Handy Moving Checklist For A Smooth Move in Santa Barbara

Moving can be a very overwhelming experience because there’s always plenty to do! But this Santa Barbara moving checklist helps you stay organized and on top of your move. Enjoy!

6-8 Weeks Before Moving

  • Request quotes & hire a local moving company
  • Reserve a storage unit, if required
  • Organize belongings and set aside anything you won’t be moving
  • Begin packing belongings into boxes

3-4 Weeks Before Moving

  • Host a garage sale for excess belongings, then donate any unwanted items that are left over
  • Visit the veterinarian and, if moving out of town, collect copies of pet records
  • Get medical records from dentists, doctors & other medical professionals
  • Get school records for any children you have
  • Schedule utility service disconnections & reconnections
  • Service all appliances and small motorized items (boats, mowers, etc.)
  • Take inventory of food in cupboards and freezer, then make a meal plan to consume it
  • Register your Change of Address with USPS (online or at the postoffice)
  • Cancel (or transfer) all recurring services, such as magazines, newspapers, landscaping, trash pickup, etc.

1-2 Weeks Before Moving

  • Finish packing up belongings
  • Organize belongings based on destination (eg: put all the boxes for the storage unit in one room, and all the boxes for the new house in another)
  • Organize and plan trips to the landfill and recycling center to get rid of extra waste
  • Transfer (or close) bank & other financial accounts
  • Complete any outstanding vehicle maintenance

3 Days Before Moving

  • Defrost & clean freezer and refrigerator
  • Clean all other appliances, including the oven, laundry machines and furnace.

Moving Day

  • Keep valuables with you in a safe place
  • Walk through the home to ensure everything is perfect
  • Close any windows & lock all doors