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Comprehensive Moving Checklist

Relocating, whether it's just down the block or to a different state, involves numerous details that can easily be overlooked. Our detailed moving checklist offers insightful tips to ensure you remain organized and in charge throughout the process.

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MOVING CHECKLIST COVERING THE BASICS

1. 8 WEEKS PRIOR

  • Make any home repairs that you have committed to making.
  • Organize & transfer records to places that need to be contacted.
  • Plan how you will move vehicles, plants, pets & valuables.
  • Plan your moving method (licensed & insured professional movers or self-moving) & get 3 estimates.
  • Research storage facilities if needed.
  • Return borrowed, checked-out & rented items.
  • Schedule disconnection/connection of utilities at old & new home.
  • Sell, donate or host a garage sale of items you don’t want or need.
  • Start using up food you have stored so there is less to move.
  • Take photos & inventory of current home & important items.
  • Talk with your accountant, insurance broker, or employer to see if any
  • expenses are tax deductible, covered, or reimbursable.

2. 4 WEEKS PRIOR

  • Arrange for a babysitter or pet care on move day.
  • Arrange for personal/family travel (air, hotel, car rental).
  • Arrange for the care of plants & other delicate items.
  • Ask movers if there are any items they are not able to move.
  • Clear off worktables & place rakes, shovels & hoses in one location.
  • Drain the oil & gasoline from lawnmower & power tools.
  • Contact insurance agent to transfer property & auto insurance.
  • Finalize moving method & make necessary arrangements.
  • Finalize property contract, leases, payments, deposits, or refunds.
  • Arrange cleaning & repair of carpets, drapery & furniture.
  • Research healthcare professionals/places of interest in your new location.
  • Take your vehicle(s) in for a tune-up, especially if you are traveling far.

3. MOVE DAY

  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Go early to pick up the truck if you rented one & make sure you have a
  • padlock for the truck.
  • Unless your pets are in boarding, confine your pets to an out-of-the-
  • way room so they aren’t agitated by the activity.
  • Record all utility meter readings upon departure & upon arrival.
  • Take movers/helpers through the house to inform them of what to take,
  • what to leave, take inventory & sign bill of lading. Confirm new address.
  • Have drinks & snacks to give movers/volunteers.
  • Have payment on hand for moving/cleaning charges. If you wish
  • to pay by credit card, have that set up prior to the move. Have cash on
  • hand for tips.
  • Leave your contact info for new residents to forward mail.
  • Take a final look: lights are off, furnace/AC is off, water is off, closets
  • are checked, windows & exteriors are closed & locked.
  • Replace locks if necessary & make at least 2 copies of your new keys. 
  • Leave garage door openers/old house keys.
  • Clean the new house as needed (especially where furniture will be
  • going). Clean the old house for the new tenants.
  • Perform an initial inspection, note all damages, take photographs if needed.
  • Make sure all utilities have been disconnected & connected respectively & all bills are current.
  • Check for damages while unpacking - be aware of the deadline for insurance
  • claims.
  • After you are moved in, update your home inventory including photos of
  • rooms.
  • Keep copies of the bill of lading & inventory sheet until your possessions
  • are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
  • To prevent damage, avoid using equipment & appliances 24 hours after
  • delivery - allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.

4. CHANGE OF ADDRESS/CANCELLATION OF SERVICE

  • Friends & Family
  • Employers
  • Bank/Credit Cards/Store Cards
  • Magazines, Newspapers & Periodicals
  • Government Agencies - IRS, Social Security, DMV, Voter Registration
  • Home Services - Pool, Gardeners, Pest Control, Housekeepers, Water & Laundry
  • Insurance - Auto, Home, Medical & Life
  • Memberships - Tennis, Golf & Gym
  • Physicians - Doctors, Dentists, Opticians, Specialists & Vets
  • Professionals - Accountant, Lawyer, Stockbrokers, Pension & Loan Broker
  • Schools & Religious Organizations
  • Subscriptions - Netflix, Meal Deliveries & Amazon

5. UTILITIES

  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Electric
  • Refuse
  • Phone

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We make moving in San Diego simple & efficient

Being one of the most reliable moving companies located in San Diego, and serving the SoCal Area for over 10 years, A SMART MOVE prides itself on exceptional moving solutions and impeccable customer service. 

Our mission is to provide our customers with a simple, efficient, and sustainable solution for their move. We strive to reduce the stress, cost, and environmental impact of moving home or office, making your transition to a new home or office as seamless as possible.

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  • Point Loma
  • Poway
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  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Marcos
  • Scripps Ranch
  • Solana Beach
  • Sorrento Valley
  • Tierrasanta
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