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The Best To-Do List For Your Upcoming Move to Orange County

Have you ever found yourself stuck in an overwhelming task, with no idea what to do next, while the deadline for moving to Orange County is coming closer and closer? If the answer is no, lucky you, and if the answer is yes, we are so sorry for the stress you had to go through, but here is some good news. You won’t ever have to repeat that process again. At least when moving houses is in question. OC Moving Services prepared a perfect moving checklist for you to use. Dreadful, stressful, and overwhelming moving weeks will be just a part of your past. 

In just 8 minutes you’ll know everything you need to do for a successful and efficient move. Are you ready
In just 8 minutes you’ll know everything you need to do for a successful and efficient move. Are you ready?

8 weeks until the moving day

There is a lot more to do, but don’t worry, it’s nothing you can’t handle.

7 weeks until the moving day

Get a free quote with Oc Moving Services.

6 weeks until the moving day

Save money by reusing old boxes, instead of buying new ones.

5 weeks until the moving day

If you hire professional movers from OC Moving Services, we will, guided by your requests, make a perfect plan for your upcoming move
If you hire professional movers from OC Moving Services, we will, guided by your requests, make a perfect plan for your upcoming move.

4 weeks until the moving day

Are you having trouble packing? You might be able to find help and a few useful tips here.

3 weeks until the moving day

potted green indoor plants
If you are moving with professionals, make sure to ask your relocation specialist for a list of items movers won’t move.

2 weeks until the moving day

green 2 seat sofa
Your movers will finish unloading your furniture much faster if you know where exactly everything goes.

1 week until the moving day

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Make sure fragile items are correctly packed and safe from breaking.

1 day until your move

The moving day

The hardest part is done. Yes, there are a few more details to finish up. If you are moving by yourself, don’t let the unpacking process go on for too long, but it is fine if you take a day or two to rest. Make sure to visit your new city’s government site to check if any additional paperworks needs to be done. After that, all you need to do is enjoy the new home. You deserved it. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Moving can get tough, but remember, you are tougher


If you are having trouble understanding what some of these tasks mean, here is a list of frequently asked questions that might help you.

Should I hire professional movers or have a diy moving experience? (2)

This is why OC Moving Services put “Explore your options”, at the second place on this list. It will determine how the rest of the process will go. There is no better option, but there is an option that suits your needs more. Set your priorities. If efficiency and time saving is on top of your list, hiring professional movers can be better for you. On the other hand, if flexibility and saving money is more important, one diy project is ahead of you. 

There is a third, middle ground, option that might suit your lifestyle best. Why not hire labor only movers or pay just for the packing service, do the rest on your own and save money and time simultaneously?

If you own a piano and are moving by yourself, make sure to find out about the right ways to move this large and heavy instrument.

Can the moving date affect the cost? (3)

Yes! It definitely can. Have you ever heard of the term “Peak of the moving season”? From March to September the demand for moving companies is much higher than the rest of the year, thus the prices go up too. Day of the month is also important. Choose weekdays rather than weekends for booking your affordable movers. If you can coordinate everything with your work and/or school schedule, one Monday in cold December will be the best money saving option. 

What is the most important fact I should know about movers before hiring them? (4)/(10)/(13)

One and the most important thing to find out about your potential moving company is if they are licensed and insured. Licensed movers are legally allowed to operate their business in the state and should have a license number to prove it. Mistakes are not so common with trained movers but if they do happen and some of your things end up damaged, the insurance will take care of it. You will be compensated. If you can’t find any proof and the relocation specialist is not giving you any proper answers about these two, RUN. You don’t want to be robbed of your belongings and money.

Pack books in smaller boxes, so it’s easier to transport them.

Is it true that movers don’t move certain items? (25)/(35)

Unfortunately the answer is yes. There are some things movers won’t move. Make sure to ask your relocation specialist to give you a list of these things, so you could take care of them on time. It will probably contain these items: 

-perishable foods

-hazardous materials

-plants (long-distance move)

-any kind of chemicals

-lighter and charcoal fluid

-explosives and ammunition


-gasoline, oil, coolant, and brake fluid

What are “essentials”? (49)

Consider every item you’ll need throughout the moving day and as soon as you move in. You don’t want to search for your toothbrush or even worse toilet paper in a pile of full boxes. Mark one box or a bag as “essentials” and keep it separated from the rest. It should contain a toothbrush, toilet paper, toothpaste, shower essentials, pajamas, clothes for the next day, a few snacks and water bottles, pets food, chargers, medicine, and all important documents.

Make sure you sort all important documents, so nothing is lost.

I have too much stuff and not so much space at my new apartment. All of my things are valuable to me. Is there a way to keep everything? (12)/(20)

Storage units are the answer you are looking for. This is not an option just for people who are moving into a smaller space and have a lot of things they still want to keep. It’s not always possible to coordinate your moving timelines.

You may be forced to leave your current residence while your new one is still not ready for moving in. Leave your things in a storage unit and crash at your friends while you’re waiting. OC Moving Service has a great in and out of storage moving service. Our relocation specialist will give you more detailed description and answer all your questions

What is the best labeling system? (24)

Our OC Moving Services movers have seen a lot of labeling systems while working for our clients, but this one seems to be most efficient. 

  1. Prepare colorful sharpies and assign a color for each room. Purple will be your living room, green for the kitchen, blue for the bathroom, and so on.
  2. As you pack your things, on the side of every box, write down what you put in it and clearly mark it with the right colored sharpie.

This way, the whole unpacking process will be much faster and more efficient, because you’ll know right away where each box goes.

Organize a garage sale. You’ll earn money and have less items to pack.

How can I pack, if taking more than one day off from work is impossible? (24)/(44)

This is why “Start packing” is under “4 weeks until the moving day”. You want to start on time. Go little by little, before and after work, box by box. Start with rooms and things you use the least and leave essentials for the end. If it seems you won’t be able to make it on time, call friends and family members to give you a hand. Make sure you are free at least that one day the actual moving will be happening.

What can I do to make sure I’m getting my apartment deposit back? (46)/(47)

Check your entire apartment a few weeks before the move so you have enough time for necessary repairs. After you pack, make sure to clean everything, from floor to ceiling. Go with your landlord in the last inspection to ensure there are no shady businesses going around.

Planning everything ahead of time is crucial for an organized and stress free moving experience.

Hire OC Moving Services to Help You Relocate to Orange County

If you have any more questions, OC Moving Services are here for you. Give us a call, email us or get a free quote on our website. Let us show you what reliable, professional, yet affordable movers can do for you. We will make your life easier and the moving process stress free. Enjoy your morning coffee while we pack and move your belongings. 

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