Cityscape Realty
3818 Noble Avenue Suite, B Richmond, Virginia 23222
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 Helpful Tips for Moving

 One Month Before Moving...

  • Fill out change of address order form for post office.
  • Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck.
  • Make travel arrangements, if necessary (airlines, buses, car rentals, etc).
  • Ask doctors and dentists for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
  • Set up banking in your new city, if necessary.
  • Take inventory of your belongings before they are packed. If possible, take pictures and record serial numbers of electronics.
  • Make arrangements for transporting pets.

1-2 Weeks Before Moving...

  • Inform bank, insurance companies, credit card companies, newspaper, magazine subscriptions, etc., of your move and your new address.
  • Enlist help for moving day.
  • Confirm travel/truck reservations.
  • Clean clothing and wrap for moving.
  • Ensure you are covered with your insurance company during your move.

On Moving Day...

  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
  • Carry important documents and valuables with you.

After Moving...

  • Renew driver's license and registration.
  • Locate hospitals and police stations near your new home.

Packing Tips

  • Keep boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper, tape measure, scissors and packing tape handy.
  • Use strong boxes and containers and make sure they are secured tightly.
  • Pack any electronics in original boxes when possible.
  • Label all boxes and containers by contents, room, and whether it is fragile.
  • Avoid overloading one box.
  • Use towels and blankets to cushion fragile content instead of bubble wrap, to save room.
  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving.

About Moving Companies

The following are some tips to help you avoid any conflicts with movers.

  • Get a binding estimate written in the contract from the moving company.
  • Be sure all charges are listed in the contract (including gratuities).
  • Inquire about their record with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Check existing renter's insurance policy to find out what coverage you have for lost or damaged goods.
  • Have the contract include a guarantee of how many hours the job will take.
  • Watch the loading and unloading and examine all items carefully before signing anything.
  • Take an inventory of all your belongings before your pack.

Cleaning Guidelines

When you move into your rental, we recommend you inspect the property to assure the following cleaning guidelines were met and note any discrepancies on your move-in inspection form. On moving out, we will assess that quality of your cleaning, and deductions from your security deposit may result if the property is cleaned insufficiently.


  • Tubs, sinks and toilets scoured
  • Counters and backsplash and floors wiped clean
  • Cabinets, shelves and drawers wiped clean inside and outside


  • All appliances cleaned inside and outside
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to #3 setting (DO NOT TURN OFF)
  • Counter tops and backsplash wiped clean ? Sink clean
  • Dishwasher clean inside and outside
  • Cabinets clean, inside and out and all shelves and drawers wiped out
  • Stove top and drip pans clean (replace drip pans if necessary)
  • Oven clean inside and out
  • Carpet professionally cleaned and a receipt provided to Agent
  • Floor vacuumed and damp mopped (do not use wax or chemicals)
  • Washer and dryer wiped clean inside and outside and dryer vent    free of lint
  • Mini blinds dusted and drapes cleaned and window sills wiped clean
  • In winter months, leave heat on 55 degrees
  • In summer months, turn air conditioner to 80 degree
  • Yard must be detailed and in the same good condition as when you took possession
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