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Moving can be considered as a double edged sword. On one hand, you’re excited about the future and starting life in a new city, or maybe even a new state. On the other hand, you have to pack all of your things up, spend money with a moving company, and take care of all of the rest of the work that a move brings with it.

 

No one understands this difficult process more than iMoving. We know how hard it can be to plan a move, like pack everything up, find a great moving company, and all of the other things that go into moving. It’s a long process, but it is a necessary one if you want your move to go over swimmingly.

 

Because of how hard it can be to find the best moving companies for the job, iMoving set out to do something different. We wanted to simplify the moving process as much as possible, and we wanted to make sure people could find only the best moving companies in their area. To do that, we took it upon ourselves to do all of the research and work necessary to build an authoritative network of trustworthy, reliable moving companies all across the country.

 

When working with one of our iMoving Santa Ana mover partners, you can bet that you’re working with only the best moving companies in the area. Our partners are fully certified and licensed, plus iMoving ensures that they are reviewed glowingly by their previous customers, and they are even approved by the Better Business Bureau.

 

These are moving companies who have gone above and beyond to show that they are quality companies who really care not only about the quality of the services they provide, but also about the customers who they are trying to serve.

 

These are all great qualities for any moving company to have, and they really speak to the job done by the companies. Our moving partners care not only about making sure you are moved on time and intact, but also that you and all of your things are treated with only the utmost professionalism and respect. That’s the kind of quality you receive when you choose to work with an iMoving Santa Ana moving company.

 

Moving Services in Santa Ana, California

 

Of course, knowing how great of a job our movers do without actually knowing what kind of services they provide would be a little redundant, wouldn’t it? To that end, we’ve put together a list of some of the most requested services from our mover partners, and how these services could help you make your move a lot easier.

 

  • Local and Long Distance Moving: Every move is different, and the distance every person moves is different. Some people might request movers to help them move across town, while someone else may request movers to help them move to another coast. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving to another town in the same state or somewhere states away, our movers are completely licensed and certified to help you move where you need to go.

 

  • Full Packing Options: It’s highly unlikely that you’re looking at your belongings and brimming with excitement about sorting through it and packing it all up. If you fill with dread at the thought of this monumental task, don’t worry, many of our iMoving Santa Ana movers offer full packing services to pack up the contents of your entire house without you even having to worry about moving a single muscle.

 

  • Special Handling Services: Some families have old family heirlooms or antiques like furniture or other items. These old items need a little extra care when being handled and moved around, and many of our movers offer special handling services exactly for this scenario, so that you can know your special items are being treated with care and respect.

 

  • Commercial Moving: If you’re about to plan a business relocation, you might have a hard time moving all of your office gear and equipment to your new spot. Wherever you’re opening your new location at, you can bet that iMoving partners will have your back in helping you relocate your office safely and efficiently.

 

  • Storage Solutions: Sometimes, you just need to store something away during a move. Whatever the items are, you can safely keep it stored away at an iMoving mover partner’s storage facility, where it will be kept in climate-controlled and locked facilities, ready for you to come get it whenever you’d like.

 

Professional Moving Tips to Help You Move With Confidence

 

At iMoving, your success is our success. In order to help your move be even more successful, you can use some of these moving tips from the experts to further simplify your move for everyone involved.

 

  1. Use color coding to your advantage

 

If you live with several people, you’re going to have several people’s belongings to go through when packing and unpacking. Use color coding and labeling to make things easier to sort through later. By color coding boxes, you can look at the color and know who the box belongs to right off the bat.

 

  1. Decluttering equals less to pack

 

If you don’t plan on taking all of your stuff with you, try getting rid of some of the things you’re not going to take. You could either give some of these items away or sell them for some extra cash. If you do this, you can declutter your home and cut down on the amount of stuff you will have to pack and load up.

 

  1. Try to get quality boxes for moving

 

Cheap moving boxes will break under enough weight from your belongings. Try to make sure you get your hands on some quality moving boxes so you can safely move your things without worrying everything falling out from under you while you’re attempting to move it.

 

What You Should Know About Santa Ana

 

Once your move is complete, you will have all of the time in the world to really explore and soak up all of the things your new city has for you to check out. In Santa Ana, you’ll have your hands full with this task, because there is plenty to do.

 

Just ten miles off the coast, Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County, and situated right next to the gorgeous Santa Ana River. It’s got quite a number of people who call it home, with the city boasting a total population of 332,725 citizens as of the 2018 census. With this many people living here, there must be something great about it, right?

 

Plenty, in fact. To kick things off, you could take yourself and any science enthusiast in your family to the Discovery Cube Orange County, where there are over 100 scientific exhibits that kids can get up close and interact with. The building itself is a giant cube covered in solar panels, with plenty of themed areas for everyone to check out with different exhibits according to the theme, which include Air and Space, Quake Zone, Dynamic Earth, and Rocket Lab.

 

History buffs new to Santa Ana will enjoy checking out the famed Bowers Museum, named after historic land developer Charles Bowers. Here, folks can view up to 100,000 exhibits based around different cultures all over the world. This is definitely a fun learning experience not only for the kids, but for any of the adults who are interested in history, as well.

 

If you want to take the kids to view some of their favorite kinds of animals, then you will love a trip to the Santa Ana Zoo. You’ll find plenty of animals to view (including the famous “50 monkeys” exhibit), and learn all about them, their habitats, and their lifestyles in the wild. If you get hungry at the zoo, you can also pick up snacks and drinks from the snack bar. When you want to view the zoo from a different perspective, your family can hop on the Zoofari Express, a train ride which takes its passengers on a journey across the entire 560 meters of the zoo.

 

Want to see a piece of Santa Ana history? You can walk inside and take a tour of the old Orange County Courthouse, which was constructed and opened in 1901, and has since been fully restored and open for public enjoyment and learning. The building has become famous over the years, appearing in a few popular pieces of media, including American Horror Story.

 

If you feel like becoming even better in the kitchen, you can consider taking a cooking class at Hipcooks, Santa Ana’s own cooking class. These classes are fun, designed for all ages and all levels of cooking skill.

 

Whatever you enjoy doing, you’ll probably find something to love about Santa Ana. The city is beautiful, it offers plenty for its residents to enjoy, and it has that typical “California” vibe that reminds you are living in a tropical paradise, so live it up every chance you get!

What is an Average Cost of Hiring Truck Rentals?

So, moving day is on the horizon and you’re working out everything that needs to happen in relation to your main event. You want to be sure that you’re doing everything possible to get results and that you’re not going to be stressed out about the details that may arise in the midst of it.

 

You’ve already decided that your best bet is to get a moving truck rental instead of hiring local moving companies to drive your moving truck from point A to point B. But, how are you supposed to find that rental, anyway? What sorts of things do you need in order to be able to work out everything in a manner that is practical?

 

In this guide, we’re going to share some of the things that you need to consider in order to determine how much money that local movers and rental companies are going to charge you when you decide to rent a moving truck.

 

How Far is the Truck Going?

 

Distance is a huge factor in determining how much you’re going to pay a moving truck company for a rental. In many cases, you can pay a minimal amount of cash in order to ensure that you have a truck for the day for a local move. Local moving companies will rent trucks out for $20-$50 for the day and leave it at that.

 

Now, long distance moves are a little bit different when it comes to renting a truck. In most cases, you are going to have a base rate that you need to pay. Then, on top of that base rate, you will likely need to pay a certain dollar value per mile (10 to 50 cents is fairly common).

 

Of course, these only apply to what you’re paying the company. You also need to keep in mind that you need to take care of things like gas and whatnot in order to keep your truck going from point A to point B. These costs could end up being a couple of hundred dollars.

 

How Long Do You Expect to Have the Truck?

 

The amount of time you plan on having your truck is also a consideration that you need to go ahead and explore. For local moves, it’s likely that you’re only going to need to have possession of the truck for a day or two, which can keep costs low for you and the budget that you’ve put together. But, at the same time, you may need it a little longer if you have to take multiple trips.

 

For long distance moves, these numbers can get really complicated. You need to be sure that you do the very best that you can in relation to when you’re going to move. For long distance moves, it’s likely that you’re going to have the truck for anywhere up to a week, so it’s essential to know what you’re doing there.

 

Along with this consideration, also be realistic about the length of time. You’d rather bring the truck back a couple of hours ahead of schedule instead of trying to beat the clock and then end up running late. Many moving companies have some sort of late fee associated with a late dropoff, so overestimate well and you’ll be ready to go when you need to do so.

 

How Large of a Truck Do You Need to Rent?

 

The size of the truck ends up playing a role in the cost of your move as well. It can be hard to determine exactly what it is that you need in terms of size. Depending on the company, trucks can come in a variety of sizes, from 20 feet all of the way up to 26 feet. 26 foot trucks can move up to 5 bedroom homes, but they are large and they will cost much more than a 20 foot option.

 

What if you need more space than that? That’s where things may get problematic. If you don’t have any sort of specialized CDL license or the equivalent, it’s likely that you’re not even going to be allowed to drive a moving truck of that size. In those cases, you’re going to have to work with a local moving company in order to get a driver and take care of your move.

 

Who Will Be Driving the Truck?

 

There are a lot of rules about who is allowed to drive a moving truck rental. The minimum age of the driver is 18, 21, or 25. You can, sometimes, rent a moving truck to drive at a younger age than you can most cars, which is interesting to consider when you think about it.

 

When you put together the contract and everything for your moving truck rental, you will have to provide them with the information around who you plan to have driving the truck. Even if you’re only driving a few blocks, you need to be sure that you’re honest and include pretty much anyone and everyone who may end up behind the wheel, even if they don’t end up driving it.

 

Now, of course, you may have to pay more depending on the number of drivers that you have. Some companies will allow you to have the first couple of drivers for free, others may make you pay past one, other truck rental companies may not make you pay extra at all.

 

What Insurance Do You Need?

 

Different trucks and different companies are going to have various requirements when it comes to insurance. For example, some companies include insurance in whatever they charge you, so your trip is covered and you don’t need to worry about whether or not you have to pay extra.

 

In some cases, your car insurance actually does the coverage for you. You’d have to look at the specific terms around your insurance and, possibly, talk to your insurance company about your coverage. They may even have an extra plan that you’ll be able to use in order to ensure that you’re covered in the truck.

 

Lastly, some truck companies have a separate insurance that you have to spend money on. This could be anywhere from $20 to $150. It may also be a deposit that, when you return the truck, you get some back. You’ll learn about which of these methods that your company utilizes when you talk to them.

 

So, What’s the Final Verdict on a Cost?

 

It depends. If you’re working with local movers and completing a local move on your terms, then it could only be $20 to $100, depending on how many days that you have it. That allows you to save a lot of money on the process. But, remember, you’ll need to convince some of your friends and/or family members that you need some help to accomplish everything. You may end up with some extra costs because you want to feed them or thank them in some other fashion.

 

Long distance moves could end up being anywhere from $250 to $1000 for a truck rental, depending on everything that we’ve shared in this guide. Longer trips will always call for higher costs, whether you hire a long distance or local moving company to deal with it or if you do it all on your own. So, you want to be certain that you compare all of the costs that you’re looking at so that you can make an informed decision about the process.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. Are there alternatives to moving trucks?

 

Absolutely. Some people will just borrow a friends’ van or pickup truck in order to try and move everything where it needs to go. Other people will use something like a moving pod, which they can load up and send off without hiring local movers to take care of things. You’ll have to look, but you can find options if your budget is tight.

 

  1. Can I sell my furniture and then just take everything in my vehicle?

 

Yes. The issue is figuring out whether or not that is going to be easier and/or more affordable for you in the long run. Many people who are moving cross country end up considering this method, because it saves them money and they can start from scratch.

 

  1. Will movers load and unload moving trucks?

 

Certainly. Some moving companies will offer loading and unloading services for people who prefer to take care of the whole driving experience on their own. More often than not, these services end up being a little less than if you have the movers drive (and a lot less if you’re pricing out all of the costs associated with hiring some long-distance movers).

 

Moving Day Is On Its Way

 

There are a lot of things that you need to do in order to get ready for your move. By taking the time to figure out which truck is going to be best for you, you can be sure that you have it all in order and that you’re able to stay in your budget.

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    Licenses & Insurance

     

    Movers have different license and insurance requirements depending on whether they do long distance moves or stick to local moves. When moving to another state, look for the moving company’s U.S. DOT number. This number is assigned to all licensed long distance movers by the U.S. Department of Transportation FMCSA.

     

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    Avoid Large Deposits

     

    Paying a deposit is not uncommon, as this gives the moving company a bit of insurance. However, deposits that seem much too high should be avoided. Moving companies that charge an exorbitant deposit fee may not be the best option for your move, so be wary. As a general rule, deposits should not exceed 20 percent of your moving estimate.

     

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    Get an Estimate

     

    Before committing to any moving company, getting an in-home estimate is highly recommended. A moving company will not be able to provide you with an accurate estimate if they do not see your home or belongings, so be wary of quotes given over the phone or online – especially if you do not provide a list of items to be moved.

     

    To broaden your options, consider getting estimates from several companies so that you can gain more insight into how each company fits into your budget. During the estimate, look at the professionalism and knowledge of the representative. If they seem helpful, professional, and answer your questions, you may have found the right movers.

     

    Ask About Extra Fees

     

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    It’s important to know what kind of fees you may be charged by the moving company before making a decision, as your move could end up being much more expensive than you initially budgeted. Fees can vary from mover to mover, so ask your moving company about fees you can expect.

     

    Verify Their Address

     

    A business card is pretty standard, so ask moving companies for their business card. If they don’t have one available, look on their website to find an address – it should be listed somewhere. Google is a great resource for finding addresses of businesses as well as the Better Business Bureau.

     

    Use the address to verify the moving company’s location and make sure that it is registered to the name of the moving company you’re considering. Look out for a residential name listed on the address, as this could be indicative of a business that is not yet fully established.

     

    Check the Better Business Bureau

     

    The Better Business Bureau, commonly shortened to BBB, is an organization that was designed to inform consumers about trustworthy businesses. They provide information about the performance of the company and conduct investigations to ensure companies are conducting their business ethically. A company’s rating with the BBB can help you determine whether or not consumers can put their trust in them.

     

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    Assess All Documents Before Signing

     

    Before putting your signature on any documents be sure to review them thoroughly. Look through all details and make sure that you understand what you are signing so you can avoid getting stuck in a contract you don’t like. Gather all the details of your move, costs, and the services movers will provide on moving day and get them in writing.

     

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    The internet holds a vast amount of information about moving companies all over the country, whether they’re good or bad. Reviews can be found on numerous websites, allowing you to get user insight into movers. When looking at reviews, it’s important to remember that not every review is accurate – it’s important to be discerning during your search.

     

    Verified reviews can be found on the website of the Better Business Bureau as well as on the website for the Department of Transportation. Look at reviews on various sites before making a decision, as a lot of bad reviews can indicate a company that hasn’t satisfied their customers and good reviews are a sign that the company is reliable.

     

    Hire a Local Moving Company

     

    While there are thousands of options available when it comes to movers, you can play it safe by choosing a local moving company. By choosing a company located near you, you can feel more secure due to their community presence. When looking online, you could end up working with movers that are based hundreds of miles away and verifying their information can be more difficult.

     

    If you choose a local company, you will be able to ask around and get information from residents in the area that have experience with the movers and can let you know how they operate. You can speak with professionals in person and get your move organized without struggling to communicate over the phone or online.

     

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