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Preparing for Your Move

Before you move

Moving day can be exciting and hectic, so taking care of a few points prior to the big move can save some stress in the long run.

First, double-check your new address. You’ll be needing it a lot for things like your:

  • Change of address
  • Updated driver’s license
  • Car and voter registration
  • Movers and/or deliveries

Make sure the address is visible from the street and do a trial run on your smartphone to ensure that GPS directions lead to the correct location.

PRO TIP: If you are moving into a gated community, double-check that GPS directions will take visitors to the front gate of the community where they can pick up a security pass. And don’t forget to call in passes for any visitors you’re expecting.

PRO TIP: Check ahead of time with the POA to see if they have any restrictions, guidelines, or gate fees associated with moving trucks. Is overnight parking an issue? Is there a size or weight limit for moving trucks? Are special passes needed for Do-It-Yourself trailers?

Next, get your change of address updated. You will want to contact the utility companies so services are available upon move-in. Some utilities require a deposit.

PRO TIP: Get familiar with your new home prior to moving in. Knowing and understanding the use of the main circuit breaker, main water shutoff valve, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers can prevent headaches and emergencies in the future.

Additionally, arrange to have your locks changed to secure your new home.

Scheduling your move

Planning ahead when hiring a mover can save time, money, and stress. Comparing several moving companies and reading customer reviews ensures the best price and service.

Scheduling your move a month or more in advance can also ensure you get the best times, rates and available days. The 1st, 15th and 30th of the month are usually in high demand and may cost more, so avoiding these days is best.

PRO TIP: If possible, determine where you’re going to place furniture prior to moving day. Your movers will off-load the moving truck quickly and need your guidance on where to place things. It’s best to be prepared with a plan for where everything should go. It’s easier to have the movers place things while they’re there than trying to arrange and re-arrange after they’ve gone.

See reviews, find a moving company and ready helpful tips from the Consumer Affairs Movers Guide. You can also request recommendations from your CGR Real Estate Specialist.

If you find yourself in need of interim storage, the lowcountry has many options. Note that some neighborhoods do not allow boats, trailers or RVs to be parked in the driveway. Storage facilities can be helpful for those items as well! You can compare price, location, and availability of storage facilities at