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    My wife and I wanted to personally thank you for the outstanding job your employees did in moving our daughter from Roanoke to Abingdon, VA on December 19, 2013. During the economic crisis we have been experiencing there has been several local and state to state moves necessary to keep a job or obtain better living conditions in our family. I am satisfied that considering all of the moves none have reached the quality of the move...

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At Heritage Moving and Storage, we provide local moves, long-distance moves, residential moves, and commercial moves with care and excellence. We pride ourselves not only on being a family-owned Roanoke moving company that serves southwest Virginia, but also on having a strong history of experience, affordability, and professionalism so that we can meet and exceed all your in-home estimate, packing, moving, and storage needs.

In the spring of 1979, I still had one semester left before finishing my teaching degree. My football scholarship money was running out, and I needed to make some money during the summer. I had spent a lot of time around the moving business, and I had caught on to its profitability. I decided to leave Cook Transfer Co. and start a moving company on my own for the summer. My plan was to buy a moving truck, work all summer, then sell it before I went back for my last semester of college in the fall.

Tim Cook, my friend who owned Tyson’s Transfer, needed to make room for a new truck in his fleet, so he sold me his old truck, “Big Blue.” Tim and I agreed on a price for “Big Blue” of $1500. I gave Tim my Olympic weight set, worth $500, as a down payment and agreed to pay him the rest as soon as I made money.

I chose two places in northern Virginia, McLean and Barcroft, and started McLean-Barcroft Transfer and Storage. I had my first move on Monday, June 16, 1979. I serviced the D.C. area, getting my own moves and subcontracting from a number of different companies in the D.C. area.

I paid Tim back for “Big Blue” in the first month of moving jobs. And in the three months of that summer, I earned double what I would have made in nine months working as a teacher. The path I was taking was toward a degree in education. I really had no intentions of staying in the moving business. But after that summer, I knew that I had to continue to build my moving company.

I got a lot of questions and some resistance from family and friends who questioned my knowledge of running a business and who didn’t want to see me give up my passion for teaching. But I knew that the moving business was the way I could make money, and I decided that I would find other ways to influence kids and do my part to make a positive impact on my community. I decided not to go back to my last semester of college, and I moved forward with my moving and storage company. It turned out to be a great decision.

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