How to Move to San Diego Smoothly Like a Pro
Make a moving checklist
Give yourself plenty of time before the actual moving day arrives. If you try to take care of all of the details in the last week before your move, you will create a very stressful situation. It usually takes at least a month, and maybe two, to get everything in order. A typical checklist might include:
• Calling all your family and friends to let them know you are moving
• Obtaining transcripts from your child’s school
• Selling a car
• Having a big garage sale
• Doing a thorough cleaning of your house before closing
• Closing local accounts
Filling out change of address forms
Have utilities and services stopped
Discontinuing service and closing down all of your utility and service accounts is something you must do if you do not want to be responsible for any bills after you have moved to your new home. Some people incorrectly believe that if they just stop paying their cable bill, their service will automatically be closed.
Cable, satellite, telephone, water and gas companies all require you to formally close your account to stop the accumulation of new charges. You should arrange for a specific date and time when you want to have each of your services stopped. Leave the electricity on until the movers load the truck and you are ready to vacate the premises.
Choose a good moving company
You should not try to save a few hundred dollars by hiring two guys with a truck to transport your household across the county line or across the country. Stick with a well-established moving company that has an excellent reputation in the industry. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Motor Carrier safety Administration to verify the carrier’s record.
Lighten the load
Do a quick review of all of the contents in your current home and put aside items that you really do not need or want to haul to your new San Diego home. Old furniture, the lawn mower and years of accumulated junk should be disposed of before the moving truck arrives. You can have a garage sale or donate items to Goodwill or some other charitable organization. By lightening the load, you will lower the cost of moving and also avoid filling your new place with clutter.
Gather all of your packing supplies
It is a good idea to have all of the packing supplies ready to go when you start getting your possessions ready to be shipped. You can buy boxes, bubble wrap and sealing tape in your local office supply store. If you want to save money, you can gather boxes from liquor and grocery stores and save old newspapers to wrap your dishes and other fragile items.
Knowing how to pack will assure that your items arrive in good condition. Try to pack heavy items, like books, in small boxes so they will not be too heavy to lift.
Label your boxes
Have everything ready to go
Disassemble your bed frame, take down the chandelier and remove the curtains before the moving truck arrives. Most movers will not disconnect ceiling fans or unscrew curtain rods from your wall without charging you extra.
Some items should travel with you
It is common sense and a good practice to carry a bag or two with your medications, important documents and high-value possessions. Take your jewelry, rare coin collection and all of your small electronics with you.
Get to your new San Diego house a day or two in advance of the moving company. You can get a feel for your new home and plan where you want all of your furniture to go. If you want to make some changes like painting a wall or installing new carpeting, it is much easier to do before the house is full of furniture.
Before long, you will know how to get around San Diego like a native. Your days will be filled with sunshine and you can spend your nights enjoying the fine restaurants, shops and attractions that make San Diego such a special place to live.