Dream Team Realty
Dream Team Realty Jeff and Suellen Alker, Realtors
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  

Suellen was great to deal with! She was extremely knowledgeable and her organization caused the transaction to go smoothly and quickly! We had a wonderful experience.

 

~ MSprewell

I enjoyed working with Suellen, my home buying experience with very smooth. She was always honest and upfront, and never made me feel pressured just to get a sale.

 

~ S. Jones

Suellen worked with my husband and me for about six months helping us find our forever home on Lake Martin. We probably viewed fifty houses until we found it. She was always courteous and kind. She was never forceful or rude. I would recommend Team Alker to anyone.

 

~ E & J Wesson

Suellen got us a GREAT deal on the sale of our house -FULL PRICE! She also helped us buy our forever home at the same time. She was very professional, extremely helpful, and kept in constant communication with us throughout the entire process on both the sale and the purchase. We very highly recommend her to any prospective home buyers or sellers.

 

~ J. Strickland

My family really enjoyed working with both Jeff and Suellen. They were willing to meet us on our schedule which was a big help to us. They helped set up our utilities because lived out of town. I can't say enough about Team Alker!!!

 

~ M. & K. White

Suellen was so patient and helpful in our search for the perfect house on Lake Martin. She was readily available to answer any questions or show properties. We would definitely recommend Team Alker for any real estate needs!

 

~ D. & K. Greene

It was a delightful experience working with Suellen and Team Alker. My initial conversation was with Mr.Alker. He connected me with Mrs. Suellen Alker and she closed the deal! She was patient with me as a first time home buyer- specifically helping me to stay within my budget. Also,she worked tirelessly with me until we found the exact fit! I highly recommend Team Alker!

 

~ G. Dees

Team Alker was very helpful and stayed involved through entire purchase process. They answered all questions and followed through helping correct any problems with property. Very helpful putting us in contact with contractors in the area. We would highly recommend Team Alker and will use them again if we are on market.

 

~ E. & N. Ziebach

Suellen helped us in so many ways throughout our home buying process. We could not be more pleased with her willingness to help and provide insight. Communication was her strong suit and allowed us to rest easy knowing everything was being taken care of. We highly recommend using Suellen for your future home purchase!! She will not disappoint

 

~ C. Butts

Highly likely to recommend 05/02/2017 - karen anne reynolds Bought and sold a home in 2017 in Cherokee Bluffs, Dadeville, AL 36853. Local knowledge: 5 stars Process expertise: 5 stars Responsiveness: 5 stars Negotiation skills: 5 stars A great team who took the time to meet with us to understand our goals, advise on the market and costs, and just generally were great fun to work with. Full of energy, not only did they sell our condo in record time but also found us our next one!

 

~ K.A. Reynolds

Highly likely to recommend 5 stars 05/02/2017 - karen anne reynolds Bought and sold a home in 2017 in Cherokee Bluffs, Dadeville, AL 36853. Local knowledge: 5 stars Process expertise: 5 stars Responsiveness: 5 stars Negotiation skills: 5 stars A great team who took the time to meet with us to understand our goals, advise on the market and costs, and just generally were great fun to work with. Full of energy, not only did they sell our condo in record time but also found us our next one!

 

~ J. Cooper

Highly likely to recommend 01/27/2017 - fiets Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $375K in Alexander City, AL. Local knowledge: 5 Process expertise: 5 Responsiveness: 5 Negotiation skills: 5 Superb to work with. Very knowledgeable. They were very professional, answered all our questions. Very knowledgeable about realestate and all areas of Alex City. Even prayed for us at their church. Suellen was a godsend for us. The best real estate team in Alexander City Alabama

 

~ A. LeGrand

Jeff and Suellen Alker are dynamos. They are hard workers. They answer your phone calls and get right back to you. Even when they had the flu! If they don't have the answers right away they will tell you and estimate on when they will have one. They leave no stone unturned. They also are the nicest people you could ever meet. We developed a friendship quickly with them. They sold our condo and helped us buy our new home. We are very happy. We feel blessed we found them. David & Marianne Fuller

 

~ D. & M. Fuller

Local knowledge: 5 Process expertise: 5 Responsiveness: 5 Negotiation skills: 5 Suellen was wonderful from the beginning of the process. She kept me informed about every detail of my homes sale. From the day I met her I felt very comfortable with her professionalism but it seemed like we have known each other forever! I would highly recommend her and her husband for anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

 

~ S. Spear

Local knowledge: 5 Process expertise: 5 Responsiveness: 5 Negotiation skills: 5 Very pleased with all contacts with Jeff and Suellen. We are progressing well and I plan to use them when I purchase my new home. I have contacted Jeff so that he can show me a house I saw on Zillow and we are making an appointment to do so.

 

~ B. Sanders

Local knowledge: 5 Process expertise: 5 Responsiveness: 5 Negotiation skills: 5 Jeff went above and beyond by taking videos of the home for me. Since I am relocating I couldn't go see the property in person. Jeff even walked the woods behind the house to show me the entire property. He quickly got the answers to all my questions.

 

~ D. Randall

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