Keep Your Priceless Pieces Safe

At Blue Chip Moving & Storage, we understand that all of your belongings are all valuable to you, but there are some items that are truly priceless and impossible to replace. Often these items are a concern when moving, but when you trust the premier specialized movers in South Bay, you can relax. Blue Chip Moving & Storage has been providing specialized moving services for over 50 years, and we have helped countless clients arrive at their destination with each and every item safe and intact. Our team of professionals is trained extensively to ensure that your most precious possessions are handled with the care and respect they deserve.
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As the leading South Bay specialized moving company, we work efficiently so you experience a smooth, seamless and stress-free relocation. We offer crating for fine art and antiques, and we use only the highest quality packing supplies for safe transit. Our professionals work closely with you in order to tailor the process to your exact needs and specifications, especially for your specialized items. We are a proud agent for Mayflower Transit, which gives us access to a nationwide network of professional moving and storage experts. This affiliation also enables us to use the most state-of-the-art equipment and techniques for your relocation.

Don’t trust your priceless pieces with just anyone, choose the professionals at Blue Chip Moving & Storage. Our BBB-accredited business is just what you need for an anxiety-free move, even with the most sensitive of items. Contact us today to discuss your specialized moving needs and our antique moving services throughout South Bay. Give us a call or fill out our convenient online form to receive your free, no-obligation estimate of moving costs today!

Why Moving to Santa Monica Might Be the Best Thing You Ever Do

Whether you’re still on the fence about moving to Santa Monica or finalizing the last details, rest assured that this move could be one of the best decisions of your life. The community is not only a favorite tourist destination, but also a haven for those who enjoy local connections and a greater quality of life. The treasures that Santa Monica offers its short-term visitors have greater value to those who can enjoy them year-round.
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As a Santa Monica moving company, Blue Chip Moving knows the area well and has helped thousands settle into their new slice of paradise. Check out our guide on some of Santa Monica’s best features!

Oceanfront Recreation

Play volleyball with friends at Santa Monica Beach or improve your run time at Palisades Park. Take an after-dinner stroll on the Santa Monica Pier and play a few games with family at Pacific Park.

When you move to Santa Monica, these world-famous attractions become part of your normal routine instead of quick vacation stops. Plus, with average highs of 71 degrees and lows of 51, the weather won’t stop you from experiencing the best outdoor life.
Tons of Inland Activities

The best of Santa Monica is not just limited to the coastal areas. Residents can also enjoy the Downtown area for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Splurge at the 3rd Street Promenade or indulge at the Downtown Farmers Markets

 

For more adventure, go hiking, camping, or horseback riding in the Santa Monica Mountains. With so many options, you’ll need years to fully experience the richness of Santa Monica.
Small Community

Santa Monica is 8.3 square miles with a population of around 93,000. This makes it a small city when compared to nearby Los Angeles. The community gets even smaller when you plug in and get involved.

Aside from business or trade organizations that may strengthen connections, the governing City of Santa Monica enables its citizens to be interactive. Residents can stay informed through the website, social media, and the Santa Monica Talks blog. The city also offers citizen engagement programs like the Community Police Academy and People’s Academy that teaches how the local government works.
Great for Business

Business owners benefit from both the city’s residents and the 7.3 million visitors who come each year. With strong retail, technology, healthcare, and hospitality/tourism sectors as well as enthusiasm for supporting local establishments, you might want to consider moving your business here! Our Santa Monica commercial relocation service for office and corporate moves makes the transition easy.
Santa Monica SwimmersParadise is Attainable

The median rental price in Santa Monica is less than $1600 per month. Combined with a median income of $67,060 and additional job opportunities in neighboring cities, moving to Santa Monica is completely doable.

Blue Chip residential and commercial movers are excited to help you realize your dream of relocating to the area. In case you’re already here, we also handle local moving in Santa Monica. Give us a call or request a quote through our online form to get started!

Long Distance Moving

To the opposite end of the state or the other side of the country, Blue Chip Moving accommodates its moving services to you, the valued customer. We have no limitations when it comes to moving you, your family, and / or your business over long distances. We strive to make your upcoming relocation a comforting experience, accommodating you every step of the way.

Unlike other moving companies, we fully cater to the needs of our clients. Upon signing with Blue Chip Moving, you will be given a break-down of the moving schedule. We make every effort to be on time for both pickup and delivery. We never leave you in the dark. You will always know where your shipment is at any given moment.

Because we constantly aspire towards a ’10’ in customer satisfaction, we have earned a solid reputation in the industry for dependability and excellence. You will always have a contact person to ask any question or voice a concern. We take pride in the training that we provide our moving staff of drivers, dispatchers, helpers, and sales associates. We are diligent in every move that we perform and our level of expertise and quality shows.

11 Long Distance Moving Tips to Help you Avoid Disaster

Taking the time to plan your move carefully will help you avoid pitfalls along the way. You need to take the differences between a local move and a long-distance move into account during the pre-moving process. Whether you’re planning your first ever long distance move, or simply need to ensure your next goes off as planned.

1. PACK YOUR BELONGINGS FOR A LONG HAUL.

During a long distance move, items will be handled by multiple teams of workers and riding in a truck across a large stretch of miles and a long period of time. Make sure that everything you pack is well cushioned inside the box. Try to assure that each box is packed to the top and that nothing is loose. Containers inside boxes should be well sealed, taking into account your boxes may be turned on their side or even upside down at some point. This also means you’ll need to buyhi-quality moving boxes instead of used gas station boxes or other low-grade alternatives. If you wouldn’t pack a certain way for long term storage, don’t pack that way for a long distance move.

2. INSURE YOUR BELONGINGS PROPERLY.

A lot can happen to your stuff over thousands of miles in the back of a truck when it’s being loaded and unloaded by a number of crews. Moving is a high risk industry; according to statistics from the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), “More than 80% of all moves have no claim filed”- in other words, up to 20% do. Be ready for something to go wrong, and get the proper coverage. Under Federal law, basic moving valuation limits a mover’s liability to only $.60 per pound. Determine well before your move if you want to purchase full-value coverage or stick to basic coverage. If you’re unsure which is better for you, your moving company will explain the differences between the coverage, and you can make a more informed decision.

3. KEEP ITEMS YOU’LL NEED UPON ARRIVAL WITH YOU.

Keep personal documents such as your driver’s license, social security card, passport and birth certificate with you. If you will need documents such as recent bank statements, tax returns and/or pay stubs before your shipment arrives, do not pack them in your boxes. Basically, don’t pack anything you’ll need once you get to your new home before your shipment arrives; you’ll probably need these personal documents when you’re looking for or starting a job, and you’ll obviously need some clothes, sleeping materials, hygiene products, and a few other things to keep yourself sane while you wait for the moving truck to arrive.

4. INSPECT OUTDOOR FURNITURE

You will need to inspect your outdoor furniture, or any other suspect items, for signs of insect or larvae infestation. Certain moving regulations exist on furniture in order to prevent transporting contaminants across state lines. Government pamphlets are available to provide more information on these regulations and how you can rid your furniture of larvae, moths, or other pests.

5. PACK YOUR MATTRESS IN A BOX.

Otherwise it can be bent out of shape, damaged, or otherwise tarnished/dirtied. Leaving your mattress outside of a box creates risk, especially when it’s being handled by a few different moving crews.

6. DON’T PACK FOOD OR LIQUIDS.

Even non-perishable food runs the risk of getting crushed, or otherwise tarnished or ruined, or worse: attracting vermin. Food will attract unwanted stowaways (the furry and creepy crawly kind) to your shipment. Don’t pack any food (or anything perishable). Likewise, even well-sealed containers of liquid might get jarred open, resulting in an unwanted seepage on all of your belongings. With long-distance moves you not only run the risk of getting your own stuff all wet; other people’s belongings are on the same truck as yours, and your liquids could get onto their belongings too. We’ve seen this happen before with cans of paint and bottles of oil that weren’t properly sealed. In some cases, packing liquids with long distance movers isn’t super problematic, but it’s not worth the risk almost all the time.

7. ORGANIZE YOUR BELONGINGS WHEN YOU PACK.

This is a great time-saver; we especially recommend organizing at least one box of Day One Items that you will want to begin using immediately once they arrive at your home. This could include basic pots/pans, plates, everyday clothes, or other belongings; it’s up to your discretion. It’s also important to label boxes which contain fragile belongings: we recommend grouping them together in “specialty boxes” which should be marked to indicate the care that is required when moving those items. You can organize the rest of your boxes by the rooms their contents belong in, or however else you think will speed up your move. Just make sure that you mark the boxes accordingly.

8. MARK EACH OF YOUR BOXES WITH YOUR NAME.

Moving trucks which service long distance moves have a variety of different peoples’ belongings on the truck. In order to keep your stuff from getting lost, make sure to mark all of your boxes with your name or some other unique identifier. In the event one of your boxes is mixed in with another shipment, the movers and other clients will notice immediately.

9. BE AWARE OF THE “DELIVERY WINDOW.”

The nature of long distance moving and the logistics involved in delivering a number of shipments to varied destinations has too many moving parts for the moving companies to be able to pinpoint a precise delivery date. Most companies usually do not (because they simply cannot) tell their customers well in advance when their moving truck is going to arrive at their new home. Generally the company will provide a “delivery window.” Pay close attention to your contract; some companies have a delivery window that can in some cases be in excess of 20 business days (excluding weekends and holidays). Take along adequate shoes and clothing to keep yourself sane until the end of the delivery window, and consider what you might need for the few days afterwards in the event the truck encounters an unexpected problem. (Oz Moving can provide a guaranteed delivery date as an added convenience for a fee).

10. DETERMINE YOUR MOVE-IN SITUATION.

You’ll need to determine a few different things for the day your belongings will be taken off the truck into your new home. For long distance moves, the items will likely be transported in a large tractor trailer. If the roads leading to your new home are not accessible via tractor trailer, you may incur a shuttle service fee. A shuttle is a smaller truck (similar to what your property was picked up with), and the mover will load your property onto the smaller truck for final delivery. Additional fees apply for shuttle service, including the shuttle truck rental and labor required to load it. If your tractor trailer runs into unexpected access issues, this may delay your delivery as well. Be aware of parking availability near your new home (and how likely a moving vehicle would be facing a ticket if they parked there), whether the mover will need a parking permit in your city, and when your street is typically busy (to avoid getting stuck in the middle of a jam.)

11. FIGURE OUT ABOUT YOUR BUILDING’S MOVE-IN STIPULATIONS.

If you are renting or are in an apartment or condo, your building may have certain requirements movers need to meet. Often times you will need to reserve the elevators of a building before moving yourself in. Other times, building managers will not allow movers into the building at certain times and on certain days. You don’t want to have your movers stuck in the truck waiting for clearance to move-in. Clear your move-in with your building manager beforehand to ensure that everything goes smoothly; he might even have a few tricks to moving into that building to tell you.

Tips on Moving a Corporate Office

Moving a corporation may actually be more stressful than moving your home and family. You may not have control over many aspects in a corporate move because you must follow a certain guideline that is provided by the company. Most people are completely unfamiliar with how to prepare for a corporate move. Unfamiliarity can cause many headaches and stress. That is why it is even more important to follow a cohesive and comprehensive office-moving guide.

Preparing for the Move

The most important part of moving a corporation is to plan everything out in advance. Corporations are usually about making money. So, if the company is not up and running, but instead moving, then the company is not making any money. The major goal in a corporate move is to be cost-efficient. One of the ways to obtain this goal is to be time-efficient. The less time you spend moving, the more cost-efficient you will be for your company. To get a head start on the moving process, make sure you give yourself at least 3 months to prepare for your move, so when moving day arrives, the entire process flows smoothly and efficiently.

In order to save time, make sure you are very familiar with your new location and offices. Know exactly how large (take measurements) the new rooms are. Notice any differences in shapes of the rooms or new furniture. You want to make sure your old or new desk, chairs, filing cabinets, etc. fit inside your new space. To make sure that everyone knows his or her new dimensions, a floor plan should be created before the move.

This plan should include, by floor, location of employees, furniture, plants, and whatever else you are bringing to your new location. Make sure that every employee receives a copy of this plan and that you post them on the building on moving day. Being organized before the move will not only reduce the stress for the employees, but for the movers as well.

Correspond with Everyone

Communication is key when it comes to a corporate move. Make sure that everyone (employees, landlords, movers, renters, etc.) is aware of every detail. They need to know the exact moving plan before the actual move. The less questions on the day of moving, the better. The movers need to be told exactly where each piece of furniture needs to be placed. If you have a lot desks that look the same, but belong to certain employees, make sure they know that they need to go in certain places. One way of helping out the mover is by using colored labels. All of the furniture that belongs on one floor can be labeled a certain color and you can even get more specific – using label colors and numbers dedicated to each employee. Labeling is a very important tool in moving offices. Be sure to label all equipment and furniture that is being moved. The label needs to be placed in a spot that is easily visible to the mover. The easier and more understandable you make the move to the mover, the faster the move will go. Time means money.

Supervisors: It is your responsibility to have your staff follow the instructions in the Office Moving Guide. Be sure employees in your department or section receive an Office Moving Guide. Personnel will be functioning in the new offices on a normal basis immediately after reporting to work, if the move is properly preplanned.

Employees: You will be responsible for your own packing of certain items before the actual move. Follow the instructions in the Office Moving Guide. They will be of assistance to you, not only before the move, but when you unpack in the new office.

Items Being Moved

Any items inside of bookcases, cabinets, shelves, desks, wall units, or cupboards should all be packed securely in boxes.

Personal Items: The mover cannot be responsible for your personal possessions, such as legal papers, money, lighters, fountain pens, pictures, plants, etc. For your own protection, we suggest you move these items privately. If you need special containers, ask your Moving Consultant.

Desks: Pack all contents. This includes current working papers, letter trays, books and other desk items. Seal paper clips, pencils and all other loose materials in envelopes and then pack them in boxes. Protect all glass with paper or other stuffing.

Security Files: All files should be locked prior to moving. If security regulations require escorts, advise the

Moving Consultant and he/she will make arrangements with the mover. Security files may then be consolidated.

Supply or Storage Cabinets: Pack all contents in boxes. Cabinet doors should be locked or tied.

“Do Not Move”: If items are not to be moved or if equipment and furniture are to be discarded, be sure to tag them with “Do Not Move” labels. This will eliminate any unnecessary expense.

Garbage

Make sure that you throw away as much garbage as possible before the actual moving day. It is possible to get permission from the city to have industrial size dumpsters placed in front of the building if you have an excess amount of garbage to throw away. The more you throw away, the less you have to pack and haul with you. Make sure that nothing important gets thrown away.

Access to Floors Above Ground Level

Be sure to examine the building before hand and be aware of all elevators. Make sure they are in working order and large enough to move the furniture. If there are no elevators, be sure to inform the moving company so they can come prepared.

Moving Electrical Machines

Before moving any technological machines, make sure you know what you are doing. Many machines need to be handled certain ways. If you are renting any of your equipment, make sure you notify your rental company before the day of the move. Disconnect and dismantle computers properly. Make sure there is an employee that knows what he/she is doing when taking apart the equipment. Remove all fluids from the photocopy machines. There may be loose parts that can easily be lost, so make sure that all parts are securely fastened or put them in a separate box close by. Remove all items from the vending machines. Empty water from any water dispensers. Make sure to take extra notice of any machines that are dismantled. Items get lost very easily in a move.

Here’s a simple checklist to make sure nothing gets left behind or overlooked:

  • Desk empty?
  • Supply cabinets cleared?
  • File cabinets cleared?
  • File drawers locked?
  • Wall items taken down?
  • Breakable items properly packed?
  • Computers and other machines disconnected?
  • “Do Not Move” tags placed?
  • Liquids drained from equipment?
  • Everything labeled?
  • Have a set of spare keys available.
  • Make sure that your Internet connection is ready to go and that the phones and fax machines are working.
  • Make sure the electricity works.
  • Make sure the bathrooms work.
  • Don’t forget to throw away (or use as scratch paper) any old stationary (or business cards) that has your old address on it and create new stationary with the new address on it.