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9 Things You Need To Know If You Are Moving In Orange County, CA

Congratulations on your upcoming move! We know this is an exciting and busy time in your life. We have compiled a list of all the to-do items that come along with moving. Things like starting and stopping the water service, registering children for school and changing your address.

The good news is—most of these tasks can be taken care of within a matter of keystrokes. Now that you’re here, let’s keep moving!

1. Change Your Address With USPS

an open mailbox with a letter in itFilling out your Change of Address Forms is quick and only takes a minute at USPS.com. You’ll need to know your old address, the new address and which date you’d like the mail to start forwarding.

For specific information, such as different people moving to different households or moving a business to a household, this Movers FAQ guide from the Postal Service will help.

Not all post offices will forward government checks, so be sure to notify the IRS of your address change. Note that it can take four to six weeks for the change of address to be fully processed.

To protect yourself and your personal information, you should also notify your financial institutions, credit card companies and medical providers.

2. How To Get A New California Driver’s License

a drawing of an ID card with a character in glasses, suit and tieIf you’re moving to a new address, your official ID and car registration will need to be updated with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Use California’s Change of Address system for a quick and easy online service. Note: This service works if you already have a California driver’s license and a Social Security Number.

If you are new to California, moving here from another state, use the New California Resident Portal from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Be sure to complete the change of address within 10 days of your move.

sticker that says "I Voted" in many languages3. Register to Vote

When you change your address and driver’s license, you will also want to update your voting registration. Use this link to register to vote in California.

4. Where To Drop Off Household Waste When You’re Moving

When you’re moving and packing, you will come across chemicals from your garage or workshop that may be toxic or hazardous to the environment.

For free, proper disposal of motor oil, car batteries, leftover paint or unused pesticides, Orange County Waste and Recycling has four collection centers. Hours are 9a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

E-waste such as televisions, tablets, cell phones and computers can also be taken to one of the household waste recycling centers.

refuse bins in blue, black and brownFor household trash and recycling Orange County residents are served by CR&R in the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, City of Orange, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton and Tustin, as well as the communities of Newport Coast Rossmoor and the Unincorporated County.

For curbside pickup of trash recycling, place the containers out front by 6:30 a.m. on your pickup day.

  • The black container is for regular refuse.
  • The brown or blue container is for recyclables.
  • If you have a green container, it is for green/yard waste.

Waste Management also serves Orange County, in the cities of Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, Santa Ana and the unincorporated canyon areas.

Republic Services offers one-time pickup for large items or recurring service. You can also rent a dumpster if you’re decluttering a home before a move. This link lists the California cities that Republic serves.

Some municipalities operate their own department of public works waste removal service.

5. Where To Find Services Agencies

The nonprofit organization 2-1-1 Orange County, a.k.a. the 211OC, has a database of health resources and human services providers in Orange County.

For free and low-cost services such as legal aid, family resources, addiction or substance abuse or food assistance, dial toll-free 2-1-1 or text your new zip code to 898211.

For referrals to free and low-cost services such as legal aid, family resources, addiction or substance abuse or food assistance, 2-1-1 can be accessed by phone or computer. Just dial toll-free 2-1-1.

Or you can text. Just text your new zip code to 898211 to be connected to a live person, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Orange County Clerk’s office can help with property records, business and home-based business filings, vital records and more.

6. How To Find Internet And TV Subscriber Services in Orange County

a metal tower with cables running from it in front of an orange sunset

Photo by Jeff Turner, Flickr.

For Internet service providers, landline telephone service, or TV or cable, Southern Californians have a number of options.

To compare service providers and check their availability in your new location, visit https://www.cabletv.com/ca/orange

For cellular phone service: Most providers will let you change the address online.

7. Orange County Water Services and Water Zoning Districts

person washing hands under a faucetMoving to Orange County means you will also have the opportunity to choose an elected water district representative.

There are seven water divisions in the county. Find your Orange County water district here.

The Municipal Water District of Orange County serves all of Orange County through 28 retail water agencies (with the exception of the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton and Santa Ana).

8. Gas And Energy Services In Orange County

Southern California Edison offers service to most of Orange County. Check this map to see if you are in the service area. If you’re moving, you can schedule a request to start stop or transfer service at this link.

SoCal Gas serves approximately 24,000 square miles, including most of Orange County. See if your city is on the list. If you already use SoCal Gas, use this form to transfer service from elsewhere in California. To start a new service with SoCal Gas, use this form.

9. Orange County School Districts

california school

Orange County has 28 public school districts. To enroll, visit this list of districts and find yours:

Moving is a process. But with each task accomplished, your dream is closer to reality. Refer to this list over the next several weeks to make sure that you have completed all the tasks. In turn, you will get to know your new neighborhood and embrace your new community.

It’s Tax Time! Can you deduct your moving expenses?

Did you know that certain moving expenses are tax deductible?

As an Orange County mover, your non-reimbursed moving expenses might be deductible on your tax return if your move is related directly to your work. In addition, if you donate clothes or household items prior to your move, those donations may be deductible as well. Make sure you ask your tax advisor about these possible deductions.

Whether you moved in the past couple of years or are planning a move this year, accurate and organized record keeping is a must to ensure that you receive all of your eligible moving deductions.

Time to prepare!  If you are just beginning your move process and you think your expenses may be deductible, begin a file for collecting all of your moving receipts, cancelled checks, credit card statements, bills and a mileage log. Come tax time, you’ll have everything you need in one place. Daly Movers always provides our Orange County movers with the proper receipts and itemized bills for your records.

Spring is in the air! That means the start of the move season, and tax time.
Are you ready for April 15th? Make the most of your move and don’t miss out on one cent of your deductions. The IRS has all the information you need to decide if and what you can deduct. You can find the answers here at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p521.pdf.  Also check in with your accountant to discuss any special circumstances surrounding your work or military move and what other records you may need for filing your move deductions.

And if this spring is moving season for you, as one the most time-tested Orange County movers, Daly Movers is ready to help with your moving needs.

Daly Movers wishes our Orange County movers a Happy Spring!

Yard sale to cut down the cost of moving

Moving this spring? You might consider holding a yard sale in preparation for your move. Did you know that your Orange County moving costs will in part be determined by the weight of your belongings? Moving is an excellent time to discern what you want to take with you.

As you sort through and pack up your belongings, you will certainly come up against many items you have outgrown in one way or another. Consider these questions when deciding what is worth taking along:

  • Do I have a use for this item in my new home and in this new stage of my life?
  • Will this fit in my new space?
  • Have I used this item in the last 2 years?

If you answer No, why pay to move these items? Yard sales can be fun and earn you cash toward your Orange County moving expenses or new items that you will use and enjoy in your new home. There are many resources on the web for organizing and advertising your yard sale including this great article on TLC-10 Tips for Managing a Moving Sale.

Another great way to lighten up your Orange County moving freight is by donating your dry food goods. You will save money while helping your local food bank.

From all of us here at Daly Movers,
Happy Orange County Moving!

April is National Recycling Month!

In our last blog we talked about holding a yard sale to rid yourself of items you won’t need or want in your new home once you move. This lowers the cost of your move which will be based in part on the weight of your load. We also mentioned donating your potentially heavy dry food goods to a local food pantry. But what do you do with all the things that are not worth resale that you just need to get rid of before your Orange County move?

Did you know that nearly everything in your home, garage and garden can be recycled? You would be surprised. Instead of ordering and possibly paying for a bulk trash pick up adding to our already over-crowded landfills, why not recycle as much as you can before your move? Again, this helps in lowering the weight of your move by not bringing along more than you will use or need. As a green mover (Read Here for Arpin Green move Initiatives), here at Daly Movers, we love to get our Orange County move customers thinking about recycling.

When looking at spaces in your home to pack up and prepare for your Orange County move, especially places such as garden sheds, garages and basements, we often find many items that are not in good enough condition to sell or donate. Think twice before you throw it curbside for trash pick-up. An excellent resource for finding just the right recycling center for your specific items is Earth911.com.

At Earth911 your can find local recycle solutions for recycling:

  • Automotive
  • Batteries
  • Construction materials
  • Electronics
  • Garden supplies and equipment
  • Glass
  • Hazardous materials
  • Household items
  • Metal
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Plastic

You simply fill in your town name and state and the items/items you are looking to get rid of and the site connects you to an organization that will take it. Some things like scrap metal may even earn you a little cash and leave you with very little trash.

Another great source on the web for those who will be downsizing when they move is Downsizing the Home, Lessons Learned. This source is filled with great articles and resources for downsizing and recycling.

Enjoy National Recycling month as you pack up to move and remember at Daly Movers we are here to provide exceptional Orange County move service and ready to deliver a stress-free move.

Donate Books to Lighten Your Moving Load

This month, we shared ideas for lowering your move costs by lightening your load before moving by taking only what you will need and want in your new home. We also shared resources with Orange County movers for holding a yard sale and for recycling household items to also help lower move costs.

As National Recycling month draws to a close, we here at Daly Movers would like to get our Orange County movers thinking about donating their used books. Most of us accumulate piles of books over years and years in our homes. When it comes time to move, we realize there are just too many and they are very heavy. A large (and heavy) book collection can add significant cost to a long distance move — so donating books can save you money and simplify the settling process at your new home.

If you are considering book donations, there are organizations such as charities, schools and libraries that would benefit from taking heavy books off the hands of our Orange County movers and putting them into the hands of people from all over the world. DonationTown.org is an organization available to help you find homes for your books. This is a fabulous resource for donating books as well as many other household items. They will match you up with a local organization that will pick up your donation right from your home.

Donate your books! It’s simple and rewarding. You will lighten up your Orange County moving load, save in moving costs, and feel great about putting your books in the hands of those who will love them. At Daly Movers, we like to help make your move as smooth and easy as possible.