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How to Find the Best Moving Companies and Self-Storage in Contra Costa County

Moving can be very difficult. Relocating from a one-bedroom apartment can be an inconvenience, but moving an entire household can be a huge undertaking. Professional movers make it easy.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best moving & storage in Contra Costa County and issues related to hiring them.

Updated January 16, 2018

 The TOP 10 Moving Companies & Storage Facilities in Contra Costa County CA

Seven Bridges Moving
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(925) 335-9807
878 Howe Rd, Suite F
Martinez, CA 94553
PUC License #T188920
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau CMSA (California Moving & Storage Association)

Areas Served: Contra Costa County & Bay Area incl. Martinez CA, Walnut Creek CA, Richmond CA, ...
Services: Contra Costa moving company & movers for all moving services, household furniture ...

Johnson & Daly Moving & Storage
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(415) 491-4444
110 Belvedere St
San Rafael, CA 94901
State PUC License #MTR0159465
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau Mayflower Agent CMSA (California Moving & Storage Association) AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association) Pacific Sun - Best of Marin

Areas Served: Bay Area & Contra Costa incl. San Ramon CA, Concord CA, Walnut Creek CA, Danville CA,...
Services: residential movers, office movers, interstate movers, storage facilities

Tri Valley Bekins
1100 Marina Way S
Richmond, CA 94804

Areas Served: Pleasant Hill CA,Concord CA,Lafayette CA,Alamo CA,Danville CA,San Ramon CA,Richmond CA
Services: moving company & movers for all moving services, household furniture movers

Valley Relocation & Storage
4020 Nelson Ave # 200
Concord, CA 94520

Areas Served: Walnut Creek CA,Richmond CA,El Cerrito CA,El Sobrante CA,Pinole CA,Martinez CA,...
Services: residential movers, office movers, interstate movers, storage facilities

Chipman Moving & Storage
5060 Forni Dr
Concord, CA 94520

Areas Served: Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Walnut Creek CA, Pacheco CA, Clayton CA, Martinez CA
Services: moving, storage, interstate movers, in state movers

Waters Moving & Storage Inc
37 Bridgehead Rd
Martinez, CA 94553

Areas Served: San Ramon CA,Danville CA,Walnut Creek CA,Diablo CA,Concord CA,Richmond CA,Contra Costa
Services: moving services, packing services, storage

Golden Gate Moving & Storage
1211 Sunset Dr
Antioch, CA 94509

Areas Served: Antioch CA, Pittsburg CA, Bay Point CA, Oakley CA, Brentwood CA, Knightsen CA
Services: professional movers for all moving incl. residential, commercial, office movers

Caton Moving & Storage
5060 Forni Dr
Concord, CA 94520

Areas Served: Moraga CA,Orinda CA,Lafayette CA,San Ramon CA,Alamo CA,Diablo CA,Concord CA,Walnut ...
Services: moving services including residential move, office movers

How to Find the Best Moving Companies and Self-Storage in Contra Costa County 

Movers in Contra Costa County are required to be licensed by the California PUC (Public Utilities Commission) for your protection. They are also legally required to have cargo insurance coverage of not less than $20,000 per shipment as well as evidence of liability coverage.

Movers are not legally required to prove they have workers' compensation insurance. That's critical because if an employee of theirs is injured on your property and the mover doesn't have worker's comp, you can be held liable.

But all moving companies bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation do have that workers' comp insurance which protects you from liability in the event of an injury, in addition to passing all other requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as phone calls to previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and liability insurance, clean complaint record, and more.

Storage Companies and Movers in Contra Costa County CA Perform Numerous Services
Whether you're moving around the corner or overseas, using a moving company or storage company to haul your belongings is much easier than doing it yourself. Good movers and moving companies can give you a preliminary consultation for free and personalize a moving management system to move entire offices, corporations, residences, trade shows, and exhibits. Offered moving distances range anywhere from local, to interstate to international.

If you suddenly find yourself under severe time constraints, many local movers and packers can accommodate last minute moves. If you have particularly fragile items, such as pianos, art, electronics, or antiques, some movers are capable of taking the necessary precautions to move them safely. If you're planning to relocate, nearly some moving companies in CA CA can pack and ship your belongings for you.

Quite a few moving companies also offer the option of temporary storage or self-storage. If you're unable to find a replacement dwelling immediately after the sale of your property or the termination of your lease, you can take advantage of these storage services. Local movers and storage facilities can safely stow household goods, commercial goods, and furniture for short-term storage or long-term storage. Some moving companies can store particularly valuable items in climate-controlled vaults that are monitored 24 hours a day by security personnel. Some moving and storage companies in Contra Costa County CA can store important records, for which they have a bar-coded system of management. And some moving and storage companies offer the amazingly convenient option of mobile modular storage or portable storage. If you use this service, professionally trained movers will provide a warehouse crate to store your belongings, haul the crate to a storage facility, and actually deliver it to your door when you require it.

So if you're worried about adding unnecessary hassle to your already stressful move, don't be. Using a moving and storage company will save time and energy and, perhaps more importantly, your back.

Movers in Contra Costa County CA Can Supply Needed Packing Materials
One of the perks of hiring someone to conduct your move is the freedom from packing. Some movers in Contra Costa County CA also provide packing services, so they supply all needed moving supplies and storage materials and secure your belongings for you. Instead of squishing overfilled, aging boxes in the bed of a truck, good household movers will wrap pack and seal your valuables, pad them with bubble wrap, foam, or packing paper, and safely load them into sanitized, temperature regulated moving trucks.


They guard frames and art with edge protectors, neatly pack clothes into wardrobe boxes, and stow mirrors and other flat glass in mirror packs. Movers can keep your mattress clean with mattress covers and prevent in-transit damage with moving blankets and padding. In some instances you can use the provided packing materials to box up your belongings yourself, but professional movers are required to take great care. It's usually worth your while to take advantage of all of the moving services they offer.



Some Moving and Storage Companies in Contra Costa County CA Are Better Than Others

The Prime Buyer's Report lists these storage and moving companies in Contra Costa County: Seven Bridges Moving, Johnson & Daly Moving & Storage, Caton Moving & Storage, Valley Relocation & Storage, Tri Valley Bekins, Golden Gate Moving & Storage, Chipman Moving & Storage, Waters Moving & Storage Inc. Other self-storage centers and movers in Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Richmond CA that might still be in business include: Bay City Moving & Storage Martinez CA, Anderson Brothers Movers Martinez CA. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Moving Companies & Storage Facilities in Contra Costa County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.




Determining the Best Moving Companies in Contra Costa County 

Step 1: Describe Your Plan to the Movers in Contra Costa County CA
When you call different moving companies, explain the details of your move. Do you need international moving services or local moving services? Report the type and size of the dwelling and mention any items that will need special care. Also, give the departing and destination addresses and the dates you wish to be moved. Also, decide if you require full service movers or moving companies who will both pack and move your belongings.

If you plan on storing any items, specify the amount of items to be stored and the projected length of time you will need to store them. Decide if you need special kinds of storage, such as self-storage, storage containers, climate controlled storage, storage units, mini storage or portable storage. From this information, moving company representatives and movers can calculate an estimate, which may or may not be binding. Binding estimates generally expire after 60 days (on average), so ask the moving companies in Contra Costa County CA about their terms ahead of time.

Step 2: Ask the Movers and Storage Companies Questions & Take Notes
You'll need to know some things about moving companies or storage facilities before you use their services. The sample questions below address several items of concern.

• How long have the moving companies and storage facilities been in business? (All moving companies in Contra Costa County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have had sufficient time in business verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Are the movers or storage companies' estimates binding? If so, how long are they guaranteed?

• What items are not allowed to be transported?

• Will they give yoiu names and phone numbers of previous customers you can call as references. (All moving companies in Contra Costa County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have had their previous customers called by our research staff verifying high customer satisfaction so you don't have to.)

• What is your available recourse and who do you contact if household goods are damaged or lost during the moving process or time in storage?

• Will the movers reassemble any items that were taken apart for the move?

• Will they show you proof that all workers sent to your property are legally allowed to work in the U.S.? (All moving companies in Contra Costa County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already signed a written pledge to only hire legally documented workers.)

• How do the moving companies and storage facilities price their moving and storage services?

• What are the movers' and storage companies' billing procedures?

• How much advance notice should you give the moving companies if you need to ship something?

• Do they offer shipment tracking?

• How long will it take the moving company to pack and move your belongings?

• Do the movers offer temporary or long term storage?

• Do the storage companies offer self storage, mini storage, portable storage or moving storage space?

• How will the movers and storage facilities protect your household goods from damage and dirt?

• Will they guarantee in writing the price quoted will not be exceeded, similarly that they use moving blankets to protect your goods and not extraneous packing materials to drive up excessive charges?

• Do the movers carry workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All moving companies in Contra Costa County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have had liability and workers comp insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

Once you've chosen the best movers in Contra Costa County CA for your specific needs, make they are licensed by the state which is required by law. (All moving companies in Contra Costa County CA bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)



Tips About Moving and Storage in Contra Costa County 

Take Time Choosing Your Moving and Storage Provider.
Locally, you have access to many moving companies that can range from two movers and a box van to major interstate movers or international movers with climate-controlled van lines. It's a good idea to consult several moving companies so you can plan accordingly. And the more companies you consider, the more likely you are to find the optimal service for your specific moving requirements.



Consult Several Moving Companies.
Call several moving companies to get price ranges and available services. There may be a charge for moving or relocation quotes, so ask about this before you accept services from moving companies in Contra Costa County. Be prepared to answer questions regarding the volume of your belongings, start and destination addresses, and whether or not you need to store anything. If you have particularly fragile or large items, inquire as to whether or not the movers can safely transport it. If so, ask if it would incur additional moving fees.

Can Everything Be Moved or Put into Storage?
Make sure everything you plan to pack is allowed to be transported. A moving company can usually provide a list of prohibited items. Some items are not allowed by certain storage companies or storage units. Ask if there are any materials or substances you cannot store in the mini storage facilties or storage space.

Rid Yourself of Possessions You Don't Want Before the Movers Arrive.
Don't automatically pack up everything you own. After a certain amount of time, we all accrue junk we will never use again, but it still gathers dust in our homes. Consider holding a garage sale or making a donation to a local thrift store before moving to get rid of some of this dead weight. Moving costs are generally calculated by the weight of the load, so don't waste money shipping items you would never miss anyway.

Likewise, it doesn't pay to store items you don't need. Before packing and moving your belongings into a storage unit or storage facility, weed out items you don't want. Remember, there is very imited space in self storage containers, mini storage units, portable storage or storage rental containers and you don't want to pay to store more furnitire or boxes than you need.

Think Beyond the Move.
Advance planning and organization will reduce the stress of moving. Keep all documents related to your move in one easily accessible location. Develop a folder, notebook or even a daily planner to keep track of important phone numbers and documents. Referrals for new services, maps of your new town and contact information for old friends are just a few more things that you may want to stash in your organizer.

Do Your Homework Before You Sign an Agreement with a Moving Company.
When you're seriously considering a moving company, check all necessary credentials before you sign. Verify the certificate of authority (DOT number) through the Department of Transportation and CAL-T certification through the California Public Utilities Commission. For twenty dollars you can obtain company safety profiles at

Don't Get Hung Up on Prices From Moving Companies or Storage Facilities.
Don't let cost be your sole motivator. The cheapest moving companies compensate employees poorly, use inferior means of loading and transport and often have bad track records. To ensure your belongings arrive in the same state they left, carefully screen moving companies in Contra Costa County before you consider price. Good storage facilities will guard your belongings whether they are in self-storage, mini storage or portable storage units. Price often reflects the quality of the storage facilities, which may include video surveilance or monitored storage spaces.


Inspect the Shipment Upon Arrival.
As soon as your belongings reach your destination, check for any damage that may have occurred in transit. It's imperative that you do this as soon as possible. Legal culpability dwindles with time. If you find damage, refer to your contract for liability and compensation information.

Know Your Rights in Regard to Moving Companies and Storage Units.
If you arrive at an impasse with your moving company or storage facility, know that you are protected by state and federal law. These laws vary by region, so learn about specific protection in the Contra Costa County area at the California Department of Consumer Affairs Web site.



Research on Moving Companies and Storage Facilities in Contra Costa County 

Regulatory Groups & Industry Associations For Movers in Contra Costa County
AMSA American Moving and Storage Association (
BBB Better Business Bureau (
CMSA California Moving and Storage Association (
CPUC California Public Utilities Commission (, 1-800-877-8867
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (
Diamond Certified (
DOT Department of Transportation (
FMSCA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (
HGFAA Household Goods Forwarders Association of America (
IOMA International Office Moving Institute (
NAMA North American Movers Association (
SAFER Safety and Electronics Record System (

Media Regarding Moving Companies in Contra Costa County
Homes and Land Magazine
HOUSE Magazine
Realtor Magazine
Smart Homeowner

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Movers in Contra Costa County within the following zip codes:

94556, 94517, 94583, 94570, 94524, 94511, 94514, 94530, 94565, 94597, 94564, 94506, 94575, 94572, 94596, 94526, 94561, 94521, 94808, 94595, 94801, 94549, 94553, 94525, 94522, 94520, 94820, 94582, 94548, 94527, 94513, 94519, 94563, 94850, 94598, 94569, 94806, 94807, 94516, 94507, 94547, 94509, 94531, 94802, 94804, 94803, 94518, 94528, 94805 and 94523


Movers Antioch CA
Allied Van Lines Antioch CA 94509

Movers Brentwood CA
Lake Movers Brentwood CA 94513

Movers Clayton CA
Tri-Valley Relocation Clayton CA 94517

Movers Concord CA
Byron Moving & Storage Concord CA 94520
Caton Moving & Storage Concord CA 94520
Chipman Moving & Storage Concord CA 94520
Chipman Relocations Concord CA 94520
Designers' Delivery Service Concord CA 94520
Focus 21 International Forwarding Group Concord CA 94518
Golden Gate Moving & Storage Concord CA 94520
Magic Moving Co Concord CA 94518
Moovers Inc Concord CA 94519
Thrifty Moving Concord CA 94518
Valley Relocation & Storage Concord CA 94520
Western Van Lines Concord CA 94520

Movers El Sobrante CA
Tomcat Moving & Hauling El Sobrante CA 94803

Movers Hercules CA
Bay Area Moving & Delivery Hercules CA 94547

Movers Martinez CA
Anderson Bros. Movers Martinez CA 94553
Bay City Moving & Storage Martinez CA 94553
E-Z Move Moving Service Martinez CA 94553
Seven Bridges Moving Martinez CA 94553
Tri Valley Transportation Martinez CA 94553
Waters Moving & Storage Inc Martinez CA 94553

Movers Oakley CA
A Mover Oakley CA 94561
Stages to Move Oakley CA 94561

Movers Pacheco CA
MOVING Advocates Pacheco CA 94553

Movers Pittsburg CA
Happy Mover Pittsburg CA 94565

Movers Richmond CA
Corovan Moving & Storage Richmond CA 94804
Cor-O-Van Moving & Storage Richmond CA 94804
Economove Richmond CA 94804
Foster Van Lines Inc Richmond CA 94804
Tri Valley Bekins Richmond CA 94804
Wright Moving Richmond CA 94804

Movers Walnut Creek CA
Magic Moving & Storage Walnut Creek CA 94598







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