Moving in Fairfax: 4 Things to Know

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Between work and family activities, county residents are always on the move. Sometimes that even means moving homes within Fairfax County.

According to historical census data, within a year, tens of thousands of people will move out of Fairfax County, while a few thousand more will move in.

What the numbers don’t show is that moving can often be a stressful and expensive experience. Here are four things to know if you have a move in your future.

1. Do Your Research

Start your search for a reputable moving company well before your rental lease is up or your home has sold. Before you hire a moving company, you should understand your consumer rights and responsibilities.

If you are moving within Virginia, your move is regulated by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you are moving out of the state or internationally, your move is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

2. Have a Checklist

There is a lot to do when planning a move! Getting estimates from movers and insuring your belongings are just a few important tasks.

This handy checklist can help you get organized and remember key tasks for a successful move.

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3. Know What To Do If Something Goes Wrong

If you have belongings that are damaged or missing, or something else went wrong during your move, there are steps you can take:


Research, checklists and resources to help if you’re moving in Fairfax County.

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4. We Survived Our Move, Now What?

Whether you are lucky enough to be moving into or within Fairfax County, or heading elsewhere, you should check with your local and state jurisdiction to take care of some essentials right away. Put these on your to-do list if you are moving into Fairfax County:


Get more resources for moving within - or to - Fairfax County.

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