Relocating to a different state is an intricate process that requires careful thinking and quite a bit of logistics. It can be exciting and stressful at the same time – but more importantly, it is a wonderful journey to your new home, and choosing the right movers for the task, will greatly shape your experience.
With the help the U.S. Department of Transportation, which continues to fight the war against moving scams, we featured the 3 best moving companies in Southern California to help you rest assured that your valuables and peace of mind are intact when you move into your new home. These companies are rated from 1 to 3, with 1 ranking as the best choice for your move. These ratings are based on price, services, quality of work, special programs, customer reviews, and accessibility.
The Absolute Best
Haven Express Moving
This company is doing all the right things to be listed as our #1 choice for the best moving experience in Southern California.
With significantly lower moving rates, and special packages for different budgets, consumers also report their workers to be highly skilled and experienced with handling furniture. Quality of work is always guaranteed and is Haven’s forte, as they don’t outsource to agents, and strictly monitor your move from the beginning to end. They take huge pride in their work, and are one of the only promoters in SoCal of a “Safe Inclusive Moving Environment.” This means they guarantee a safe move with affordable moving rates that welcome our entire community: especially women, elders, disabled persons, and other minorities.
Haven’s unique moving concept is that you only pay for the space used in the truck — no fuel, tax, mileage or other hidden charges. Your furniture and fragile items are protected with padding supplies, shrink wrap, and tape.
Extra care is given to secure the corner pieces of furniture that are more prone to chipping or breakage. You can also trust Haven Moving to professionally pack, crate and move pianos, grandfather clocks, and other specialty items. Haven features four special programs: senior, disability, Military, and students, with big savings to help our Southern California community. You can book your move online or over the phone for quick services, or get an in-home estimate. Haven can also help you with your motorcycle and car shipping, and it is the only company that offers 30 days of free storage. This is what makes Haven the busiest moving company in SoCal for 2018 and 2019.
Haven doesn’t ship to all states, so if you are moving to AK, ND, SD, MT, NY, MA, CT, NE, VT, and ME, you might be out of luck. Also, priority is always given to families that are moving from SoCal counties such as Ventura, LA, OC, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, and some areas in Santa Barbara. They also don’t ship internationally and if you require an on-site estimate, their waiting list might be longer based on your area or not available at all. Dates and availability could also be an issue, as they might be booked for your desired dates, so make sure to check their schedule and book your move in advance. They don’t have any plans to expand as they feel their high quality of work could become compromised.
Rated as our #2 is Atlas VanLines for better moving rates and higher quality service. It is one of the most trusted names in the relocation industry, and you can find their agents in every city and town. Atlas provides binding moving quotes with prices that don’t change. They also offer smart online visual estimates through their app, where you can have a live walkthrough from your phone while getting your quote. Atlas provides local, long distance, and international moving services with short and long term storage solutions for additional costs. Atlas has also partnered with the American Red Cross in effort to increase awareness – you can now directly donate to the American Red Cross from their website. The other reason we like Atlas so much is because of their special awards program, where they monitor and rate their agents based on performance and quality. For instance, you can check out this Avatar Relocation company in NY – which is an Atlas agent with outstanding quality awards. You can trust to receive an amazing service from agents like that! Thumbs up!
To our surprise, their online virtual estimate app happens to receive some negative complaints as some consumers complained about the app crashing or not working; and some complained of it being somewhat invasive, going through night stands drawers and areas that don’t require such attention. If you are interested in the Atlas virtual estimate service, we recommend to make your own video and simply send it to them at your own convenience. Make sure to always request a list of available Atlas agents in your area and select them based on their awards.
Best For Rural
Right after Atlas, you can find Bekins Moving Company, which has been around since 1936. It is rated as our #3 choice because of their special partner programs. Bekins has partnered with The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) helping older adults and their families with the relocation process. Bekins has also partnered with The National Active Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) offering members special discounts and assistance with their move. For a large company, they seem to really have it together. For instance, consumers report great appreciation towards drivers and moving crews, and describe them as friendly, fast and, efficient. It’s an ideal service for people that are moving from rural areas, such as Brawley or Blyth, where most moving companies don’t normally operate.
While Bekins is one of the best relocation providers in the U.S., with your chances high in regards to getting a qualified moving crew, some areas and states have a really bad reputation; keep in mind you will be dealing directly with an agent, and this agent is its own entity, with different rules, logistics, and expertise. You will find agents with disturbing complaints, such as very expensive moving rates, low balling, bad mouthing other companies and their agents, and holding items hostage – it does not mean it will happen to you, and most likely you will have a pleasant moving experience with Bekins — just make sure to always do your own due diligence before committing to a specific agent.
Company Name: Haven Moving
Contact Person: Customer Services
Country: United States