How to Choose Your San Diego Movers

Making a decision on who to have move your entire life can be nerve-racking to say the least. Having a safe, efficient, and cost effective move for you is very important to us. Whether Aloha Movers is a good fit for your project or not will be determined by one of our Moving Advisors and we only want what is going to be best for you. That being said, use caution and be diligent.

We recommend starting here:

We think a “friends and family first” approach is the best way to go. Then, consider the manager or maintenance person of your complex or building. Recommendations are always the best, first-course of action. Have they used any local moving company to move in the past? How was their experience? What was their pricing structure like? Was there anything that stood out about movers they used? Nowadays, a simple web search will reveal there are no shortages of reviews on moving companies throughout the country. Take a look at what people are saying about any of the companies you are considering using. Then, start to create a list of the best looking options.

The details are important. Any company you choose should want to have a clear understanding of your move from beginning to end. If you are not being asked lots of questions then you could be being set up for disaster. Nobody likes surprises. Especially surprises like having your move cost twice as much in the end because they underestimated the different elements of your move.

When it comes to price, remember that cheaper is not always better. Some are hourly services such as ours and others do a flat rate. Both have their respective advantages however in California 95% of all local moving companies charge by the hour. For this reason, you should always give an accurate and complete inventory to your Moving Advisor. If they aren’t asking you for it, and are just giving you a random price, you should beware. There is always a chance that your move could go over the estimated amount, so it is best to be 100% open about the different obstacles, as well as, your inventory.

This is a very important thing and is the defining factor on what separates the men from the boys. There are a ton of moving companies out there, they all talk a great game, but most of them are unscrupulous at best. So doing your due diligence on them is always the best idea. Craigslist has a host “moving companies” listed on their website and some of them, to the unsuspecting user, seem legitimate. Most of them are, in fact, not. Moving in California is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission and requires a certain level of operation to be legitimate. Most Craigslist-found companies will be able to offer a cut-rate price because they don’t have authority to operate, and therefore have no accountability, should a problem arise during your move. For these reasons it is always best to make sure you have a properly licensed, insured, and bonded moving company. And though their rates are not all that much higher, you can have some piece of mind knowing that there is an accountable company performing your move. However, keep in mind that just because a company has gone through the necessary channels to operate does not mean that they are reputable. You will always want to use discernment when looking at the different options.

When speaking with your potential moving company you want to be able to feel comfortable with their professionalism on the telephone. Go with your gut. If they are responsive and follow through with expectations that are set then usually this is a good thing to go on. You will want to be able to trust them as you are having them into your most intimate of domains, your home.

True experienced movers and Moving Advisors will be able to foresee and avoid potential pitfalls. If a company is reputable they will have spent lots of time training their staff for safety, efficiency, and customer service.

Be sure whichever company you are considering for a local San Diego move is San Diego based.

Checklist for Moving Day

Prepare for your moving day with this handy checklist. Should you have any questions at all please call one of our Moving Advisors and we will help you however we can.

We suggest 1 month of pre-planning before your move:

    • Say Aloha to us as your san diego moving professionals.
    • Schedule your reservation to move as soon as you know the date you are moving.

Do you need packing services? Ask your San Diego moving advisor.

  • Begin to liquidate items in the attic, garage, and any storage closets.
  • Consider donating unwanted items to charity.
  • Think about hosting a garage sale.
  • Orchestrate school records transfers for your children.
  • Go to your local post office and get change of address cards.
  • Update your insurance companies, charge accounts, magazines and clubs.
  • Consolidate any appliance owner’s manuals for appliances in your new home.

About one to two weeks prior to moving day:

  • Create a “safe area” with things that you may need during the transition.
  • If you’re packing yourself, place a label on the top and side for easy recognition.
  • Write destinations on boxes so they make it to the proper room at your new place.
  • Call electric, telephone, water, and gas companies to arrange disconnections.
  • Still have a landline? Disconnect your phone the day after the move.
  • Make refund arrangements, if due, and set up re-connects at your new home.
  • Perform cable tv, pest control, and newspaper cancellations.
  • Cancel any pool and lawn maintenance, or any other services you may have.

7 days prior to moving day:

  • Send in change of address forms or submit them online.
  • Start to organize all boxes in stacks for easy access, with heaviest on the bottom.
  • Organize cleaning plan or cleaning services to come in a day or two after to move.
  • Clean your fireplace and stove.

1 day prior to moving day:

  • Empty, clean, defrost, and dry the refrigerator.
  • Have cash available for any moving expenses, or gratuities you may want to give.
  • Say Aloha to your friends and neighbors!