​​ ​Tips for a Smooth Move
​One Month Before Moving
  • Switch utility services to new address. Electric, Gas, Telephone, cable, water newspapers, magazine subscriptions.
  • Arrange for help on moving day. 
  • Confirm travel reservations.
  • Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment or  condo.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving.
  •  Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
  • Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving. 
  • Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven't been processed.
  • Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand-carry them to your new address. 
  • Check with your insurance agent to ensure you'll be covered through your homeowner's or renter's policy during the move.
  • Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odors.
  • Check into laws and requirements of your new city regarding homebase businesses, professional test, business license and any special laws that might be applicable to you.
  • Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
  • Take inventoryof your belongings before they are packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or video take your belongings.
  • Start using up food items, so there is less to pack and possibly spoil.  
 
Packing Tips   
  • Keep the following supplies handy for packing:
  • Boxes, marking pen, bubble wrap, newspaper and tissue, tape, scissors and tape measure
  • Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
  • Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
  • Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box
 
Label each box and indicate the following:
      (a) Which room it should go in. Colored labels also work great!  Once you arrive at your new home, put a colored lable in the room or on the door so you can easily see what room they go in.  
      (b) Whether it is fragile
      (c) If it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
 
  • Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
  • Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the book before packing.
  • Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell.
  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings.
  • Pack medicines in a leakproof container.
  • Carry all valuables with you.

Moving Day!
  1. Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
  2. Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
  3. Carry traveler’s checks for quick, available funds.
  4. After Arriving At Your New Home
  5. Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags.
  6. Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage
  7. Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.    
                                      
  About Moving Companies​                                     
  1. Consumer complaints against moving companies have been rising. Inquire about their on-time record and other complaints with the local Better Business Bureau or consumer complaints department.
  2. Movers are limited by law regarding what they can give you for lost or damaged goods. To cover potential damage, check      existing homeowner's or renter's policy.
  3. Ask about expected gratuities and
  4. Get a binding estimate from the moving company. Make sure the amount is in writing.
  5. Have the contract include a guarantee of how many hours the job will take, allowing an overrun of no more than 10%.
  6. Watch loading and unloading and examine all items carefully before signing a receipt.
  7. Inform the moving company of how many stairs are at your new home.
  8. Document an inventory of your belongings before you pack.
Glossary of Real Estate Terms
 
Assignment of Funds - In the context of a real estate transaction, this phrase means that the seller is directing the title company to pay all or a part of the proceeds of sale to a third party (often another title company who may be conducting a subsequent closing where the seller is purchasing a second property).
 
Chain of Title - This is simply a history of the ownership of a particular piece of property, including who bought it, who sold it and when.
 
Commitment - When the title search is completed, the title company issues its commitment to insure the closing stating the conditions under which it will insure the title.
 
Deed - The written document conveying real property. The Deed must be executed (signed), acknowledged, and delivered to the Grantee. Once recorded at the Courthouse, the original piece of paper is not needed to convey title in the future.
 
Deed of Trust - A voluntary lien to secure a debt deeding the property to Trustees who foreclose, and sell the property at public auction, in the event of default on the Note the Deed of Trust secures.
 
Encroachment - The physical intrusion of a structure or improvement on the land of another. Examples include a fence or driveway over the property line.
 
Escrow - A disinterested third party holds funds or documents on behalf of others and subject to their instructions.
Executor - A person named in a will to carry out its terms and administer the estate. Depending upon the terms of the Will, the Executor may not have power to sell the real estate; that power may rest in the individual heirs. The feminine form is Executrix.
 
Foreclosure - The process by which a lender sells property securing a loan in order to repay the loan. Under a Deed of Trust, foreclosure is by public auction after appropriate advertisement. A Mortgage may require the lender obtain Court approval prior to sale.
 
Lender’s Title Insurance - the mortgage lender is as concerned as the buyer with the quality of the title because the property being conveyed acts as security for the new mortgage loan. The lender’s title insurance policy insures that the lender has a valid mortgage lien on the property. The lender’s title insurance, however, does not protect the new buyer of the property. Although the land is the same, the interests of the buyer and the lender are very different.
 
Lien - A claim or charge against property. Property is said to be encumbered by a lien and the lien must be removed to clear title.
 
Mechanics Lien - The right of an unpaid contractor, laborer or supplier to file a lien against property to recover the value of his work. Virginia allows the claimant to file the lien after title has passed to the new owner and gives the lien priority over the new owner's interest.
 
Owner’s Title Insurance - The Owner’s Title Insurance policy is a contractual undertaking by the title company to indemnify a buyer against loss or damage resulting from defects or problems relating to the ownership of real property or from the enforcement of liens that exist against it.
 
Prepayment Penalty - An additional charge imposed by the lender for paying off a loan before the due date.
 
Power of Attorney - A written document authorizing another to act on his behalf as an Attorney in Fact. One does not need to be a licensed attorney to act as an attorney in fact but, power of attorney forms are legal documents and should only be prepared by a licensed attorney.
 
Title Insurance - Insurance against loss or damage as a result of defect in title ownership to a particular piece of property. Title insurance covers mistakes made during a Title Search as well as matters which could not be found or discovered in the public records such as missing heirs, mistakes, fraud and forgery.
 
SERVICES: Regardless of whom they represent, REALTORS can provide a variety of informaion and assistance to all parties in the real estate transaction.  For example, REALTORS can assist customers by performing ministerial acts such as supplying information about available properties and sources of financing, describing and showing properties, assiting in preparing and submitting purchase offers or counteroffers, or providing information about settlement procedures. REALTORS acting as standard agents are required by Virginia law and by their code of Ethics to treat all parties honestly and not knowingly give them false information, promptly present all written offers and counter officers, disclose any adverse material facts actually known to them concerning the physical condition of a property and offer properties without regard to race, color religion, sex, handicap, familial status, elderliness or national origin, as well as any other classes protected by the Commonwealth of Virginia and applicable local jurisdiction.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: Virginia law requires that in order to be enforceable, all contracts for real property must be in writing.  There is a recommended contract form that can be shown to you and that may be modified in any way to accommodate the needs of the parties.  You have the opportunity to consult legal counsel concerning the contract as well as any other question you have about the various laws concerning real esate transfers that are referenced in the suggested contract form.

FINANCING:  Mortgage rates and associated charges vary with the financial institutions and the marketplace.  Purchasers have the opportunity to select the lender and to negotiate terms and conditions of the loan.  Such terms may be subject to the seller's approval and lender's requirements.  Borrowers also will be required to obtain a lender's title insurace policy.  Purchasers may wish to obtain owner's title insurance coverage and may consult an attorney concerning this choice.

INSURANCE:  The lender may require purchasers to buy a hazard insurance policy from the insurance company of their choice, subject to the lender's approval. Purchaser should be aware that many factors affect the availability and cost of hazard insurance on the Premises... Dependin on the insurace company, these factors may include past insurance claims filed on the premises, past insurance claims filed by purchaser, and purchaser's credit history.  In addition, flood insurance may be required on the property.  Purchaser should contact an insurance agent at the earliest opportunity to arrange for hazard insurance and, if necessary, flood insurance on the property.
 
MASTER PLANS:  Prior to execution of the contract, purchasers may review the applicable Master Plan for the appropriate jurisdiction, including maps showing planned land use and proposed or actual parks, roads, other facilities.  These can be found at the planning offices of vaious jurisdictions and at some local libraries.
 
PROPERTY CONDITION AND ENVIORMENTAL MATTERS:  Various inspection services and home warranty insurance programs are available and purchasers have the option to include in their offer to purchaser a contingency that allows them to employ one or more experts of their choice that their expense to inspect the poprerty and provide them with an analysis of it's condition. Purcahsers normally may also conduct a pre-settlement or pre-occupancy "walk-through" inspection of the property, but this inspection may be limited by the terms of the contract. 
 

REALTORS are real estate licenseee who, as members of a National Association of REALTORS as well as the state and local association of REALTORS, have pledged to the public and to each other that they will adhere to the strict code of ethics and high standsards of professionalism, integrity and competence.  REALTORS are providing you with the information in order to assist you in making informed decisions when purchasing, selling or optioning real estate.
 
REALTORS do no have the expertise to advise concerning various conditions including by no limited to: major systems or structures" soil conditions; flood hazard areas; mold or air quaility; possible restrictions on the use or property due to restrictive covenants, zoning, subdivision or enviormental lawas, easment or other document; airort or aircraft noise; planned use land uses, roads or highways; including but not limited to construstion materials and/or hazard materials such as flame retardant treated plywood (FRT), rado, urea formaldehyde insulation (UFFI), polybutylene pipes, asbestos, synthetic stucco/EIFS, underground storage tanks or lead base paint.  Information about these issues may be obtained from teh appropriate governmental agenceis such as United States Eviornmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Virginia Department of Health, local planning offices or health departments.

REPONSIBILITY: Each party to a real estate transaction should carefullyread all documents to be sure that the terms accurately express the understanding of the parties as to their intentions and the agreement they ave reached.  REALTORS can counsel on the real estate matters, but if legal or tax advice is desired, you should consult an attorney or financial professional. If you haveve any questions about the role and responsiblities of REALTORS or about any material presented here, please do not hesitate to ask for more information.  You shuld also exercise whatever due diligence you deem necessary with respect of the informaion on any sexual offenders registered under Chapter 23 (19.2-387 et. seq) of Title 19.2.  Such information may be obtained by contacing your local police department or Department of StatPolice, Central Crimial Records Exchange at 804-674-2000 or www.state.va.us/vsp/vsp.html

TYPES OF REAL ESTATE REPRESENTATION:
In an individual real estte transaction, if the broker firm (Broker) has a contractual obiligation to represent ta buyer or seller (Client), then the broker shall promost eht interest of the Client by exercising ordinary care and by:
(a) performing the terms of their contractual agreement;
(b) conducting marketing activities on the behalf of Client as proided in their brokerage agreement;
(c) assisting the Client in drafting and negotiation offers and counteroffers, amendments, addda, and in establishing strategies to accomplish the Client's goals'
(d) obtaining a transaction at a price and terms acceptable to the Client;
(e) presenting in a timely manner all written offer and counteroffers to and from a Client;
(f) discloing to theClient all material facts reted to the propert or concerning the transaction of which they have actual knowledge;
(g)accounting for in a timely manner all money and property received in which Client has or may have an interest.

Unless otherwise provided by law or the Client consents in writing to the release of information, the Broker shall maintain the confidentiality of all personal and financial informion anr matters identified as confidential by the Client, if that information is received from the Client during the brokerage relationship.

In satisfying the duties, the Broker shall exercise ordinary care, comply with the applicable law and regulations, treat all prospective buyers and sellers honestly and not knowingly give false information, and the Broker representing a buyer shall disclose whether or not the buyer's intent is to occupy the property as a principal residence, in addit, the Broker may show the same property to different buyer clients, respreent sellers well as buyers, or provide assistance to a seller or buyer who is not a client by performing ministerial acts that are not inconsistent with the Broker's duties to the client.

Seller representation occurs when the sellers contract to use the services of their own Broker (known as a seller representative to act on their behalf. Sellers many engage a Broker who provides standard services (54.1-2131) or limited services. Your REALTOR can provide you with more information about those options.

Buyer representation occurs when buyers contract to use the services of their own Broker (known as a buyer representative) to acts on their behalf.  Purchasers may engage a Broker who provided standart servies or limited services.  Your REALTOR can provide you with more information about those options.

Dual representation occurs when a buyer and seller in one transaction are represented by the same Broker and same sales Associate.  When the parties agree to dual representaion the ability of the Broker and Sales Associate to represent either party fully and exclusively is limited confidentiality of all information of all clients shall be maintained as above.

Designated Representaion occurs when a buyer and seller in one transaction are represented by different sales associates affiliated with the same Broker. Each of Sales Associcates, known as a Designated Represenative, represents fully the interest of a different client int he same transaction.  Designated Representatives are not dual representatives if each represents only the buyer or the seller in a specific real estate transaction. Except for disclosure of the confidential informaiton to the Broker, Each Designated Representative is bound by the conefidentiality requirements as above.  The Broker remains a dual representative.
 
 

Northern Virginia Utility Companies
Most residents are served by Dominion Virginia Power. Residents in portions of Centreville and Clifton may receive electric service from the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC).

City of Falls Church Water Department
 703-248-5071
 www.fallschurchva.gov

Prince William County Service Authority
 703-335-7950
 http://www.pwcsa.org

Fairfax County Water Authority
 703-698-5800
 www.fcwa.org

City of Manassas Utilities
 703-257-8200
http://www.manassascity.org

Stafford County Utilities
 540-658-8616
http://co.stafford.va.us

Town of Leesburg Utilities
 703-777-2420
http://www.leesburgva.gov

Town of Herndon Water Department
 703-435-6814
 www.herndon-va.gov

American Disposal Services
703-368-0500
www.american-disposal.com

AAA Trash and Recycling
 703-818-8222
 www.aaatrash.com

Verizon Fios
 703-954-6222
www.verizon.com
 
Cox Communications
 703-378-8422
http://www.cox.com

 
Dominion Virginia Power
 888-667-3000
 www.dom.com

Northern Virginia Electric Coop
703-335-0500
 www.novec.com

Columbia Gas
 800-543-8911
 www.columbiagasva.com

Washington Gas
 703-750-1400
 www.washgas.com

Arlington County Water Department
 703-228-6570
 www.co.arlington.va.us

City of Fairfax Water Department
 703-385-7920
 www.fairfaxva.gov/utilities/utilities.asp

City of Falls Church Water Department
 703-248-5071
 www.fallschurchva.gov

Prince William County Service Authority
 703-335-7950
 http://www.pwcsa.org

Fairfax County Water Authority
 703-698-5800
 www.fcwa.org

City of Manassas Utilities
 703-257-8200
http://www.manassascity.org


 

 

Commuting in Northern Virginia & Washington, DC

Northern Virginia Transportation Links
If you decide to go it alone and hop in your car and drive then turn your radio to WTOP (103.5FM or 820AM) and listen for "Traffic on the Eights." If you hear the words backup on the Dulles Greenway, accident on I-66, or congestion at the Springfield mixing bowl then put on your favorite CD and be prepared to wait it out.  If you are interested in learning more about getting around our area or need help finding your next home in Northern Virginia give me a call at 703-346-2213. As a native of the area I can show you not only your transportation options but great neighborhoods, shopping and historical sites in our great area.
 
One of the unusual transportation choices in our area is our famous "slug lines." Whenever you try and explain this organized hitchhiking form of getting into town to new residents it brings puzzled looks. The concept is simple. Our high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes headed into DC from the south require 3 people in the car. So drivers stop at designated spots throughout the area and load 2 additional commuters in their car headed to a similar destination and they are able to take advantage of the HOV lanes. The process is very organized and the rules of etiquette are well known. No smoking, little or no talking, no complaining and a free ride is yours. Pick up hours in the morning run the similiar hours to the HOV lanes 6 am to around 8:45 am and in the evening from 3:30 pm to 5:45 pm.
 
 
For those who don't live close to a VRE station then the Metro gives you even more options to consider. With stops throughout the city and Northern Virginia area the metro is a popular solution to avoiding sitting in traffic at the Springfield Interchange. With metro trains running from 5 am to midnight on weekdays and 7am to 3am on weekends you won't have a problem finding a schedule to get you where you need to be when you need to be there. Parking lots are available at all of the stations and the "kiss and ride" lane is great if you are being dropped off in the morning.
 
For the rest of us we need to find the more usual routes to get ourselves from our homes to work. If DC is your destination you have multiple choices from all points on the compass to head into town. For those who live in Stafford, Prince William and Fairfax County you can hop on the Virginia Rail Express (VRE) at one of 22 stations throughout the area. Both the Manassas and Fredericksburg lines have three stops at major locations in Crystal City, L'Enfant Plaza and Union Station.
 
Shopping
Northern Virginia offers shoppers a variety of options to choose from.  From malls to small towns you can find just about anything you are looking for.
 
Old Town Alexandria
Fair Oaks Mall
Historic Occoquan
Shops in Historic Occoquan
Leesburg Outlets
Guide to Leesburg Premium Outlet
Downtown Leesburg
Guide to Downtown Leesburg
Manassas Mall
Potomac Mills Mall
Tysons Corner

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