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Moving Checklist

Are you planning to relocate your home to a new address? We can help you out! Do you know that preparations for your move should start around 2 months before? According to local movers the better you are prepared for the move, the less stressful it will be. And you should trust professional movers, at the end of the day – they are doing this for a living. Keep reading and learn how and when to prepare for the arrival of your local movers. 

8 weeks before 

  • Research local movers  

You have decided to move and what now? Where to start? We always recommend starting by doing research on local movers. Even if you have already decided to move on your own, it doesn’t hurt to type the best movers near me and see what is there on the market. You might be surprised how many affordable movers are out there, so it might be even cheaper to hire someone to help rather than performing heavy lifting on your own. This will help you learn more about the price local movers are offering so you can get an idea of your moving budget. Research goes far deeper than typing the best movers near me, you will have to read the reviews, learn more about the company, and, if possible, to get recommendations from your friends and family who moved recently. 

  • Make a list of questions to ask local movers

After you did your research on potential local movers, before calling them, prepare the list of questions. Hiring professional movers is one of the most important tasks for your local move, so make sure you hire the best movers. And you will be able to do so by learning as much as you can about local movers before signing a contract and paying the deposit. Ask your local movers about cancellation policies, insurance, arrival time, and similar. 

  • Visit your new neighborhood

Before getting to your new community with your local movers, make sure to go there so you can feel the area’s various neighborhoods and amenities. If you are not able to go there physically, you can always investigate and learn more about it online. 

  • Budget

Now it is time to set the budget for the move, and that includes more than the amount you need to spend on local movers. Price for the local move includes costs such as hiring local movers, the price for a new home, cleaning services, the price for renovating your new home, packing supplies, moving tips, and similar. Make sure to write down all the expenses, because it will be easier for you to coordinate them. Local movers advise you to try to stick to that budget as much as you can, even though there will be some additional expenses. That is why you should have an amount for rainy days. 

  • Schools research

If you are moving with the kids, before you make a final decision on the neighborhood, make sure to research schools in your new community. You want to offer the best to your kids. 

  • Prepare your kids for a move 

Before your local movers arrive, you should have a conversation with your kids. Moving is stressful, especially for someone who is young, so you should make the process easier for them. 

  • Give notice to your landlord 

In case you are renting, before hiring local movers, give your landlord a heads-up about the move. Many leases require tenants to give their landlords at least 60-day notice when moving out. That is why you should double-check your agreement before you hire local movers, so you don’t get any penalties. 

7 weeks before

  • Hire local movers

After you have obtained moving quotes from different professional movers, make sure to book them as soon as you have the date set. Make sure to get as much information as you can before hiring local movers, and check if the price is guaranteed. Once you get the confirmation email or agreement, read it carefully so you can reach back to ask any additional questions you might have. 

  • Ask your friends for help

No matter if you are planning to move on your own or you wish to hire local movers, you will need some help with preparing. If you are planning a DIY move, they will have to help you with the execution. And if you are hiring local movers, you will need a pair of extra hands that will help you pack up your home. If you are moving on your own, this is the right time to get a moving truck. 

  • Storage rental 

If your relocation requires you to use temporary storage while your homes are closing or if you are downsizing, this is the moment to find a storage unit. Local movers will advise you to find a storage unit that is close to your new home or current home, so you can avoid any additional charges that might be present due to a big mileage. 

6 weeks before 

  • Get moving supplies

Make sure to get all the moving supplies that you will need during the process. You will need packing boxes and packing paper, and if you are not sure about the amount, you can always consult your local movers. There are also many online calculators that might help. You should make sure to get boxes of various sizes so you can make sure all of your belongings are safe and sound. Or, if you are hiring local movers, you can always purchase packing supplies from them. If you want to save some money on packing supplies, you can go to one of the supermarkets and see if they can provide you with some free boxes. 

  • Strategize your packing process

Before you start actually packing your belongings, you should figure out a timeline for the packing process. The best advice gathered from local movers is to start with non-essentials first and the items you are sure you won’t need after you box them up. Rule number one is to be packed up the day before the arrival of your local movers. 

5 weeks before

  • Start using up refrigerated food and pantry items

Local movers are not thrilled with moving your food, but that is not the reason to throw the food away. You can get creative, and start using everything you already have. If you don’t have time to eat up everything before the arrival of your local movers, you can also donate non-perishables by bringing them to your local food bank or by hiring one of the companies that will pick up unwanted food items from those moving and deliver them to local food banks.

  • Host a garage sale

Decluttering your possessions is a must before your local movers arrive. Not only this will save you a lot of time and some money when hiring professional movers, but it will help you not to pack up your entire home with unwanted belongings. A garage sale can be a fun way to bond with your family or friends, and it will help you earn some money that might help you cover some expenses for local movers. If you don’t want to organize a garage sale, you can always try to sell some things online. 

  • Donate

The other way to declutter is donating. There are many ways and organizations where you can bring the items you don’t want your local movers to bring to your new home. Also, don’t forget to save any and all donation receipts for tax season.

4 weeks before 

  • Start with packing

If you haven’t so far, this is the right moment to start packing up your belongings so you can be ready to go when your local movers arrive. Don’t forget to label the boxes so you can make your life easier when it comes to unpacking. This will also help your professional movers to handle the boxes properly, so add ‘fragile’ or ‘this side up’. When labeled properly, your local movers will bring the boxes to the appropriate room as well. In addition, keep valuables and important documents separate. No matter how reliable your local movers are, this way you will avoid any headache during the process. 

  • Inform everyone about moving 

Inform everyone that needs to know about the change of your address. Make sure your mail is forwarded to your new home, inform your dentist, doctor, your kids’ school, and everyone else. If you are a member of a community organization, gym, or club – let them know. Don’t forget about your friends and family members. 

  • Dispose of hazardous items 

Local movers cannot move hazardous and flammable items, and you cannot put them in your regular trash either. This is why you should think of what to do with this. To get rid of these items before moving, make a trip to your local hazardous waste facility drop-off.

3 weeks before 

  • Schedule the company to transfer utilities

Before your local movers arrive, make sure to schedule the company that will transfer your utilities. Utilities include cable and internet, water and sewer, gas, electricity, satellite, security system, trash, and phone. Also, let any regular service providers, such as housekeeping, landscaping, and pool maintenance, know of your impending move. 

  • Hire a babysitter

If you have babies or toddlers, the moving site is not the best place for them. You will have a home full of local movers who are carrying around heavy furniture, and you don’t want to worry about the safety of your kids. The same goes for pets, have someone who will take care of them during the relocation. 

  • Plants

Plants are tricky to be relocated, and most local movers will let you know that they are not responsible for their safety. This is the right moment to decide whether you would like to move them on your own or if you will let professional movers handle them, without any guarantee.

2 weeks before

  • Make a layout of your new home

Before moving, make sure you have a layout of your new home ready. The last thing you want on your moving day is to have local movers who will carry the same sofa around for hours. Not only will it be costly, but it can lead to damages. 

  • Order new furniture

If you are planning to refresh your new home with some new furniture pieces, this is the time to order them. 

  • Secure a parking spot for the moving truck 

Every client is responsible to provide local movers with a parking spot for a truck. Unless you have your own parking spot or driveway, you will have to apply for a parking permit. Make sure to do it in time, because you will have to wait for this permit for a few days. 

  • Schedule painters for new home

Before your local movers bring in the furniture, make sure your walls are freshly painted. Make sure walls are dry before that. 

  • Update bank account and credit card billing address 

It’s time to update your bank account and credit card billing addresses. Fortunately, this can be done in less than a minute online or by phone.

  • Request time off from work

It might be easier for you to have a day off from work on a day your local movers are arriving at your home. If that is not possible, make sure to coordinate with your professional movers the arrival time. 

1 week before

  • Cleaning time

Organize someone to clean your home before the arrival of your local movers. A little bit of effort could save you a cleaning fee or charge against your security deposit. Be sure to thoroughly clean out the refrigerator and pantry as well.

  • Inspect old home with the landlord

Renting? Conduct a final inspection with your current landlord before you move out. Be sure to discuss any damages that could be deducted from your security deposit. If there is a dispute, remember that it’s often better to negotiate in-person than over the phone. All of this should be done before the arrival of your local movers. 

Day before

  • Pack essentials

A day before your local movers arrives you should pack up all necessary belongings that you will be taking with you. This bag should include pajamas, toiletries, medications, pet and baby necessities, and similar. 

  • Inform your neighbors about your move

If you live in an HOA community or share a driveway with other neighbors, be sure to give them a heads-up about the move. Not only is this the respectful thing to do, but it will also give them plenty of time to move their cars before your local movers arrive with their truck.

Moving day

  • Make sure there is enough water

Moving is an exhausting process and you should have plenty of water bottles on-hand for your local movers. 

  • Do a final walkthrough 

Before your professional movers leave your home, make sure to inspect your old home to see if they loaded everything in the truck. Also, check the moving truck before they leave your new home. 

  • Hand over the keys

Unless you’re planning to come back after the move to tie up loose ends, go ahead and hand over the keys to your landlord or new owners.

If you are looking for professional movers who can help you with your relocation, make sure to reach out to Santa Cruz Moving. Our local movers will make sure to help you out with any moving project you are planning. We cannot wait to work with you! Give us a call and get your free moving quote today! 


A-Z Moving Dictionary


As a professional, licensed local moving company, Santa Cruz Moving offers the service of furniture assembly free of charge, as it is included in our rates, as well as all the tools needed to complete this service.


No matter which moving type you are needing from Santa Cruz Moving, our movers will always arrive at the job equipped with moving blankets and other protective materials to ensure the maximum protection of your belongings during every step of the way.

C-Customer Support

Santa Cruz Moving highly values customer support, and as a company that operates 7 days a week, we are happy to provide you with our complete moving support before, during and even after your relocation has taken place.


Delicately is the only way our movers will handle your belongings. Fragile, bulky, heavy or valuable, our movers will place great importance in the safety of your belongings during every second of your relocation.


Handling your relocation efficiently and effectively at the same time is the perfect combination that will ensure a successful move. Our movers know how to provide you with a fast service that never lacks in quality.

F-Friendly Movers

A high-quality service with a friendly moving crew is what you will be receiving when you hire Santa Cruz Moving to handle your relocation. Our movers are always happy to answer your questions and clear up any doubts you may be having.

G-Guaranteed Arrival

When we agree on the best date for your move to take place, you will be provided with a guaranteed window of arrival in which our movers will arrive.

H-Hidden Fees

When you hire Santa Cruz Moving to assist you with your relocation, you can rest easy knowing that there will be no hidden fees suddenly popping up on your final bill upon the completion of your move.

I-In-home Moving

When you are rearranging items, staging or redecorating your home, you can request our in-home moving services that were expertly constructed for an easy and convenient relocation.


We at Santa Cruz Moving are available 7 days a week to take a moving job of any size and complexity, at your best convenience.


Our movers have the needed moving knowledge and experience that is needed to provide you with an amazing moving service that you will be content with.

L-Labor Moving

When you are moving furniture on-site and don’t need a truck, you can always request our impeccable labor moving services.

M-Movers and Packers

When you request Santa Cruz Moving’s packing and moving services, we will provide you with a complete door-to-door experience during which you won’t have to move a muscle, or worry about a single thing.


When you give Santa Cruz Moving a call to inquire about our moving services, we will provide you with a free, non-obligatory moving quote.


Once you hire Santa Cruz Moving for your upcoming relocation, we will take it upon ourselves to thoroughly organize your entire move in order to provide you with an easy and seamless experience.

P-Packing Assistance

When you have decided to handle your relocation on your own but don’t have the time to pack, you can always give us a call and request our professional packing assistance during which we will delicately pack and prepare your belongings for their upcoming move.


A moving quote is an estimate of how much you will be spending on your relocation. When you give us a call, we will provide you with a free, non-obligatory moving quote.

R-Residential Moving

Moving from one home to another is considered to be residential moving. We will provide you with a tailored, personal residential moving experience with all of your moving need and expectations in mind during the entire process.

S-Storage Moving

Santa Cruz Moving can also offer our professional moving help even when you are moving your belongings in and out of a storage unit. We will handle your entire relocation for you, and provide you with an easy storage moving experience.


We at Santa Cruz Moving tend to be fully transparent and upfront with everything we do and how much we charge. We will provide you with a complete walkthrough of our moving process, as well as straightforward pricing.


When you settle into your home, you might not want to start unpacking right away, if ever. This is why our unpacking services can come in handy, to provide you with an easy solution to your problem.

V-Vast Experience

Our professional movers have vast experience in the moving industry in addition to being fully trained, which will ultimately result in a flawless moving experience with no hassle on your end.

W-Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe boxes are a safe and efficient way to transport your clothing, without having to go through the process of packing and unpacking them. When moving with Santa Cruz Moving, you will be provided with wardrobe boxes completely free of charge.


X marks the destination to which we will arrive on time, with all of your belongings in perfect condition.

Y-Your Needs

Your specific moving needs will always be taken into account while constructing the perfect tailored moving plan for your upcoming relocation.

Z-Zero Stress

Santa Cruz Moving will provide you with a smooth moving experience during which you won’t experience any stress or worry at all.

Cardboard box with words MOVING DAY and packaging items on wooden table

10 Moving Tips

A complex moving venture can sometimes take weeks to plan, and if not planned correctly – it could easily turn into a nightmare. We have helped thousands upon thousands of people and families alike relocate their homes, apartments, businesses and storage units, and know that the key to a successful move is good preparation. Staying organized during the entire process will help you vastly when moving day comes, and it can make your move seem much easier than it actually is oftentimes. When moving gets tough – we make it easy. Below are 10 moving tips from our professional moving teams, that are bound to ensure a smooth relocation.

  1. Call movers

When it comes to hiring movers to take care of your relocation, the three vital things you need to validate before you pick a certain company is if they are licensed, insured, and reliable. This is the first thing you should ask the moving company you are calling when requesting quotes. It is important to gather at least three different quotes, in order to assess which company is offering which kind of moving service, and which fits your moving needs best. Hiring the cheapest movers could be good for your budget, but it can often harm your entire moving experience and result in a much more expensive endeavor than you have budgeted for. Hire the most reliable moving company, with a good reputation, and provide yourself with an enjoyable moving experience during which you won’t have to worry.

  1. Pick a date

Sometimes moving companies charge much more for weekend or end-of-the-month moves, which is why you should ask for this piece of information before you reserve your movers for a specific day. If you are flexible, and changing your moving date can save you some money, it is a good option to have as well. If you are set on a specific date and can’t relocate on any other, make sure to reserve your movers at least four weeks in advance, as these dates tend to get reserved much faster than others.

  1. Buy packing supplies

If you aren’t having your professional moving company also pack up your belongings in addition to relocating them, you’ll have to complete this process on your own. Searching online for cheap packing supplies is a good option to consider, as well as visiting your local grocery store and possibly scoring some boxes for free. Make sure that these boxes are in good condition, though, as you wouldn’t want them to fall apart in the middle of your move and damage your items.

  1. Find alternatives for boxes

If you don’t want to overspend on packing supplies, you can always find some alternatives in which you can pack up your belongings. Suitcases, trash bags, laundry baskets and other similar items can often come in handy when you don’t want to buy a million boxes for your move. If you’ve run out of packing supplies, this can save the day. When it comes to padding, consider using clothing, blankets, pillowcases or anything similar you can find around the house to protect your fragile items when packed.

  1. Declutter

This is the perfect opportunity to start the process of decluttering your home. As you are going through your valuables, consider getting rid of items you no longer have use for. Throw away, donate or sell these items, as each item you get rid of will be one less item to move and have to unpack again. You could also organize a yard sale to gather some money to fund your move.

  1. Visit your new home

Once you are granted access to your new living space, it might be a good idea to head there to add some finishing touches before moving day arrives. Not only will it be much easier to clean your entire home with absolutely no furniture in the way, but you can also paint the walls and prepare everything before you settle in, so you can move into your new home with complete peace of mind. It will be much harder to do any improvements once you move your furniture in, so use this opportunity to its fullest.

  1. Start packing early

If you have a busy schedule, you probably want packing to interfere with your life as little as possible. The best way to achieve this is to start with packing at least a month before your move, and pack for an hour or two a day. This way, you won’t get exhausted from this process, and you will be much less stressed as it will be easier to stay on track and complete it by the time the day of your move arrives.

  1. Pack an overnight kit

Don’t pack up your essential items that you will most likely be reaching for as soon as you move into your new home. Instead, either pack these items into a separate box, clear plastic box, tote, or anything similar so you can have easy access to them the second you step into your new living space. These items can be quite unique to each person, and usually include a toothbrush, soap, mediation, a change of clothing, and a box cutter.

  1. Move your boxes into one specific space

Having your boxes moved to one specific area in your home before your movers arrive can provide them with easy access to them and a much faster loading process than if you have left them scattered around your home. If you want to make the loading process more efficient, speed up your entire move, and save some money in the process, following this tip is a good option to do so.

  1. Label your boxes in detail

If you don’t want your unpacking process to be a chaotic venture that isn’t organized by all means, consider labeling your boxes. Instead of only labeling the rooms in which each is supposed to go, taking the extra step and writing down each box’s contents will provide you with a much simpler and smoother unpacking process, as you will know where each item is and which boxes to start with.

Moving is an unavoidable part of everyone’s lives, and the way it can take a toll on your stress levels can be quite overwhelming. Fully preparing yourself for this process is the only way to ease the experience, and make it a much more enjoyable one at that. Here you will find a complete moving dictionary that will prepare you for your moving day, and help you overcome any moving challenge that may occur.