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.
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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Choosing a Storage Company
Most people don’t want to pay a fortune to store the stuff they aren’t using, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a cheap storage company. You are putting your items in storage for a reason: Because you want to be able to use them again someday, and it is likely that you want them to be in good condition when you do. That is why it is important to not only choose the most affordable storage company, but also the best one, one that offers the range of services and protection you need.
Here are the top three things our San Diego moving and storage company suggests you look for to find the best storage company for your items:
Movers and Storage
A great storage company offers both movers and storage. This gives you the best of both worlds because they can pick up your household items, take them to the warehouse, and then return them to you when you need them. Many full-service movers and storage companies will even pack your items for you.
Another great thing about working with a professional vaulted storage company is that they offer supplies that can help you keep items clean and looking good during storage. From furniture pads to boxes to packing paper, they offer everything you need in a one-stop shop.
These days, it is all about price for most people. So you want to be careful in your preconceptions about how much a good vaulted storage company will charge you compared to what a self-storage place might charge. Some San Diego moving and storage companies, like Move Central, actually offer fully alarmed, manned vaulted storage at great prices over the competition.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation today and find out what our storage company can do for you.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!