K Realty 

Northern Virginia Real Estate 

Tips for a Smooth Move

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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.
After Arriving At Your New Home
  1. Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags.
  2. Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage
  3. Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
 4. 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.