House hunting and moving often go hand-in-hand when buying a home. That’s especially true when relocating to Charlottesville! Keeping track of all the details of your relocation and home search is not the easiest task, but organization and planning will help you stay on top of everything.
To make your move much easier, we’ve outlined a few steps you can take to plan ahead in the weeks leading up to moving day. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to call us at (434) 296-9860 for even more helpful relocation tips!
2 Months Before You Move
Research and Plan Ahead
Ultimately, the sooner you can start planning, the better. As soon as you can, take some time to research homes and communities in Charlottesville, decide where you want to live (and choose a real estate agent!), and start packing all but your essential belongings. A couple of months before your moving date is when you should start researching the logistics side of your relocation, such as moving companies you are considering hiring.
Having trouble choosing a home or a neighborhood? Our Charlottesville Home Buying Guide can help!
Keep Detailed Records of Everything
About two months before you move, you should start recording the details of your move: how many boxes you still need, quotes from various moving companies, how much you’ve spent on moving-related expenses, inventory of all of your valuables, etc.
Keep a list, a spreadsheet, or a binder full of these records. You’ll thank yourself later!
Donate or Sell Any Unwanted Items
Before you’re too busy with planning your relocation to do so, host a garage sale or yard sale to get rid of household items you no longer want or use. You can use the proceeds of your sale toward your moving expenses.
1 Month Before You Move
Finish Packing and Labeling Moving Boxes
Ideally, all but the essentials should be packed in the last few weeks leading up to your move. Bulky or fragile items are often the most difficult to pack and ship, so it may be helpful to research a few creative moving tricks.
You might want to consider packing the essentials — phone chargers, instant coffee, toilet paper, a list of emergency contacts, etc. — in their own box and keeping it with you rather than putting it on the moving truck.
Get to Know Your New Community
If you need a distraction from packing and labeling boxes, spend some time learning about the Charlottesville area. Our region is known for its award-winning wineries, great K-12 schools and the University of Virginia, nearby vacation destinations like Wintergreen Resort, and historic attractions like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Read our Charlottesville Visitor’s Guide to learn more about fun things to do after your moving day!
Switch Over Accounts and Service Providers If Necessary
Depending on where you’re relocating from, you may need to switch doctors, dentists, optometrist, veterinarians, banks, insurance providers, and other relevant companies. In the weeks leading up to your move, have your records sent over to the right people. At about the two-week mark, be sure to change your mailing address and have your mail forwarded.
On the Day of the Move
Moving Day is finally here! All of your hard work and planning has paid off, so all you should be concerned with is the trip to your new home in Charlottesville. Before you leave your old home, make a final sweep of all the rooms and storage spaces to see that nothing has been left behind. After that, it’s time to pack up the moving truck and hit the road. In no time at all, you’ll be settled into your new home!
We Can Help with Your Charlottesville Relocation
You have a lot of details to worry about when moving, so don’t let the details of buying a home get in the way. Leave everything to us. We’re a team of experienced, local Charlottesville real estate professionals who know the ins and outs of this area, so we can help you find the perfect home and breeze through closing.