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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  

MARGARET HASSANI IS VERY PROFESSIONAL and knowledgeable real estate agent. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to sell or buy a home. She recommended a price I thought was a little high for the area. I received the full price she suggested and sold it on the first day it was on the market!


~ O. Y.

MARGARET IS VERY ATTENTIVE and quickly knew exactly what I am looking for. I deeply appreciate her attention to my needs--for she is right-on what I need and this saves me time, which in my case is limited. I highly recommend her for all real estate needs because she is very knowledgeable.


~ G. O.

MARG IS A GREAT REALTOR to work with, bar none. She listens to customer needs and is able to relate to customer's situation. She was there every step of the way.


~ H. P.

MARGARET IS DEFINITELY AN EXPERT in her field. Very knowledgeable in every aspect of the home buying process. As a first time buyer, Margaret has helped to make the process of purchasing my first home very simple. Margaret's responsiveness is unparallelled she has been their every step of the way. I would definitely suggest her to someone looking for a real estate agent.


~ J. B.

GREAT TO WORK WITH " Margaret was very responsive when I sent her questions or asked to see properties. I am out of state, so she put me in touch with a local mortgage agent to get us preapproved. She is easy to get in touch with and always responds in a timely manner. She is also very personable, likeable and has a great attitude. I enjoyed spending time with her!"


~ J. M.

MARGARET IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL who goes above and beyond her expected duties as a realtor. She listens to your concerns and helps to guide you based on her expertise in the real estate market. You will not regret working with Margaret Hassani.


~ P. S.

REALLY AMAZING! "Having moved many times in my life, I''ve never come across a realtor like Margaret Hassani. She'’s amazing. I listed my house with her and she paid for a home pre-inspection and repairs, but what I really didn''t expect was to find her assistant pressure-washing our driveway before an open-house!"


~ P. N.

MARGARET HASSANI IS AN EXCELLENT REALTOR. She does many things positively different than any others I have seen in today's real estate market. They professionally furnished house if you are selling one. Her skill of advertising your house is remarkable. She even reimburse home inspection and part of the repair cost. I highly recommend anyone who is in market to sell or purchase house. You will get 5 star service through out!


~ S. A.

MARGARET WAS AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT to work with! She knew what we were looking for an did a great job finding houses in our price range and helped us find a house we loved!


~ B. E.

WOW! HER SERVICES WERE EXEMPLARY. "Margaret went beyond my expectations, offer suggestions and going out of her way to meet with me any time I had questions or wanted to see property. She was very kind, courteous, and personable. "


~ H. B.

MARGARET WAS VERY HELPFUL in finding just the right house. After finding out what my requirements were, she worked hard at finding the right houses to look at. She stayed on top of everything all the way till closing.


~ E. V.

MARGARET WAS GREAT TO WORK WITH - very responsive when I sent her questions or asked to see properties out of the normal search area. I am out of state, so she put me in touch with a local mortgage agent to get us preapproved. She explained the local market and was quick to deliver our contract to the seller - a few hours after we decided to offer on the house. There were multiple offers, but ours was accepted because she was the only one to call the listing agent to follow up the next (SuperBowl Sunday) morning. I am so happy I found her - and you will be as well.


~ W. P.

MARGARET IS EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE about all aspects of buying and selling homes. She has great contacts and can help you through the pressure and uncertainties of selling and buying. She is easy to get in contact with and responds to your needs in a very timely manner. She is also very personable, likeable and has a great attitude. I enjoyed spending time with her!


~ V. H.

MARGARET WAS A SUPERIOR BUYER AGENT who was always responsive and extremely flexible in a quick search for a home as part of a military move. She was always available and adjusted weekend plans to support my needs. I would recommend her to anyone.


~ S. P.

MARGARET IS A VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE REALTOR. She goes above and beyond to make sure the clients needs are met. I was very impressed by her concern for your best interest and also her open line of communication. She is not just a realtor out her trying to get commission she really loves what she is doing. This sets her apart from others. As a current client I like the fact that she stays in touch and she knows just what to look/ask for when dealing with contracts. I would definitely recommend her as I am already doing. You will surely be please with her excellent service.


~ N. G.

I AM TRULY FORTUNATE to have Margaret by my side for all my real-estate needs. Like many, I invested in real-estate at the height of the market and soon was upside down on these investments. Trying to get back on track seemed impossible. With Margaret's expertise, I am getting very close to being where I want to be. Margaret has gone above and beyond the calls of a realtor and I recommend her to everyone I know. When I call her, i feel like I'm calling a friend, who happens to be an expert. i can always tell she has my best interest in mind. I can not say how grateful i am to her.


~ H. T.

WORKING WITH MARGARET HAS BEEN A BLESSING. She is very professional, and always in touch with the client. Her work knowledge is very impressive, she is always on top of the situation and keep the client updated on what's going on with the negotiation. Working with her was a very good experience and I feel very comfortable with the service. That is why I fully recommend Margaret to take care of your property, and when you do that you will be in good hands from start to finish.


~ P. R.

MARGARET HELPED US find and buy the home we have been looking for in a short period of time. She is very helpful and knowledgeable with the home prices so we bought the home feeling like we got a great deal that also has equity which is rare in this market.


~ S. K.

I REALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH MARGARET. She is very efficient and hard working. We found a house that I liked and she helped with this every step of the way. I would recommend her to everyone.


~ J. R.

THIS WAS A BANK-OWNED PROPERTY and was a little complicated, but Margaret worked hard to get everything done in a timely manner. She also made sure to keep us informed. She worked with all the paper work that was required, and she had a lot of patience while dealing with the bank and with us. We thought Margaret was very responsive to all our needs. We got our house and it is just perfect for us.


~ J. T.

MARGARET HELPED ME FIND exactly I wanted as well as guided me throughout the process of purchase. She is a very knowledgeable realtor and has a lot of patience with my requirements on every little things. I am sure she will be the one again for my future homes.


~ A. W.

MARGARET WAS A GREAT HELP in our process in looking then buying our home. She was always very informative and proactive with the banks in getting our home. I would recommend her in your help of searching and buying your home.


~ B. S.

MARGIE MADE IT EASY and simple for me to find exactly what I wanted from a home. She was very professional and was with me throughout the whole process. She is the best bar none.


~ T. T.

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