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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 our clients are saying  

The first time my wife and I worked with Trisha was in finding and buying a home in Conifer. The second time was selling that previous home in Conifer to buy a new home in Larkspur. I really appreciated working with her the second time b/c closing on the house in Larkspur was contingent to selling the Conifer house. This special situation was stressful, but Trisha and her team was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. Because of this, we were able to sell the Conifer house and close on the Larkspur house all within a month. She's definitely knowledgeable with real estate

 

~ Edrey & Bobbi Jo

I recommend Trisha Karstetter Grose 100% to be your home buying agent! My fiance & I visited Jefferson County from Florida for exactly 1 week with 1 goal in mind - to make an offer on a house! Via email we explained what we were looking for; she put together a binder of the homes organized by day & area of where the homes were located. We saw 72 homes before choosing THE one. She was so adventurous, kind & reassuring; she made buying a new home FUN. Thank you Trisha!

 

~ Greg & Karen of Evergreen

I would recommend Trisha Karstetter Grose. I find Trisha to be hard working, tenacious and that she genuinely cares about her clients. This is not just a job for her it is her passion, she is excited to go to work every day and works for her clients with great enthusiasm. I would work with Trisha again for buying or selling a home.

 

~ Lynda in Golden

Trisha provided excellent service. We went out with numerous real estate agents but Trisha was our favorite. She was always honest and had our family in her best interest. A family type atmosphere in the office. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!

 

~ Kevin, Mindy & Marley

We had a fantastic experience with Trisha! She really went above and beyond with every aspect of our home buying experience. She is warm, responsive, well connected, and very organized. She developed a great relationship with the selling agent and facilitated a flawless transaction. She also has extensive knowledge of Indian Hills and the surrounding area. Even after we closed on our new home she continued to connect us with a variety of local services! We would highly recommend her and we look forward to being her neighbors!

 

~ Shannon & Michael

Trisha was a true professional, yet with a great personal touch. She was always available day or night to answer our many questions. I would highly recommend her.

 

~ Lisa & Jeff

Trisha helped me purchase and sell several properties - including investment properties and horse properties. Trisha is professional, courteous, and a wonderful negotiator! I highly recommend her!

 

~ Scott

Trisha made the home buying and selling process so easy and was quick to answer all of our questions. Trisha also sold our house fast and at a record high price point for our model in our immediate area. I highly recommend Trisha Karstetter for your next real estate transaction!!

 

~ Taylor & Matt

First used Trisha to buy a home in Indian Hills. She was able to help us sort out the good, the bad and the ugly....which is not an easy feat in the mountains! One day, she must have showed us six different properties. Quite a few were ones we had found and she immediately contacted agents so we could see them. We did find the perfect cabin! I then contacted Trisha months later to help with selling my condo. She was extremely responsive and was able to attain a contractor to do some re-modeling/updating. First offer actually came in before it was on the market. Unfortunately, it wasn't the right offer, but with Trisha's skills, the condo sold within six weeks of actually being on the market. Trisha has a knack of making you feel like you are her only client. Which helps someone like me that was pretty naïve about the real estate market. Thanks Trisha!!! You ROCK!

 

~ Christy

Trisha was always available day/night 7 days a week to help us with any questions or concerns we had. She sold our condominium in 1 day. We also used her to purchase our new home - which went very smoothly. Excellent realtor. Highly recommend using her. Thank you Trisha for everything

 

~ Jane & Paul

Trisha Grose was not only extremely knowledgeable, she was very east to talk to, patient, and was very helpful with every aspect of buying our home. She helped us figure out what kind of loan would be best for situation, and let us know how increase the homes value once we purchased it. I highly recommended her, I even did to my own parents which will be purchasing a home through her in the near future.

 

~ Annie & Jared

Trisha helped me through the process of getting the house ready to sell and all of her recommendations seemed to result in several offers as soon as the house was listed. Being able to sign all the listing contracts and just email them back without going into the office was very helpful. Absolutely the best Realtor I've ever dealt with!!

 

~ Steve

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