If you’re preparing to move, there’s a lot to consider. Putting your possessions in the hands of strangers can be a stressful decision. When choosing a moving company, licensing and reliability are paramount, but you also want to make sure you get a fair price. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best moving companies in San Diego to help you select movers who fit your needs.
Summer is a popular time to move since many children are on vacation from school. Students who attend the many colleges and universities in San Diego usually relocate during the summer as well. Consequently, summer moving prices can be twice as high as September through April, and movers will be more pressed for time.
The average price to hire local movers for 100 miles or fewer in San Diego ranges from $80 to $100 per hour for two movers and a truck. A two-bedroom apartment takes about five to seven hours, while a four-bedroom house can take 10 hours or more. California Moving and Storage Association provides unbiased information for people moving household goods within the state.
Interstate or long-distance movers usually charge by load and should be insured and registered with the Department of Transportation. Customers can research state-to-state and cross-country movers with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Costs average $2,000 to $5,000 per load.
Factors to consider when getting a quote and hiring a moving company:
Will you pack items yourself or hire movers to pack them?
Distance of move
Dates and speed of delivery
How many rooms are in your home?
What floor do you live on?
Do you need optional add-on insurance that covers the full value of items?
Do you own any oversized or especially fragile or heavy items?
Ask questions to avoid surprises on your bill, like extra charges for additional movers. Downtown San Diego residents in high-rise buildings should inquire about “stair fees.”
Overall, the population of San Diego County is booming. With new housing developments, suburbs like Carlsbad, San Marcos and Chula Vista are experiencing tremendous growth. Rising rents and home prices also contribute to the relocation of San Diegans throughout the county, as does the large military presence. About one-third of people living in San Diego are from other parts of California, and many move to the city from other countries.
When moving long distance and in need of temporary storage, Colonial Van Lines has you covered. Customers love their professionalism, customer service and that they are up-front about every step of the moving process so you know what to expect, when to expect it and at what cost.
Mile High Van Lines
Founded in Denver in 2008, Mile High Van Lines has expanded its service area for state-to-state moves. Interstate moving services can include packing and extra furniture protection. A consultant assigned to you will make your move less stressful. Customer reviews say Mile High movers are timely and hard working while customer service is attentive and professional.
For state-to-state moves, American Van Lines is a national company offering residential, corporate and military relocation. Last-minute moves are considered for no additional fee. Fragile items, such as pianos, fine arts and antiques are moved by trained and certified professionals. American Van Lines prides themselves on a fleet of modern trucks with air-ride suspension so your belongings arrive no worse for wear.
San Diego Moving Company
San Diego Moving Company is family owned and specializes in local moves. They provide custom quotes for residential and commercial moves, and offer concierge services like dog daycare on moving day. San Diego reviewers appreciated the owner’s personal attention, the movers’ efficiency and the courteous staff.
You Move Me
You Move Me is a locally owned franchise that specializes in San Diego moves. Reviewers in San Diego experienced consistently courteous and careful service. Some people commented on this company’s nice touch of bringing you a cup of coffee on moving day because you’ve already packed your coffeemaker.