Blake & Sons Moving & Storage, Inc.
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"Our greatest distinguishing factor is the amount of referral business that we do. Presently, over 80 percent of our business is based on referrals. This is a direct reflection of customer satisfaction, which we consider to be our top priority."

Thomas Shioutakon | Owner
Company Information
Services Offered
Blake & Sons Moving & Storage, Inc., is a family-owned-and-operated, local and regional moving company. The company also offers a wide range of services, including custom crating, packing and unpacking, and storage and warehouse services for commercial and residential customers.
Company History
Barry Blake founded Blake & Sons in 1991 and presided over the company until he retired in 1995 and passed the business to Thomas Shioutakon. Thomas has owned and operated Blake & Sons ever since. He manages and oversees all aspects of the company with his sisters Shannon and Sharon.
Blake & Sons is a member of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) and the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA).
Employee Information
According to the company, the average length of employment of Blake & Sons' staff is more than ten years.
USDOT #1031132, MC #464281
Areas Served
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Laurel, Annapolis, Crofton, Glen Burnie, Odenton, Pasadena, Severn, Severna Park, Bowie, Hyattsville, Lanham, Laurel

“Best moving experience I've had, movers and staff were professional from start to finish. I highly recommend Blake & Sons Moving services especially if you need short-term storage. Our items were crated and secured in their facility while we waited for our house to be ready.”

“Blake & Sons Moving & Storage will ensure the job is done correctly, and timely, and they make it stress free for anyone using their services.”

“Blake has pleasant, knowledgeable and conscientious employees, many of whom have been with the company for years. They take last-minute scheduling changes in stride, doing their best to accommodate the customer. I wish that more companies were as service-driven as Blake.”

“I could not be more pleased with Blake & Sons. The men were on time, very efficient, and polite. My things were all beautifully packed and all arrived intact. The men also did not hesitate to ask questions and confirm where and how I wanted my furniture and boxes. Four stars to Blake & Sons.”

“The staff in the office and for our moves out and in, plus during three months of storage, were professional and courteous. Nothing was damaged or broken. Every box and piece of furniture were put where they were supposed to be. It was our best move yet! I highly recommend Blake & Sons.”

“They were amazing!!!!!”

“Three excellent moves by Blake & Sons!”

“Very accommodating and professional and nice. We will book them again for sure.”

“They were referred by a friend and the service from all aspects was perfect. The packers were a lifesaver and the movers were the most responsible that I've encountered.”

“I have absolutely nothing but praise for their performance. They worked efficiently and carefully throughout the move. I would unhesitatingly recommend them.”

“I have used Blake & Sons for the past 15 years and they always do an excellent job”

“Excellent, excellent, excellent. They were referred to me, and I've referred someone else to them. It's been almost a year, but they were excellent—they score high marks.”

“Blake & Sons showed up exactly when they said they were going to, and they were efficient and speedy. It was a very small job, but they treated me as though I had a huge job—that really made a difference. I'd give them an A, and I'm a hard grader. I'd definitely recommend them.”

“They moved our pool table. They were great. They were very pleasant. I talked to a couple of the guys when I had questions, and they explained it to me very well. They were on time, and they were great. It was an A.”

“I like them very much. I would give them an A. I would highly recommend Blake & Sons to my friends, and I'd use them again.”

“They were prompt, accommodating, and they were careful with the house and the furniture. I'd say they were an A+.”

“Blake & Sons are an A+ company.”

“They were good. They deserve an A+.”

“They were very efficient, quick, and helpful. I'd say they're an A.”

“It was good.”

“Blake & Sons Moving & Storage was great. I have no complaints.”

“It was definitely a positive experience. I'd say they're an A.”

“They did a good job, and they did the job right. I'd give them good feedback. I would recommend them.”

“Overall, I had a positive experience with Blake & Sons Moving. They're an A.”

“Everything went very well. I have no complaints at all.”

“They were reliable, they showed up on time, the movers were all pleasant, and they stuck to their estimate. I used them, I think, three times. They moved my entire apartment. They did a few moves within the same area, and then the move I'm currently in the middle of is from one city to another. A friend recommended them. I would give them an A. I've been extremely happy with them.”

“We just needed someone to quickly move a grand piano from our pickup truck to our house, and they did it quickly. I literally chose them because they could do it the fastest. It was an extremely simple move. We had a really good deal on a grand piano, but the caveat was that we had to pick it up on Mother's Day, and every moving company on the planet was closed. So, we begged, borrowed, and got people on the owner's side to help us move the piano into our pickup truck. We got it home, but we had no way to actually get it out of our truck and into our house. Even though it was a good deal, a grand piano is a really expensive thing, so I was so nervous about having it sit overnight in the pickup truck. So as soon as they opened, I called them and asked them if they could come over and do that, and they did it really quickly, so how can I complain? I would give them an A.”

“They did an awesome job, actually.”

“We had a great experience, and they were wonderful.”

“We would use their services again. The moving crew who did both the packing and the moving were excellent. They took great care, they were very efficient, and we were very pleased with them. My partner used them 15 years ago to move into the condominium she bought, so we used them again 15 years later. We would be happy to give them an A.”

“My mother had a great experience with them. I wasn't there, but she said that they were great. She's an old lady, and I think they took good care of her—very respectful. I would give them an A+.”

“They moved us a little less than a year ago. They did a great job. They got back to me very promptly with a quote. We had a few complicated issues moving into a condo with a piano. They planned ahead of time for that, and the day of the move, everything went very smoothly. We moved from a house to a condo, so they moved the entire house for us. I'd give them an A.”

“It's been a long time since I used them. We just had some items to move. I would recommend them. I guess I would give them an A.”

“They did a very fine job. I would recommend them anytime.”

“They were great.”

“They just helped me move a few things; it wasn't a big move or anything. They came and moved the things fine. As it turns out, I was having some floors renovated. I just needed some things moved from one room to another that were too big for me to do, so I just had them there for a couple of hours. They showed up, and everything was fine. I would recommend them. I would give them an A.”

“They were very responsive. We had a number of special needs, and they addressed the special needs. The people were courteous, quick, and effective. Unlike other movers we've had, they broke no items whatsoever. They were very careful. They were recommended by a contractor we were using. There were actually two moves—one was an internal move. They cleared one floor of our house and put everything in the basement. They moved a lot of furniture. The second one was they moved furniture from my office to my home. I would recommend them. I would give them an A.”

“They were very accommodating, they were punctual, and they had three men on the job. It was not a big job at all, but they were very easy to deal with. It was just taking some things out of a house to storage and taking some to donations. My realtor had a recommendation from her client. She told me she had never used them herself, but she recommended them. I would recommend them. I would give them an A.”

“They performed the job as they said they would. I didn't have any issues. It was pretty small. I would recommend them. It's an A.”

“I liked how nice and friendly their help was and also how accomplished they were at wrapping things and not breaking anything. They worked so quickly. I was moving from a two-bedroom apartment, but I had given a lot of stuff away. I started calling, they were the first people who answered, and I chose them. I would recommend Blake & Sons. I would rate them as an A.”

“I liked the person who scheduled the move and the efficiency. They did moving and storage for me. It was not a big move. My brother-in-law recommended them to me. I would recommend them. I would give them an A.”

“It was fine. Everything was fine. That was a year ago. I didn't have any issues with them. They moved the whole house interstate. I would give them an A.”

“They showed up on time and did everything they said they were going to do. They moved the entire home across town.”

“They had good customer service. Our truck weighed in less, and I actually got money back. We moved from Maryland to South Carolina. A friend of mine had used them several times. I actually recommended them to my sister, and she just had them move her. I would give them an A. They were very good.”

“Blake & Sons is wonderful and so professional. They stood out because of their courtesy, politeness, and well-mannered friendliness. I can't say enough good things about them. I'm elderly, and I was all by myself. They were so helpful, friendly, professional, and wonderful; I can't begin to explain what a great experience it was. They helped with everything. They earned a triple A.”

“They were awesome. They were very professional and very personal, which was a really wonderful combination. I made a giant, long-distance move, and they were terrific. I had a bunch of antiques and very precious things, and they were very careful. Not one thing was broken. I'd definitely recommend them, and I would definitely give them an A. They handled it beautifully.”

“Blake & Sons was excellent. The people were very nice, and there was no damage. They were great. I'd give them an A+.”

“They moved a piano from my parents' home to my girlfriend's home, and they were awesome. They did a great job. A high school friend recommended Blake & Sons, and they got the job done. A+—they totally delivered.”

“Blake & Sons was very good. I would rate them A. They were excellent.”

“Their work was awesome. The guys were professional and efficient, asked good questions, and were very helpful along the way. They did their job, and it was very good. I heard about them because my sister-in-law recommended them after using them herself for a move and having a very good experience. I would definitely recommend them as well. An A grade fits them great.”

“I had a perfect experience with Blake& Sons. I'd rate them A+.”

“We were satisfied—I would give them the highest grade. They were really good.”

“I found them through a personal referral, and they've done work for me many times. They're very professional, they're nice to work with, and they get the job done quickly, efficiently, accurately. Above all, they have wonderful personalities. They actually make moving the least stressful that it can be. I think they're A+.”

“Blake & Sons was excellent. They were fast, courteous, and professional. The estimate was pretty darn close. I chose them because they were locally owned and operated, and I liked that. I'd give them an A+—I was really pleased with them.”

“They're great. They're just lovely people—they do great work, and they've helped us move a number of times. They're an A+ company.”

“They were our movers in the summer. It was a warm summer day, and they moved all the furniture really well. They were very hardworking, they were very professional, and they were very cooperative. They helped us really get the job done, and I think they were outstanding. I'd give them an A+.”

“It was an excellent experience—they deserve an A.”

“I've referred them to someone else because of my excellent experience. When they came to the house, they brought about eight people—I wasn't expecting that many. I still had one room to pack, and by the time I finished packing that room, they had moved everything else. They did it neatly, efficiently, professionally, and courteously. I kept my things in storage for two and a half years, and when they brought my stuff to my new house just recently, their work went the same way. There were only four people, but that was more than enough to bring everything in. Again, they were professional and courteous. They did break something that was very valuable to me—it was a $400 hand-painted wardrobe mirror that I had bought at an art show. They were very apologetic, and I said, 'Well, I guess something had to break, it's just unfortunate that it was that.' The guy said to me, 'You can file an insurance claim, but don't give up on us. We have a furniture repair company.' He gave me all the appropriate paperwork, and when I did it, the company itself called me. They said, 'If you don't mind, rather than us paying the value of the mirror, could you bring it to us? We have a furniture place that we work with.' I said, 'Well, it's hand-painted, and the stand was broken in several places.' But they repaired it—I can't tell where it was repaired, and it's hand-painted still. To me, it looks exactly the same as it did beforehand. It's just as structurally sound, and it holds the mirror up, so I was astonished and very pleased—that's why I referred them to someone else. I'm not disappointed at all. When I called them and had them come out to do an estimate based on the size of the house and furniture, the guy that came out was the owner, and I was surprised that he came out. He also came out with the crew when they came to the house. He was very nice, very normal, and professional, and I thought, 'Hey, I'm going to go with you.' I'm not sorry at all. They've earned an A+ from me.”

“We've used them twice. The first time that we used them, we had a better experience—a lot of it comes down to who is on the crew. Both times, they did fine—the first crew simply had a couple of very exceptional people on it. They were careful, they were prompt, and they handled our things well. They were very courteous and polite. After the move was finished and they had picked up the materials and taken them away, the supervisor of the crew found a ring of my wife's mixed into the materials. He contacted us the next day and brought it back, so he went the extra mile. They certainly get an A from me.”

“They were reliable. The movers were really nice, hardworking people, and I would definitely recommend them. I would give them an A—they did a really good job.”

“They helped my mom move some furniture across states for my great-aunt. They stopped off here, dropped off some bedroom furniture, and moved the rest of it down to where she is. The day of the move had torrential rain and even tornadoes in the forecast, and they still managed to follow through and come. It was dedication. The only problem that they had was that their directions were messed up, so they came by a real indirect way, and I felt bad for them because they could have arrived almost two hours earlier had they not been routed the way they were. They showed me the route and the directions, so the only problems I had would be with whoever gave them directions. Other than that, they were really marvelous in every way. Nothing was damaged, they took care of everything, they were very professional, and they were very nice. I thought they were really good. I'd give the movers an A because of what they had to go through—I had a really good experience with the guys who drove the truck, picked up, and dropped off.”

“They were fantastic. They were really efficient, nothing was damaged, they came on time, and they moved everything where we wanted it. They were great—they get an A from us.”

“We've used Blake & Sons before. They facilitated a move, and I found them to be very straightforward. They were excellent—they're an A-grade company.”

“They were very efficient, they were on time, and they were friendly—everything just went smoothly. This was my first time using them, but I would use them again. They did an A+ job.”

“Everything was great. They were very fast and very efficient, and they communicated very well with us. They were great—A+.”

“I heard about them through my realtor. They emptied our other house, brought it here, and emptied our furniture here. They were very polite, and they did everything we wanted to do. I was satisfied with the move—I think it was A+.”

“They were prompt, they were efficient, and they took care of my stuff. Blake & Sons gets an A+ from me.”

“Everybody was really professional. They were fast, they took good care of everything, and we didn't have any damage. It was a good experience. I'd give them an A+ grade.”

“They've been just fine. They were nice, they were prompt, and they were helpful—they've been good. Everything went well. I found the company through a friend, and I would definitely recommend them, too. They deserve an A.”

“I thought they were great. They were quick and professional, and they did a nice job wrapping my furniture, taking everything, and not banging the walls of my new house. I first found the company from my builder, and I would definitely recommend them myself. They're an A-rate company.”

“We had packed a lot, but the crew that came to crate things and to take and wrap the heavy furniture was very meticulous, and they did a good job. We liked the fact that Blake & Sons crates things on scene and doesn't take it to a warehouse or reshuffle things around; we liked that option of having it crated right there. I liked that there were two different crews, too. Plus, keeping in touch with them was easy—their responsiveness was good as well. We would definitely recommend them—they get an A.”

“I liked everything about Blake & sons, from Tom, who came out and did the estimate, to the people in the office that we communicated with anytime we needed to make a change or to get a confirmation. The actual guys who did the move were very good, too—they were very efficient and friendly guys. It's an A from me.”

“This was my first time using them, and I'd give them an A—they were flexible, everything got there in one piece, and nothing got broken.”

“They did a really good job. They were on time, and I got to watch them move all my stuff out. I have mostly bins instead of boxes, and I like the way they handled those. It was an A-grade job.”

“My realtor suggested them, and I liked that they wrapped the furniture. They were careful to not scratch any of it. It's a grade-A service.”

“They were on time, they were professional, they did everything that I asked, and they were speedy. Everything was moved safely, so it was really good. They have an A in my book.”

“I really liked that when I called them, the woman that I spoke to was really nice and reassured me that everything would be done properly. They covered everything and moved our furniture. They were very efficient, friendly, and on time. I'd grade them A.”

“They treated us good. I chose them because we have used them before—my family's used them three times. They got there on time, they were efficient, they packed the truck really well, and there wasn't anything damaged when I got the furniture out. They did a good job. There was good support. Plus, they were able to come and get free boxes that they had instead of having to go and buy some. Their work was pretty good. They deserve an A.”

“They did a good job. They moved me quickly, and they didn't break anything. Pretty much everything about Blake & Sons made my experience A-grade.”

“I had used them before, and I would definitely recommend them to all my family and friends. They showed up on time, and the men were hard workers. I'd sum them up as an A-.”

“They were recommended by our fire insurance agent. They did our move, and they were very gentle and considerate with our things. They didn't break anything, and they also stored our things. They just seemed like nice guys. The movers spoke English, too. I'd give them an A-.”

“These people were very pleasant to work with and got the job done quickly. It's an A from me—I would use them again.”

“My experience was beyond positive—Blake & Sons are the best movers I've ever seen. They answered all my questions before we started, and they were beyond careful with my stuff. I've used them a couple of times, and I'd recommend them to anybody. They do A+ work.”

“Blake & Sons was fantastic. They're very friendly and very professional. They moved furniture for us and had to disassemble and reassemble bunk beds, and they did a really good job. They worked really hard—A+.”

“I had an excellent experience with Blake & Sons. They showed up on time, and they were well organized, very cooperative, and very helpful. They carried a couch up 11 flights of stairs, and they made sure I was happy with everything after they moved it all in. It was totally above and beyond the call of duty. They're A+.”

“They were really good guys. I moved from an apartment to a new condo, and they took care of everything I asked. I had no issues, and nothing was broken. Everything about the experience was excellent. In fact, my son also used them a week or two before I moved, and we did a double thing, so it was wonderful. They were perfectly on time and finished quickly, and I had no concerns. I would recommend them without a doubt. I thought their customer service was great. Everything went very smooth—when you're moving, that's what you want. I watched them move my son as well, and they were wonderful. I'd give them an A+. I'd use them in a heartbeat.”

“I really appreciated the office staff at Blake & Sons. They were willing to spend a lot of time chatting with me, impressing me, so I'd use their business. I'm somebody who has moved a lot—five times in six years—so I think they saw that they would have a repeat customer. Up until now, I have not used the same company twice. I would use them the next time. I would give them an A+.”

“The three guys from Blake & Sons that loaded and unloaded didn't waste any time. They were perfect, there was no damage, and we're extremely satisfied. We would use them again. They came in lower than the estimate they originally gave us because they did such an efficient job. I'd give them an A+.”

“I thought they did an excellent job. Everything was perfect. They were very polite and helpful. When we were moving in, I asked them to move things, and they always did it cheerfully. That was my first time using them. We would definitely consider them in the future. I would give them an A+.”

“The initial intake and meeting with Blake & Sons when they came out to the house to give me an estimate was very professional. The movers were extremely professional, very courteous, and very careful with my stuff. It was one of the best moves I've had in 14 or 15 years. I would give them an A+.”

“Blake & Sons is very punctual—the estimator shows up five minutes earlier than when they say he will. I've used them several times, so I can tell you the crews are the same way. They are very professional. They all wear a shirt that says 'Blake & Sons.' They are very courteous, and will work until the job is done. They always ask, 'Is there anything else we can do?' I've been extremely satisfied with their service. Overall, I'd give them an A+. They are the best at what they do. Once you call Blake & Sons, there will be no reason to call another company.”

“Blake & Sons was fantastic. This was actually the third time they've moved my family, and they did great. I keep using them mostly because we had a good experience the first time. They were really gentle with all the furniture, and the crew that they have is very professional and hardworking. Moving doesn't look like fun, and they seemed professional but friendly. They have moved us out of state twice. The move is always finished in the same day for us, so the time frame has been great. I think I'm most impressed with the organization and the professionalism of the company because when they do show up, they're dressed well, have positive attitudes, and are ready to go to work. I would give them an A+.”

“My experience with Blake & Sons was first class, and I have recommended them. I liked the way they packed everything and put it in storage. I've moved twice before, but it was the first time that I used them. I had no damage at all this move. I'd give them an A.”

“They actually just did my move three months ago. They were wonderful at packing and storing as well as delivering. I would use them again in a heartbeat. The guys who came were very professional. They were efficient, and I thought their customer service was good. They were willing to deal with my overly large sofa, trying to get it down a very small basement hallway. I really could not have asked more of them. I would absolutely use their service again. I heard about them from my in-laws, who had used them before and recommended them. I was very happy with them in general. I would give them an A+.”

“Blake & Sons Moving did a professional job. There was no problem with handling the furniture. Everything was packed and moved well. The workers were excellent. They showed up on time, and they handled my personal property fine—there was no damage to any of the furniture. So really, overall, it was just what you would expect a company to do. They were recommended to us by our realtors, who had other people use them in the past with good results. I would use their service again. They are a professional moving company that will do a good job and make sure your stuff is transported as safely as possible. I would give them an A+.”

“I liked Blake & Sons. They helped me with an in-state move. It went as they said it would—nothing was a surprise. I was very happy with the move. They packed up my stuff in the house, and they moved. They were on time, and they didn't break or scratch anything. Everything was the same as before they moved it. It was a wonderful experience, and I will use them again. I would give them an A+.”

“The workers were timely and diligent in getting things moved and packed up properly. I've got a lot of experience in the military—24 years—and I've been moved more times than I can count. Blake & Sons were among the best—that's the company to call. I'd give them an A+.”

“I would give Blake & Sons Moving & Storage the highest rating you could possibly have—A+.”

“They did great. They were spectacular, actually. I would use them again in a heartbeat. The workers were professional, very friendly, and very efficient. They were able to pack things away in such a small space that I didn't think it could be done, so they exceeded expectations. I was fine with them handling my personal property. I heard about their service from a friend, and I would absolutely use them again. I would give them an A+.”

“I had an excellent experience with Blake & Sons. They showed up on time, did what they were supposed to do in a good way, and delivered it well and on time. They moved my entire household from Maryland to Florida. They came in and had to pack and load, and then, when they brought it down here, they had to unload and bring it in. That was my first time using them. I had a friend tell me about them. I would give them an A+.”