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5 Tips for Making the Moving Transition Easier on the Familymoving family


Moving from one home to another can be a very stressful time for both adults and children. Children are used to their surroundings, they feel secure, and often times have made friends in their current neighborhoods. Adults are faced with planning and executing the move, all while making sure the children are comfortable and happy. Here are 5 tips for making the moving transition a bit easier on your family.

  • •Become familiar with the new area before moving day. Take your family on a little tour of your new neighborhood. Show the kids where the park, library, schools, and ice cream shops are. Stop at a few places and allow the kids to explore. Doing this will not only be helpful for you as an adult moving to a new area, but this can also play an important role in getting the kids excited for a new neighborhood.
  • •Make a list of things to keep easily accessible on moving day. Things like phone chargers, sports equipment, special blankets or stuffed animals, and electronics can also be very helpful on moving day. Once you get to your new location, set the kids free to explore the back yard, let them play on a cell phone or I-pad. Anything to keep them occupied while the movers are busy moving your items into your new home will be a huge stress reliever on the adults assisting in the move!
  • •Be sure to have all utilities transferred into your name and to your new home ahead of time. The last obstacle you want to face on moving day is having no lights or running water. By doing this ahead of time, you will save yourself a tremendous amount of time, as well as a headache!
  • •If possible, introduce yourself to your new neighbors, and introduce your children to their children. Always wave to people driving by. Meeting a few new people, and having people wave at you and your family can go a long way in a new area, where you feel like you know no one.
  • •Immerse you and your family in local events. Some communities show movies at different parks or recreation centers during the summer, some have summer festivals or winter holiday gatherings. Getting to know what social events are taking place in your new community, and allowing your family to be a part of them can be a great way to feel at home in a new place!

Moving to a new place can be very overwhelming and intimidating. It can also be used as great time to bond with your family and loved ones. Take advantage! 


Steps for Transporting your Vehiclemoving your_vehicle


Although in most cases the easiest way to transport your vehicle during a move is to drive it yourself, it is not always possible or practical. Moving clear across the country or even overseas are situations when it is necessary to hire a company to transport your vehicle for you. Here are the steps you can take to ensure a smooth move for your vehicle.

  • •Hire a company to ship your vehicle. Shipping vehicles is very common and frequently done when a family is moving across the country. Check into several companies, and ask questions in order to determine which company is best prepared to move your vehicle. Be sure to always get several estimates from different companies to ensure you are getting the fairest price.
  • •Prepare your car for shipping. Be sure to remove any items from the vehicle that you may need, including important documents that are often kept in your glove box. Remove any valuable items, such as GPS systems and I-pods, in order to ensure that these items are not damaged or misplaced during the shipment. Although it is not always possible, it is a good idea to vacuum and wipe down the inside of your vehicle.  This will make things easier when your vehicle arrives in your new location, and you are ready to jump in the car and explore!
  • •Most transport companies insure your vehicle during the move, but it is always a good idea to check with your personal car insurance company to see if they offer any additional protection. You can never be too cautious when it comes to moving such an expensive and important item that you own.
  • •Be sure you know when and where to pick your vehicle up upon arrival. Most companies will deliver your vehicle to a specified location, and you are responsible for picking the vehicle up. In some cases, some companies offer the option to have your vehicle delivered to your home for an additional cost. Check with the transport company to see which of their delivery option best suits your family’s needs.
  • •You may be given the option to choose between open transport and enclosed transport when it comes to transporting your vehicle. Open transport trucks often carry up to 12 vehicles at a time, and your car will, of course, be exposed to all elements of the weather. A common complaint from people who have had their car delivered via open transport is the amount of dirt and dust found on their car upon delivery. You are responsible for cleaning the dirt off of your car when it arrives, not the transportation company. For an extra cost, most transport companies will give you the option of having your vehicle placed in an enclosed transportation truck. This added cost may be worth the peace of mind and confidence that your car will arrive clean and free of dust and dirt.
  • •If you are transporting an exotic or classic car, do your research. There are companies that exist that are well trained, experienced and prepared to move cars that may have specific needs. It is your job as the owner to choose the best suited company for the job.

Always be sure to have the telephone number for the company moving your vehicle available, in case there would ever be a situation in which you would need to contact them. Also, keep in mind that transportation services run into the same problems as regular drivers. Bad weather and traffic delays are always a possibility, and it is your responsibility to be prepared for delivery delays.


How to prepare to move out of a house with mold – 

Mold creates an awful smell and can ruin your household items house with_mold
and all your possessions. If you are moving, you do not want
to take the mold with you. Mold spores can cling to your
possessions;you need to take the proper precautions to
prevent the mold from being moved to your new home.
Mold can be very dangerous to the health of you and your
family. Preventing mold from contaminating your new home
is important to your health and creating a safe environment. 

Begin by assuring you have the proper PPE (personal
protective equipment). Protect yourself from mold spores.
Proper PPE will consist of rubber gloves, face mask,
eye goggles and disposable gloves. After you are wearing
your proper PPE, begin decontamination by following these steps: 

Remove the furniture from the home, taking it out side to a wide 
open area.Remove any loose mold by sweeping it off with a broom. 
Use a vacuum to clean all the affected areas (dispose of vacuum 
bag after this step)Then, using a mixture of warm water and
detergent with ammonia, scrub the affected area with a
sponge and the previously stated mixture. 

Next step is to then create a mixture of color safe bleach and 
water (1/4 teaspoon to 1 cup of bleach), if the furniture is 
upholstered, try the mixture on a hidden piece of fabric first. 

Finally, allow the furniture to dry completely, leave it in a very dry 
open area to dry for 24 hours, this will prevent the mold from 
growing back.If you are in a situation where you are moving and
your leaving a house that has mold, be sure to follow the above
steps to prevent moving the mold to your new home. 



How to move your plants – 

To some of us, our house plants are like family. They have grown moving plants
with us and we do not want to leave them behind when we move. 
Your new home may not feel quite like home without them. With 
that being said, it may seem like moving your plants will be an 
easy task. However, there is a lot more to it than it seems. You 
want to keep your plants alive and well. 
Begin by doing some research. Most moving companies will not 
cover your plants under their basic insurance coverage. Some of 
your local moving companies will not even allow your plants on 
their moving truck because they are too fragile. If this proves to 
be the case, you will need to care for and move your plants yourself. But, don’t worry I can give you
some helpful tips to ensure that your plants will arrive safe to your new home. You will need to obtain very sturdy boxes, or large plastic storage containers. The sturdier they are the better. Be sure that
they are large enough that the entire pot fits inside of the box or container. Also, you will need bubble
wrap and/or some packing paper. This is to ensure that one the plant is safely put in to the box or 
container that it does not move. After obtaining the materials that you need, follow these simple
steps in ensure you plants arrive at your new home alive and well. 

Obtain materials needed

Sturdy boxes or plastic storage containers
Bubble wrap or packing paper
Plastic wrap or plastic garbage bags
Very gently place the pot in to the box or container
Place bubble wrap or packing paper between the pot and the 
inside of the box or container
Very gently cover the plant with plastic wrap or plastic garbage bag
REMEMBER to poke holes in the plastic to allow the plant to breathe
When the plants arrive at your new home, immediately remove 
plastic wrap Immediately following, remove plants from the 
storage container or boxes GENTLY Provide required amount of 
water and plant food for this specific plant 

Following these simple steps will ensure that you plants will be alive and well upon their arrival to your new home.
They will continue to thrive as you continue to care for them, making your new house feel like a home!



Be prepared for your local move! 
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The following is a short check list and a few simple steps to 

following during the process of planning your move.  Print this 

checklist and use this as a guideline for your move. 

Checklist to prepare for your local move: 
 Choose your moving company 
 Changing your address
 Find new doctor's in your area (if necessary) 
 Call to set up termination for utilities
 Call to set up re-connection of utilities
 Check School change information, enrollment etc. 
 Drain gas and oil from any power equipment that will be moved. 
 Purchase packing supplies if packing yourself.
 Arrange for packing services if having professionals pack for you.
 Start packing process 
 Correctly label all boxes.

These may not be all of the items that you need to prepare for 

your move. However this is a great start and excellent guideline. 

Feel free to print the above checklist to keep handy during your 




Moving your office? Prepare for your commercial move. Truck Commercial_Loading

The steps listed below are some

simple guidelines to help you ensure

that your preparations for your

commercial move are organized and


Depending on your business needs,

you may need to add or remove some steps.

However, this is an excellent start to your move! 

Select individual from each department to

coordinate move. Select your professional moving company. 

Schedule the move. 

Schedule parking and unloading at the new office site. 

Obtain proper boxes and moving equipment. 

Distribute proper moving equipment to proper

departments based on their needs. 

Determine common area packing needs. 

Develop a plan to transport confidential documents.

Obtain labels and packing guidelines from your professional moving company. 

Distribute packing labels and guidelines to your employees.

Ensure boxes are labeled properly. 

Include office location, contents and level of importance. 

Prepare your office furniture. 

Obtain furniture blankets or be sure that movers wrap them prior to the move. 


Local Tariff in California


California moving companies are regulated by state public utilities commission (PUC). PUC sets maximum rates for moving companies. The state is divided in territories A and B and the maximum tariffs for local and long distance moves, which we will describe below.

California local tariff are charged hourly or by piece. These costs cover  the transportation of the move. The additional charges for non-recyclable materials (used to pack and protect your shipment), may apply.


Most moving companies have minimum charges. For example, on hourly moves, a mover may have a minimum charge of 3 or 4 hours depending on the size of the crew requested. This means that, even if the move only takes 2 hours you will still be charged the minimum of 3 or 4 hours. The minimum hours have to be disclosed by movers at the time they provide you with a quote.


In California, all rates and charges are subject to PUC-set maximums. Most moving companies do not exceed these maximums; in fact, to stay competitive, movers charge less.


(California is divided in 2 tariff territories: A and B, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside County is located in the B territory)







1 Truck, Plus

One person (driver)



Two persons

(driver and helper)



Additional persons,

(In excess of 2) per person












As you can see in the table above, the hourly rate consists of the number of movers and trucks participating in a move. The common teams in residential moving: 2 movers and a truck or 3 movers and a truck; and in packing: 2 packers or 3 packers. Less common are charges for 1 mover and a truck and 4 or 5 movers and 2 trucks.

Hourly rate is prorated in quarter hour incromments.

Example: 3 hours and 20 minutes = 3 1/4 hours, 3 hours and 25 minutes = 3 1/2 hours.

Double drive time

Hourly rate is doubled for the drive time from the pickup to the delivery location. The movers do not charge for the time it takes them to get to your pickup and to get back from the delivery locations. The calculation of the time starts at the time moving company arrives to you and start the move and finishes at the time the shipment has been delivered and the equipment is removed from your residence or business facility. There are no additional costs for mileage or a fuel surcharge.

Example of hourly charge: a relocation of a 2 bedroom apartment to be dellivered 20 miles. 

Loading time: 2 hours and 10 minutes = 2 1/4 hours;

Drive time (doubel): 20 miles 30 minutes x 2 = 1 hour;

Unloading time: 1 hour 20 minutes = 1 1/4 hours;

Grand total of 4 1/2 hours multiplied by hourly rate of 2 movers and a truck $142.55 (PUC maximum charge) = $641.00.

Your local mover's hourly rate should be a lot more competitive than the maximum rate suggested by PUC.


Rates shown in this item apply to shipments of not more than 5 pieces transported for distance of 50 constructive miles or less.






Additional Piece

Not over 10



Over 10, not over 20



Over 20





Piece Means:

1) Each household, or institutional article tendered in assembled form, or in the alternative, disassembled form, but secured in a manner allowing the article to be handled as a unit.

2) Rates in this item will not apply to shipments afforded split pickups/deliverie, nor to shipments afforded storage in transit.

3) Rates in this item will not apply to any pianos, or any articles not conventionally carried by one person.

Example of dollars per piece calculation: A shipment of a refrigerator, a washer and a dryer with a distance of 11 miles will be calculated as $124.55 + $22.85 + $22.85 = $170.25 (a maximum per piece charge).


















Extra charges for purchased packing supplies may apply, ask your moving company for their rate sheet.

Example of hourly packing calculations: 2 bedroom apartment, 2 packers (Ter. B Maximum Rates) $109.10 x 3.5 hours = $381.85, plus the cost of materials.

Check the hourly rates of your local mover, which should be much more competitive that PUC suggested maximum rates.












































































(specially designed for paintings, mirrors, other fragile articles.)










Example: Full service packing and unpacking calculations using fixed rates per carton.

Items List: 4 wardrobe boxes, 3 dish packs, 5 small boxes, 3 medium boxes, 4 large boxes, 2 xl boxes, 2 mattress covers.

Cost of materials: (4 x $19.75) + (3 x $35.86) + (5 x $8.58) + (3 x $12.98) + (4 x $15.83) + (2 x $18.11) + (2 x $9.45) = &79.00 + $107.58 + $42.90 + $38.94 + $63.32 + $36.22 + $18.90 = $386.86

Packing: (4 x $14.55) + (3 x $29.95) + (5 x $7.30) + (3 x $10.95) + (4 x $13.10) + (2 x $15.10) + (2 x $3.50) = $58.20 + $89.85 + $36.50 + $32.85 + $52.40 + $30.20 = $307.00

Unpacking: (4 x $7.10) + (3 x $12.65) + (5 x $3.00) + (3 x $4.50) + (4 x $5.60) + (2 x $6.25) + (2 x $1.45) = $28.40 + $37.95 + $15.00 $13.50 + $22.40 + $12.50 + $2.90 = $132.65


A GRAND TOTAL (Materials, Packing and Unpacking) = $386.86 + $307.00 + $132.65 = $826.51



General Rules for Moving Antique Furniture

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Treat every piece with special care as if it were the most valuable piece in the shipment. Start by staying calm and move very slowly when handling valuable pieces.

Prior to moving inspect every piece to determine whether the furniture is structurally sound. Find any existing damages on each piece before the move, and create a condition report and list those damages on it.

Have a detailed plan of action. Have the entire procedure written down before actually handling the furniture. This will help you determine the trouble spots and will help you prepare to deal with them ahead of time.

Plan ahead to make sure the weather, temperature and relative humidity is acceptable for taking furniture outdoors. Cover the furniture to protect it from expected outside environment. Make sure that the new location has temperature and humidity as in the present one. As sudden changes will cause damage to antique pieces with veneers and other sensitive decoration.


- Do not allow smoking during the move. Make sure that persons handling antiques do not ware any hard or pointy articles, such as watches, belt buckles that may damage surfaces.

- Research new location and make notations of any obstacles to be taken care of before move day. Make sure the route has no obstructions, such as narrow stair cases and doorways, or fixtures extending out from the walls. Curled carpet edges, uneven floors can cause someone to trip and fall.

- When moving antiques do not hurry, use extra caution.

Each item must be approached individually, without haste, and by experienced persons. Extra man power will help with spotting and will help avoid crashing into a wall or into another piece of furniture.

- Avoid moving anything more than once.

This must apply to any kind of valuable object, and especially to furniture. By knowing precisely where the object will end up, you can avoid the danger inherent in extra movement. By planning your moves ahead of time will avoid mistakes and damages. One of the basic preparations is to disassemble all items that are large and bulky. By dismantling these, you will avoid difficult handling and possible damages during transit.

 - Experienced movers always lift furniture by placing at least one hand beneath the item.

Have a firm grip on the item with both hands. This is not the time to wear white cotton gloves. Just remember: handling metal hardware with out gloves can cause corrosion to start, so avoid metal surfaces or wipe them well after the relocation is completed.

- Never slide or drag furniture along the floor.

The vibration can loosen or break joints, wood can be chipped, legs broken and likely damages dragging may cause to the carpeting or finish on the floor. Do not lift a chair by an arm, crest rail, or lift cabinets by handles. While this may seem convenient, antiques are often overused and damaged with age.

- Secure every item with straps, pads and moving blankets.

This should be done before moving begins. Protect the surface of the furniture by securely wrapping it with blankets and pads and strapping it tightly to the hand trucks or carts. The carts which will transport the furniture must be padded with something such as thin carpeting or a blanket. This will provide extra protection against bumping and gouging. This is especially helpful if the item is going into storage.

- When moving furniture always face forward.

Walking backwards is dangerous, since you may trip and fall, which can lead to an injury and the damage that might occur to the furniture. Use a cart to move larger furniture; this will make walking backwards with the object unnecessary.

- Take not and report all damages immediately as they occur.

This information must be added to the condition report on each piece. Be sure to save all fragments from broken pieces for the restorer. Always search padding materials completely before discarding them. There is always a chance that small attachments or broken pieces may be in the wrappings.


The packing of furniture is complicated and should be done by professional movers. Unless you are a skilled carpenter, or a mover and possess proper materials, building an appropriate case is likely to be beyond your abilities. However, a discussion of the principles of good packing will help you understand and specify successful packing. Most valuable objects require a professional examination to determine the best packing method. These objects should not be used as test cases. However, because of the shipping of electronics, glassware and other fragile items, we have a wealth of guidance available for our needs.

There are three layers of protection

We recognize that most furniture and other objects require several types of protection. These may be single-purpose layers, or multi-purpose ones. Let's take a look at the function of each, and then some examples of how they perform. These layers are, from the closest to the object out:

A protective wrap Shock and vibration protection A protective shell

1. Protective Wrap

This covers a fragile surface to prevent scratches or loss of paint and other decorations. It will also keep the object clean, and in some cases, waterproof. Not all of the subsequent protective layers can touch an object directly. Some foam material has a very slick surface, and so can touch the surface. This layer is not always a soft one either. In some cases, soft material like flannel can trap dirt which abrades the surface. In the case of a soft varnish, soft cotton can actually get embedded into the surface. Some examples of protective wrap include natural and synthetic papers, plastic sheet, and cloth.

2. Shock and Vibration Protection

This layer provides protection from damaging bumps and repeated small impacts. In a sense, this layer is a cushion but also has "memory," or elasticity. Elastic memory allows the cushioning effect to occur as often as necessary. Sudden blows to this packing layer are distributed throughout, and little of the force is transferred to the packed item. The cushion material is usually a foam or rubber composition. The type and amount (usually thickness) of cushion layer depend upon the weight of the item and the type of shock anticipated. Vibration can be simply defined as small impacts, repeated at intervals and over an extended period. Vibration may seem innocent because of the small size of force involved, but it can literally shake the paint off a surface. Small cracks can spread due to prolonged vibration. Packing materials such as foams can do double duty as both shock and vibration protection.

3. Protective Shell

The outer layer of the case provides a hard, puncture resistant "wrapper." The hard case provides protection in the event of rough handling, which we must assume might occur. But the hard outer layer also allows even delicate items to be closely placed or stacked. And, as a practical matter, someone other than a museum conservator can safely move the object. Without this shell, we wouldn't dream of doing these things. It may also serve as a means to seal in a desirable environment, or slow the rate of change during travel. When a case is sealed by a gasket, the interior serves as a micro-environment for the objects inside. You can also imagine that the sealed case can serve as a barrier to prevent undesirable environmental conditions outside (heat, cold, rain) from ever reaching objects. The shell is most often made of plywood, which is very tough and easy to work with. The outside surface might be painted to provide more moisture protection. Wooden battens are used for strength, and screws are the best fasteners. Only materials approved for use near objects should be used. Creative Modification Not every packing situation calls for the same package. For example, if an object is going across town, perhaps a modification of the ideal is called for. Wrapping and padding (layers 1&2 above) can be followed by careful strapping to the vehicle (to prevent shifting). In this way, the protective shell of the vehicle becomes layer 3. You should carefully consider the needs of the object, as well as the type of move, before designing the packing case. However, there are no set solutions, and this flexibility allows us the creativity to design for each situation.

Finally, even professional packing and shipping irreplaceable antiques, there is an element of risk. A packing case designed to protect against every event would not be practical, and would be extremely expensive. But, while even the best package design is NO guarantee against damage, thoughtful design and careful handling are the best insurance that can be offered.

The crating protection of household articles can be expansive. To determine a proper protection for your articles you need to consult with our specialist. We will take to consideration the article, your budget and based on that will be able to recommend appropriate level of protection.

Inventory of Household Goods


Moving Companies take inventory of household goods noting their condition on Inventory Forms, specifically designed for long distance relocation or storage of household items.

Movers use colored and numbered stickers. Each sticker has its own number, which is then described in the inventory form. Example: Item #1 - Wooden Chair.

All stickers have the same color and a lot number, which helps movers separate loads in a trailer during transportation or in a warehouse during storage.

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The inventory forms have descriptive symbols, which help to describe condition of items at the time of pickup and delivery. Example: Item #1 - Wooden Chair - F, W.1, SC. F for faded, W.1 for badly worn top, SC for scratched.

The customer should be actively participating in inventory and description of the items. In case you disagree with the movers assessment of your goods, you can make your own notations on the inventory forms.

Inventory of goods is kept attached to the contract with the shipment at all times, a copy of signed inventory forms are given to the customer. The customer should hold on to the forms until the shipment is delivered. This will give you a chance to go over the shipment's condition at the time of delivery. 

Making notations on the inventory forms of the damaged or missing items will help you when processing claims. Making notations on the form doesn't constitute the claim, but will definitely help you when you do.



Disposal of Household Goods and Hazardous Materials


When we move, we tend to get rid of the items we have not used in some time, placed in the garage or storage in hope that one day we may need to use them again, or if they are broken we hoped to get them fixed. However when you are planning your move, the last thing you think of is the junk you haven't used in some time. Some of us spend a day or two trying to sell it to our neighbors at the "garage sale".

The goods that were left over after the garage sale, you are encouraged to take to Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army and other Chartitable Thrift Stores. Check with they as some do not provide pickup services.

After you have done the "Garage Sale" and made charitable donations you still have a hefty load of items you were not able to get rid of. Some will try to trash them in your garbage bins. Unfortunately, most of those items need to be properly disposed of. As movers we see this practically every day. On the move day it is too late to make any special arrangements. That is why we decided to devote this article to proper disposal of household goods and hazardous materials.

There are different sanitation districts located in designated areas of Southern California regions. These areas are dedicated to protect public health and the environment through innovative wastewater and solid management, and by doing so they convert waste into energy, and into recycled materials.



This term is applied to electronic equipment, which is no longer working. E-Waste includes:

  • computers,
  • printers,
  • TVs,
  • VCRs,
  • cell phones,
  • fax machines,
  • stereo equipment,
  • electronic games.
  • Televisions
  • Computer Monitors
  • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Monitors & Televisions
  • Light Emitting Diode (LED) Monitors & Televisions
  • Plasma Televisions
  • Computers
  • Hard Drives
  • Computer peripherals
  • Laptops
  • DVD Players
  • VCR's
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Fax Machines
  • Copy Machines
  • Servers
  • Telephones
  • Answering machines
  • Radios
  • Stereo equipment
  • Tape players/recorders
  • Phonographs
  • Printed Circuit Boards
  • CD's/Video Cassettes/Beta/DAT Tapes
  • Video cassette players and recorders
  • Compact disc players, calculators
  • Power Supply Units
  • Connectors and Cables
  • Telecommunications Equipment
  • Main Frames
  • Peripherals
  • All Consumer Electronics
  • Some minor appliances
  • Electronics may contain lead, copper, and other heavy metals or potentially toxic substances.

To reduce e-waste - we must be thinking of the impact which improper use or disposal will have on our environment.

It is crucial to recycle electronics at the end of their life style, and try to reuse the equipment that still work or can be fixes, and only purchase equipment that you absolutely need.

During local or long distance relocation most of us get rid of the stuff we no longer use, but we don't stop to think of the importance of proper disposal.


  • Motor oil, oil filters, brake fluid
  • Used antifreeze
  • Paint, paint thinner, turpentine
  • Cleaners with acid or lye
  • Pesticides or herbicides
  • Household batteries or car batteries
  • Pool chemicals
  • CRTs, old TVs, miscellaneous electronics
  • Mercury thermometers or thermostats
  • Used Needles or Sharps (in a sharps container or sturdy box labeled "Sharps"
  • Unwanted or expired prescriptions
  • Explosives
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Ammunition
  • Business Waste
  • Appliances (stoves, fridges, etc.)
  • Controlled Substances
  • Biohazardous Waste (blood, urine, etc.)

There are a few companies in Southern California that offer mixed waste processing. These recycling facilities allow us to process materials through the use of sorting lines, machines, and manual sorting methods to separate out recyclables from mixed trash before landfill disposal.

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Helpul phone numbers and links:

United States Environmental Protection Agency

888-CleanLA Helpine,



Landfills of Southern California

To avoid interruption of your service, do not place hazardous materials into your trash. If hazardous materials waste is identified, it will be tagged and not collected.

NOTE: Any Electronic Waste collected at these events is sent to a facility within the State of California that certifies that it is 100% demanufactured and recycled to the commodity level in the United States. No Electronic Waste collected at these events is sent overseas.

  • How should you prepare?
  • Bring the items you wish to dispose of in a sturdy box preferably in their original, labeled containers.
  • Do not EVER mix products together.
  • It is ILLEGAL to transport more than 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste in your personal vehicle.
  • Be prepared to leave your containers. Because of permitting requirements, and the volume of people that utilize the program, items such as gasoline cans WILL NOT be returned.


Environmental Collection Center at EDCO, Signal Hill

  • City of Alhambra - 09/07/13
  • City of South Pasadena - 09/07/13
  • City of Burbank - 09/14/13
  • City of Carson - 09/21/13
  • Cities of Beverly Hills & West Hollywood - 09/28/13
  • City of Huntington Park - 10/26/13
  • City of South El Monte - 10/05/13
  • City of Duarte - 10/12/13
  • City of Bellflower - 11/02/13
  • City of Santa Clarita - 11/09/13
  • City of Monterey Park - 11/23/13
  • City of Covina - 10/19/13
  • Unincorporated South Whittier - 11/16/13
  • Unincorporated Lennox - 10/19/13
  • City of Malibu - 12/07/13
  • City of LaVerne - 12/21/13
  • City of Lomita - 12/14/13
  • 2801 Madera Rd Simi Valley, CA 93065,(805)579-7267
  • 5300 Lost Hills Rd Agoura Hills, CA 91301,(818) 889-0363


Most landfills are open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday except holidays.

Clean dirt is not accepted for free at this site. Dirt is charged the tipping fee for municipal solid and inert waste. To obtain more detailed information on the Sanitation Districts' criteria for accepting clean dirt at your local landfill facility.

Dirt, green waste, and asphalt loads are accepted during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Payment at the scales must be in cash, credit card (MC, American Express, & Discover Card only), debit card, or by pre-arranged credit. No checks are accepted. All disposal rates, excluding green waste rates, include state, county, and appropriate local fees and taxes.

A-Z Moving & Storage is gladly helping customers with proper disposals of the undesired articles. There is an additional cost assessed for this service. You can call our office to discuss the cost and the payment options with our moving specialists.

Our goals is to provide top of the line service and to protect environment from improper disposals of household goods.

The customer is responsible for separating (setting aside the goods to be trashed - separating hazardous materials from regular trash). If you want our movers to perform separating of hazardous materials there will be additional charge for extra time. The customer is also responsible for the disposal costs listed by your local Landfill and the labor and distance to that disposal facility.

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You can also choose to order a recycle bin from a waste management company of your choice, and have the movers help you fill that bin with your trash. The costs of bins vary by their size and your location.

Local jurisdictions are responsible for the collection of solid wastes or trash. Please call your city, county or trash collection company to obtain the information you need.

Please help us keep America - California - and your local neighborhood environmentally safe!



Terms and Conditions


Terms and conditions are written in small print on the back of the moving contract. The front of the contract indicates the name of the moving company and the shipper; addresses of pickup and delivery; date the order was taken; date of the start of service and delivery date; the tariff for local or long distance relocation; cost of materials; cost of valuation protection.

On the back of the contract printed information of mover's assumed liability:

Perils assumed by mover,

The burden of proof of negligence,


Terms and conditions apply during move, storage, or delivery from storage,

Exclusions from liability,

Ownership of goods,


Terms of payment,

General lien for charges,

Notice and proof of loss or damage,

Additional conditions.

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Moving Contract


Your mover is required to provide you with a moving contract also known as bill of lading. The bill of lading serves as the receipt for the goods and the contract with mover for transportation. As a general rule, bill of lading is signed by you at the time of pick up, prior to movers starting to load the shipment.

The bill of lading is a key document as it contains the essential terms and conditions of the agreement between you and your mover.

The bill of lading includes the valuation section that indicates a "released value" of the items being transported, that in turn establishes mover's liability for your goods in the event of a loss or damage.

The bill of lading serves to identify the mover and specifies when the transportation is to be performed. It also specifies the terms and conditions for payment of the charges and the maximum amount required to be paid at the time of delivery for shipments moving under non-binding estimates. The bill of lading that is presented to customers, particularly, in case of non-binding estimates, will only be a partially complete copy of the bill of lading when truck leaves the residence at origin. The partially complete bill of lading must contain relevant shipment information - except the actual shipment weight that will be determined after the shipment has been weighed and any other information necessary to determine the final chafges for all services that mover will perform for local or a long distance relocation.


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Loss or Damage & Filing a Claim

Unfortunately, regardless of how reputalbe the mover may be, losses or damages are a part of moving business. What separates a great mover from its competition is the way they handle their claims. Here are some important steps to properly handle the damages or losses during your relocation.

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If you have a loss or damage to your items, be sure to describe such loss or damage on the mover's inventory form or a bill of lading. However, this action doesn't constitute a claim, but this will support your claim to be filed later, as we described below.

If you intend to file a claim for loss or damage to your goods be aware that one of the required documents in support of your claim is a copy of the paid contract aka freight bill or bill of lading. This means before you may file a claim with your mover for loss or damage to your goods, you must pay the mover for all charges due for transportation services. It is because the handling and settlement of the claim is a matter separate from the performance of and payment for the transportation service itself. If you do not pay for the transportation charges, the mover may not honor your claim.


1. Write the office of your carrier/mover and describe the loss or damage;

2. List separately all missing or damaged items;

3. Note the exact amount you are claiming for each missing or damaged item;

4. Provide the date of your move, the origin and destination, and carrier's contract number.


If the damage is to the packed item, you should retain the box, its contents and the packing materials. This is especially important if you did the packing since you will have to show that bad packing was not the cause of the damages.

Providing copies of the store receipts for the lost of damaged items and professional estimates for repair, will speed up the process of your claim by your mover.

You must retain the copies of all correspondence with the moving company. In addition, all correspondence should be made by registered mail so you can keep Returned Receipts, as proof of the movers receiving your letters. Emailing your claim to the mover's claims department is also an excellent idea, as you will have the record of all communications with your mover about your claim.

You must file your claim, in writing, within 9 months after delivery of the goods or within 9 months after a reasonable time for delivery has elapsed.

In California, Public Utilities Commission governs household moving services, they have specific rules set forth in the Maximum Rate Tariff 4. Your mover is required to acknowledge a receipt of your claim in writing with in 30 days, and must pay, provide you with a firm compromise settlement with in 60 days of receipt of your claim. If some reason beyond your mover's control delays the action for a longer time, the mover is required to notify you in writing within 60 days of receipt of your claim as to its status and the reason for the delay. And again 30 days thereafter until the final action is taken. If your carrier fails to acknowledge your claim in the manner described above you should contact PUC for local California moves or Department of Transportation for interstate moves.



Moving Grandfather Clocks


To ensure safety of the grandfather clock you must secure all accessory components, pack and crate clock and all of its parts, and finally correctly handle it during the move. Movers must use soft gloves or cloth when managing components of the clocks with weights and pendulums with finished bass. We have provided very detailed instructions on how to properly move a grandfather clock.

1. Begin by stopping and removing the pendulum from clock.

2. For the clocks with cable holding the weights – make a loose roll of packing paper approximately 2” in diameter. Hold it above the pulley while the weights are being wound until they stop with the roll of paper jamming system over the pulleys. By completing this procedure you have prevented the cable from tangling while the weights were being removed.

3. For the clocks with chains - raise the weights to the position at which the clock is wound half way, or middle of the clock. A thin wire or string can be used to string the chains together just where they protrude below the movement. Tie the wire together; this will secure the chains in one place and will not allow them to come off their sprockets.

4. Remove and mark the weights so they can be reattached to the exact same position on the clock for re-installation later. For clocks with chains, chains must be secured safely to avoid any damage to the finish.

5. For tubular movements, the tubes must be removed, mark their position for re-installation.

6. Prior to moving the clock - movement must be mounted securely in the case. For some early American and English clocks in which the movement just sets on two side-boards of the case, the movement must be removed from the case.

7. The case and movement must be professionally packed or crated in a solid wooden container.

8. Installation of the clock at the new location – position the case on the flat, solid and stable floor surface; carpets may present a problem if the footing of the case is not completely stable. It is not necessary for the case to be accurately perpendicular to the floor, it must be stable and not rock. Leveling feet are common to some of the bases, and some use small shim to prevent rocking and ensure complete stability of the clock’s base on the floor.

9. 9. If the movement is out of the case, replace it in the same marked position it was in before.

10. Re-attach the pendulum just as was before.

11. Place the weights in the exact position they were before the move. Remove the wire that was used to secure the chains. Remove paper that was used to hold the cables tight or you can just let the clock run until it will fall out.

12. Finish installation by simply swinging your pendulum. Listen to the sound of the cock’s tick tock. Adjust the top of the clock by moving it slightly to the right or left with shims under the feet to get the tick-tock sound balanced out.

Now that the clock is installed, just set the correct time and enjoy it.



Limitations On Mover's Liability

There are a number of articles for which movers carry no liability for their loss or damage.

Such articles include:

  • change in condition or flavor of perishables;
  • loss or damage caused by customer, including improper packing;
  • defect or inherent vice of the product, such as susceptibility to atmospheric changes;
  • insects, moth, vermin, ordinary ware and tear, or gradual deterioration;
  • mechanical, or electrical derangement of the musical instruments, electronic components or appliances if there is no sign of exterior damage;
  • loss or damage as a result of a strike, lock out, labor disturbance, riot, civil commotion, or any act of person or persons taking part in any such occurrence or disorder;
  • hostile or warlike action taken in time of peace or war;
  • breakage caused by normal handling of china, glassware, bric-a-brac, or other similar items, unless packed by mover;
  • mover is not liable for damage or loss occurring after the property has been delivered. When the mover is directed to unload or to deliver property at a place wther the customer or his/her agent is not present, the property shall be at the risk of the owner after unloading or delivery. 
  • liability of mover for loss or damage will be subject to your compliance with the rules for filing claims.

More information regarding movers limitations of liability you may get from PUC, in General Order 1 36C.




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When planning to move, one of the most important things on your to do list is to find and interview three or more reputable movers. The only way to have your prospective mover provide you with a binding (not to exceed estimate) is to ask them to come out to see your shipment in person. A verbal rate quotation is not an estimate. Remember, verbal estimates are not binding and will not protect you from having problems in the future.

On-site estimates should be ordered at least 3 weeks before moving day. This will give you enough time to make the right choice.

When inviting an estimator to review your items, set aside at least 45 minutes for each appointment. When estimator comes to your residence, expect them to take detailed inventory of your goods. They may even measure some of the unusually large or bulky articles. This information is important in determining the right size truck, estimating proper amount of workers for the job, and finally time or weight of shipment, and the cost of your move.

Make sure to get your estimate in writing. The estimate must indicate the services provided and costs. Don't accept a blanket cost per move, as this estimate may not include some of the services you need for movers to perform.

When describing your wishes, be consistent with all estimators you see; this will make it clearer to see the differences between provided estimates. Make sure that estimators see all of your goods that need to be moved, and any special services you require and conditions that may effect the pick up or delivery. It is very important to provide estimators with a clear understanding of the new home, that may effect the delivery. This ensures a more accurate estimate of cost, and reduces the chance of misunderstandings and unexpected charges on moving day.

If your relocation is over 100 constructive miles, or going out of state is considered a long distance move. Long distance moves are charged by the size or weight of the shipment and on constructive miles.

If you are moving under 100 constructive miles, this is considered a local move. Most local moves are charged by the hour. The hourly rate is based on the amount of movers working on your move and possibly size of number of trucks hired by you.

Keep in mind that hourly rate covers any service performed by the movers, not involving special equipment, or non-reusable packing materials. On the other hand, long distance movers will charge extra for packing labor, as it is not included in the basic move estimate by weight or size. On long distance rated shipments there may be additional charge for stairs, long walks, elevators. If it is impossible for the mover park the truck with in 75 feet of the front door, a long carry charge may apply. If the truck is parked with in a few block radius, and goods need to be reloaded in a smaller truck to be brought over to the new residence, the shuttle charges will apply.

If you add items or request services not included in the estimate, the mover will have to provide a Change Order for Service form at the time you request that service.



Shuttle Service and Long Carry


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There are instances when a regular size moving truck can not get near client's facility or residence, due to many factors:

  • narrow streets,
  • untrimmed trees,
  • unlicensed use of big trucks in the area (island, etc.)


If the truck is parked over 75 feet away from the entrence to the resinence this will be considered a long carry. Long distance mover's tariff provides a special  long carry fee, which your mover should disclose to you as soon as the long carry is discovered.  That's why you should describe your pickup and delivery location to your moving specialist ahead of time to avoid a last minute surprises.

Movers will first try to use their tools and equipment that are available on hand and carry items from/to the location, however if the distance is too great it becomes necessary to provide a shuttle service.



The movers are required a use of a much smaller truck or cargo van to gain access to client's location.

If shuttle is required at;

Pickup: a smaller truck is sent to the location and loaded with as much items as possible, transported to the regular size moving truck and reloaded into it.

Delivery: a smaller truck is loaded with items from the moving truck and transported to the new location and then delivered to client's facility or residence.

As part of their duties our moving specialists do research to see if there is a possibility of a need for shuttle service. Being unprepared is going to cost both movers and a client a lot of time. Unfortunately, shuttle services are not cheap, however the sooner the mover learn the more time they have to prepare for it.

Once our company learns of a need for shuttle service and in case the delivery/pickup is taken place out of state, where we have no access to our own fleet of small trucks - our specialists will do the following preparation:

  • Make a reservation for smaller truck/van from an in town rental agency (as soon as possible to ensure availability and lower rates);
  • Upon arrival to town, movers will pickup the truck from rental agency,
  • Movers will execute the shuttle and deliver or pick up shipment;
  • Return truck to rental agency,
  • Pay for the truck rental, which includes (daily rate, miles, and fuel).

The shuttle charges will be added to the contract as accessorial/additional services. 

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Insuring Your Shipment

When planning your move, one of the most important items on the list after finding the best mover, is figuring out the amount of protection you may need for your relocation.

Movers are liable for damages or losses happened during performance of services associated with moving. However, the movers are liable to the extend provided by California Public Utilities Commission (for moves within California), or Surface Transportation Board (for interstate moves). Both agencies have the same basic level of protection requirement for movers.

All movers require to provide you with Basic Valuation Protection/Release Value at no cost to you, however it has very limited protection coverage over your items. To get more protection, you need to purchase additional Valuation Insurance from your mover, or from an insurance company. A reputable mover will do its best protecting your goods, however accidents happen and if you have articles of extraordinary value you need to make certain that you purchase the right amount of valuation protection.

Here are the different options of insurance available to moving customers:

- Basic Valuation/Release Value is a protection of your goods at 60 cents per pound per article. There is no extra charge for this level of protection, however if an article is damaged - the mover's liability is based on articles weight not its value. Example: a TV that is damaged weighs 50 lbs. The mover is liable for $30.00 only.

- Actual Cash Value is a replacement of articles at today's value, based on it today's fair market value.

- Full Value Protection (FVP) is the most comprehensive option for protection of goods. The damages accured while covered under this protection, the customer/shipper will get:

  • Article repaired to its working condition;
  • Replacement of the article with an article in kind; 
  • Payment for the replacement of the article.

Basic Valueation is FREE, it is included in the cost of any move.

Actual Cash Value is $0.95 per $100.00 of insurance coverage.

Full Replacement Value has three options:

   No Deductible  -    $1.65 per $100.00 of insurance coverage.

   $250 Deductible - $1.45 per $100.00 of insurance coverage.

   $500 Deductible - $1.10 per $100.00 of insurance coverage.

A mover can figure out the minimum protection for client's shipment. For smaller shipments the minimum FVP protection is $25,000. If the shipment size/weight is over 5,000 pounds (larger than a 2 bedroom condo), the minimum FVP protection is figured out by $5.00 per 100 lbs of shipment. Example: a shipment that weighs 9,000 lbs (3 bedroom or small 4 bedroom house) will require to get $45,000 coverage or greater. 

The cost of premium varies depending on deductible customer/shipper will choose. Most carriers/movers carry a maximum $500 deductible.

With this deductible premium multiplier is $1.10 (also varies) for $100 of insurance. $45,000 x 1.10 / 100 = $495.00 premium payment.

Customer can always choose higher level of coverage. 

Here is the section of Valuation Protection from Mover's Bill of Lading

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Customer must fill out a list of items of extraordinary value:

  • Art effects,
  • Paintings,
  • Crystal,
  • Antiques

The list must be submitted and the amount of protection selected prior to commencement of the move. The boxes with fragile and items of extraordinary value must be packed by movers. As they need to inspect their condition prior to boxing them. 

The long distance movers (relocation over 100 miles or going out of state) will inventory all items and mark their condition on the inventory form. Make sure to inspect the forms and the notes made in them. Mover and customer will sign inventory forms. Customer needs to hold on to the copy of bill of lading and inventory forms until the delivery day.

At the delivery - inspect the condition of your items, especially on the extraordinary value list. If you find any damages or losses indicate them on the inventory forms, this will help you when you file an official claim.

Here is a not from PUC booklet (provided to moving customers)

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Moving Trucks

A-Z Moving and Storage has a wide range of moving trucks to accommodate local and long distance, small and large, residential and commercial relocation services. Our customers expect us to provide relocation no matter how difficult a situation may be. Our local fleet consists of smaller straight trucks. We really don't need to send a big 24' truck to do a small one bedroom local job, a 14' truck will do just fine. This saves us on fuel, insurance and maintenance. And allows us to pass our savings to our customers in a form of specials and stay competitive in the market place.

We also use small trucks to shuttle loads to our larger trucks in situations where our regular size trucks can not get to customers residence or business location.


Local fleet is 14', 17', 24' and 26' trucks. Our moving specialists figure out the size of customers load by doing an inventory of their belongings. The goal is to send the right size truck and make sure that everything fits in one load, unless the load is too large for a 26' truck. In that case the customer will be advised that a second trip will be necessary and we can send 2 or more trucks to do the job.



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Maximum Load 6,000 lbs.

Gross Weight: 14,000 lbs.

Empty Weight: 8,000 lbs.        


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Maximum Load: 5,600 lbs.

Gross Weight: 14,000 lbs.

Empty Weight: 8,400 lbs.      


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Maximum Load: 8,500 lbs.

Gross Weight: 20,000 lbs.

Empty Weight: 11,500 lbs.



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 Maximum Load: 11,450 lbs.

 Gross Vehicle Weight: 26,000 lbs.

 Empty Weight: 14,550 lbs.


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    - 5,850 Cubic Feet

    - Gross Vehicle Weight: 80,000 lbs.

    - Empty Weight Including Tractor: 41,200 lbs.

    - Maximum Load: 38,800 lbs.


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  Maximum Load: 16,200 lbs.

  Gross Vehicle Weight: 35,000 lbs.

  Empty Weight: 18,800 lbs.