Benchmark Realty, LLC #263340
Cerae Cooper

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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  

Cerae Cooper is indeed the most knowledgable realtor I have ever had the privilege of working with, thorough in business and dedicated to doing the best job possible. From the beginning she not only gave clear instructions as to how to prepare my home to sell but assisted in finding resources to make the property and home sell for the best price. Through the entire process of selling my home, Cerae took time to contact me daily and give updates on how the sell was going. I would tell anyone who wants a realtor who can get the job done for them in a short time, and who sincerely cares for you and your interests personally, call Cerae Cooper!

 

~ Carolyn G.

"I have known Cerae for many years. She is one of the most honest-trustworthy people I know. She is incredibly knowledgable in both the selling and buying aspects of homes. With her we sold our home in a short time and she walked with us every step of the way with our new home build. When I was anxious, she was the voice of reason. She made the entire process seem almost seamless. She worked hard day and night and was always available to us. I highly recommend her in both the buying and selling aspects."

 

~ B Adams

Being new to the area Cerae brought great service to me and my family. Her expertise in Real State really made a positive impact in the process and asked the right questions at the right time.

 

~ Emanuel Villa

Being new to the area Cerae brought great service to me and my family. Her expertise in Real State really made a positive impact in the process and asked the right questions at the right time.

 

~ Emmanuel V.

I appreciate your work on this estate and it has been so nice working with you!" Cerae Cooper was a delight to work with. She made the home buying experience smooth and simple. Really knows her stuff!"

 

~ Mike and Karen

"I didn't think it would have been this easy, but you and your company made it unbelievable easy, simple. I just want to thank all of you. "

 

~ Melvin and Mamie

Thank you for all you did to help me sell my house while I was relocating. I could not have done it without you. You really went above and beyond. I will definitely use you again when I move back to Middle Tennessee.

 

~ Scott B.

Cerae! Thank you so much for helping us find our beautiful home! You worked really hard and were very patient with us the whole time. Thank you for your kindness.

 

~ Lee and Megan

We couldn't thank you enough for assisting with making our dreams come true. We dreamt of a house all our own. You are more than just a realtor, you make dreams come true, and you are now a friend! Thank you so much for the attention you showed us and geniune care you have.

 

~ Andy and Tiffany

You are very responsive and thorough, and MOST OF ALL you look out for your clients' interests very well. I look forward to working with you again soon!

 

~ Gary Middleton

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