Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors
Renee Atkins Cagle
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 my clients are saying  

Renee was phenomenal! She is full of market knowledge and was able to assist me in every aspect of the buy including home improvement options and companies to work with. Her communication was awesome! Whether it's through phone call, text message, or email she was very responsive day and night. I couldn't recommend Renee enough! If you need to buy or sell, call Renee!


~ Michael Clayton

I first called Renee in 2009 when I considered buying my 1st home. She took time to answer all my questions & suggest steps for credit. I called her 2 years later when I was ready & she helped me with my 1st home. I called her again in 2018 to sell my home & buy my 2nd home. She worked with me to price my home competitively & I was under contract the 1st week. She helped me find a new construction home that fit my budget & needs. Finally, I called Renee in 2022 when I needed to relocate for work. Once again she worked to make sure my home was show ready & priced competitively. The home was under contract 3rd day (had multiple offers too). She went above & beyond for me. She came to the house after I had moved to meet a junk removal company & she grabbed my mail & mailed it to my new address. She was available anytime I needed her to answer questions & made sure I fully understood the process. If I ever move back to GA, Renee will be my first call. She is an amazing agent!


~ Rob O'Dell

Renee has helped me with 4 primary home purchases and 13 investment homes. Renee knows the market and is very professional. I will continue to use Renee as my realtor and highly recommend her.


~ Victoria A

My recent home buying experience with Renee as our agent was exceptional! Within the first few minutes of our initial meeting I could tell she has a great deal of experience in the housing market. The major difference between Renee and other agents I have dealt with in the past, is her knowledge of construction as well as design. She can talk to my wife about color schemes and design ideas then switch gears to explain how shortcuts were taken during an earlier remodeling project on the house. I also appreciated and respected the fact that Renee will tell you what you NEED to hear not necessarily what you WANT to hear. She makes sure you have all the information you need to make a smart decision. If we ever do buy or sell another house, we wouldn't think of using anyone but Renee.


~ Mark Ford

My family has absolutely the highest confidence in Renee and would never consider working with any other realtor! She knows real estate in and out. We have worked with her on five home transactions over the past 20 years (has it really been that long?!?) She is just the best!


~ Wanda S

I just wanted to send this email to tell you thank you so have no idea how much this means to us and I'm glad that we chose you as our real estate agent. Without you I don't think we could have found our new home. So from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you so much!


~ Theresa & Danny M

I can't say enough about the pleasure I had dealing with and learning from Renee Cagle. She personally had shown me over a dozen houses when "the one" came on the market. Renee was the right agent with the experience and knowledge to put together an appealing offer (which was accepted) in less than 24 hours after first looking at the house. She is a woman of limitless energy with vast market knowledge who sets realistic expectations and always follows through. Her knowledge of home design and construction techniques, make house shopping a pleasurable and educational experience. She was able to find me exactly what I was looking for, in a great part of town, for an excellent price. Thank you Renee, I wouldn't have been able to do it without you!


~ Myra Smith

Thank you so much for all your hard work and helping us sell this house! You've been an absolute joy to deal with and I'll recommend you to anyone moving in the area.


~ The Michna Family

I just wanted to take the time to say thanks for all the work you did for us. I know it was a tough sale, but I appreciate you being a pro & hanging in there. If I hear of anyone looking for an agent, then I will pass along your contact info.


~ Terry Sturgeon

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