Moving is stressful. You can ease some of that strain by choosing a reputable, competent moving company.
These firms are highly recommended for residential moves. To come up with this list, we first asked real-estate agents for recommendations—they frequently make referrals to home buyers and sellers. We also polled readers and industry experts, and we checked sites such as protectyourmove.gov and the Better Business Bureau for the names of movers in good standing.
The list ranges from companies with dozens of vans to smaller firms with a handful of trucks. While most movers can handle an average residence, you might need a large firm if you’re doing a long-distance, complicated relocation—say, moving 5,000 square feet of belongings from Virginia to California and, along the way, dropping off some furniture at your daughter’s home in Colorado.
That’s not to say smaller firms can’t do interstate moves. With midsize firms such as Big Green Moving and Majestic Moving & Storage, you’ll get a dedicated truck and crew and a guaranteed delivery date—because only your stuff is on the truck. You don’t share a van, as you typically do with a larger company, though sharing one can save money.
The bigger the firm, the more likely it is to offer storage—though many midsize firms keep warehouses, too. Besides moving, most of these firms offer packing and unpacking, and they sell boxes and other materials.
Keep in mind that weekends and summer are busy times to move. You’ll likely pay less if you schedule a move in a slower season or between Monday and Thursday.
Top Area Movers
Beltway Movers, 301-420-2200 (DC), 301-340-2310 (Maryland), 703-971-3550 (Virginia). This company, which began in the 1940s, has 52 trucks and moves households and small offices within the Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Also offers self-storage.
Big Green Moving, 202-363-0770. This 12-year-old firm, which has two trucks and 12 employees, prides itself on being a “green” mover. It purchases carbon offsets, uses biodiesel fuel, and, instead of cardboard boxes for packing, offers reusable plastic bins made of recycled materials.
Blake & Sons Moving & Storage, 301-610-5310. Family-owned and -operated, this 20-year-old Rockville firm has 15 trucks and offers commercial and residential moving along the East Coast.
BookStore Movers, 202-570-4697. This company—started in 2005 by employees of a Capitol Hill bookstore as a way to make extra money—has six trucks and is said to offer punctual, careful, friendly, and reasonably priced service.
Commonwealth Movers, 301-670-4638 or 703-560-6683. This Gaithersburg firm, more than 20 years old, has eight trucks. It specializes in local jobs but also handles moves along the East Coast.
David Toran Chandelier Services Company, 202-328-9309. Transporting a fragile light fixture to your new home? Toran, who spends most of his time cleaning and repairing chandeliers, can expertly crate them for moving.
Great Scott Moving, 301-699-2066. This Hyattsville company, in business 22 years, runs six trucks and handles moves within a 1,000-mile radius.
Gulliver’s Movers, 202-483-9579 (DC), 301-209-0513 (Southern Maryland), 703-838-7645 (Northern Virginia). Founded in 1990, this 22-truck fleet offers moving and storage on the East Coast.
Johnson’s Piano Moving, 301-681-9655 (Maryland and DC), 703-273-5813 (Virginia). Since 1978, Johnson’s has specialized in one thing—and it has moved pianos in and out of the White House, the Vice President’s mansion, and hotels throughout Washington.
Majestic Moving & Storage, 703-538-6683. This nine-year-old, four-truck Arlington firm does mostly residential moves—and is comfortable handling antique furniture.
Metropolitan Moving & Storage, 301-279-0090 (Maryland and DC), 703-837-0091 (Virginia). This Rockville company offers local and long-distance moves, crating of artwork, piano moving, and more with its 12-truck fleet.
Moyer & Sons Moving & Storage, 301-869-3896. This 44-year-old Clarksburg company has a fleet of 30 trucks and 60 employees. It handles both local and interstate moves.
Rapport Relocations, 703-595-7564. This Alexandria firm can handle local moves for both household and commercial clients.
Ron’s Moving, 703-273-0781. A three-truck Fairfax firm, locally owned for more than 40 years.
Titan Moving & Storage, 703-765-6426. This 14-year-old, three-truck Alexandria firm doesn’t leave you wondering who will show up on moving day: You can read bios of its employees, or “Titans”—many of whom are local college graduates or retired military—on its website.
Town & Country Movers, 301-670-4600 (Maryland and DC), 703-560-8600 (Virginia and DC). Family-owned since 1977, this Gaithersburg company, with 105 trucks, also offers international and military relocations and is a preferred vendor for many senior-living communities.