How to find Professional Movers in Palo Alto

Finding professional, trusted Palo Alto movers can feel pretty overwhelming. From licensure to reputability to customers reviews, there’s a lot to consider! With a little focused and organized research, you could save some money, avoid scams and find the perfect professional movers for your needs. Here are 6 surefire tips for researching movers in Palo Alto.

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It’s important to get several opinions before making a decision. This company will be moving your personal belongings after all, so it’s best to be confident you’ve made the right choice. Take a look at Yelp! reviews, as well as testimonials from the the website of the companies that you’re looking into. Get in the ear of local real estate agents, friends and coworkers too. 

Get Your Estimate In Person

Do not rely on online services to find estimates. It is best to get in-person estimates from each moving company. Once you have a list of 4 or 5 recommended options, you can weed out movers based on the way they provide estimates. Don’t rely on someone who is giving an estimate without seeing your house, there’s no way of getting a proper estimate that way. Make sure to get estimates from a few companies, big corporations and the little guys too. You never know who will have the best offer.

If you are moving to another state, ask for a bind estimate or binding-not-to-exceed estimate. These estimates limit the amount you can be charged. For moves within the state of California, movers are required to provide a signed binding estimate. Unlike non-binding estimates, movers can charge you for a binding estimate, though most movers give it to you for free.

Do A Background Check

Head over to the Better Business Bureau and get a quick background check on each company. You can also contact the American Moving and Storage Association to see if they are a member. While it is not necessary for a moving company to be a member of AMSA, it certainly speaks to their professionalism. For more in-depth background checks, the Better Business Bureau also has a scam tracker on their website.

Be Thorough

When it comes time for your in-house estimate, make sure to show the movers absolutely everything that is moving with you. Show them the closets, the garage, the backyard, the attic, the basement, and every corner of the house.

It is also crucial to show the movers any areas that might complicate things on moving day: tight corners, grand pianos, stairs, or antique furniture. This will remove any possibility for movers to increase the estimate on move in day. While you’re at it, find out as much as possible about the logistics of the move:

Is the company physically moving you or will they be contracting that work out (opt for a company that is doing it itself)?

Do you have the full name and contact information of movers, including references?

License information (USDOT)

Moving guide pamphlets (Movers are required by law to provide you with something).

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Compare Bids

Now that you have your bids, it’s time to compare. Be skeptical of super cheap bids, but don’t assume the highest bid is the best value either. Look for hidden fees and don’t hesitate to call the company if you have any questions. If a company doesn’t want to answer a question, or keeps handing you off to someone else to speak to, cross them off the list. If you have a few bidders around the same price, go ahead and negotiate prices. Palo Alto movers are familiar with negotiations because the competition is so high. It’s called an estimate for a reason.

Double Check Licensure

Once you select the right moving company for you, double check to make sure they have all of the licensure necessary to move you. This includes the U.S. Department of Transportation license. Search the company’s USDOT number and check the following important information:

The names on this document should be the same as the names the company gave you.

The truck to moves per month ratio should be realistic (it’s not likely a company owns 2 trucks and does 150 moves per month).

They should be authorized for hire.

They must have bodily-injury and property damage insurance (BIPD).

The safety reviews must be “satisfactory” or better.

Congratulations on your decision to move, we hope this information from Palo Alto movers at Moving Forward was helpful for you.

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Big questions to ask before moving

So you’re thinking about moving, congratulations! Deciding whether or not to move is one of those big decisions our parents always told us about. With big decisions comes some big questions, too. Whether you use our Sunnyvale movers for your big day or your moving from a different city to the Sunnyvale area, here are some important questions to ask yourself before deciding to move.

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Can I afford it?

Moving expenses add up. Not only are you hiring a professional, trustworthy mover, but there’s also dump run fees, packing supplies, gas and even all the takeout orders to consider (unless you plan on cooking through all the chaos). In addition, you will need to know how the real estate market compares to your current city. Even if you’re moving 20 miles, housing prices can change depending on the neighborhood you’re looking at. Real estate in the Sunnyvale area is slightly different that Redwood city, Palo Alto and other areas in the Bay. Make sure you have the funds to do it right and avoid cutting corners.

Is the culture appealing to me?

Our Sunnyvale movers have moved dozens of people who decided their new city wasn’t appealing after all. What a bummer! It’s understandable, people often move for jobs or other responsibilities, but it’s important to ask whether this new city appeals to you before you commit to moving. Where we hang our hat has a big influence on what we eat, what we do for fun, and even who we end up with. Make sure that place has the culture you will enjoy.

When’s the best time to move?

Depending on where you’re looking to move, seasons could have a big influence on when you move. If you’re trying to move to Chicago in February, you might what to reconsider. If you move from Palo Alto to Sunnyvale, though, it probably won’t matter that much.

How will I get around?

If your new town has great public transportation, you might consider selling your car. On the other hand, if you are moving from the Bay to a city with poor public transportation, you may need to invest in a car.

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Do I know anyone where I’m going?

Even if you consider yourself an independent type, it’s valuable to know at least one person in a new city. If you moved for school or work, it helps to have someone outside of those environments to spend time with, show you around and introduce you to other people.

What’s the job market like?

If you’re moving for a change of scenery, take a good hard look at the job market before you decide to move. Depending on your industry jobs could be extremely competitive, or the industry could be less established than you’re used to. We spend a good chunk of our waking hours at work, make sure you can work somewhere that suits you.

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Do I have a plan B?

It happens: you move, you endure it for a month or two, and then you realize this place just isn’t for you. Even if you feel like there’s no possible way you could regret this move, have a plan B. There’s no telling what curveball could be thrown at you, so set up a soft place to land, just in case.

Moving in the Bay Area? Call our Sunnyvale movers for a quote today!

what to expect from a professional moving service

When selecting a professional Redwood City moving company, there’s a lot to consider. First, what does it really mean to be “professional”? A Professional moving company will be fully licensed and insured, and they will also have clear processes to assist you throughout your move. We want to make hiring professional movers a clean process, and part of keeping things professional is being as prepared as possible. There are some things your professional movers would like for you to know in order to have an efficient and pleasant moving day. Here are 5 moving day tips to improve the experience and professionalism of your move.

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Be Packed Before They Arrive

This might go without saying, but in our experience we’ve seen lots of families scrambling to finish packing as the movers arrive. This can cause a bunch of problems, some of which might end up costing you more money. Make sure your belongings are wrapped and packed so the hauling is clean and organized. Don’t waste their time, you’re paying for it!

Label Those Boxes

Moving and unpacking is much more organized when you label the boxes by what rooms they are going to. Save your movers and yourself the headache when you arrive to your new home. Also, clearly label any and all boxes that have fragile items in them. Make the lettering big and clear.

Stay Out Of The Way

When it comes time to move your belongings, it’s best to step aside and let them do their job. This is actually much more helpful than sticking around and micromanaging, as that added pressure could lead to an unnecessary accident. If you spent the time vetting professional movers and chose the most appropriate Redwood City movers for the job, then there should be nothing to worry about. While you should be out of the way, don’t skip out of town. Movers will need you close by should anything come up.

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Hold On To Your Jewelry and Medications

Anything of significant value should be kept with you during the move. While our professional movers do their very best to keep your personal belongings safe and protected, there’s no sense risking things you couldn’t do without.

Don’t Forget to Tip! Tips for professional movers is typically between 10-15% of the moving price. Tips are not included in the price.

The Pros and Cons of Asking Friends to Help You Move

When you’re getting ready to move, there’s a lot to think about, a lot to get done and a lot of expenses you may not have seen coming. It can seem like a no brainer to reduce some of the stress and ask your friends to help you move. It is especially tempting to do so if you’re moving in the same town. While there are undeniable perks to having your friends help with the move, there are some downsides as well. If you’re getting ready to move in or near Redwood City, consider these 6 pros and cons of having your friends or extended family help you move.

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Pro: You Save Money

When your friends help you move, you don’t have to pay any moving or hauling fees. All you have to pay for is an extra large pizza and maybe a six-pack, the rest is on the friends and family tab.

Con: You Get What You Pay For

Unless your friends and family are professional movers (or they’ve moved themselves a dozen times) they aren’t going to have the skills and experience to pack and load your personal belongings. This can become a big problem when it comes to your fragile or precious items.

Pro: You Can Trust Your Friends

You’ve got a lot on your mind during a move, and the last thing you want to worry about is keeping an eye on the strangers in your house. Friends and family can be trusted, which eases some of the stress from the move.

Con: If Something Breaks, It’s Awkward

It is totally possible that a loved one could damage or break something while packing or moving. If that happens, there is no insurance to cover the damage. Doing business with family members is always uncomfortable, and “hiring” them to move your belongings is no different.

Pro: You Get To Share A Big Moment With The Ones You Love

When you’re packing and moving things, a lot of memories tend to come from nowhere. It’s nice to have people you love around to relay all the sudden memories you made in your home. PLus, familiar company makes all the work a bit more manageable.

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Con: They Don’t Want To Work

It’s entirely possible that your friends will show up to “help”, do some micromanaging, pack a box or two and then skip out of there. Moving is a lot of work and responsibility, and relying on friends and family to help out with packing, moving and hauling is a lot like asking them to pet sit your horse.

If you’re in the Redwood City area and you’re getting ready to move, call the professionals at Moving Forward, Redwood City Movers.

Items Your Professional Movers Won’t Move

If you think movers are able to move anything, you would be wrong. Even the best professional Sunnyvale movers will not allow a number of items on the moving truck. Consider the following items when preparing for your next move:

Hazardous Materials

When loading a moving truck, hazardous materials are definitely out of the question. Thankfully, many of these hazardous items can be disposed of properly and easily prior to the move. Some materials include plants, fertilizer, batteries, pesticides, paints, aerosols, motor oil, acids, propane tanks, pool chemicals, and more. All items that are potentially explosive or flammable are unable to be loaded as well.

Contact your local hazardous waste facility for details on disposal.

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Perishable Items

If considering a long-distance move, movers do not allow food items on the truck. These items will not keep and have the possibility of attracting rodents or other pests. As long as perishable items are properly packed and will be delivered within twenty-four hours, your professional Sunnyvale movers may allow then on the truck.

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Sentimental or Personal Items

Due to the inherent risk of damage or loss, professional movers prefer not to transport these items. As a consumer, having these items under your control should be preferred due to their difficulty to replace. Some items include financial, medical, and school records, jewelry, laptops, personal videotapes, and cash.

Reduce Your Cost of a Long-Distance Move with These Tips

Are you considering a long-distance move but you’re on a tight budget? While moving can be expensive, there are ways you can reduce your costs. The best way to accomplish this is by hiring the San Francisco movers in advance, plan accordingly, and expect some glitches.

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Consider the following when planning a long-distance move:

Choose an Intelligent Move-Out Date

Certain times to move are costlier than others. The more expensive times are on weekends or end of months, and during a holiday. Also, May straight through to September are the busiest months of the year for professional moving companies.

Cut Down Your Items

Give yourself time to go through old clothes, junk drawers, your children’s old toys, etc. Sell or dispose of any items you no longer use or need. The less expensive your move will be when you cut down the number of boxes you are moving.

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Hire Professional San Francisco Movers

Hiring professional San Francisco movers ensures a high-quality move. Experienced movers carefully load and unload your belongings. In addition to transporting your belongings, they have the equipment necessary to protect your items and can disassemble/reassemble your belongings. Expert movers make sure your move goes smoothly by taking care of all the work for you.

 

 

 

 

5 Tips for a Successful Moving Sale

Moving day is fast approaching, and after careful planning with your Redwood City movers, you’re almost ready for the day to arrive. Everything in your current home is not coming with you to your new location. This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted clutter and make a make a few dollars also.

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Tag Items

After setting the date for your sale, consider the items you want to sell. Research your items worth and when the day of your sale arrives, clearly tag each item with the asked price.

Recruit Helpers

Contact family and friends to help you on the day. If customers need to wait, they may leave. It’s also helpful to have another set of eyes on your items.

Make It Presentable

Test, fix and clean all items you plan to sell. Having items that are presentable increases the chance that someone will purchase them.
Furthermore, make the area of your sale presentable as well.

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Spread the Word

Advertising is the best way to get the word out there. Try online listings such as Craigslist, the local paper, and pass out flyers to local businesses for them to display.
Decorating on the sale day is also very useful, such as balloons.

Be Ready

Have coins and small bills, bags, and tents in case of rain.
You are now ready for your Redwood City movers to load the remaining items.

Useful Tips for Moving with Little Kids

Being a parent is a lot of work. You have days filled with picking up laundry, toys, and spit up. You received word that you are moving soon, and your mind has been wondering how you’ll make everything work.
At your Palo Alto moving company, we understand the predicament and offer you the following tips:

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Recruit Your Kids

Depending on your children’s ages, they can be helpful in the moving process. Hand them a few boxes and instruction on what to fill them with. This not only reduces your workload, but they will feel like an important aspect of the move.

Ask Friends and Family

Whether you ask them to babysit or help with packing and/or unpacking, family and friends can be a helpful resource when moving. You are able to get more stuff accomplished and stress related to the move is reduced.

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Make it an Adventure

Moving day can be an emotional time for children. To help ease these emotions, make the move a fun adventure. Fill the trip to your new home with fun activities and stops. Make them extra excited by letting them plan out the adventure.
While it’s never easy moving with kids, you can prepare for your move by following these tips and letting your Palo Alto moving company help you.

Make Your Small Move Matter

If you are moving from one apartment to another, you might be told this trip is a small move. While an apartment, suite, condo or other like unit may have less square footage and typically contains a smaller number of items than larger homes, from your viewpoint this is anything but small.

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Many times, moves such as these can be more complex than traditional moves; especially finding a moving company willing to do smaller moves. A Sunnyvale Moving company proudly offers their assistance for moves such as these, providing the same high level of professionalism with moves no matter what size.

No Matter What Size Move – It Is Important

Perhaps you do not have a basement full of boxes or several rooms in your home with many items, but you still want your personal belongings transported in a safe and secure manner to your new residence. You might be moving only a few miles down the road, but moving everything from your current residence to the new is still an important job. Consider the following to ensure you have a well-organized and successful move:

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Do Not Wait until the Last Minute

During a small move, there are fewer items to worry about; however, a good amount of time should be taken to design a plan, organize, and safely and securely box all your belongings. Rather than leaving anything for the last minute, take the few weeks leading up to your move too slowly pack. Doing so will greatly reduce your stress. Alternately, consider employing a Sunnyvale Moving company and their professional and knowledgeable packers to save you time and hard work.

Find the Best Moving Company

Finding a moving company to move your all your worldly possessions who is willing to take on small moves and provide excellent service can be trying to say the least. A San Francisco moving company offers services for moves such as these, providing the same high level of standards as well as proven results seen with all their successful moves.

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Plan Your Arrival at New Residence

Throughout the moving process, your movers will continue to assist you, so plan ahead where items should be placed in your new residence. Instead of boxes being piled upon each other in your entryway or another room, reduce the amount of work needed in the days following a move and devote more time appreciating your new home.

Most Important Things to Do Before Moving

Prior to moving, there are numerous things you should consider doing. Moving can be a stressful experience whether you are moving many miles away or just around the corner. This is why it is important to use a checklist containing essential tasks you need to complete to ensure an effective move.

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Important Tasks to Do Prior to Moving

Sell Unused Items

Sell any items you no longer have a use for. Moving is an excellent time to get rid of any belongings that are no longer used or needed. Any unsold items can be donated to charity. Overall moving costs are decreased with this task.

Start Packing Early

Begin to pack at least one month prior to moving to avoid staying awake all night to finish last minute packing. While you pack, consider the use of stickers on boxes to make re-organizing your possessions at your new residence easier.

Address Change

To forward mail to your new home, be sure to change your address. To notify your post office about the new address, complete a Change of Address form. You do not want important mail, magazines, or newspapers delivered to your old residence. If moving out of state, contact your broker for information on where to locate these services at your new residence.

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Receive a moving estimate from reliable San Francisco Movers. Hiring professionals are much easier than moving by yourself. Prior to moving, it is important to calculate all moving costs.

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List of Items You are Unable to Move

Moving trucks do not allow some common household and kitchen items on board. For example, oil, paint, flammables, etc. Contact a proper disposal facility prior to your move.

Cancel Services

Prior to leaving your old home services must be canceled. Water, gas, electricity, phone, internet, should all be handled prior to moving. Also, contact your new utility companies at least one week prior to your move to ensure your phone, internet, and cable is set up at your new residence before moving in.

School-Age Children

Information about new school options can be found on the internet. Prior to moving check your children’s educational opportunities. To ensure your children do not miss any school, contact the new school to have any paperwork completed beforehand.

Of course, the most important thing to do prior to moving is hiring reliable San Francisco movers for stress-free and simpler moving experience.