Avoiding Common San Diego Moving Mistakes

Avoiding Common San Diego Moving Mistakes

Top 10 Moving Mistakes Are you getting ready to close on the purchase of a new home? Congratulations! The window of time you are under contract and in escrow is the perfect amount of time to get ready for a move. There are definitely ways to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Plan ahead and you’ll avoid these 10 costly moving mistakes.

Not going through and getting rid of old and unused stuff from your currrent home, and not planning where everything else will be going in your new home.

O.k., maybe these are two things, but they’re important and go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re downsizing or upgrading, a move is one of the biggest events in your life. It’s a great opportunity to re-evaluate what’s most important to you, and what kind of lifestyle you want to have in the future. Let go of items that are no longer necessary, and make sure that what you want to keep will have it’s own designated space in your new home. This is one of the most crucial steps, and often overlooked by home buyers.

Not backing up your computer and making extra copies of files and documents.

A move is a very physical experience, both for you and for your stuff! Electronics get jostled around, stored in warm vehicles, and exposed to the elements. Same goes for paper documents. Before you move, make sure to make copies of all essential household files and documents, both in electronic and paper form. These include, but are not limited to, insurance paperwork, essential medical paperwork, birth & marriage certificates, etc. Pack away one set for the move, and keep another set with you.

Scheduling your move on the same day of closing.

While most buyers take possession of their new home on the day of closing, this is not going to be the day that buyers move into their new home. This is the day the sellers move out, and buyers can receive keys at the end of the day. It’s a good idea to give yourself a couple days to clean your new home, add window coverings if necessary, and allow some flexibility in move-in timeframe in case the escrow process needs to be extended for a few days unexpectedly. Be sure to keep in constant communication with your escrow company so as not to delay your moving plans.

Choosing a moving company based on price alone.

You could end up spending more time and money in the end trying to fix a moving disaster. Quality service is essential. Check out the company’s references (try to get two), licensing, insurance and length of time in business. Not making a first night survival kit. Or a 3-night survival kit. Better to be safe than sorry. If your shipment hasn’t arrived or you’re simply too tired to unpack everything, you’ll be thankful to have an accessible overnight bag with some essential items you’ll need when you’re in your new place. Clothing, toiletries, medications, children’s and pet’s necessities etc. are all essential to have with you and not in the moving truck.

Not using a dolly or a hand truck.

Whether you’re moving yourself or just rearranging things after a professional move, the money you spend to rent or buy moving equipment will pay for itself by dodging back strains and chiropractic visits.

Refusing extra coverage for loss and breakage.

The basic limited liability coverage offered to you, free of charge, by the movers will not be sufficient. And most homeowners’ policies don’t cover items broken or lost in a move. Extra insurance can be purchased through an independent insurance company, which will cover you for the duration of the move. Your mover will be able to direct you to a company that will bind your move.

Not labeling boxes.

When packing boxes, make sure you label the top and sides of boxes with contents, location of contents in your house and any special instructions, such as “fragile” or “open first.” Especially for storage items that will be going into cupboards or closets, be sure to write a list on the outside of the box with the contents. It doesn’t do much good to just write “kitchen” on the boxes. You may end up digging through several boxes just to find the pancake skillet for breakfast the first morning.

Not keeping your receipts.

If you’re moving closer to a job, your moving costs may be tax-deductible. Keep receipts for moving household goods, utility change fees and lodging and travel expenses. However, if your employer covers those costs, you won’t be allowed to deduct them.

Not following these Top 10 Moving Recommendations will be a recipe for an aggravating moving experience. However, if you follow through on each item, you’re on the right path to have a smooth, successful move into your new home. What better way to start off your new life in your new home, than with a positive moving experience!

YWCA Walk a mile in her shoes

A fun, community event where hundreds, and ultimately thousands, of men and women put on a pair of high-heeled shoes and walk through the streets of downtown San Diego in a light-hearted attempt to build awareness of the very serious issue of domestic violence and its impact on the community. This event allows men to experience the world through a woman’s point of view. Proceeds from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will benefit the YWCA’s Becky’s House® Domestic Violence Program. All of the services provided by Becky’s House® support the individual’s journey from victim to survivor to achiever. The program includes a 30-60 day domestic violence emergency shelter, a 24-Hour emergency hotline, and two 18-24 month transitional housing communities for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Becky’s House® serves more than 500 women and children and receives nearly 2,500 hotline calls each year.


San Diego Chamber of Commerce

Gorilla Movers is proud to announce that we have been selected as a finalist in the category Excellence in Customer Service by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Being listed as one the of the top 6 companies out of a field of over 245,000 Southern California Businesses is a great achievement.

Companies were judged on the following criteria: Educated sales and services representatives who are approachable, available and willing to help. High-quality service from beginning to end; the amount and quality of assistance given to customers. Responsiveness and follow-through once a problem has been identified; dealing with situations of adversity from customers. The Gorilla Movers appreciates the recognition and will continue to maintain our commitment to excellence in customer service. As always, our movers in San Diego thank you for your continued support.

Getting started with your move

1. Getting ready

Find out exactly what you want your movers to do, we offer many services:

  • Local Moving
  • Commercial Moving
  • Packing
  • Loading/Unloading storage- units or rental trucks

Whether your looking to have us fully pack and move your home or just move the heavy furniture, we can help.

2. Call us

Give us a call! We can give you an accurate computer estimate based on a list of your items (only takes about 10-15 minutes),

or we can give you a rough quote based on the average home or office of your size.

For larger moves, have us come out to do a visual estimate for you.

3. Get Quote

Your quote will be based on an hourly rate that never changes with a one time travel charge.

All moves include our standard insurance, truck, equipment, padding and wrapping of all your large or breakable furniture and free wardrobe boxes.

4. Prepare your move

For your move you can do as little or as much as you want. Having boxes packed, stacked 3 or 4 high with clear paths to all items really helps your move go smoothly.

More moving tips can be found on our tip page