M&M Real Estate
M&M Real Estate

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  

Not only were they very professional in all they did to expedite the process, but their conscientious and positive attitude helped me immensely during this uncertain time. I feel extremely fortunate to have them as my realtors during this process and would highly recommend them to my family and others in the future. I am more than happy to share my positive experience with any other customers.


~ Carole Richard -Modesto, Ca.

"Kirk and Robin were amazing in our home search. They helped us stay on budget and were available whenever we needed to view a property....Lacie showed us properties as well when they were out of town. This kind of service is not the norm anymore and was greatly appreciated. The guidance and professionalism exceeded expectations, especially after offers on multiple properties during our search. In the end our transaction closed seamlessly and we absolutely love our new home. Our many thanks to the Marchetti team for getting results. We will gladly recommend M&M real estate to friends and family for any of their real estate needs. Thanks again! Jenn & Tony Leon"


~ Jenn & Tony Leon, Elk Grove, Ca.

Kirk and Robin made my home buying experience great! They took the stress out of buying my home and really made us feel like a part of their family. Their agents were extremely knowledgeable and we will continue to use M&M Real Estate for years to come. Thanks again!


~ Stacy, Elk Grove, Ca.

John and I would like to thank you for providing us with great service and accuracy during our short sell. Our experience with M&M Real Estate could not have been any better. Kirk, you gave us both a complete package of assurance and comfort during our process. There was nothing lacking in your ability in helping us through an unsure time. We look forward in working with you in the future.


~ John & Jackie Groover

Two words, THE BEST!!. Give M&M a try, you'll be happy you did!


~ John, Galt, Ca

M&M Real Estate is truly a top notch company. They always handled business in a timely and professional manner. At the same time when you stop by the office it feels like your visiting an old friend and his family. Shortly after the start of the short sale Kirk's daughter Lacey contacted me. Lacey let me know what paperwork she needed and from there she was on it! Don't let her size and smile fool you, when it comes down to it she will be on your side, ,fighting the fight and getting the job done. I'm here to tell you that it was a fairly lengthy process. The banks tend to drag their feet. Lacey and Kirk pushed the bank by staying on task and not letting them sand bag. They also kept an eye on the purchasing real estate agent. Thank you again to the entire M&M Real Estate team. You guys rock!!! :-)


~ Dustin P.-Sutter Creek, CA

I can't thank you, Kirk, and Robin enough. Craig and I were so stressed about finding the perfect home with enough rooms, a pool, and in the right neighborhood, and Kirk did it all. His relentless search for our specific needs was amazing. I can't thank you for how you took the stress out of purchasing a home. WE really appreciate all the time that you took and walked us through every step of the process. This is now not just a house but our home. I cant imagine having anyone else find such a perfect home for us. Many thanks to Robin, Kirk, and you for everything. We love that you all functioned as a well oiled machine. Lacie you were so supportive and helpful with all the paperwork and details. thank you so much....


~ Craig & Buffy- Elk Grove, CA

When my 85-year-old mother decided to sell her Bay Area house and buy in the Sacramento area, we were lucky to be referred to Kirk Marchetti and M&M Real Estate. He got us over-asking price on our sale and coordinated a near-simultaneous close with the home we bought! We so appreciated his expertise, plus he and his entire crew were so sweet and caring. I wholehearted recommend them.


~ Pam McDonald - Sacramento, Ca

"Help us relocate from Sacramento to Georgia and it could not have been any easier. Price, location, property condition and timing all fit together nicely. I am very happy and will use and recommend M&M Real Estate to all our family and friends. Thanks again. Jessica F "


~ -Jessica Fackerll, Georgia

My wife and I just wanted to thank you again for all your help with the short sale of our home. We really appreciated the way you helped us through it, and prepared us for how to handle each part of it. And thank you to Kirk and Lacie. They were great about answering our questions and always got right back to us when needed them. I've had friends talk about the short sale of their homes and what messy time it was. But with Kirk and Lacie we didn't have any troubles. They provided us with an approximate time line during each process as we went through it, and always checked in on us to give updates or answer any questions. So thank you again M&M Real Estate for a great job.


~ Jason and Crystal Roseville, Ca.

Hello Kirk and Robin at M&M Real Estate... Erlana and I are so pleased with everything you two did to sell our home at 9585 School Street. From our initial meeting to discuss the details, and throughout the entire process, you were informative, supportive and very, very helpful... We placed our faith and trust in your hands and you delivered. You two are the best!!! -


~ Phillip & Erlana, Elk Grove, Ca

M&M Real Estate helped me to find the home of my dreams, I felt like I was part of the M&M Real Estate family calling anytime of the day or night and they were there to help me. Thank you M&M Real Estate for making one of the biggest purchases of my life so easy and smooth!


~ Nancy, Elk Grove, CA.

The process has been so easy and we moved into our new home on schedule and within our budget


~ Bill, Sacramento, Ca

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