Scouting New Neighborhoods

Relocation Tips: Scouting New Neighborhoods

Scouting new neighborhoods before a long-distance relocation can be a fun adventure, but our San Diego relocation specialists know that this excitement can quickly become overwhelming, especially when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the area or a long time to research before the move.

Here are three of our best tips for making an informed decision you can feel good about when scouting new neighborhoods:

Utilize the Power of the Internet
Before you ever go on the scouting trip for your new home, narrow down your choices by getting online and looking around. Our San Diego relocation specialists recommend browsing sites like Zillow.com and City-Data.com to find out about an area’s demographics and home prices. Even typing in things like “best neighborhoods (your city)” or “safe neighborhoods (your city)” can give you some great information.
Ask Your New Coworkers
If you know people at your new work location or can talk to them on your visit to the area, they can be a wealth of information about the best places to live. If you don’t know anyone, see if your supervisor or HR department can put you in touch with a helpful person at your new work location.
Consider a Temporary Arrangement
Our long distance movers in San Diego know that sometimes the best way to find out if you like a place is to live there. There are many great long-term suites and hotels you can book in most cities, where you can live until you pin down your perfect neighborhood. Though they may be a little more expensive in the beginning, at least you won’t be stuck somewhere you don’t like.
To find out more about how the San Diego relocation specialists at Move Central can help you with your moving and storage needs, contact us today for a free quote and consultation!

San Diego Long Distance Movers’ Tips

San Diego Long Distance Movers’ Tips for Choosing a New Neighborhood

Our professional long distance movers in San Diego know that when moving to another part of the country, it can be hard to get your bearings. In this article, our San Diego relocation specialists are going to share the top five long distance movers’ tips you should consider when choosing a new neighborhood.
School District
Better school districts are always in high demand, so if you purchase a home in one of those areas, it will be a good investment and will sell more quickly when you decide to move again.
Crime Rate
Everyone wants to feel secure at home, so if you see a great deal on a house, be sure to check the crime rate. A high crime rate will make it harder to sell your home and will likely mean you will enjoy your home less.
Proximity to Work
When given the choice of having a larger home or being closer to work, our long distance movers in San Diego say you should choose the home that is closer to work. We easily get used to having a large home, but we never get used to the longer drive.
Price
We all want bigger and better homes, but consider all of the factors of your lifestyle before committing to a significantly higher housing payment, and be sure to leave some wiggle room.
Culture
Our movers in San Diego know you’ll never love all of your neighbors, but if you don’t like some of them, you will feel like an outsider. Check out neighborhood restaurants, bars, and churches and see how you fit in before you commit.
To find out more about how Move Central long distance movers’ tips can help you with a long distance relocation, contact us today for a free quote and consultation!

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

Mover’s Tips For Changing Address

When you move, you will need to officially change your address through the United States Postal Service so you can ensure that every important piece of mail gets delivered to your new home, in the case that you forgot to notify someone on your contact list of your new address. Here are our Mover’s tips for changing address.

Get A Change Of Address Form

There are three ways you can get a change of address form for submitting to the postal service. Number one, you can ask your mail carrier for a form when they come by to drop off your mail. Two, you can go to the post office and pick one up. Or three, you can go online to USPS.com and fill out a form online. The last option will cost you a dollar, but for most people it is worth not having to make a trip to the post office.

Fill Out The Form Online

Click here to get the change of address form online.

Then review the privacy statement and policy and check the box stating that you have done it.

You will be asked whether you are planning to move permanently or temporarily. If you are moving for less than a year and then returning to your current location, you are making a temporary move according to the postal service’s definitions. If you are planning to move for longer than a year and you do not plan to return to your current home, you are making a permanent move based on the postal service’s definitions.

You should then specify whether your whole family is moving or if only a single person is moving. If only one person is moving, the postal service can still forward only the mail addressed to that person.

Specify which date you would like the mail to begin forwarding to your new address. In some cases, it will take up to ten days for your mail forwarding service to begin.

Input the address you are leaving from, as well as the address you are moving to.

You will need to submit a one dollar payment using a credit or debit card with a mailing address that is the same as your current address. The postal service uses this to verify your request and ensure that it is not fraudulent.

If you decide to change your address via phone, you will also have to pay the one dollar fee. The only way to request a change of address free of charge is to go to the post office or get a form from your mail carrier and submit it through the mail.

The Limitations

Submitting a change of address form does not mean that the postal service will continue forwarding your important mail forever. There is a six month limit for which your mail will be forwarded, and during this time it is a good idea to contact any companies or people sending you mail to your old address and changing your address with them, as you don’t want others getting your sensitive personal information. This can be done online or by phone.

Whether you are moving in San Diego or across the country, your San Diego movers, Move Central, Inc., hope these tips will help you on your journey to moving.

 

 

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 Moving A Dishwasher

In many cases, your home came with a dishwasher, and the home you are moving to already has one. But if that is not your situation, you may be faced with the unfamiliar task of disconnecting and moving your dishwasher. The good news is that it is not very hard to move a dishwasher if you know what you are doing. The better news is that today, Move Central movers, San Diego, are going to give you our professional tips for moving a dishwasher.

  1. Turn off the power.

If you look under your sink or pull your dishwasher out from the wall, you may be able to pull the plug out from the outlet there. However, some outlets may be hard to reach, or your dishwasher may be hardwired into the house’s electric system. In this case, you will want to turn the power to your dishwasher off at the breaker panel. If you need help, contact a technician to disconnect it for you, or if you are moving with us, our San Diego full service moving company can arrange for a technician for you.

  1. Turn off the water.

Again, by looking under the kitchen sink, you may be able to find and turn off the water supply to the dishwasher. If so, turn the water off completely and drain the supply hoses. Once they are empty, dry them off and wrap them, either with packing paper or towels, and put them into the dishwasher.

  1. Clean the unit. 
    Before moving it, clean the outside of your dishwasher with a wet cloth and cleaner.
  2. Let it dry.

To keep your dishwasher from molding, let it dry for about 24 hours with the door opened after disconnecting the water and cleaning it. This will ensure that there is no moisture left inside the unit.

Additional Considerations
For some or many of your home’s appliances, you may need a technician, because they have high-voltage connections or are connected to gas lines that require a licensed person to disconnect them safely. When moving with our San Diego moving company, we can have all of your appliances disconnected for you before the moving date if you arrange that service with us. This will be performed by a third-party company that we know and trust, and the charge will be conveniently added to your final bill.

REMEMBER: Your Move Central movers in San Diego cannot do any of the following:

  • Aid with the disconnection or reconnection of household appliances including the dishwasher, refrigerator, ice maker, washer, dryer, etc.
  • Turn off any utilities
  • Make any kind of appliance repairs or do appliance maintenance.

However, we do hope that this article has made it easier to understand how to disconnect and ready your dishwasher for a move, and our San Diego movers are always here to help you make your move as painless and frustration-free as possible. If you have any questions about your move or want to schedule for a technician to help you disconnect your appliances, please contact us anytime.

 

Tips for Moving Appliances

Many people don’t realize how much care and work should go into getting your appliances ready for moving. Besides that, moving your household appliances may also require professional help.  Move Central has been moving San Diego long enough to know that most people need some tips on preparing their appliances for a move and moving them. That is why we are going to give you the mover’s tips for moving appliances that we use. We will share with you all of the precautions you should be aware of, as well as the special care required for certain items.

When you choose our San Diego moving company, we will be happy to take care of the tedious, backbreaking work of moving your large appliances, transporting them safely, and arranging them in your new home, but we need a little help from you to get your items ready for the move and professionally disconnected.

Your responsibilities include the following:

  1. Cleaning and preparing the appliances for the move
  2. Disconnecting any appliances you can handle without professional help
  3. Hiring a certified technician to service and disconnect high voltage or gas appliances or having us hire a third party provider to service your appliances for you

If you hire an appliance technician, they should be experienced in preparing appliances for a move. Any third party provider we hire for you for the purpose of servicing your appliances will understand how to properly get your appliances ready for moving or storage. These services include things like bracing the washer tub, disconnecting the water supply from your ice maker or water dispenser in your fridge, or disconnecting your gas range.

Things to Remember

Some of your large appliances use high voltage or gas hook ups, and you will need a certified technician to disconnect those and hook them up at your new home. Move Central, Inc., movers in San Diego, cannot provide appliance disconnection, servicing, or reinstallation services for these types of appliances.

For this reason, we suggest that you hire, or arrange for us to hire, a technician to service and disconnect your appliances before your move. If we arrange this service for you, we will use third party provider that we know and trust, and we will conveniently add this charge to your final bill.

Our San Diego Movers Cannot Do The Following:

  • Provide disconnection or reconnection services for your high-voltage or gas appliances
  • Shut off or turn on your utilities
  • Provide appliance repair or maintenance
  • Provide removal or installation of air conditioners, TVs, satellite dishes, or antennas
  • Provide services including carpentry, electrical, or plumbing

If you would like detailed instructions for servicing or preparing specific appliances, please see our other appliance moving pages below.

  • Mover’s Tips For Moving Your Dishwasher
  • Mover’s Tips For Moving Your Stoves And Ranges
  • Mover’s Tips For Moving Refrigerators And Freezers

Move Central movers, San Diego, hopes that these tips will help take some of the guesswork out of moving. And remember, if you need us, we are always here to answer your moving questions.

 

New Home Moving In Checklist

Once you have moved in to your new place, there are several things you will need to take care of that you may or may not have previously thought of. In this article, San Diego moving service, Move Central, Inc., is going to give you an easy-to-follow, new home moving in checklist of these sometimes overlooked items.

Get Your Utilities Turned On

Before the move, if possible, have your electricity, water, gas, and other needed services and utilities scheduled to be turned on as soon as possible, if not before you arrive. You will not want to go even a day without lights, air conditioning or heat, a warm shower, or your Internet service.

Start Rebuilding Your Support System

Once you have moved, you will want to start making new friends and meeting people. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors and people at work, go to local restaurants and coffee spots, and join clubs or gyms where you can get to know the locals.

Register Your Car

To ensure that you don’t fall behind on taxes or licensing fees, you will want to contact the local revenue office and the state revenue office to give them your new address. This way, they will know where to contact you, and you won’t have to pay penalties or need to worry about fines for not being properly registered.

Update Your Voter Registration

If you will be absentee voting, make sure that you are registered well ahead of the day elections are held. You will need to check with the voting commission in your area to find out what the rules are, when election and absentee voting will be held, and where your designated polling station is. In most states, the National Mail Voter Registration Form is all you will need to complete, but you will need to determine the rules for your state.

Have Your Mail Forwarded

Once you fill out a change of address form at your local post office or online, you can have your mail forwarded to your new address from your previous address for six months. If you still need more time to update your address with your contacts, you can request a renewal that will extend forwarding services to a full year.

Find New Medical Providers

You never know when a medical need will arise; that is why it is best to always have your new family doctor or pediatrician lined up once you reach your new destination. You will also need to transfer all prescriptions to a new pharmacy and find out where emergency or urgent medical resources are located. And don’t stop with your human family, your fur babies will need to have a new veterinarian lined up in case of emergencies and to get any needed shots or medications.

Talk With Your Insurance Agent

You are likely moving everything you own to a new home, and you will want to make sure that everything is fully covered. Before the move, find out what your insurance will cover during the move and give the company your new address so they can update your home and auto insurance.

Subscribe For Newspaper Delivery

Call the local newspaper office and subscribe for newspaper delivery.

Keep All Receipts

A large manila envelope is a great way to keep any job-related moving expenses together so you can use them for any tax write-offs you may be eligible for.

 

 

 

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