Moving to San Diego

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Sun, beach, surfing, nightlife – that’s what moving to San Diego means to most folks. There’s a bit more to it, though, but Cross Country Movers are there to handle your long-distance relocation. We’ll show you why we are the ones you should entrust your belongings, from the moment you decided to relocate, to the unpacking in your new home.

Hiring Reliable Relocation Company Is the First Phase of Moving to San Diego – We Are That Company

Every day one can hear this or that terrifying story about folks being scammed by relocation companies. How they were told one price in the beginning, only to be presented with a much higher one once that moment to settle the bill came. With Cross Country Movers, that cannot happen. Unlike companies who give their prospective clients price estimates, we provide an exact cost of relocation. With no hidden fees, or last-minute additional expenses. The only thing relevant for the cost is the inventory list – the list of items that will be shipped.

There are several ways to make an inventory list. You can fill out the form on our website and get the quote, or you can have a video call with our sales agent and go through your belongings with him or her. Finally, if you live in New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, our representative can come to your home and create a list on the spot. There’s no problem if you decide to add or remove something from the list after submitting it. You can do so up to the moving day, with the price being raised or lowered accordingly.

Besides the inventory list, the only things you may be charged for are some of the additional services that Cross Country Movers offer to make your cross country relocation even easier.

We Provide Packing Services For You

Packing up your household can quickly turn into a mess and make your life a living hell. Suddenly, the very thing you need the most is nowhere to be found, and all boxes look like one another. Is there a way out, you must be asking. We proudly say: “Yes!”

CCM’s packing teams are experienced professionals in their trade. Our packers can handle it all – from furniture and bulky items to the fragile glassware and china. If you book a full packing service, they will disassemble and pack your furniture and everything else from the inventory list. Every box will be labeled, and barcodes will be put on it, so you and our movers can keep track of your belongings and prevent any loss.

Once at the destination, our crew will bring the boxes inside and put them in designated rooms. They won’t unpack the boxes but will reassemble the furniture. It has to be said here that they will only put back together the furniture they disassembled. It goes without saying that Cross Country Movers can provide you with all the necessary packing supplies.

Let our crews handle the packing, and you can dedicate your time to some other activity: like preparing to enjoy beaches under the California sun, and tasty food and beer in America’s Finest City.

Car Shipping for Your Moving to San Diego California

We all know about the deep connection that Americans have with their cars. There’s no denying their usefulness in Southern California, where Californian natural and urban wonders and Mexican metropolis of Tijuana are nearby.

With CCM, you can efficiently and safely ship your car to the West Coast and make the best of the new environment. We provide auto transport in both open and enclosed trailers. In the open variant, your vehicle will travel with seven or eight more cars, while in the enclosed container, it will be with a maximum of three or four counterparts. An enclosed trailer is the service we strongly recommend for vintage and luxury cars.

You can also pick the preferred method of pickup and delivery. Door-to-door delivery is more expensive, but nonetheless a more popular method. Our truck will get to your doorstep, load it, and unload it in front of your new home. If one or the other street is too narrow for the truck, pickup can be arranged in the nearest parking lot.

On the other hand, the terminal-to-terminal method entails taking the vehicle to the nearest pickup terminal in your hometown and then picking it up at the terminal in San Diego.

Insure Your Belongings

No matter what precautions are taken, mishaps can happen, and your belongings might end up damaged. That’s why you may want to buy an insurance policy. Once you book the relocation with CCM, you get a mandatory coverage of 60 cents per one pound of your items. However, we recommend that you buy full coverage. It has to be noted that it covers only the stuff packed by our team.

When it comes to cars, they are insured against the damages of up to 100,000 dollars in the open trailer and up to half a million dollars in the enclosed trailer.

Cross Country Movers Offers Free Storage, Too

Sometimes circumstances aren’t ideal. Maybe your house isn’t ready for you to live in or is simply smaller than the one you’re coming from. In that case, a storage unit can prove your best ally.

Cross Country Movers offer you one month of storage use for free. After that period, the fee will be charged, but you’re not obliged to keep your belongings in our unit for a longer time.

If you’re worried about the quality of storage service, rest assured that our units are clean, disinfected, and climate-controlled, so there is no chance that your stuff gets damaged due to the humidity or vermin. Also, there is no possibility that your belongings mix up with the stuff that belongs to someone else. Each box’s barcode is scanned when it enters the unit and once again when it is taken out.

Local Weather and Other Things to Know Before Moving to San Diego

Now that we showed you why you couldn’t miss with Cross Country Movers, let’s see what you can expect at your destination – lovely America’s Finest City.

Firstly, it’s a vibrant and diverse place. Its beaches, nightlife, career opportunities, and year-long sun attract people from all over the world. America’s Finest City boasts one of the best craft beer scenes in the US, with many microbreweries. Also, few places on Earth can beat SD’s beaches for those who want a premium surfing experience.

Life on and around the beach would not be worth too much without the sun. And Southern California is basking in it. Summers are dry and warm, and winters are mild. Winter is also the rainiest part of the year. All in all, if you’re looking for a perfect climate, you’ll find it in SD. For almost two-thirds of the year, temperatures stay on the warmer side of 70 degrees. Fahrenheit.

Where to Find the Best Apartments and Other Cost-of Living-Related Issues

If you’ve ever heard anything about SD, it was probably the age-old mantra: it’s god damn expensive! Well, that’s not just an urban legend. The cost of living there is very high. Rents vary from 1,500 to 4,500 thousand dollars a month, depending on the apartment’s location and size. Both in terms of rent and real estate prices, only San Francisco is pricier than SD within the Golden State. But that’s only half the story. There are countless opportunities to earn top dollar. The average salary in SD stands at around 5,000 dollars.

Taxes have good and bad sides, with high sales tax, at 7.75% combined rate, and property tax at quite alright 0.76%.

If you plan to relocate to the West Coast, you should check out some of the best SD’s neighborhoods. Just a little research, and you’ll see why these are the places people flock to make their living:

  • La Jolla – Beachside neighborhood and favorite locale for college students and young professionals. It’s a great area to swim in the ocean, take a walk along the shore, or enjoy a beer in one of the many bars.
  • Downtown – Unbelievably affordable housing (relatively speaking, of course), along with Balboa Park, famous zoo, and many nightlife options, make SD’s Downtown an excellent place to live. Within the boundaries of Downtown are well-known areas of Little Italy and Gaslamp Quarter.
  • Pacific Beach – As the very name implies, this is a seaside neighborhood, much loved by the surfers. What makes it even better is the seamless transformation from a quiet locale during the workdays into a partying hotspot on weekends.
  • Hillcrest – One of the hotspots of central SD, Hillcrest is another neighborhood that attracts younger folks. It is filled with hip bars and restaurants, and hosts one of the finest farmer’s markets in the country. Its location presents a great starting point for a newcomer who wishes to explore.
  • Carmel Valley – If you’re looking for a neighborhood to raise a child, then Carmel Valley should be your choice. It has excellent schools, lots of green spaces, and great opportunities for a career in the biotech industry.
  • Point Loma – If you like seafront communities, with lots of boats and seafood restaurants, and spend time outdoors, look no further than Point Loma.

Now that we have listed good places to call home, let’s see what ways there are to spend some quality time.

Popular Destinations in Town

Once in America’s Finest City, there are countless things to do and places to go to. No matter what’s your cup of tea, whether you like outdoor activities, visiting museums located in beautiful buildings, or simply have a nice dinner in one of the city’s restaurants. Here are some must-see spots when you go out:

  • Balboa Park (and SD Zoo) – They go together simply because the zoo is located within the park. There you can see many animals, including dozens of endangered species. Giant pandas, too. Besides the zoo, there are many museums. Botanical House stands tall among them, beautiful both from the inside and outside. Spanish Revival style is all around SD, but Botanical House is one of the finest examples.
  • Maritime Museum and USS Midway – One of the, if not the largest collection of boats from all eras of history. There are 11 ships and submarines, all in sailing condition. Right next to the Maritime Museum is the large aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, USS Midway. On and inside it, you can learn much about such vessels and naval aviation, too. A must for all lovers of history.
  • Cabrillo National Monument – Statue on Point Loma marks the spot where first Europeans, Juan Cabrillo and his expedition, arrived on the west coast of modern-day US. From there, you can also see the historic lighthouse. It’s also probably the best spot for a panoramic view of SD.
  • Old Town – SD was the first European settlement in what is now California, and Old Town is a testament to that. There are several buildings remaining from the 19th century. In the Old Town and incorporated Historical Park are excellent places to walk around, but also eat some of the finest Mexican food.
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve – Miles of trails make this an excellent area for those who want to spend the day in nature.

When it comes to eating out, there are a number of excellent eateries all around the place. Living in SD wouldn’t be the same without sushi at Wrench and Rodent, seafood at The Marine Room, or Mexican food at Galaxy Taco. People flock to those and other joints in constant search for the next taste they will like.

A Few More Important Questions

Finally, something for those who prefer particular kinds of outdoor activities and some indoor as well. Since the Chargers left for LA, MLB’s Padres are the only Big Four franchise left in San Diego. Their ground, Petco Park, is a favorite spot for people who like to enjoy with their counterparts with a glass of cold beer. Many would say that’s what makes living worth it.

And there’s one more event that, at least for a while every year, defines life in America’s Finest City. Once the ComicCon International begins, sunny beaches of California are forgotten, and fantasy rules supreme. If you have a soft spot for books, TV shows, and all things usually considered geeky – you’ll want to have a home in SD.

And we know that you do. Who wouldn’t wish to live there?

Our Customer Stories

Thousands of people move with Cross Country Movers every year, and these are just some of their stories.

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    I had loads of stuff, and these guys packed it all in no time! Don’t know how they did it. I wish they were there to unpack though, seriously, you need to include that service ASAP!

    Jennifer S.
  • Jennifer S.

    They were very careful with everything, especially with glassware and other fragile items, I am impressed by how they wrapped and packed everything so promptly. I will certainly consider hiring them again for my next relocation.

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    I just moved out of my parents’ place with these guys. They are the best, special thanks to them. I just wish I could tip them more.

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    Everything was fine, although I expected that they would be able to deliver a bit earlier than arranged, but ok, it was still a pleasant experience.

    Meghan R.
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    Absolutely exceeded my expectations, stellar service. Everything was as agreed and on time, easily one of my best moving experiences so far. I highly recommend Cross Country Movers to anyone who’s tired of unprofessional scammers.

    Chuck P.
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    I am very happy with how they managed everything, even my wife was impressed, which says a lot. We are a big family with a lot of children, so we have a lot of unnecessary stuff, but we like to drag them wherever we move, so special thanks to these guys for sticking through, packing it all, and shipping to our new home.

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    I like to think that I have finally been rewarded for years of dealing with scamming moving companies and that God sent me to Cross Country Movers. I could write a book about all the bad experiences I have, so it is safe to say that I was a bit skeptical. But these guys proved me wrong. There are trustworthy companies, after all!

    Mickey L.
  • Mickey L.

    My friends warned me that I should not move during the summer, but I still wanted to do it. Luckily, Cross Country Movers managed to find some time for me and help me move closer to the beach and have the best summer ever. Warm regards from the sunny West Coast.

    Tim B.
  • Tim B.

    I can’t believe I hit the jackpot on the moving lottery from the first shot! It all happened so quickly. I got a job offer on Monday and decided to leave everything and book my relocation on Wednesday. Cross Country Movers were there for me and guided me through the entire process since I never really moved out of my hometown, nor did I have the time to do the research. I am more than grateful to them.

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