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As the most populous, most diverse state in the union, California has something for everyone. It boasts the beautiful Bay Area, the bountiful Central Valley, and so many recreation options from mountains to beaches to deserts. If you are moving south from Los Angeles to San Diego, you are about to enjoy what many say is the secret jewel of the Golden State. San Diego is a little less crowded, a little less expensive, but no less golden than the rest of California.

How can I find a cheap mover from Los Angeles to San Diego?

Finding an affordable, cheap moving vendor for your relocation is the most important thing on your to-do list right now. Moving within the state is long-distance, but it isn’t as far or as complicated as a cross country move. It is too far to be considered a local move (anything under 50 miles is local), but because it is not an interstate move, it is not covered by federal regulations on interstate commerce.

In California, local and long-distance movers are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Household Goods and Services, which aims to protect consumers from fraudulent practices. BHGS requires that movers conduct an in-person (or virtual) inspection of the household goods you need to move before they submit a quote for your job. Verbal and online rate quotes are prohibited in California; only written, “not-to-exceed” prices are allowed. If you hire a mover three or more days in advance of the move, they must provide you with their moving services agreement and a copy of a publication called Important Information for Persons Moving Household Goods (within California). That document outlines how movers can operate within the state, how liability coverage works, and what to do if something goes wrong.

How much will it cost to move from Los Angeles to San Diego?

The best way to find out how much your move will cost is to get several estimates. That process will also help you choose the best moving company. It isn’t always wise to pick the lowest price offered. As mentioned, the mover must come to your residence and conduct a visual inspection of the things you want to move. Take that opportunity to interact with the representative and develop a rapport. Is this someone you can trust with your belongings? It’s an important question. The mover should ask about anything that you plan to dispose of—perhaps you plan to clean out the garage and have fewer boxes than what they see now. Alternatively, you may need to add a stop at a storage unit. No matter what circumstances make your move project special, be sure that you tell the moving estimator so that the inventory and the quote are accurate.

Because the mover will calculate the price based on the shipment’s weight, it is important that they can make a reasonable determination of that element. Other factors that impact the price are the services you want the mover to add. A full-service mover can take care of all the packing, or part of it if you prefer. Some people like to have the moving company take over packing for specific items, like fragile pieces. Keep in mind that if you pack something and it gets damaged, the mover will not assume liability unless they damage the container. But if they pack it and it is damaged, they are responsible for how it was packed. It may be wise to engage the movers and packers for artwork that needs to be crated. If you decide to do the packing on your own, ask your mover if you can borrow some of their wardrobe boxes—those are very handy for moving the contents of your closet, and you probably don’t want to invest money buying them.

What if I have a very small move?

Most moving companies have minimums. If you are moving a few items from your apartment or have minimal furniture, you may still have to pay the carrier’s minimum weight charge. Make sure that you ask about this. The mover may be able to combine your shipment with another one or provide an alternative for you. Some movers specialize in small moves, so talk to several companies if your job fits into this category.

How do I decide which move is the best for me?

When you meet with the moving company representatives to get the estimates, you should ask questions about their business. It is a good sign if the company has a local office and has been established for a long time.  If you have checked with BHGS to ensure that they are appropriately licensed, go to the Better Business Bureau site to look for positive and negative reviews about their services. Unlike possibly fabricated reviews you may see on a company’s website, the BBB is careful to validate the reports that it receives from consumers. Ask each contender for references. The mover should be glad to offer recent customers’ contact information, so you can call and inquire about their experience with the company.

Do I need moving insurance?

Choosing a good moving company is essential, but even great service providers have accidents, and sometimes things go wrong. More importantly, if you have accidentally engaged a disreputable company, you will be glad that you have taken the precaution to obtain coverage for your belongings. The moving company estimate will explain the various levels of coverage. Basic liability is included with the move’s cost, but remember that this level is small and doesn’t usually offer enough reimbursement if anything is lost or broken. Most consumers who choose this coverage and suffer damage report wishing they had paid for better protection. $0.60 per pound is such a minimal amount—if a twenty-pound flat-screen television is dropped and broken, the $12.00 replacement coverage will not be enough to replace it.

Similarly, if you have a desk that weighs 100 pounds, a $60 payment will not be sufficient if you need to replace the desk.  Your belongings are worth protecting, so review the other options for fair market (actual) value or full (replacement) value that the mover will offer to you. These choices will require that you pay a fee and will have deductibles.

Also, genuinely precious articles like antiques, china, art objects, gold, and silver should be individually described on the inventory and need a declared value. Don’t pack cash, jewelry, critical financial records, or other papers into the truck. Keep those items with you when you travel.

One thing to keep in mind when you pack is what you should never send in the moving truck. Any hazardous material is prohibited. This list includes flammables like lighter fluid, paint and paint thinner, gasoline, propane, and propane tanks. It includes explosives like firearms and ammunition, corrosives including acids, drain cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, bleach, and household chemicals. Also prohibited are compressed gases like fire extinguishers, aerosol cans, and scuba tanks. Moving companies won’t knowingly accept any of these items. If you accidentally pack one and it causes damage to your shipment, your liability coverage will be void, so be careful.

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