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  

Erik is a great realtor who tries to tailor all the house searches around your wants and needs. He's very flexible and will even go house hunting on the weekends and evenings. If you have any questions about the home buying process he's literally a text away and almost always responds immediately. If your looking for a hands on realtor who is helpful, resourceful, kind, and patient Erik is your guy! We had a bit of a set back towards the end of our purchase and he worked with the lending company to ensure we got the best deal. We are first time home buyers and literally had no idea what we were getting in to but Erik made the whole process easy and effortless, thanks for all your help Erik!

 

~ Alejandra Herrera

Highly likely to recommend 12/12/2016 - carr crazy Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $275K in Rainbow Ridge, Moreno Valley, CA. Erik Green was very helpful in selling our home, very knowledgeable and always there with all of our questions and concerns. He made selling our home quick and easy with all of our limits & requests in having buyers visit our home.

 

~ Alfonso Carrillo

Highly likely to recommend 09/29/2016 - eodie05 Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $325K in Wood Streets, Riverside, CA. Erik was fantastic! He was professional, knowledgeable and he took the time to explain everything throughout the process. He absolutely did what he said he would do when he said he would do it.

 

~ Erin O'Donnell

Highly likely to recommend Erik has helped me with purchasing two homes and each experience has been wonderful. He was very helpful in explaining any questions or concerns I had and very quick to respond to texts or emails. Always kept me updated during the escrow process. During the purchase of my first house unfortunately I had a bad experience with the first realtor I used however when I switched to Erik he helped me look for the types of homes I was looking for and did not waste my time showing me Homes that I would definitely not be interested in. He is also very patient and genuine. He wants you to be happy in your home, it's not all about the sale. With the first realtor I used I felt as if every home we went to see he was pushing for me to place an offer even if I didn't really "love" the home. Erik was never pushy and always willing to go the extra mile! Definitely wants YOU to be comfortable when placing an offer. I Definitely recommend Erik to be your realtor!

 

~ Mallorie Nielson

Erik really worked hard to find me a wonderful home. He always showed me homes that had features that were important to me plus his knowledge of real-estate was very helpful. I love my new home and plan on living here for a long time! Thanks Erik!

 

~ Robin Mammoth

Mr. Green developed an impressive, comprehensive advertising package for the property, got the information circulated right away and a the ultimate buyer viewed the property within a week. Mr. Green was a sound businessman throughout and I would not hesitate to engage his services once again.

 

~ Gary Burton

Erik helped us purchase our new home in Perris and was an absolute rock throughout the entire procedure. We are somewhat new to the whole process, and it seemed like he knew everything!!!!! He gave advice where needed, he was there at the drop of a hat any time we wanted to view a property and he was extremely proactive. He didn't wait for us to contact him to follow up on viewings, etc - he was there for us - and ahead of us - every single step of the way. With absolute sincerity, I can say that I would definitely use Erik again in the future, and would highly recommend him without hesitation. If you want a Realtor who will make the process of buying a house seamless and painless, do not think twice about contacting him and utilizing his knowledge and experience.

 

~ Cory & Michelle Bowman

Erik Green was our realtor in the recent sale of our home. He was very knowledgeable, professional and thorough during this entire experience. Our home sold in 1 day! The process can be very confusing, but Erik kept us updated on all of the procedures and was very helpful in explaining everything. Erik's knowledge of the area and current market were critical in the sale of our home. We highly recommend Erik for anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

 

~ Mike & Tammy Erickson

Mr. Green handled my purchase and was very professional thru the whole process. When he told me something was going to be done it was and in a timely manner. I will use him with my next purchase.

 

~ Mike Anderson

I bought my first house a few months ago with the Help of Erik! He was great, always quick to respond to emails and calls, kept me updated with any new houses on the market. After a year of searching I finally found the perfect house and I couldn't be happier! Definitely recommend Erik if you're searching for a new home!

 

~ Mallorie Flores

EMG was able to answer all my questions about the area I purchased in. True professionals! Erik has been doing this a long time and it shows. I will use EMG when for all my real estate needs.

 

~ Troy Francis

I HAVE BEEN USING ERIK GREEN FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS ON ALL MY REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS AND THE REASON I ALWAYS CONTACT HIM IS BECAUSE HE IS VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD, HONEST, AND ALWAYS VERY PROFFESSIONAL. I WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYBODY WHO IS LOOKING FOR A HOME OR EVEN IF YOU JUST HAVE QUESTIONS HE IS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP PEOPLE OUT IF THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND SOMETHING ABOUT THE BUYING AND SELLING PROCESS, THIS HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE WITH DEALING WITH ERIK GREEN AND THIS IS WHY I CONSIDER HIM NOT ONLY MY REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT BUT A GREAT FRIEND.

 

~ Victor Martinez

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