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What to Look for When Hiring Out-of-State Movers

Moving is stressful enough without worrying about whether your moving company has the experience, equipment, and expertise to get the job done right. Especially hiring out-of-state movers for a cross-country move or moving to a new place where you don’t know anyone. In this article, we will discuss what to look for when hiring an out-of-state moving company. […]

By |2022-12-15T14:48:58-05:00December 15th, 2022|Moving, Moving Out|Comments Off on What to Look for When Hiring Out-of-State Movers

Will Movers Pack For You?

If you are planning to move with the help of a moving company, you may be wondering if movers will pack your items for you. Yes, most professional movers will offer a packing service, however, there are some things to consider when deciding on packing services. […]

By |2022-11-29T08:15:24-05:00November 17th, 2022|Moving, Moving Out, Packing|Comments Off on Will Movers Pack For You?

How To Safely Pack Plates When Moving

Moving to a new house is a stressful experience. Packing your plates can be even more stressful, as they're not just delicate items, but also heavy and bulky. So, how do you pack fragile items like plates securely? Using the right materials and techniques will help keep them safe during moving day. Prepare the moving box for plates Prepare the moving box with packing paper or newspaper on the bottom to provide support and cushion for your plates. Try to limit the box to 30-50 pounds max, don’t overload the box to the point it is impossible to pick up. Wrap each plate using packing paper or newspaper Place the item in the center of your piece of paper. Wrap the paper around the object, making sure that it is tight and snug so that it doesn't move around in transit. Secure with tape at all four corners or in [...]

By |2022-11-08T14:51:22-05:00October 24th, 2022|Moving, Moving Out, New in the Neighborhood, Packing|Comments Off on How To Safely Pack Plates When Moving


Property Location: 3526 Edmunds St NW 20007 This almost 4,000 square feet Dutch Colonial home is located in Washington, DC. A beautiful single-family home featuring 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, one of the biggest highlights of the home is the pool in the backyard. The home was a little outdated, but the homeowner made several updates to make the home more appealing to prospective buyers to help accent our staging efforts. We staged various parts of the home while incorporating some of the real estate agent’s pieces she brought in from her own home as well. […]

By |2022-10-04T08:58:33-04:00October 4th, 2022|Staging|Comments Off on DUTCH COLONIAL HOME STAGING IN DC

Mid Century Historic Home Staging

Property Location: 2320 Kimbro St., Alexandria, VA 22307 This 3,000-square-foot single-family home is located in Alexandria, VA. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hollin Hills is an innovative Mid-Century Modern neighborhood designed by noted architect Charles Goodman and developer Robert Davenport. We had the pleasure of staging the living room, family room, dining room, breakfast room, office, and primary bedroom. The home also needed some fresh paint and new light fixtures to help make the space fresh and bright to match our staging design. What was the process for staging this home in Alexandria? Our designer, Angela Dugarte, met with the client for a consultation. During the consultation, we assessed the home's needs and discussed/made suggestions on how to improve the overall appearance of the home, so that it appeals to the widest variety of buyers. Angela also provided paint color, lighting, and a host of other suggestions [...]

By |2022-08-31T16:10:04-04:00August 31st, 2022|Staging|Comments Off on Mid Century Historic Home Staging

Penthouse Condo Staging in Chevy Chase, MD

Property Location: 5610 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Unit PH 19B This home is a 4,600-square-foot penthouse condo located in Chevy Chase, MD. The condo has two beautiful wrap-around terraces with amazing scenery. We staged the living room, dining room, breakfast room, den, office, patio, primary bedroom, and secondary bedroom. The home needed some fresh paint and wallpaper removal from the dining room to help make the space fresh and bright. What was the process for staging this home in Chevy Chase? Our designer, Angela Dugarte, worked directly with the homeowner and their daughter on this staging project to get this home under contract in 17 days, over the asking price, with multiple offers. Angela and the client met for an initial consultation to review the property and develop a staging strategy for this specific property. During the consultation, we assessed the home's needs and discussed/ made suggestions [...]

By |2022-07-28T16:26:18-04:00July 28th, 2022|Staging|Comments Off on Penthouse Condo Staging in Chevy Chase, MD


Property Location:  NW, Washington DC 20016 In this beautiful 4,500-square-foot single-family home located in Washington, DC, we staged the living room, dining room, main bedroom, kitchen, family room, office, and lower-level office. The home was very outdated with a difficult floor plan. The client made a few upgrades (pulling up the carpet to expose the original hardwood and painting most of the walls a neutral color).  Built in 1940 the home originally operated as a doctor's office in the lower-level. The main appeal of this home for buyers was the location and the large backyard with a pool for its DC location. What process did we use to stage this house? We met for an initial consult with the realtor, our designer Jamira Thomas, created a custom design plan and presented it, then we picked the items from our warehouse. The client and realtor were particular in their design style looking [...]

By |2022-06-28T07:16:35-04:00June 27th, 2022|Staging|Comments Off on DC HOME SELLS FOR $800,000 OVER ASKING PRICE WITH EXPERT STAGING

Washington DC Crane Move

Crane Move in Washington DC As a local and long distance moving company, sometimes there are large items that cannot be lifted by our team or items that may not fit in elevator shafts or stairwells and need a crane to hoist from a balcony and brought down to our truck. Last week we moved this property in Washington, DC and we had to call in a crane to help us move items. What items did we move?  This customer had 2 large area rugs, a large antique sofa, and an oversized king-size mattress. It was a liquidating estate move with older items that could not be dismantled to maintain the integrity of the piece. For example, the antique sofa could not be disassembled, and neither could the mattress of course. When do we recommend using a crane? When the items don’t fit in a stairway or elevator and it's over [...]

By |2022-06-28T07:17:36-04:00May 25th, 2022|Moving|Comments Off on Washington DC Crane Move