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Welcome to 33 Frequently Asked Questions About Moving Your Home or Office in California.

If you are on this page then you have a question or a few about moving, relocation process. Either you are planning to hire movers for the first time in your life or just need more information to hire better movers then this page is for you. Here at Route 66 Moving we want to be helpful for all people in need of moving services no matter if you go with our company or choose to do moving by yourself.

Yes, it is. Route 66 is a fully insured moving company and licensed by the California Public Utilities Commission. Our PUC license number is T-190460. You can use this number to verify our insurance and license at:

We have been in moving business since 2006 working as sub-haulers for one of the largest at that time moving companies in California. Route 66 was formed as a completely separate entity in 2008.

Yes, Route 66 Moving And Storage is BBB accredited business. Our main office is in San Diego; please, check our San Diego BBB profile. We are A+ BBB rated movers for years.

Yes. We work 7 days a week: both office staff and moving crews.

Route 66 has locations throughout California.

Our offices in San Francisco service the greater Bay Area including Marin County, San Francisco, the Peninsula, South Bay and East Bay. We provide moving services anywhere between Santa Rosa, San Jose and Livermore, Brentwood, and Fairfield.

We do also do local moves in Sacramento.

If you need to move from any other locations in Northern California not mentioned above to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, or Southern California, please, call us!

Our offices in San Diego and Los Angeles service the entire metropolitan area between La Jolla, San Bernardino County and Santa Barbara.

At Route 66 Moving, we love nothing more than driving around California. To us, it’s like going on an enjoyable San Francisco to Los Angeles road trip when we perform our moves.

We are a full service moving company and one of the most reputable home moving companies around. We’re not only a local home moving service – we can do any size of move either locally or across the state of California. Your large home, small apartment, artist or work studio, home office, retail storefront, storage unit, commercial or medical office – we have extensive experience with all types of moves. No job is too big or too small and if you’re looking for business movers, we’re also highly experienced business movers. Many folks don’t realize we’re also a business moving company, but we’re very happy to help with corporate moves of all sizes.

Full packing of your home is available on request.

We may do unpacking of your stuff as well.

We have moved numerous apartments and houses in Atherton, Los Gatos, Beverly Hills, La Jolla, Del Mar, San Francisco and other places in California. People trust us to do packing for them, do a relocation process, deliver and unpack the stuff.

In addition, if you’re simply searching for a cheap truck hire San Francisco residents and companies trust, we’re known for our affordable rates. Are you also Marin movers? Yes, as well-established movers in Marin County, we’ve become one of the leading moving companies Marin County residents and offices trust. In relation to San Francisco, we’re known as one of the best movers SF to Marin customers are happy to recommend. Most of our customers in the area tell us that we’re one of the most reliable, knowledgeable moving companies Marin County has ever seen, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us and see how superior our service truly is!

Local move is any move with the distance between pick-up and delivery addresses less than 100 miles.

We frequently move clients out of and into some of the largest apartment and commercial buildings in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Many buildings already have our certificate on file. We can provide a COI within 48 hours at no cost to the customer. Please let us know about your building’s insurance requirements ASAP!

Route 66 applies hourly rate for local moves with no hidden charges. Please note that for local moves we usually charge ‘double-drive’ time as per CPUC regulations. In some cases we may apply a fuel fee or travel fee separate from an hourly rate if the total driving distance to get at your place more than 50 miles and/or if we need to drive more than 50 miles from your current location. Because of different social economic factors throughout California our hourly rates vary in different areas. So, please, contact our local offices to find out about our current rates and specials.

Per the California Public Utilities Commission guidelines, all time spent on the road between pick-up at your current location and drop-off at your destination is measured as double time to account for the return trip. This means that 30 minutes spent on the road between the two locations would count as an hour. Double-drive time is charged if the distance between the location in the range between 5 and 100 miles.

Any move with more than 100-mile drive between an origin place and destination is considered as a ‘long-distance’ move. Here at Route 66 we provide flat rates for such moves in most cases. We might add additional quote for labor (loading, packing, and unloading) if it is hard to get a clear idea of how much time loading and unloading may take. For instance, you are not sure if you need full packing or not; where we would park our truck: in a loading dock or 200 ft away from your building. We will provide the Not To Exceed price though. Ask for it!

This is your possible maximum price for the move considering that there are no changes to the ordered service. For example, if you request a quote to move 20 boxes and 5 pieces of furniture from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and you are given $1650 quote but on the day of the move you have 60 boxes the price may be adjusted accordingly to cover extra costs for labor to move those extra items. Please try to be as accurate as possible with providing your inventory list.

An inventory list is the list of your items you want to be moved. Such items include pretty much everything you are planning to take with you: rugs, boxes, pictures, mirrors, furniture and so on. Please be very specific providing your inventory list via email or online quote form if you want to get an accurate estimate as possible.

A binding estimate is a contract that specifies, in advance, the precise cost of the move based on the services requested or deemed necessary at the time of the estimate. If additional services are requested or required at either origin or destination, the total cost may change.

A non-binding estimate charges you according to the actual working time and the costs of the services that are performed.

Yes, Route 66 does. Usually on-site estimates are needed if 1) there is a chance that more than one truck will be needed to do the move; 2) you need packing service for a large apartment or house. Please contact our local offices and provide basic information such as your inventory list, moving distance; let Route 66 know if you need packing service or not. Then we will be able to determine if you need on-site estimate or not. You may request an in-person estimate regardless our conclusion.

If you are planning to move on Friday or weekend, please, try to contact us as early as possible to set up your move. As a rule 2 or 3 weeks in advance will work for any type of move. Please note that the end of each move is very busy time for each relocation company. So you may want to contact us to get a quote 2 or 3 week prior to your move if it falls even on Monday or Tuesday of the last week of a month.

Route 66’s one of specialties is last minute or emergency moves. We may assist with small and bog moves at a last minute request. We may but there is no guarantee if you need the same day moving service on Saturday. Please contact us now if you read this answer.

Please call us immediately! The more advance notice you give us about your date change the more likely we are to be able to provide you with the new date you want.

Route 66’s moving trucks are equipped with supplies needed to do any type of household or office moves.

For most of our moves we use 24ft and 26ft box trucks. However, in San Francisco Bay Area because of a lot of narrow and hilly street we use 16ft, 18ft, and 20ft moving trucks.

We do move reasonably heavy household and office items such as pianos, for instance. We do not move machinery, equipment. We may be able to recommend you another company to help with your industrial or one-piece move in case if we are not able to do it.

Any flammable materials including gasoline in motorcycles, scooters, or lawn movers, and any poisons or compressed gasses, machinery and industrial equipment heavier than 300 pounds. We do not move firearms unless they are safely places in a lock box or safe.

Simple answer is yes – we do piano moves in San Diego, LA and the Bay Area. However, we provide quotes for each piano moves individually because of many factors involved in estimating a piano move: the number of flights of stairs, the weight of a piano, moving distance etc. If for some reason we will not be able to do your piano move we will try our best to recommend other specialists.

Every mover is required to prepare a bill of lading for every shipment transported. The bill of lading is the receipt for your goods and the contract with your mover for their transportation. The driver who loads your shipment will give you a copy of the bill of lading.

It is your responsibility to read and understand the information on the bill of lading before you sign it. The bill of lading identifies the mover and specifies when the transportation is to be performed. It also specifies the terms and conditions for payment of the total charges and the maximum amount required to be paid at the time of delivery if you are moving under a non-binding estimate. Information regarding the valuation of your shipment and the amount the mover will be liable for in the event of loss or damage is also shown.

All loose items must be packed in boxes to prevent loss or damage. It is recommended that you pack all items and leave the drawers empty.

Waterbeds need to be drained completely. Fiber-filled waterbeds need to be professionally vacuum-drained in advance of your move date.

We will move your plants but we will not assume any responsibility for damaging them. It is just a common sense that moving a plant or ceramic pot in a truck carries a lot of risk of damaging such items. Nevertheless we will be very careful while moving such items.

Items of extraordinary value such as jewelry, money, antiques and stamp collections can be included in your shipment. However, it is strongly recommended that you carry irreplaceable and expensive articles with you or make other arrangements for their transport.

Appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators must be disconnected, and the washer must have a stabilizer installed. Route 66 will not assume any responsibility for damaging connectors or any water damage if you insist that our employees would disconnect or connect your appliances. As a rule there is nothing difficult involved in connecting and disconnecting a washer or dryer, but connectors may be ripped off which may result in water damage. Each time you connect any appliances to a new water supply system you are recommended to hire a licensed plumber; otherwise, keep your eye on the appliances for a few days after connecting in a new home. Leaks may start later. Save time and money by hiring a plumber rather than assuming risks of water damage!

Route 66 uses moving blankets of high quality as well as shrink-wrap (plastic stretch film) to protect furniture and other items. Normally we cover a piece of furniture with a moving blanket or a few if needed and then use shrink-wrap and tape to make sure that the piece will be protected through the whole relocation process.

Yes, but how much protection you have and its cost to you depend upon the valuation coverage you selected.

‘Basic Insurance’ is a California PUC’s requirement. This option provides only minimal protection and is not sufficient coverage for almost all shipments. It will pay you $.60 per pound per article if lost or damaged. That means a piece of furniture weighing 400 lbs would receive a settlement of $240.00. You will be asked to initial the bill of lading if you select this coverage.

You may obtain a full value insurance (this has to be done at least 72 hours prior to a moving date) through our business partners at

Make sure your home is ready for a moving crew. Move anything off the porch and walkways that may obstruct movement of your goods out of the home. Take doors of the hinges if you know certain items will not fit through. Remove all small throw rugs from traffic areas that could cause crew members to trip or slip.

Having some cold water on hand for the crew, especially on a hot summer day, would be very appreciated.

If you do packing by yourself make sure that all items, of course not including furniture, is boxed up, and no loose items or clothing are located on a couch, chairs, bed and so on. Otherwise, we will need to ask you where you would like those items to be placed – that is extra time = extra money.

We will park our truck at the closest safest space possible. In order for us to do the move faster thus to save money for you, please, take care of finding and reserving the closest parking spot to your main door possible.

If you live in an apartment building you may want to ask your property management in advance about move-in and move-out procedures including a parking space or loading dock reservation. They may also require you to provide them COI (certificate of insurance) – just let us know and we will do this for you.

If you live in a busy street here in San Diego or anywhere and there is no parking space (in most cases we will need 30-50ft parking space to fit our truck) provided by a property management then you will to contact municipal authorities to obtain a parking permit. Usually they require five business days in order to process an application. Route 66 does not apply for parking permits on behalf of our clients because 1) a fee is not refundable and clients’ moving plans may change; 2) they ask about some details we may not know as we do not reside in that are (usually building addresses where we would need to park our truck.)

If customers are unable to provide a safe reserved parking spot for our crew then we will park the truck on a safest spot possible. That may in violation of some traffic rules though. In the case

when customers are unable to provide a parking space and Route 66 get a parking ticket the cost of the ticket will be added to the total cost of the move. Please plan your move in advance and let us know if you have any questions.

We do haul only household and office goods: furniture, used boxes, mattresses, appliances etc.

The price will depend on what exactly you need to get rid of and the distance between your place and a dump service. Please visit the Hauling page.

In general, moving companies in Los Angeles require more flexibility and advanced scheduling during certain times of the year, including the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), around Christmas and the holiday season.

During these periods, the heaviest demands are placed on moving trucks, equipment and staff.

However, our company understands that you may not have the opportunity to avoid the peak season; that's why we are always ready to provide you with customized and convenient moving services – in order to ensure a smooth relocation that fits with your particular schedule and needs.

One of the best ways to be sure about the integrity and reliability of a moving company is the ratings that they've received from the Better Business Bureau. The BBB's grade shows the company's devotion to conduct business in the most ethical manner as well as their commitment to a fair practice code.

In addition, we also recommend visiting other reliable customer review websites in order to check what clients are saying about the different moving companies in Los Angeles.

At Route 66, we know that value and trust are key ingredients of a quality relationship with our clients, and for that reason, we are proud of both: the positive reviews from our customers, and our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau – because it showcases our continuos effort to strengthen the value we deliver.

Sometimes our customers face disruptions in their schedules for many reasons. Luckily, our services are designed to help you in every aspect of your move and our team is always ready to offer you a convenient and effective solution.

To serve you better, we strongly recommend that you call us as soon as possible, so we can make the necessary arrangements and reschedule your residential or corporate move to Los Angeles, at your convenience.

Yes, we are a properly licensed, bonded and insured moving company committed to guarantee your maximum satisfaction and protection. We meet all the state insurance requirements, and our staff is covered by worker's compensation insurance, so if an accident occurs on your property during the move, you won't be held financially responsible.

As a reliable moving company in Los Angeles, we always fulfill our contractual obligations.

Schedule your move as earlier as possible regardless of the time of the year, but in case you only have a short period of time before your relocation, we will work with you to come as close as possible to your desired moving dates.

Remember that booking early means, that you'll have a greater chance to schedule your move with your preferred moving company in Los Angeles. If you wait too long to start the process, the company may not be available.

The answer to this question depends on your own schedule. If you have enough flexibility to pick up the time when you'd like to relocate, then try to avoid the summer months and the end-of-year holidays – since they are the busiest time for most moving companies San Diego. During that period, the number of shipments is extremely large.

But if the circumstances don't allow you to schedule your move in any other time, remember that Route 66 has the most modern equipment and a group of talented and dedicated movers, who are always ready to accommodate any residential or corporate move. 

Whenever you need a moving service in San Diego, we are here to assist you!

Reviews from customers is one of the most trusted source of brand information, when it comes to selecting the best moving company in San Diego. The majority of potential customers seek out the testimonials of satisfied clients who are happy to recommend a service on both social media and in consumer review websites.

In addition, we always recommend to check the moving company's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating, in order to see if the movers conduct their business in the most ethical manner and have fair practices.

At Route 66, we had developed an impressive track record of outstanding customer satisfaction. Through the years, we have sought to make every customer interaction a positive experience, taking great pride in our professionalism, attention to details and continual improvement.

Today, we're proud to say that our hard work and efficiency has earned us recognition from the Better Business Bureau as an “A+” rated moving company!

If for any reason you have to change your moving date, contact us as soon as possible and we will work with you to reschedule the service at your convenience.

Be aware that the estimate's price may change depending on the new date.

We offer the best and the more flexible moving services in San Diego!

We are proud to say that we are fully insured and licensed by the California Public Utilities Commission, which means that we compile with all the local and federal transportation regulations – to protect you and your belongings during your move to San Diego.

As soon as you know that you are moving, contact us to check on availability and get an accurate estimate for your upcoming move to San Diego.

Start planning your relocation well in advance, so you can have enough time to cover all the aspects that are part of this process.

The off peak season (late fall months and winter) is generally the best time to move into San Francisco. Movers are less busy in that period, and therefore, it's faster to accommodate every aspect of your relocation process in those off-peak months.

Summer, in the other hand, is always the busiest season for movers. That's why you should schedule your relocation way in advance to avoid inconveniences.

But in case you don’t have the flexibility to pick a particular time of the year for your upcoming move, we have all the resources (staff, equipment and experience) to manage your entire relocation no matter the time of the year!

It's not very complicated: look for professional movers in San Francisco that have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau – since those companies are not only honest and trustworthy, but also committed to resolve any complaint from customers.

In addition, check out other consumer reports to find out about the quality of a business, and don't forget to visit online review sites so you can read the opinions of clients about a particular service.

For years, genuine, positive reviews have encouraged customers to look at Route 66 as a company they can trust and rely on for moving and storage services. Thanks to our clients transparent testimonials, we've gained thousands of new customers as well as the recognition from the Better Business Bureau as an “A+” rated moving company.

No worries! Contact us as soon as possible and we will be more than happy to find a positive solution and reschedule a new moving date – whenever is more convenient for you.

Be aware that the estimate's price may change depending on the new date.

We offer the best and the more flexible moving services in San Francisco!

For your protection and convenience, we are a licensed and insured moving company. We carry workers’ compensation coverage to provide you peace of mind!

With this form of insurance, you won't become liable for an employee injury – in case that one of our workers has an accident and gets hurt while moving your belongings.  

Our staff of professional movers in San Francisco will make sure that the contracted work will be completed according to your specifications.

Try always to reserve early, so you can focus on other important aspects of your move to San Francisco. We guarantee that we will work diligently to accomplish an efficient and stress-free moving experience.

With our unique combination of expertise, knowledge and creativity, we can provide responsive solutions to all your moving challenges, even if for some circumstances you are not able to book our services way in advance.

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