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Georgene Collins
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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 went with Collins Realty Group because they offered the full service that other Brokers were offering, but for only 4% instead of 5% or 6%. And they did a lot of other things the other Brokers could not do, and they were all for free. They provided a Home Inspection by a licensed Indiana Home Inspector. They built us a custom Website with our address as the URL. They helped us stage the home with a Certified Staging Professional. And they provided Drone Video and Photography by a FAA Licensed Drone Pilot. They said they did all this to help sell our home quickly and make the transaction as easy as possible for us. It worked. The transaction went very smoothly. Our house was opened for appointments to view on Friday, August 21st. By Saturday, August 22nd, we had 7 requests to view, 5 offers (2 for full price) and we accepted one of those. The closing was set for October 2nd and was closed on time. It couldn’t have been any better. Jeff and Kirsten Limbaugh

 

~ Jeff & Kirsten Airey

We were drawn to Collins Realty Group when we read their advertisement in our local paper. We saw that they dealt with helping seniors move and with downsizing. It was a pleasure to work with Georgene throughout this process. Her patience and understanding were exceptional with helping us deal with the difficulties we encountered with the buyer.

 

~ Jim & Pat Flis

Georgene was a great help during the sale of the house. She is actually helping me find another home to buy now.

 

~ John

Georgene is very knowledgeable and considerate she speaks to you often and addresses any concern you may have she is very thorough. Georgene is very professional but, still seems like a member of your family our home was sold in less then a month ,would highly recommended Georgene Collins. The closing went exactly as planed on the day Georgene said with no problems. Highly recommend Georgene. Very Satisfied.

 

~ George & Julie

A great experience, Georgene is very accommodating and she communicated well throughout the whole home buying process. I would recommend Georgene to my family and friends.

 

~ Jen

“It was such a pleasure to work with Georgene. She exemplifies what the word service really means. Every step of the way Georgene was fully engaged to be sure our concerns were addressed and thought of things we didn’t. We felt that Georgene understood our position well and when negotiating on our behalf, there was no doubt in our mind that she knew who she was representing! Georgene did an awesome job for us!!!

 

~ Genay & Tony Airey

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