First Choice Movers

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Quality of service: 4.5

Punctuality: 3.9

Accuracy of Estimate: 4.9

Customers’ rating: 4.7

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  • Address: 8250 Miramar Mall, San Diego, CA 92121
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  • Phone: (714)654-5343
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About First Choice Movers

With over 600 Five Star Reviews, we are San Diego and Orange County’s preferred local choice for moving and packing. We will provide you with the highest customer service experience. As a mover, we can provide you with a stress-free moving experience and we guarantee all of our work to your highest standards. We are a local San Diego & Orange County packing & moving company that strives to be the best. We provide all the services you would ever need in order to move your family from one location to another. Our goal is to be the top-rated packing & moving company in San Diego and Orange County.

Moving-Me about First Choice Movers

1st Choice Movers is a local relocation company, but covers a wider range of cities such as San Diego, Orange County, Temecula and more. The company started in 2008  and has a mission to provide moving services with the utmost special care and support. The moving helpers provide high-quality services at a very reasonable price. The company uses only safe, high quality packing materials and moving equipment. They can provide: wardrobe boxes, furniture dollies, standing dollies, shrink wrap and tape, power tools, moving blankets and ratchet straps.

First Choice Movers Licenses & Certificates

First Choice Movers is fully licensed and insured to handle any type of move. The company is registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. They also have FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) registration to legitimately perform interstate moves. The experience of the company and the training of the employees really set this company from others in the industry.

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Local State License: CAL-T190918

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What is First Choice Movers cost?

Be ready that the average interstate move is about $2500. 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. First Choice Movers is a great representative of the modern move with highly experienced professionals and the latest moving equipment.

First Choice Movers Reviews

What a great company to work with.We had wonderful experience and will recommend this company to all our family and friends. Customer service and moving crew is just AWESOME!!
- Jay Vicha

Alexa T. 5 stars I have used this company for moving twice now. Both times the quality was consistent and the service was prompt, respectful, and friendly. I don't see us using another moving company in San Diego county.
- Alexa T.

Thank you again 1st choice movers for making our move go smooth and quick!!! There were 3 of you Omar , Az and one other young gentleman.. but all 3 came ready and on time!
- Adriana C.

Excellent job overall. I had a short time frame to schedule a move and vacate my previous property. Derek reached out with a competitive estimate within a few hours and my move was scheduled the next day. Alex and Abraham were the crew members assigned and did a solid job. Both were professional, punctual and helpful. I've been through a lot of moves and this one was one of the smoothest from start to finish.
- Fareed S.

Moving can be fun but can also be a lot of work. I just moved last week and the move went extremely smoothly, thanks to the flexibility and hardworking team of 1st Choice Movers! They were swift while taking care of all my items. I don't anticipate moving again anytime soon, but in the event I do, I would definitely call 1st Choice Movers again!
- Paulo Z.

Overall great experience! Great customer service! They are honest and straight to the point! I will use. Them again in a heartbeat!
- Deserai L.

I found 1st Choice Movers through Yelp after needing to move from North County to San Diego. I contacted Derek for a quote, and was so pleased by his quick response time! He was able to schedule me in no time-- something I really appreciate! Day of the move, the team of Shaka, Jersey, and Robert blew me away... honestly! My apartment on the second floor was no trouble for them. They were packing up and loading the truck SO much faster than any other company I've used. Not only were they clearly very good at what they do, they were so friendly, polite, and took great care of all of my items. Not only was pack up a breeze for them, but loading into ANOTHER second floor apartment in SD was no trouble for them. Again, so fast and meticulous to detail. Honestly, I could go on and on about the service they provided but I'll leave it at this-- if you need movers, you need to use 1st Choice! I'm hoping not to move again soon but if I do, these guys have my business! Thanks for everything!
- Lauren B.

Competitive prices, friendly service, and fast work - what more could you ask for? Robert, Abraham and Ogen knocked out my family's move into our first house and they were great. Even though my stuff is basically junk, they were very careful with everything. If you're looking for movers, stop now and hire 1st Choice.
- J.B. S.

Huge thank you to the team for helping make my moving process so effortless. I was fortunate enough to have Abraham and Lynel help me move everything from my apartment - met with 4 flights of stairs with no elevator at my new place and did not hear a single complaint. In fact i commented a couple times about how i felt bad, and they were nothing but positive and helpful. I will forever use 1st choice movers for all my future moves - thank you!!!
- Kaylie M.

I have used 1st choice movers for 3 moves now and I have always been happy with their work. Today I had issue with the drivers and I immediately reached out to Derek who has always been great. AS a small business owner myself I understand how important customer service is and Derek went above and beyond to make it right for us and we appreciate that. Because of Derek and his superb service we will continue to use them in the future. Thank you Derek. Highly recommended these guys.
- Regina K.

Absolutely amazing service by 1st Choice movers! Getting the estimate and scheduling the move was simple. Derek the owner was incredibly responsive. They sent 3 packers on day 1 who helped pack up a lot of the more difficult things we hadn't taken care of yet (kitchen, closets, decorations). Jess, Brenda & Tamara were hard-working, pleasant and efficient. Not only did they take care of the things we had asked for but they were super helpful in pointing out areas we hadn't thought of where they could help. There's no way we could have packed up as much as they did in one day. If you haven't considered having someone else pack your stuff, this was money well spent!! On moving day, the movers they sent were just as awesome. Jose, Jerzy, Lyle, & Roy were friendly, careful and worked fast. They packed and unloaded all of our belongings with care and placed them exactly where we needed them in the new house. If they weren't sure they checked with us first. In 7 hours they had loaded and unloaded two completely full 26 foot trucks! It is so rare these days to receive such fantastic customer service from beginning to end. I would recommend 1st Choice to anyone considering a move, no matter how small or large.
- Mark R.

We moved in April 2018 and we could not have been happier with our move. Everything they promised to do, they did. They were pleasant and worked hard and efficiently. They also did some packing and unpacking for us. They ensured that everything was put back in the right place.
- Walter W.

Truly the best moving experience ever! There are so many overwhelming and frustrating things that can happen during a move so naturally I'm never really eager for this part of the packing process. But my husband and I were actually sad when they left. Such nice guys! We had Jose, Sal and Wes from the 1st choice team and they were so so fast, respectful, and responsible. We will be moving again next year and it's so nice to know who we can trust. Also, Derek is the owner and his customer service is amazing. 🙂
- Lindsay T.

I'd hire Derek and his 1st Choice Movers again. Four friendly guys (their names are mentioned in other reviews) arrived on time to help my family move from Vista to Carlsbad. Within a few hours, we were done, tip and all for under $X00. Moving can be stressful for many reasons. Relying on 1st Choice Movers made all the difference. Peace.
- Steve M.

I chose 1st Choice Movers based on their excellent reviews on Yelp and I'm so glad that I did. Derek was very responsive, easy to work with and answered all of my questions up front. There were no surprises. On moving day, the team was thorough, professional and provided excellent customer service. I highly recommend 1st Choice Movers and I would definitely use them again in the future.
- Natalie C.

Planning & Walkthrough: My husband and I planned a move about 4 weeks in advance. Derek was very responsive, came in and did a detailed walkthrough. He gave us heads up on the things that could break and that we should be prepared for that (ex: IKEA cabinets, pots in our backyard) but was very forthcoming in being to move these regardless. Estimate: After the walkthrough, Derek gave us a detailed estimate, offered possible incentives and also gave us a NOT-TO-EXCEED $$ amount. Cannot emphasize how much peace of mind that caused us! That way, we knew that if anything happened on moving day and we blew the estimated hours, we still pay the NOT-TO-EXCEED amount. Moving Day: Derek's team arrived on dot, they introduced themselves and did a walkthrough of the home. NOTE: Our move fell right in the COVID-19 timeframe and everyone on his team was wearing gloves, masks and kept their distance. INCREDIBLE PROFESSIONALISM. Such an amazing team of folks who remained positive, laughed, joked with each other and kept moving through the process! The packing material, the care taken for furniture was just TOP CLASS! They kept us informed through the process and gave us updates as needed. Unloading was also as organized as the loading. They set up runners all the way from the entrance through the stairs so the floors would not get dirty. We had labeled each box with the room it goes to and they followed instructions to the T! As with the loading, they asked pertinent questions of where to drop things off as they went along with the unloading. Finally, some highlights and shout outs: 1. Our move took much longer than initially estimated, but the NOT-TO-EXCEED estimate was the bomb! We didn't stress for one moment about any additional costs. GO DEREK!! 2. THE TEAM! Lyle, Jerzy, Salvador and Kris - You guys are just incredible! We are SO thankful for everything you did, and in this COVID-19 climate, you continue to do what you do despite being faced with the unknown! You guys are truly HEROES! 3. Integrity and follow-through: We planned our move in advance of the COVID-19 outbreak and then we had this dropped on us. Derek confirmed that they are essential business and he would move us as committed. For anyone planning a move, I cannot emphasize ENOUGH the VALUE of this kind of follow through and commitment to work. I would hire Derek and his team and recommend him to everyone we know just for this! 4. Price: For this quality of moving, Derek's price was VERY REASONABLE. The best out of the 4 companies we had called. 1st Choice Movers is all stars ALL THE WAY! Thank you guys!
- Rashmi C.

Can't say enough positives about our recent move with 1st Choice. Setting up with Derek was a breeze as he communicates all details and answered our questions promptly. The crew first arrived and did a walkthrough. After we described what needed to move, the crew was on it and worked very efficiently to fit all of our items in our storage unit. They were very careful with handling our items. I honestly wasn't sure if everything would fit, but they made it happen! Great group of guys! And to boot, all were very conscientious with the current Covid situation. Moving was always so much more stressful, but am glad to have found 1st Choice as they'll be doing all of our future moves. Thanks guys!
- Chris M.

Terrible experience. Would never hire this company again. The movers that showed up were not careful with our things and were in a big hurry (not sure why since they work by the hour). They were lazy and preferred not to shrink wrap expensive items unless I asked them to, and even then tried to talk me out of doing so when I asked. Shocked by their great review history based on my experience. Emailed owner afterwards to let him know, but never heard back.
- Beau P.

5 STARS - Having to move in the middle of the COVID19 situation was unexpected but necessary. Derek was able to get me an appointment within just a few days, and the process was easy breezy. The movers showed up on time and were friendly, flexible and FAST. They took care with my belongings and seemed to care about my preferences. I was so impressed with them that I bought them lunch. Thank you guys very much! I will recommend you to everyone I know!
- S S.

From the beginning everything was easy! Derek came over and gave me an estimate of the storage unit he thought I would need. I thought he went overboard but I went with his decision. THANK GOODNESS. When everything got moved in it fit perfectly. My boss had recommended Jersey and he was so GREAT! Him and the two guys with him worked so hard and so fast but being so safe. They are so worth it
- Olivia S.

I've moved a lot in the past few years, hired a lot of movers. These guys are hands down the BEST. From the quote, to booking all the way through the final box- they were professional, caring, communicative and such hard workers. I'm impressed! Derek makes it easy doing everything over email and is extremely responsive. Jersey and Jake both worked hard, fast and took the best care with my belongings. I can't say enough about these guys. Fantastic service all around!
- Lacey B.

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 Z.

Setting up a move with 1st Choice Movers was easy. Derek was really responsive over email and his team, Jerzy, Wes and Alex did a great job with the move. I was impressed with the innovation the team used! They were really smart about how to make their jobs easier while keeping my belongings safe.
- Teresa O.

this is my first time hiring movers. I scheduled my move one month prior due to covid and Derek was very responsive to all my inquiries leading up to my appointment this weekend. used the $50 off yelp deal and got a 6% discount for paying cash woohoo! Alex and Sal(sp?) arrived a little before 9 AM and were ready to roll. I only had a little less than 30 boxes and storage crates and a few furnitures and it took them less than 18 mins to load them up in the truck. they were fast, efficient, friendly and careful in handling the items. when we reached our destination, they even helped relocate heavy furniture to the second floor. I found out about 1st choice movers through a personal referral and I can't wait to refer them to friends and family in need of reliable and trustworthy movers! You deserve more than 5 stars!!!
- Corinne Christy B.

I've used 1st Choice twice over the last several years and have nothing but great things to say. Both times the movers have been so friendly and extremely respectful of my belongings. My last move involves carrying EVERYTHING up two flights of stairs and around narrow walkways. I don't know how they do they exhausting work they do and still have a smile on their faces! I hope I won't be moving anytime soon, but if I do, I know who I will call! Thank you for your hard work!
- Nicole L.

Excellent, efficient service. They were careful with everything and got everything put back together quickly I would definitely recommend to friends and family!
- Jared B.

I was so disappointed with 1st Choice Movers. They did not wear masks when they entered my home. And when we asked them to wear a mask two of the men informed us that they forgot their mask and tried to reassure us that they didn't have COVID. And when prompt how they new that (did they get tested) they didn't have an answer. During this pandemic I would expect essential business like movers to take the State, County, and City guidelines seriously. In addition, the movers were reading through our things when they delivered our package to our house. This was an invasion of privacy and I didn't pay people to laugh at my possessions. For these reasons I do NOT recommend!!!
- Kendra S.

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 G.

Very impressed with this moving service. The team showed up on time, they worked extremely hard (during the heat), and they were very professional. All of my items made it without damage. They were efficient and courteous and I am very glad I hired them. I would recommend in the future.
- Zakhary M.

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 T.

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