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Planning Your Next Move? Here are a Few Things to Remember

Prince William County Tips for a Smooth Spring MoveThis morning as an estimator for a local moving company opened drawers and peeked in closets at my clients house it reminded me of a few tips to consider when you are getting ready to move.

The #1 Tip is PURGE. Start with all of those magazines that are lying around. If there is one article that you want to keep out of the entire magazine cut it out and scan it to your computer or a disc. Go through the closets and clean out the clothes, shoes, coats that you know you won't need at your new location or haven't worn in a long time.

#2-SECURE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS. Make sure all of your important papers are secure in one location. It is amazing the number of times that you will get to your new location and not be able to find immunization records, birth certificates, bank and investment documents. I recommend that you consider making a scanned disc of all of your papers as a backup to the paper files.

#3-PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT. The first night in a new home is usually chaotic. Surrounded by boxes and trying to find that one item you really need is impossible. Pack one box and clearly label it as the EMERGENCY KIT. Inside you need toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, non perishable snacks, set of sheets and small hardware kit.

Once you know your exact moving date you can start going room by room and organizing items so that when the moving company arrives to pack that you will have like items together and can clearly label each room and the key items in each box.

Now I need to work on Tip #1 at my own house.  Even though I'm not moving a peek inside my closets reveals it's time for a purge of my own!

If you are moving to the Northern Virginia (VA) area including Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William or Stafford Counties give the Cindy Jones team a call at 703-346-2213. Let's get together and chat about your housing needs. No hassle, no pressure just straight talk about whether now is the right time for you to buy a home.

 

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Comment balloon 16 commentsCindy Jones • June 22 2010 10:32AM

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Cindy, thanks for sharing information.  Will pass on to our clients.  Thanks Again,

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 8 years ago

Great tips for scanning those articles and important papers.  I'd put bandages and Neosporin in that emergency kit too.  I am a total clutz on a good day, no less a moving day. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 8 years ago

Great tips...I need to work on number one as well!   In some ways I think all of us should be forced to move every 4-5 years...one it makes you humble...to know what your clients are going through ...and two....it forces purging!   LOL

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 8 years ago

See, Cindy, if you followed my rule -- don't put anything into the closet without taking something out -- you'd never have to purge your closet. As for moving, most people should simply rent a 20- or 30-ton dumpster and toss crap into it. After donating what they can to charity, of course.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Edward and Celia-most is common sense.  However everyone once in a while a reminder is helpful.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Chris Ann-so how does that work with your inline skating?

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Deborah-I have a tendency to move every 3-5 years so I'm ready for a purge.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Elizabeth-I did a major purge about 5 years ago.  Since then I"ve accumulated things from my mom's estate that I haven't figured out how to deal with yet.  Soon though I'll be back to clean closets.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Cindy, I'm moving after 13 years in the same house. Purging is exactly what I'm doing. Yikes. So much @#$%^  stuff. :)

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 8 years ago

Connie-it is amazing how fast stuff creeps in.  I've made a pile off and on over the last few days of expendable items that are off to the Goodwill on Thursday.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Excellent post! Great information's and tips! I will pass them on to our clients!

Thanks for sharing!

Adam

Posted by Adam Malachi, QSC,CDPE,CIPS,CNE,CRB,CRS,GRI,MRE,SFR (A 2 Z Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Adam-thank you for stopping by.  Have a great evening.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

I also like to pack up cleaning supplies in the car, so I can do quick clean before moving furniture into my new home.

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) over 8 years ago

Cindy, I think we could all use a little purging in our lives. Especially in garages.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Tina-great idea. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Aaron-in my last detached home I was the only one in the neighborhood that actually had two cars in the garage.  Folks keep way to much stuff these days.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

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