7 Tips For Choosing The Right Moving Company

San Diego local moving company Move Central, Inc., knows that choosing a moving company can be a daunting task. You want to choose someone who cares about your personal property as much as you do, as well as operates with integrity.

To make sure your move is the best it can possibly be, our movers in San Diego want to share seven tips that will help you choose the right moving company, who will provide an easy move with no regrets.

  1. Beware of Scams

Be alert for scammers who pose as reputable moving companies. Be aware of the following things that may be signs of a scam:

First, if your prospective moving company requires a cash deposit before they will move your things, they may be operating a scam operation.

Second, you should always look to make sure that a moving company has a real, physical address, not just a P.O. Box address. If they do not have a real business address, they have only an address in a residential area, or they have only a P.O. Box, this could mean that they are not a trustworthy business.

Third, ask for a valid U.S. DOT number. If you cannot find a DOT number, or the moving company cannot provide one, they probably do not have the authority to operate as a moving company and do not have the required insurance movers should provide.

Fourth, check to see that the moving company is a member of respectable organizations like the AMSA (American Moving and Storage Association) or the BBB (Better Business Bureau), which would indicate that they are professionals who strive toward excellence.

The threat for getting your money and/or property stolen is real with fake companies posing as real movers. That is why it is so important to realize that the best price might not mean the best moving experience. You should also check the ratings and reviews of moving companies before deciding on one, as well as the DOT website, protectyourmove.gov, to help you choose the right moving company.

As a proud Better Business Bureau member, San Diego full service moving company, Move Central, Inc., is a moving company that has gained the trust of many customers moving in San Diego, and we promise to make your move a great one, too.

  1. Ask For Recommendations

One of the best ways to find a reputable San Diego moving company is to ask your friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, or even your real estate agent or property manager who they recommend. This will give you a great list of companies, which you can then research to make the best choice for your particular situation.

The next step is to call the moving companies and request the following information from them: their full business name and DBA (doing business as) name; how long they have been operating; their physical address, email address, and web address; any references; and their DOT and multi-combination (MC) numbers.

Once you have this information, visit the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) at SaferSys.org and look up the companies via the information they gave you to check their safety profile, if they are licensed, and if they have been ordered to stop operating, among other things.

 

  1. Get An On-Site Estimate

There is a federal regulation that requires moving companies to provide in-home estimates before performing a move. Contact at least two of the companies you have chosen so you can get the best estimate and feel comfortable with the company you ultimately choose. The estimator will then come to your home, see what you want moved, and provide an estimate for you.

Move Central moving company in San Diego always provides free in-home or on-site estimates, and we want to advise you to be wary of companies who only give estimates online or on the phone. There are two main reasons for this. One, it can be hard to adequately describe your property over the phone, and two, if you are moving from state-to-state, the moving price will be based on the weight of your cargo, the mileage it is traveling, etc. The only way to get a precise price and to be sure all factors are being considered is to have an in-person, in-home estimate.

When the assessor comes to give you your estimate, make sure that you show him or her all items that will be moved. Before he or she arrives, think about what you may have in your garage, yard, basement, or in off-site storage, and write down a list, if necessary, so you don’t forget anything. Any items that are not included in the on-site estimate will cost you extra on moving day.

Keep in mind that when the moving company comes to give you an estimate, not only should they be requesting plenty of information from you so that they can give a close to exact estimate, but they should also be open to answering any questions that you may have, as well.

One question you need to ask is the way they handle the valuation of your property. There should be a few available options for the valuation of your property, which will give you choices on how damage or loss claims will be adjusted and how liable the moving company will be for such damages. The mover’s liability has limits and exclusions and is based on their tariffs and federal law.

Move Central moving company, San Diego, wants to remind you to also beware of movers who offer very low quotes compared to other companies. A lower price may seem tempting, but companies who offer really low prices could either offer bad service or could raise the price significantly on moving day. One of the worst scams among rogue moving companies is offering a price that is just too good to be true, packing up a person’s property, and then holding it hostage, demanding obscene amounts of money before they will give it back. We don’t want that to happen to you!

  1. Choose A Good Name Over A Low Price

You have already invested a large sum of money in the possessions you want to move, and there is no reason to risk their safety with a fly-by-night company that no one has heard of, that you can’t find out valid information about, or that you don’t feel completely comfortable with, no matter how good of a price they offer you. When choosing a San Diego mover, a good reputation and plenty of experience are the number one factors you should consider. In a situation where people will be handling your property and coming into your home, you don’t want to take a risk with the wrong movers. It could cost you big-time in many ways.

  1. Compare Moving Companies

So what should you look for when looking for a reputable moving company? First, you should think of your in-home estimate as a job interview. How attentive was the person giving the estimate? How professional were they? Did they leave you feeling comfortable with the situation, or were you left with doubt? Were they on time, and do they seem reliable?

Next, if possible, go to the moving company’s physical location and have a look at it. Does it seem legitimate, clean, and professional?

And third, a reputable mover should offer you a brochure titled “Your Rights and Responsibilities,” as it is mandated by federal law. This brochure will give you details on the 110% Rule for moving companies and their clients. This rule says that, when given an estimate that is not binding, the moving company can’t charge you more than 10% over the provided estimate at delivery. If the final price ends up being more than 110% of the estimated price, then you have 30 days to pay any overage.

 

  1. Plan Ahead

If possible, it is recommended that you make plans and secure your moving company 30-45 days before the date of your move. There are many times that movers are very busy, and planning ahead is the only way to ensure that the movers will be available when you need them.

Our San Diego moving company is usually busier at the end of the month, as people usually move before the end of their leases at the first of the month. Furthermore, summer holiday, when kids are out of school, is a busy time for all movers. If you have to move at the end of the month or between the months of May and September, you will want to schedule with your movers way in advance.

 

  1. Report Scams

If, by chance, you do fall victim to a moving scam, you can report it to MoveRescue, a service created to help in the case of moving scams, at 1-800-832-1773. When you call them, they will listen to your situation and direct you to the best course of action or try to rescue your property from a bad moving company.

About Move Central

We are the movers San Diego trusts for easy, safe moves. We offer moving products, storage solutions, and moving services in San Diego or from San Diego to anywhere in the country. We look forward to making your move a great one!

 

 

Safely Pack Fine China and Glassware

Dish Pack Boxes Ensure a Safe Move

Safely pack fine china and glassware by first using something that is called a dish pack.   A dish pack is a very sturdy double-walled corrugated carton and is ideal for breakable items measuring less than 18 inches. It makes sense to buy several dish pack boxes from your San Diego moving company, prior to moving day.

Using clean packing paper individually wrap all pieces of china and glassware. To be safe use two or three sheets of paper, starting diagonally from the corner. As you continue tuck in the overlapping edges. You can use newspaper to provide a double layer for an outer wrapping. Use generous amounts of paper to pad and cushion everything so nothing moves inside the box.

Plates and Platters

Larger pieces of china and glassware, like plates and platters should be placed in the lowest part of the dish pack.

First you must place cushioning materials at the bottom of the carton. Each piece should be wrapped separately, then you can wrap as many as three pieces in a bundle using a double layer of newsprint. You can place these bundles inside the carton on the edges by lining them up in a row.

Each bundle should be surrounded by crushed paper, making sure that all spaces are filled in. Two or three inches of additional crushed paper should be placed on top of each bundle to protect the rims and to create a level base for the bottom of the next tier.

For the second layer you can pack up the smaller items, shallow bowls, salad plates, and saucers. Use the same careful wrapping methods as you used on the larger items.

Bowls, cups and irregular-shaped items

Whether these make up the bottom or middle layers will depend on their weight. Wrap these items using the same care and methods used with the flat items.

Shallow bowls or soup plates can stand on their edges in the carton. Deeper bows, like mixing bows, should be nested two to three deep, upside down standing on their rims.

Sugar bowl lids should first be wrapped in tissue paper, then turned upside down and placed on top of the sugar bowl. Wrap both pieces together using clean paper and then an outer layer of double newspaper. Do the same with the cream pitchers. Place the sugar bowls, their matching cream pitchers, gravy and sauce containers and all other small irregular items upright inside the carton. Put plenty of crushed paper on top to complete the layer.

Even if you’re packing everything in a dish pack with mini-cells for your china, all cups should be wrapped individually, using extra layers of paper to protect the handles. Cups should then be packed upside down.

If you are not packing in a dish pack or in cells, wrap cups as described previously using a double layer of packing paper. Place cups upside down on the rims in a straight row with the handles all facing the same direction, on an upper layer of the box. Put ample amounts of crushed paper on the top to complete the layer.

Your moving company in San Diego will appreciate all the effort you have made to ensure the safe delivery of your items. Although Move Central, Inc. is extremely careful with everything it always helps to know that fragile items have been packed properly with plenty of cushioning.

 

17 Tips for Better Packing

At Move Central, moving is our specialty, and we want to show you 17 tips for better packing and moving to a new home can that can make your move easy and pain-free.

  1. Begin packing things you don’t currently need and clothing that is out of season first. You can start packing weeks and even months before your move using this principle. Wait until just a few days before your move to start packing the things you frequently use, and put your must-have items, like personal hygiene items and toiletries in your necessity box.
  2. Leave things that are not breakable or spillable in drawers and cabinets. Things like linens, clothing and blankets can be left in drawers during the move.
  3. Group items of similar weight and makeup together. For instance, pack heavy items separately from light items, and pack breakable items separately from unbreakable ones.
  4. Wrap or tape sets of things together. For example, if you take a table apart, put all of the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and tape the bag to the bottom of the table. Also, nest the legs inside the apron of the table and wrap them to the table with plastic stretch wrap, which can be conveniently purchased from our San Diego local moving company.
  5. Fold up electrical cords and bind them together using bread ties, garden wire, or rubber bands, so they don’t tangle during the move.
  6. Wrap fragile items or those that can easily be scratched in clean tissue paper or paper towels. For things like fine china, stack together plates with a layer of paper in between and then wrap them together with newspaper or plastic wrap.
  7. Before you put any items in a box, lay down a layer of crumpled paper or bubble wrap for padding.
  8. Pack the box in layers with larger, heavier items on the bottom, medium sized and weighted items in the middle, and lighter, smaller items on the top.
  9. Fill in any empty spaces with crushed paper so items in the box don’t shift.
  10. Make sure fragile items are properly padded. You can use bubble wrap or other packing materials that you purchase from our San Diego moving company, or you can just use your own blankets and towels as padding. Just be sure every corner and edge is well covered.
  11. Use smaller boxes for individually wrapped fragile items or place just a few in a box together.
  12. Put several smaller boxes into a larger box and fill in the extra space with crushed paper to prevent shifting.
  13. Don’t overfill or under fill boxes. They should be packed securely, but without bulges or indentions.
  14. Tape all boxes closed except for ones containing items on Move Central’s High-Value list. Our San Diego movers will check these items before loading them on the truck.
  15. After sealing the carton, write its contents on the side of the box and in an inventory notebook. You may also want to number the boxes and write the corresponding numbers in the notebook as well.
  16. Write your name and which room each box should go to on the box label. Then place the name of each room on a sign taped to the door, so the movers know right where to put each box.
  17. Label any boxes that you would like to unpack first at your new home with a special label, so they can be put together and easily found upon your arrival.

If you need any more help or have any questions when moving in San Diego or the surrounding areas, please feel free to contact our San Diego full service moving company. We are here to make your next move a great one!

Professional Mover’s Two Month Moving Guide

Follow our Professional Mover’s Two Month Moving Guide because so one knows better than San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., just how much work and planning goes into making a move go smoothly. The good news is that moving doesn’t have to be a daunting task, as long as you have a good plan.

At Move Central, our number one goal is to make your move easier. That is why we have taken all of the guesswork out of moving by creating a fool-proof two-month moving plan, just for you!

Eight Weeks Before The Move – Get Your FREE In-home Estimate

  • Contact your San Diego local moving company, Move Central, to reserve your in-home estimate, where a representative will look at the possessions you want moved and quote a price for moving them.
  • If your employer is paying for your move, be sure to check their policy to find out what moving services they pay for.
  • Determine whether you will pack your items or have us do it for you.
  • Be sure that you show the moving company representative all items that require moving, as additional items will increase the amount of the final bill, whether you have a binding or non-binding estimate.
  • Review the “Your Rights and Responsibilities” brochure that the moving company will provide you, so that you know what your moving company’s liability is and what is required of you when moving.
  • If you have any questions, our San Diego moving service can answer them during the in-home visit or at any time before your move. We want to make sure that you are fully informed and comfortable with our services when you choose us as your moving team.

Seven Weeks Before The Move – Reserve Your Moving Date

  • Take the time to read through and understand your estimate and any other information provided to you at the time of the estimate. When you are ready, sign your estimate and your order for service. If you have any questions, our San Diego moving company is here to answer them at any time.
  • Reserve your moving date and confirm the services you will need for your move.
  • If you need any extra help or tips for your move, please feel free to contact Move Central or your personal moving coordinator at any time.

Six Weeks Before The Move – Change Your Address

  • First, have your mail forwarded to your new address by filling out the change of address form at USPS.com or your local post office.
  • Then contact any business that needs your new address like the bank, insurance company, or credit card company, as well as any company you hold subscriptions through.
  • You might also want to contact your doctor, lawyer, accountant, or other professionals you do business with and give them your new address.

Five Weeks Before The Move – Decide What To Keep And What Should Go

  • Take one room at a time and get rid of anything that you no longer want or need.
  • Get ready and have a big yard sale to get rid of your excess stuff, or have a local charity come pick up items that will not be making the move with you. If you do donate your items, get a receipt showing the amount of your contribution, which may be able to be used as a tax deduction.

Four Weeks Before The Move – Update The Moving Company

  • If some of the items the moving company representative added into your list for the estimate are no longer in your possession or you have thought of new items that have not been added, you should let your representative know so they can update the expected price of your move.
  • Give your agent the address of your new home if you did not already, and make sure they have all phone numbers so they can contact you if needed.
  • Inform the representative if your move will include any additional stops to collect or drop off items that have not been discussed previously.
  • If you are having your vehicle moved, get ready to drop it off at the required destination. You should also be ready to claim it once it reaches your new location.

Three Weeks Before The Move – Say Your Farewells & Make Travel Plans

  • Spend some time visiting your favorite places around the area that you likely won’t be visiting for a while.
  • Throw a special farewell party for your kids.
  • Have a simple dinner or cookout with your friends and co-workers.
  • Get your travel plans made, book any necessary hotels and purchase tickets for air travel.
  • Have your vehicle serviced if you will be driving it. Have the oil changed if needed, and have the tires, belts, breaks, and fluids checked and fixed, if needed.
  • If traveling by plane, reserve your tickets and arrange any transportation to and from the airport, if needed.
  • Plan ahead for what you might need during your travels or the first night at your new location. Place them in a separate bag or box so they don’t get packed onto the moving truck.
  • If you will be doing your own packing, you should start doing a little packing each day. Begin with items that you don’t frequently use or things that are unnecessary for day-to-day living. Doing a little at a time will make your move seem much easier.
  • See our other articles on how to pack and how to move special items to create a clear plan of attack.
  • Get rid of flammable or explosive items that are too dangerous to move and are not allowed on the moving truck such as pyrotechnics, household cleaners, fire starting products, acid, chemistry kits, pressurized spray cans, ammo, oil, gasoline, bleach, paint, solvents, and poisons like pesticides and weed killers. This includes emptying any fuel-powered machinery of its fuel and getting rid of propane or butane tanks for grills, etc. For a full list of items that are not allowed on the moving truck, please see our article here.
  • Contact an appliance technician to disconnect and ready your appliances for moving. If you would prefer, our San Diego moving company can arrange a trustworthy third-party company to handle this for you.
  • Contact all utility companies and give them a shut-off date. Remember, it is good to keep your utilities on until after you move, as lights, air conditioning, running water, and even Internet service can come in handy on moving day.
  • Get room-sized rugs and curtains cleaned if they are moving with you, and place them to the side, leaving them in the packaging the cleaners put them in.
  • Have any valuable antiques appraised and keep a copy of the written appraisal. You should clean your antiques before moving them to keep them from getting scratched, but do not wax or oil wooden pieces as these products can make the finishes soft, and they could be damaged by the furniture pads during the move.
  • Don’t steam clean upholstery prior to the move. It can retain moisture that would cause molding or damage during the move or while it is in storage. If you need more help, read our article on how to move antiques.

Two Weeks Before The Move – Take Care Of Your Pet And Tie Up Loose Ends

  • Have plans for the transport of your pets. They should have everything they need to travel, reservations for their flight if going by airplane, and any boarding arrangements made.
  • Make sure that your pet has any required vaccinations for traveling across state lines, boarding, or flying.
  • Get items left at the cleaners, in storage, or at a friend’s house.
  • Remove any items from lockers at work, the gym, or the bowling alley.
  • Return library books or anything else that has been borrowed or rented.
  • Try to think if you have forgotten anything important that needs to be taken care of.
  • Finish up the rest of your packing and clean out anything that will not be moving with you.
  • Make sure your moving representative has all of the information they need about your moving plan.

One Week Before The Move – Get Appliances Ready To Move

  • Have the appliance technician get any appliances that are moving ready to go.
  • Have any special equipment serviced before your movers get to your home. Our movers in San Diego can answer any question you may have about this prior to moving day.

One Day Before The Move – Final Details

  • Make sure that fragile items or items that need special care are clearly marked, as well as items that are not moving with you.
  • Mark boxes containing special items that you will need immediately upon your arrival at your new location, such as electronic equipment or valuable items.
  • Have all boxes packed and prepared for the move. Our San Diego moving company will check the boxes to ensure they are safely packed.
  • If our San Diego full service moving company is doing the packing for you, have similar items grouped together for easy packing.
  • Unplug all of your electronics at least one full day before your move is scheduled to allow them to cool to room temperature. This includes laptops, gaming systems, sound systems, etc., and applies to any electronic, with the exception of plasma TVs.

The Day Of Your Move

  • You will want to be at your home to make sure everything gets loaded. Do a final walkthrough of your home once the van has been loaded and check to see that everything has been taken. Sign your inventory sheet and keep your copy in an easy to reach, safe place.
  • Remember to ask us if you have any questions, want to make sure the plan is followed, or need to make last-minute changes to the plan.
  • Fill out a High-Value Inventory Form if you have items of high value going on the moving truck.
  • Get your bill of lading, which serves as your receipt for the move and informs you of the terms of your move.
  • Make sure the moving truck driver knows the delivery address, and give him/her any contact information so you can be contacted if needed.
  • After the movers have packed all of your items, take a final walkthrough to see that the water is turned off, any heat or air is turned off, lights are off, everything is locked, and you have left behind the keys to that home.
  • Make sure you have also contacted the utility companies to order disconnect service and that you have not left anything behind.

Upon Delivery

  • When our San Diego moving service reaches your new home, you should be there to check your delivery. If you can’t, have another authorized adult check your delivery, sign for receipt, and make the final payment on your behalf.
  • At the predetermined delivery time, the movers will call you and come by your new location if they cannot get in touch with you by phone. You have two hours of free waiting time, after which you can ask for more if you or another authorized person can’t be there to take delivery.
  • Check all items against your inventory sheet as they come off the truck. If there is any damage or missing inventory, mark it on the sheet. When you have completed it, sign it, saying that you have received the items in the condition noted.
  • You can direct where your furniture will go as it is unloaded. If you want mattresses set up or appliances installed, these things can be done for you at an additional charge.
  • Put a mock-up of the general layout of your home next to the front door, so movers can easily see where your belongings should be placed.
  • Keep copies of your moving receipts, as you might need them when filing your taxes.
  • Let recently-moved electronic equipment and appliances sit unplugged for 24 hours to warm or cool to your home’s temperature.

One Week After Your Move

  • Be sure that your forwarded or held mail is now being delivered.
  • Register your automobile or get your new driver’s license if required by law.
  • It is also a good idea to check with a lawyer regarding new state laws that will affect you pertaining to wills, inheritance, taxes, property transfers, etc.

Move Central moving company, San Diego, hopes that this guide will help make your next move easier. Remember, if you need any additional help or have questions about moving specifics, we are always here to help.

 

Moving with Children

Moving with children can be a challenge, as some will be very excited by a move, while others will be anxious, and still others may be somewhere in between or even upset by a sudden change. The best way to help children transition to a new home and possibly a new area is to carefully plan, involve them in the move and moving plans, and help them explore their new area.

Today, San Diego moving service, Move Central, Inc., is going to share some positive ways to help children adjust to a move.

Preparing Children For Moving

When you break the news of your move to your children, your attitude about the change is very important, as your children will embrace this and reflect it in their attitudes. Keep your focus on the positive aspects of your move and how your children and family will benefit from the move, making it seem like a big, fun adventure.

As soon as you know about the move, you should inform your children about it, so they will have plenty of time to get used to the idea. In as much detail as your child can understand, tell him or her why you are moving and address any questions he or she may have. This will leave the lines of communication open in case your child wants to express worries or give their opinion on the move.

As much as you can, let children help in the move as much as they want to. This will make them feel like they are more in control of their situation and that they are valued.

Hire a professional moving company. San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., has experience moving families with children, and we would love to shoulder most of the work in your move, so you can take care of your family the way you need to during the transition.

By using these simple, straightforward tips, you can help your children feel secure and confident about the changes that are ahead of them. By understanding the difficulties that your children will face when moving from a familiar home, neighborhood and school, away from their friends, you can help them take it in stride and even enjoy it.

Things To Bring On Your Trip

Being prepared for the travel portion of your move and the first night in your new home will make things more tolerable for you and your children. Here is a brief list of some things you might need.

For your baby:

  • Several changes of clothing
  • Diaper bag
  • Blanket
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Disposable bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Jars of food, formula, and water
  • Favorite toys
  • Infant car seat
  • First aid kit with pain relievers and any prescription meds

For Your Toddler

  • Umbrella stroller
  • Car seat
  • Small toys
  • Video player
  • Snacks and drinks

For Older Children

  • Travel games
  • Tablets
  • Books
  • Snacks and drinks

As one of the most caring moving companies in San Diego, Move Central hopes these tips will help both you and your children navigate the uncertain waters of moving together. If you have any other questions about your move, feel free to contact us at any time.

 

 

Mover’s Tips for Packing Books

In this article, our San Diego movers will give you the best Mover’s tips for packing books, on deciding which books make the move, as well as how to pack them safely.  Our San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., knows how much you love your books, but moving books can be hard work, as well as costly so follow these tips to ensure a safe move for your beloved books.

Cull Your Collection

The first thing you need to know about moving books is that they are heavy. Though they are usually low in value, the sheer weight of books makes them more expensive to move than many other household items. We suggest that you take a hard look at your book collection and decide which ones you can’t live without, then give away or donate the rest.

Pack Them Securely

Once you know which books will make the move, get durable, medium-size boxes to place them in. Avoid large boxes, as they can become heavy and unwieldy quickly when packed with books. Place similarly-sized books in the same box with the spines facing down, as packing with the spines facing up may cause damage to the bindings, as well as creasing or crumpling of the pages.

Use Special Care For Special Books

If you have books that are rare, of high value, or are irreplaceable (like photo albums), you should wrap each one individually to ensure that it won’t become scratched or damaged during the move. Also separate each book using a piece of cardboard to keep the spines straight, and then pack them securely as described above.

Move Central movers, San Diego, hope these tips will help you move your books safely and easily. If you need any more help, contact us at any time.

10 Pre-Packing Tips For An Easier Move

Move Central Moving Company, San Diego, knows that you need all the help you can get when it comes to moving that’s why we have put together 10 pre-packing tips for An easier move.  Though it can be a daunting task, a little preparation can make it a whole lot easier. In this article we are going to share the tricks our professional San Diego movers use to pre-pack a home before a move.

Gather The Necessary Supplies

First, you will want to gather up all of the packing supplies you might need to pack your home: boxes, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, packing tape, newspaper, tissue paper, and anything else you might need. For your convenience, our San Diego local moving company carries all of the supplies you need for one-stop shopping.

Start Early

If you have already set a move date, there is no time like the present to start packing. Starting early and packing a few boxes a day will make the move much easier than trying to do it all at once.

Check out our packing tips to simplify the process.

Clearly Label Boxes

If you want your move to run smoothly, clearly marking what is in each box and what room it goes to will save you tons of time once you reach your new home. Our San Diego movers promise this is one tip you will not want to skip.

Decide What You No Longer Want

Moving gives you the ultimate excuse to get rid of items you no longer want or use. Doing so can make your move much easier, faster, and cheaper, as you won’t have to pack, load, unload, and unpack things you get rid of now.

Take Care Of Utilities And Bills

You most likely want to have the basic utilities turned on when you reach your new home, and you need to ensure that the utilities at your old home are shut off. Write down all of the companies you have to contact, marking them off as you do so. You may also want to do this for your bills.

Check The Calendar

You may not want to move during times when there are national holidays, as many important businesses and government offices will not be open if you have problems or need something important for your move.

Plan For Your Pets

Before you move, you will need to think of where your pets will stay during the move, how they will be taken care of, and how they will get to your destination.

Separate your Valuables

If you are trusting your move to Move Central movers, San Diego, or any other San Diego moving company, you may prefer to move your valuables or irreplaceable property yourself, so you need to insure they are separated from the items to be loaded on the truck.

Have Your Mail Forwarded

You can have your mail forwarded by visiting the USPS website or going to your local post office. It can take up to 10 days for the forwarding to go into effect, but you can schedule it at any time.
Transfer Your Prescriptions

Ensure that you will have plenty of your necessary medications before your move and that you have transferred your prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new area, so you won’t experience a gap.
Unlike some moving companies in San Diego, Move Central, Inc. has a vested interest in making every aspect of your move hassle-free. We hope these tips from our professional San Diego movers will make moving to your new home a breeze! If you need any further help, feel free to contact us at any time.

 

Mover’s Tips For Moving With Pets

Moving with pets poses a few problems, mostly because pets sometimes have a hard time being in unfamiliar environments or having to stay crated up for an extended length of time. Since we know how much you love your fur babies and want the best for them, our San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., wants to give you our best tips for moving with pets.

A Little Planning Goes A Long Way

There are a few things you will need to consider when moving your pet, and you should plan ahead for your pet’s accommodations well before you make the move, to ensure that your pet enjoys a comfortable, safe move. These considerations include:

Adhering To State Or City Laws

States may have laws on pets crossing state lines, and cities often have their own sets of laws, restrictions, and licenses for pets. If moving across state lines, you should contact the State Animal Health Official of your new state to determine the laws in your new state. If you are moving to another town or municipality, contact that area’s city clerk to determine what you need to do to legally have a pet there.

Making Sure Vaccinations Are Up To Date

You may need to have a record of your pet’s vaccinations to prove that they are up to date. Get a copy from your current veterinarian and keep it with you in an easy-to-get-to location when moving. For a list of accredited vets in your new area, go to the AAHA’s website at https:/www.aaha.org/pet_owner/.

Getting Your Pet An ID

Your pet should already have its rabies tags, but when moving to a new home, you will want to have another tag that includes the name your pet goes by, your name, your new address, and your phone number. This is just in the case that your pet gets loose or runs off on the way to, or once you reach, your new home.

Transporting Your Pet Via Airplane

As all airlines are different, you will need to contact them for prices and rules. Some other things to keep in mind when transporting pets by planes are: You will need to provide a crate for your pet. You will want to make your reservations as far ahead of your flight as possible, to ensure there is room for your pet. You should not feed your pet within five hours before your flight time, and water should be given no less than two hours beforehand. If you need help, our San Diego full service moving company would be glad to set you up with a trustworthy pet transportation company.

Transporting Your Pet Via Car

You will need a carrier or other restraint to keep your pet safe and secure during your ride. Be sure to bring food bowls, treats, food, and water for your pet. If you do not frequently take your pet on rides, you may want to get him or her used to it by taking a few short drives first. If you think your pet will be too stressed traveling, talk to your vet about medications that can relax him or her.

You will want to limit water and food right before getting on the road, but you may provide treats to keep your pet happy throughout the day. Also make sure to stop every few hours to let your pet stretch and have a bathroom/water break.

Make Your Pet Comfortable In Your New Home

Familiarity can be a great comfort to your pet in your new home. Make sure that your pet has its regular bed, chew toys, and feeding bowls ready for him or her when you arrive. If possible, also try to put them in similar spots in your new home that you kept them in your old home and keep your feeding schedule as close to the same as possible.

If you are moving with a dog, you will want to take him/her out walking as soon as possible to familiarize him/her with your new neighborhood and yard. If you are moving with a cat, you should keep your cat inside until he/she is comfortable in your new home so he/she won’t run away. Start by giving your cat access to just a room or two, and then let him/her start to explore further as he/she becomes more comfortable.

Moving with your pet can be challenging at times, but having a well thought out plan will ensure that both you and your beloved pet have an easy, safe move. If you have any further questions about moving with a pet, feel free to contact Move Central moving company, San Diego.

Packing Food & Perishables

Packing Food & Perishables

It is essential to check with your San Diego moving company to make sure that food and other potentially perishable items are allowed for transport. There are also municipal and national regulations and restrictions pertaining to items that are allowed to cross state lines.

Please be mindful that perishable items can attract vermin and similar pests that could cause damage your belongings. Consult with your San Diego moving company Coordinator about the best ways to safely move those perishable items you deem necessary to accompany you.

 

Frozen Goods

Frozen goods are often subject to transportation restrictions, so it is essential to communicate with your San Diego movers about items that are allowed and those that require special handling.

For short distances, a well-iced cooler or one equipped with dry ice is typically permissible. However, there are specific instances—particularly if you are moving 150+ miles—where third-party services can be utilized to transport frozen foods. These companies offer refrigerated trucks that will deliver your goods directly to a local cold storage facility for your pick-up once relocation is complete. Consult with your San Diego mover to find recommended cold goods companies to assist.

 

Canned Goods

While most canned goods are secure and safe for long-distance transport, keep in mind that their weight stacks up quickly, potentially adding cost to your overall move. Your moving company in San Diego will advise you about potential costs based on the weight on boxes in which you pack canned goods.

It is typically our recommendation that the replacement cost of so many cans of soup is less than the additional price of packing and transporting.

 

Dry Goods

Such items as rice, pasta, cake mixes, flour & sugar, and cereals—while not necessarily heavy—can also attract unwanted pests. All such Dry Goods should be sealed with strong tape. Likewise, smaller jars and shakers containing condiments, flavorings, herbs & spices should all be sealed and packed together in small boxes, then added with protective tape to larger containers.

 

Plants

Many San Diego moving services not only recommend that plants be left with family and friends, but there are state and municipal regulations—as well as U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates—barring their transport in many instances. At the least, it is commonplace that your moving company will ask you to sign a waiver stating that they are not responsible for any potential damage to plants.

20 Things You Should Always Pack Separately

San Diego’s Movers, Move Central’s list of 20 things you should always pack separately when moving.  Why? Because even though Move Central, Inc., is one of the most trustworthy moving companies in San Diego, we always recommend that you pack special personal valuables separately and carry them with you in your own vehicle when moving.

There are a few reasons for this: Number one, you will have better access to these items when you reach your destination, and some of these items are frequently needed, so you probably won’t want to dig through a pile of boxes to find them. Number two, you will have better control over the conditions these items travel in, so you can ensure they don’t get too hot or too cold. And number three, most people just feel more comfortable keeping their personal items close by.

Here is a list of 20 things our San Diego movers suggest taking with you in your own vehicle:

  1. List of important addresses and phone numbers
  2. Plane and/or event tickets
  3. Property titles (house, car, boat, etc.)
  4. Money, credit cards, and checks
  5. Mobile phones and devices
  6. Computer hard drive/USB drives
  7. Photo albums/family portraits
  8. Personal, medical, and financial files and records
  9. Safes and lockboxes
  10. Home videos
  11. Data disks
  12. Insurance information
  13. Fine jewelry and other small valuables
  14. Furs and other delicate fabrics
  15. Car keys/house keys
  16. Laptops or computers
  17. Lease agreement or home documents
  18. Daily medications
  19. Important work files
  20. School records

Remember, this list is not all-inclusive, but it will give you a pretty good start when thinking of what items you should pack separately and transport in your personal vehicle when moving. Whether you are moving in San Diego or across the country, we hope this checklist makes your move a great one.

 

Best Deals on TV, Phone and Internet Services

The best deals on TV, phone and internet services is out there, you just have to know where to look.  San Diego’s Move Central knows that a new home isn’t really a home until you get your TV, Internet, and maybe even phone service hooked up and running. We also know that these services can be costly, so we want to give you a few of our tips for getting the best deals on them.

Do You Need The Bundle?

Many companies are now offering a bundle of services that includes home phone, TV, and Internet for one monthly price. Although this may offer you a good savings if you plan to use all of these services a lot, it might not give you the best deal possible.

These days, many people do not even have a home telephone, so if you fall into that category, you will definitely not need the phone service. Or you might be one who does not use the TV much or does not get online, except maybe on your smartphone, then you would not need the TV or Internet part of the package.

Though these offers often seem like good deals and are convenient, you would probably end up better off if you only purchased the services you need, piece by piece, in some cases.

What Does The Bundle REALLY Include?

In many cases, bundled services, though they seem like great deals, are actually offering services that don’t meet your needs. That is why it is important to read the fine print before deciding on one. Here are some things to keep in mind as you compare deals.

1. Does the phone part of the bundle include local and long distance calls? There are many that offer unlimited long distance, but some that don’t. If you know you will be making a lot of long distance calls, you should definitely check that unlimited long distance is included, as those calls can add up quickly.

2. What is the upload speed and download speed of the Internet service in the bundle. Internet speeds can vary widely, with the lowest speed taking several extra minutes, and even hours, for uploads and downloads. If you like to play intricate games online, have several different users or several different devices, or you work from home, you will want to get Internet service with the highest speeds possible.

  1. Does the television part of the bundle offer HD? You may or may not currently have an HDTV, but in the near future, you might. So this is something that you will want to take into consideration when getting into a contract. If you think you might need it in the near future, you will want to make sure it is included in your bundle.
  2. What extras does it offer? Some bundles have extras like allowing you to watch TV programs on your mobile device. These extras may make a package worth the money.
  3. When does the introductory price expire? Watch out! Many companies will give you a great deal for the first year, but after that you are locked in to pay a lot more for the same services.

Move Central moving company in San Diego wants to remind you that a new move, no matter how exciting, can leave you feeling lonely if you are moving away from friends or family. But with the right Internet and phone services, they are never more than a few clicks or a phone call away!

 

 

Tips for Packing Soft Goods

San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., knows that packing your soft goods such as towels, blankets, sheets, table cloths and mattresses may seem like an easy task. But what you may not realize is that you need to pay extra attention to keep these items from mold and insects. Today we will show you the tips for packing soft goods and exactly how our professional movers in San Diego do it, so your move won’t seem like such a chore.

Packing Mattresses & Linens

Mold and insects are your biggest worries when packing natural linens. We suggest folding linens, bedding and pillows neatly and then placing them into plastic bags. For added protection from cuts and tears, line a box with paper and pack the bags inside it.

For more difficult items like mattresses, specialty boxes and plastic can be purchased for maximum protection.

Packing Drapes

Drapery and curtains can be folded long-way and pinned to a padded hanger. You can then place them inside a wardrobe box, and they will be free of wrinkles and ready to hang at your new home.

Alternately, you can just iron them, fold them, and place them in plastic bags, treating them the same as your bedding and linens.

Rugs

Vacuum and clean area rugs before rolling them up and putting plastic around them for extra protection. If you’ve had them cleaned professionally, you can leave them rolled up.

Using these practical tips, your soft goods will make it to your new home clean and bug-free. If you need any of the moving supplies we mentioned in this article, our San Diego full service moving company, Move Central, Inc., has everything you need. And we are always here to help make your move better!

 

 

 

8 Tips To Make Unpacking A Breeze

Move Central, Inc., the movers San Diego chooses when moving in San Diego or from San Diego to anywhere in the country, knows that unpacking is like the light at the end of the tunnel after a big move.  Getting into your new home is always an exciting experience, and finally unpacking that last box, so you can enjoy living in your new space makes it even better. To make it go smoothly here are 8 tips to make unpacking a breeze, methods that are tried and true by our very own professional San Diego movers.

  1. Prepare Your Home Before The Movers Get There

Many things are easier to do before your furniture and other household effects arrive. If possible, do any painting, cleaning, or repair work before the moving truck gets there.

  1. Have The Final Payment For Your Movers In Hand

Once the movers reach your new home with the moving truck, you will need to pay them right away, before they will start unloading.

  1. Check Off Your Inventory

If you followed our instructions for packing, you will have already created a system for numbering and labeling your boxes, and all you have to do now is mark the boxes off as they are brought into your home.

  1. Instruct Your Moving Crew

If you work with Move Central moving company in San Diego, we will work with you to get your new home set up as you wish. You will just need to have a plan of how you want your furniture arranged and where boxes should be placed for unpacking.

  1. Inspect Your Property

Sometimes accidents occur during moving, no matter how carefully the truck was packed. So you will want to check everything as it comes off the truck and notify your moving company if there is any damage.

  1. Test Your Appliances

If moving large appliances, you will want to check them when you arrive to see that they are still working properly. If needed, our San Diego moving service includes the arrangement of professional installation of appliances and electronics.

  1. Unpack The Kitchen First

You will want to be able to eat and possibly feed anyone who helped with the move once the moving truck is unpacked. Plus, if you were on a short move, you may have moved items that need to be refrigerated. Unpacking the kitchen first helps you cover all of these bases.

  1. Ensure A Shower And Comfy Sleep

After your kitchen is unpacked, your master bathroom and bedroom is your next priority. Once you complete a day of moving, you will be happy you have a place to have a hot shower and a nice, comfortable rest.

There are many moving companies San Diego can choose from, but only Move Central, Inc. cares enough to give you the tips our own professional movers use when moving San Diego residents. Even if you don’t utilize our San Diego full service moving company for your next move, we hope that it is a pleasant experience.

Choosing a Security System for your New Home

Choosing a security system for your new home should be at the top of your To-Do list. When you move to a new home, you may attract the attention of people who are looking for opportunities to take advantage of your circumstances, especially when you don’t know your neighbors or how safe your neighborhood is. A good home security system can be great for keeping your family and possessions safe, as well as help you contact emergency personnel in the case of a fire or health emergency.

What are your options?

With technology developing rapidly, there are now several kinds of security systems available today, so you need to assess what features you want in a security system, as well as how much you would like to spend on one and if you want to pay monthly charges.

On the cheaper end of the spectrum, you can install small alarms on your windows and doors that will go off any time one is opened, and in some cases, when someone is just pushing on or prying a window or door.

A little more expensive option is to have these types of alarms that are connected throughout the house and set to alert emergency personnel if someone breaks in to your home. Some of these systems may also utilize motion detectors, though this option would not be as good for you if you have pets that are allowed to roam freely while the alarm would need to be set.

You may also consider using security cameras inside and outside of your home, which can be monitored remotely, and even through your smartphone. This will deter criminals from entering, as well as let you know if someone is on your property.

As you go even higher in price, you can get more sophisticated functions, including smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. These types of security systems will automatically contact police in the case of a break in or will call the fire department in the case of fire or carbon monoxide.

You may also be able to get medical monitoring services with some home security systems. This service will alert emergency personnel by pushing a button. This would be good option for people living alone, those with health problems, or the elderly.

Know Your Neighborhood

Having a security system can give you peace of mind and protect your possessions wherever you live. Before you move, though, we recommend looking up the city data for the area you are moving to see what the crime rate is and what types of crimes are commonly committed there. You can search for your city or zip code online, talk with local realtors, or contact the local police to find out about the crime rates and safety of each area.

If you are moving in San Diego or the surrounding areas, you can see the crime rate here. If you have any other questions about your move, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the most reputable moving companies in San Diego: Move Central, Inc. We are always here to help make your move a great one!

 

Tips for Packing Shoes

Your shoe collection may represent a pretty big investment in your wardrobe, and you don’t want to arrive at your new home to find your shoes crushed or disfigured, so throwing them in a box and calling it done is not an option. San Diego local moving company, Move Central, Inc. wants to help you pack your shoes the right way! Read on to find out our professional mover’s tips for packing shoes for a move.

Prevent Mold

As odd as it may sound, shoes can hold moisture, and they can mold when packed up in a moving box, if this issue is not addressed. To avoid this problem, let shoes that have been sweaty or wet air out several days before packing them. You may also put cornstarch or baby powder inside your shoes to soak up extra moisture.

Protect Shoes From Scuffing

Shoes that have a polished, smooth finish are at risk of scuffing during a move. The best way to prevent this type of damage is to wrap shoes individually and then together in pairs and put them in their original boxes. These individual shoe boxes can then be packed into a larger moving box.

To save you time, you can alternately use an over-the-door shoe organizer. Put the shoes in the organizer and roll it up carefully so shoes are not crushed, but are held securely.

Whether you are moving in San Diego, or anywhere else in the country, San Diego moving service, Move Central, Inc., hopes this tip will make packing your shoes a breeze!

 

5 Steps For Moving Antiques Safely

Move Central, Inc. San Diego’s movers understands that your beloved antique collection can be both valuable and hard to replace that’s why we put together 5 steps for moving antiques safely. It is only right that you take the steps to protect it from damage when moving from one location to another. That is why we are going to share with you the five simple steps our San Diego movers use to safeguard our clients’ valuable breakables during a move.

Step #1: Have Your Antiques Appraised

If you believe you have items of high value, then you should have an appraisal done on them by a professional appraiser. Not only is this a good idea for purchasing insurance for your move, but it may also be required when transferring your homeowner’s policy.

To find a qualified appraiser, you can contact your insurance company, lawyer, or bank. You may also find an appraiser by searching online or going to www.appraisers.org to order your copy the Directory Of Certified Professional Personal Property Appraisers, which gives a list of appraisers by state. During your search for appraisers, look out for those who are members of the ASA (American Society of Appraisers), as these appraisers may be more reputable and committed to professionalism.

Alongside your appraisal, it is a good idea to also have good photos of each antique piece. Videotaping the items in your home may be an acceptable alternative or addition to photography.

When you have your in-home estimate done by the moving company, show the assessor any antiques that are of high value, are easily breakable, or that will require special consideration for moving. Customized boxes or crates can be made for these items.

Step #2: Set Up A Protection Plan

During your in-home estimate, it is important to talk about the valuation of your collection. Move Central movers, San Diego, have several insurance plans to cover accidental loss during your move.

You will want to have items that are valued at over $100/lb. to be listed on our High-Value Inventory Form, along with any special markings such as signatures, hallmarks, maker’s marks, or identification numbers.

As discussed before, photographing your high-value antiques is recommended, but videoing them can be even better for documenting their conditions. Whichever way you decide or are able to document your valuables, you must ensure that your images are clear, well lit, and highly visible so that it can be used when making a claim.

Step three: Prepare For packing

For some antiques, cleaning is recommended before moving. This will ensure that your items are dust and grit free so they will not be scratched during the move.

We suggest asking a professional at a hardware store, home furnishing store, or antique dealership what they recommend for cleaning your antiques.

We do, however, recommend that you do not use oils or waxes on your furniture previous to moving them, as these types of cleaners can temporarily make finishes softer, and furniture pads could impress into the finish during the move.

If you still have questions about how to clean or take care of a certain item during a move, you may contact historical societies, antique dealers or libraries to find information on the subject.

Step #4: Help The Movers Identify Your Antiques

You will either want to be available or have a trusted individual available during the packing and moving stage of your move to show your movers which items require special care. This is also important as those helping you pack and load items will not know the specifics of every item in your home and they may need help answering questions about certain items.

Regardless of if they are antiques or not, our moving company in San Diego will protect all of your larger furniture with furniture pads to prevent damage.

Step #5: Check Your Items Upon Arrival

Once your items reach your new home, you should check what has been delivered against your inventory list to ensure that you have received everything. Once you are sure that you have, you should sign for receipt. If there is any damage to your items, simply contact our San Diego moving service, and we will help you file for reimbursement.

And remember, if you have any questions about moving your antiques, San Diego local moving company Move Central, Inc., is always here to help.

 

 

5 Tips for Packing Clothing for a Move

Are you moving in San Diego, and you want to make sure your clothes make it to your new home in good condition?

At San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc., we know that using the wrong packing methods can lead to your clothing, accessories, and shoes getting crushed, wrinkled, damaged, torn, dirty, dusty, or misshapen.  Here are our 5 Tips for packing clothing for a move:

Today, we are going to give you the techniques and tips we use at our San Diego moving company to keep our clients’ clothing in the same condition in which it left their home, so they have one less thing to worry about during, and after, their move.

Tip 1: Utilize A Portable Closet

Did you know that there is actually a moving box made for moving clothing? It is called a wardrobe box, and it is like a regular moving box, except it comes complete with a built-in clothes rod, so you can simply move your hanging clothes from one closet to the next.

Because they will be hanging vertically for the entire trip, your clothes will still be clean and unwrinkled when you reach your new home, and if you don’t have time to unpack them right away, you will be able to wear them straight out of the box, without frustration or hunting.

Tip 2: Leave Folded Clothing Folded

The clothes you normally keep folded can be left folded and put directly into a box or your suitcase. Just be sure that you use a box that allows you to put the clothes in without having to crumple them, and when you get to your new home, they will still be in good shape. Some lightweight clothing, like socks and underwear, can be left in your dresser drawers during the move.

Tip 3: Stuff Hats To Help Them Keep Their Shape

If you do not have hat boxes for your hats, simply crumple clean paper or tissue paper and place it inside your hats to help them keep their shape. Then wrap the outside of each hat to keep it clean. The hats can then be placed inside a moving box, from heaviest to lightest.

Tip 4: Separate Your Shoes

Shoeboxes are ideal for moving your shoes. If you have your original boxes, simply wrap each shoe with tissue paper, and then wrap the pair together. The shoeboxes can be placed into a larger box for transport, just be sure to put heavier pairs on the bottom.

Tip 5: Take Care Of Special Fabrics

Certain fabrics, like leather and fur should not be packed into boxes or the moving van, as the extreme temperatures or moisture that may be present could affect them negatively. It is suggested that you keep them in the bags you normally store them in and move them inside your vehicle if possible.

Now you know the secrets to moving your clothing to keep it in good condition. If you need any other help moving in San Diego or you would like to purchase specialty moving boxes like the wardrobe box mentioned above, we have everything you need at Move Central, Inc. to make your move easier.

 

How To Survive Your First Night In A New Home

Are you moving in San Diego or from San Diego? Our San Diego moving company, Move Central, Inc. wants to help you make your move as easy and frustration-free as possible. Today we want to share one of our best tips for having a pain-free move: how to survive your first night in a new home.

After a long day (or more) of moving, you are going to want a few familiar creature comforts to help you settle in to your new home. That is why we suggest creating your own Necessity Box full of the things you will need to enjoy the first night in your new home.

First, grab a good sized box (or two depending on your family size) and label it with the words, Necessities, Pack Last. This way, you won’t have to search through a sea of moving boxes for your much needed toilet paper. Place this box in an undisturbed corner where you can easily assemble it, and once it is filled, leave it unsealed until you are ready to leave, just in case you need something inside the box before the move.

Movers Tip: Remember to seal your necessity box last and pack it on the truck last or put it in your vehicle where it can be easily accessed.

Necessity Box Checklist:

Cleaning supplies & tools

You may want to freshen up your new home before moving in, so you will want to pack some basic cleaning supplies and tools including paper towels, a variety of household cleaners, dish liquid, rubber gloves, and trash can liners, as well as a drill, hammer, and various hardware that you may need to hang pictures or do minor repair work.

We also suggest packing a few light bulbs and a couple of flashlights, just in case.

 

A Few Simple Meals

We suggest taking along some easy to prepare, easy to transport foods for your first night and morning. Pack things like nuts, peanut butter, bread, crackers, fruit, canned tuna, protein bars, or anything else that does not require refrigeration or cooking. Don’t forget to also bring water or other easy-to-pack drinks.

We also suggest disposable dinnerware (cups, plates, utensils, napkins) for easy cleanup.

 

Toiletries

After a tiring day of moving, you will most likely want to take a warm shower and brush your teeth. Make sure to pack the most obvious things: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper. But don’t forget other things like towels and possibly a hair dryer and shower curtain.

First aid

Hopefully you won’t need your first aid kit, but it is always best to be prepared for anything. If you don’t have an actual “kit” you can fill a small bag with bandages, rubbing alcohol, any daily medications you take and various pain relief products.

Bedding

Finally, you will want a nice comfortable place to lay your head that first night, so pack clean sheets, blankets, and pillows, so you can crash in comfort.

Once you have everything packed, make sure to put your necessity box on the truck last, grab it as soon as you arrive at your new home, and put it in an out of the way place that you can easily access.

Now you know the first step for having a great move! Our San Diego full service moving company, Move Central, Inc., hopes this tip was useful. We are always here to make your move easier any way we can.

 

Packing Supply Checklist

Our San Diego local moving service knows from experience that having the right packing supplies can make your move much easier and worry-free. In our Packing Supply Checklist we share our San Diego Movers’ favorite packing supplies and tell you how we use them to make moving a breeze.  When you have everything on hand that you need for your move, you can pack things quickly and safely, and you can be at peace knowing that your favorite items will reach your new home in one piece.

Small-Sized Boxes – The smallest sized boxes are great for items that need to be packed separately because they are either easily breakable or very heavy.

Medium-Sized Boxes – Medium-sized boxes are very frequently used when moving, and you will want to have many of these on hand when packing. They are just the right size for packing most small items in the house. They can be used with dish packing and glass packing inserts that keep breakable dishware separate and secure.

Large-Sized Boxes – Large-sized boxes can be used for larger, medium weight items like throw pillows, stuffed animals, and clothing. You don’t want to weigh them down with a lot of heavy items, as they will be hard to carry and move.

Extra-Large-Sized Boxes – Large-sized boxes should be used for large, but lightweight items like pillows, blankets, and clothes.

Electronics Boxes – These boxes are made specifically to accommodate your electronics like blue ray players, laptops, and game players.

Heavy Duty Boxes – For items that need a little more protection, such as electronics, appliances, and collectibles, these boxes, with thick, reinforced walls, are perfect.

Wardrobe Boxes – Wardrobe boxes come complete with a clothes rod. This allows you to take hanging clothes out of your closet and hang them directly into the box, so they don’t get wrinkled or require folding. They also come in a variety of heights for different sized clothes.

Newsprint – Clean newsprint paper is perfect for wrapping fragile items before packing them. Use this instead of used newspapers to keep your items clean and free from ink stains.

Glass Packing Kit – Glass packing kits are specially made to protect glasses, vases, bottles, and crystal items. Some have foam in them to further protect your fragile items.

Dish Packing Kit – Dish packing kits are specially made to separate fragile dishes, plates, and bowls. Some have foam in them to further protect your fragile items.

Bubble Wrap – Not just fun for popping, a big roll of bubble wrap can be used to wrap glass or other easily breakable items. It can also be used to stuff in empty spots in boxes to keep items from shifting.

Markers – Permanent markers are great for writing on boxes to tell the movers which rooms boxes go in and let them know if the boxes contain fragile items or require a certain orientation when transporting.

Packing Tape Gun – Packing tape is a must, but a packing tape gun will make closing boxes easier and less frustrating. Your tape will not get stuck to itself, and you will never have to search for the tape seam.

Additional Tape– Everything comes to a halt when you run out of tape, so you will want to be sure you have a few rolls for packing.

Utility Knife – Also known as a box cutter, this sharp little knife is great for unpacking boxes, and you can lower the blade, so you can keep it in your pocket safely when not in use.

And remember, whether you are using Move Central moving company in San Diego for your move or not, you can always purchase the moving supplies you need from us when moving in San Diego. It is our goal to always be here for you for all of your moving needs.

 

Make Your New Home Energy Efficient

Whether your home is brand new or was built a hundred years ago, there are probably still plenty of ways to make your new home energy efficient.  These days there are always innovations being made in home construction and appliance production to increase energy efficiency in the home. Making your home more energy efficient will not only save you money and provide you with tax credits in some cases, but it can also be good for the environment as well.

Today, San Deigo moving service Move Central, Inc., is going to give you a few tips for making your new home more energy efficient.

Fill The Cracks

For under $10 in most cases, you can purchase caulk and a caulk gun to fill up any cracks or holes in your home that may be letting the weather in and your air conditioning or heating out. A good way to find a crack is to take a lit incense stick around your home and see where the smoke starts to move. Anywhere this occurs, there is a leak in your home that can be filled up. Around your windows and doors are always suspect places for cracks, and these can also be filled with weather stripping.

Check What’s Going On Upstairs
If your new home is an older home, the attic may be the first place you need to check for energy efficiency. Depending on where you live, you need a specific amount of insulation in your attic for maximum efficiency, and if you do not have enough or it has become compacted over time, it is easy to just get an insulation company to blow a few inches in to top it off. This will be a great help in keeping your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer.

Decrease Your Water Usage

Many homes built before 1995 still have a high-flow toilet. Removing these older models and replacing them with the newer low-flow ones can take a big chunk out of your water bill. You can also replace older water faucets and shower heads with aerating or low-flow ones that lower the amount of water you use and have to pay for.

Get Energy Efficient Appliances

Several appliance upgrades can easily be made to save you money on your electric bills. Some of the most commonly upgraded appliances are washers and dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Another, often overlooked, but very costly appliance, is your older traditional water heater. Because it has to constantly reheat the water it stores, it costs you about 25% more per year to heat your water than a tankless water heater would, as it heats water only when you need it.

Have An Audit Performed

Many local electric companies provide energy audits for the homes they supply. If you want to save money, and/or decrease your carbon footprint, you can have one done on your home. The auditor will conduct several tests that will show you where energy is being lost and how you can fix any problem you currently have energy-wise. If there is not an auditor available from your electric company, they may be able to tell you who provides them locally.

Our San Diego local moving company hopes that this article has given you a few ideas on how you can save money and make your new home energy efficient. If our San Diego movers can do anything else to make your transition to your new home easier, please let us know!