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I am Jonathan Lathrop. In 1981 I bought a 16 foot truck and I
have made a living moving things for people in the Washington DC
area ever since. I have dollies pads and tools and the truck is
carpeted. I usually bring one helper but more are available as
needed. We routinely move apartments and small to medium
households... Larger households some times take more than one
Two men $60/hour ........ additional helpers $25/hour .........
truck $2/mile **
The time and mileage are from when we arrive till when we
finish. I do NOT charge travel time to and from the job. I do how
ever need to have a minimum charge to be worth going out. If your
job is within 15 miles of my home in East Riverdale Md. then the
minimum charge is two hours. This includes all of DC most of Lower
Montgomery and most of Prince George's. From 15 to 30 miles is a 3
hour minimum. This includes places like Falls Church, Gaithersburg,
Davidsonville or Clinton. 30-45 miles is a four hour
Just to be clear the labor rates are: two men $60/hour, three
men $85/hour, four men $110/hour.
**These rates go into effect Jan 1 2015 and are the first
increase since 2001.
The following are rule of thumb estimates for various size
households based on short walks, a few miles drive to the new place
and no complications:
- A typical efficiency apartment (400 sq feet)
generally has 12 items of furniture and 20 other things including
boxes and takes 3 hours to move with two men for an approximate
price of $190.
- A typical one bedroom apartment (600 sq feet)
generally has 18 items of furniture and 30 other things including
boxes and takes 4 hours to move with two men for an approximate
price of $250
- A typical two bedroom apartment (800 sq
feet)generally has 24 items of furniture and 50 other things
including boxes and takes 6 hours to move with two men for an
approximate price of $370
- A typical three bedroom house (1200 sq feet)
generally has 35 items of furniture and 75 other things including
boxes and takes 6 hours to move with three men and two trips for an
approximate price of $520.
- A typical four bedroom house (2000 sq feet)
generally has 50 items of furniture and 100 other things including
boxes and takes 7 hours to move with four men and two trips for an
approximate price of $780.
The way to figure out if your place fits in to the above
categories is to count the number of items of furniture. Count
dining room chairs, coffee tables, end tables, and anything larger.
Do not count boxes, bags, suitcases, TV sets, microwave ovens,
lamps, pictures, etc. These all count as boxes. Each 25 items in a
normal distribution of large and small items along with 50 boxes
makes a truck full. Each truck full takes 3-4 hours with 3 men or
5-6 hours with 2 men. Generally add one hour for each 60-80 walking
steps. Call me to discuss the details of your move for a more
In all cases I work by the hour and the mile. NO FLAT
I try very hard to make all moves damage free. However if things
are damaged I do not provide insurance on the goods, for my prices
it is impossible. If you wish that kind of service you should deal
with a large mover. Their rates are roughly double mine. I always
try to fix more things than I break. I always carry glue and screws
and often tighten things up as I am moving them.
- Boxes... Pack boxes 30-50 pounds. When a box
is full close the lid and seal it. Do not over fill them. Put books
in SMALL boxes. Large boxes are for light things.
- Dressers... Chests and dressers are best
emptied. However it is only necessary to empty drawers if a piece
is heavy. If you can not budge one end of a dresser by pressing
against it with your hip please empty it. Generally drawers do not
make good boxes it is best to leave them in place. If a piece is
light it is OK to leave things in the drawers as long as they are
not breakable or spill able.
- Don't put tape on finished surfaces Even if it
doesn't ruin the finish it can leave an adhesive residue which can
catch dirt and dust over time. Turpentine or mineral spirits will
remove the adhesive if you have this problem. Don't tape drawers as
that precludes our removing them if we need to, I like to tie doors
closed with a plastic tie. I like polyethylene plastic shopping
bags for this purpose. If you must seal up furniture use stretch
wrap but be sure the piece is not too heavy first.
- Desks... Office desks are always best emptied.
Bedroom desks are OK left full if not too heavy.
- File cabinets Large lateral file cabinets must
always be emptied, others can usually be left full since the
drawers can be removed if necessary.
- Clothes... For fancy clothes nothing can beat
a wardrobe box, but they are expensive and waste space. For
ordinary clothes heavy duty plastic trash bags with a draw string
work well. Make sure all the hangers are facing in one direction.
Put the sealed end on the bottom and tie the draw string around the
hangers at the top.
- Parking ... If you live in a densely populated
area such as Adams Morgan, Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria then
it would be great if you could get Emergency No Parking
Signs from your local police precinct or
DC DOT. DC now charges $55 for them. You must get them four or
more days in advance. Three days in advance is too late. Even if
you don't get the signs it is helpful if you can park your car in
the space closest to your door so we can put the truck there. The
truck plus ramp requires 40' or two regular spaces. Remember the
back of the truck wants to be nearest to the door.
- The Last Box... Leave one open box for
critical items which might be needed during the move. Things to
place in the box include: hammer, pliers, screwdriver, scissors,
knife, paper cups, toilet paper, paper towels, packing tape,
plastic trash bags, etc. all things useful while loading and
unloading. This box goes into the truck last and comes off
- Plan ahead at your new place. It is most
efficient to move each item only once. Plan where to place each
piece ahead of time and we will place each item exactly where it
goes. I don't mind moving things around repeatedly, but remember it
takes time to do that. Mark boxes with their destination so we can
put them where they go.
- The more thoroughly everything is packed and sealed in moderate
weight boxes, the quicker and
easier the job will go.
- All of Washington DC,
- Maryland: within a 100 mile radius of East Riverdale,
- Virginia: Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudon,
and Prince William.
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It is best to reach me on the cell phone as it is always on and in
(mnemonic = 202 flat liz ...think of a cute little flat phone who
lives in DC and whose name is Liz)
Land Line: (301)779-7190
Or you may email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Have Truck Will Haul Moving
5708 63rd Ave.
Call me at (202)352-8549 to discuss or arrange your move.