Moving to California

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Are you planning on moving to California and starting anew in some of Golden State’s incredible cities and towns? Packing up your entire life and embarking on a new adventure can be a tricky task. Don’t stress about it too much though. With the helping hand of Cross Country Movers, your belongings will be packed and shipped to Cali in the safest and most efficient way possible.

Hire Professional Moving Services

Cross Country Movers will gladly assist you when you set your mind on moving to California. CCM offers a variety of professional services that cover every step of your relocation. Our crew can help you pack all the items from your house and ship them safely to the Golden State as fast as possible.

CCM has years of experience in the moving industry under its belt; that’s why our crew knows how to handle every request. Even big and fragile objects, like mirrors or pool tables, will be efficiently packed and shipped. Our services are tailored to the needs of our clients, which is why our offers are always transparent. There are no hidden costs, and our prices are guaranteed and depend on the inventory list of belongings you provide us with, as well as the service you select.

Household moving is one of our most popular services. With it, our clients can relocate from almost any part of the US to their new home. If you want to relocate to California, we will help you no matter where you are. From Washington to Massachusetts, our crew has got your back.

With a full packing service, you won’t have to worry about wrapping, disassembling bulky furniture, or handling fragile objects. The CCM team will do all of that instead of you. Also, the crew will mark boxes with barcodes, so that none of your things can get lost.

Why Should You Hire a Moving Company?

What makes hiring professional movers a good choice? Firstly, you’ll have more free time to take care of other relocation-related things while the crew handles your belongings. Secondly, you won’t have to worry about packing materials, disassembling furniture, and loading and unloading trucks. And finally, a reliable company gives you a transparent, no-hidden-cost estimate, so you will know how to organize your finances and come up with a viable relocation budget.

Insurance for Your Peace of Mind

Accidents happen sometimes. That’s why we recommend having insurance. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your valuable belongings. Besides doing its best to prevent mishaps from ever happening, CCM will also make sure your belongings are insured through the whole process of relocation:

  • Household objects are covered with mandatory liability insurance for 60 cents per pound. Nevertheless, we strongly advise that you have an additional full replacement value insurance policy. Note that CCM does not extend its insurance coverage to things that were not packed by our movers and were not wrapped using the packing materials provided by the company.
  • Open transport car shipping service comes with an insurance policy that covers up to $100,000, and it includes external damage, scratches, and dents.
  • Enclosed transport shipping service comes with a policy that covers up to $500,000.

Packing Services Will Speed up the Relocation

CCM offers its customers a full packing service. Simply put, all that is expected of you is to open the door to your home, and our crew will pack every item that you put on your inventory list. You don’t have to worry about packing materials, such as bubble wrap, boxes of different sizes, padding, and mattress covers – we bring that with us. If you have certain fragile and valuable objects, you can order our custom crating service, as well.

The crew will disassemble large pieces of furniture, carefully wrap electronic and fragile objects, and they will put barcodes on everything. Barcodes will be scanned during the loading and unloading process, so there is no chance that the boxes get misplaced.

Use Free Storage for 30 Days

Having a place where you can leave some of your belongings while you are settling down would be a perfect solution for avoiding clutter in the new home. That’s why CCM gives its customers 30 days of free storage, where you can keep all the things you don’t know where to put yet. What’s more important, you are not obligated to continue using it after the free-of-charge month expires. It seems that what people say is true – some of the best things in life are free.

There Are No Hidden Costs – You’ll Know the Price of Relocation

What is one of the main benefits of hiring CCM? We offer our clients guaranteed prices of relocation. There won’t be hidden costs, and at the end of the day, you will know the price of the move.

At CCM, the price is based on the inventory list, not on the weight or the volume of belongings. All our clients have to do is provide us with the list of the items they want us to ship. If there is a bulky or fragile object in your household, you should provide us with rough measurements, so that we can prepare custom crates.

When a household has too many objects, we offer a free in-home estimate in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Clients from other cities can make a detailed video recording, and we will provide them with the estimate based on that material.

Vehicle Transportation to California

Are you a car owner who doesn’t want to say goodbye to their precious four-wheeler? If that’s the case, CCM has professional car shipping services that can help you with transporting your car to The Golden State.

We offer door-to-door service, meaning that our trucks will deliver your vehicle to the desired location, as long as there is truck access. When you schedule shipping, you can expect to have your car picked up within three days.

How Does Car Transportation Work?

When you entrust somebody with your car, you should be sure that you made the right decision. That’s why understanding how vehicle transport works is essential, especially if you want to have a peace of mind while your precious four-wheeler is on the road.

CCM has two types of trailers that are used for auto transport:

  • Open trailers are the fastest way to ship your car or a few of them. If you are an owner of more than one vehicle, this is the option that will suit your needs the best. The benefits of open trailers are time efficiency, the number of cars transported, and affordable prices.
  • Enclosed trailers are mostly used for transporting luxury, vintage, or rare cars. This is a safer option because your four-wheeler will be protected in an enclosed trailer from all outside influences, such as weather and road debris.

Registering a Car When Moving to California

When our efficient crew delivers your four-wheeler, you should get a local driving license. This should be done within ten days after you change your address, and you will receive your car registration within 20 days.

The process is straightforward; all you have to do is collect all the necessary documents that show your name, date of birth, and the social security number, and go to DMV.

Learn About the Cost of Living in The Golden State

You are not relocating to the cheapest location, but paychecks make up for the higher cost of living. Nevertheless, don’t forget that the prices vary depending on where you choose to settle down. Generally, utility bills are not that high, with an average electricity bill of $100.

If you’re looking for a way to save up, research more affordable locations where renting or buying a home won’t put a big dent in your savings account. A small town on the border with Oregon, Eureka might come on top as one of the most affordable spots, with a median home value of $303,650 and the rent of $1,260. Also, if you want to be closer to LA, check out Redlands because, according to data from Zillow, the median home value is $443,000.

However, if money is not a problem, you can settle down in pricier spots like Coronado, where the median price of homes is $2,125,000. Santa Cruz is also for those with deep pockets, where a median price of homes is $950,000, and rent is $3,275, making it one of the priciest spots in CA.

Education and Job Opportunities

Unemployment rates are plummeting down, and they are at a historic low of 4%. Statistics show that employers added around 21,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in 2019. From 2010 until 2020, the state gained around 3,350,000 jobs, accounting for 15% of the nation’s 22 million job gains. The fastest and most demanded jobs are web developers, statisticians, cartographers, and software developers.

There are more than 700 colleges and high educational institutions, making it clear why this is a great place for people to learn and gain useful skills. From technical institutions to places that can help you master behavioral and social sciences, this is the place to be.

Research the Law Regulations

Many states in the US have a specific set of rules and regulations. The Golden State is no different. If you want to avoid stepping on any toes and breaking the law, you should research the law in advance.

The year 2020 started with hundreds of new state laws. They address a wide range of issues that include limits on gun purchases, increased paychecks for low-wage jobs, protection against high-interest loans, and touring shows.

From now on, Californians will be required to have health insurance, and women won’t be needing a prescription for birth control pills. If you’re thinking of becoming a homeowner, the law now gives you more flexibility to build small housing units on your property.

What You Should Really Know When Moving to California

Would you like to be a true Californian? If the answer is yes, there are a few things you should know:

  • You will need a car. This is a huge area, and some smaller places don’t have many public transportation options. Residents of big cities also opt for driving.
  • Political correctness and activism are a big deal. You might need to get used to it. From the ballot initiative to the rights of the LGBT community, there is always something to discuss and protest about.
  • Californians maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially those in hip urban locations. Just check out some of the healthy venues or go for a hike and be active.
  • You will be living in an agricultural hub that has many vineyards and farms. When you want to sip on some good wine, just get in the car and check out local spots.
  • Consider putting some solar panels on your house. Living in a place with sunny weather gives you the perfect opportunity to take advantage of renewable energy.

5 Additional FAQs

Relocation is a hectic process. If you are going from one side of the US to another, there surely will be many things you would want to know. Finding the answer to frequently asked questions might help you fit in faster in the new environment.

Why Is Everyone Relocating to California?

This is a question that can have many answers. Most people flock to the Golden State in pursuit of great and diverse job openings, a liberal lifestyle, and excellent educational opportunities – everything else is just an added bonus. All you have to do is pick the city, whether that is San Francisco, Irvine, or some other place.

Why Is Relocating to California a Good Idea?

Besides the fact that this is a place where dreams come true? Well, relocating will give you the chance to bask in the sun, live by the beach, or be a resident of one of many urban metropolises. Foodies will enjoy the large offer of international restaurants and fusion cuisines, while adventure seekers will be able to find thrilling experiences no matter where they go. No matter what city you choose, different things will prove to you why relocation is a good idea.

Who's Relocating?

If you’re wondering who else is most likely to relocate from other states, the answer is – college graduates and wealthy folks looking for job and investment opportunities. Most people come from states like New York, Texas, and Washington. San Francisco and Los Angeles are among the first cities that people check out, but there are other places you can live in if you don’t like urban jungles.

Where Is It Affordable to Live?

Looking for a place that will fit not only your lifestyle but your budget as well can’t be easy. Luckily, if you’re chasing the California dream, there are more than a few cities where you can find both. Los Angeles and San Francisco might seem like obvious choices. Nevertheless, other places like college hot spots and Silicon Valley can also be good locations to live in. Even if some of them have high housing prices, the median income more than makes up for it. If you really want to save up, check out Oxnard, Fontana, or Chico.

Which State University Is the Best?

This is home to many quality educational institutions, and some of them are among the best ones in the US. If you are seeking higher education, check out Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, or MIT. No matter what kind of education you’re pursuing, you will find some of the best colleges that can provide you with it.

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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    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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    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!

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    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.

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