• Handle the gathering of supplies yourself. This means going to either a grocery store, office supply store, or moving supply store to acquire the following; cardboard boxes of various sizes, multiple rolls of tape, moving blankets, newsprint packing paper (minus the ink from the news) Moving company amsterdam, and shrink wrap. Additionally, you can also get packing peanuts or bubble wrap to accompany the packing paper as padding for your items. There are at least twelve grocery stores within ten miles of the 210 freeway that runs through the heart of Pasadena, many of which are on E. California Blvd., meaning that boxes, tape, and possibly packing paper are easily obtainable. Ralphs, Gelsons, and other retailers
will have boxes in the back which they can donate, and should carry the tape and packing paper in their miscellaneous home supplies (make sure that you get boxes that are completely intact and undamaged). If they don’t have those items, there six to eight office supply stores located off of the very same freeway, which will have those materials, as well as, bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Moreover, there is a Box City on E. Colorado Blvd. and U-Haul store further down the road that should have any additional supplies you may need or may not be able to obtain at the aforementioned retail outlets. Most moving companies can supply these materials as well, but they will charge a fee that far exceeds what you would pay if you obtained them yourself.
• Handle the donation or discard of items yourself. Instead of paying the moving company to get rid of all of the items that you no longer want or need, try taking care of that yourself. Find a local charitable organization or church, (there’s a Goodwill on E. California Blvd. as well as, on Altadena Dr.) as these places will happily accept gently used household or office goods. The All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena advertises that they accept donations, and would be a good place to start if you’re struggling to find a place for your unwanted things. You can also always choose to throw these items away, which should be done with an industrial trash bin so that you are not leaving waste around the city. These bins can be found behind retail outlets and stores throughout the city. The moving company will charge their regular hourly labor rate, plus fuel charges, and drive time if they have to discard your items for you. You can save a bundle by simply taking care of it yourself.
Stress saving tips:
• Take planning seriously, and give yourself enough time to prep for the move. This may seem like a simple step, but it will make a huge difference. You need AT LEAST two or three months to prepare. At the start of the time period, you should select a solid moving date and start contacting Pasadena moving companies to see if they have that date available. Gather quotes from multiple companies, and don’t settle for anything less than a free, on-site estimate, which will get you the most accurate moving quote possible. Any local moving company will be able to send an expert estimator to your home or business to ensure that the company can handle the move, and has an accurate idea of what kind of labor and materials will be involved. Additionally, during the two to three months of prep time, you will need to gather supplies, select a moving company, transfer or shut off all utilities and other address-related services, notify work/school of the impending change, clean, discard unwanted items, pack, and then actually move. This tip is less Pasadena specific, and more for moving in general, as having time to prepare is crucial to the process. The last thing you want is to run out of time, which can lead to you getting stuck with a bad moving company, and to having a terrible moving experience.
• Use the California Public Utilities Commission to confirm that you’re working with a licensed, insured, reputable local moving company. The CPUC is the regulating body tasked with governing the local moving market, and they keep detailed records on whether a company is currently licensed and insured, as well as, on any complaints a company may have received. The CPUC can help you determine whether a company is in good standing with its customers, and whether they’re someone you should work with or not. They have a website, which is easy to navigate, and features lots of content that will be helpful as you make your decision on who your moving company will be. Not only do they regulate moving companies in Pasadena, but all across California, so you can find out about movers in any local city.