Moving Company Costs

Before you pack your first box it is important to know moving company costs so you can properly budget your move. When choosing a long-distance or local moving company in San Diego, you want to get the best value for your move. But before you contact a mover, we want to fill you in on all the things that affect moving costs, so you can be aware of where you might want to save money or spend a little more to save your back and your time.

Here are the top 5 factors that affect moving company costs:

1) Who will do the packing and unpacking?
Most moving companies offer packing. And while we all know how tedious and time-consuming packing can be, doing it yourself can be cheaper, though for many people it only makes sense to let the movers do it.
2) How much do you have to move?
Obviously, a one-bedroom apartment will be cheaper to move than a four-bedroom house complete with garage and appliances.
3) How far are you moving?
When you do a local move, most movers charge hourly, but when you do a long distance move the costs will be calculated differently, as the movers will charge based on what the freight weighs.
4) Do you live in a big city or a small town?
Like with most other goods and services, one of the factors that will influence your moving company costs is where you live. If you live in the city, it will likely be more expensive than if you live in a small town.
5) Do you have anything that requires special attention?
If you have things like grand pianos or wine collections, these items require special care to pack and move and, therefore, will increase your moving company costs.

Do you have more questions about your move? Drop us a note or give us a call today. We would be happy to give you a free quote for your next move, breaking down all of our moving company costs so you can understand which of our options are the best for your next move. 

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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Self-Storage vs. Full-Service Storage Company

Self-Storage vs. Full-Service Storage Company

When you need to store away valuables, there are two choices: using a self-storage company or using a full-service storage company. Most people know that vaulted storage means greater security for their beloved belongings, but what they don’t know is that it can also mean less work and great value. In this article, we will explain exactly how self-storage compares to using a storage company, so you can decide which option is really best for you.
Security
When it comes to security, using a storage company is a no-brainer. Vaulted storage means that not only are your valuables locked inside your personal storage containers, but they are also locked inside a manned, fully alarm-protected warehouse. With self-storage, you might manage to get an indoor, locked storage unit, but almost all of these storage units are easily accessible to the public both day and night.
Work
With a self-storage unit, you usually do all of the work—the moving, loading, unloading, and stacking of your property—and you are expected to provide your own boxes and blankets to protect your items while they are being stored.
With a moving and storage company, you can have your items packed, loaded, moved, and stored without ever lifting a finger. You also get access to packing supplies and even clean moving pads that can be used to protect furniture and appliances while they are being stored. Then, when you are ready, your items can be delivered right to your door.
Cost
On average, our storage company’s vaulted storage in our clean, dry, secure warehouse can save you approximately 20–40 percent on your monthly storage bill over the cost of a self-storage unit, at just $75 per month for a 245 square foot vault.
To find out more about how Move Central storage company can help you with your moving and storage needs, contact us today for a free quote and 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.

Negotiating Moving Rates

Negotiating moving rates effectively will save you some money and potential headaches.  While many people may think that searching Google for “cheap movers San Diego,” is the first step, the fact is that most people don’t want “cheap moving companies”, what they want is an affordable moving company with professional movers and storage capabilities.
If you are looking for a great rate, we have a few tips for getting one with a San Diego residential moving company. Feel free to use any of these on us when you call Move Central Inc. for your long distance or local San Diego moving quote.

Negotiating Moving Rates

Get Several Quotes—The best way to get a good rate is to get several quotes and compare them. Be sure to see what is included in the price you have been given.
Keep an Eye Out for Specials—If you don’t have a time limit on moving, look out for specials from local moving companies. These could save you hundreds.
Move in the off Season—If you move during the winter, when fewer people move, you may be able to ask for a discount, and get it!
Pit Competitors Against Each Other—If you have several quotes, you may be able to get your preferred company to come down on their price by showing them what a local competitor quoted you. You may have to be flexible on your move dates, but this could save you money.

Get started on negotiating your moving rate with a FREE quote from Move Central Inc., home of the affordable moving services in San Diego, California.

 

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!

Office Moving Packing Tips

Office Moving Packing Tips

Move Central’s office moving packing tips have been compiled by our experts to help you achieve a stress-free office moving experience. We know that moving an entire office can become an overwhelming process, especially without a good plan. Follow these simple office moving tips to help your office relocation in San Diego go smoothly. It is important to know that many offices and working industries are different and  may required you to pack other items for your specific situation such as industry-specific equipment or specialty items. If you are unsure of how to move specific items contact one of our moving specialists to help tailor a office moving plan for your specific needs.

Office Moving Packing Tips:

Office Supplies: In the boxes provided, place all non-breakable, non-crushable office supplies owned by the company including items in and on your desk, books, and items in storage cabinets and on shelves.
Personal Items: Any items that you own personally should be packed separately and taken with you.
Crushable Items: Items like computers, desktop calculators, or crushable items like desktop planners will need to be wrapped with packing paper or bubble wrap, packed separately, and labeled fragile so care can be taken in moving them.
Large Items: Oversized items like desks, file cabinets (oftentimes with files intact), or credenzas will be wrapped and moved by our professional office furniture movers.
Move Central, the premiere office moving company for San Diego and beyond, is here for all of your office moving needs. Call your Move Central Office Moving Expert today to get a free quote.

Office Moving Tips

Office Moving Tips

These Office Moving Tips by the experts at Move Central Inc., specifically covers moving day and what to do before the movers arrive.  Follow these Office Moving tips to make your office move run smoothly.  Note: the key to any successful office move is dependent on you to having the contents of your office ready for us to move when we arrive.
Here is a short list of some of the things that need to be done:
• Take down adjustable shelves and place pegs in a small, sealable bag and pack into a moving box. Label the shelves separately and place them on the floor.
• Unplug computers and disconnect cables. Wrap and place items like your keyboard, speakers, mouse, cables, and other small electronics in a moving box and label.
• Label large items like printers, computers, filing cabinets, copiers, etc.
• Empty wastebaskets and label.
• Ensure all office machines are serviced by professionals before the move. Remove paper and toner from machines and roll up cords.
• Leave files in file cabinets unless instructed otherwise.
• Empty contents of all storage cabinets, desks, and bookcases, and pack items into moving boxes and label.
• Label large or heavy pictures to be moved by the moving company. Small pictures should be wrapped and packed into a box labeled “fragile.”
• Consult with your San Diego office moving company to find out what else may be required for your particular move.

Whether your office is in San Diego county or outside of the area, we hope your move will be a breeze with these office moving tips. To get a free quote from San Diego’s affordable moving company contact the experts at Move Central today.

7 Tips For Choosing The Right Moving Company

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

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

  1. Beware of Scams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Ask For Recommendations

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

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

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

 

  1. Get An On-Site Estimate

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Choose A Good Name Over A Low Price

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

  1. Compare Moving Companies

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

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

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

 

  1. Plan Ahead

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

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

 

  1. Report Scams

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

About Move Central

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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