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Movers in California

 

At iMoving, we focus on helping our clients to connect with the best California movers for their move. By providing you with the necessary resources so that you can learn about California moving companies, you will be better prepared to compare costs and determine which company is going to be able to take care of your move most effectively.

 

When you start looking for moving companies in California via our website, all you need to do is type in the approximate size of your home and the zip codes of the areas you’re moving from and to. We will then provide you with 6 quotes from different local or long-distance California moving companies that partner with us. Choose two or three of those, get estimates, choose one, schedule your move, and you’re ready to go – it’s as easy as that!

 

Our website takes the confusion out of choosing the right movers in California by making it a simple, 2 step process. Anyone can use our iMoving services and no matter which company you pick, you are certain to get a company that has been background checked and certified by the iMoving team!

 

Moving Services in California

 

Everyone has different needs when they are getting ready for a big move. Commercial moves are different than residential moves, apartment moves have different requirements than moving an entire household. Knowing what services that you may need is vital in determining what the cost of your move may look like when all is said and done.

 

The many moving companies throughout California offer a variety of services that their clients can utilize for additional costs. Here’s a look at some of the most common moving services that you may be interested in from the moving companies that iMoving partners with.

 

  • Long-Distance Moving: Moving across the state or across the country takes a lot of time, effort, and resources for both you and the moving company. Long-distance movers have the experience and necessary licenses for long-haul moves across state lines and can ensure that you and your items get there with no problems.

 

  • Packing Services: Packing services can be partial or complete. These usually include boxes and supplies necessary for the packing process, and they may also disassemble and reassemble any items that need it. Unpacking when you arrive at your new place may also be included for an additional cost.

 

  • Boxes & Supplies: Whether you get packing services or not, many of the companies will offer their clients options for purchasing boxes and supplies that they may need in order to pack up properly. These can include boxes of multiple sizes, tape, scissors, labels, and/or packing kits that include all of these items for particular sized homes.

 

  • Local Moving: When you’re moving down the street or across town, there aren’t quite as many accommodations that need to be made. Costs are often much cheaper, and there’s usually less preparation associated with it. A local moving company can often get your move done in one day, or even an afternoon, with no problems.

 

  • Business Services: Businesses need specialty services for moving. Any electronics and filing cabinets with sensitive information need to be taken care of differently than a residential office would. Commercial moving companies have expertise in regards to confidentiality and being careful with expensive equipment that is found in today’s modern offices.

 

  • Storage: When you’re downsizing to a smaller home or you have a delay between moving out of your old home or office and into your new one, you may need somewhere to store everything. Many California movers have some sort of storage option available so that you can store your items securely and without concern for their condition.

 

What to Consider Before Hiring a Moving Company in California

 

You’ve decided that Cali (as it’s known by the locals) is going to be your new home, and now you need to consider a number of things in regards to your move. What do you need to think about before you finalize which company that you’re going to go with? Here are a few considerations that you need to make.

 

When Do You Plan on Moving?

 

The time of year, and even the day of the week, that you’re moving can affect the cost and experience of moving to California. You’ll often pay much more for a weekend move than you will if you move in the middle of the week; and you’ll usually pay more during the summer and winter than if you moved in the spring or fall.

 

Comparing Costs Between California Movers

 

There are a lot of California movers to choose from, and your choices will differ based on where you’re going and how far your move is going to be. How are you supposed to choose between all of them? Understanding what you’re being charged for and what services you may need can help you to compare costs and services between California moving companies.

 

At iMoving, we provide you with easy ways to facilitate your move, by helping you to find which movers are going to give you the best costs for your move. By using our website, you are able to compare quotes between multiple movers so that you can find the one that best fits in your budget and that will help you to get things done quickly and affordably.

 

Will You Be Able to Claim Moving Costs on Your Taxes?

 

If you’re moving for work or for some other tax-related reason, it’s likely that you will be able to claim your moving costs, either partially or completely. Even if your employer is footing some of the bill for you, you can claim what you ended up paying out of pocket.

 

Always talk with your accountant before claiming anything on your taxes to be sure that you’re going about the process properly. They can help you to make choices about what to claim and how much you should claim on your tax forms.

 

Learn About Travel in the Region of California You’re Moving To

 

Since California is so big, you want to be sure that you know what to expect as you’re traveling to the region that you’re moving to. This can help you to head off any unwelcome surprises or delays on moving day!

 

For example, if you’re moving to the Bay area, you’re likely to deal with a lot of traffic on your way in, so you need to calculate that into your moving time. If you’re moving to the northern part of the state, you may be trying to get through snowy mountains during the winter months. Knowing and preparing for those sorts of things can make your move go much more smoothly.

 

Frequently Asked Questions When Looking for a California Moving Company

 

Getting ready to find a moving company can be stressful, but if you’re prepared ahead of time, you will find that it’s much easier and less stressful for you. You may have some questions related to your move – here’s a look at some of the most common ones we see here at iMoving.

 

When should I start looking for a moving company?

 

Most moving companies want you to give them at least 6 to 8 weeks’ notice for any move, whether it’s local or long-distance. This allows them to fit you into their schedule. In short, the rule of thumb is, “the earlier, the better,” so that you can guarantee your moving time and get the best rate.

 

Should I find a moving company in California or my current state?

 

It all depends on what you can find in both places. Some of the companies that we partner with have multiple branches throughout the country, so they may charge the same rate in either direction. We will work to provide you with the best quotes from both California movers and those in the state that you currently live in so that you get the best rates.

 

What are binding and non-binding estimates?

 

When you get an estimate from a moving company, you will either get a binding or a non-binding estimate. A binding estimate is one that will outline the exact cost of moving in your contract based on what services that you need or want, and can only be changed by adding or removing services.

 

A non-binding estimate is based on the estimated weight of your items and the services that you want or need for your move. Legally, this estimate is not binding, but your moving company is not able to charge you more than 10 to 15 percent more than the original estimate when your move is completed, unless you added items or services to your move.

 

Are there items that moving companies won’t take?

 

Yes. Many moving companies will not take waterbeds unless they have been completely drained (some of them require vacuum draining). Plants and animals cannot go into the moving truck either; both would likely die on the trip, and both may be regulated by laws related to crossing state lines.

 

What plant and animal restrictions are there for the state of California?

 

You aren’t restricted from bringing vaccinated cats or dogs into California, but if you’re bringing livestock or exotic animals into the state, you may have some problems. No citrus plants, fruits, vegetables, or nuts can be brought into the state without special permission. For more information or if you have questions or concerns, contact the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

 

How does insurance work?

 

Your movers will take an inventory of everything that you’re bringing with you in the moving truck. This includes any small items, large appliances, and everything in between. This inventory will be provided to the insurance company that you went with. If anything breaks or is lost during the move, the insurance company will compensate for it based on the market value of the item.

 

Best Ways to Reduce Your Moving Costs

 

Moving to a new area, no matter where that area is, entails a lot of considerations, and cost is likely top amongst those concerns. How can you be sure that you reduce the costs of your move? Here are some tips that we’ve found work really well when it comes to affordability.

 

  • Reduce the amount of items that you’re taking with you. Long distance moving companies are going to weigh the truck and charge you based on how many pounds of stuff that you’re bringing with you, so the less you have, the better off you will be. Take some time to sort out items that you haven’t used or worn in a year or more.

 

  • Get free boxes from local businesses. Liquor stores, grocery stores, and restaurants are your best bet. You can go in on the days that they get new stock, or ask them to hold boxes for you. More often than not, they will do it for free, which is definitely better than paying for them through other means!

 

  • Schedule your move for the middle of the week and the middle of the month. Most people will move at the beginning or end of the month, or they will move on a Friday or Saturday. If you schedule your move for sometime between the 10th and the 20th of the month, on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you will find that you can cut some of the costs.

 

  • Always get moving insurance! While this may be an additional cost up front, you will find that it can save you a lot of headache in the long run. Even if something breaks or gets lost during the move, they will either replace the item or give you the cash to replace the item.

 

  • Use clothing or newspaper as your cushioning. When you’re packing items in boxes, don’t spend an arm and a leg on cushioning for your fragile items. Use socks and t-shirts to protect items, or start collecting newspapers and use them as well.

 

  • Pack and disassemble items yourself. Packing/unpacking and disassembly/assembly services will often have additional charges associated with them. If you want to save a significant amount on your move, take the initiative and deal with the packing and assembly concerns yourself.

 

  • Don’t Bring Heavy Items You Aren’t Using. As mentioned above, long distance movers will charge you based on how heavy the truck is. If you’re not using that piano or exercise equipment, don’t bring it with you. Sell it at a yard sale, use online classifieds to sell it, or donate it to a local thrift shop.

 

If you’re intuitive and flexible, you can often save quite a bit of money on what it is that you’re moving, even with a long distance move. Try these tips and others and you’ll see that you can save a little bit of cash when it is time for you to get ready for that big move you’ve been preparing for.

 

Wrapping it Up

 

Moving to California is an exciting adventure, and you want to be sure that you can make your move affordable and low stress. High-quality California moving companies can help you to get the tools that you need and ensure that your items are moved properly and that they are kept safe during transport.

 

iMoving is here to assist you with every step of the process, making it simple for you to make decisions related to your move to any state in the U.S. Take a look at our options, compare some of our moving company quotes, and get planning for this new phase in your life.

The Ultimate Guide, Checklist and Tips - iMoving

You may be moving to a new state after retirement, to take up a new job, to be closer to your family, or to seek medical attention or family circumstances. Once you have made up your mind to leave, you are expected to have a busy schedule during the months or weeks of preparation, whether you believe the change is good for you or not. If moving to a new place can be hectic, imagine moving to a new state. It can be one of the daunting periods in our lives, and it’s our approach and preparation towards it that will determine whether we finish it with the best results or a series of headaches.

 

First of all, it is important to note that moving to a new state is a matter which can go positive with the needed preparation or go sour in the process. This is true due to many reasons. One of such reasons is that you are moving to somewhere completely different. It is not in the locality or in that same state. Moving would probably take you to a state that has different laws, beliefs, and people. It is therefore only normal that you set for yourself a checklist which would help you to prepare adequately for the move.

 

Tips to consider when making this life-changing decision without losing your mind

 

1. Research ahead of time

 

Moving is not something that one wakes up in the morning and undertakes. It needs a series of careful research and planning. Ensure you research about almost everything:

 

  • The weather condition: Research about the weather condition in that area, especially when you or a family member is easily susceptible to abrupt weather changes. Does it get too cold? Does it get too hot? Does the weather change abruptly? What pieces of clothing would I need at those times?

 

It goes a long way in helping you adapt, so you don’t get caught off by surprise.

 

  • New school for the kids: research about good schools in the area that your kids can attend, whose cost of education is affordable. Also, check the walking distance from your intended home to the school to aid you especially when they’ll need their transport fare

 

  • Cost of living: Even though your workplace may be around that area, ensure that you research the cost of living. Is the cost of food expensive? What of fuel and other utilities? Are the costs one that would not cripple your income? If it is, you can find other alternative locations or ask for a salary raise.

 

  • Job opportunities for your spouse: If a job transfer for one means the loss of job for another, it’s essential you get on right away with looking for another job around the area for your spouse, no matter how small, till he/she stands on his feet. This way, it will relieve a bit of the financial burden. Drop in his/her CV, make calls and send letters! You never know what opportunities are lurking around.

 

Also, suggestions for restaurants, local businesses, places of worship, recreational centers and other places can be found on the internet. It’s just a click away.

 

2. Visit your new state and find a home

 

It's very advisable to visit your new state at least once to have a feel of what staying there entails. You can also use this time to verify the things and places you researched on the internet. Also, ideally, you would want to find a place before making preparations. Most times our wealth of knowledge is limited to certain areas, so it is safer to hire a realtor to explain the rudiments of buying a house. Hiring one is essential as they are already familiar with the marketplace and will help guide you through the house hunting process. This will prevent you from hopping from one place to another and streamlines your options. Ensure you get quotations from two or more dealers to weigh their prices and make the best choice

 

3. Plan, plan, plan!

 

Nothing in life ever succeeds without a plan. It's highly essential that you draft a plan as moving to another state would not be cheap. Start with how much you are willing to spend on the move, then carefully outline the different expenses – cost of acquiring a new home, school fees, hiring trucks and the different payments you may have to make – you can also find out if your employer is willing to cover part of the moving costs for you

 

4. Research moving companies

 

Do adequate research on companies that move properties between states. Ensure that they are honest, trustworthy and reliable. It is strongly recommended that you get quotations from three or more different moving companies and weigh their prices. An ideal moving company should perform an inspection of your properties either directly or through a video before quoting a price. If the company gives you a quotation over the internet without inspecting your properties or an unrealistic one, it’s much better to avoid those companies for your safety and that of your family.

 

There are also other cheaper and safer alternatives that you could consider. For instance, you can rent a portable moving container, those that act as temporary storage containers. Another alternative is to rent a big moving truck and drive it yourself or get a friend to help. You can also rent those large freight moving trailers. These trucks are easy to come by and are a big means of saving money. Remember, you are on a budget. However, you should always stick to getting a moving company to do the hard work for you. They know their way around, and they were trained specifically for these kinds of jobs. Thus, they are your best bet when moving.   

 

If you are looking for a way to get a reliable one and the internet throws nothing at you, you can also try getting some good reviews from your friends or family who have been on the move in recent times. You can be assured that you would get just the right one for you.

 

5. Time to throw out the non-essentials

 

This is very important especially when your new home is smaller than the previous. Decide whether those items that are not being used or not used often are to be discarded or given out to charity. This helps you to de-clutter and pack only things that will be essential. You’d always have another opportunity to get a new one.

 

6. Map out a strategic parking plan

 

Now the work begins! This is not about waking up one morning and throwing your stuff in a box. You need a proper plan to aid you in the packing process as it is very easy to get distracted and disorganized and have it handy throughout your packing period.

 

7. Gather all records

 

one thing which has the benefit of telling your life and what you have done for a particular period are your records. Therefore, you should ensure that you have everything well documented and packed. From your tax payment receipts, driver’s license, house rent receipts (if you stay in an estate), employers’ letter to the receipts of your appliances and furniture payments, ensure that ALL records into a sealed box or pack for easy identification in case of emergencies.

 

It is also important to note that you would also be in a new state with your physician. It would be a good thing especially to get your medical records from your doctor to keep your new physician aware of all medical conditions that you are currently going through. You can always get one by registering in a hospital in your new state.

 

8. Pack, pack, pack! - Time for Work!

 

  • It is highly recommended that you pack the non-essentials, the items that you use once in a year, once in three months or occasionally, like books, electronics, home décor, costumes, etc. and pack the important things, the ones you use every day or week, like your kitchenware, utensils, dinnerware, toiletries, etc. last. Ensure that you pack all the essentials in clearly labeled boxes.

 

  • Except you have a deadline to meet, ensure you pack room by room, advisably one day at a time. This will give you more time to sort out the items carefully and decide the ones that will be discarded.

 

  • It’s important that you use moving boxes because those boxes tend to be stronger especially for an interstate move. It also prevents liquid from spilling on the surface and staining those who are carrying it.

 

  • Also be very cautious of things you cannot pack because of the risk and harmful effects, like aerosol, fertilizer, lighter fluid, bleach, ammonia, nail polish remover, paint cans, any type of gas or flammable oil, ammunition, pesticides, poisons, etc. Do well to make a separate arrangement if they are going to be necessary for your new home.

 

  • Ensure that you do not box up your valuables. Personally package your legal documents, important papers, expensive pieces of jewelry and other values to avoid cases or theft or misplaced boxes.

 

  • No matter how exhausting and tiring it may seem, do not procrastinate. Start packing your box several weeks before your moving day, especially if you are doing it alone. If you work at your own pace, you will be gradually become organized, and the work may not be as daunting as it looks. The sooner you get started, the sooner you start living your life in your new home.

 

9. Inform others that you’re moving out

 

Friends for a lifetime! Inform your close friends and family members that you are moving out, and also give them the address of your current workplace and home to stay in touch. Who knows? Your friends might even organize a sendoff party in your honor amidst tears and hugs. Can someone please grab a tissue?

 

10. Other Important Issues

 

There are many other things which you would have to fix and get prepared for during this period. One of them would have to do with changing your address. There are valid reasons as to why you should do it on time. One of these reasons is that emails come in every day and could contain very important information. If your address remains unchanged to your old house, you might miss your mail, or it might be delayed for a very long time. This could see you miss important events and opportunities in your life.

 

You can easily change your address using the USPS in your state some days before you move. It is also very important that you cancel all the services or memberships which you might have made for that month. These could include memberships at school, in a club and so much more. It should only be allowed to stay if you have a way of continuing it from your new state (that would be very unlikely though!) to avoid more costs, you should ensure that you change the utility setting. The utilities in your former house would still be under you. It is important that you transfer the utilities so that you do not have to double pay in your first month at least. This would ensure that you do not incur unnecessary costs. This can easily be done by contacting the companies who are in charge of your utilities in the state. You should have it settled in less than no time.

 

Conclusion

 

Here you have it! Moving to a new state can be amazing. Ensure that you have your local moving company ready to move your things for you before you leave. This would ensure that you are all ready and set up in your new home as soon as possible. It would be really fun!

 

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