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Dave Matthews

RE/MAX Advantage
Henderson, NV 89052
702-496-7016
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MOVING TIPS

Moving can be an exciting experience. It is also ranked among life’s most stressful events. Whether you are relocating across town or across the country, with the proper planning and preparation, your move can be smooth. Your local Realtor Dave Matthews with RE/MAX Advantage can also be of invaluable assistance.

A good way to reduce stress is to develop a calendar that starts six weeks before your move. This calendar will serve as the “countdown” to moving day.

Six Weeks Before The Move

  • Take an objective look at what you own and decide what must go and what can be left behind.
  • Contact moving companies for estimates. Be aware of cost and ask them what they will do to make your move as smooth as possible.
  • Get an estimate from your mover on the cost of letting the company professionally pack all or part of your belongings; the time and effort you save may be worth the cost.
  • Organize a garage sale if you have a lot of things worth selling.
  • If you have decided to let your mover pack for you, separate what you want to keep from what you plan to sell, give away, and/or throw away.
  • Create a central file for all of the details of your move. Keep receipts for moving expenses; they may be tax-deductible.
  • Create a floor plan of your new home and think about where you may want to place the furniture. Label specific pieces of furniture on your diagram and place the plan in your moving folder.

Five Weeks Before The Move

  • Select your mover and meet to discuss dates and costs.
  • If you decide to pack by yourself, you will need to gather boxes.
  • Your mover can provide boxes designed for moving, including special containers for clothing on hangers, lamp shades, mirrors, etc.

Four Weeks Before The Move

  • Notify the post office, magazines, credit card companies, friends, and family of your change of address. The US Postal Service offers a kit to make this process easier. You can obtain a change of address kit online at www.usps.com.
  • Contact utility companies to schedule the start of your services at the new destination for the day before you arrive. Make sure to also schedule the disconnection of your current services for the day after you move.
  • If you plan to move large appliances, ask your mover to schedule disconnection and servicing a few days before the move.
  • If packing by yourself, begin with seldom-used items. As you pack, remember to keep each box light enough to be handled by any family member. Heavy items go in small boxes and light items go in larger boxes.
  • If you are planning a garage sale, pick a date at least one week before the move and advertise it locally.

Three Weeks Before The Move

  • Take inventory of your everyday household goods. Decide which items you will discard or store.
  • If you are packing by yourself, make sure you are now packing with a sense of urgency and doing so at a quicker pace than before.
  • Do not forget your critical documents, such as driver’s licenses, identification cards, birth certificates, social security cards, passports, voter registration cards, and the like.
  • Contact doctors, dentists, and veterinarians for medical records and update your information on their files.
  • Plan food purchases carefully so that you can get rid of all perishables by the time you leave; this could save the hassle of panicking to clean a full, dirty refrigerator and freezer at the last moment. It also avoids wasting valuable food and drinks.
  • Arrange to have your home professionally cleaned.
  • If applicable, contact your children’s schools and arrange for records to be forwarded to the new schools.
  • Go to your bank and change all necessary information on your accounts. If applicable, this is also a good time to make new safe deposit box arrangements.

Two Weeks Before The Move

  • Contact insurance companies to cancel policies or arrange to change your address on file.
  • If applicable, make arrangements for transporting pets and plants.
  • Arrange to transfer the address on file with your pharmacy.
  • Cancel delivery services or arrange to change the address on file.
  • Service your vehicles.
  • Empty any hiding places, remove valuables, and remove or destroy spare house keys.

One Week Before The Move

  • Mow your lawn for the last time.
  • Dispose of toxic or flammable items that cannot be moved. Drain fluids from gas-powered tools and appliances.
  • Pack your “trip kit” with necessary items that you want to go in your car and not the moving van. 
  • Plan to take important papers, jewelry, cherished family photos, mementos, and files with you. If you have young children, make arrangements for a babysitter on moving day. Also, arrange for a babysitter to be available when you arrive at your new home.
  • Pack most of your clothes as desired.
  • Pay outstanding bills and put your new address on any receipts.
  • Remove fixtures you are taking with you and replace anything that needs to be replaced.
    One To Two Days Before The Move
  • Finish emptying and defrosting the freezer and refrigerator.
  • Finalize the payment arrangements to the moving company.
  • If you are selling your property, leave a forwarding address and phone number for the buyers of the house you are selling.
  • If your old house will be sitting vacant, notify police and neighbors.

Moving Day

  • Remove linens from the beds and pack in an “open first” box.
  • Review every single detail and paperwork with the movers when they arrive.
  • Double-check with the professional cleaning service and make sure they are still coming over tomorrow to clean the property and finalize payment arrangements with them.



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10075 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite #103 - Henderson, NV 89052
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