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Six Week Checklist for a Good Move

Six weeks before move
Four weeks before move
Three weeks before move
Two weeks before move
One week before move
Moving day

Six Weeks Before Move:

  • Call for moving estimates.
  • Call the Chamber Of Commerce and Visitors & Convention Bureau in your new town and get their new resident information packages.
  • Inventory all household items to be moved, and start packing NOW!
  • Remove all items from basement, storage sheds, attics, and plan a garage sale or charity donation for all items you don't want to move.
  • Start using things up that you can't move, like cleaning supplies and frozen food.
  • Discuss tax-related moving expenses, liabilities, and deductions with your tax advisor.
  • Make a list of all people/organizations to contact about change of address.
  • Complete U.S. Postal Service change of address forms and mail them to all applicable publications, stores and organizations.
  • Get copies of (or arrange for transfer at both ends of move) all school, medical, dental, veterinary, legal, and accounting records.
  • Contact insurance agents to transfer or cancel coverage.
  • If it's a company move, check with your employer to find out what moving expenses they cover.
  • Get a mail subscription for the local paper in your new location to familiarize yourself with the new community, its activities and issues.
  • Locate and obtain all automobile licensing and registration information.

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Four Weeks Before Move:

  • Get an itemized list of all moving related costs and review with mover, including packing, loading, special charges, insurance, vehicles (if needed), etc.
  • Contact all current and new location utility companies (gas, water, electric, cable TV, phone & trash collection) to set connect/disconnect dates. Remember to keep current utilities hooked up until move day.
  • Make arrangements for relocation of pets and plants.
  • Move valuables to safe deposit box to prevent loss during move.
  • If you are packing yourself, acquire packing materials/boxes and pack items you won't need for the next month.
  • If professional mover is packing your goods, schedule packing day(s) 1 or 2 days before move.
  • Prepare any mowers, snow blowers, boats, snowmobiles (or other vehicles you won't be using before the move) for the move by servicing and draining gas and oil, to prevent a moving van fire.
  • Repair, send out for re-upholstery, or clean furniture, drapes, carpeting as needed.

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Three Weeks Before Move:

  • Make travel arrangements for family for moving trip, allow for unexpected delays and cash needs that often occur in moves and house closings.
  • Collect all important papers (insurance, will, deeds, stocks, etc.).
  • Arrange to close all local bank accounts and open new ones in new location.

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Two Weeks Before Move:

  • Prepare auto(s) for trip to new home. Check tires and have vehicles serviced.
  • Terminate newspaper and other delivery services at old address.
  • Give away all plants you don't intend to move.
  • If you're moving out of a building with elevators, arrange with management for use of elevators on move day.
  • Schedule for appliance disconnects on moving day or the day before the move, if necessary.
  • Contact your moving company counselor to review and confirm all arrangements for your move.
  • Withdraw contents of any safe deposit boxes, return library books & rental video tapes, pick up any dry cleaning, etc.
  • Prepare specific directions to your new home for your moving company, including your travel itinerary and emergency numbers.

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One Week Before Move:

  • Defrost refrigerator/freezer.
  • Plan simple meals for moving day to avoid using appliances.
  • Make plans for care of small children on moving day.
  • Transfer or withdraw all funds from local banks.
  • Separate cartons and luggage items you need for personal travel so they don't get packed on the truck.
  • Pack a box of items you will need immediately upon arrival at your new home and have movers put this box on last (clearly mark box as PACK THIS LAST or UNPACK THIS FIRST) or take it with you.
  • Have appliances disconnected and prepared for move.
  • Set aside one room for packers and movers to work in freely.
  • Arrange to have utilities turned on at new home.
  • Notify friends and neighbors of new address and phone number (if available).
  • Fill any necessary prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.
  • Set aside manuals and instructions for your current home for new owner.
  • Do NOT disconnect your telephone until the day after loading.

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Moving Day:

  • Plan on spending entire day at house with movers. Don't leave until movers have gone.
  • Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric, water).
  • Stay with moving van driver to oversee inventory of goods.
  • Give moving van driver directions to new home and numbers where you can be reached prior to delivery.
  • Get routing information from moving van driver.
  • Review carefully and sign bill of lading and inventory, and keep your copy in a safe place until all charges have been paid and all claims (if any) have been settled.
  • Make final walk-through of house, including basement, attic and closets, to make sure it's empty.
  • Lock all windows and doors, and drop off keys with the agent, neighbor or new owner.

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What our clients are saying  

The Johnson's are client centered. They are attentive and focuses on the individual needs considering both financial and all aspects of the individuals expectations when purchasing our home. Highly Recommend


~ Gail

They are fabulous agents and I would recommend them. They are on their game for sure !!


~ ThomasJ

The Johnson's listed our home and helped us thru the process and found a beautiful home which we could afford. They are very helpful and friendly and made us feel comfortable. I would recommend to my family and friends.


~ Lopez Family

The Johnson's knew I had specific needs related to my search they provided options and suggestions based on my needs and respected my opinions during the search of our new home. They were not just trying to sell a house, they made sure I got the perfect house for my needs. I highly recommend them. !!


~ Cole Family- Riverside

I am a senior, and they listed my home , helped me pack boxes and sold my home, helped me move and unpack, kept my kids in the loop and helped them move stuff for us. They made me a photo album to remember my house by and presented it to me. I would recommend them to anyone, great couple and Realtors !!


~ Hess

They listed our Home and sold almost as fast ! We were very happy with their professionalism and service , would recommend them to family and friends. Highly like to recommend !!


~ Schultz Family

They truly go out of their way, to assure a great transaction and happy clients. They sold our home and found us a beautiful home faster than we expected !! They are definitely humble, professional, knowledgable agents !!


~ A. Davis

I liked Dean and Cheryl from the very start. I was looking for a more mature and experienced agents, as I am a senior. They were very knowledgeable regarding the area in which I was looking to purchase. I would definitely recommend Dean and Cheryl to family and friends, and I would use her in the future.


~ Sharon

Great Agent's, and the nicest people you will ever meet ! Always willing to help made us feel comfortable and safe in their hands. !


~ Ferralotta Family

They are friendly and approachable and you are on top of things. You keep me updated and send emails showing that they care and haven't forgotten about me. Keep up the good work.


~ Cassandra

Cheryl's pleasant personality, and fast to find potential homes, helped me to appreciate her valuable services. I have since used her and recommended her to families and friends. I will be using Mrs Johnson service in the future again. She also accommodated my schedule which was very important. Mrs Johnson kept in touch with me everyday, and if she did not have and answer to my questions, was very determined to solve any issues in her reach, and beyond. She is a valuable asset to everyone that has used her totally loves her. Thanks She is very exciting, and positive person to deal with. Super Awesome !!


~ Martinez

Cheryl & Dean are the hardest working Realtors I know. Not only selling our property but working hard to find us a new home that we could afford. She is easily reachable and works so hard to make her clients happy. I will recommend her to every body.


~ Dia

Cheryl give all of herself to help your dreams come true. She proved to be very knowledgable about my property, how to price it and how to market it. She showed the property in a very professional manner.


~ AccArc Kathy

I contacted Cheryl directly for a home she was helping to sell, and ended up finding me something that suited me better. She was very helpful and a very experienced agent. Even after purchase she does not mind answering any questions I may have. Awesome agent and would definitely recommend !!


~ Chuck

Dean and Cheryl are great Realtors, ready to do the job for their clients. They are 100% dedicated to YOU !! I wouldn't have any one else take care of my real estate needs. They sold my home and it was phenomenal experience !!


~ Chris

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