Your residential transaction is one of the most important decisions and/or largest investments you will ever make. It can be a very trying and stressful time or it can be a very happy experience and making a friend for life! The real estate broker/agent you select will make a big difference. If you are buying or selling your property, or looking for answers to your questions, it helps to contact an expert. Meanwhile, here is a helpful article written by KC Butler about how to successfully prepare your home for sale: https://www.thehometeam.com/find-out-how-much-your-home-is-worth/how-to-prepare-your-home/
K.C. Butler has a strong referral database setup to serve you world wide. He is interested in seeing that a prospective buyer or seller receives the best service possible. To assist his customers and clients in this endeavor, at their request, he will introduce them to an agent in the area they’re moving to who has a great reputation for service and the ability to get the job done!! This is a totally free service and it does not obligate our customers or clients to working with that particular agent.
Moving to an unknown area is stressful enough without having to pick a real estate agent. Having an agent before you make the move allows you to receive information about the area, schools, home prices, etc. before you actually go there so when you do get there you will be familiar with what to expect! We have prepared a comprehensive Town to Town Moving Checklist to help you cover all of the details involved with making a big move.
PLAN AHEAD BY:
- Deciding what to move and what not to move. Possibly plan a garage sale!
- Getting estimates from several moving companies or truck rental companies, depending how you plan to make the move.
- Planning your travel itinerary and making transportation and lodging reservations in (Leave a copy with a friend).
- Transferring your bank accounts. We will be happy to open your accounts by mail. – Contacting your local credit bureau to find out if they are on the same system your new hometown subscribes to, if not, they will be able to transfer your credit file.
- Requesting records from doctors and dentists, including eye glass prescriptions, dental x-rays and vaccinations.
- Obtaining your children’s school records to make for an easier transfer.
- Drawing up floor plan of where your furniture should be placed. This will help avoid confusion for you and your movers.
- Paying existing bills and closing out local charge accounts.
- Recording expenses incurred during your house-hunting trips. You will also want to save your moving expense receipts (if the move is employment-related) for tax filing purposes.
DON’T FORGET TO:
- Discontinue deliveries, electricity, water gas, newspaper, garage collection.
- Check on personal items that might be at the photo shop, bank safe, deposit box, a neighbor’s house, on lay-away or in the repair shop (i.e. shoe repair, jewelry store, small appliance repair or dressmaker).
- Make arrangements for transporting your plants and pets.
- Save the phone book from your former city residence for tying up loose ends or for future correspondence.
- Transfer insurance policies or arrange for new policies.
- Gather all valuables, jewelry, important papers (birth certificates, deeds, documents) to take with you personally.
- Have the car serviced for the trip.
- Pack an arrival kit of necessities just in case you arrive before the mover.
- Get refunds from your present utility and phone companies and arrange for service at your new home
- Purchase moving insurance. Your mover’s liability for lost or damaged good will not equal their replacement cost.
- Appraise valuable items, such as antiques, art pieces, etc… – Check with your attorney about your will if crossing state lines.
- Ask for professional referrals if available (i.e. doctor, accountant, etc…)
- Change those addresses: Post Office, charge accounts, subscriptions (at least four weeks in advance), relatives and friends, national and alumni organizations, church, mail order clubs (books, tapes, catalogs), firms with which you have time payments, past employer in order to receive your W-2 form.
- Save your old address labels to speed up your change of address forms.