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Moving Checklists

Ready to get moving?! Here’s some of our favorite ways to get you and your household set up for success.

ORGANIZE

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Start going through your closets, drawers and cabinets and analyze what items can be donated

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Gather all legal documentation into one box and maintain in an accessible and safe place. Documents should include vehicle titles, registration documents and licensing, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock, legal, medical, and insurance records

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Get estimates from three moving companies and make sure they have insurance

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Start packing away items you don’t use every day

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Deep clean the house (see cleaning checklist)

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Meet with the stager for final staging recommendations

CHANGE OF ADDRESS & NOTIFICATIONS

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Complete a change of address card at the U.S. Postal Service and at the following places you do business: • accountants • attorneys • banks • credit card companies • former employers • insurance agents • IRS/Social Security Admin • periodicals • stockbrokers

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Cancel newspaper delivery

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Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of your new address

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Contact all utility companies (cable, gas, electric, phone, garbage collection, water, etc.) to arrange for disconnect, final billing and connection at your new address. Arrange to have children’s school records transferred

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Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner’s, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new location

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Cancel voter registration; re-register once you’ve settled into your new home

THE HOME STRETCH!

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Defrost refrigerators and freezers

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Pack first night items, including: alarm clocks, change of clothes, flashlight, phone, sheets, toiletries and towels

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Keep medications, financial information and valuable items with you!

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Make sure all of your inspection repairs are complete

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Contact your home owner’s insurance company and let them know your day of closing

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Your home needs to be left in clean condition, vacuumed, mopped, all cabinets and counters wiped clean, cleaned appliances and all trash and debris removed from inside and outside of the property

Packing Tips

 

There are a lot of little things you can do when packing to help save yourself from a lot of stress. Here’s just a few!

Pack a Moving Survival Kit

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Aspirin

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Coffee, filters, and coffee maker

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Paper cups and plates, plastic utensils

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Paper towels, toilet paper, soap

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Water, sunglasses and chapstick, no matter the season – stay hydrated in Colorado!

Packing Hacks

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Keep jewelry, important papers or medications with you

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Label boxes as you pack them with content and desired room location

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Leave lamps, china and artwork or breakables for movers to pack

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Pack heavy items in small boxes.

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Do not over-stuff boxes; leave some extra room at the top

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Tape cords underneath all electrical appliances

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Wrap breakables in newspaper, bubble wrap, clothes or towel

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Use RED packing tape for critical boxes you want to unpack first

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Put plastic wrap over drawers so you don’t have to empty out their contents.

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Pack plates vertically so they’re less likely to break. Make sure you wrap them well!

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Don’t take clothes off their hangers. Move them in bunches in garbage bags still on the hangers. Easy and way cheaper than wardrobe boxes.

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Color code each box according to room so you can identify what needs to go where in a glance.

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Add some padding to your boxes. Plastic grocery bags are great for cushioning your breakables. Don’t leave room at the top without padding because otherwise they may get crushed.

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Remember to mark boxes with breakables as fragile. Whether you’ve hired movers or are doing it yourself, you don’t want someone to be too rough with those boxes.

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Cut triangles in boxes about 1/3 of the way down to create handles for easy carrying

Why use a Real Estate Professional

Contrary to the belief that avoiding real estate commissions will lead to greater profits, recent statistics from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) indicate that homes sold with the assistance of a real estate professional tend to yield higher returns. This trend is consistent across the entire United States, though it’s important to note that certain states, like Colorado, may experience even higher average prices.

As of October 2023, across the United States, the median selling price for homes listed as For Sale By Owner (FSBO) was $225,000, while agent-assisted home sales commanded a significantly higher median price of $330,000. This substantial difference of $105,000 emphasizes the value that real estate professionals bring to the selling process.

Moreover, the 2022 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers reveals that 86% of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when selling their home. These sellers typically sold their homes for 100% of the listing price, with only 38% reporting a reduction in the asking price at least once. The typical home sold was on the market for a mere 2 weeks.

In an era where technology plays a significant role, it’s noteworthy that 86% of buyers still chose to purchase their homes through a real estate agent or broker, reinforcing the national trend. Additionally, 51% of buyers found their homes through internet searches, underscoring the continued importance of real estate professionals in navigating the complex housing market.

Furthermore, as of October 2023, NAR reports a membership of 1,578,077, reflecting the continued trust and reliance on real estate professionals across the entire United States.

In conclusion, while technological advancements have shaped the real estate landscape, the expertise and guidance of a real estate professional remain integral to successful and lucrative home transactions nationwide, including states with robust real estate markets where average prices, like in Colorado, are often even higher.