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Throughout the history of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, one company’s legacy has endured like a perpetual monument: J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer.

With horses, wagon, and a strong back, the young J.E. Ladd moved the belongings of families arriving at the old Durham railway station in 1882. Later, in the early 1910’s he commemorated the new partnership with his son, J.E. Ladd Jr., by renaming “J.E. Ladd Dray Service” to “J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer.” The father and son continued to craft a distinguished reputation by skillfully and carefully moving Durham’s early families and businesses.

Thanks to customer loyalty and the inventiveness of the two Ladd men, J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer would successfully navigate through two world wars and a crippling Great Depression. In the shadow of the flourishing father/son stewardship, grandson J.E. Ladd III became the next caretaker of J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer. Under his proprietorship, J.E. Ladd and Son Transfer continued to relocate families and growing businesses in what would soon become the “Triangle Area.” As the region expanded, so too did the footprint of J.E. Ladd and Son Transfer.

At sixteen years old, the founder’s great-grandson J.E. Ladd IV began his tenure with J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer. True to the entrepreneurial spirit of his predecessors, he reshaped the company to adapt to the evolving needs of the now thriving Triangle Area. The moving company celebrated an historic milestone this year as J.E. Ladd IV retired on January 1st and entrusted J.E. Ladd and Son Transfer to the founder’s great-great grandson, J.E. Ladd V, who has also served the family business for decades.

We can help you with your apartment or home move
Whether you are moving across the street or across the state, we provide local and long-distance household moving services when you need them. For out-of-state moves, we can carefully load up U-Haul® trucks for you to drive to your destination, and assist you with procuring another trusted local company to help you unload at your destination.

Once we find out how much you have to move, we provide you with an estimate, any necessary references, and advice on how to prepare for your move. Your move is then scheduled according to your needs and our availability. While we do not provide packing services, we have trusted partners who do, so simply ask and we will help you coordinate that.

We keep your treasured items safe and sound

Piano Moving
Moving a piano is a tough job, because they are heavy and extremely delicate. However, our professional movers are experts at piano moving, and we have a reputation that you can trust. We have been Duke University’s sole piano and musical instrument movers for generations.

We move all sizes and types of pianos, including upright, concert, and concert grands. We have moved pianos for a number of large businesses, government agencies and universities. Once your piano arrives at your location, we can coordinate with local tuners to provide tuning for your piano if requested.

Antique Moving
At J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to transport all of your fragile antiques. From fine china to a delicate woodcarving, we handle and transport all your antiques with great care. Trust our family’s 5 generations of expertise in moving your fragile items.

We help businesses move from point A to B without a hitch

Let our experienced movers take care of all the heavy lifting, loading, and unloading for you. Based on the amount of items you need to move in your office, we provide you with an estimate and any desired references.

Wherever your business is moving in the state of North Carolina, we get all your office equipment there safely and in a timely manner. We can even schedule evening moves to lessen the impact on your business downtime. With our extensive experience in moving services, we offer you advice on the best ways to prepare for your move. As with household moving, we do not offer packing services, though we can coordinate this service for you with of our trusted partners.

Q What should I do with my jewelry and other valuable items?

Items of extraordinary value such as jewelry, money, antiques, and stamp collections
can be included in your shipment, provided that you notify your local moving representative
of these items before packing and moving day. It is strongly recommended that you carry
irreplaceable and expensive articles with you, or make alternate arrangements for their

In the moving industry, items worth more than $100 per pound are considered to be articles
of "extraordinary value.” To be assured that a claim involving these articles is not limited
to minimal liability, complete and sign your mover's high-value inventory form.
Also, be sure to sign the "Extraordinary Value Article Declaration" box, if applicable, on
your Bill of Lading.

Each mover has a slightly different procedure to follow as it relates to high-value items.
Ask your relocation specialist to provide you with an explanation of their company's process.
This is a confusing (but important) task, so be sure that you clearly understand the rules
prior to load day.

Q How do I prepare my appliances for moving?

Appliances such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators must be disconnected, and the washer
must have a stabilizer installed. Again, your estimator can help you understand how these
items are properly serviced. All local moving companies have business relationships with
local service providers that handle this type of service, however full service moving
companies and national moving companies will also be able to provide all of the moving
services you require. Be sure you know who your mover will be using, as you will need to let
these people into your home to provide the service.

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  • City:Durham, NC, USA
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  • Year of Estd:1882
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