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Moving Companies
updated: May 10, 2014, 1:30 PM

Edhat favorited their moving companies within the area, but I'm moving away (I know, I know). Anyone have advice or recommendations for moving between states? Extra complication is that we'll be moving stuff into storage, and it should probably be insulated, so that rules out PODS stored outdoors.

All the moving companies have such mixed online ratings, with stuff getting damaged, lost, undelivered. Looking for something that will do the job and do it well.

 COMMENT 517936 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 02:20 PM

The best recommendation is get rid of your stuff, 99% of which is pure junk, and get new junk when you get to where you're going. Then when you move again, you rinse and repeat.


 COMMENT 517945 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 02:51 PM

Keep a record of all your moving expenses. They are tax deductible.


 COMMENT 517946 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 02:59 PM

One should only move between quantum states.


 COMMENT 517952P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 03:55 PM

Having moved a lot, between 4 states and both ends of California, it was all DIY. Uhaul. I don't know what your options are or where you're going, but it does make a really exciting road trip! You can research and plan ahead for storage on the destination end and then just unload it. It definitely frees up the anxiety of a company being in possession of all you own. If you move it yourself I have two pieces of advice -

1. Pack ALL the heavy stuff on the bottom. I thought I had during the last move and realized, too late, that all my boxes of books ended up high and center. It was like driving a giant metronome.

2. Those bridge heights you see posted? Really important. Nothing like trying to figure out the math in blind panic coming up on a low overhang at 35-40 mph.

As far as hiring a moving company *shrug* I got nothing, but good luck to you!


 COMMENT 517964 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 05:38 PM

Get your car's license plate changed and your driver's license changed the first day you get there. Ditch the license plate frame that says "Joe's Cars, Thousand Joaks CA" and all other decals. Blend in.


 COMMENT 517965 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 05:50 PM

The major companies try to be careful but accidents do happen. As you plan to put everything is storage, most things will be boxed. Put a number on each box. Movers will pack everything including your half filled wastebasket. Be careful that the kitchen wastebasket is empty.


 COMMENT 517969 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 06:23 PM

Having moved out of state twice, once with movers and once DIY.... UHaul wins hands down. The movers were so expensive, a day late and damaged a few pieces of furniture. Uhaul was time consuming but once on the road, a piece of cake. I do recommend getting ur new license and plates ASAP also. We had our car vandalized with our California plates the first week. And if you don't need it - sell it before you go. Happy trails!


 COMMENT 517996 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-11 08:53 AM

I used a local moving company to move from SB to San Diego, and it went well but should have used a National company---heard good things about this place in Carp:

Hazelwood-Allied-Moving-and-Storage-Santa Barbara

and/or call Joe at Loadstar Movers to get a recommendation. He has been in the business forever, is local and will tell you it is cheaper/better to use a National company. He is honest and knowledgeable and will give you good advice. His number is (805) 886-9679.


 COMMENT 517997 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-11 09:12 AM

I have used different companies 2 times across state lines. One move within state (And too many to count uhaul DIY moving adventures)

One time, i had a moving company pack me, another time, i packed myself. I think packing your own stuff is best. and make sure everything is well wrapped and well placed within boxes. Use extra paper/bubble wrap

If something is priceless to you, take it in your car with you. I put all my computer stuff in car with me. Heat harms electronics

I agree with an earlier post- get rid of a lot of your junk before you move. It costs a lot to move and store, so donate those items to a good cause and simplify your household.

I think the driver and who he/she uses to load and unload your stuff is important, but you dont have a lot of control over that with the bigger companies.

Buy insurance and then get reimbused for what breaks. In my 3 moves with a moving company, i had really good service and only a couple items broken. I think it helps to have a realistic perspective that moving things (yourself or by others) will most likely result in some damage. I have done as much damage to my own stuff with the uhaul moves as the companies.... Anytime you stack and jostle and cart your stuff around, there is a risk of breakage.

Good luck. Moving can be stressful, but i hope you find in it a fun time of going thru your stuff and simplifying as well.


 COMMENT 517999 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-11 09:18 AM

I moved across the country with just what could fit in my Subie Forester. Now, I realize you may not be able to do that but get rid of as much stuff as you can good opportunity to clean up and declutter. Then I would suggest, if you are able, do it your self if you can and just save the big stuff for the movers if that works. Also, you will save more $ getting rid of stuff than if you pay movers especially if they damage something. Also consider shipping things!!


 COMMENT 518011 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-11 10:19 AM

@999 What a coincidence. I have Subie Forester packed with my stuff right now! It needs to be transported within the next few weeks to Minneapolis/St Paul without me. I'm having surgery, so can't drive it myself. I checked into shipping it on a "car hauler", which is very expensive. I don't know if there is any other reliable, safe alternative to get it there at a more reasonable cost.


 COMMENT 518013P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-11 10:20 AM

Ditto the yard sale!

Had good luck moving my Mom with United Van & Storage, last minute. The local office made it happen. Driver was on time with the truck and packed her furniture well. I'd packed all her fragiles myself. Had and bought boxes and a box of full sheet newsprint, used it liberally. Packing tape and a jumbo marker made it easy to mark and sort boxes by room. Use towels and blankets to wrap lamps, and other large fragiles. Movers have blankets for the case goods, and are pros at packing their truck. Driver also arrived on schedule and moved into a temp storage unit. Not easy to do with those big trucks. Major moving company warehouses are well-insulated (but ask!) and some may also have temp controlled rooms for extra $$ if needed. Be aware to be on time with storage payments. They auction off containers not kept current.

Write yourself a schedule for termination notices of your utilities, etc. If renting, discuss deposit refund requirements and timing with landlord, get Dr's records, update rX's, get school records, vet records, google your new neighborhood's nearest grocery, pharmacy, and cheap gas. Take a google map tour of the area you'll be moving to. Get to know where new town's commercial and general services are (general quadrant) and you won't feel like such a newcomer. citysearch.com is good for demographic info and has forums for asking questions.

Check chowhound.com/(your new city) for all things food related (groceries, take-out, favorite dining choices, etc) cause you'll be busy the first couple of weeks unpacking and getting settled. Take time for some mild physical activity like neighborhood walks or parks so you can relieve some moving stress. Drink plenty of clean water during the move too. Try to sleep according to a schedule every night for best rest. Wishing you a good experience and a happy landing!


 COMMENT 518017P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-11 10:52 AM

McCann mini storage/Hazelwood moving in Carpinteria are the best.


 COMMENT 518037 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-11 02:19 PM

whatever you do don't go to arizona or florida. that is all.


 COMMENT 518120 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-12 07:51 AM

If you use a company, make sure you get insurance. Whether between states or within state, I've heard a number of stories about things getting stolen. My parents had a number of things go missing, including their fine china, silverware and collectibles, when moving between states.


 COMMENT 518122 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-12 07:55 AM

If you're moving your own things, consider these point:

1. Compare the cost of renting a truck/trailor to purchasing a utility trailer. I've done this a couple of times. It can end up being cheaper, you're not rushed for time to return it, when you're done, you can sell it and get some of the money back, and you may find it handy as you're settling into your new place.
2. Don't be too attached to your furniture. I have also found the cost and strain of moving everything is not worth it. I have sold most things, moved the minimum, and then look for good deals and replace things gradually in your new place.
3. Find out what vehicle registration processes are required in your new area before you move. Not everyone has the same process and some can actually be more frustrating than the CA DMV!
4. If you are going to arrive on a Friday or a weekend, plan ahead for any need you might have for resources that aren't open on the weekend.


 COMMENT 518174 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-12 10:47 AM

Whatever you do, do NOT call move green. Poor service, the employees aren't treated well, and the green stands for their experience level not their supposed dedication to saving the planet. It was not a good choice for us, don't let them fool you too.


 COMMENT 518178 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-12 11:09 AM

The job is probably one of the worst, and mentally demanding jobs there is. Those guys have to deal with worried customers, heavy furniture, and long hours. Be nice to em, understand that the person they moved yesterday could have been really rude. Lunch never hurts either. Also whether you go with a local company or a national line, the same local guys will be packing or loading your truck. All the labor comes from local companies. That also means that a different crew will be unloading your things than will have loaded them, which can lead to more damage due to being unfamiliar with your things and how they were loaded into the truck. Check out one of the local companies. Mammoth or Hazelwood are the most experienced, most reliable, and very professional. Also if you are extremely worried about breakage, you can ask most companies to sent an experienced crew to load your truck. And don't forget to get an estimate.


 COMMENT 518246 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-12 03:42 PM

178 I was one of those mammoth drivers for longer than I like to remember (10yrs)

Your advice is spot on, we took pride in our work and it was a very demanding job.

I worked in 100's of estates, tons of track homes, and a lot of business's

Funny how people forget if they are dicks to the movers that is when movers are dicks


 COMMENT 526147 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 05:41 PM

OP here, coming back to this as the Allied Hazelwood guys are here doing a fabulous job. Thorough, on time, polite, truly competent. Not cheap. Once we decided we wanted to move several large heavy pieces, at age 59, we needed help.
We also spent several months decluttering, and gave away many things.
We packed many of our own boxes, and let the pros pack the rest. Got insurance. We'll see.
Stuff will have to be stored for some months while we finish up business in SB, so we went with the company that had their own storage there and could do the complete move-store-move process.
Yep, not the cheapest, but works best for us all round.
Thanks for the good advice. I'm drinking water as the movers finish up. :-)



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