You’ve made the exciting decision to move to Las Vegas, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation and a great place to live, work and play. As you prepare for relocation, the stress of planning and the daunting task of making the move might become overwhelming. This section of the Las Vegas Relocation Guide is designed to make your move a relatively effortless and enjoyable undertaking.
Below you’ll find information about everything needed for relocation, from selecting a moving company and packing your belongings, to transferring your medical records and hooking up utilities at your new home.
(PS. If you are moving to Las Vegas, whether looking for a rental or a home to purchase, give me a call and I’ll help you handle the rest!)
A number of options are available when it comes to planning the big move. You can do it yourself by renting a moving truck and packing and loading your own belongings, or you can hire a moving company to do the work for you. It’s important to consider how far you’re moving, how much you’re bringing with you, and the time and costs associated with each option.
If you plan to interview moving companies, ask questions, request references and get everything in writing.
Information to have on-hand when interviewing moving companies:
- Departure and destination cities.
- Exact moving date (you’ll want to let the company know both when you need to have your current home packed and when you’ll need your belongings to arrive in Las Vegas). Make sure you’ll be present to meet the moving company at your new home to avoid incurring additional fees for storage.
- Will you need temporary storage? If you’re moving into temporary housing when you first arrive, you may not have room for all of your possessions and may opt to place some things in storage. Some moving companies can arrange this for you. Others will require that you make arrangements on your own.
- Are you planning to pack your own belongings? If so, you may inquire about the price and availability of packing materials.
- If you’re planning to have the moving company pack for you, ask about insurance and take a careful room-by-room inventory of your possessions. You may consider taking date-stamped photographs of items that are of high monetary or sentimental value, such as antiques, easily breakable items and family heirlooms. If the moving company takes its own inventory, read through it carefully before signing off.
Every moving company has different pricing, policies and procedures. Make sure you get a written estimate before signing a contract.
If you’re planning to move yourself, start by calling moving companies, getting price estimates and asking about the services the company offers. Make sure you know what you need before you start contacting movers. Make a list that includes information related to the following:
- When do you need a moving vehicle?
- How much do you have to move? (Most companies estimate truck sizes based on the number of bedrooms you are moving.)
- How long do you anticipate having the rental moving vehicle? Factor in loading, travel and unloading time.
- What type of materials will you need? Many moving rental companies can provide you with moving boxes and packing materials as well as equipment for loading heavy items.
- Will you need any special insurance?
- Who will be driving your moving vehicle(s)? If someone other than you (like a friend or family member) is helping you drive a moving truck, that person must be named on your rental agreement, and carry insurance coverage.
Timing a move is of crucial importance. Many moving companies will require a “window” of time availability for completing your move, and, oftentimes, DYI moving companies require several weeks notice for reserving a truck.
Whether you’re moving across the state or across the country, you’ll want to ensure all of your possessions make it to your new home in good shape. Consider these tips:
- Moving gives you a perfect opportunity to clean out your closets and garage and lighten your load. Consider holding a yard sale or donate unwanted items to charity. You may also discover that it makes more financial sense to sell or donate older, bulky items (such as appliances) and buy new ones upon your arrival in Las Vegas.
- Make sure you have all of the right packing materials on hand before you get started:
- A collection of sturdy boxes in different sizes and bubble wrap for delicate items.
- Moving blankets (to pad and protect items large items that can’t be boxed)
- Good old-fashioned newspaper
- Many moving and storage companies provide special boxes for packing china, glassware, lamps and clothing. Label each box clearly and note its contents. Before you get too carried away with your packing, consider what things you’ll need easy access to both during your move and soon after your arrival.
- Clothing and toiletries
- Important records and documents (such as your moving contract, important contact numbers, paperwork pertaining to your new home in Las Vegas). It’s also a good idea to keep sensitive and important documents in your possession: tax records, credit card and bank statements, medical and school records, etc. Also, personal electronic devices such as cell phones and chargers, PDAs and Blackberries should be kept with you at all times.
Remember that children, older travelers and pets will need extra attention and frequent stops along the way:
- If you’re traveling with pets, bring along your leash, doggie bags and plenty of fresh water. Stop in places where animals can safely stretch their legs and run off some energy.
- If you’re traveling with kids, invest in some travel-size car games, nutritious snacks and favorite toys. If you bring personal electronics, such as games, remember to bring plenty of batteries!
- While it’s important for every traveler to stretch, walk around and get some fresh air every few hours, it’s vital that the elderly and those prone to blood clots (such as pregnant women) have the opportunity to move around and get their blood circulating.
Portions of your move may be tax deductible, especially if the move is related to a new job offer. While you should check with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or your own accountant to determine what can be deducted, keep careful track of expenses and save receipts for the following:
- The costs associated with renting a moving vehicle or hiring a moving company
- The cost of meals and lodging during the course of your move
- Gas and oil fees
- Temporary housing and/or storage
- Costs associated with selling an old home and buying a new one