can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest this year?? Don’t worry, the city of Frederick is bringing Germany to Maryland!! This weekend (Saturday & Sunday), the Frederick Fair Grounds will transform into a big “Volkfest” (folk festival). Oh, and if you wear an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen, your admission is free! The Food: On the menu is everything you would hope for from a traditional German festival… Bratwursts, sauerbraten, sauerkraut, pretzels and of course, strudel. The Entertainment: The festival will feature traditional Volksmusik (think polka and waltz). There will also be traditional Bavarian dancers and audience participation is encourage! Afraid you’ll miss out on all the football action? You can still keep up with your favorite team in the grounds’ football tent. The tent will feature 2 big screen projection TV’s (with sound)… pair that with a cool Hefeweizen and you’ll be yodeling your teams name! The [...]

By | September 24th, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments

A Day in the Life: Illona Sher, Packing Manager

By: Brian S. “Packing is an art.” Those were the first words Illona Sher, our Packing Manager, said to me on my packing job tag-along. And thinking I was Picasso, I proceeded to ask, “big things go in big boxes and small things in small boxes, right?”… Wrong… It was clear I had a lot to learn about packing. Organization is the name of the game when it comes to packing. Our packing crews follow strict guidelines to prevent any mix-ups when it comes to getting your belongings where they need to be. Upon arrival at a home or office, our crews will do a thorough walk-through to determine what items are being packed. Contents and room locations are written on boxes to allow for an easy transition. Once the packing is complete, a thorough inventory is taken to ensure everything is accounted for. This same inventory list is readdressed [...]

By | September 13th, 2013|A Day in the Life|0 Comments
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