How to Pick a Moving Company

10 Questions You Should Ask Before Booking a Moving Company Did you know that there are over 430 different moving companies in Northern Virginia ALONE! The reason why the moving industry is so oversaturated is because there are a lot of misconceptions about moving in general. On one hand, the process appears to be simple but, for most people, they only move a handful of times in their entire lives. You only get so many chances to do it the right way the first time. The question is, with so many options available (some of which are good and some of which are…not so good), how can you be sure that you’ve made the right choice when picking a moving company? Here are ten tips, tricks and things to consider: Is your mover licensed, bonded and insured? Did your moving company offer a free, in home consultation? Is your moving…

The Effects of Clutter

In 2018, Doctors Joseph Ferrari and Catherine Roster of DePaul University of Chicago published a study that examined the effects of clutter on emotional wellbeing. In the process of collecting their data, their team questioned three separate groups of adults: college students, young adults between the ages of twenty and forty, and adults over the age of 50. Their results were quite telling. Doctor Ferrari defines clutter as an “overabundance of possessions that collectively create chaotic and disorderly living spaces”. Their study found that, regardless of age group, a cluttered home resulted in feelings of frustration, stress and, among the older group of adults, overall life dissatisfaction. It’s not uncommon to find yourself with too much stuff in your home. Especially if you’ve occupied that home for a long time. As the years roll by, it’s easy to buy as you need but its hard to let go of what…

When To Book A Moving Company

A question that we get asked a lot is “how far in advance do I need to book by” Of course, our usual advice is always to book as early in advance as you can! Our booking process is simple, our deposits are refundable and it always feels good to get an item on your to-do list crossed off of your list; especially when you consider how many other variables factor into moving. The general rule of thumb is that you should look into finalizing your move date at least 2-3 weeks before the day that you have in mind. During the summer months, which are the busiest time of year in the moving industry, we would recommend that you schedule your move date at least one month in advance. The truth of the matter is that life is unpredictable. You can make a plan one day and have those…

4 Tips for Moving a Valuable Collection

When you are in the process of moving, whether it be an international move, an interstate move, or a local move in northern VA, you want to be sure that your moving process goes as smoothly as possible. For some people, that stress is more prominent when you have a collection of valuable belongings to consider. For any move, but especially for international moves, you need professional, experienced local northern Virginia movers, interstate movers, or international movers who can safely and efficiently transport your belongings without causing damage to them. When moving day comes, the big transport between packing and unpacking your valuable belongings can leave you feeling anxious, especially when you are making a long-distance move. Interstate moving companies, like the long-distance movers at Star International, have the skill and experience needed to get your valuable belongings where they need to go safely and undamaged. The professionals at Star…

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Our Interview with Redfin

“The cost of moving is a total of a variety of services,” says Jimmy Re of Star International Movers. “Packing makes up a large portion of the cost. Self-packing your own boxes will result in significant savings. Timing your move, packing, and delivery to avoid storage is another way to save. Avoid moving in June and July when moving companies face the greatest demand and price adjustments. Ask your move for free packing material https://starint.com/– some will provide small quantities of new materials at no charge or quantities of used materials.”

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What Makes A Moving Company Great

There is no shortage of moving companies in business throughout the state, the nation, and the world. With so many options in existence, how can you be sure you are making the right choice when it comes to selecting a moving company? When you hire a moving company to transport your boxes, you are entrusting complete strangers with the things that are most precious to you. Every mover’s worst nightmare is trusting a moving company with their belongings, only to have their boxes arrive at their new place of residence, spend hours unpacking, and realize that some of their beloved possessions have been destroyed beyond repair. Other companies may not necessarily be unreliable when it comes to keeping your belongings safe, but they may be slow to respond or lack the attentive customer service necessary for helping customers who are going through a potentially stressful life event. So, when it…

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Interstate Moving Tips

When moving from one state to another, it is important to consider certain factors that either do not typically apply to moving within the state you already reside in or do apply, but in a different capacity than if you are moving out of state. There are many factors to consider when moving that extend beyond simply packing boxes and getting in the car to make the drive to your new place of residence. In addition to the packing and the road trip, there are also a number of tedious yet necessary legal factors to consider when making an out of state move. You will need to do research ahead of time to be sure that you do not overlook anything when making an interstate move such as updating your driver’s license, setting up mail forwarding, and informing the proper institutes of your move, such as the IRS, for example.…

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Storage Solutions

At Star International, we do not just handle moving-related services; we also offer short- and long-term storage solutions for the DC, northern Virginia, Maryland, and Wet Virginia areas. You may need our storage services to keep some of your belongings in a temporary, short-term storage unit, perhaps during a short-term life event such as a move where you would prefer not to have to worry about moving all of your possessions all at once. Or perhaps you simply need more room in your home for new belongings, but you are not quite ready to get rid of the things you already have. Or you might even want a storage space to keep seasonal items such as holiday decorations or beach gear that you only use for a brief time once a year, to avoid cluttering up your closet space with things you will not be using on a regular basis.…

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Corporate Relocation

Moving is a big task, even when you are only moving yourself or your family. Now, imagine the task size of moving your entire company from one location to another. Moving your corporate office or business location involves a great deal more than a typical private residential move usually requires. You may need to move substantial amounts of inventory with as little loss as possible. You may have a large amount of expensive office equipment that needs transportation. Your business may have employees that need to move as a result of your corporate relocation. Whatever the case may be, Star International has the experience required to tackle everything from small business relocation to large corporate moves. We take care of everything, and our expertly trained moving crews are guaranteed to coordinate your move seamlessly and with minimal downtime or disruption to your workplace. We are even capable of breaking down,…

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Important International Moving Prep

When you make a move as big as moving internationally, there will be quite a few things you will need to consider that you never have to worry about when moving locally, or even between states. There will be differences in how you ship your things from your current residence to your new international residence. There will also be some differences in the paperwork that you need to provide to establish residency. Moving internationally may have different requirements depending on what country you are moving to, but most of the things that you will need to have squared away will fall under the same categories with only slight variations in specifics. This is your quick guide to some of the major things you will need to do when you make the big move to an entirely new country.   Important Legal Documents – Before moving internationally, you should research exactly what documents…