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Planning any sort of long-distance move can be intimidating – but iMoving is here to facilitate every aspect of your move in a way that makes sense and makes the process easier.
When you look for a moving company in Los Angeles at iMoving.com, all you need to do is put in the zip code of where you are, where you’re headed, and what services that you’re going to need from the moving company in question.
In just a few moments after putting in that info, you’ll get 6 quotes from 6 different Los Angeles moving companies allowing you to compare prices, services, and whatever other information you may need to choose your mover. It’s as easy as that – find a quote, pick the L.A. moving company that matches your needs best, and schedule your move, all from one website!
When you go with any Los Angeles movers that you find on the iMoving site, you can be confident that they have been background checked and that they have the proper licensing and insurance to be able to do your move effectively. Our partners are some of the best Los Angeles movers you’ll be able to find anywhere.
Moving Services in Los Angeles
We all have different needs when it comes to preparing for a move, and we all need different services in order to make sure everything gets packed and transported properly. When you start to look at the different Los Angeles moving companies that you have to choose from, you will often notice that they have a number of services to choose from. What are these services and what may you need in order to make your move go as smoothly as possible? Here are some of the most common options you’ll find during your search.
- Local Moves: If you’re just moving down the street or trying to make your way to a different town nearby, chances are, you’re looking at some sort of local move. Local moves usually take a day (sometimes just a few hours) and are a lot less complex than long-distance or interstate moves, so you’ll usually get quoted a flat rate.
- Long-Distance Moves: Going further than 50 or 100 miles? Then you’re likely looking at a long-distance move instead of a local one. Whether you’re going from one end of California to the other or across the country, you need to plan these moves out ahead of time and ensure that you have everything in order for them. Long-distance moves are usually billed by a combination of the weight of your items and how far the move is.
- Storage: There are always unexpected things that come up during a move, no matter how well you plan. Whether you have moved to a smaller home and don’t have enough space for everything that you didn’t get rid of, or you have to wait a couple days to move into your new place, you may need storage. That’s why many moving companies in Los Angeles have some sort of storage option for you to consider in the meantime.
- Business Moves: Moving a business is a big operation, especially if you have machinery or electronics that you’re trying to deal with. Not only do you need your movers to know how to take care of your items, but you need them to work quickly so that you have little to no lull in your business functions. Find a company with commercial moving experience for this job.
- Packing Supplies: For most moves, you’re much better off putting everything that you own into boxes and other containers so that they move safely and easily. Many Los Angeles moving companies offer supplies, including boxes, packing tape, labels, markers and pens, and whatever else you may think you may need in order to pack efficiently and effectively.
- Packing and Unpacking Services: Some people don’t have the time or the ability to pack and unpack the items they have efficiently and safely. That’s why many of the Los Angeles movers that iMoving partners with offer packing and unpacking services as an option. If you think you’ll need these services, be sure that you indicate that when searching for a quote through our website.
What Should You Consider Before Hiring a Los Angeles Moving Company?
As you start looking for Los Angeles movers for your big move, you definitely have some considerations that you need to explore ahead of time. L.A. is definitely a unique place to move to, and you want to be sure that you get things in order and know what your moving schedule may look like.
What should you think about before you hire your movers? Here are a few considerations you may want to make before you settle on a moving company.
Exploring Costs for Multiple Movers in Los Angeles
Budgets are something that we all try to adhere to and, as you look at what you need to get done, you want to be sure that you compare quotes and get all of the information that you may need in order to make a solid decision. When you use our tools at iMoving.com, you will be given all of the information that you request in regards to your quotes, allowing you to compare services, work out which services that you’ll actually need, and how you can keep that within the budget you have in mind.
How is Your Family Getting to Your Destination?
Obviously, you need to think about your belongings, but what about the people? Are you going to drive from your current location to your new home in L.A.? Are you going to go on a flight instead? If so, how are you going to transport your vehicle? Answering these questions doesn’t only help you to stay ahead of potential issues in regards to your move, but it can also be a significant consideration in regards to your budget as well.
Determining When Your Move Will Be
There are a lot of factors that go into a move, and knowing the exact dates of your move is something that you want to be sure that you have in order before you get any sort of quote. Not only will it possibly affect how much your quote will be, but you want to have everything set in stone so that you can avoid cancellation fees and other issues that may come up if you have to change the date.
Potential Scheduling Complications
One thing about Los Angeles is this – it’s a really busy place! There’s always something going on and traffic is really busy. When you schedule your move, be sure that you give yourself some lead time so that you don’t end up paying extra because you didn’t think about traffic.
You don’t need to worry about snow like you would in other parts of California and the Pacific Northwest, but do be aware of the potential delays surrounding forest fires or mud slides during your trip.
FAQs to Know Before Deciding on a Los Angeles Mover
Now that you’ve figured out the difficult questions around the specifics of your move, you want to start thinking about talking to a specific moving company and making final preparations for your contract. There are a few questions that you may want answered before you finalize the deal with a mover.
1. How much lead time should you provide them?
This all depends on what it is that you’re doing. If you’re looking at a complex, long-distance move that includes packing and unpacking services, then you want to give your moving company somewhere from 6 to 8 weeks of lead time, if possible.
If you’re doing a smaller, local move, you may be able to schedule them 2 weeks ahead of time, but it’s better to go ahead and give them at least 4 weeks out. In short, as soon as you know when you’re going to want to move, you want to get your moving company scheduled ASAP.
2. Where should my moving company originate from?
In a local move, you want to go with a local company. But, if you’re embarking on a cross-country or interstate move, you will likely have several choices: companies in your area that will take you to your new home, Los Angeles moving companies that will come and retrieve your items and take them back to L.A., or companies with multiple locations that go between your area and your new home.
We’ll give you multiple options during your iMoving search, allowing you to pick the company that is right for your needs.
3. How do I get moving insurance?
First off, it’s important to have some sort of moving insurance – just in case items get lost or broken, you want to be able to have some sort of compensation for those things.
Some companies that partner with iMoving offer their own options for moving insurance; others will work with a larger company to make it happen; and others may just require you to go with a national insurance company to cover your move.
The company you choose should make your options clear during the contract process.
4. Are there laws specific to Los Angeles I need to be aware of due to my move?
Los Angeles, like much of California, has specific laws related to bringing certain animals and plants into the state. Indoor plants shouldn’t have an issue, and standard companion animals like cats and dogs are only restricted by whether or not they have recent, healthy vet records and rabies shots. The Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control department can assist you with questions related to other animals you may be bringing with you into the city.
Also, be sure that you understand the parking laws in the specific area you’re moving to. You want to know this before speaking with the moving companies to set appropriate expectations.
Saving Money on Your Moving Costs
We’ve talked quite a bit about your moving budget – we know that moving can get really pricey if you don’t keep an eye on things! So, here are some additional considerations that you want to be sure to consider when you are trying to save money on your moving costs.
- Don’t take it all with you. Unless you’re in a huge hurry and you’re moving in a week or two, be sure that you take some time and get rid of the things that you aren’t using anymore. Whether it’s clothing, toys, or sheets, you want to consider everything. If you haven’t used an item or worn clothing in 6 months or a year, it may be time to give it away to the thrift store or a friend. The less stuff you have to pack, the cheaper it’ll be and the faster it’ll go.
- Pack and unpack on your own. Speaking of packing, if you really want to save money, you want to be sure that you go ahead and pack and unpack your items yourself. Getting packing and unpacking services definitely saves a lot of time, and can be really helpful if you have mobility issues or problems lifting, it is always an additional cost.
- What large items do you actually use regularly? Look at items like furniture, large instruments, and exercise equipment. Obviously, you want to keep things that you’re actually using, but what about that chair that no one ever sits in, or the elliptical that hasn’t been used since New Year’s - 2 years ago? They just add a lot of additional weight and they may need white glove services, all of which add additional costs to your move. If you have large items that are never used, it may be a good time to consider giving them away as well.
- The date of your move makes a difference in cost. When do you plan on moving? If possible, move in the middle of the month (between the 10th and the 20th) and on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Why? Because those are “lull periods,” and moving companies charge less because there isn’t as much demand during those times.
- Get boxes from friends and local businesses. Buying a kit means a lot less work, but it does cost a bit of money to make it happen. Instead, see if you have friends that have moved in the past year and see if they still have any spare boxes, or go to local businesses that may have boxes you can use. Offices and liquor stores are your best bet – they have large, sturdy boxes that are good for anything you may have to pack.
Let’s Get Going!
Now that you have an idea of the processes and how to maintain your budget, it’s time to get searching. Use our tools on iMoving.com to find the best options for your move, to get quotes and to ensure that you’re getting the best service possible for every step of your move.
Our moving facilitation services are here to help you find companies and compare quotes between them, which can save you both time and money as you search for your Los Angeles movers. Whether you’re doing a long-distance trek or a down-the-street downsize, you can find the resources and assistance that you may need with the help of iMoving.