Big Family Movers

Big Family Movers Big Family Movers is a local, independent moving company. Our business depends on our reputation for efficiency and integrity. We move families!

* During the load, customers are welcome to use our wardrobe boxes (we carry approximately four) for their hanging clothes. You can then unload them at the destination. * Basic Insurance: covers 60 cents per pound. As licensed movers we are required to carry both liability and workers comp insurance. This fully protects you from responsibility in the event that we do damage to any residence or ourselves. * We arrive between 8:30 and 9am unless other arrangements have been made. * We bring tools and are happy to disassemble furniture that needs it. We will reassemble anything that we take apart at the destination. * When we arrive at your new home (or destination), we do another tour to determine where each piece of furniture belongs. * Our customers tell us how much they appreciate the care we take with their cherished possessions.

There’s no magic bullet to getting the ball rolling on packing,  but there are things that you can do to spur yourself...
06/05/2019
How to Actually Start Packing | Moving.com

There’s no magic bullet to getting the ball rolling on packing, but there are things that you can do to spur yourself on. One great tip from the article: consider breaking your big jobs down into a series of smaller tasks.

If you are having trouble getting yourself to start packing, you are not alone. Here are six tips that will help you get started on your packing to do list.

When you move into a new neighborhood it's time to get to know your neighbors. You'll want to create functional relation...
05/29/2019
The Dos and Don’ts of Winning Over Your Neighbors | Moving.com

When you move into a new neighborhood it's time to get to know your neighbors. You'll want to create functional relationships with them, even though it can be a challenge to pull this off. There are a few things you can do that will help—from landscaping to being respectful when it comes to noise, dogs, and how you approach potential problems.

Winning over your neighbors isn't easy, but it can be done. If you're new to the neighborhood, follow these dos and don’ts when meeting your new community.

Moving is all about new beginnings and starting fresh, but it can be very stressful! Here's a useful article that explai...
05/15/2019
Why is Moving So Stressful? 6 Ways to Make it Go Smoother - The SpareFoot Blog

Moving is all about new beginnings and starting fresh, but it can be very stressful! Here's a useful article that explains why moving is so full of anxiety. It also offers simple and practical steps you can take to alleviate that stress.

Moving is one of the most stressful life events that you can experience. While it is fun and exciting to start a new chapter in your life, actually planning a move is a major headache.... Continue reading

Moving to a new place with children, especially small ones, is almost always a challenge.  But it can also be fun.  This...
05/08/2019
6 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving With Children | Unpakt Blog

Moving to a new place with children, especially small ones, is almost always a challenge. But it can also be fun. This article brings up some great points and helps you figure out how to strike a balance between having kids help too much and too little.

Nothing says meltdown like telling the kids you’re moving to a new city. Navigate the process of moving with children by avoiding these common mistakes.

We are so grateful to Antonio for his recent 5-star review on Yelp. "Yo - these guys WORK.  They do not slack. They take...
05/01/2019

We are so grateful to Antonio for his recent 5-star review on Yelp.

"Yo - these guys WORK. They do not slack. They take their time with your stuff. They ask smart questions about box placement and never fuss when you change your mind at the last sec.

They recently handled a coordinated move for us (one truck to the old house, another truck to the storage unit, one truck to the new house, another truck back to the storage unit and then back to the new house - whew!) and not a single guy every complained on the crew. They're personable, they perform feats of moving magic like the they're the strongman in the strongest circus; you won't believe your eyes. Even when I was CERTAIN something wouldn't fit over a banister or through a door, they were all: "We got this." And, indeed, they did.

I feel like we are part of the Big Family (3 moves in 3 months). Thanks to Fred, Al, Eric and Noah for a super day of work. The only movers to depend upon here in the Bay Area, if you ask me."

If you enjoyed our services, please refer a friend or leave a review at one of the links below!
- Facebook: https://buff.ly/2KaDuzr
- Google: https://buff.ly/2AEetgI
- Yelp: https://buff.ly/2AASUxH

Getting good cleaning help is a lifesaver when you're moving out, overwhelmed, and need to make sure you get back your f...
04/24/2019
Winfield Cleaning Services

Getting good cleaning help is a lifesaver when you're moving out, overwhelmed, and need to make sure you get back your full security deposit 💵 on a rental.

For a reliable cleaner that can tackle big jobs, we recommend Winfield Cleaning Services, an Oakland-based company that specializes in homes, offices, and commercial properties. They can also handle carpets and have eco-friendly options.

Winfield Cleaning Services

Here's a great infographic that maps out how to create a survival kit that can make moving day run more smoothly.  It re...
04/17/2019
Moving day survival kit

Here's a great infographic that maps out how to create a survival kit that can make moving day run more smoothly. It really does help to keep your vital items close at hand for when you need them most after you’ve moved.

Preparing a survival kit can make moving day run so much smoother as you won’t have to continuously rummage through boxes to find the essentials.

The Oakland restaurant scene is really getting some well-deserved attention these days. Here's one to check out—Nyum B...
04/10/2019
A Cambodian Refugee Cooks From Memory at Nyum Bai

The Oakland restaurant scene is really getting some well-deserved attention these days. Here's one to check out—Nyum Bai, a tiny Thai restaurant that got an impressive write up in the New York Times and is a Top 10 pick of new restaurants across the country by Bon Appetit magazine.

Since opening the restaurant in Oakland, Calif., in February, Nite Yun has followed Khmer cooking traditions that war and genocide nearly wiped out.

Big Family Movers
04/03/2019
Big Family Movers

Big Family Movers

Thank you to Margaretta for her recent review!

"What a great moving company! Noah and his crew take the stress out of moving—they're fast, super professional, and really nice people.

The weather forecasted a major storm on move day, but BFM worked so efficiently that they were able to get most of my furniture packed up and moved into my new place before the storm hit. And then there were the 70 steps into my new place—I kept apologizing to the BFM team, but they were very gracious and accommodating. AND love that BFM is an Oakland community business that gives back through discounts for seniors and single headed households.

I've used other moving companies with mixed results. Hopefully won't be moving again any time soon but if I do, will always use BFM."

If you know a friend or family member who could use our services, please tag them, send them our way at bigfamilymovers.com, or ask for Noah (510) 839-5239.

Thank you to Margaretta for her recent review!"What a great moving company!  Noah and his crew take the stress out of mo...
04/03/2019
Big Family Movers | Bay Area Residential and Commercial Moving

Thank you to Margaretta for her recent review!

"What a great moving company! Noah and his crew take the stress out of moving—they're fast, super professional, and really nice people.

The weather forecasted a major storm on move day, but BFM worked so efficiently that they were able to get most of my furniture packed up and moved into my new place before the storm hit. And then there were the 70 steps into my new place—I kept apologizing to the BFM team, but they were very gracious and accommodating. AND love that BFM is an Oakland community business that gives back through discounts for seniors and single headed households.

I've used other moving companies with mixed results. Hopefully won't be moving again any time soon but if I do, will always use BFM."

If you know a friend or family member who could use our services, please tag them, send them our way at bigfamilymovers.com, or ask for Noah (510) 839-5239.

Big Family Movers is a local independent moving company founded in 2001 and based in Oakland, CA. We have earned our reputation for efficiency and integrity.

Doing taxes last minute? 📄🕑 We won't judge! Some helpful information:  Because of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, deduc...
03/27/2019
Are Moving Expenses Tax Deductible in 2019? - Life Storage Blog

Doing taxes last minute? 📄🕑 We won't judge!

Some helpful information: Because of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, deducting moving expenses for a new job is no longer allowed in 2018-2025.

But anyone who moved for a career in 2017 might still qualify on their tax return. Also, military members will be able to deduct moving expenses when they have to move for a permanent change of station.

Are moving expenses tax deductible, and if so, which ones? We’ll explore new changes to the tax code and see how this impacts deductible moving expenses.

Moving-to-Amador-City by artist Rick Wise A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of moving Rick and Victoria up North to a ...
03/02/2019

Moving-to-Amador-City by artist Rick Wise
A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of moving Rick and Victoria up North to a small town where they are retiring. It was a two day pack-and-move and we took good care of them and they took good care of us. Rick is a tremendous photographer and we packed many of his metal prints for safe transport. Earlier this week he sent me this beautiful image of Big Family Movers doing what we do. We love our work and are so grateful to work with people who appreciate us! (I’m buying the metal print version too!)

There are a lot of little things that people forget to do when they move to a new home. Do you have a spare set of door ...
01/30/2019
Top 10 Most Forgotten Things When Moving

There are a lot of little things that people forget to do when they move to a new home. Do you have a spare set of door and/or garage opener keys? Have you gathered all your bills and documentation into one place? Have you returned movie rentals or library books? These tips may help you save last-minute frustrations during a move.

Here are the top 10 things most commonly forgotten when moving. Check out our list and use it and the tips here to make a smooth relocation.

01/23/2019
Organizing Tips: How to Unpack After Moving | ConsumerAffairs

If you are planning your next move, these tips can help you unpack a house quickly and efficiently. Little things like unpacking the bathroom first can make a difference and reduce stress.

Learn how to unpack in stages to keep your new home organized

If you have decided to move, it's the perfect time to declutter. But it can be an overwhelming and emotionally challengi...
01/16/2019
100+ things to declutter before you move - Early Bird Mom

If you have decided to move, it's the perfect time to declutter. But it can be an overwhelming and emotionally challenging job to get rid of all those little things you hang on to. Here's a helpful list of 100 things to consider tossing, recycling or giving away.

Don’t ask yourself, “Should I get rid of this item?” Instead, ask, “Do I want to pack, move, and unpack this item in my beautiful, clean new home?”

These tips to declutter your home are a must before downsizing. If you're trying to move or sell your house, use this list of 100 things to get rid of right now.

Moving in together is a big decision for couples, and from our perspective, it has been interesting—and usually a lot ...
01/09/2019
9 Things To Know Before You Move In Together

Moving in together is a big decision for couples, and from our perspective, it has been interesting—and usually a lot of fun—to move couples into their first home together.

Have you had "the money talk?" Are you prepared to discover new, possibly quirky, facets of your personal behavior? Here are a few tips for those of you who've decided to take that next step.

The longer you're dating someone, the more relationship milestones you'll reach together: defining the relationship, meeting the parents, exchanging 'I love yous' and, of course, one of the biggest milestones of all — moving in together. In theory,…

There are a lot of simple ways to get settled into a new neighborhood. One easy way: walk around your new community for ...
01/02/2019
7 Tips for Discovering Your New Neighborhood | Moving.com

There are a lot of simple ways to get settled into a new neighborhood. One easy way: walk around your new community for fun and exercise and be open to impromptu conversations with neighbors. Shopping at neighborhood businesses is a great idea, too. Here are a few more tips.

One of the most exciting parts of moving to a new neighborhood is the opportunity to explore what makes it so special. Here are 7 tips for getting started.

01/01/2019
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Happy New Year! May 2019 bring success, happiness, balance, and justice to all. Let's all do our best to make sure 2019 is a great year—not only for our personal and professional lives—but for our community and country.

And, if you are still up for some amazing lights—even though Christmas is behind us now—you might want to check out the spectacular Lantern Light Festival at the Alameda Fairgrounds. Here's a clip that gives a taste of the massive Chinese celebration of lights that runs through Jan. 20.

We want to give a shout out to Alameda County for stepping up to fight homelessness by pledging $340 million to fund pro...
12/26/2018
Alameda County to spend $340 million to fight homelessness

We want to give a shout out to Alameda County for stepping up to fight homelessness by pledging $340 million to fund programs that address everything from affordable shelter and housing to substance abuse treatment and psychiatric care. At Big Family Movers, we believe everyone deserves a safe home and a second chance. We're all in this together.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has approved a $340 million plan for the next three years to address homelessness.

Moving can be fun, but the packing part  of it can be a bummer. When you are in a hurry and have to move out in a rush, ...
12/19/2018
How to Move to a New Home in One Day

Moving can be fun, but the packing part of it can be a bummer. When you are in a hurry and have to move out in a rush, it can be even more challenging. Here are some good tips for making an ultra-fast move.

Moving to a new home is a tiring process, and is even more stressful when you need to do it in one day! Learn how to successfully move to a new home in one day.

Moving is the perfect time to downsize. But before you go totally minimalist, be sure to really think about items that a...
12/12/2018
How to Declutter & Downsize Your Home Effectively - 9 Essential Tips

Moving is the perfect time to downsize. But before you go totally minimalist, be sure to really think about items that are truly important to you. Get rid of as much as you can, but don’t throw away things that are important—things that you’d like to share with your children or grandchildren someday. Here's an excellent tutorial from a blogger who's moved 10 times in 11 years.

Looking to simplify your life by decluttering and downsizing the amount of "stuff" in your home? See these tips to approach the task confidently & wisely.

Moving during the holiday season has some hidden advantages.  If you have time off from work, you can use it to get caug...
12/05/2018
The Pros and Cons of Moving During the Holidays - The Art of Happy Moving

Moving during the holiday season has some hidden advantages. If you have time off from work, you can use it to get caught up on packing. Think creatively. You could even turn packing day or moving day into a holiday-themed work party.

Another positive factor: The end of the year often makes us reflect on our lives and we look forward to a fresh start in the New Year. It can offer you a chance to appreciate what you have and what lies ahead. Happy holidays and happy moving!

There are pros and cons to moving during the holidays. If you plan to move over the holidays like we did, find out why it's a good time of year to move.

Moving can be tough for kids, especially when it involves changing schools. It's all too easy to get distracted by the p...
11/28/2018
How to Help Kids Adapt to a New School | Moving.com

Moving can be tough for kids, especially when it involves changing schools. It's all too easy to get distracted by the practical demands of packing, organizing, and cleaning, but be sure to take the time to address the emotional impact of a school change. Here are some great tips.

You can help kids adapt to a new school but you can’t do it for them. Here's the advice you need to ease the transition and make the process easier.

While refugee rights are at risk in the current political climate, Refugee Transitions, an awesome nonprofit based in Oa...
11/21/2018
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While refugee rights are at risk in the current political climate, Refugee Transitions, an awesome nonprofit based in Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco, is on the front lines administering to the critical needs of immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. At Thanksgiving, we can think of no better group to draw attention to. May we all find ways to today to welcome family, friends and strangers. For more information visit reftrans.org.

Education, Family Engagement, Community Leadership services for refugees, asylees, and immigrants in the Bay Area.

Moving into a new house or apartment can be pretty daunting, especially for those with disabilities.  Planning ahead and...
11/14/2018
Moving Into a New Home With a Disability

Moving into a new house or apartment can be pretty daunting, especially for those with disabilities. Planning ahead and keeping organized are the keys to success—not to mention working with a knowledgeable and ethical moving company. Big Family Movers is here to help you through your move. We got this!

Your disability doesn’t have to hold you back from accomplishing your moving goals, and these tips will help you do so.

We are so grateful to Rod for his recent 5-star review on Yelp! "We looked to BFM for our pack and move to a storage are...
11/07/2018

We are so grateful to Rod for his recent 5-star review on Yelp!

"We looked to BFM for our pack and move to a storage area while we searched for permanent housing in the area. Al, Fred and Victor came the first day to do a majority of the packing, particularly our kitchen. My wife and I do a lot of cooking and baking, so we have quite a bit of kitchen stuff. Al handled most of the kitchen packing carefully, labeling each box while Fred and Victor handled the other rooms. The next day, Al returned with Eric and Ryder to finish some packing and to do the actual move. These guys handle their business! They were all personable, professional and are experienced. They checked with us to confirm what was going in storage versus to the temp spot, rather than assuming. I appreciated that a great deal. Al is the maestro, directing, handling the paperwork and ensuring that our needs were met. Research and studies have shown that moving is one of the most stressful events in our lives. The pros at BFM help minimize some of this stress."

If you enjoyed our services, please refer a friend or leave a review at one of the links below!
- Facebook: https://buff.ly/2KaDuzr
- Google: https://buff.ly/2AEetgI
- Yelp: https://buff.ly/2AASUxH

Looking for a Halloween event that's not just candy and costumes? Check out Oakland's beloved Driveway Follies, which ru...
10/31/2018
Home | Driveway Follies

Looking for a Halloween event that's not just candy and costumes? Check out Oakland's beloved Driveway Follies, which runs Oct. 29-31. The annual Halloween marionette show attracts hundreds of fans and is performed from 6:45 to 11 p.m. in an Oakland driveway (3854 Greenwood Ave.) by professional puppeteers.

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Big Family Movers offers  free insurance to our customers that covers 60 cents per pound. You are protected from respons...
10/17/2018
Insurance | Big Family Movers

Big Family Movers offers free insurance to our customers that covers 60 cents per pound. You are protected from responsibility in the event that we do damage to any residence or ourselves. (Of course, we make every effort to make sure this never happens!) We also offer two affordably priced upgraded insurance packages.

Insurance on Big Family Movers

From Craigslist to recycling centers to yard sales, there are plenty of places to find free moving boxes. Where have you...
10/17/2018
13 Places to Find Free Moving Boxes for Your Next Move

From Craigslist to recycling centers to yard sales, there are plenty of places to find free moving boxes. Where have you had the best luck finding free boxes in decent condition?

Moving is expensive enough, don't spend your money on cardboard boxes. Here are over a dozen places where you can easily score free moving boxes.

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Monday 08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00
Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
Friday 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 20:00
Sunday 08:00 - 20:00

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