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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  

Wonderful experience! Start to finish Sean Jones was a wonderful realtor. We will ask him to sell our home next because of the honest and dependable way he handled our home purchase. We have just closed on another home with Sean Jones as our realtor in Lake of the Woods VA. We can not think of anyone else we would have chosen to take this journey with. Thank you are the real deal.....THE BEST! - John & Susan V


~ John & Susan V

Let me start by saying that without Sean we would of probably thrown in the towel trying to buy our first home in Unionville, VA. From lender issues in the beginning, to appraisal issues and everything in between Sean always answered our calls and if he didn't have the answer right away then he would figure it out quickly. Of you are looking to buy or sell your home definitely give Sean Jones a call!! - Doug D


~ Doug D

As a first time home buyer in Culpeper, Sean was able to help me through the whole process. We visited numerous houses as my ideas of what I wanted in my first home changed. He helped me immensely! Sean truly enjoys being a realtor, and his passion is evident. I couldn’t be happier with my first home! - Nic J


~ Nic J

Sean was extremely responsive with both phone calls and texting. He explained every part of the process to us and answered all of our questions. I would highly recommend Sean to anyone in the Spotsylvania/Locust Grove area! - Kebert Family


~ Kebert Family

This man made our home buying experience so pleasant. Great availability, knowledgeable, and what he doesn't know he will surely look for the best answer. Not only did he come to each meeting but he asked questions in our best interest that we didn't know ourselves. He's straight forward with his work and can also point you in the direction of other home associated resources to explore. All around invite him to family dinner type of guy. If you are looking for a Locust Grove realtor to make you feel like he was buying the house for himself, look no further - Vince


~ Vince

Sean Jones was very pleasant and his knowledge was spot on when it came to knowing what people were looking for in the Locust Grove, VA market. He also held to try to sell the house. I can't tell you how much help he was in know what to update or prep and what not to do so we didn't spend money we didn't have to. If I lived in the Virginia area I would use him to find me a home because he looks for the right fit for the people. He is a concerned individual when it come to sell your home or helping you find a new one or both -


~ Ms. Wambold

We were referred to Sean from a neighbor in Lake of the Woods and he was very prompt and professional when we met. We liked his way of valuing our home and it sold quickly for 99% of the original list price. He had great marketing tools and was very helpful in coordinating selling activities due to us being out of town. It was a great pleasure meeting and working with Sean -


~ Doane Family

We had a unique situation buying this house in Lake of the Woods, VA. We had to sell a home in Florida and still keep the house we bought. Well it all worked out thanks to Sean’s help. I highly recommend him to anyone who is buying or selling in the Locust Grove area! - Coover Family


~ Cover Family

After having significant trouble selling our home in Lignum VA, Sean saved the day and sold our home in just a month. He is professional and has a “can-do” attitude. He focuses on the positives of your property and ensures that it’s true value is represented. We felt cared for and left our transaction feeling satisfied with his service. Montgomery Family


~ Montgomery Family

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