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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 my clients are saying  

We Highly Recommend Kristi! Kristi Bell helped us greatly in determining our needs and desires for selling our house and in a new home search. She is a shiny penny! She was detailed, gracious, and understanding. Her suggestions and instructions were very helpful! She sold our home in record time over list price. She was able to negotiate the best deal on our new home to close and move in 12 days! We never doubted her ability, her care and kindness! We highly recommend her!

 

~ Randy & Gina Moore

I could not recommend a better agent! My wife and I decided to move out of the southern area of DFW. We had very limited resources to find what we needed with the budget we had. Kristi was a huge blessing. She was patient while we explored what was important to us. She helped find the best place and stay within our budget. She was always willing to answer all of our questions. I could not recommend a better agent, her patience, knowledge, and communication skills are top-notch.

 

~ Emmanuel Gage

All we can say is WOW! Kristi has a heart of gold and we always heard back quickly on all questions when selling our existing home and purchasing a homestead. She made us feel like we were the only client she had. Our home sold within 12 days and we found our dream home within one week. Very grateful and blessed.

 

~ Brian R.

Kristi Bell made our home dream a reality! She is an amazing realtor and we can't thank you enough for everything you did for us.

 

~ D. Regier

I've been blessed in connecting w/ Kristi Bell during my journey in finding my new home. I felt confident to reach out to  Kristi to ask for her advice. Knowing Kristi at the personal level, I was aware that she would go above & beyond in supporting her clients, as this is not a just a business transaction for her, but she genuinely desires the best for her clients. In the second day of visiting places, we saw the place that now is my new home. Kristi promptly connected with the seller agent, & during the entire process, I witnessed Kristi's professionalism and excellence in collaboration w/ all parties involved in the process of selling-buying a property. The seller accepted my offer on Feb 8th, & on March 1st I received the keys. Everything happened so fast & smoothly, also because of the strong structure that the mortgage company provided that Kristi recommended. I am grateful for being under Kristi's "wing" during the process of purchasing my first home.

 

~ Angelica Lica

Kristi Bell helped us buy our forever home in Prosper's Saddle Creek neighborhood in September 2020. Our journey began with Kristi with a random showing that quickly led to our decision for her to represent us. Kristi provided a plan of what she could do for us and how she was going to do it. She was honest, punctual, and most importantly followed through with all that she promised. We were most impressed how Kristi listened to what we wanted and was ALWAYS available, 24-7! Kristi was the one who found our forever home. Kristi was the one who went to check out the home BEFORE she shared it with us. She paid attention to detail and made our journey so much more enjoyable that we could ever explain! We highly recommend Kristi Bell and guarantee you will receive 5 star service!

 

~ Chris Hayden

Kristi is an amazing Realtor! She gave us great tips on how to get our home ready for the market! she is so kind and easy to work with.  Kristi is VERY knowledgeable and has made this whole process easy and enjoyable. She made the entire experience a joy and easy as can be. Her knowledge and creativity even during a pandemic were the driving factors for our home selling so quickly. Her negotiating skills and relationships with other agents and companies led to us getting the right price in today's market. We were thrilled with the entire experience!

 

~ Janet Braselton

Kristi is the BEST! My husband and I loved working with Kristi! She went above and beyond to help us find the perfect house in our budget. She made the process seamless and she is a joy to work with! Thank you so much, we LOVE our new home!

 

~ Emily Gage

We are thrilled with having Kristi as our realtor! Kristi is experienced and knowledgeable with our area; skilled at using multiple platforms to get our house in front of potential home buyers and agents; offering creative and informative suggestions on staging our house for the market. Working with Kristi has been a joy!

 

~ Michael B.

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