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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  

Coach Santoni went beyond the scope of a normal realtor in our opinion. He helped us overcome a permitting issue on our garage. And with his List 4 Less program saved us over $17k in listing fees. Another real estate company we spoke to Coldwell Banker wouldn't even discus a discount on fees. Being in the military we've moved around a lot, I can say without a doubt working with Coach Santoni was by far our best experience ever selling a home. He's worth more then what he charges.


~ Corky Newcombe

I highly recommend Coach Santoni if your looking for realtor who will represent you every step of the way. He helped us navigate through a lengthy inspection report and resolved some issues so we had a smooth closing. He also saved us a lot of money.


~ Jeffrey Han

Coach sold my house within 24 hours.  He is not only a good realtor, but he will be in your corner to get you the best deal.  You cannot go wrong with him on your side.   He also helped me find my new home. Together, we negotiated a great deal and he was there for the home inspection to help me understand the issues that the inspector uncovered. He made the whole experience less stressful.


~ Nada Samuelson

If you ever need a Realtor, I wholeheartedly recommend Coach Santoni of Not only did he manage to get our house listed and sold during these difficult times, but he has also been extremely helpful in other ways that are not really within the scope of a Realtors duties. He is also very prompting responding to my text messages, emails and phone calls--something I find very important in a Realtor. Last but certainly not least, he gives you a break on the Listing fee. If you are looking for an excellent Realtor, call him!


~ Elaine McDonald

I was a little hesitant to go with a smaller company but we are very pleased we did. We interviewed other discount real estate company's like Rex and Redfin as well. However once we sat with Coach Santoni and talked to him about our property and his services it was a no brainer. Coach's numbers were right on and he sold our home in 48 hours. He also represented us during all inspections even attended the closing. We have sold a lot of homes in the past and this was by far the best experience we ever had. I highly recommend Coach Santoni if your looking for professional representation, experience and a sincere person to represent you.


~ James & Tania Bush

As a retired woman I was very careful who I decided to list my home for sale with. I spoke with the usual company's, Remax , Coldwell Banker and Coach Santoni. I had received his post card many times and felt I at least needed to compare his program. Well am I happy I did. Not only did he sell my home in less then two days, he sold it for several thousand dollars over the asking price. I was so happy, I asked him to help me find my new home. Which he did, and he negotiated a price I was comfortable with. Let me just say this. If your on a fixed budget and need an honest person to help you sell your home. You would be foolish not to hire Coach Santoni to be your realtor. It was a very good experience for me and I'm happy I did.


~ Patty Runyon

If Your Looking for a professional realtor who cares about the job his does for you, then contact Coach Santoni. He was there for me during a tough time. He helped guide me through the whole process in the sale of my home.


~ Barbra Nichols

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