Able Moving & Storage prides itself on being an independent mover. Able Moving & Storage was established in 1987, by Bill, Jim, and Joe Singleton. Like a lot of other successful moving companies, Able Moving & Storage started with one truck out of the basement of a house.
Over the past 33+ years, Able Moving & Storage has grown steadily. Today, it is a premier service provider in the Washington, DC, metropolitan areas, servicing both Household and Commercial clients.
Having three distinct divisions enables our experts to properly service moves to and from anywhere around the world. Today, Able Moving & Storage employs over 200 people, has a fleet of 75 trucks, and operates out of more than 300,000 square feet of warehouse space.
Able Moving & Storage is a highly respected moving and storage firm located in Northern Virginia. Founded in 1987, Able Moving & Storage is a family owned company, and one of the largest independent moving companies in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Able Moving & Storage’s dedicated leadership and employees consistently work to provide the best, most professional, responsive, and safe relocation services available to corporate, government, residential, and commercial clients on the move. In the role of client advocate, Able Moving & Storage brings extensive management, planning, and operations experience in performing the necessary solutions for your firm’s relocation needs. Able Moving & Storage performs requirements under various contracts with large corporations as well as with the U.S. Government. We are familiar with all requirements necessary to ensure the safe, secure, and efficient packing, transportation, unpacking, and storage for domestic and international relocations.
Able Moving & Storage currently employs more than 200 employees. Able Moving & Storage employees have a direct stake in the long-term success of our company and in achieving complete customer satisfaction, making our success and continued growth possible.
All supervisors and drivers come with appropriate endorsements in accordance with state and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, and each must complete Certified Professional Mover training sponsored by the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), and receive certification. All service and operations staff must complete specific industry and professional training before performing services for customers/clients.
Project/Account Managers are trained in the planning and execution of relocations. Each must successfully achieve certification through the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI) and earn AMSA’s Certified Moving Consultant designation before they can represent Able Moving & Storage in this capacity. In addition to this qualification, our managers and customer service staff receive extensive training in providing customer service before, during and after the relocation is completed.
DOT # 533974 | MC # 217259 | VA Intra HHG # 449
Able Moving & Storage currently employs more than
Bill, Jim, and Joe Singleton started Able Moving & Storage. Like a lot of businesses, Able Moving & Storage was started with one truck. Bill manned the phones, and Jim and Joe performed the estimating and the moves. A $300.00 ad in the yellow pages, and a mother who was a Realtor, were all it took to get the business off the ground. The economy was in decent shape and the Northern Virginia housing market was strong; the business needed a second truck by the end of the year.
Able Moving & Storage has steadily grown to a five truck operation, thanks to repeat customers and a handful of loyal Realtors sending over business. Able Moving & Storage rents a small warehouse in Manassas, Virginia, and can now offer storage to its growing customer base.
The steady growth allows able to purchase 15 acres, conveniently located right off route 66.
The first warehouse, complete with office space, is finished.
Able Moving & Storage becomes affiliated with a major Van line. The transition was anything but smooth, and after 5 years Able Moving & Storage left the Van line to go back to being fully independent. There is a major difference in the way a Van Line functions and Able Moving & Storage functions. The main difference is that Able Moving & Storage’s success was (and still is) designed around using full-time, professional staff, while a van line encourages Agents to utilize each other’s staff for the driver. With that scenario, Able Moving & Storage had no control over the quality or training of the workers involved, nor over the results and success of a move.
Bill retired leaving the business to focus on his hobby furniture building. Instead of moving furniture he now makes it. “We miss Pop every day!”
A second warehouse is built, further expanding capacity.
The economy goes into the tank and the moving business collapses. Able Moving & Storage goes on the defense and tries to keep all the good people that have given so much to the company over the years. Able Moving & Storage is proud that not one person was laid off! Instead, the team all agrees to a wage freeze and suspends the company 401k match until times improved.
Things do get better! Able Moving & Storage competes for and wins the Department of State Pack and Crate International contract. The contract is extremely demanding and the Department of State inspections very thorough. Being vetted by the Department of State and winning the Department and State Pack and Crate contract was the first major diversification of the business. The contract requires Able Moving & Storage to pack, load, ship, and store household goods for the foreign service employees moving to posts all over the world.
The third warehouse is built, expanding storage capacity.
Further diversification ensues, and the demand for Office Moving is strong enough that Able Moving & Storage creates a separate division complete with staffing, trucks and all the necessary equipment to handle the great businesses that continue to value Able Moving & Storage’s services.
Able Moving & Storage becomes an international freight forwarder to extend the company reach worldwide.
Construction begins on the 4th and final warehouse that can be built on the property Able Moving & Storage purchased over 20 years ago.
March of 2017 is the 30th anniversary of Able Moving & Storage. The 4th warehouse opens and expands our warehouse capacity to over 200,000 feet. In just a few short years, the office moving division is now employing nearly half the staff, regularly dispatching over 100 supervisors, project managers, drivers, helpers and packers on a daily basis.
In October 2018, Able Moving & Storage purchases five acres of its future warehouse, and the new Commercial Division warehouse is leased. Able Moving & Storage teams up with the non-profit organization, Move For Hunger, to collect non-perishable food items and deliver to food banks around the Northern Virginia area. Able Moving & Storage is awarded the American Moving & Storage Association Independent Mover of the Year, for providing outstanding independent moving services to customers and the community. By centering the focus on the company’s mission, vision, and values, Able Moving & Storage launches the You2 Movement and raises the standard for Northern Virginia independent moving companies.
At the request of a large International account we decided to apply for the FIDI/FAIM accreditation.
Independence Day came in with a bang because it was on the 4th that we learned we had passed the FIDI/FAIM audit. The FIDI team at Able Moving & Storage was able to pull off a heroic effort and in less than 7 months from day -1 pass all phases of the strenuous application process. We are now a full-fledged affiliate member in the FIDI organization, a network of over 600 agents across the globe.
The commercial moving division expanded their warehouse by an additional 35,000 Square feet to handle their rapid growth.
On November 3 rd we hosted a tour of both our facilities to over 100 Industry professionals. The tour was part of the first-ever AMSA Independent and small movers conference held at the Hyatt in Dulles Va. Hats off to the leadership team for planning and successfully moving everybody through both of our facilities in under the 2-hour time limit AMSA had established.
A look back at the last 10 months. Timeline postings this year have not seemed as important amidst Covid-19 and the far more important tasks of looking out for our fellow employees and loved ones. Words fail to describe the human toll this pandemic has taken. As a company and individually, all of us at Able Moving & Storage feel for those experiencing losses stemming from this disease. Our empathy and sensitivity extend to those suffering financial hardships brought about by closures, layoffs and other business interruptions.
We are extremely grateful to be an essential business that needs to remain open. Keeping every one of our employees safe & employed during this time is a source of pride and large credit is due to our outstanding leadership team. Managing ongoing operations in a profitable manner while holding employee and customer safety paramount is one of the most amazing things I have witnessed in my professional life. The proactive protocols put into place regarding our facilities and equipment were outstanding. While detailing every safety precaution we have taken may be long-winded, the measures we have taken with regards to PPE, office purification systems, truck fumigation, temperature checks, and hand sanitizer are far above and beyond any government or industry recommendations. Bridging to a remote workplace in three months (a two-year goal) while all of this was going on is another testament to the quality of people we have running this company. Steve, Gary and the Leadership Team have displayed a winning hand in a strategic manner that has kept us busy and safe. The challenges of running a large company were added to like never before this year, yet here we are, sticking together as colleagues, friends, and family. We are so very grateful for the extra efforts each of you have made to bring us to where we stand. This is certainly a “We Squared” moment and needs to be recognized as such. Thank you all as we pray for those affected by this virus and for a swift return to a more comfortable and safer time.
Able’s COVID-19 Preparation and Protection Statement