Moving Tips for a Stress-Free Move to Los Angeles

Let's be honest—moving stinks. Even if you're just hauling stuff across town, it's kind of a pain. If you're coming from a totally new town or state... well, you might already be dreading that haul. We won't lie and say it won't be a lot of work... but it doesn't have to be a major headache if you're prepared and organized. Here are some tips for getting ready, packing up, and retaining your sanity throughout the process.

Before You Move

Staying organized (and avoiding major stress) means starting early to get organized. The earlier you start, the more time you'll have to work slowly—without rushing to get everything done at the last minute.

Organize and declutter

The more stuff you have, the more stuff you've gotta move! Take some time to sift through your belongings and consider donating or selling things you don't use or need anymore.

Set Up Utilities

Before you arrive at your new home, you want to make sure the lights will still be on! Find out who will be providing electric, water, sewer, and internet services and call to make sure everything's good to go.

Change your address

It usually takes a couple of weeks for the post office to get its act together and update your address, so you'll probably want to request that change a few weeks before you actually move.

Some Handy Packing Tips

  • Reinforce: Forgo the free box finds in favor of some sturdy packing materials (at least for heavy or fragile items).
  • Innovate: Feel free to get a little creative with your packing—for example, using socks to cushion glassware.
  • Pack small: Pack heavier items in smaller boxes so they're easier to carry.
  • Prepare: Create an "Open Me First" box of personal items that you will need immediately, such as toilet paper, soap, tools, and paper dishes.
  • Label, label, label! Save yourself a headache (and a frantic search) but labeling boxes by room and contents.

On Moving Day

Deep breath in... let it out. Okay, it's time to move! You can do this!

Recruit some friends

Moving without professionals? Don't go it alone... recruit some friends to help with the heavy lifting. (Tip: Food-based rewards can be very motivating. You could even try a contest to really get some boxes moving.)

Have important info handy

If you'll be using professional moving services, make sure you keep all your moving information handy, like the Bill of Loading and shipment registration number, as well as contact information for your driver.

Pack an overnight bag

Whether you're hauling your own boxes or using a professional, you'll probably be tired once you get to your new home, and might not feel like unpacking right away. Keep overnight bag with some clothes and toiletries handy just in case you're too tired to unpack.

After You Move

All right, you made it! You're here, your stuff is here, and it's time to get settled. But don't just start ripping open boxes haphazardly—you've been so organized up to this point, so let's keep it that way!

Clean first

An empty house is way easier to clean than a house full of furniture and knickknacks. Before you start unpacking, take some time to give everything a good scrub. You don't want to move into somebody else's mess!

Unpack by room

Unpacking can seem like a really endless process (and sometimes it does take a couple of weeks to really get unpacked). Start with the most important rooms and boxes so you can work your way through, little by little.

Enjoy your new home!

Finally! You're moved in and ready to enjoy the beautiful new home you just bought. Congrats and welcome to your new home in LA.

Still Have Questions or Ready to Buy a Home in LA?

If you're ready to find the perfect home in the Los Angeles area or you have any questions about buying a home or real estate in LA County, then it's time to contact BKREG. We're your local guide to all things LA, and we're more than happy to help! Want to learn more about buying a home in LA? We've got plenty of resources to help you out!