Moving to San Francisco Checklist

Use our easy-to-follow moving checklist to get everything taken care of before the big day.

Eight weeks before your move

[    ] Make a room-by-room inventory of your home. Note and photograph any existing damage to your furniture, so you know who’s responsible for what on delivery day.

[    ] Start getting rid of items you don’t plan on taking to your new home.

  • Sell/Donate to your friends
  • Hold a garage sale
  • Sell items online (Craigslist, Facebook, eBay etc.)
  • Donate to charities

[    ] Once you have an accurate estimate of your belongings, start exploring moving companies and getting quotes from movers.

[    ] Protect yourself from moving scams and frauds. Educate yourself on your rights and responsibilities before hiring a mover. Here are some resources to help you:

[    ] If you haven’t already, find a real estate agent to make finding a home in your new location easier. Here’s a list of the best realtors in San Francisco.

Six weeks before your move

[    ] Select your moving company and begin finalizing the details of your move.

[    ] Order moving supplies and boxes. Get free shipping on all moving supplies and kits at supplies.sparefoot.com. You may need:

  • boxes
  • moving / packing tape
  • bubble wrap
  • mattress pads
  • moving blankets
  • moving labels
  • foam / packing peanuts

[    ] Hire a cleaning company for the week of your move.

Four weeks before your move

[    ] Notify your child’s current school of your move and contact your new school district for enrollment information. Transfer transcripts and/or school records if needed.

[    ] Notify the following service providers and ask for recommendations for service providers in your new community:

  • City/County tax assessor
  • State vehicle registration
  • Social security administration
  • State/Federal tax bureau (IRS)
  • Banks
  • Insurance providers
  • Accountant
  • Attorney
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Health specialists
  • Auto company
  • Banking/Finance companies
  • Credit card companies
  • Exterminator
  • Health club/Gym
  • Home care service providers

[    ] Begin packing and labeling boxes. Remember to pack a separate box for your valuables.

Three weeks before your move

[    ] If you’re using a moving company, remember to discard aerosols, flammables, ammunition or bottled gas. Be sure to check with your moving company for other prohibited items.

[    ] If you’re moving during the week, notify your work that you’ll be taking a day or two off for moving day.

[    ] Avoid the last-minute pile of trash on the curb—start throwing away anything that can’t be donated, sold or gifted.

[    ] If you plan on driving to your new home, get your vehicle tuned up before making any long cross-country drives.

[    ] Make arrangements to rent a storage unit, if necessary. You can quickly compare storage options in your area by visiting SpareFoot.com.

Two weeks before your move

[    ] Confirm start and stop utility service at your new and old addresses for the following:

  • Electric
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Telephone
  • Cell phone
  • Cable/Satellite and internet
  • Sewer
  • Trash collection

[    ] If you’re switching banks, remember to clean out your safety deposit box.

[    ] Make sure you have cash on hand for tips and moving day emergencies.

[    ] Confirm moving and transportation arrangements with your moving company.

[    ] Are you moving with pets? Make travel or boarding arrangements for moving day.

[    ] If you’re moving to a different state, check health regulations for any inoculations your pet may need.

One week before your move

[    ] Change your address online with the USPS®.

[    ] Plan your meals for the rest of the week. Begin getting rid of food you won’t be able to finish.

[    ] Finish packing everything at least three days before moving day.

[    ] Give your new address and contact information to neighbors and landlords.

The night before your move

[    ] Clean out your refrigerator, throw out any leftover food and defrost your freezer.

[    ] Pack a bag of essentials for moving day and your first night, including a change of clothes, toiletries, napkins and towels, soap, shower curtains, important documents and electronic devices.

Moving day

[    ] Accompany your movers through the house as they inventory your items.

[    ] Leave your contact information for the new residents.

[    ] Do a final walkthrough of the home after movers have finished.