FAQ

You can get a free moving quote by calling us at (310) 618-8120, or online by clicking the “request a quote button” located in the middle of our homepage as well as on the left side of all our other pages.
Most people move at the end of the month and in the summer months, meaning these are the busiest times to move, thus most expensive. To save money use our services early to mid month and in non-peak seasons. Call us for specifics.
We recommend that you schedule a move date with us about 30 days prior to your move date. If you are unable to schedule that early we will work our best to accommodate your needs. Although the earlier you make the reservation the more likely we are to guarantee your move date.
You pay for your move at the end of the move; and we accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.
No, unlike many of our competitors we do not require a deposit to reserve your move date.
We do not charge any rescheduling or cancelation fees. We understand that unforeseeable events arise, but we do appreciate you notifying us as soon as possible.
Yes, 123 Moving & Storage movers always carry boxes on them and are more than capable of properly packing boxes for you. But, if you are interested in saving money you can perform the packing on your own.

Choosing a Mover

Since, there are so many different moving companies out there it can be difficult to choose the right one. First, it is important to do a quick check on www.cpuc.ca.gov to find a licensed mover, find us using our CPUC #191301. Also, it is helpful to check review sites such as Yelp and Angie’s List.

Planning a Move

A key part of making your move as stress free as possible is to plan ahead. Procrastination is one of your worst enemies when it comes to moving. We recommend that you start your moving process 30 days in advanced.

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One Week before you Move

Remember to writing labels on boxes with a description to identify the items and their location, also it is best to write the labels on the side of boxes so you can still read it when they are stacked on top of each other.

How to Pack

  1. Use the right size boxes.

    Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in larger ones. (Large boxes packed with heavy items increases the chance of injury and of the box breaking.)

  2. Put heavier items on the bottom of the box, lighter items on top.

    If you’re loading the truck yourself, pack heavier boxes first, toward the front of the truck, for balance.

  3. Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes.

    Fill in gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper. Loosely packed or unbalanced boxes increase the chance of broken items.

  4. Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.

    It will make your packing quicker and your unpacking immensely easier.

  5. Labeling boxes.

    Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents.

    This will help you and your movers know where each box belongs in your new home. Also, numbering your boxes and keeping an inventory list in a small notebook is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed, and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack.

  6. Tape boxes well.

    Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then use one of the movers’ techniques, which is to make a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated.

  7. If you’re moving expensive art, ask your mover about special crating.

    Never wrap oil paintings in regular paper; it will stick. For pictures framed behind glass, make an X with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and to hold it together if it shatters. Then, wrap the pictures in paper or bubble-wrap and put them in a frame box, with a piece of cardboard between each framed piece for protection.

  8. Bundle breakables.

    As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. And use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another, with paper in between, and wrapped three or four in a bundle. Pack them all in dish-barrel boxes.

  9. Consider other items that will need special treatment.

    TVs should be treated like any other piece of furniture, wrapping them in quilted furniture pads. However, plasma TVs can be ruined if you lay them flat, thus they require special wooden crates for shipping if you don’t have the original box. If you’re packing yourself, double-box your TV, setting the box containing the TV into another box that you’ve padded with packing paper.

Recycle/Donation

Here at 123 Moving and Storage we take pride in our recycling efforts. All of our internal documents are printed on reused scratch paper and we have taken significant strides to becoming paperless altogether. We also strongly believe in giving back, thus, every Friday we donate furniture and other items to Habitat for Humanity.

If you would like to donate to Habitat for Humanity directly you can get tax deductions, help keep good reusable items out of landfills, and even receive recognition as a supporter. If you are looking to buy home improvement items at a fraction of the cost you can also visit one of their ReStore locations (located in Gardena and Norwalk). Some examples of items that can be donated are furniture, cabinets, lighting, windows, doors, tile, flooring, appliances, tools, books, artwork, sporting equipment, lumber, drywall, bricks or blocks, and just about anything around the home. If you would like to get involved or have any more questions give them a call at (424) 246-3637, and let them know 123 Moving and Storage told you to call.

Awards/Certificates

We are an active and current member of the California Moving and Storage Association (CMSA), which is a non-profit trade association representing over 385 licensed and insured movers operating in California.

We pride ourselves in our customer service and it is extremely gratifying to be recognized for our dedication to customer service by receiving the Angie’s List Super Service Award, for the past two years.

Giving back to the community is important to us. That is the reason we are involved with Move for Hunger; to assist with their efforts for the fight against hunger in America.

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