Office Moving Company Expectations

Office Moving Expectations

When you hire a San Diego office moving company, you should expect a certain level of service that will ensure that you are hiring the right moving company for the job. In this article, we have provided a list of five things the moving service you hire should absolutely not be without.
Full Service
Professional office movers should be full-service. That means they offer all the basics you need to get the job done right and protect all of your valuable equipment, office furniture, and even your office floors and walls.
Experienced
A qualified office moving company will have made many office moves. They understand the complexities of moving an office and the importance of avoiding productivity loss, and will work efficiently to avoid it.
Pricing
You should not be left with any big pricing surprises when working with a San Diego office moving company that is operating on the up and up. They should offer a free consultation and give you a solid, flat-rate price quote that will be what you pay on delivery day.
Properly Equipped
From manpower to supplies to trucks, the San Diego office movers you choose should have the capability to actually make your move a reality.
Punctual
From the very first time you work with them, your prospective office relocation company should show up on time, every time. This indicates that they respect your time and know how important it is to get things done when they say they will.  Using this short list, you should be able to weed out San Diego moving companies that are not suitable for your office relocation.
To find out more about how our San Diego office moving company can help with your upcoming office relocation, contact us to schedule your free consultation today.

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!

Preparing for the Storage Company

Did you know that preparing your items for storage before the storage company picks them up is just as important as preparing your items for moving? That is because items can get scratched, damaged, or soiled if not prepared properly.  In this article, our San Diego relocation specialists at Move Central will take you through a few of the things you definitely need to think about when preparing items for storage.

Preparing for the Storage Company 

Scratches
Scratches can occur on surfaces when items are not properly cleaned and covered before storage. Be sure to dust furniture and remove any dirt or food from appliances before storing. This will keep the debris from rubbing fine lines into these items. You will also want to use moving pads or blankets to protect large furniture or appliances inside the storage vault.
Breakage
Breakables should be packed into boxes with plenty of packing paper or bubble wrap to insure that they don’t shift. Choose similarly sized boxes that can be stacked, and ensure that the boxes are packed full so they don’t become crushed.
Mold and Mildew
Dry all surfaces, especially the insides of appliances, so they don’t retain moisture. Letting them air dry for a day or so before the movers come is a good idea.

Rust

Though our storage company provides a clean, dry warehouse for your items, there is always the possibility of humidity rising inside your vault. For this reason, we suggest protecting any tools that will be in long-term storage by rubbing a few drops of oil on them. You will then want to ensure that these items are properly wrapped or stored separately from other items so the oil does not transfer.

To find out more about how our San Diego storage company can help with your storage needs, contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

Furniture Movers

How Professional Furniture Movers Move Over-sized Furniture

To professional furniture movers, moving an over-sized piece of furniture is really no different than moving anything else in your household. It is all about using the right tools, protecting your valuable furniture and your real estate while getting the job done efficiently.  One of the best tips our San Diego movers can give you, is to hire an experienced, professional mover to help, especially if you want your valuables to arrive at their new destination in good condition. While almost anyone can move furniture and belongings, professional movers have the experience and equipment to do the job right, meaning less hassle, headache, and backache for you.

Here’s how professional furniture movers do it:

Disassemble the Furniture
The first thing our professional movers in San Diego will do is break the furniture down to its smallest state. That makes it easier to get through doors and around corners without bumping anything.
Pack the Furniture
This step involves wrapping all loose parts, like table legs, cabinet doors, and glass shelving in plastic wrap to keep them together and not swinging around or shifting in the moving van. Then our furniture movers will wrap everything in blankets or pack it in boxes, whichever the situation calls for, and place it safely in the moving van, taking special care to protect the finish from gouging or scratching, while leaving some space so moisture doesn’t get trapped.
Using the Right Tools
Our full-service moving company will use a variety of specialized moving tools, from special furniture dollies to extra men, to ensure that your furniture is moved with care. This helps us prevent drops and accidents when moving an extra-large piece.

In short, everything our San Diego movers do is to ensure that you are happy and your property is safe.
To find out more about how our Move Central’s professional furniture movers can help with your upcoming office or residential relocation, contact us to schedule your free consultation today.

Packing Flat Screen Televisions

Packing Flat Screen Televisions

Packing flat screen televisions properly will save you time and safeguard your investment. Move Central’s movers and storage experts knows that your flat screen televisions are both expensive and fragile. Keeping your flat screen televisions safe during a move is one of your top priorities. When you let our full service movers do the packing, we will take all the necessary precautions to secure your flat screen. But what about when you are not utilizing our San Diego packing service?

Pack It In The Box It Came In—If you are one of the lucky few who saved the box, just slip it back in using the included packing Styrofoam, and you are set!
Buy A New Specialized Television Box—Specialty TV boxes come in a variety of sizes, and you can easily find them online or purchase them through us.
Add Some Padding—Bubble wrap or a soft, non-abrasive sheet or blanket packed into the box will ensure the screen is protected during the move.
Label It “TV Fragile”—Be sure to label your TV so it is handled with care. By labeling it on all sides “TV, Fragile” our movers will know where to put it and will understand not to stack anything on top of it if it is laid horizontally in the moving van.
Out of all of the San Diego moving companies out there, Move Central cares most about you, your moving experience, and your TV.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing or your next move!

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 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.

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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