How should I prepare to move and find a new place to live?

First, if you move before the date of your eviction hearing, you may be able to get the eviction dismissed. Be sure to prepare your home correctly and return your keys before this date.

If you don’t move before your eviction hearing, or if you try to fight your eviction and lose, MAKE SURE you move before your “set-out” date. This is the date the court gives you to move out by. If you aren’t out by this date, the bailiff will come and physically remove all your belongings from the home and place them on the curb, change the locks, and lock you out. They won’t give you time to pack, and you may end up losing things.

As you start packing, think about what it’s going to cost you to move. Do you need to hire a moving company or rent a truck? Do you need to pay for a storage unit while you find a new place to live? What is it going to cost you to put down a security deposit at your new place?

There are resources in the community that may be able to help, if you aren’t able to afford the cost of moving. Call your local 211 and ask for help with moving costs for people with low incomes. If you are a veteran or live with a veteran, the local VA or Veterans Service Commission may be able to help.

Getting packed and ready to go can save you time and money. Moving companies or truck rentals may charge extra money to you if it takes longer to move because you are not ready to go.

Keep any important documents, like social security cards and birth certificates, on you during the move. It is important that these papers don’t get lost or stolen.

Make sure you use websites and resources you can trust when looking for a new home. There are a lot of scams out there and people waiting to take advantage of you. So using a good, trusted company or website is the best place to start. We have compiled a list of some trusted resources here.