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Five ⭐’s from Lisa

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I am very happy with ease of contact, company response time, and care with my Elderly Aunt’s belongings. My Aunt had to move from Assisted Living apartment to a Memory Care unit, and half of her belongings also had to be transported to my home. This was a 2-step process that was handled easily and quickly. The crew were professional, happy (yes that is a definite plus) and took the extra step to protect her furniture, and had a great attitude. I recommend them without reservation.

Thank you Lisa for taking the time to post this review!
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Moving Options #2 Hiring Moving Labor

When moving, everyone needs a little moving help. Relocating comes with lots of decisions, including how to get your belongings from point A to point B. With various types of moving help available, it can be difficult to figure out what option is best for your move. That’s why we’ve broken down the top four choices for you.

If you’re driving a moving truck or renting a moving container, you may still need help loading and unloading your belongings. You can enlist friends to do your heavy lifting, but sometimes it’s best to get professional moving help. Look into moving labor services for a speedy and safe move.

Packing
While it’s pretty easy to find free moving boxes, packing up your belongings correctly can be a challenge. If you’re short on time or are dealing with heavy items, it’s a good idea to hire moving help. Professionals have the experience of packing items quickly and correctly and will help simplify your moving process. From wrapping furniture to packing standard boxes, professional packing help will keep your belongings secure and protected during your move.

Loading
Even if you pack your boxes yourself, you might want to hire moving labor to load your truck or moving container. Hired moving labor services can load even the heaviest items onto your truck. If you need to transport heavy furniture or appliances, you should look into hiring moving help. Hiring moving labor will ensure that your belongings are loaded efficiently and quickly. Professionals also know how to load your items in a secure, organized fashion. If you’re in a time crunch, unable to lift heavy boxes, or are simply too overwhelmed, hiring professional moving labor will ease your move.

Unloading
If you need help loading your belongings into a truck or moving container, you’re probably going to need help unloading as well. Moving labor services will not only unload your items but bring them into your new place and take them to their designated rooms. Some moving labor services will even help you assemble furniture and unpack boxes.

Insurance
When you hire moving helpers from a reputable company, they should be licensed and insured. Should anything happen to your belongings during your move, moving labor insurance ensures that you will be compensated for any damage or loss. Be sure to about insurance policies when looking for a moving service. If you end up needing to file a moving insurance claim, we recommend preparing to do so prior to your move (just in case).

Cost
Moving labor services charge by the hour. For two movers, you should typically expect to pay around $140 per hour, with each mover earning $70 per hour. Still, different factors go into the exact cost of labor. For instance, moving labor services may charge extra for particularly challenging items. If you’re moving a grand piano or bulky exercise equipment, be prepared to spend a little extra.

Thanks Tim for the Five ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Had to move my folks to Assisted Living in Rocklin at last minute. Called House to Home and they were able to meet our needs and at a reasonable price. Mesake and Clinton were on time and very friendly and professional and fast working. We were packed up, moved and unpacked in 3 hours. Awesome guys.

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Moving Options #1 Renting a Truck

When moving, everyone needs a little moving help. Relocating comes with lots of decisions, including how to get your belongings from point A to point B. With various types of moving help available, it can be difficult to figure out what option is best for your move. That’s why we’ve broken down the top four choices for you.

Choosing the right rental truck
You’ll want to reserve a moving truck that fits with the exact needs of your move. For starters, are you moving locally or long distance? Certain moving truck companies will only rent out trucks for local moves, while other companies offer national truck rentals. While some companies start charging when you exceed a set mileage, others offer free, unlimited miles.

Along with the distance of your move, other factors that go into pricing include truck size, your pick-up and drop-off date and whether or not you plan on towing a vehicle. Use a moving truck estimation calculator to figure out what size truck you need.

Loading your moving truck
Loading your truck may seem intuitive, but there is a recommended method for packing a moving truck. When loading heavy items, you should pack them in an “I-formation” to ensure a safer and faster move. Starting in the front of the box truck by the cab, load your heavy items, like your washing machine and refrigerator. If you are transporting these items yourself, you may want some moving help from a moving labor service (unless you happen to have a team of very strong people on hand).

Next, pack your heaviest pieces of furniture in the middle of the truck. Slightly lighter items, such as couches or mattresses, can go to either side of the heavy furniture. Any other big boxes can then be placed in the back of the truck to complete the “I formation.” If you need help finding boxes for your move, there are several places you can find free moving boxes.

Smaller bags and boxes should be loaded last, behind and around your heavy items. As for your valuables, it’s best to keep them with you in the cab of the truck. Speaking of valuables, we’ve also got you covered if you need help packing your jewelry. Anything else you might need to access during your trip should also be placed in the truck’s cab.

Driving a moving truck
Knowing how to maneuver a moving truck is crucial. Since the truck is obviously a lot larger than your typical vehicle, you’ll want to take extra caution. To ensure a safe journey, you should drive slower than you normally do. Leave more space between your truck and vehicles ahead, take turns slowly, and apply breaks sooner so the truck has enough time to come to a complete stop. And of course, be cautious when switching lanes.

When moving, don’t try to do the whole trip in one leg. Bring a friend or family member along and take turns driving. If your trip is particularly long, make sure to stop along the way. Driving a moving truck isn’t too difficult, but requires caution and a good deal of attention.

Insurance options
Even if you’re driving your moving truck carefully, accidents happen. Since regular car insurance doesn’t always cover moving truck rentals, you should look into the insurance options provided by DIY moving truck companies. From Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) to Cargo Insurance (CAI), you can choose from several moving truck insurance plans.

When renting a moving truck, it’s key that you know exactly what is and is not covered by insurance. Prior to purchasing a plan, read the details closely to make sure you’re getting the best coverage for your move.

Moving terms (valuation)

All industries have their specific terms. Here’s one that you might hear from your local moving company.

Valuation

A moving company offers valuation for your goods, which is not technically insurance. Valuation refers to how much a moving company will pay for your belongings if they are damaged or lost by the moving company. Valuation is regulated by the State or the Federal Government. (The State when you’re making a local move. The Federal Government when you’re making a move that crosses State lines.) All licensed moving companies include the basic valuation in the cost of your move. In California, basic valuation is $.60 per pound per item.

 

Valuation is based on how much something weighs. So a one pound bag of sugar and a one pound bag of diamonds is valued exactly the same. Its valuation in California is: $.60. If it’s worth more than $.60 per pound per item to you, you may want to purchase additional insurance from a third party that sells insurance NOT from your moving company.

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