What is Vaulted Storage?

Moving and Storage Q & A: What is Vaulted Storage?

When moving, many people find that they need to move a few things into storage. If you are already using a moving company that offers storage, you may wonder how their vaulted storage works for you, how safe your property will be, and what benefits you will gain from using it.

In this article, our San Diego moving and storage experts will give their answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about vaulted storage.
What Does “Vaulted Storage” Mean?
Vaulted storage simply means using a large, wooden storage vault, which is stored in a dry, clean warehouse, to store your household goods.
How Do I Retrieve My Items?
When you want to get an item or two out of storage, simply call the storage company, and they will get the items from your vault and have them ready for you to pick up, or they can deliver your items to you. Because we have both professional movers and storage, you can rest assured that we know how to handle your items with the greatest care.
How Safe Are My Items?
Vaulted storage is generally very secure compared to self-storage. When you choose Move Central movers and storage, your items will be safely packed into your storage vault and locked inside our clean, dry warehouse that is both manned and fully alarmed, promising you the utmost in safety for your property.
What Are the Benefits to Me?
One of the biggest benefits of choosing a full-service moving and storage company is convenience. We pack your items and transport them to storage for you. You can also pick them up at any time or have us deliver them to you. Not only that, but the cost can be very competitive with self-storage monthly rates.
Ready to see what Move Central’s movers and storage experts can do for you? Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

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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.

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!

 

 

 

Safely Pack Mirrors for a Move

Protect your valuables when moving. Here is Move Central of San Diego’s guide on how to safely pack mirrors for a move.

For a safe transit, mirrors must be packed in specially padded cartons!

Mirrors

Move Central Inc., a leading moving company in San Diego, is today sharing some of the best tips to pack mirrors that can ensure safe transit and prevent damages.

To begin with, you need to first buy a sturdy glass carton or a flat box that’s a perfect fit for your mirror. Once you have purchased the ideal box, you need to line its outer edges and form a padded bed with the help of a crushed paper in order to provide the mirror with a strong support, where it could rest.

However, prior to placing the mirror in this box, make sure to cover it properly with a bubble wrap or padded paper that can prevent it from coming in direct contact with the box, and provide enough cushioning. Now use a tape to tightly secure the wrapping over the mirror, and place it in the box.

Put some crumpled paper in the box to fill in the space or gaps. However, if you are trying to put multiple mirrors in a box, then you must put enough padding between the mirrors in order to prevent shifting or friction.

Packing Table Tops, Stones or Heavy Mirrors

When it comes to packing stone and heavy glass, we personally recommended you to take help of professional movers in San Diego, since such items require specially designed wooden crates for optimum safety. We at Move Central Inc. are the premier San Diego Movers who can take care of all your San Diego moving needs and specialize in offing such services.

Three Steps for Moving Refrigerators and Freezers

San Diego Movers, Move Central, Inc., wants to remind you that your refrigerator and freezer require special treatment when moving them, as movement, rapidly changing temperatures, and shortage of air can all negatively affect these appliances during transport. Taking just a few precautions and preparing your refrigerator and/ or freezer before the move will help protect them, so they will be set for use at your new home.  Here are three steps for moving refrigerators and freezers safely and effectively.

#1 Clean It

Before wrapping it up and putting it on the moving truck, your fridge/freezer will need a good cleaning. Empty all perishable food items from inside your appliance and unplug it. Then remove all frost, ice, or moisture from the interior. Once defrosted (if needed), clean the outside of the fridge with a cloth and mild cleaner or soap. Take out all shelving and pull-out compartments and rinse with warm water, wiping with a soft cloth where needed. Once cleaned, leave open for 24 hours to air dry or dry thoroughly with a clean towel if time is an issue.

#2 Prepare It For Moving

There are many breakable parts inside your refrigerator, so you will need to secure them properly for moving. Plastic drawers can be left in the refrigerator and taped shut so they do not slide during moving. Glass shelving will need to be taken out, wrapped, and packed into a box to prevent breakage. Wrap the doors with a string or plastic wrap or tape them shut so they remain closed during the move.

#3 Have It Serviced

If you would like to have your appliances serviced and disconnected by a professional before moving them, our San Diego full service moving company can arrange this for you. We will use a third-party company that we know and trust, and we will simply add the charge to your final bill.

If you choose this option, you will need to prepare your fridge/freezer by taking off the back cover and vacuuming the condenser/compressor, emptying the evaporator pan, and drying any moisture before putting the cover back on the unit.

If you have a water or ice dispenser, disconnect the water line (closing the water valve off at the back first if possible) and empty out any remaining water by holding down the water dispenser lever.

If you have an older refrigerator, the motor or compressor may need to be bolted down, but most current models do not need this done.

Once your refrigerator arrives at your new location, you should leave it to sit, unused, for at least 24 hours so the oil in the compressor can settle. If this is not done, damage can occur.

After 24 hours, plug in your refrigerator and connect the water (if applicable). Be sure to dump the first few batches of ice and several glasses of water to ensure that any contaminants have been washed from the line.
Other Important Info

Move Central Movers, San Diego, has a few restrictions applying to large appliances that require high voltage connections or gas hook-ups. Our movers cannot disconnect or reinstall these types of appliances for you, and you will need to have a certified technician to handle this for you.

If needed, our San Diego moving service would be happy to arrange a technician for the purpose of servicing these appliances for you on, or prior to, your moving day. We will use a technician from a third-party company we know and trust and will conveniently add the charge for this work to your final bill.

Our San Diego movers cannot do the following:

  • Disconnection or reconnection of any large household appliance
  • Utility cut off
  • Appliance repair
  • Removal or installation of air conditioners, antennas, or satellite dishes
  • Electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, or repair service

If you think that any of these services may be needed, please ask us about how our third-party appliance technicians can handle all of your appliance removal, installation, and service needs. As one of the few moving companies San Diego loves and trusts, we will always work with you to make your move as easy as possible.

 

 

Tips For Packing Wine Bottles

Wine is one of those items that can be very worrisome to move. Not only can wine bottles be broken easily, but wine can also be ruined if not packed correctly. The good news is that Move Central of San Diego, is here with all of the advice and tips for packing wine bottles you need to get your wine safely to your new home.

Use The Right Supplies

A little preparation and the right supplies are as you need to protect your wine investment. Our San Diego full service moving company carries boxes and wine cases that are made especially for the purpose of moving wine bottles.

Pack Bottles Correctly

Some red wines must be packed so that their corks do not dry out and their sediment doesn’t get disturbed. Pack these bottles sideways or upside down inside the packing boxes to fulfill these requirements.

Let Bottles Rest

Wine can shake around inside its bottle, no matter how careful you are in packing it. The resulting bottle shock can cause your wine to spoil if it is not allowed to rest before opening. Once you reach your new home, you should let your wine rest a minimum of 7 days for each day it was moved before opening it.

Our San Diego movers hope that these tips for packing and moving wine bottles will help you have peace of mind during your next move, as well as a successful, stress-free move. If you are moving in San Diego, we are always here to assist you with the supplies and help you need.

Tips For Moving Stoves and Ranges

Though they may seem sturdy, there is a lot to consider when moving a range or a stove. There are many high-voltage connections, delicate parts, and smooth finishes that will need special care during a move. Move Central, Inc., which has been moving San Diego for several years, has put together several tips for moving stoves and ranges safely.

We recommend that you hire a technician to service and disconnect your unit before we move it, and we always warn you to be cautious when preparing to move appliances with high-voltage or gas connections.

1.     Disconnect the appliance.  
If you are using our San Diego moving company for your move, then you should have arranged for the disconnection of your gas range before moving day. Upon arrival at your new home, you will need a certified gas installation professional to come to your home to install your gas range and light the pilot.

If you decide to have our San Diego moving company handle the appliance disconnection before your move, we will handle the details for you through a third-party company that we know and trust. This service will be conveniently charged to your final bill.

If you have an electric range, you will only need to unplug the range before the move, and then have a technician check the electrical requirements at your new home to ensure that your range will match the power supply, as some ranges require different voltages.

2.      Clean your appliance.
To prevent scratches while moving, you will need to clean your stove or range prior to moving it. Wipe down the exterior of your appliance to remove dirt, food, and grease. If you have a stainless steel unit, we recommend using a steel protecting product before wrapping the unit with appliance pads.
Take off any knobs, burner coils, drip pans, racks, and broiler pans and put them in a box to keep them together and safe.

Things to Remember

Your range, stove, and other large appliances need special handling and care during a move. Some have high-voltage or gas hook ups, and these will require servicing by a certified technician, as Move Central movers in San Diego cannot help you with the disconnection, servicing, or reinstallation of these appliances.

To make your move easier, our San Diego moving company can arrange for a technician from a third party company to come to your home to service your appliances prior to your move. This service can be added to your final moving bill for your convenience.

As always, we want to do everything we can to make your move smooth and easy, but we have to protect the safety of our employees, our clients (you), and your property, so we cannot perform the following services as part of your move:

  • Appliance disconnection or reinstallation
  • Disconnection or installation of any utilities
  • Appliance repair
  • Removal or installation of your window air conditioner, TV, or satellite dish
  • Help with things like carpentry or home repair, wiring, plumbing, or electrical

If you have any questions about your move or are looking for reputable moving companies, San Diego movers, Move Central would love to hear from you!

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