By Katrina Wilson
Sponsored by Vintage Moving
Professional moving and storage service Vintage Moving has moving services meant for people moving from one home to another, and businesses moving to new locations and customizable plans to do it all.
Vintage Moving was established in 1997 in Montclair. John Barnes, owner, said at the time he owned and operated a small packaging and shipping store.
“The moving business was started out of the back of the store,” Barnes said. “We began to recognize the number of requests that we received for larger shipments, and so Vintage Moving was born.”
Vintage Moving provides services such as interstate moving, commercial and residential moving, storage units for customers and more. The interstate moving allows them to move customers across state lines for both commercial and residential moving.
Barnes said the company offers the interstate moving to fill the needs of the public.
“It was difficult to travel to Texas, for example, and then come back empty,” he said. “Now we have relationships with other movers all over the country. In the early days we didn’t have a network as we do today.”
Residential and Commercial Services
Their residential services include packing supplies, full or partial packing, full or partial unpacking, local/interstate moves and junk removal.
If a customer can handle moving the smaller things in or out of their home or facility, and needs Vintage Moving to move larger items like pianos or beds, Barnes’ team will customize a plan to move the larger requested items.
“One of our strengths is providing a customized relocation plan that is tailored to fit the customer’s needs. Every situation is different,” he said.
The commercial services are office moves, corporate relocation, furniture systems, vehicle transportation and inventory management. They will do commercial relocations as far away as Southern Mississippi, Upstate New York and Missouri.
“Most of our commercial relocations come from past residential customers,” Barnes said. “We approach commercial relocations in a similar way to residential. There are many variables and we address them all with a customized relocation plan that fits the customer’s specific needs. Execution then becomes the focus.”
He said an example of this includes planning a moving day.
“An example of that is we always plan lunch for the crew onsite,” he said. “It avoids movers leaving the job and having different start times after lunch. It helps to make for a smooth and efficient relocation, even though it seems like a small part it makes a difference.”
Barnes explained that Vintage Moving’s storage facilities are beneficial to customers because sometimes the timeline to move from one property to another does not work out as planned.
“Storage often completes the relocation lifecycle,” he said. “Even in a relatively simple relocation, settlements on two properties often don’t line up to complete the relocation in one day.”
He said that overnight, a few days or a few weeks of storage is often necessary.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Barnes said planning a relocation of any kind is critical. He said at Vintage Moving, they often provide thoughts and aspects of moving day to a customer, that he or she aren’t thinking of.
Vintage Moving will provide a consultation with you before your move to ensure certain aspects are discussed.
“It’s our job to anticipate possible issues and address them before an issue becomes a problem,” Barnes said.
He described what a consultation with them is like.
“It’s an afternoon chat,” he said. “We visit the customer’s home, walk through each room, and then sit down to discuss their customized move plan. This includes packing (as much or as little as they need or want), the schedule, possible storage and other smaller considerations.”
For more information or a quote, contact them here or call 703-392-6260.
Katrina Wilson, a Carolina Girl, is learning more about Northern Virginia as she writes these articles. She resides in Fairfax with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @KatrinaMWilson_.