Choosing an Office Moving Company

Choosing an Office Moving Company

When choosing an office moving company in San Diego, there are just a few things to keep in mind. In this article, we will give you three simple things to look for, to ensure that the office movers you choose give you a cost-effective move with the lowest loss of productivity possible.
Here are the key things you should look for when choosing an office moving company to ensure the smoothest, easiest move for your big moving day:
They Develop a Customized Moving Strategy for You
The last thing you want when moving your business is a one-size-fits-all San Diego office moving company that doesn’t have a solid plan for you. Instead, you want a moving company that listens to you, understands your business’s needs, and communicates a plan that lets you know exactly what to expect and what is expected of you.
They Offer All of the Services You Need
When taking on an office relocation in San Diego, you don’t want to have to arrange for separate companies to handle separate aspects of your move. You need a company that offers custom-made crates, all of the packing supplies needed, storage, packing services, etc. In short, you want a full service moving company that can handle everything your office relocation might require.
They Understand How to Move Expensive Equipment and Sensitive Materials
When choosing an office moving company in San Diego, you will need to make sure they are familiar with moving the type of office equipment you have. You will also need to find out how they will move file cabinets and other items that may contain sensitive personal information, so you can make sure it is adequately protected. Leaving these things up to a less-than-professional company can cost you big in the long run.
To find out more about how Move Central, your trusted office moving company in San Diego, can help with your upcoming office relocation, contact us to schedule your free consultation today.

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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Tips for Moving a Vehicle

Tips for Moving a Vehicle

Whether moving a car, truck, van, or boat– our professional vehicle moving service in San Diego has some great tips for keeping it in top condition and protecting your valuable investment during your move. Consult with your local moving company before the move to discuss their recommendations for your particular situation, and use these three tips to ensure safe travels for your vehicle.
Service Your Vehicle Before Moving It
To ensure safe transport of your vehicle, our professional moving service in San Diego recommends that you have the car fully serviced, with all fluid levels being appropriately topped off, prior to moving it. The vehicle needs to be in working order and leak free before transporting it.
Clean and Wash the Vehicle
Like most other items you are moving, it is best if the vehicle is clean before moving it, and our long distance movers recommend that you also apply a coat of protective wax to keep the car scratch-free during the move. You will also want to remove any loose items like flags, magnets, etc. that might be on the car.
Get a Vehicle Condition Report & Valuation
Before moving, obtain a Vehicle Condition Report from your moving company. This will note the full condition of the vehicle. You may also want to purchase insurance for your vehicle during the move. This will be separate from that for your household items.
As you can see, taking just a few simple precautions can take the worry out of moving your vehicle, whether long distance or locally, and can ensure that your vehicle arrives safely at its new destination.
To find out more about how Move Central moving service in San Diego can help you with your vehicle moving needs, contact us today for a free quote and consultation!

Affordable Moving Tips

Affordable Moving Tips: How To Move On The Cheap

Move Central’s affordable moving tips can save you anywhere from a few bucks to hundreds of dollars on your next move. The long distance movers at Move Central of San Diego, California know that many people are on a budget when moving in San Diego or out of the state. Follow these affordable moving tips to save you money and peace of mind on your next move:

  • Choose a local mover—In many cases, local movers are much cheaper than national ones. This is because local movers do not advertise nationwide like the big guys do. They also may be able to negotiate the price of your move. Finally, local movers often have less overhead because they don’t have to have layers of management or large call centers to pay for.
  • Move only what you need—This might be a no-brainer, but it is important for saving money. Take a look at your new space, see what won’t fit anymore, and get rid of it. Cull out old clothes or sporting equipment you don’t use anymore. And, don’t hate us, but get rid of those books. They are often the most expensive thing to move and in most cases are not very valuable or costly to replace.
  • Consider getting used boxes and packing supplies— Besides the tape, these items can often be found at retail stores for nothing. You just need a way to carry them home.
  • Save from the start-– if you are looking for an affordable move in San Diego check out the movers at Move Central and take advantage of their FREE moving quotes today!

Preparing Items for Storage

Preparing Items for Storage: Storage Company Tips

During a move, and depending upon your specific moving needs, you may want to consider preparing items for storage either for a short or extended amount of time. The most convenient way to do this is by taking advantage of a qualified moving and storage company’s services because they move your items to storage and deliver them when you are ready.

Here are Move Central’s best tips for preparing items for storage so they are ready for safe storage:

Buy similar sized boxes—When you purchase boxes, get mostly the same size when possible. These boxes will stack more easily on top of each other and will be less likely to crush on one end and fall.
Pack boxes full—This doesn’t mean that the box should be full of items. You will also want to include packing paper or bubble wrap as filler to protect items. A good rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t hear things rattling when you shake the box. This will ensure that your boxes don’t cave in when stacked.
Clean items—Make sure items are food, dirt, and dust free before packing. This will keep them from scratching and will deter pests looking for food.
Disassemble large items—This will save space and may keep your storage costs down.
At Move Central of San Diego we hope these tips gave you a few good ideas on how to prepare household items for storage. If you need a quote, feel free to contact our moving and storage company 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!

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.

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

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