Top 10 Moving Companies in Santa Barbara, CA

Porch Pro Headshot New Beginnings Relocation
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(321)
"Moving companies are notoriously expensive at times. They keep piling on extra charges. I hired New beginnings relocation and prayed it won't happen to me. The quote they gave me seemed more than reasonable given the distance they had to cover. I was well aware that the delivery might take a while ...Read more about New Beginnings Relocation
"Moving companies are notoriously expensive at times. They keep piling on extra charges. I hired New beginnings relocation and prayed it won't happen to me. The quote they gave me seemed more than reasonable given the distance they had to cover. I was well aware that the delivery might take a while ...Read more about New Beginnings Relocation
Porch Pro Headshot Dude I need a Truck
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(84)
Moving stuff sucks! Yet all of us has had to move something too big to fit into our car at some point throughout our busy lives! We call this a "micro-move". Solution? We borrow a friend’s truck, but that’s a nuisance. We go to u-Haul, but that's expensive and frustrating. DUDE is a mobile app ...Read more about Dude I need a Truck
Moving stuff sucks! Yet all of us has had to move something too big to fit into our car at some point throughout our busy lives! We call this a "micro-move". Solution? We borrow a friend’s truck, but that’s a nuisance. We go to u-Haul, but that's expensive and frustrating. DUDE is a mobile app ...Read more about Dude I need a Truck
Porch Pro Headshot Lunas Moving
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
We're the only moving company capable of moving your household items, pool table, piano and hot tub. Believe it or not, most companies won't move piano's let alone pool tables and hot tubs. You would have to call a different company for each of these specialty items. Depending on your type of move...Read more about Lunas Moving
We're the only moving company capable of moving your household items, pool table, piano and hot tub. Believe it or not, most companies won't move piano's let alone pool tables and hot tubs. You would have to call a different company for each of these specialty items. Depending on your type of move...Read more about Lunas Moving
Porch Pro Headshot New Home Casa Nueva Movers
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
We are professional movers dedicated to improving the moving industry. We are based in Minnesota providing local moving, long distance moving, and professional moving labor. Need Moving Labor Help In Another State? We cover 48 states when it comes to loading and unloading your truck rental, portab...Read more about New Home Casa Nueva Movers
We are professional movers dedicated to improving the moving industry. We are based in Minnesota providing local moving, long distance moving, and professional moving labor. Need Moving Labor Help In Another State? We cover 48 states when it comes to loading and unloading your truck rental, portab...Read more about New Home Casa Nueva Movers
Porch Pro Headshot Magnificent Movers, Inc.
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(75)
Porch Pro Headshot Moving Storage Lompoc Inc
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
We are a licensed & Insured full service moving company. Your move will be coordinated by us from start to finish. We are a full service moving company. We understand the stress involved in relocating to a new residence. We would like to make this transition easier for you and we have the experience...Read more about Moving Storage Lompoc Inc
We are a licensed & Insured full service moving company. Your move will be coordinated by us from start to finish. We are a full service moving company. We understand the stress involved in relocating to a new residence. We would like to make this transition easier for you and we have the experience...Read more about Moving Storage Lompoc Inc
Porch Pro Headshot Louie's Central Coast Movers
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(26)
Louie's Central Coast Movers is a moving company that provides appliance moving, hauling and more. They are based in Santa Barbara.
Louie's Central Coast Movers is a moving company that provides appliance moving, hauling and more. They are based in Santa Barbara.
Porch Pro Headshot Bushnell Moving
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(44)
Porch Pro Headshot Buck's Movers and Storage
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(21)
Porch Pro Headshot De Pacco Transports and Moving
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California

Frequently asked questions about moving companies

There are a lot of great moving companies out there, but a moving business can also be a guise for a scam meant to extort money from innocent people by holding their belongings hostage. There are some tried and true ways to avoid having this happen to you. To keep your move stress-free and honest, keep an eye out for the following red flags when you’re vetting movers:

  • Read online reviews. When you type in a search term like “Moving companies near me,” you’ll get many results. This initial search is your first chance to browse and shortlist companies with good reviews. Chances are, if there is an overwhelming amount of negative reviews, the company is either a scam or has poor business practices that you don’t want to experience first-hand. A small number of poor reviews (depending on the issue) is common, and if you’re looking for a mover with only 5-star reviews, you might be looking for a while.Another tool for vetting movers is to search for complaints filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If your mover has held or currently holds a license, any complaints registered against them will be logged for transparency.
  • Assess websites and social media. The quality and amount of information on a company’s website can tell you much about its legitimacy. Questionable businesses often won’t publish an address, making it difficult for you to follow up in person when there are issues. Likewise, you should expect to see an outline of available services, testimonials, and links to any social media profiles.
  • Don’t trust a company that gives you a quote without an on-site visit. Some movers will give you an enticingly low quote to reel you in. While this might seem tempting, it often indicates a company that isn’t upfront about how they bill, at best — or is an outright scam.
  • Sign (and read) an agreement. Make sure you read the fine print and never trust a mover that tries to move forward without having you sign an agreement that protects both of you.
  • Call or visit a storefront before signing an agreement. Once you have a list of two or three potential professional movers, take the time to call or visit a storefront. That call or visit can tell you a couple of important things. First, they have public premises and are a legitimate business. Second, they answer the phone with the company's name and not a generic greeting, which can be a red flag.
  • Investigate third-party insurance. Be wary of movers who tell you their insurance will cover all your things. This explanation often isn’t the case, and you should ensure you have the right coverage from a third-party insurance agency.

If you're hiring a mover for an interstate move, they’ll need a US Department of Transportation (USDOT) license. For local movers, requirements will vary based on your state. Some states still require movers to hold a valid license from the USDOT, but not all do. Check with your local or county consumer affairs office or your state attorney general’s office to know the rules in your area.

Once you know if your state requires movers to have a USDOT license, you can check for a list of registered movers to ensure your chosen moving company complies.

If you’re moving internationally, be sure to ask if the company is registered with an international movers’ federation. If they are registered with a federation, ask to see proof of that membership as well as the company’s Federal Maritime Commission number.

Long-distance moves can be within the same state, but often this term is used to mean a move that crosses state lines. If that’s the case for you, you’ll need to take extra steps to ensure your moving company has the licenses needed to transport your things from one state to another. Local moving companies may need licenses but have fewer requirements than long-distance movers.

It’s okay to be overly skeptical if you ask a mover if they handle long-distance or interstate moves and you get an answer like “We can” or “That should be fine.” There are specific rules around interstate moves, and your mover should be confident in their answer, indicating that they’ve done this before and have the required certifications and licenses.

Smaller moving companies can be great to work with when you hire movers. However, you may want peace of mind with a recognizable, big-name company for long-distance moves.

Be sure to research long-distance move insurance options. Be clear that your goods must be insured from the start to the end of the journey. Be sure to ask your moving company for a free moving valuation. Finally, always ask for three different cost estimates. An in-person estimate not only provides you with financial considerations, but allows you to evaluate the professionalism of the company. Once you choose a moving company, you have made a commitment. It makes sense to do research up front to make the move safe and efficient.

The worst-case scenario when you hire movers is paying a large upfront deposit and then your belongings disappear. Calls and emails go unreturned for days or weeks, and finding an address for the company is difficult or impossible. Some scams demand more money for the safe return of your property, which could be damaged if you even get it back.

Taking the precautions we’ve outlined will help you avoid this situation. Still, suppose you have a bad experience with your moving company. In that case, you can take steps to help others avoid having the same experience as you:

  • Submit a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB is a resource for consumers when vetting a potential business and filing a complaint if they encounter misleading advertising, poor business practices, or scams.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The USDOT and FMCSA are the regulating bodies responsible for licensing moving companies in the US. If you run into trouble with your mover, file a complaint here and with the BBB.
  • Post an online review. Google Reviews is becoming a more powerful tool for consumers, requiring businesses to be accountable for their irresponsible or illegal actions by potentially losing business. Trolls aside, posting a review online is a great way to let others know what to expect if they choose to work with the same company, or at least — what your experience was.
  • Take to social media. Social platforms have influence, and using that to let others know about a scam — or just a negative experience — can help the business improve its practices and future customers to sidestep the same situation you encountered.

Below is a handy list of times to get in touch with moving companies to have the smoothest moving experience.

  • If you’re moving all of your property long-distance. Unless you have independent access to a moving truck and several days to drive, you’ll likely want to hire professional movers for bigger jobs. Another option is to hire furniture movers for more oversized items like your sofa, sitting chairs, dining room table, etc., and take the smaller or more fragile items yourself.
  • With as much lead time as possible. Leaving plenty of time is particularly important for long-distance and interstate moves. The logistics for these types of moves take time to coordinate, and the further the distance, the more time your mover will want to get plans in place. It’s possible that you can schedule a long-distance move at the last minute, but you’ll likely pay a premium that you could’ve avoided by booking in advance.
  • Before choosing a moving company. Once you do your initial online search for “movers near me,” read reviews, and shortlist a few companies, it’s time to get in touch. This step will let you verify the legitimacy of the moving company you chose so you can avoid any potential headaches from scams.
  • When you’re ready to schedule an on-site walk-through. Good moving companies will require a walk-through of most homes. Some exceptions are if you live in a smaller space, like a one or two-bedroom apartment, and can give your mover a reasonably accurate list of how much you have to move.

As you’re planning a long-distance move, consider all the options available.

Hire professional movers for everything.

This is the easiest option. Having pros move your things frees you to travel to your new location on your timeline. Maybe you take a vacation on your way or visit family or friends!

However, having professional movers take on an end-to-end job is the most expensive option. Your property will be out of your sight and control during the move and you’ll need to pay for third-party insurance.

Rent a moving truck and pack it yourself.

If you’re looking for the cheapest way to move long distances, this is it! You get to keep your things with you during your whole move and if you plan your route well, you can make some fun road trip stops.

While this is the least expensive option, you’ll need to invest the time to load your moving truck, which is a labor-intensive job. Plus, someone needs to drive the truck, which can be an experience if you’ve never driven a large vehicle before.

Rent a moving truck, but hire movers to help load and unload.

This option allows you to leave the heavy lifting to the pros and since movers charge by the hour, if you’re well-organized, you can have them in and out in a few hours for a reasonable price. Movers also come prepped with plastic wrap and will disassemble furniture like your bedframe or dining room table if you don’t have time to do it yourself.

If you choose this option, make sure you label all boxes by room so you can avoid a chaotic unpacking experience. Remember, you’ll still need to have someone onboard used to driving a large moving truck and you won’t have the same flexibility to travel on your schedule since you’ll be paying by the day for your rental truck.

Hire furniture movers and drive the smaller items in your vehicle.

This option allows you to hire out moving the cumbersome things, saving your time (and your back) and if you coordinate with your moving company, you can have all your furniture delivered when you arrive, making the move-in process more pleasant.

Be aware that long-distance furniture movers charge by weight, so if you have lots of heavy wood furniture, it can get costly. Also, fragile items, like glassware, need lots of packing material, so they don’t break during travel. You might end up with more boxes than you can fit in your vehicle.

Recent reviews for Santa Barbara Movers

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Magnificent movers Inc. provides professional moving services for the Ventura county and surrounding areas. Magnificent movers Inc. Is rated 5+⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

- Magnificent Movers, Inc.
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New beginnings relocation provided us a fantastic relocation service. They were polite and well trained as well. They handled everything in a very professional way. I must say if you hire them at least you will get a trustworthy team. They quoted me very ...

- Stewart Lane
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New beginnings relocation provided me amazing moving services at the cost of next to nothing. I was mesmerized with the level of their professionalism and efficiency. The movers were right on schedule and they definitely knew how to do their jobs. They pa...

- Andrew Simpson
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I am absolutely lost for words given how New Beginnings Relocation managed to handle my last move. They were on top of everything the whole way. It was so easy getting a quote from them in the first place. On top of that, the customer service was very pro...

- Kent Wagner
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My moving experience couldn't of turned out better. It was New beginnings relocation that made my move so much smooth and headache free. I priced out several companies and this one was the best. The movers showed up and packed, loaded and delivered on tim...

- Larry Davis
226982

I talked to many people before this move and NBR was one of the companies that was recommended to me over and over, so I went with the. From start to finish they maintained their punctuality and provided me a great experience. They were always in communic...

- Erik Armstrong
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I had to leave on a very short notice. I had to find someone hastily. I called so many moving companies but it was a busy weekend and no one could accommodate me. Then, New beginnings relocation managed to accommodate me. The movers were so energetic as i...

- Eduardo Swan
223754

I had a friend who recommended New beginnings relocation when I moved a few months back. The service they provided was simply incredible. There prices are great, the moving team was very quick, and on time. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking...

- Bill Solis
217297

I hired New beginnings right when they came up with the lowest quote. Their manager remained helpful throughout the process and called from the office to confirm the move next day. The crew of four movers arrived right on time and immediately began workin...

- Harold Lee
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While other movers do this job to make end’s means, New beginnings relocation employs movers who do this job willingly and do so in a very efficient way. This is what separates them from others. I have hired many moving companies before but they always sh...

- Erik Gibson
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The movers were well-organized, friendly and polite at all times, I have used them once before and would not hesitate to recommend them again. Really an excellent job! Nothing was too much problem. I had to arrange the move within a very short time follow...

- Ronald Anderson
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Stress free and just easy was some of the great things to describe New beginnings relocation by. The entire process went smooth and I had not a single complaint about the entire move. I am going to post up all over the place just how amazing they are from...

- Bobby Collins

All Moving Companies in Santa Barbara, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Hazelwood Moving & Storage
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
Based out of Santa Barbara, Hazelwood Moving & Storage is a moving company. They provide piano moving, appliance moving, furniture moving, and move out cleaning.
Based out of Santa Barbara, Hazelwood Moving & Storage is a moving company. They provide piano moving, appliance moving, furniture moving, and move out cleaning.
Porch Pro Headshot Stewart Moving
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
Porch Pro Headshot Pro Moving
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
Porch Pro Headshot Master Moving & Storage
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
Porch Pro Headshot HireAHelper
Movers
Serves Santa Barbara, California
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We are a national company with a brick-and-mortar headquarters located in Oceanside, CA. To ensure your move goes smoothly, you can reach a real person here 7 days a week.
We are a national company with a brick-and-mortar headquarters located in Oceanside, CA. To ensure your move goes smoothly, you can reach a real person here 7 days a week. Learn more at HireAHelper.com.

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Goleta 93117
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Move from address
555 Arroyo Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Move out date
777, Nov. 0, 2023
Move to address
555 Arroyo Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Move in date
777, Nov. 0, 2023
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Goleta 93117
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I would like to some boxes and office furniture from an office in Goleta to a storage in Goleta California. A small truck and a team of two or three people will do.
Goleta 93117
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Moving contents of a 5 x 10 storage unit to an apartment. Just need the items inside the door no setup.
Santa Barbara 93103
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Moving the complete furnishings/furniture from a 1 bedroom apartment on the lower level of the in Santa Barbara to a single story approx. 1200 square foot house (no stairs except one step up to the front porch) in the 300 West block of Pedregosa in Santa Barbara. No appliances to move; no unusual items. Pretty standard couch chairs bed all kitchen stuff kitchen table end tables dresser etc.
Goleta 93117
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1 bedroom apartment moving self packing only need professional mover on moving large furnitures (drawer king size bed TV stand).
Santa Barbara 93110
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Moving boxes and furniture from garage into home
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Move from address
55 Ocean View, #4, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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222, Jun. 2, 2020
Move to address
55 Ocean View, #4, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
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222, Jun. 2, 2020
Number of bedrooms
2
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Santa Barbara 93109
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I need movers on Sept. 19th at cle to move to 1343 next day if possible. I may need some storage time in between not sure at this time.