Mastering Home Preparation for a San Diego Interstate Relocation

Expert Tips for Preparing Your Home for an Interstate Move from San Diego

Feb 24, 2023

Moving house is third of the top five most stressful events in life. However, if it is approached with the right tools, the right support from professional movers, and the right frame of mind, it can be a breeze. Here we have some guidelines to prep your home so that your interstate move from San Diego is so much easier.

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Getting Started:

Choosing the Ideal Moving Date

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If you have the luxury of deciding when it is the best time to move, try not to move at the end of the month, during year-end holidays, or during summer as movers are in high demand. You could struggle to get a suitable date during those times, and prices might increase slightly. If you cannot choose the most convenient time for you, try booking a move that works best for you. get several quotes in advance to ensure you will get the best service for your money, and a company that will ease your stress.

Finding the Perfect Professional Moving Company for Your Needs

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Browse a company’s website to see what services they offer, look at online reviews, ask around for recommendations from people you trust or people who used the company before, and the track record of a company which can be based on the information you should find online. Request written estimates from at least three companies. Be aware of extra costs and charges and ask questions. Also, ask about the level of protection and insurance. Compare these estimates sent to you, with the detail listed in the estimates. It is advisable to not necessarily go for the low-priced outlier as that estimate may be due to an indication that they did not consider all the services your move required.

The cost for an interstate move is usually based on weight and mileage. When additional services are required such as packing and crating, unpacking, connection and disconnection of appliances, ease of access to the property or elevator use and staircases, and any other services that could be labor intensive and take time, additional charges could be added.

Make sure to consult professionals to determine the best company for your need.

Ready, Set, Prep: Streamlining Your San Diego Home for Interstate Moving

Crafting a Comprehensive Moving Checklist

For your own peace of mind and structure, make a list of everything you have to do before, during, and after the move. Include important matters such as electricity and water connections at both places – dates when it should be arranged, cost and necessary documents. List all the items you want the company to move – those big garden umbrellas, the lawnmower, etcetera, to have it ready on a moving day. If necessary get help with the move of big items such as a piano, get the correct advice and help before the time. Write your own items you are responsible for such as your jewelry, special dietary requirements for the children and their school clothing to be ready for the day after the move. Let both partners in the household read and update this list regularly and tick off completed items as you go along.

Simplifying Your Move: Declutter and Downsize

When you have to move is the ideal time to get rid of unnecessary items cluttering your open spaces. Get rid of things that you have not used for a year or more. There are many charity companies who will gladly fetch it to distribute to people who can use it. You can even make a little money to sell items that are valuable, and you have not used for a long time.

Safeguarding Valuable Items: Precious Jewelry and Delicate Ornaments

Whether you are doing the packing yourself or getting a company to do it, it is a good idea to keep valuables separate and start packing those items first. Wrap your jewelry in a soft cloth and put it in a smaller box with other valuables so that it does not get lost in the packing. Place any other items with value or of sentimental value carefully wrapped in these containers.. You could maybe transport these boxes yourself to ensure its safety.

Properly Packing Fragile Items and Bulky Appliances

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Fragile items should be carefully wrapped in bubble paper and placed with linen or towels. When packing crockery do not pack the complete set of 24 items in one container but spread it amongst the other containers where you have the rest of your towels, linen or clothing.

Large appliances should preferably be packed in the original box. However, if you did not keep the original use a container where the appliance fit on its own to prevent damage.

The Art of Labeling Boxes for an Organized Move

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Label all your boxes as you pack. Keep the list of your boxes safe in order to ensure that all the boxes arrive safely at the new destination. Include in the description in which room it should be placed at your new home.
It is of utmost importance to clearly mark fragile items with red tape or a FRAGILE sticker.

Pre-Move Preparation: Setting Your Home Up for Moving Success

On the day of the move, you have to ensure there is easy access for the movers. The pets have been moved to a safe place, all the cupboards are empty and ready to be moved, no laundry or dishes anywhere, and everyone in the household knows what to do and where to be.

Plan well, get help if necessary, and take action for a successful stress-free move!

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