Your Oakland Moving Checklist
Are you planning on making your new home in Oakland? While you definitely have a lot to look forward to, before you can start enjoying all the city has to offer, you’ll need to first complete the move. Fortunately, moving to Oakland doesn’t need to be difficult, so long as you apply the following tips, here’s an Oakland moving checklist to help you out.
Start Two Months Out
This is a good timeline for renters especially, because most people need to give their landlords two months’ notice. Two months also gives you enough time to begin properly planning moving to Oakland.
First, start purging your home of all the things you no longer need. There’s no point in moving it to Oakland if it’s just going to collect more dust there. Think about selling these items and you may have a little extra spending money for making your move.
Next, buy a binder for you to document all the paperwork that goes along with your move. For example, you’ll want to hang onto all the receipts your move will require. Keep any estimates you made or quotes you were given too. Any correspondences from the bank, landlord, moving company, cable company, etc., should be kept here too. Keep an inventory of all the things you’re packing up and moving too.
Lastly, if you have children, you must make sure their education records are properly transferred. Visit the school and ask them to do so, then be sure to follow up in the coming weeks if you don’t hear back.
Six Weeks Out
It’s now six weeks before you’re moving to Oakland, so you should order the supplies you’ll need for the move. This usually means moving boxes, but if you go with the traditional cardboard kind, you’ll just be making more work for yourself. Instead, use Brute Box, based out of San Francisco, and you’ll get highly durable plastic boxes to make your move easier. Use this calculator if you need help figuring out how many you need. You can always order more if necessary and Brute Box will drop them off for free (pickup is free too).
Now is also the time to start using things you don’t want to move too. Perishable items are a good example, as are any frozen food you may have. You probably want to start doing the same with cleaning supplies too, though leave enough do you can clean your home before leaving.
Take a trip to your new home in Oakland and take measurements of every room and door. This way you’ll be certain you can bring certain pieces of furniture with you. Otherwise, now’s the time to get rid of it.
One Month Out
With just a month between you and moving to Oakland, it’s time to start making final preparations. Call the moving company you’ve decided on and schedule your move date with them. Be sure you get written confirmation from them about the date, how much it will cost and any other details you discussed.
Then begin your own packing. This is definitely not something you want to put off until the last day. If you find any especially fragile items, take note of them and ask your moving company for insurance on them. When it comes to extremely valuable items like heirlooms and jewelry, just take those with you in a separate container.
Put a label on each box, so you know exactly where its contents belong.
Finally, the last thing you should do is head to your post office and file a change of address.
With all of these preparations made, moving to Oakland doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. While it will take a lot of work, your new address will make it all worth it.