Moving Day: The Expert Mover's Guide to the First Day in Your New Home

There is nothing like the feeling of moving into a new home; it is exciting, yet can feel uncomfortable at the same time. Moving can provide you with a sense of accomplishment in that you managed to get all of your belongings into your new place, yet feel as though your world has been turned upside down as you maneuver through an endless sea of boxes.

Whether you are 22 or 72, the first day in your new home is often marked by the joy of embarking on a new journey, but can feel overwhelming when you consider all that needs to be done before settling in. Even the best thought out packing plans can have unintended consequences, such as needing to locate a box you need NOW and realizing it is buried further in a room than the eye can see. Prepare like a super-hero for your next move with this expert mover's guide!

Color Code Boxes:

When unpacking after a move, have you ever noticed that there are boxes you unpack immediately and ones that seem to get shuffled around the house and finally end up in a corner for months before you finally get around to tackling them? While packing your possessions for your next move, take some time to color code the boxes so you know instantly which boxes should be unpacked first and which boxes can be unpacked at a later time. Mark your boxes clearly with colored Duct Tape, colored paper, or by whatever other method works best for you. The idea is to make sure you can identify boxes in each category quickly

Pack an Overnight Bag

Think like you would if you were going on vacation or a business trip and pack overnight bags for everyone who is moving to your new home. Your overnight bag should contain all of the essentials that you will need to carry you over for the first couple days at your new home. A well thought out overnight bag can alleviate a lot of stress and prevent you from having to stop by the pharmacy for medications or other essentials that you need right away. Here are some essentials to include in your overnight bag:

  • Clothing for at least 3 days
  • Makeup or shave kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Vitamins • Pain reliever
  • First aid kit
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Shoes • Jacket or coat
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush and hair care items
  • Vitamins
  • Electronic device chargers
  • Pajamas and exercise clothing
  • Pet necessities
  • Other comfort items you can't live without

Prepare a Food Kit

Depending on your particular moving situation - whether you are moving across town or across the country, it is a good idea to pack a food kit that can travel directly with you to your new home. Creating a food kit ahead of the move will save you time and money because you won't have to make an emergency trip to the grocery store or spend a lot of money eating out. There is enough going on during moving day that you should not have to worry about last minute meal prep at the same time.

Plan out a few simple meals ahead of time (think cereal, hot dogs, salads, sandwiches, etc.) and pack all needed ingredients into a box that can be unloaded and put away the moment you pull into the driveway of your new home. Along with the food items, include disposable eating ware, napkins, garbage bags, pots and pans, pet food containers, and anything else you need to prepare the meals and eat with. Camping gear works great for moving day!

Determine Your Sleeping Situation

Sleeping on the floor can be difficult, if not impossible for some people. Before moving day arrives, determine if your bed and furnishings will arrive to the new home the same day you do, or if you will need to come up with temporary sleeping arrangements. If your furniture is not scheduled to arrive on the same day, make sure to pack an air mattress so you can sleep soundly.

Clean Your New Home

Make your new home comfortable by starting the cleaning process on your first day there if you have not had the opportunity to do some pre-move cleaning beforehand. The sooner you can start cleaning, the faster the home will begin to feel like yours. While cleaning, you can explore every inch of your new home and get to know it better. Begin by cleaning the bathrooms and the kitchen as these rooms are used for hygienic and cooking purposes. If you do not have the time or energy to clean your new home, consider hiring in a maid service to do a deep cleaning before you start moving in and unpacking. There is nothing more welcoming than the sight and smell of a freshly cleaned home!

Set Up Utilities

Make sure your new home is good to go and set up for any utilities you may need turned on during your first day. Power, water, gas, and sewer are essential to have running as soon as you step through the front door. Depending on where you live, some utilities will remain on during the transition period and you will simply be billed for the first month based on your move in date. Services like garbage and recycling may need to be set up before you start hauling your cans out to the curb for weekly pick-up. TV and internet services usually take a week or two to get set up. It is best to call your utility service providers ahead of your move to find out what to expect the first few days you are in your home.

Make the move into your new home as stress-free as possible by planning ahead and making sure you pack your belongings in such a way that will ensure you will have what you need when you need it until you get settled in. Whether you are moving into your first apartment, your dream home, or your retirement home, we at Big Deahl's Movers are here to make the whole process of moving go smoother. We offer services like furniture moving, whole home moving, packing, unpacking, and more. Contact us today so we can help get you to where you are going!

8 Questions You Should Ask Your Moving Company About Unique Items


8 Questions You Should Ask Your Moving

Company About Unique Items

Questions You Should Ask Your Moving Company About Unique Items


When you are planning a big move of your entire household, it's important to ask the important questions before your plans are set in stone. Especially when working with a moving company. Every moving company has laws they must obey and their own unique process for handling packing and moving of certain items. Not all items can be moved safely simply by padding and tucking them into boxes and trundling across the country in a truck. Some of your items may be delicate, highly valuable, or even impossible to move in the truck.


So before you finalize your plans, ask these ten questions of your moving company about moving your unique, large, and high-value items.




  1. Which Items Do You Advise that I Move in My Car?

There are some smaller things that every moving company will tell you are better to pack up and carry in your car instead of packing them into the moving truck. These items may be of great personal importance during the move, like an overnight bag, or things that are much safer traveling with you than in the moving truck, like jewelry and house plants.


Most likely you will be given a list that looks something like this:


    • Overnight Bag
    • Medications
    • Pets
    • Small Valuables and Money
    • Small House Plants



  1. Are There Any Items that Absolutely Cannot Go Onto a Moving Truck?

There are some items that are banned from traveling in moving trucks (or across state lines) by law, and some things that moving companies absolutely do not allow by policy because they are impractical or actively dangerous to transport. Naturally, pets cannot go in the moving truck and perishable food items are often prohibited for obvious. The law may prohibit certain types of plants from crossing state boundaries and all moving companies prohibit flammable or explosive


items in the trucks. Many moving companies also won't take a fish tank, even emptied and padded, based on policy.


    • Pets
    • Perishable Food
    • Flammable Items and Explosives
    • Plants
    • Fish Tanks
    • Certain House Plants




  1. Can You Pack My Fragile Items?

For many moving families, you are confident in your ability to throw clothes, books, linens, and most personal items into boxes that will travel safely. But if you are worried about precious items or highly breakable items like your dishes and stemware, some moving companies are willing to pack these for you as a sub-set of their packing services. You can arrange to have your entire home packed including fragile items, or save your fragile items out for the professionals to pack while you tackle all the easy-to-pack items like clothes and small appliances.



  1. Can You Disassemble and Reassemble My Furniture?

If you have large bulky furniture that may need to be disassembled to be removed from the home and safely moved from place to place, your moving service may be willing to handle the entire disassembly and reassembly process for you. Having your furniture moved professionally is often the ideal way to make sure that you don't accidentally break your own furniture or lose essential parts along the way, and that your furniture will be all set up on the first day of arrival before your moving team leaves you in the new home to unpack.


This is particularly important for specialty items that need to be disassembled and safely crated before they can be moved. Movers can arrange for crating services if you have delicate instruments, artwork, or machinery.




  1. Can You Give Me Pointers and Supplies to Pack Valuables on My Own?

Alternately, many moving services are more than willing to meet you in the middle by selling all the right boxes, dish-grids, packing paper, and bubble-wrap. With the right supplies in hand, you can take charge of packing the fragile and special items in your home by yourself so you know


exactly how well they are padded and where they are located in each box. Your moving team will even provide you with helpful tips and a quick demonstration of how to pack your fragile items carefully so that you know how to use the special packing supplies to its greatest benefit. Of course, to get the special demonstration, you'll need to ask because not everyone wants this easter-egg service.




  1. I Have a Piano and Acoustic Instruments, Can You Move Them Safely?

Pianos and similarly delicate items are in a class of their own when it comes to moving. Many moving companies won't move them, and those that do need extra warning as it takes specialized service and careful preparation to safely move a piano. If you have a piano of any size, other large acoustic instruments, then you will need to ask your moving service about their policies and how much time they need to prepare.




  1. Which of My Items Need Extra Time and Protection to Pack?

Beyond instruments, there are also some specific items that may need similar extra time and services to crate them safely. Possibly in addition to climate-controlled transport to keep them safe and in good condition. Artwork, in particular, often needs special care, protection, and a cool environment to move. Antique furniture can also fall into this category, as can fish tanks which must be emptied, filled with padding, and crated.


    • Artwork
    • Bulky and Antique Furniture
    • Pianos and Instruments
    • Empty Fish Tanks




  1. Should I Increase My Insurance on High-Value Items?

Accidents can happen even with the most careful and professional movers, which is why it's important to have insurance on your most high-valued items that are being moved. Artwork, pianos, medical equipment, and similarly priced possessions should be insured to cover the cost of any damage that does occur. Your movers may advise you to temporarily increase the insurance policy you already have on these items to make sure they are covered just in case of damage in transit.






Contact us today to ask these key questions of Big Deahl's Movers, we are ready with all the answers you need. Let us handle all your moving concerns from packing up the dishes safely to securing the transport of your most important personal items. With professional preparation, protection, and transportation, you can move your entire household quickly without worry about whether your unique items will be safe along the way.

Senior Downsizing/Rightsizing

Tired Senior Adult Couple Resting on Couch with Cups of Coffee Surrounded with Moving Boxes. Older adults, compared to their younger counterparts are less likely to move but more inclined to downsize or rightsize their living environment when relocation does occur. The mental and physical hurdles that come with senior downsizing can challenge individuals, family members, and caregivers in a multitude of ways. What to save, newer items or your most used items?  When downsizing, taking everything is not an option. What memorabilia will you keep, digitize, put in storage, sell, donate or throw away? Sentiment can hinder the rightsizing process more than people realize. The days of getting a U-Haul and a few friends to help move are gone; do you want a moving company that is reputable but also experienced with senior relocation? The above questions are just a few of the many things to keep in mind, and while it all may seem overwhelming from a micro viewpoint, the macro perspective is that of a simple and stress-free living environment regardless of the reason for the move. Below is some advice that will help you or a loved one when the time comes for senior relocating and downsizing. Know Your Reason For Rightsizing Understanding the exact reason for reduction will guide you towards the next important decision, what type of senior downsizing living option will you choose? Typical Reasons To Downsize For Seniors

  • Health: For those with or have a spouse with ongoing health issues, aging in place may not be an option. Unfortunately, this tends to be a forced downsize for seniors.
  • Living Costs: One of the quickest ways to reduce the cost of living is to go from a big/medium house or apartment to a smaller one. For some seniors, it's not the size of their living space it's the economy of it.
  • Loved Ones: Being closer to family members or friends is as good of a reason as any to downsize and to counter any social isolation.

Senior Downsizing Housing Options   Downsizing your housing condition can come in many forms depending on your situation. As always, you should use due diligence (cost, privacy, reputation, and safety) for whatever option you choose. Senior Niche Communities This types of older adult community focus on individuals with specific interests. Be it occupation, hobby or lifestyle; these niche communities have the amenities, safety, and like-minded individuals to make it a popular choice for seniors that need little or no added living assistance. Depending on the services offered or required, costs will vary from one community to the next. Here are a few themed communities that may be available in your area:

  • Veterans
  • Spiritual
  • Golfing
  • Luxury
  • Cultural

Assisted Living Facilities Assisted living facilities help with daily activities such as cooking, bathing, housekeeping, etc., but not as much with the medical care. Residencies have either a private or semi-private bedroom while sharing other areas. Services and costs vary from one facility to another. Nursing Homes Nursing homes provide the same essential services as assisted living facilities but also offer quality medical care for those with complicated health issues. With semi and private rooms available and 24-hour supervision, this option tends to be one of the priciest. Senior Co-Housing Senior Co-housing is an excellent alternative for older adults that would like ownership of their community and how it's managed, works similar to a homeowners association. This type of senior housing requires you to buy stock and become a shareholder. While it is not one of the cheaper choices because of the stock and monthly payments, it is a popular option because of the community empowerment and having all types of amenities and services without the maintenance of owning a home. Co-Housing Directory for California. Senior Homeshare Homesharing is nothing new with older adults. Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy (Golden Girls) made it trendy years ago. Naturally, two or more people buy/rent a house or apartment together and reap the benefits of cost saving, companionship, extra security and more — the perfect solution for those that want to age in place or stay in the same community. Sites like Silver Nest help seniors connect with others that would like to cohabitate. Multigenerational Housing Everybody under one roof again may seem to be a little daunting at first but putting the parents, kids, and the grand-kids under one roof might be an ideal situation. Assuming you have the available room, bringing in additional finances if your parent(s) or loved one were paying their living expenses or savings if you were paying their living costs will be in the thousands. If a loved one needs long term care but not needing a nursing home or assisted living facility, group family living will still save you money even if you needed a part-time caregiver. There are even multi-generational homes for sale as this trend is now becoming a norm. A Pew Research Analysis states "a record 64 million Americans live in a multi-generational household." As long as everyone is on the same page, this is a practical and economical option. Continuing Care Retirement Community CCRC's are communities that are part skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living. For seniors who want to live the rest of their life in one location and have most of their long-term care decided, CCRC is for you. With that said, this is possibly one of the highest cost of all the senior housing option mentioned. Senior Moving Services Whether it is to cut living costs, be closer to family, simplify a lifestyle or perhaps a medical need arises, many seniors understand that a day to downsize will come. Big Deahl's Movers understands how senior housing downsizing can have an emotional and physical effect on older adults. We specialize in senior relocation and can customize the right services for you while guiding you through an entire stress-free moving process. Some of our services:

  • Loading & Unloading
  • Packing & Unpacking
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Large Item Moving & Storage (Pianos, Pool Tables, Safes, etc.)
  • High-Value Item Crating (Jewelry, Antiques, Precious Metals, etc.)
  • Cleaning Services
  • Full-Service Moving Available

If your senior downsizing calls for you to move down the street or across the state, please contact us or call (855) 432-7801 to speak with a moving representative.    

Preparing For The Arrival Of Fall And Winter

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Fall and winter usher in the arrival of the holidays--and with them, a host of tasks that need to be taken care of around the home. You have decorations to hang up outside, decorations to put up inside, and a home that may need to be cleaned or prepared for visiting family members over the holiday season. If you're struggling to figure out where you're going to hang the stockings, much less where you're going to put the tree, there are several things you can do to make it easier to prep for the holidays.


Step One: Decide Where You're Going to Place Unneeded Items If you're cleaning up your home for the holidays, you need a place to put all those unwanted items. There are several options that you can take advantage of as you empty out unneeded furniture and other items this holiday season.


Rent a storage container. A storage container may sit right there in your yard, often tucked wherever you'd like it (in the back, for example, where it won't be seen by visitors). Storage containers aren't just for people who are moving! Check out our post on how to choose a storage container company that will fit your needs to learn more.


Move unwanted items out to the garage. If you won't be using the garage for your car this winter or if you have extra space in your garage, consider whether or not there's room for the possessions that you don't need throughout the season.


Transfer items to your storage facility. Do you rent a storage unit at a local facility? If so, it's the perfect place for storing items that don't have a place in your home during the busy holidays.


As you're considering what you want to do with unwanted items in your home, consider what you'll need in order to move those items effectively. You might, for example, discover that hiring local movers is a highly effective way to take care of those items, freeing up your time and energy for holiday preparations.


Step Two: Tuck Away Spring and Summer Items Seasonal items can take up a lot of real estate in your home, especially for items that you aren't going to need again for several months. By tucking away spring and summer items, you can open up a great deal of space in your home. Take the time to go through and clean up and pack away items that you don't need right now, including:


Spring and summer clothing. You don't need shorts, tank tops, and sandals when you're shivering away through the middle of winter! Pack away clothing items that you won't wear again until spring. This is an excellent time to go ahead and clean out items that you don't use anymore and donate or sell them online.


Sports items that you won't need again this season. When sports are over for the season, from swimming to water skiing and more, you don't want the items needed for those sports to clutter up areas of your home that you need during the busy holidays. Get rid of items that are worn out or that went unused during this season, unless you have children who will be growing into them.


Rotate out kids' toys. There are many kids' toys that are mostly used during the spring and summer months: balls, sidewalk chalk, and a host of outdoor toys. Consider packing them up to make room for many of the new toys that will appear over the holiday season, then make them fresh and new again when they come out in the spring.


Step Three: Move Furniture as Needed

Do you need to move in a bigger table to fit in all of the family for your holiday feast? Is there simply not room for your Christmas tree with that recliner taking up most of the space in the living room?

There's good news: you can move those furniture items out temporarily to make more space in your home. Rearranging your space for the holidays may make it easier for you to see and enjoy all of your holiday decorations without feeling as though you have to cram into your own house.


On the other hand, you may find that you actually need more furniture for the holidays, especially if you're having plenty of company. Moving in more furniture can be just as big a strain--but it's less difficult when you know you have help on your side. If you're struggling to move the furniture on your own, using Big Deahl's Movers is the perfect way to move your items without putting undue strain on your body or your schedule. You might even discover that you like your home better with less clutter.


Step Four: Clean Out Spaces Used for Guests Do you a have guests coming to stay with you throughout the holidays?

While a guest who's only staying for a single night might not need particularly special accommodations, a guest coming in for a longer stay--an aging parent who wants to stay with you during the holidays, for example--may need a little more effort as you prepare for their arrival.


  • Cleaning out the closet in the guest bedroom so that they can use it for their own items. After all, guests need places to hide gifts, too!
  • Tucking away clothing and other items stored in the dresser in that spare room. It's easy, over time, for those rooms to be filled with overflow from the others, but you'll need to clean them out if you have guests arriving.
  • Making sure there isn't clutter under the bed or in other areas throughout the guest room.

A neat, tidy home is the perfect way to get excited about the holiday season and make those gorgeous decorations more enjoyable. If you need packing help, contact us at Big Deahl's Movers today. We'll help with many of the important moving tasks, including hauling and carrying items to trucks and storage containers, so that you can focus on the other important tasks on your agenda.


Hiring Moving Laborers Can Save You Money

It's time to move, and you feel as though you're embarking on a grand adventure. At the same time, however, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the moving options out there. What's the least expensive way to handle your move with the least amount of trouble? How do you get the most bang for your buck? Do you need to hire local movers, or rent a truck yourself? Many people assume that hiring an all-in-one moving service is the most effective way to handle the moving process. The truth, however, is that in many cases, hiring moving laborers can save you a significant amount of money.

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Moving Laborers and a Truck Versus All-in-One Services

What are you using to handle your moving needs? Are you planning to shove everything into a truck in one fell swoop, or are you planning to pick up a portable moving container, load it over several days, and then move it to your new location? Carefully consider how you plan to handle your move, then consider how hiring truck loaders can help save you money.


All-in-one companies often charge huge fees to keep your possessions for extra days. In many cases, you may find that you need to store your possessions for a few days as you move. You may be driving across the country or even across the state at a slower rate than your movers, especially if you need to transport children and pets who need regular restroom breaks. You might need to wait a few days before you're able to move into your new home. If you opt for an all-in-one company, they want their truck back as soon as possible, which means that you must either a) pay for storage for your possessions or b) pay the company to hold those items.

It adds up fast!


Instead, consider hiring a portable storage container company. These containers are designed to hold your p

.ossessions for several days or weeks as needed, then allow you to unload them at your convenience--often at a far lower cost. Then, hire experienced movers to help unload your possessions when you're ready to move into your new home. Instant savings! Need to know more about how to choose the right portable container for your move? Check out this post.


All-in-one companies want you to move all at once. You may need to pack boxes and load them into the truck or storage container over several days, especially if your home has limited space. Unfortunately, all-in-one companies want you to do all of your packing, then let them handle the hauling and the moving.


Are you tired of tripping over boxes?


Do you need space in your home again?


Consider the benefits of renting a storage container or truck for a few days, then hiring moving laborers to handle the bigger items. You'll save plenty of money in the process--not to mention making the entire move smoother.

Your Homeowner's Insurance Policy and Movers

Moving can be a delicate time for your possessions. Items that are normally stored safely within your house are suddenly being packed up, bounced around in a truck, and unpacked again when you reach your new home. While everyone is careful to pack important possessions as safely as possible, accidents do happen!


What happens if your moving truck is in an accident on the way to your new home?


What if your movers cause unintentional damage to your possessions?


It's important to check your homeowner's insurance policy to see what it will cover if your possessions are damaged during your move. Chances are, there's a line in your policy that will tell you what it covers--and it's important to know what it says. Contact your insurance agent and ask:

  • What's covered by your homeowner's insurance policy during your move? Does it cover theft? Accidents? Damage to your possessions?
  • Can you add a rider to your policy to temporarily increase your coverage during the move?
  • Do you have specific coverage for important items that could be damaged during the moving process--expensive paintings or jewelry, for example?

Often, your homeowner's insurance policy will be more forgiving when you hire experienced truck loaders than if you hire all-in-one movers who come in and do the packing for you.

Rental Trucks: On Hand and Available

Once, the most practical way to handle a move was hiring a moving company. Moving trucks were difficult to find, and even if you were able to rent one, you might have to bring it straight back to its starting point when you were done--which can be a real challenge when you're handling a long-distance move.


Not so anymore!


Today, there are moving trucks available everywhere. Many companies have rental options that will allow you to pick a truck up at one location and return it to another one--one that's more convenient for you when you reach your destination.


Even better, you can choose to rent a storage container: fill it up, pack it carefully, and the company will move it to your new home for you.


Those move-it-yourself options, however, may leave you struggling to move larger items, including furniture and heavy boxes. This is particularly true if you're making a long-distance move and don't have friends and family members waiting at the other end to help.


Enter moving laborers like the crew at Big Deahl’s Movers. Whether you choose local movers who are at your destination or look for truck loaders who will help load and unload your container at both ends of the trip, experienced movers are the final piece of the puzzle that will make your move easier for the entire family. Hire them to move that heavy furniture, haul boxes, and place everything in a storage container or truck or inside your new home: it's the perfect solution for all your moving needs.

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If you're ready to move and need experienced moving laborers who will help ensure that your possessions are protected while freeing up your time to handle the rest of your move, please contact us. From local moves to long-distance options, we're here to offer increased convenience for the entire moving process. You get the truck or the storage container; we'll supply the muscle--and save you money in the process. Do you need more help choosing the right truck for your move? Check out our post on the Top 5 Rental Truck Companies to learn more.

How To Choose the Right Portable Storage Container Company for Your Move

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Whether it's a one bedroom apartment or a large house, moving is always a difficult task to undertake. The good news is there have been some innovative developments in the realm of moving options over the years, including portable storage containers. Let's talk about preparing for the big move by comparing 6 of the most popular portable storage container options available.

Preparing for the Big Move

There's no one way to make the big move happen, yet working smarter and not harder should be the goal with every situation. Moving from one home or office to another means a person or family's life and/or work is being upended and changed quite drastically. For this reason, emphasis on preparation and planning should be at a premium; with the right decisions and planning, moving doesn't have to be overwhelming.

Here are the three main options available when moving:

  • Full moving service: hire a company to pack, load, transport, unload, and clean home or office.
  • Labor moving service : hire a company for everything (or a mixture of them) except for transporting the items.
  • DIY

Your chosen option will depend on:

  •  availability of time and money
  • capabilities of person or family moving
  • the distance of the move
  • type of items moving

A full-service long-distance move (1,000 to 2,000 miles) can cost upwards of $10,000 or more ; basically, by hiring a portable storage container and hiring a company to load and unload the items , you could save thousands, spending around half as much.

The main point in preparing for the big move is to take out the big surprises and develop a plan that suits your financial and physical capabilities. Even a local move can be a big move, yet with the right preparation and planning, short and long distance moves can be a lot less difficult.

6 Popular Portable Storage Container Options:

PODS is perhaps the largest and most well-recognized portable storage container company. It’s been in business for over 20 years, serving 14,000 cities with 3.7 million deliveries. There are three main container sizes available: 16' x 8' x 8', 12' x 8' x 8', and 7' x 8' x 8'. PODS offers a military discount, has their own storage center facilities across the country, and can accommodate local and long-distance moves. Take advantage of their competitive rates for longer moves!


UHAUL is a well-recognized company with local, long-distance, and international capabilities. Though it’s best known for its moving trucks, it also offers a low-cost portable storage container self-moving option with their specially designed trailer. You can bring your belongings to their locations and pack there or store items at their locations. UHAUL only offers one container size: 95" x 56" x 83.5". The cost of a U-Box is on the lower end for long-distance moves.


SMARTBOX can accommodate local or long-distance moves, but only has one size shipping container: 8' x 7' x 5'. Long-term storage options are available and these non-steel (wood) portable storage containers allow stored items to breathe. SMARTBOX offers affordable and transparent pricing and has served over 60 million residential and commercial customers nationwide! Locations available in over 45 metro areas.

Go Mini’s

Go Mini’s is great for local moves with over 200+ locations in the US, Canada, and Mexico. They can accommodate some long-distance moves (varies with franchise or dealership locations) and can store containers at their location or the customer’s. Their largest container has 29% more room than the largest PODS container (12', 16', and 20' container sizes). Go Mini’s containers feature porous treated lumber walls and smooth padded wheels. This portable storage container company is the most affordable option for local moves but also offers decent prices for medium to long-distance moves.
U-Pack and ABF Freight

These partner companies work together to store and transport items for the big move. They have two main options: a 28- foot moving trailer and a 6' x 7' x 8' portable storage container cube. U-Pack and ABF Freight have been around since 1997 (21 years) and can accommodate local and long-distance moves. They’re more affordable for long-distance moves and offer the largest shipping containers (storage trailers) available on the market.

1-800-Pack-Rat accommodates both local and long-distance moves. Long-distance moves receive complimentary no-cut lock and $10,000 in content protection. With nationwide warehouse storage facilities available for short or long-term storage, this is a great option. 1-800-Pack-Rat offers three portable storage container options: 8', 12', and 16'. These containers provide a durable steel frame and are available at competitive prices for local, medium, and long-distance moves.
Storage Containers For All Possibilities

These are all reputable companies to choose from, yet there are some notable differences between them. Each person or family needs to assess their unique moving needs and determine which service is the right fit.

Finding the company that can accommodate the distance and storage needs of each unique move will narrow down the choices, from there the quality of the customer service and the storage container's features will ultimately make the choice easier. The great part is that these services are available to make moving either locally, across the country, and even internationally easier than ever before. The temporary and long-term storage options (at their storage facilities or in the driveway) also help solve logistical and other moving issues as well.

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Making the Final Preparations for Your Big Move
Choosing the right portable storage container company is an important part of the overall preparations needed for the big move, yet there's still the question of who's going to pack and load the items into and out of the portable storage containers? Basically, people and their families must decide on how much effort they're able or willing to make during the big move. For sure, there's plenty of other important tasks to take care of other than the rudimentary physical labor and transportation aspects of moving, which is why many people decide to hire labor moving services to help.

Labor moving services, like Big Deahl's Movers, can help with every aspect of the move: packing , unpacking, loading, unloading, cleaning , and safely moving larger items. They can even help arrange and organize moving trucks or portable storage containers for customers.

The great part is labor moving services save people money, effort, and time during the big move while still saving them thousands compared to full service moving companies. Please contact Big Deahl's Movers today to learn more about our labor moving services in the Rancho Cucamonga, CA area.

Top 5 National Rental Trucks For DIY Moving



Moving is hard enough without having to perform comparative research on the best truck companies and most cost-effective methods of getting from point A to point B. That's why Big Deahl's Movers is committed to doing the heavy lifting on your behalf. We've compiled all our knowledge and research into one handy guide!


We know every move is unique and that rental trucks are not one-size-fits-all. Some companies shine when it comes to local moves and others are built to handle one-way, long-distance hauls across state lines. Some are cost-effective because they capitalize on short trips and pre-purchased time while others offer flexible service and convenience at a slight premium.


The American Moving and Storage Association estimates that the average in-state move cost $1170 and out-of-state moves can be as much as $5000. But at Big Deahl's Movers, we know that rather than hiring a full-service moving company, hiring a truck and a labor service can cut your costs and your stress levels. With that in mind, let's examine your moving truck rental options.


With so many rental truck companies competing in a saturated landscape, it's easy to get overwhelmed. So, stop worrying and let the experts at Big Deahl's Movers help you make sense of moving truck rental companies. We'll break down our favorite national moving truck rental services based on price, convenience, service, distance, and availability.

Let's get started!



One of the best-known truck rental companies in the nation, U-Haul is easily our top choice for the best overall moving truck rental experience. One-way rentals are readily available, and, with over 20,000 locations nationwide, you can pick up and drop off your truck with ease. U-Haul excels in convenience, offering guaranteed online reservations, 8 different vehicle sizes, and moving trailers. All of U-Haul's trucks are equipped with low decks and "EZ load" ramps. Additionally, U-Hauls' fleet uses unleaded gas, making fill-ups cheaper and cleaner on the environment. No matter the size of your move, U-Haul has a truck that meets your needs.


But what about the price? Well, U-Haul's in-town truck rentals start as low as $19.95 with low-rates for extended days and miles. For longer moves, U-Haul offers competitive pricing based on truck size, moving date, point of origin, and destination. The average price of a "medium move" (defined as 50-250 miles) is $320. The average price of moves over 250 miles is $1,053. Not too shabby compared to your astronomical full-service moving company fees!



With a name like Budget, you better believe that Budget offers great value. Though Budget only has three truck sizes, they do offer low up-front pricing, instant online quotes, tons of discounts, and a better long-distance price than their competitors. What about those discounts, we hear you ask? Well, Budget offers ongoing discounts to students, military personnel, AARP members, Bar Association members, and more. Additionally, Budget frequently runs promotions and is one of the few companies that will work with you to match or beat competitor pricing. Now, all that being said, there's a reason that Budget isn't our absolute favorite rental truck company... Budget does not guarantee online reservations. Their offerings are also pretty limited with only 3 truck sizes and no moving trailers. However, with the average price of a "medium move" coming in at $255 and a long distance move at $920, their cost-efficiency can't be beat.



Next up, another giant in the DIY moving world, Penske. Now, right up front, we can tell you that Penske is more expensive for local moves than either U-Haul or Budget. However, if you're making a cross-country move, Penske is reliable, safe, and convenient with a comparable price point to the other guys. Additionally, Penske is known for maintaining newer trucks than its competition, offering 24-hour roadside assistance, and flexible reservation and cancellation policies. Best of all for those long-haul moves, Penske offers free, unlimited miles on one-way rentals. Penske has four different truck sizes and rates run from $200 to $400 per day. How does Penske stack up to U-Haul and Budget? The average price of a "medium move" comes in at $345 and the average price of a long distance haul is $1193. A little more expensive, but easily worth the value.



Enterprise is better known for the car rental branch of their business, but they also rent out moving trucks. Due to its smaller size, Enterprise does not support one-way moves, but it's a great choice for local moves because their smaller vehicles offer free mileage allowance for moves under 300 miles. Due to their base rental business, Enterprise offers trucks, vans, and stakebed trucks of all sizes. Enterprise is capable of covering the majority of moving situations but we definitely think it's best-suited to quick local moves and odd jobs.



When it comes to nationwide moving truck rental companies, Ryder is probably the least popular. We think that's because of a combination of high rates, a lack of one-way rentals, and the fact that they don't rent out trucks in 24-hour timeframes. Despite the fact that Ryder has over 500 locations, trucks are only rented for round-trip moves. Ryder also doesn't offer any additional moving equipment which alongside their higher price points definitely decreases the overall value. However, if you find yourself in need of a specialty moving truck, Ryder has an answer for you. With a fleet that includes refrigerated trucks and stake trucks, Ryder is a great choice for restauranteurs and landscaping projects.




Ready for a Crew? Call Big Deahl's Movers Today!

Whether you're moving across the country or just down the street, moving shouldn't be an expensive hassle. We're here to help. We know that moving is hard work because it's what we do! But we also know that with the right crew and the right truck, your moving experience can be easy and breezy. Let us help you on your next journey so you can concentrate on settling in.


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Big Deahl's Movers Life On the Move

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Hello I'm Greg, the Owner / Operator of  Big Deahl's Movers. I entered the logistics industry in 1996, while in my 4th year working for Target Corporation. Over the next 10 years I gained intricate skill and knowledge about the efficiency of moving cartons and containers.  I have since built upon that foundation through the experience of professional in-home furniture delivery for a local Rancho Cucamonga CA delivery company and thousands of residential and commercial moves at Big Deahl's Movers. During this time, I had the opportunity to take part in the most prepared moves you could imagine and many moves that could have benefited from tips that we would like to share with you.

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Big Deahl's Mover specializes in matching the best moving crew to meet the customer needs. Whether you need pro movers, gun safe moving techs, pool table specialist or just some strong team work to get things moved around in the house, storage and office.  It all starts with brief inquiry about your moving and packing needs so give us a call 855.432.7801 or fill out one of our contact forms and let us get one of our moving crews out to you or a family member today.


Greg Fluker SR

Big Deahl's Movers | Rancho Cucamonga CA | Ontario CA | Pasadena CA

Moving Essentials: 24 Hour Survival Kit

The BIG DAY is here: move-in day!

After hours and hours, or even days, of packing, it’s time to settle into your new home. With all of the sweat, and maybe some tears, all you want to do is lay down on your brand new double-pillow king-sized bed.
But first, a shower is priority.

  • Wait, where are the towels?
  • Where is the shampoo and conditioner?
  • Where is the soap?
  • Where is the bath mat?


You were so focused on organizing, labeling, and making sure everything was running smoothly, you forgot to pack a 24-hour move-in survival kit!

Now you have to dig through 67 boxes just to find your hair brush.

So what exactly should you include in your 24-hour move-in survival kit?

Here is a list of 20 items we could think of, but feel free to add more as you need:

  1. Phone Charger
  2. Laptop and Charger
  3. Wallet/ID
  4. Important Paperwork and Valuables (especially if you work from home)
  5. Zip Lock Bags
  6. Trash bags
  7. Snacks (trail mix, granola bars, etc.) (especially after back to back, non-stop moving)
  8. Water
  9. Paper plates and utensils
  10. Light Bulbs
  11. Cash/Wallet
  12. Medications
  13. Pillows and blankets
  14. Pajamas
  15. Tools and tape
  16. Cleaning supplies (Lysol wipes, windex, etc.)
  17. Toilet Paper
  18. Soaps and sponges (hand soap, dish soap, body soap, etc.)
  19. Shower Essentials (shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, etc.)
  20. Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Floss

Write these down on a sheet of paper and check the list as you are packing. Make sure these items are clearly marked and easy to get to when your movers transport them to your new residence. Or better yet, keep them with you at all times, so you know exactly where to find them.

The last thing you want to worry about is driving to the store for the bare necessities. Save a trip, and make the checklist!