Avoid Unlicensed Moving Companies

There are several sites that people often turn to when looking for one service or another. When it comes to moving companies there are numerous listed on sites like Yelp and Craigslist. The problem with these sites is that you never know what you are actually going to get. Anyone can list on these sites and many are not licensed. It is definitely in your best interests to avoid unlicensed moving companies.

When you deal with unlicensed moving companies, it means you are working with a business that is not monitored or regulated by the government. This should be a huge red flag because if they decide to take all of your belongings or take your money and never perform, you may just be out of luck. The regulating agencies will have no information on the unlicensed mover that took your money or your stuff, so they will not be able to provide much assistance.

Hiring a professional and licensed moving company may cost more than hiring an unlicensed moving company but there are many benefits to paying the higher cost. First, you will be dealing with a company that is accountable to state and local regulatory agencies. If something goes wrong, you have several options for resolving your dispute. You will also be dealing with a company that has proper insurance. Unlicensed moving companies will not be insured and this means that you could be liable if they are injured or cause property damage.

Do your research before hiring a moving company. Check out what other people are saying about them. Inquire about whether they are licensed or not and if they say they are, verify that with the California Public Utilities Commission.

All Reasons Moving & Storage is a licensed and fully insured professional moving service. We have many years of experience moving homes and offices of all sizes. We have worked hard to earn our reputation as a trustworthy moving company. Call us today for more information on our services.

What Are Additional Moving Services?

Most people should be familiar with what a professional moving company can do, right? The moving crew will carry all of your belongings out of the home you are moving from, will load them into a moving truck, and then will drive off. The next time you will see them they will be arriving at your new address with all of your things and then they will take them inside your new place. That is what professional moving company does, right?

In a nutshell, this is the basic moving services offered by most moving companies. However, a legitimate professional moving company can and will do much more to complete a relocation job. There are many additional moving services that reputable moving companies offer.

Packing

Why would you want to risk damaging your expensive possessions such as an antique piece of furniture or a piano when you can hire professional movers who are also properly licensed and insured? No one else but a legitimate professional moving company can offer customized moving solutions that will work best in your situation.

Unpacking

Unpacking is another valuable service offered by most top-rated moving companies. Having your professionally packed household items not only delivered to your new home but also brought to their respective rooms, unpacked carefully, and positioned how you want them. You want to make sure the terms and conditions of any additional moving services are clear from the start so there are no surprises later.

Handling of Special Household Belongings

To avoid additional moving services fees, you may be tempted to move the number of special household belongings you have by yourself and maybe a couple of dependable friends. This could be a huge mistake. If your expensive items are damaged they will not be replaced except at your own expense. Let a professional and insured moving company handle these items for you.

Asking A Friend To Help You Move: Is It Worth It?

When it comes time to move, many people often turn to friends to help them move. Is it really worth it to ask a friend to help you move? Perhaps a friend owes you a favor and you may think that them helping you move would not be unreasonable. If you are considering asking a friend, there are a few things that you should consider first.

Damage to Your Belongings

One thing people often don’t think about when they ask a friend to move is what will happen if they break something in the process of moving. Are they going to replace it for your or will you have to replace it. If you do have to replace it, is it going to be something that you will hold against them?

Imagine your friend attempting to move your HDTV and, in the process, they drop it and the screen shatters. HDTVs are not cheap to replace. This is a far too common scenario. It can cause animosity between friends when something is broken during a move.

Sustaining An Injury While Moving

If your friend is injured, who is going to pay their medical bills should they need medical attention?

When you are moving there are going to be large items that weigh a lot, like TVs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, couches, etc. When people are not experienced moving heavy items they may lift them incorrectly. This can cause a back injury. Items can also be dropped on feet or hands may be smashed between the item and a wall or a door.

Who Should I Ask To Help Me Move?

If you are moving and need help, call a licensed and insured moving company. Most reputable moving companies will replace items they are responsible for breaking. They will also have insurance that will cover their movers, should they be injured while moving your belongings.

Unlike your friends, All Reasons Moving offers the best and most streamlined moving service around. We are also licensed and insured.  Call us at (408) 240-0244 or fill out our free, online quote form to learn more about the moving services we can offer you.

Tips For A Successful Office Relocation

Moving an office is a lot like moving to a new home. Not only will it require a lot of physical labor, it also necessitates extensive attention to detail and planning. No matter where your office is relocating, you will most likely need a professional and experienced office relocation team to provide for an uninterrupted transition into your new business space. The following are a few tips to assist you in preparing for your office relocation: [Read more…]

Specialty Wardrobe Boxes Preserve Your Clothes

When it comes time for moving, many people do not know where to pack clothes. Often times, they end up in a standard box or back. This will leave them wrinkled and they may be damaged too. Moving your clothes from closet to closet can be a breeze with specialty wardrobe boxes. Sturdy boxes should have built-in racks that will hold about two feet of clothes on hangers.

There are several advantages of using specialty wardrobe boxes including:

  • Wrinkle-free clothes
  • Pack and unpack clothes on hangers with little effort
  • Greater protection for expensive clothing such as suits and dresses

If you do not want to use specialty wardrobe boxes, alternatively, you can remove each clothing item from its hanger and carefully fold it into a box or suitcase lined with newspaper.

Moving Hats

The ideal way to move your hats is in their original box. If you still have them, you may be able to pack two hat boxes together in a larger moving box. You can also stuff each hat with crumpled newspaper and put them in a box, making sure to completely wrap each one with tissue. Boxes that contain hats should be packed with the heavier hats on the bottom of the box and the lighter hats at the top of the box. It is best not to pack anything other than hats in the boxes containing your hats. This will help to avoid damage.

Leathers and Furs

Because furs and leathers are highly sensitive to both temperature and moisture, we recommend that you keep these items with you. It is best to avoid transporting them with the rest of your belongings. This applies to expensive leather shoes, purses, and other fur and leather items you may have.

Can I Move A Pool Table On My Own?

So you own a pool table and plan to move from your current home. You may decide to try and move your pool table on your own. Is this a good decision? No. Pool tables are delicate and incredibly heavy, and moving them requires a tremendous amount of strength and technical skill. It is not a smart move to move a pool table on your own with so many professional movers available.

The following is a list of step that moving pros will take to move your pool table:

    1. Disassemble the Pool Table: In order to move a pool table, it needs to be taken apart. Failing to take it apart might not only result in serious property damage but also puts the movers and bystanders in serious danger.
    2. Moving the Pool Table: For this part of the process, some heavy lifters will be required. Reputable moving professionals will always ensure that they have the proper manpower for the job. The slate on a pool table could weigh upwards of 800 pounds.
    3. Making Room for the Pool Table: Before moving a pool table the area that it will be placed will need to be made ready. If there is thick carpeting in the room, it may need to be removed. The pool table requires a completely level surface and too soft of a ground may not provide the proper support to ensure that the pool table is level.
    4. Reassemble the Pool Table: Professional movers have plenty of experience reassembling pool tables. Every piece must be put back together properly to ensure the game can be played as intended. Even if one piece is not fashioned correctly it can throw the whole game off.

Now that you are familiar with the basics of moving a pool table, you know that moving it on your own may not be the best idea. It is in your best interest to hire a professional moving company that has experience moving pool tables. The moving pros at All Reasons Moving & Storage can help you move your pool table. Give us a call today for an estimate.

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