Your Moving Checklist

Check off each step for a hassle free moving experience

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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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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Electric
  • Refuse
  • Phone


About our company

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.

Contact us and let us guide you through the entire process of your upcoming move – No Matter The Size Or Distance.

No Hidden Fees
Includes Dollies, Tools & Straps
Floor & Door Protection
Fully Licensed, Bonded & Insured
Free Shrink Wrap & Tape
Free Use of Wardrobe Boxes
Free Use Of Blankets & Moving Pads
Expert Furniture Assembly & Reassembly

Our Service Area

Get Your Customized Quote In Minutes And Calm The Chaos Of Your Next Move

  • San Diego

Your Next move starts with a fast free quote

(858) 790 8394


Frequently Asked Questions

Our customer service team is here to help with every detail. We want you to have all the answers you need before you reach out.
  • Moving
  • Packing
  • Rentable Moving Boxes

Does A SMART MOVE offer free on-site estimates?

Complimentary 1 hour on-site estimates are available for properties exceeding 1,000 square feet, with no obligation attached. For properties under this size, we provide free virtual assessment options.

What is included in the A SMART MOVE pricing?

Your move Includes FREE:

- Floor & Door Protection

- Use of 4 Wardrobe Boxes

- Shrink Wrap & Tape

- Blankets & Moving Pads

- Furniture Disassembly/Reassembly

- TV Dismount only

- Dollies, Power Tools & Straps


Is A SMART MOVE licensed & insured?

Yes, we are comprehensively licensed, holding a US DOT number, CA number, and Cal T number. You can find links to verify our licenses at the bottom of our website. For detailed explanations of these credentials and their importance, please visit Whether you use us of not, we highly recommend that you never use a moving company that is not fully licensed and insured.

How do I know if A SMART MOVE is reputable?

We encourage you to review our hundreds of five-star ratings on all the regular platforms, all provided by genuine customers sharing their experiences. These testimonials reflect the quality and reliability of our services.

Can A SMART MOVE help with the packing & unpacking?

Our team provides a range of packing and unpacking services designed to accommodate various budgets. For more details and to discuss your specific needs, please reach out to our Moving Experts at 858-206-8929. We are here to answer any questions and assist you throughout the process.

What are the benefits of using A SMART MOVE's professional packing and unpacking services?

A SMART MOVE's professional packing and unpacking services save you time and stress during your move. Our team of Relocation Associates ensure your belongings are packed securely and efficiently, and, should you request, we'll even unpack for you at your new home, making the process seamless and hassle-free.

Can A SMART MOVE's Relocation Associates pack fragile and high value items?

Absolutely! Our experienced Relocation Associates have the skills and tools to pack all types of items, including fragile, high value and delicate objects. We use high-quality materials to ensure your items are protected during transportation.

Are the Relocation Associates from A SMART MOVE experienced and trustworthy?

Absolutely! A SMART MOVE takes pride in employing experienced and trustworthy Relocation Associates. Our team undergoes thorough background checks and receives extensive training to handle your belongings with the utmost care and professionalism.

What types of packing materials does A SMART MOVE use?

A SMART MOVE uses a range of high-quality packing materials, including bubble wrap, packing paper, packing tape, and specialized boxes designed for specific items, such as wardrobe boxes for clothing and dish packs inserts for kitchenware.

How much does A SMART MOVE's packing and unpacking services cost?

The cost of our packing and unpacking services depends on several factors, including the size of your move and the specific services you require. Please contact us on 858-206-8929 to arrange a free on-site no obligation site visit.

What are the advantages of using A SMART MOVE's rentable moving boxes?

A SMART MOVE's rentable moving boxes offer numerous advantages, including cost savings, durability, eco-friendliness, and convenience. They are waterproof, crushproof, clean and sanitized and can hold up to 2 times more than traditional cardboard boxes.

Why can’t I just use a second-hand cardboard box?

The boxes may be free but you do not know what has been in there before.  Cardboard boxes can trap dirt, bed bugs, pet dander, chemicals and bacteria that you do not want to transfer onto your clothes, linens and personal items. And do you really want to spend hours finding, picking-up, building, breaking and then disposing of cardboard boxes?  Collecting cardboard boxes is not as easy as it sounds. Either you are going to be dumpster diving in the back of grocery stores or driving to the home of a stranger you found online. And did we mention they don’t have handles? We could go on, but we think you get our point!!

How does renting moving boxes from A SMART MOVE work?

Renting moving boxes from A SMART MOVE is easy! Simply choose the number of boxes you need, select your rental period, and schedule delivery and pickup dates. We'll take care of the rest.

How long can I rent A SMART MOVE's moving boxes for?

You can rent A SMART MOVE's moving boxes for flexible periods, ranging from one week to several weeks, depending on your needs. We offer customizable rental periods to suit your specific requirements.

What sizes of rentable moving boxes does A SMART MOVE offer?

A SMART MOVE offers two sizes to accommodate various items during your move. Our rentable moving boxes come in small 21"(l) x 15"(w) x 12"(d) & medium 27”(l) x 17”(w) x 12”(d).