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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  

Sheila was readily available any time we had questions or concerns and made us feel like we were her only clients even though she was helping other home buyers at the same time.

 

~ Brett & Candy Morton

Sheila did a fantastic job. Always able to answer any questions I had. Highly recommend.

 

~ Jim Snyder

Very helpful in the transition of buying and selling a home. Thanks lisa!

 

~ Michael Iacovetti

Great service, knowledge. Realtors friendly. Staff goes out of the way to help you.

 

~ John Boumenot

Sheila is just great to work with.

 

~ Susie Richter

Marina is personable, upbeat, knowledgeable and truly thoughtful. She thought of everything we wouldn't have known to consider about buying a home and all of our options when making the final decision.

 

~ Brandon & Julia Elmore

Sheila Saunders is amazing! She helped me every step of the way with the purchase of my new home - from the MANY appointments to look at prospective homes to closing day. She always went above and beyond to help me find the home that was best for me. She was extremely knowledgable of the process and if there was something she didn't know, she found the answer for me. She made this stressful situation not nearly as stressful. I will forever be grateful to Sheila! She's not only a great realtor, but a great person!

 

~ Laurie Tarnow

Jari did so much for me that I could not begin to mention them all. She was the absolute best. She went over and beyond in helping me, advising me. She was perfect. For anyone wanting to sell their home or a first time buyer, call Jari Lynn Troth. You won't be sorry.

 

~ Anonymous

Jenn made our buying process so easy! We were very picky and house hunted for 3.5 years and she never once gave up on us. We appreciate everything she did for us and thank her for always being there whenever we had questions or houses we wanted to jump on. Thank you Jenn!

 

~ Chelsea Waak

Just bought my second house by myself and had a wonderful experience! Much thanks goes to Sheila Saunders for her professionalism, her expertise, and keeping on top of everything at all times so I always knew what to do and when to do it. Couldn't have been happier with the experience! I totally trust Sheila and MTM and will have Sheila sell my old house for me as soon as it's ready.

 

~ Susie Richter

We put our house on the market this year with MTM Realty, Darlene Jesch, Realtor. We had multiple offers the first day. MTM has a process in place to evaluate and present the offers we received. It made our decision easier. We highly recommend MTM Realty and Darlene Jesch.

 

~ Sissy Robberts

For anyone wanting to sell their home for a first time buyer, call Jari Lynn Troth. You won't be sorry.

 

~ Anonymous

Jari was such a monumental help in our first house buying adventure. We couldn't have done this without her. She was very knowledgeable in the house buying process and helped ensure we got the best house available in our budget.

 

~ Anonymous

Darlene is an outstanding realtor. We enjoyed working with her!

 

~ Anonymous

Best realtor ever! Highly recommend Marina!

 

~ Anonymous

We put our house on the market this year with MTM Realty, Darlene Jesch, realtor. We had multiple offers the first day. MTM has a process in place to evaluate and present the offers we received. It made our decision making easier.

 

~ Kim Schlosser

I appreciate the friendliness and professionalism of the MTM staff. They made purchasing a home stress free!

 

~ Stephanie Dubbs

The best customer service!

 

~ Patrick Gondeck

Lisa was incredibly easy to deal with and extremely knowledgeable when it came to selling our home for us! Very attentive to our questions and our requests, she made the transaction very pleasing. We would highly recommend Lisa and the MTM team for your next real estate needs.

 

~ Steve Raymer

I can't say enough about Lisa. She went above and beyond for us during the process of selling my home and buying a new one. I would highly recommend Lisa and the team at MTM.

 

~ Andrew Snyder

An incredibly professional staff that goes out of their way for their clients. If you're selling or buying, I highly recommend them.

 

~ Dennis Bennett

Chip is great to work with. Did whatever he could to help us work through any hurdles we came across.

 

~ Ryan Readshaw

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