If you’ve never moved before, you may not be familiar with some of the terms and definitions used by moving companies, including:


SETTLEMENTS: Settlements are when you are buying or selling a property. All states are slightly different. For sake of argument in the state of Pennsylvania, you would have a settlement at a Title Company. Some states require real estate attorneys.


WALKTHROUGH: When you purchase or sell a home you have what we call walkthroughs. This gives you and the seller/buyer the opportunity to actually walk through the new property before settlement to see that all is well. This is usually done approximately one (1) hour before settlement.


CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE: Many office buildings and apartment complexes require a certificate of insurance from your mover. This shows them your mover is in compliance and insured with the requirements of your state.


DOWNTIME: When buying and selling a home you have settlement times as discussed earlier. You need to have your first home empty before going to settlement and cannot move into your new home until your next settlement is complete. This period of time is called downtime -- when the movers are waiting to get into the new home.


HOISTING: As furniture gets larger, and builders become more creative, you may find yourself in a position where your household goods don’t fit through doorways or stairwells. These items may need to be hoisted on roofs and through windows, and you may find additional charges can occur.


Please go to The Federal Motor Carriers site for any additional questions.


As exciting and joyful as moving to a new home can be, we understand that moving and packing can be a very stressful time in our lives. With that being said, the following is here to guide you through the process with as least amount of anguish as possible. Please take a moment and see how our Tips of the Trade can benefit you. We will be adding new tips every so often to stay up to date with the times. Please check back for new ideas and suggestions.


Getting organized is the number 1 key element to a successful move, whether you hire a professional or do it yourself. Start by getting rid of that old junk you have in that attic or basement. Sorry for referring to your prized possessions as junk. You know as well as I do you haven’t even looked at them in how many years? Now is the time. Find some local charities for clothes, household furnishings & books that may be more useful for others. MORE...

“We had a TON of stuff to move and I can say that the five-man crew assigned to my job never stopped hustling through an almost 10-hour day. They were courteous, knowledgeable, and really made us feel like we were being taken care of. The price was more than reasonable considering how hard they worked all day. Laurie was really easy to work with up front and also knew her stuff! They made our move day a positive experience and I could not be more grateful!” - Leslie S.

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