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Moving Tips for San Diego Movers

At Keep Moving Company, we want to be as helpful as possible for your next move in the San Diego area. This is why we put together some information to help make your next move a little easier. Below you will tips on various subjects that are frequently of concern to our customers during the course of their move.

Moving Checklist


Call your moving specialist to plan the move preferably a few weeks before the move to give you and your moving specialist adequate time to plan for the move.


Let your moving specialist know how much packing you intend to do for the move. If your are planning to save extra money during the move, inform your moving specialist that you will not be needing any packing services.


Make sure to show your moving specialist every item that will moved at the time that you and your moving specialist conduct the walk through. Doing so will eliminate the possibility of additional costs being added towards your moving quote at a later date.


Make sure to sign the estimate/quote during the time that you and your moving specialist assess the scope of the move. Make sure to address any questions or concerns you have about the move at this time before the moving estimate is finalized.


Notify the post office about your change of address to eleviate any mishaps with recieving incoming mail.


Mover's Kit


Below is a check list that inculdes all the essential items you should have handy during your move.


    First-aid kit     Paper plates
    Canned Goods     Plastic silverware
    Can opener     Snacks
    Cooking Utensils     Bottled water
    Soap     Disposable cups
    Toilet Paper     Paper towels
    Special items for children     Wash cloths
    Travel alarm clock     Check book
    Sufficient cash     Identification cards
    Credit cards     Hammer
    Flashlight (check batteries)     Light bulbs
    Keys to both old & new house     Pliers
    Fuses     Wrench
    Pet food/dishes     Screwdrivers
    _______________________     _______________________
    _______________________     _______________________


Packing Tips


Feel free to pack as much or as little as you like for the move. At Keep Moving Company, we can provide packing services to accommodate all your packing needs. Below is a list of helpful packing tips to assist you in packing your belongings properly and efficiently.


Pack items that you use the least first. Hold off on packing items that are used regularily to avoid enduring more work than is necessary.


Sart packing right after the big day has been planned. The more days you have to pack, the less stranious the move will be.


Be sure to always label your boxes appropriatley


Never pack flammable or non-allaowable items during the move.


be sure to use plenty of packaging paper/material while packing items in boxes.


Make sure to clearily label fragile on boxes with breakable items inside to avoid unneccessary accidents.


Write "open first" on boxes that contain essential living items such as cooking and hygene contents.


Use clean newsprint paper for packing whenever possible to avoid ink from rubbing off on packaged items. We can provide clean newsprint paper for you during the move.


Seperate your breakables and non-breakables for oading and un-loading purposes.


Use professional packing tape to seal boxes.


Pack all boxes tightly.


Packing tips for:






Lamps/lamp shades

Mirrors and Glass




Stereos and Electronics


Tips for moving with pets


Moving Routine

Make sure that the daily routine you have for your pets does not change dramatically during the phases of your move. Try to maintain a steady schedule for feeeding, walking and playing with your pets to reduce the amount of stress brought on by the move.


State municipal laws/regulations

Be sure to check with local animal laws and regulations of the region you intend on moving to. These rules regarding pets can vary from city to city and from state to state.


Unfamiliar People During The Move

A move can invite a lot of people to your home. Animals can become alarmed from the presence of unfamiliar people coming around their home frequently. If possible, try to isolate your pet to parts of the house that are cut off from contact with the added commotion brought on from the move.


Get Your Pet Inoculated Before The Move

Make an appointment with a vetinarian to bring your pet up to date with all the mandated inoculations. It will make the transition easyer for you and your pet if all shots are administered before the move.


Traveling With Your Pets During The Move

Make a traveling checklist for your pet to include all the necessities your pet will need for the move. Also, if your pet is not used to travleing in cars, take him/her on short rides around the neighborhood to acclimate your pet to riding in cars. You may also want to contact your vet to see if there are any medications you can administer to the animal for anxiety. During the travel, don't forget to take bathroom and exercise breaks for your animals. Relieving your animals by giving them time away from the vehicle will help settle them down during ride time.


Pet Identification

There is not a better time to make sure that your pet has adequate identification since you will be living in unfamiliar territory for your animal. The coming weeks after a move is a common time for owners to loose their pets.


Moving Tips For Moving With Dogs

After moving into a new house, immediately walk your dog around the neighborhood so that he/she becomes familiar with the new area. Establish boundaries in the yard for your dog to roam, and help him/her become accustomed to the new environment by maintaining a regular feeding and walking schedule.


Moving Tips For Moving With Cats

Try not to expose your cat to your new living arrangements all at once. It’s a good idea to limit the number of rooms the cat is allowed in and gradually let him/her explore. Surround the cat with familiar items during the move to reduce emotional stress, and once you’re in your new home, don’t let your cat outside until he/she is familiar with the new living environment to reduce the risk of running away.


Moving Tips For Pet Air Travel

If you are traveling by plane, make sure to contact the airliner in advance to learn about the rules and regulations regarding animal storage on airplanes. 



Non-Allowable items during moves

Hazardous Materials

  • Aerosal cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuels/oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kersosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Nail polish
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer

 High Value Property

  • Address books
  • Airline tickets
  • Car titles
  • Cash
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer data files/backups
  • Family photographs/photo albums
  • Financial documents
  • Home videos
  • Insurance policies
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Keys (car, furniture, new home)
  • Laptop computers
  • Medical/dental records
  • New home documents
  • Prescription medicine
  • Professional files/research projects
  • School records

Perishable Items

  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods


Reduce Your Moving Expenses

Money Saving Tips for your next move

Moving can be a very stressful situation. Reducing the cost of your move can make the ordeal a much more pleasant experience. There are several key points to consider in order to reduce your moving expenses. Below, we have provided an overview of the actions and considerations you should take to minimize your moving cost.


Travel promptly

Make travel plans ahead of time to save money. Be sure to use travel discounts to save money on hotel rooms.


Eat Inexpensively

Minimize your grocery shopping before and up until the day of your move. Instead of buying more food, Be creative at mealtime with what you have in your freezer and refrigerator. Use up all your frozen foods before the move. Frozen foods are non-allowable items and cannot be moved and canned goods just add to the weight of your shipment and increase costs.

Cash Out

You should make sure to get any security deposits back before you move. If you paid a pet deposit, look into that as well. Also, make sure to collect any personal property that may be in other people's or organization's possession.

Contact the IRS

Don't forget to notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about your change of address. Each year, the IRS is unable to mail out thousands of tax return checks because of failer to notify the IRS.

Report your move To The IRS

if your move is prompted by a change in job locations or starting a new job, some moving expenses may be deductible on your tax return. Contact the IRS or your sax specialist for more information to see if you qualify for any reductions.

Pack yourself

Handle all the packing and un-packing yourself. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to pack all your belongongs for the move. We recommend at least four weeks in advance to start packing for the move.

Timing Of The Move

Depending on what time of year, cost for moving can very dramatically. At Keep Moving Company, our rates stay the same all year long.

Sell Items Before The Move

The weight of your cargo being moved adds to the cost of the move. Try to lighten the load and make some money in the process by selling off any items you can that you no longer need. You should consider the folllowing methods of selling your belongs before the move.

  • Garage sales : Try to maximize on variety of items displayed during the garage sale. This will attract more people to your garage sale.
  • Flea markets : Flea markets can be very effective outlets for selling personal property. Although there is a fee involved for selling rights, flea markets are well established mediums for aquiring goods.
  • Online auctions : The internet is a great way to sell off used goods. The cost to do so is minimal and you get to showcase your goods globally twenty four hours a day.
  • Charity : Donating items to charity will lighten the moving load and can be written off on your taxes.





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Chula Vista, Ca
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