Blake & Sons Moving & Storage, Inc.
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Blake & Sons Moving & Storage, Inc. has received 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 295 customer surveys.
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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.
Distinctions
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.
Licenses
USDOT #1031132, MC #464281, #420614000001
Areas Served
Washington, DC

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Blake & Sons Moving & Storage, Inc. has received 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 295 customer surveys.
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10/11/2017

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10/09/2017

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

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10/07/2017

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10/05/2017

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10/04/2017

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10/04/2017

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10/04/2017

“We had to reschedule the move date, current mover could not comply. Blake & Sons were able to work us into their schedule on short notice and the cost was comparable to other vendor. Wish I had contacted them first.”

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10/03/2017

“Great outfit. Only problem was with re-installing my sleep number bed, which did not operate properly after they left. A minor issue considering all that they did right and with courtesy and consideration.”

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10/03/2017

“This was a long time ago; over a year ago. If anything could have gone wrong it did and the management had little interest in helping to make things right.”

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10/03/2017

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10/03/2017

“They were amazing!!!!!”

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10/03/2017

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

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10/03/2017

“Improve the communication with client prior to delivery.”

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10/03/2017

“Average experience in terms of movers. Movers were very friendly and polite. I liked them a lot. I've used a better service in the past but Blake & Sons were able to provide a dedicated move for my daughter to Florida so they won my business. I found lots of nicks and small damage once the movers were gone from my home and I had a chance to assess things over a period of time.”

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10/03/2017

“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.”

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10/02/2017

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10/01/2017

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09/30/2017

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09/30/2017

“I was charged $1,000 over the amount quoted to me. Several items were broken.”

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09/30/2017

“I had a very easy move with Blake & Sons. My only issue was one packer broke a very expensive Italian lamp while packing. Blake & Sons had it repaired and returned to me. Their movers were polite and professional. It was overall a very good experience.”

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09/30/2017

“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.”

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09/29/2017

“Our job was to move furniture in advance of refinishing floors and returning on completion. They did an outstanding job. They arrived when promised, treated my possessions as if it was their own and was reasonable in terms of cost.”

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09/29/2017

“Very expensive. Final bill was more than expected. Did not do a follow-up call to see how everything went. Sales person neglected to return phone calls.”

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09/29/2017

“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.”

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09/29/2017

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

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09/29/2017

“Blake & Sons moving crew was professional, efficient, and timely. The cost and the work were exceptional.”

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09/29/2017

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

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09/29/2017

“Three excellent moves by Blake & Sons!”

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09/29/2017

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09/29/2017

“Everything was positive. Only one box of glassware did not arrive. I opened all boxes and reported the missing items. This was the first time that this happened. I used Blake & Sons to help move 10 years ago. All went well. The glassware was old and were going to give them away.”

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09/29/2017

“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.”

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09/29/2017

“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.”

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09/29/2017

“We have used Blake & Sons three times for out of state moves and they were excellent. We had one piece with minor damage and they found someone immediately to repair damage to our satisfaction. Would use them again and would recommended them to friends and family members looking for movers.”

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09/29/2017

“We used Blake & Sons twice for a move to and from DC within 13 months. Our experience moving to DC was positive and the workers were very fast. Our experience moving back to MD was not as great. The workers were friendly but they were not as fast moving the boxes. My husband saw them in the hallway on their cell phones instead of moving quickly to deposit boxes in the apartment. Our cost was much higher moving back to MD because it took much longer to move everything in, even though it was the same quantity of goods from the year prior.”

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09/07/2016

“They were good. They deserve an A+.”

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09/07/2016

“They've been great so far. It's been fine. B.”

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09/07/2016

“Blake & Sons are an A+ company.”

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09/07/2016

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

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09/07/2016

“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 .”

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08/28/2016

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

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08/28/2016

“They were very flexible. I had an old house that I wanted it to be listed for sale. They said yes, so they didn't charge me anything. A.”

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08/28/2016

“I liked that I was able to get somebody out to get an estimate. They were quick, professional, courteous, and they didn't break anything. It was all good, all the way around. B+.”

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08/28/2016

“Excellent, excellent, and 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 .”

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08/28/2016

“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 .”

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08/28/2016

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

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08/28/2016

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

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08/28/2016

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

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08/28/2016

“I had a positive experience.”

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08/28/2016

“I had a positive experience.”

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08/28/2016

“It was good.”

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08/28/2016

“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 .”

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/14/2015

“They were well organized, it was affordable, and the guys did a great job. They worked really hard, and everything was moved from one location to my new location. I used them twice this year because I was moving and then my boyfriend was moving. One move was from Maryland to Virginia, so it was maybe 40 to 50 miles and across state lines, and the other was a local move. I would recommend them, and I have before. I would give them an A.”

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09/14/2015

“They were professional, and they were timely. They stayed within the budget. They worked with us on our budget. And the price they quoted us is what we paid. We moved across state lines. They were a recommendation from a friend who moved from the same area we were moving from to the same area we were moving to, he had a positive experience, so we went with his recommendation. I would absolutely recommend them. I would give them an A.”

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/14/2015

“It wasn't quality service. It was a terrible experience. I didn't like anything about them. They left a bunch of stuff. We paid for them to pack and move us and they left a bunch of stuff we had to pack ourselves. It just wasn't a good experience. They put things into the wrong room that were clearly marked where they needed to be. It was particularly disturbing to me because at the time I was in a wheelchair so I couldn't fix it myself. When you call and tell them there are problems they never return your phone call. They say, “'Oh, OK we'll take care of it,” but they never did. They never resolved the issue. I wouldn't tell anybody else about them. I wouldn't tell anybody else to use them in any way. They get a D-.”

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09/14/2015

“Blake & Sons was one of the worst experiences I've ever had. Every piece of furniture I had delivered from them was damaged in some way or another. When they picked everything up they came to wrap everything do a nice job. It looked great. When they got I was moving out of state so they were supposed to be here by 11 o'clock in the morning to deliver my furniture. I got a call close to that time from the office saying there was a problem with the truck and they would be delayed. So I waited around. It took about 3 or 4 more hours for them to get here. Then I asked them what happened and no one would tell me what happened. Just said it was a problem with the truck. I honestly think the truck had an accident because everything I had, a piano, black ebony baby grand piano that I've had for 30 years, it's moved 5 times, I've never had more than a tiny scratch on that piano. They actually broke the prop that holds the cover. That was broken off. I had a chunk of wood out of my china break front. I have a display case that the whole back of it was smashed in, and all of my furniture has chips out of it, scratches, everything. Very few pieces didn't have some evidence of damage. I called the company and said, 'I'd like to speak with their manager' and she said, 'Fine.' I told her what happened and said I'd like somebody to get back to me. No one called. I called two times. All I got was an email with a claim form attached for me to complete.”

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09/14/2015

“They were awesome. They were just very professional, very personal too. It was a really wonderful combination. I was making a giant move, and they were just terrific. I really appreciate everything they did. They were very careful. Not one thing was broken. Things that were very precious—I had a bunch of antiques and things—they were very careful. It was just great. The whole experience was good. It was interesting because a friend had recommended a company that was Blake's something, this was not the company, and I didn't know it. I got the wrong company. But I'm glad I got this company. It was sort of at random. I would definitely recommend them. I would definitely give them an A—everything about it. I was making a long distance move from Maryland to New Hampshire, which wasn't usual for them I think, but they handled it beautifully. It was great working with them, and the whole thing was good. I would give them an A.”

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09/14/2015

“We bought a piano and they live on the opposite side of our street and 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, 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. I would give them an A.”

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09/14/2015

“Shannon, she was readily available at all times and she answered all my questions. The guys were so efficient and just great to work with, very pleasant. You can always get more efficient when you move somebody. They did a better job than most. I have to say that working with Shannon was a delight. They actually moved me particularly twice, so they did one in June of last year and then they did another one for me in January, I guess. I moved into their storage facility. Both were long-distance moves, one was from Charlottesville, Virginia to Maryland, and then the other one they stored my items until I moved to Florida. I would 100% recommend them. I would give them a B+. They could just be more efficient during the moving process. The guys took more breaks than needed. The guys were friendly and I take that over angry or anything, but they could have been more efficient.”

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09/14/2015

“They did an awesome job, actually.”

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09/14/2015

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

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/14/2015

“They came on time, packed stuff up, and then they came back on time and unpacked. I thought it was a little expensive but I guess that's the going price. I found them through the contractor. I would recommend them. I would give them a B. They did fine.”

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/14/2015

“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.”

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09/11/2015

“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.”

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09/11/2015

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

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09/11/2015

“They were excellent. They delivered on what we had negotiated, the people were very nice, no damage. They were just great. I was living in an apartment. I would give them an A+.”

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09/11/2015

“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+.”

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09/11/2015

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

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09/11/2015

“They were great.”

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09/11/2015

“I had an experience that they fixed because I think they checked in and I told them how the things had been stored but it's also one of those things where because a lot of my possessions are put in storage I recently went into that storage because I gave a lot of my furniture away to my daughter and there were a lot of things. There were a lot of things that were broken that were damaged that were just not handled well. It's the truth. They damaged one of my sofas. On the bottom of the sofa they have a fabric attached to the bottom. In trying to get things into the storage they pushed one of the legs right through that fabric. The leather on the sofa was pretty marred up in spots that it wasn't before the move. I had a metal desk that was also pretty scratched up. I didn't take an inventory of it. It was almost a year after the fact so I didn't think there was anything I could do other than being more careful in examining things after they come off the truck. They sent a crew within the next 48 hours to reorganize the space because the way things were put in there you couldn't make sense. If I wanted to get at anything in the storage space the way it had been organized I would have had to take everything out to get to the basic boxes. I wasn't there but I asked them to put certain things in a certain order. It just ended up being that way. I would give them a D.”

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09/11/2015

“They've done some work for me. They did this work for us about a year ago. It was last summer. We were actually a repeat customer. They'd worked with us a couple years ago and then we hired them again when we did our second move. In all honesty the second time around wasn't as good as the first time. The service at Blake was great. The family answers the phone and does the schedule. But I felt the on-site team wasn't as great as I remember them being. At the end of the day everything got moved and it was fine. It was supposed to be one day pack and one day move but on the second day they were still packing for much of the morning which left very little time for unpacking once they did the move. When they did the packing they used a lot of packaging. When we were unpacking it was a lot. We ended up doing a lot more unpacking than we expected because the move took longer and as a result we ended up doing a lot of the unpacking, which was different from the first move. One of the workers asked our au pair on a date, which was totally inappropriate. It bothered me when it happened and I didn't know about it till afterward because our au pair didn't—some of the workers were speaking Spanish, and she speaks Spanish, so I asked her to help me give direction as to what we wanted done in a certain room and the second day she was not comfortable doing that and I didn't understand why. Later she told me that had happened and I was disappointed that happened. I'm sure it was not the fault of Blake & Sons but at least one of those folks was out of line in their demeanor. Their moving skill was fine but that was disappointing to learn. On this move I'd give them a C+.”

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09/11/2015

“I think they're wonderful. They're so professional. I was the executor of an estate. I called every place in Rockville because I live in Rockville and I wanted somebody nearby. I made lots and lots of calls. Blake & Sons stood out as unequivocally the business I was going to go with because of the courtesy and the politeness and well-mannered, friendly response I got from the gal, Sharon. There's two sisters—Sharon and Shannon. It was Sharon who answered the phone, and oh my goodness, she was so wonderful and so helpful and just said everything I wanted to hear when I was looking for movers. So I knew right off that I had the right company, but never in my wildest dreams did I know that they would be so wonderful in actuality because I was right on the job every day. We had to go over to a different home than the one I live in, and I was there every morning and stayed with them until they were done. This went on for weeks. This was a huge house full of stuff. Everything—their whole staff, their crew, their attitude, everything was just tip-top. I can't say enough good about them. I would sing their praises to the heavens. I'm elderly, and I was all by myself doing this job. They were so helpful, friendly, professional, and wonderful that I just can't begin to tell you what a great experience it was in light of the job that had to be done. I mean there was nothing that they wouldn't do. They helped me with everything. Things you wouldn't think that people who just do moving did. They helped with everything, every aspect of emptying that house to get it ready to put on the market. I would give them an A, triple A.”

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09/11/2015

“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.”

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09/11/2015

“They were very efficient. The price was good, it wasn't too cheap, but not too expensive. The guys who were here were totally professional. It was good. They moved the whole home—they actually moved two apartments, my friend and myself. We had separate apartments, and they moved us into a new place. It was far, it probably would've been like 30 miles or so. I would give them an A.”

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09/11/2015

“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.”

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