Wendy Fuller
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Sales Representative ABR, ASA, CHSP, FENG-SHUI PRACTITIONER



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Moving Checklist

 

  • Get quotations from moving companies.
  • Give away, sell, discard any unnecessary belongings.
  • Advise Post Office and complete change of address cards.
  • Obtain school records for new transfer.
  • Check and clear any outstanding realty taxes on your present property.
  • Transfer or arrange insurance coverage for your new home.
  • Dispose of Flammable items.
  • Arrange for shutting off of all utilities and the connection of utilities at your new home.
  • Telephone cancellation or transfer for the last possible moment of the day.
  • Organize any work to be completed at your new home.
  • Have appraisals for any valuable items in case of an insurance claim from the moving company. Pictures are of great benefit here.
  • Discontinue any services such as cleaning services, pool maintenance, window cleaners, snow removers, landscapers etc.
  • Ensure adequate insurance for household goods is still in place while goods are in transit or storage.
  • Notify financial organizations, insurance companies, medical practitioners, credit card companies, etc. of your move.

    Storing and Packing

    Do's...

    • Use packing paper, pads for inventory, markers.
    • Heavy twine, masking tape, boxes and containers for packing.
    • Empty gas tanks from lawn mowers, outboard motors etc.
    • Remove all batteries from appliances and toys.
    • Mark contents of all boxes clearly specifying which room they are to be placed in.
    • Set aside articles you wish to carry in the car in a carton(s) marked "Do Not Load"
    • Make sure you keep a telephone book with you.
    • Tie or tape brooms and mops together and bundle curtain rods.
    • Make sure all fragile items are indicated.
    • Carry all jewellery, valuable papers and currency with you.
    • Ensure tops are secure for all liquids.
    • All phonograph records should be packed upright on their edges, not flat.
    • Pack all books on edge in small boxes.
    • Crate glass table tops, large mirrors and valuable artwork.
    • Limit carton weight to about 60 pounds.
    • Tie or tape all boxes securely.
    • Lamp shades should be placed in boxes by themselves.
    • Small appliances packed in bottom of boxes.
    • Heavy china with extra padding at the bottom of the box.
    • Flat pieces should be placed on edge.
    • Small items can be packed in a smaller box inside a larger box.
    • Dismantle large power tools before moving.
    • Remove fixtures fastened to the wall.
    • Clothes and drapes should be placed in the wardrobes supplied by the movers.

    Don'ts...

    • Avoid overloading drawers when packing items in dressers
    • Try not to use newspapers as the ink will rub off
    • Do not leave shelves loose in stoves or refrigerators
    • Do not roll mattresses or rugs. The movers have special cartons

    On Moving Day

    • If possible have friends or relatives take care of small children and pets.
    • Check each carton for loss or damage.
    • Prepare a list of damaged or lost articles.
    • Make sure movers are paid. They usually want cash or certified cheque.
    • Check supply of heating fuel if oil.
    • Get all meters read and utilities turned on.
    • Make arrangements to have appliances hooked up.
    • Setup bedrooms and kitchen first.
    • Have a tool kit handy.
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Preparing for Showings

First Impressions
Remember, when a prospect comes to look at your house, the first thing they will see is your home's front door! Make it look fresh and clean. Be sure your lawn and landscaping is well manicured and trim looking. Be sure the yard is free of refuse and leaves. If it has snowed, be certain the ice and snow is removed from walks and steps.

What You Show Is What You Get
Faded walls and worn woodwork will reduce the appeal of your home. Why try to tell a prospect how your home could look when you can show them by a reasonable amount of redecoration? A quicker sale at a higher price will result. Invest in wallpaper in the kitchen or bathroom. It will pay dividends for you.

Let the Sun Shine In
Open those drapes and curtains all the way, so the prospect can see how bright and cheerful your home is.

Fix That Leaky Faucet
Dripping water discolours sinks and suggests to the buyer that the plumbing may be faulty or worn out.

Little Things Mean A Lot
Take a few minutes to check to be sure that your doors don't stick or have loose knobs on them. Don't forget your windows and cabinet drawers. Try and repair any minor flaws since they do detract from your home's value.

Safety First and Always
Be certain stairways are clear and clean since this will avoid injuries around your home, as well as avoid distraction to the potential buyers.

From Top To Bottom
Display your attic, basement, utility space and crawl spaces by removing all unnecessary articles. A coat of paint can do wonders if your basement appears dark and dreary.

Big Closets
Make them look bigger by having them neat and well organized to show that your home has ample closet space.

Bathrooms Sell Homes
Make those rooms absolutely sparkle. Check and repair any damaged or discoloured caulking in the bathtubs and showers, and be sure that the towels and area rugs are bright.

Bedrooms Shouldn't Sleep
Keep those rooms bright and cheerful. Remove any excess furniture and be sure to use attractive and colourful bedspreads, and fresh curtains.

Shine On
Your home's illumination can be a "welcome sign" to that prospective buyer! Turn on all your outside and inside lights when showing your home at night and they'll feel a glowing warmth as a result of your lighting.