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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  

Teresa was very knowledgeable about the area. She was a great help to us purchasing our first home and helping us understand the process. She has also been a huge help after we closed as well. Definitely would recommend her!


~ Jesse Clearwater

Told Teresa what I was looking for. She found me the financing when was turned down by others. Teresa found me the house I was looking for and made it possible for me to own it.


~ Jeanette Hayden

Teresa is a great realtor. She went out of her way to find me my happy home. She took the time to listen to what I wanted and did an awesome job. I have recommended her to people when they get ready to find their home. Teresa did a fantastic job!!!!!!


~ Tona Pope

Teresa, went above and beyond to not only help us purchase the perfect home, but she was able to find us a good mortgage company to help us get approved through this long process. She shows great expertise in what she does, was always available when we needed her and we couldn't be more happy.


~ Sarah Boatman

Teresa, Jeff, and Britney have all been like family! Direct Realty is the place to go if you want a family friendly experience! They are all such great help with all your real estate needs! My husband and I build a home with the help of Teresa. She contacted builders to set up meetings, and helped direct us to lenders, and other important contacts. She was able to answer any of our questions, and she helped to make the process go smoothly! We have been in our home for a year now, and we absolutely love it. Thank you Direct Realty for helping make our dreams come true!


~ Hayley Baker

Teresa was not only the agent that helped with the sale of my rental property, she was the property manager for the entire time that I owned this property. She was always there to protect my interests.


~ Janet Schuro

Great realtor. Knows the Mini-Cassia area, knows how to negotiate and always has your back. She sold our house and was very patient with buyers that were very difficult.


~ Keith Bevan

Teresa Holmes is a true professional. My husband and I started working with her over 8 years ago towards building up our retirement through acquiring rental homes. Through a long term strategy that we all affectionately call "getting rich slowly", we now own 25 units. Teresa knows the market exceptionally well and is very connected to all facets of making a real estate rental business thrive. From lenders to finding the right properties to managing tenants. She has done it all for us. We have been particularly impressed by the possible properties she has skillfully steered us AWAY from. Sometimes a deficient property is very hard to detect. Teresa always has our best interest at heart. We recommend her without hesitation. And best of all, our retirement picture has turned into a very secure reality. Whether you're marketing your own home or want to check out the amazing stability of owning rental units, Teresa Holmes will treat you with respect and earn your trust. Every time.


~ Miriam Walton

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