1st Choice Movers

1st Choice Movers

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Quality of service: 4.3

Punctuality: 4.6

Accuracy of Estimate: 3.9

Customers’ rating: 4.4

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About 1st Choice Movers

With over 600 Five Star Reviews, we are San Diego and Orange County’s preferred local choice for moving and packing. Why are we the best? Our quality and commitment to you provides a stress-free moving experience PLUS we guarantee all of our work to meet and exceed your expectations as well as our own. From our packing crews to our highly trained moving teams, everyone at 1st Choice Movers is committed to you and getting your property moved efficiently and safely. This moving company covers a wider range of cities such as San Diego, Orange County, Temecula and more. We provide high-quality services at a very reasonable price. Again, thank you for visiting our website and we hope we can help you with your move soon.

Moving-Me about 1st Choice Movers

They treat your belongings as if they were their own in every step of your all important move. They only use safe, high quality packing materials and moving equipment. They are licensed in California and they have a fleet of 17, 24 and 26 foot trucks to meet all of your moving needs.The absolute key to a great move is insuring everything being moved is protected, safe and secure from carry transport, to truck transport to being placed in the new environment. They understand this and that’s why they have dedicated, experienced packing teams who take the time to protect your valuables with the utmost care. This company can provide: wardrobe boxes, furniture dollies, standing dollies, shrink wrap and tape, power tools, moving blankets and ratchet straps. Doing your own move with an ABF U-Pack container or PODS portable container but need help loading it? They’ve got you covered. Their packing crew can secure your valuable belongings and their expert loading team will take care of the rest. They perform more than 100 moves per month in San Diego and Orange county. They’re fast, friendly and professional San Diego movers who care.

1st Choice Movers Licenses & Certificates

1st Choice Movers is licensed and insured to handle any type of move. The experience of the company and the training of the employees really set this company from others in the industry.

ICC MC number: not provided

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US D.O.T: not provided

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Local State License: CAL-T190918

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What is 1st Choice Movers cost?

Be ready that the average interstate move is about $2800. Remember that prices also depend on such factors as date, home size, a shipment size, chosen services, and distance from A to B point. Also, many companies offer hourly rates. This is the reason why you better compare competing moving quotes from licensed movers with our tool here.

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We are here for you to perform a verified and trustworthy moving company to manage your local, long-distance, or interstate relocation. Having years of experience Moving-me is a proven team of professionals who are ready to provide you with the best variants of your forthcoming event. Operating from all over the USA we are considered to be one of the best moving quality&cost service selection companies. We highly respect your time and money and are doing our best to make your move fast, smooth, stress-free, and cost-effective. 1st Choice Movers is a great representative of the modern move with highly experienced professionals and the latest moving equipment.

1st Choice Movers Reviews

These guys are great! We contacted Derek about the move about a month before our moving day and he was prompt and attentive from Day 1. We wanted to hire 1st Choice Movers, as we know they are the best and book up far in advance. The team of Yusef, Jose and Roy that showed up for the move were fantastic. They wrapped all our furniture with these thick moving blankets and did not charge for shrink wrap, our last company we hired ripped us off. You can tell these guys truly care about their customers and it shows from the owner Derek, all the way down to the guys lifting our heavy furniture. Thanks guys. We hope we don’t move soon, but when we do its 1st Choice Movers that we will call.
- Andrea Ortiz

Great company and professional service. I moved from an incredibly difficult townhome with three floors of stairs. We were extremely please with the service and I will be referring family and friends.
- Aaron Pacetti

These guys are ROCK STARS!!! They showed up early, were super friendly, professional & AMAZING! Example: when my sofa would not fit thru the front door they actually took it around the front of my building and brought it in over my patio railing. That may not sound impressive, but my new place is on a steep slope. So these guys actually scaled a hillside to delivery my sofa! Believe every positive review you read about this company because it is all true.
- michalsmalley

This is an amazing service. I found them through Yelp and contacted Derek for a quote. He was very responsive and helpful, made scheduling the move painless. The day of the move, Yusef, Jose and Sal were awesome. They worked very quickly, and treated my belongings as if they were their own and they were so nice and friendly. Moving is very stressful, and these guys made it seem so simple. Do yourself a favor and use this company for your next move - you won't regret it.
- JD Masseth

Yesterday we moved houses and used 1st Choice Movers. Our move could not have gone better! Our crew was: Jose, Wes, Jerzy, Lyle and Roy. They were on-time, fast, courteous, respectful of our houses and our stuff, and friendly. Moving day started as a high-stress day for me, but their confidence and calmness made me feel much calmer. I appreciate their hard work and great attitudes! Also Derek was very responsive to me leading up to the move, from my first inquiry, to our consultation/walkthrough, to a follow-up question after the move. THANK YOU 1st CHOICE MOVERS! I will be recommending to all my friends!
- Rachel W

This is the 4th time I've used 1st Choice Movers. I've always been satisfied with their service. They always take good care of my belongings. On January 29, 2020, Abraham, Alex and Ogen moved me from El Cajon to Poway. They were professional, courteous, friendly and fast workers. They made the move so easy!
- Maureen Longdo

More like alright choice! They Broke some stuff and didn't care.
- Phil Lee

Derek was very responsive to our requests, great customer service! His team, Jose, Wes, Kris, and Jerzy were punctual, polite, and efficient. Couple things that were damaged were repaired quickly from a third party with no issue from Derek.
- Ernest Ho

We had such a great experience with 1st Choice Movers. The owner has been very responsive the moment we contacted them and the crew did an outstanding job as we moved. Highly recommend contacting them if you are looking for a fast and reliable moving service!
- Ivan Zalessov

Recently upgraded to an apartment of our own due to having a daughter. Derek and his crew were on time, communicative, effective, and treated all of our belongings as if they were their own. 10 out of 10 would reccomend if you're interested in the best moving experience id reccoment 1st Choice Movers!
- Luis Rojas

This is the BEST moving company in San Diego hands down. They show up on time wearing gloves and masks. The owner is Derek Parker and he will personally see your move to completion. 1st Choice Movers are punctual, quick, and careful with your possessions. Derek is very professional and caring. During this time, they even sanitize the inside of the truck everyday. I've had the pleasure to know Derek and his crew for many years, and there is no other moving company I would recommend. They are the best!!
- Stephen Boyer

These guys really took care of me and made my move stress free. The owner, Derek, worked closely with me from start to finish and really made me feel appreciated and confident in his team's abilities. So awesome. I'll never go to anyone else.
- jadenlife

1st Choice Movers are lifesavers. I needed a moving team at fairly short notice and was already worried about finding movers during the pandemic. Other movers were already booked. Derek responded to my message immediately and said he could fit me in. The team who executed my move- Ulisses, Ogen, and Andres- were absolutely extraordinary: polite, professional, efficient, and extremely careful with our belongings. I could not have had a better experience and am relieved to have a trustworthy company I can call on in the future. Thank you so much, Derek and your team!!!
- Kevin Lewis

This was my first time using both packers and movers. I've had to move several times in the past few years and have always done it myself (rented a truck, asked for friends help, etc.). This move would be pretty big one for me and my husband - about two hours away from San Diego, and booking with 1st Choice Movers was the best decision we could have made to make our move so incredibly stress-free! Derek was the one whom we coordinated with and he was always quick to respond and clear with his communication. He was upfront about the cost and the final estimate actually ended up being a bit lower than what he quoted to us originally! The day before the big move the packing team showed up - Brenda, Lily, and Vanessa. We were informed that they would arrive at 9am, but they were told to come at 8:30am from management - no big deal at all though, just a slight miscommunication (and coming early never hurts!). The three ladies were professional, super nice, and worked quickly. If they had any questions about whether something needed to get packed or not, they didn't hesitate to ask. We're currently in the process of unpacking at our new place, and we have yet to see anything that's broken or damaged. They finished packing up our 1 bedroom apartment in just under 2.5 hours. The big move was the next day and Alex, Jerzy, and Lalo were the moving team - they showed up right on time. Like the packing team, they were professional and efficient. They were able to load things up in about 2 hours and unload in 1 short hour! My husband and I were amazed at how quick they were. We also did buy them lunch and expected them to take a longer break, but after about 10 minutes of eating they continued working hard. The total move day was about 5.5 hours for us (2 hours to load, 2 hours to drive, a little over 1 hour to unload). If you have any anxiety about moving, definitely hire this team! They will put you at ease and allow you to have a stress-free move day (which I never thought could be possible before this!). We can't emphasize enough how each team member was extremely professional, efficient, and friendly. Also, in these times especially (but even during non-pandemic times), if someone does an amazing job and you're pleased with the work - give them a tip! We tipped both of the packers and the movers as we were completely satisfied with their work.
- Jaspery Goh

One of the workers was stalking me.
- William A. Vaccaro

This company came highly recommend by a friend, and my experience was great. The team (Alex, Daniel and Jose) was on time, friendly, very conscientious of wrapping and packing everything to be sure it didn't get damaged. They were very responsive to all of my questions and requests. There was one small scratch made on the new floor but the movers brought it to my attention immediately and the owner sent someone to fix the scratch within days and it looks like it never happened. The whole moving experience was very pleasant and easy and I was impressed by the integrity shown with the floor scratch situation. I hope not to move for a long time to come, but if I do, they will be my first call!
- Heather Tausig

Cannot rave enough about this company. For starters, Derek gets the ball rolling and is very thorough in quotes and explanations for what is covered in their charges and gets you scheduled nice and quick! He sent 3 guys for the actual move--Kris, Luis, and Sal--and they were efficient and careful with everything. They packed up extra items that weren't fully packed up and took care with them. They took apart everything and kept all pieces neatly intact. They were on the ball and kind. At the end, Derek realized they overcharged, simple mistake, but made that transition smooth and fast. Highly honest people and I appreciate that so much in a business! I've never used movers before, but these guys will have my business for any upcoming moves that happen. Cannot recommend these guys enough! If I could give more than 5 stars, I would!
- Erica Rangel

What a fantastic company! Would highly recommend to everyone that has to move. The rates were fantastic. The movers showed up on time and were very careful with my items. Alex, Lolo and Salvadore helped me move and I would give each of them a 5 star rating. They were very professional, courteous, and friendly. I will definitely use 1st Choice Movers the next time I have to move.
- Kim Stevenson

1st Choice Movers are AMAZING!!! I needed a moving team at fairly short notice and was already worried about finding movers during the COVID mess. Derek responded to my message immediately and said he could fit me in. The team who executed my move was amazing, professional and polite. Not to mention, they were extremely careful with our belongings. I could not have had a better experience and am relieved to have a trustworthy company I can call on in the future. Thank you so much You guys rock!!!
- Tony Tone

This was the best moving service I’ve ever used, hands down. When they were short a man at the start of my move, Derek came to fill the role and make sure the times and estimates were still met. Lyle and T were professional, courteous and nice guys with a hard working mentality. The move ended up being an hour shorter than planned and nothing was broken or damaged. I will definitely use 1st choice movers in the future and refer all of my friends as well.
- Clinton

I'd like to start off with how EASY this move was because of how 1st Choice Movers made it. From the 4 packers, to loading and unloading the my property. Very clear and easy communication with Derek and his team of professionals! I shopped other companies and By far the best pricing & best costumer service. Highly recommend and will be a returning customer while referring them to my friends and family.
- Christin Warren

Movers called 45 minutes before scheduled meeting time to say they were NOT showing up and left me hanging with a. Truck and my entire house packed. The absolute worst. DO NOT HIRE.
- Lucero Wiley

Ten stars to a great moving crew: Luis, Jake and Jerzy. We moved on October 19th. This trio of courteous , hard-working young men blanketed and shrink wrapped even the smallest pieces of furniture and there was not even one scratch on anything. This is the standard that moving companies should be aspiring to. Great job, guys.
- Jason Chen

1st Choice Movers were referred to me by the controller of a new company I work for. The controller used them before & gave me all the details of pricing & discounts offered by 1st Choice. I called Derek months later & the prices were exact. (Honest) I sent several emails asking questions & Derek patiently emailed me back , answering all my questions. (Patient) I scheduled the date & the movers arrived early. (Punctual) Once they entered my apartment, the first words were Good morning and the 2nd were Ma'am. Wes, Abe & Josh are the most organized, professional, kind and efficient movers I have ever encountered. (I move often due to the field of work I am in) I had zero stress with this move. When, Wes gave me the final bill, it was less than what I had estimated it to be. You can not go wrong with these guys. The are top shelf with economical prices!!
- DaShawn Johnson

Great experience! Lyle & Jose were right on time and very thorough. They paid special attention to the items I marked fragile and everything arrived in one piece. Will definitely use 1st Choice Movers for any future moves.
- Love to Live Spa

Overall great move, arrived on time, quick, efficient, setup post move was informative and easy, would recommend!
- Nelson Lee

Sent this email to Derek a couple hours after I got settled in: All moved in and I want you to know that it was STELLAR service. The guys were great: professional, good humored/natured, worked crazy hard, asked the right questions, actually took care with my stuff, and were overall just fantastic. I'm truly pleased and can't say enough good stuff - for sure will recommend 1st Choice again; Jake Jerzy and Will get major props and it was cool to see them work well together. I'll pass their names on to anybody who needs to be moved! Excellent price too, came in /way/ under budget (hooray!) You also have been great on the communication end of things, and I am a very happy camper that's ready to get life back to normal. 🙂 🙂 🙂
- Larissa Horvath

These guys were great for my short move across town. First of all, Derek was extremely responsive, answering my questions usually within minutes. They provided a crew of 3 for the move. Josh, Jose, and Daniel were very efficient and did a great job protecting all my valuable furniture and possessions. They were able to complete my move in a little over 5 hours, and the price was reasonable. I will definitely recommend 1st Choice Movers for any moves in San Diego!
- Larry Lane

Derek was very nice and professional when he booked my move. Then move day comes along and they never showed. They left me hanging and they never reached out to me to make things right. Luckily Stan of Move Central took care of us.
- Paul Lopez

I used them very regularly but this last time was horrible. The owner was so rude to me because I complained about the move taking so long. It should not take 9 hours to move a 1 bedroom apartment. Going to start using Move Central from now on.
- Stella Andrea

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