Tips for Moving to Temecula
Congratulations on making the decision to move to Temecula! We have helped thousands of clients with their moves and know that the key to minimizing stress is to plan ahead. For this reason, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some resources to make this transition as smooth and easy as possible.
Our hope is that you love Temecula as much as we do and never need to use this information again.
Our favorite moving checklist is this one from The Home Depot. They provide you an at-a-glance look at what you should do each week –starting at eight weeks out – to prepare your family for the big move.
Hiring a Moving Company
Both Uship, Inc. and Cheap Moving Tips are great online resources that allow for professional moving companies to compete for your business. Before you hire a company, however, please make sure to research them through the Better Business Bureau, check online reviews and verify that they have the appropriate insurance to protect your belongings.
Whether you are driving the moving truck yourself or hiring professionals to do the heavy lifting for you, your goal in packing should be to make your life as easy as possible for the unpacking process. Here is how to approach packing your belongings for a cross-country move:
- Make sure to set aside all important paperwork (personal identification, birth certificates, medical records, etc.), personal items you’ll need on a daily basis and anything of extreme sentimental importance so that you can carry these items with you – either on the plane, in the car or however you will be personally traveling – during the move.
- Get rid of as much stuff as possible. A big move is a chance for a big purging and a fresh start. The more stuff you move, the more expensive the moving process becomes. So, before packing all those shoes you haven’t worn in years, that old recliner or your broken microwave, consider whether or not these items are worth the cost. Then have a garage sale, make a charitable donation or visit the city dump.
- Start collecting boxes several weeks before the move from grocery stores, friends who have recently moved, your place of business or anywhere else people throw out boxes. This will limit the amount of new boxes you have to purchase.
- Make packing less burdensome by starting far in advance. Items that are used infrequently, such as seasonal clothing, photos and knick-knacks can be packed weeks out from your move. As the big day gets closer, you can begin packing items that are used more regularly.
- Label all boxes with not just the room that the items inside them came from (i.e. “kitchen,” “master bedroom”) but also make a general list on the outside of the box of what’s inside (“kids’ clothes,” “stuffed animals,” etc.). This will help after you arrive in deciding what to unpack first.
- Try to keep boxes organized into only one or two rooms – or a garage – for ease of living among them.
Preparing Your Kids for the Move
While relocating to Temecula is a great benefit for the kids, they may be dealing with some mixed emotions about moving. We’re confident that your family will quickly fall in love with Temecula but, in the meantime, here is some very thorough information, from an authoritative website, on how to help your children adjust to their new hometown.
Changing Your Address
After you have set up your change of address with the U.S. Postal Service, make sure to inform everyone on this checklist of your new location:
- Friends and family
- Credit cards
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Utility companies from your old home (to make sure you receive your final bills)
- Your bank
- Magazine subscriptions
- Bills that renew annually, such as your AAA membership or Costco card
- Other entities from which you receive financial information, such as the lienholder on your car, student loans, etc.
- Car, medical and life insurance companies. A move may also change your premiums for these services.
- Other bills, such as cell phone, that aren’t already mentioned
A couple other things you want to make sure you think of in advance include:
- If you will be driving your own car for all or part of the trip, make sure you have it serviced at least a couple weeks before leaving, just in case you need to have work done on it to get it trip-ready.
- Plan a going-away party or at least set aside time to spend with close friends and family you may be leaving behind.
- Start talking to your kids, as soon as the decision is made to move, about what to expect and all the amazing new things they’ll get to see and do in Temecula.
- Call Josh Painter, as soon as possible, to start finding the perfect home to welcome your family to Temecula.