Waters Moving Featured in Best Bay Area Movers as seen in the San Francisco Chronicle SF Gate

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Waters Moving and Storage featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s SF Gate as one of the Best Bay Area Movers!

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We are so happy to be featured in the local San Francisco Chronicle under their Best Bay Area Movers section. We pride ourselves in doing our best during every move. To be independently rated by and featured by a well known publication, is very affirming to the nearly 4 decades of dedicated service we continue to provide the San Francisco bay area.

Here is the full article as found in the SF Gate.

Best Bay Area movers

Published 4:12 pm, Saturday, August 3, 2013

There’s no getting around it: Moving is stressful. A good moving company can make it less so – but hiring the wrong mover can create its own set of headaches, like broken goods and property damage.

Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook and evaluated moving companies and found big differences in how they were rated by consumers, and in the prices the firms quoted for sample moving jobs.

In terms of service quality, in Checkbook’s surveys of moving company customers, some firms were rated “superior” for “overall performance” by more than 90 percent of their surveyed customers while other received such favorable ratings from fewer than 60 percent of their surveyed customers.

Checkbook researchers – without revealing their affiliation – also collected price quotes for carefully specified moving jobs. Again, there were large firm-to-firm differences. For example:

— Prices to pack and move a specific three-bedroom house to Piedmont from a nearby location in Oakland ranged from $2,230 to $4,263.

— The rate per hour for a four-person crew ranged from $165 to $260.

To get the best price, you’ll need to have several movers come to your home to provide bids. Before that, however, it’s wise to think through your move and exactly what you’ll need. For example, who will pack? You can save a lot of money by packing yourself, but having a company pack saves time and gives you a better basis for filing a claim if damage occurs.

Take an inventory of your goods. You may want to cull your belongings before the move by having a yard sale, selling goods online, recycling or discarding them. Take note of fragile and especially valuable items; you’ll want to move them yourself if possible

Schedule is another important factor. If possible, give yourself a lot of lead time – a move can be miserable if you have to work frantically to meet a short deadline. Avoid peak times if you can. May through September are the busiest months, and some companies charge 10 or 15 percent more during this time.

Once you’ve thought through your move, have firms to your home for estimates. When you collect prices, Checkbook has this advice:

— Get written, signed estimates, showing the rates that are used to calculate the estimate – either per hour or rates based on weight or mileage. Get either a fixed price or an estimate with a cap.

— Be sure estimates detail the services to be performed and include an inventory describing the rooms and major items to be moved.

And during the move:

— Be present and attentive when your belongings are loaded and unloaded. Be sure the mover prepares an inventory, including cartons, by number, and that it specifies the condition of each item.

— Read the Bill of Lading before you sign it, and keep it until your shipment is delivered, all charges are paid, and all claims, if any, are settled.

— As your goods are unloaded, check your inventory to be sure each item has arrived in good condition. Don’t sign anything without first writing in notes of any damage.

Top-rated Bay Area movers for quality

Name Address City Phone Website Counties served
Advanced Moving 213 E. Maude Ave. Suite 101 Sunnyvale (408) 737-7015   All Bay Area counties
Delancey Street Movers 600 Embarcadero San Francisco (415) 512-5110 All Bay Area counties
Stu Miller’s Movers P.O. Box 1831 Orinda (925) 385-0300 All Bay Area counties
Waters Moving & Storage 37 Bridgehead Road Martinez (925) 372-0914 All Bay Area counties

The Chronicle is partnering with Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook magazine and, a nonprofit consumer group that rates various types of local service firms and professionals, to help you find the best services in the Bay Area. Chronicle readers can read Checkbook’s full article with advice on selecting and dealing with a moving companies, and (for the next four weeks) use Checkbook’s full ratings of Bay Area moving companies, free of charge, at:

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