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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First time home buyers no need to shop around, Peraza and Associates Real Estate, you are not a client, you will be treated as family, Peraza and Associates is a company that can be trusted. Our family had a great experience buying our first home, everyone involved, loan officer, and agents literally took us by hand, explained the process in detail, answered all our questions, reassuring our doubts and in no time we were approved, escrow closed in less than 21 days, got our keys right away and now we are enjoying our new home. Grateful for Peraza and Associates, respect, care, dedication, hard work and loyalty, may the Lord bless you and keep you.



It was a pleasure working with Leslie. Being first time homebuyers we were a little intimidated at first, but luckily she made the process much easier than we had been anticipating. Leslie never left any questions unanswered and always responded promptly. Any questions we had were answered quickly and efficiently. We are extremely happy with the purchase of our first home and couldn’t have been more pleased with her service. We thank you for your patience, the time and effort you spent with us and making our first experience as easy as it was! I definitely recommend Leslie to anyone. -


~ Alan & Patty Castillo - FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS

Leslie was our realtor for our first house that we bought back in 2009. So when we decided to upgrade in 2017, we did not think twice and immediately called Leslie. Leslie is professional and respectful but also down to earth and and assertive. She is so knowledgeable regarding new real estate laws. We are so grateful for having the privilege of knowing such an honest and hardworking woman. A true gem!!! Leslie is not only our realtor, but our friend for life!


~ Jesus & Gladis Herrera - CONTINGENT SALE

Over the course of real estate transactions with her, she has shown herself to be hard working and dedicated in all the times she has represented our interest. Whether we are buying or selling she has gone about it in quite professional and timely manner. Leslie has also given us great educational real estate knowledge through her sharing and answering of any questions we might have had. We look forward to continued real estate ventures with 'our realtor for life' Leslie Peraza! -Tomás & Alma Castaneda.


~ Tomás & Alma Castaneda - PURCHASE & SOLD

Over the past 5 years I've had the pleasure of working with Leslie Peraza. Leslie is a wonderful Real Estate agent and I'm glad to have the opportunity to work with her. Her dedication to her clients is beyond measure. Leslie always strives to make each client her top priority. Her expertise in the Real Estate Market show with her extensive knowledge in homes sales. Listening to the needs of her clients and full feeling their expectations in making the dream of home ownership real is her expertise. Home buying and selling and be an extremely stressful time, but with a professional on your side like Leslie Peraza you can be sure that she will work for you to take the stress out of the situation and make it an easy process for you. Maria Ontiveros Certified Escrow Officer


~ First American Title & Escrow

Leslie is all the things a realtor is supposed to be... Professional, organized, knowledgeable, etc., but when it comes to picking a realtor. It's all about what sets your Agent apart from the masses of agents out there. Leslie has several X factors... First of all, she has a tremendous team of proven professionals around her. Second, her understanding of the market comes with the great deal of experience she has. Finally, Leslie puts a great deal of time and effort into her clients. Buyers aren't made to feel like another transaction, but more like a professional, streamlined experience on track to meeting all of their goals. I would recommend Leslie Peraza to anyone that is looking to buy a new home. Andres J. Camacho Branch Manager


~ CMG Financial

Leslie is an exceptional person. She takes pride on everything she does and she always gives 100% of effort and commitment to her projects. If someone wants to work with a nice and professional agent Leslie is it. She will devote her time and energy to take care of her clients and to give them the best customer service possible. She is a sweet, intelligent and very well organized person. I love working with her and I really appreciate her friendship!! Best Wishes Always, Lina Gorinstein


~ First American Title

Su profecionalismo, su disponibilidad, su caracter, su entrega, simplemente le gusta lo que hace porque lucha por el sueño de cada cliente ... Es la mejor!!!!


~ Claudia Coronado

Leslie helped me with short selling a property in 2012. When obstacles came up with the bank, she negotiated with the buyer to come in with more cash to make the deal happen. She was quick and responsive during a very difficult time for me and my family. I highly recommend her!


~ Audrey Hildreth Lollis - SHORT SALE SELLER

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