Divine Realty & Auction Group, LLC
Angel Garcia
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  

Angel has become a good friend over the process of our home search. We met Angel completely at random while our original Agent was out of town and we knew given the market we had to act quickly. From the minute we met him his character showed through and he had nothing to hide... He even brought a stuffed animal elephant for our 2 year old to make the day even better! He is a straight-shooter and really takes the time to understand your family, your needs, your wants and desires for your home. His negotiations and his connections in the community have led to the closing of our perfect home. I'm looking forward to having Angel in our life and helping others that we know when they are looking to achieve their dreams. Couldn't have been a better experience!


~ The Russo's

If there were 10 stars for responsiveness, I would give it to him. If you want a persistent, caring and a Realtor who is on top of things, Angle is the person for you. He got us exactly what we wanted for the sale of our home and got it 3 days. 704 Wellspring Drive


~ Erika Skipper

Angel was excellent across the board. He was always very professional, even when dealing with some difficult buyers. While selling my condo, he met me on my schedule and quickly provided a market assessment. As we went through the process of listing, he gave me good advice about what I should do to help my unit sell quickly. Once listed, we received 4 offers within a couple days during a time when the market was slowing down a little. Angel gave us new options in the areas we wanted and worked around our busy schedules for looking at houses. Finally, Angel helped my fiance sell her townhouse. The buyer seemed to always want the last word and was regularly irrational. Angel worked through the issues and kept us from having to deal with much of the stress.All of our transactions closed on time and relatively pain-free (buying or selling a home can never be completely pain-free, right?). We can't recommend Angel enough for his thoroughness and professionalism.Minerva/Peter Rodriguez


~ Minerva Rodriguez

It's been 3 months since my husband and I moved and settled into our new home and we're finally getting around to writing a review for him. Angel Garcia was professional, responsive, and incredibly helpful throughout our home buying process, definitely a 5 star experience! It was also great to meet Angel in person, he has a warm and down-to-earth but professional manner that really put us at ease. We made 2 offers within the first couple months of our search for a house in Cary. Our offer on the first house came in second in a bidding war with multiple competing offers - but we got the second house which is perfect, really our dream home! For each offer we made, Angel went out of his way to actually call the selling agent to personally communicate that we were strong buyers - we really appreciated this given the stiff competition. He was also able to give us an excellent rate and we closed within about 20 days, we're very happy with the way things have worked out. Irene Shwartz


~ Irene Schwartz

I don't even know where to begin! My husband and I met Angel at an open house at the very start of our search for a home. Without him, we never would have been where we are today. Angel takes a personal interest in everyone of his clients and doesn't rest until he has found you the "perfect home". He is completely dedicated from the moment that be begins working with you. There are not enough positive things to say about Angel! 412 Thorncrest dr Apex


~ Ashley Mussig

If you want your house sold quick, Angel is the person to call. He sold my house, my neighbor's house, and he is currently selling another of my neighbor's house. Angel really knows his stuff and he will get you through the process efficiently. He is personable and professional. I normally don't write reviews, but I think Angel deserves this recognition.


~ Minny South 213 Amacord Way

Angel will give you the time and dedication needed in order to sell your home. I highly recommend him. He will sell your house quick. He will do open houses every week if he has to in order to sell your home. He has sold a few houses in our neighborhood; that is how good he is. He will help you through the whole process. Call him, you won't regret it.


~ Yure Vision

Working with Angel was great! His level of dedication is second to none. He treated our home as if it was his. We definitely will do business with hime again!


~ Kenny Sharp 216 Amacord Way

Angel is awesome. He knows what he is doing. He did several open houses for my house and sold it within a month of listing. I highly recommend him to be your real estate agent. 410 Bikram Dr Holly Springs, NC 27540


~ Austin South

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