All Reasons Moving Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Bay Area-Based Moving Company Offers Worldwide Residential and Business Relocations

San Jose, CA (June 1, 2016) – All Reasons Moving & Storage, a San Jose-based moving company, is celebrated 25 years in business. The company has been serving the Bay Area since 1991 and, as a Certified California ProMover, is recognized as an industry leader, along with belonging to the exclusive club of successful California businesses owned and operated by women.

When Kim Tucker, All Reasons Moving’s founder, first launched the company, she worked on the front lines of each move – driving trucks and moving furniture – to ensure each job was completed with integrity and speed. In an industry with a typically high turnover rate, All Reasons Moving’s continued success over the past 25 years is due to an outstanding team of well-trained, long-term professionals.

“I’m thrilled to be celebrating 25 years serving customers in the San Francisco Bay Area, California and worldwide,” said Tucker. “Our company would not be where it is today without their support, and the hard work and dedication of our amazing employees. I look forward to many more fruitful years in business and thousands more residential and business moves around the world.”

One of the first in California to receive the designation of Certified California ProMover by the California Moving & Storage Association (CMSA) and the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), All Reasons Moving was recognized for their commitment to professional, ethical business practices and quality customer service.

Over the last 25 years, All Reasons Moving has grown into a thriving family operation, and Tucker says she couldn’t have taken the company where it is today without the support of family members. Tucker’s daughter, Jessica Martinez, is the office manager and son Josh Hufana is the Operations & Warehouse Manager; her husband Tom Brown is an estimator and her son-in-law James Martinez is their salesman.

About All Reasons Moving & Storage

Recognized as a leader in the moving and storage industry, All Reasons Moving provides high quality relocation at the hands of well-trained, long-term professionals. In fact, that’s part of what sets All Reasons Moving apart: the majority of their movers are employees, and several are family members! No job is ever too big or too small, and they give every customer the same individualized attention for a totally customized experience. For more information, visit www.AllReasonsMoving.com.

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Passage of AB 2118 Protects Consumers & Professional Moving Companies

We always try to provide up to date news relating to consumer protection when it comes to using moving companies. Sadly, there are still those who will take advantage of the unsuspecting consumer during an emotional and stressful time such as moving. There are so called “moving companies” out there that lure customers with enticingly low prices, only to hold their goods hostage for more money before delivery? And they are so rampant that it finally took a new law, Assembly Bill (AB) 2118 to counteract all the consumer fraud.

Professional movers are regulated by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC — in California the CPUC). According to their website, “The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates …. We regulate utility services, stimulate innovation, and promote competitive markets, where possible. ”

AB 2118 was sponsored by Assembly Member Betsy Butler (D-Los Angeles), and was begun with the California Moving & Storage Association. They agreed that something more was needed to protect the consumers. Basically, this bill updates the Household Goods Carriers Act by improving ways illegally operating moving companies can be prosecuted. It ensures that unpermitted movers are held to the same stringent standards as legally permitted movers.

Additionally, AB 2118 codifies how household goods are defined, and creates a new section that specifically addresses infractions of license, membership and location falsification. How can you find out more? The PUC is directed through this bill to create a “Know Your Rights” website that all professional moving companies can link to, to help ensure that there customers are fully informed.

The best way to find a reputable mover is to do your research. Look for members of national and local moving associations like CMSA or AMSA and consumer business bureaus such as BBB. CMSA and AMSA have also started a program of certifying legal licensed movers with the distinction of ProMover. Check the CMSA web site for a list of California ProMovers to ensure your move is in good hands. AND the biggest thing is NEVER be tempted by a cheap price.

Call All Reasons Moving at 408-240-0244 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for your moving needs.

History of Moving

History of MovingA friend recently expressed out loud the thought that everyone hates moving.  Moving is not convenient but often has to be done. It is sometimes welcome and exciting, but moving is never convenient.
I got to thinking further, and really moving is great these days! Compared to 200, 100 or even 50 years ago it’s so much easier now.

There has been many technological advancements; cartons, containers and packing materials have improved thousand-fold over the years! There is lots of information out there on how to approach it and many services you can hire for help with sorting, packing and transporting.

As I allowed my thinking thread to wander further back, I wondered how people transported things throughout time. As it turns out historically, people really didn’t move around much. What they had to move, they basically carried on their backs in skins, rough cloth pouches or bags. In cultures where there were no pack animals, women typically did most of the heavy carrying, to leave the men free to protect them as they went along. Dogs might have been harnessed to carry or drag things, and even as cultures became exposed to horses, they often continued to move things by dragging.

It is said that the Chinese invented the wheelbarrow, and this method of moving things was extremely useful, as even someone small could move heavy loads. Chaises were also designed on a wheelbarrow model, allowing people on foot holding only two long poles to pull others.

In the Middle Ages, Kings and Queens of England would often go on long treks called “progresses” throughout the kingdom, visiting lords and noblemen often for the purpose of ensuring their loyalty.. The royals’ entourage would include basically the contents of their entire castle, staff, animals and accoutrements, including bed linens, clothing, etc., all transported by cart and coach. The host nobles were expected not only to house, but also feed every person on the crew, and their animals. The royal guests themselves were privy to the highest treatment of all. It was not uncommon for the noblemen to be bankrupt after one of these extended visits, which were regarded as a burdensome “privilege.”
It wasn’t only hard on the noblemen. The cortege of maids, footmen, coachmen, and lesser attendants were responsible for making their majesties comfortable in any venue, for packing, cleaning, airing and repacking every item at each moving stage. Moving boxes were heavy, cumbersome wooden crates or trunks, bound around with metal, requiring heavy keys (which also needed to be managed). No one enjoyed these month-long sojourns except the royalty.

As time moved along and the wheel had been invented and there we covered wagons it began to get easier. Still you did not have packing boxes but were lugging around wooden crates and heavy trucks. There weren’t moving vans or even roads so I wonder how many china pieces were broken during a long trip. The decision to move was not made lightly that is for sure.

So the next time you have to move think about how much easier we have it than our ancestors did. It’s not going to make it any less inconvenient but does help to put things in perspective. Aren’t you happy you don’t have to suffer with outdated methods of transporting your belongings?

We at All Reasons Moving pride ourselves on keeping the latest equipment, a fleet of well-maintained trucks, and knowledgeable staff. The only similarity you will see is that you will be treated like royalty, and your move will occur seamlessly.

Only Hire Legal Moving Company – Don’t get Ripped off!

California ProMoverWould you hire an unlicensed contractor to build your dream house? Would you let an unlicensed dentist work on your mouth? Would you invite someone into your home you don’t know, that doesn’t have a license, no insurance. Someone that is going to remove everything you own and drive away?

How often do you invite people you don’t know into your home? How many years have you worked to buy everything you own? What would it cost you if you had to replace it ALL? If you are not careful you could loose everything you own in one day! How much did you pay for your couch? I tell people all the time “do not cheap out when choosing a mover”.

I spend a lot of time talking about “how to choose a mover” and why not to hire an unlicensed moving company. We hear stories every day about consumers getting ripped off. Companies demanding more money at destination than the original agreed upon amount. Damage to belongings, items missing and worse case scenario the unlicensed mover that loads everything up and takes off never to be seen again.

The way they lure you in is by quoting cheap prices. If the price seems unrealistic this should be your first warning. Legitimate companies have overhead and if the prices seem to low you can be guaranteed that company is not paying workers comp, general liability or cargo insurance.

Don’t fall victim to one of these Rogue Movers. We have to stop these ruthless heartless thieves. The best way to stop them is to STOP USING THEM and report companies to the PUC that you discover are operating without a license.

Now to make things even worse it isn’t just unlicensed movers that are the problem. The PUC shuts down moving companies for violations every day. Their license gets revoked but they either keep working anyway OR re-open under a different name. While you are on the PUC web site checking license numbers look to see how long they’ve been in business. You should pick a company that has been around for a while.

What does it mean to hire an unlicensed moving company? Aren’t all moving companies the same?

  • All Moving Companies are NOT the same.
  • If you hire an unlicensed mover and your items get damaged you will not be able to recover anything for your loss
  • Items could be stolen and again you cannot recover
  • They lure you in with a cheap rate then charge for “extra’s”. In the end the move costs more than if you’d have gone with the higher hourly rate mover.
  • These companies are typically only around for a few months then they shut down, change their name and re-open. Usually in the few months they were open they accumulated bad reviews on-line but they don’t care they change name and consumers have no idea.
  • These companies hire day labor. Inexperienced people off the street to work with them. No background check means ex-cons and criminals in a lot of cases.

Tips on how not to get ripped off:

  • Research companies well in advance of your moving date. Schedule a time to have a representative from the moving company come out to your home. A legitimate company will provide you with a written not to exceed price. If they aren’t willing to give you a written estimate don’t use them (time permitting of course).
  • Never book a company based on an on-line quote. The web can be a great resource and good place to start but just because a company looks legitimate and has a pretty web site does not mean they are a company at all.
  • You want to deal directly with the moving company you are booking.
  • Do not book through a Broker which is what most of these on-line companies are, they sell the job to anyone willing to pay them.
  • Check the license number on the PUC web site. Make sure the license is valid and the name matches what they gave you. If the name on the license s not the same as their web site or estimate paperwork contact the PUC immediately. The license number must match the name they are using. If the name doesn’t match it could be a Rogue Company using someone else’s number.
  • Make sure they have insurance on file with the PUC. As a consumer you can also ask for a copy of their certificates the name of the company is at the top. It’s also okay to call the company and verify the certificate is indeed authentic.
  • What year were they established if it was within a few months or even a year it could very well be one of these companies that got shut down changed their name and is back to rip people off again. In this economy there aren’t a lot of moving companies opening up and you want experience anyway. There are plenty of legal licensed experienced companies out there.
  • Go on-line and enter the moving company name check reviews on BBB, yelp and other review sites it may surprise you what you find. Do they have a web site? Do they have a physical address?
  • Ask friends who they’ve used and if they were happy. BUT always check license numbers and reviews even if you got a referral. Just because your friend used someone doesn’t mean they checked.  I hear of people referring unlicensed movers all the time.
  • Choose a moving company that is a California ProMover. This could save you lots of time. These companies are certified and have been pre screened for consumer protection. These companies that are Certified ProMovers are all licensed, insured and have excellent reputations in the industry.
  • Sites such as movers.com do not have trucks of their own. They are brokers that take your name and information and sell them to companies willing to pay. Always book directly with the moving company not through a broker.

Bottom Line: 

  • Do your research.
  • NEVER book solely on Price!
  • Do not book a mover just from the web
  • Only use a company that is well established legal and licensed.

Common Mistakes When Planning a Home Move

MovingIn our blog archive hold lots of articles on how to plan and execute a seamless, low stress home move. All moving is somewhat stressful, but our advice affords the most pleasant and seamless home move possible. Moving your home can actually be a great experience! We still find, however, that people continue to make these top three mistakes when moving. Your home move can go smoothly if you plan ahead whether you are using a Professional Moving Company or not.

  1. Hire the Wrong Moving Company. We cannot stress enough the importance of hiring a professional, vetted, reputable moving company. Whether you’re rushed, or it’s occurring during an emotionally difficult time, or you have plenty of time to plan none of that matters if you hire the wrong company your move can quickly become a nightmare. Hiring the right professional moving company will enable you to handle your move with grace and efficiency. They will be with you every step of the way, ensuring proper care and packing of your precious belongings, making your experience as pleasant as possible and giving you one less thing to worry about.  Solution: Get referrals from trusted friends, check out the BBB for recommendations. Hire the best, NOT the cheapest. Remember even if you get a referral from a friend to check the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) to make sure they are licensed. Just because it’s a referral doesn’t mean your friend ever checked. AND just because they had a good experience with an unlicensed moving company doesn’t mean you will be as lucky. One sure fire way is to check with the CMSA and pick a company that is a Certified California ProMover.
  2. Do Not Allow Enough Time to Clear Clutter Prior to Moving. The second most important thing you can do prior to a home move is go through your house, room by room, closet by closet, drawer by drawer, and get rid of useless clutter. People generally have no idea the vast amounts of “stuff” that accumulates during the course of even one year, let alone twenty or thirty. We are not making a judgment call here—of course you want to hold on to certain keepsakes. However, you will undoubtedly find items that have fulfilled their duty, and are due for the trash or Goodwill.  SOLUTION: Allow three to five full hours per room, to go through all spaces. A kitchen full of bottles and cans, or an office with files and boxes of pictures will take longer (mostly because we tend to get sucked into memoryville and pause over every piece of paper!). You may think the guest bedroom will take no time at all, as it’s rarely used, right? Don’t be fooled. Plan for at least a full three hours to go through closets, under beds, in dressers. Armed with a large trash bag and several sturdy boxes, separate trash from donation. If you’re done sooner, celebrate! Or start on the next room. Don’t want to do it yourself considering hiring an organizer someone like Amanda Kuzak, Kuzak’s Closet.
  3. Don’t Have Enough Supplies. You’ll be surprised how many boxes it takes to pack a closet, desk or kitchen. The tendency is to vastly underestimate, because you are looking at things that are put away nicely. Three to five wardrobe boxes are average for a closet, plus five large blanket boxes, and three medium boxes just for shoes. A standard dining room hutch will need five to 10 dish packs. You also need to have plenty of packing tape, and tape gun(s). Properly sealing boxes requires three passes of tape on the bottom of the box, plus one pass on the top to seal the top of the box. (Never weave flaps; always seal them with tape.)  SOLUTION: Overestimate your box and tape count; if you purchase boxes from a professional moving company they will buy back unused supplies.

Check out our previous blog: “Packing Moving Boxes: Time Saving Tips” to help you be organized.

All Reasons Moving has been helping people have happy home moves for over 20 years. Please call us for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for your upcoming home move. Hiring a Professional Company to handle your move will mean you have one less thing to worry about when planning your next move.

Renting the Right Size Moving Truck

Moving Truck RentalUse these tips to determine what size moving truck to reserve prior to your move, and how to load it. If you are planning on moving yourself and researching truck rentals, you must have an idea of the truck size you need in order to reserve it comfortably. You should reserve a truck four weeks before your move.
If the truck is too small you will have to make several trips. If you are moving a long distance that could be disastrous. If left to the last minute, you also risk not being able to rent the size you need for the right price. A truck that is too big is a better option; however, be aware that if your items do not snugly pack into a large truck, or if you neglect to secure them properly, they may become damaged by shifting or falling.
If you are hiring a moving company they should bring the right size truck based on what you tell them you have and being professionals they can fit more into a smaller size truck than the average homeowner.
Trailer:

If you are moving a child to college, cleaning out a shed or small garage, or only moving one small area, rent a trailer and hitch. You can generally measure a few pieces and estimate the number of boxes to determine which size trailer is right. This option is usually cheaper than renting any full size moving truck.
Trucks:
The chart below can be used as a guideline for reserving a moving truck.

  • One to Two Rooms: 12-foot
  • Two to Three Rooms: 17-foot.
  • Three to four Rooms: 22-foot.
  • Five to Seven Rooms: 26-foot.

NOTE: Keep in mind everyone is furnished differently and while these guidelines are helpful it’s not always that simple. Do you have an entire other house is your garage? Do you have lot of patio furniture, lawn mower, plants and other items that do not stack well? Do you have very little in the way of stuff or are you a pack rat? Be honest with yourself and really take a look at what you have.
TIP: Remember to take into consideration the height of the truck. If you have a tall piece it may not stand in a 12 foot rental because you don’t have the height clearance and you will need to rent a bigger truck to get the height you need. When you are renting a truck always remember to ask about the height.
Packing the Moving Truck
You want to use heavier furniture pieces like dressers, nightstands and desks as what is called “base”. Wrap moving blankets around furniture to keep things from getting scratched. Stack boxes on top of the furniture. Smaller furniture pieces can be stacked on top of your base furniture.

Fill in between and underneath with smaller pieces and boxes, wrapping where possible. Boxes can easily go under a table or a desk. Look for small boxes to fill in spaces this not only helps to keep the shipment from shifting but you also want to make sure everything fits so use your space wisely.

Keep a small step stool handy this helps with reaching high and deep into empty spaces. Always put lighter items on top and heavier on the bottom. When packing remember it’s easier to stack a box than it is to stack a garbage bag the more you have packed into uniform boxes the easier the truck will be to load.
Distribute the weight evenly throughout the truck with more weight towards the cab or front of the truck but pretty evenly throughout the truck. Not only is it not good for the truck itself to be loaded heavier on one side than the other but when taking a turn it’s possible to flip the truck if you have more weight on one side than the other.
Where you are moving and how far you are going? The farther away you are moving the longer your items will be in the truck and the more pads and straps you should use. Are you moving somewhere that you will be driving over a steep road? Keep in mind the load shifting and use straps or rope to help keep furniture in place.

Moving Truck Rental Companies we recommend are Penske, Budget  or Enterprise Truck Rental. All have good maintenance records and staff available to assist you in figuring out the proper truck size.

If you are moving cross country or some farther distance you may want to consider hiring a professional moving company to load the truck for you. Hiring a professional moving company will lesson the chances of the load shifting and items getting damaged. Check the CMSA (California Moving and Storage Association) web site for a list of California ProMovers in your area that can help with this. The money you pay upfront to load the truck could save you money in the end with less breakage not to mention getting you on the road quickly and easily.

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