Moving Guide and Tips

We would like to help make your move less stressful. Here is an easy to follow guide to help you with your move. Organizing and preparing weeks ahead of your move will reduce your stress, and it will decrease your chances of overlooking important items.

Downtown San Diego local storage

6-8 Weeks Before Moving

(This is a great time to begin the details of your move)

  • Write a list of things you want to take to your new home and things you want to put in storage. Then make a list of the things you don’t mind the movers handling and the things you’d rather handle yourself. Get rid of things that you simply don’t need or host a garage sale if time allows.
  • Call several moving companies to get estimates on their services. Once you’ve selected your company, determine costs, packing, timing, and any additional information you may need to know.
  • Keep moving information and receipts for moving-related expenses all in one place, as many of them are deductible.
  • If you are moving to a new city, research information about the schools, parks, recreation, and community programs.
  • Contact your insurance agent to transfer any medical, property, fire, and auto insurance.
  • Don’t lose sight of your medical records such as prescriptions, vaccinations, and pet records.

4-5 Weeks Before Moving

  • Now is the time to begin collecting boxes or other moving supplies. You can purchase moving supplies at any of our storage facilities. Make sure to keep your receipt in case you don’t end up using all of your ROCKET Self Storage moving supplies, we will gladly buy them back!
  • Inform the following companies of your change of address: USPS, telephone company, trash company, cable/satellite, water/electric company, internet provider, insurance companies, banks and financial institutions, clubs, local government agencies, and any other utility companies.
  • If a change in schools is a necessary part of your move, now is the time to register your children at their new school(s).
  • Notify utility companies – electricity, gas, phone, and others for disconnection after your scheduled move out. Also make sure to call ahead to have utilities connected to your new home.
  • Do you have any pets joining you in your move? Make a plan for transporting them comfortably. Also find out if pet ownership laws will change if moving to a new city. Lastly, retrieve your pet(s) veterinarian records from your current vet so you will have them readily available for the new vet.

2-4 Weeks Before Moving

  • If you have young children and their presence on moving day concerns you, arrange for a baby-sitter to ensure not only their safety during the loading process, but also to maintain your focus on the details of moving.
  • Simple to forget, make sure to return library books and any items you may have borrowed from friends. You might also want to collect any items you have loaned to friends or family.
  • Consider keeping any valuable items with you rather than placing them in the moving truck.
  • Believe it or not, some states have laws in place that do not allow you to move house plants. If this applies to you, your plants could be given to friends or a local charity rather than be thrown out.
  • If you will be traveling by car, it would be a good idea to have it serviced before you leave so that you don’t encounter any surprises during travel.
  • Begin packing away items that you don’t need at the present time.
  • If you plan to rent a storage unit, decide which items you’ll be storing.
  • Clear out safety deposit boxes.
  • Back up any important files on your computer, then disassemble and ready it for packing. Be careful not to expose your computer, or any other electronics, to extreme temperatures.
  • Get rid of flammable items such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, or other items that are hazardous.

1 Week Before Moving

  • Make the moving process easier on yourself by labeling items as ‘fragile’, ‘Load first’, ‘Load last’, and ‘Do not load’.
  • Confirm with your moving company that they know the correct address of your new home and a way to get in contact with you in the event that something is left behind during the move.
  • If you’re taking your refrigerator with you, it is important that you empty, defrost, and clean it one day prior to moving.
  • Keep in mind that you need to be flexible in your moving plans and be prepared for any delays. Confirm any travel arrangements and keep any important items you may need on your person while the rest of your things are in transit.
  • Pack a box or two of items you will need right away once in your new home. You may need things such as non-perishable food, disposable dining ware, trash bags, and bathroom essentials.

Moving Day

  • Double check every closet, drawer, shelf, the attic, and garage to be absolutely sure you aren’t leaving anything behind.
  • Make sure every switch is turned off and lock the doors and windows.
  • If using a moving company, be present for the loading process to ensure nothing is left behind by the movers.
  • Before the movers take off to your new home, make sure to get the driver’s name and contact number.
  • The movers will ask you to sign the loading bill, in which case you will want to double check that they have the correct name, address, and phone number.

Moving Day and After

  • During the unloading process, check to make sure nothing has been damaged and that no items are missing.
  • Connect all of your utilities.
  • Be prepared with cash or traveler’s checks in case you need to make a quick payment.
  • Begin planning the layout of each room in your new home.
  • Renew your driver’s license with updated address and update your will and/or other legal papers.
  • Be aware of the hospitals, police stations, and fire stations near your new home.
Long term car storage san Diego
Contact ROCKET Self Storage

Have questions about the security at ROCKET Self Storage? Or just need help choosing the best storage solution for you? Contact us today! We’re here to answer any questions you have.

Learn More
Military car storage in California
Storage Unit Size Guide

Ready to reserve a storage unit at ROCKET Self Storage? View our inventory today to see available storage units. You can see available sizes, compare prices, and even reserve your storage unit.

Learn More