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

Recent Articles

Home buying guide

7 Steps To Buying Your First Home In Santa Barbara

1. Get prequalified for a loan Before you begin the home buying process, it is essential to know how much you can pay for a home. Your lender can make this easy for you, by pre-qualifying you before you and your real estate agent begin looking for a home. A prequalification is free and can…

6-questions-to-ask-about-title-insurance

4 Questions to Ask When Selling Your Santa Barbara Home

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when he or she realizes: “I am not the same person I was when I bought this place.” Maybe your lifestyle or your family configuration has changed, or maybe the house just isn’t as appealing as it was when you signed that ream of paperwork on closing…

real estate closing

10 Things Homebuyers Should Know About The Closing Process

If you’re reading this, you’re probably entering the home stretch. Hang in there! The closing process, or settlement, transfers ownership of your new home from the seller to you. Yes, there’s a lot going on, and a lot of money is going to change hands. But when you know what to expect and plan well,…

downsize home

4 Considerations When Helping Your Senior Parents Downsize

Watching your parents age is never an easy thing, and helping to make life decisions on their behalf can be immensely stressful. This is one of the reasons why children who are tasked with helping their parents downsize into a more lifestyle-appropriate home often delay in doing so. And when you combine this stress with…

Shot of young woman sitting at desk and making a phone call. Businesswoman working from home office and using cell phone.

The Millennial’s Guide to Buying a Home in Santa Barbara

Millennials who want to invest in real estate have it harder than many other generations. Real estate prices are at record or near-record highs in just about every major market in the country, and even though employment is good, wages still haven’t kept up with the home price increases, making it tougher than ever to…

host open house santa barbara

Host the Ultimate Open House When Selling Your Santa Barbara Home

An open house can be an ideal way to introduce a bulk of buyers to the property you’re hoping to sell them, and done right, an open house can sometimes generate multiple offers. The key, though, is “done right” — not every open house is going to be a buyer’s bonanza, and not every open…