Chateaux Realty Group
Jen Zeller, Associate Broker
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  

Jennifer was such a pleasure to work with. She is knowledgeable about the market and made the experience of selling my condo enjoyable. I was under contract within 1 day of listing and well over asking price. The process was seamless and it was great to be able to trust Jennifer in knowing she had my best interest in hand. I would highly recommend her for all your real estate needs.


~ Jolene Kelley

Best Ever!!!!! My wife met with Jen Zeller on a Tuesday a week before the Super Bowl. On that day she and my wife went to view a few houses. On that following Saturday Jen picked our family up and we went on our search. Jen was very excited to meet us all and she bonded with our family and our two girls right away! She had snacks in the car for the kids and we went to look at several houses. Long story short, we ended up making an offer on the first house my wife looked at with Jen! The seller accepted and it was time to sell our condo. It went on the market Friday before the Super Bowl. On Saturday we had ten showings and within a few hours we had 4 offers!! Our condo was under contract on Super Bowl Sunday! The next few weeks Jen was on the ball with anything and everything we needed to do to close!!! She met us at both closings with gifts for us and our girls! Love love love this woman and her dedication and spunk!!!! Hire this lady now people!!! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!


~ Daniel M Viola

Jennifer is an easy-going, fun person to work with. Her knowledge of the market and genuine interest of my needs and desires made selling my property a fantastic experience. Jennifer was patient, extremely attentive, offered sound advice during the entire process and went entirely above and beyond.. I couldn't be happier with my decision, I moved to California from Denver, I couldn't get back to remodel, which had to get done. Jennifer orchestrated and negotiated the entire remodel. Sold in 1 day, beyond asking....unreal! I would certainly recommend Jennifer Zeller to others.


~ Kimberly Bremseth

Think of Jenn as a beautiful blonde bulldog that will absolutely put your needs first. From video walkthroughs to showings based on your schedule, she is super attentive to each clients needs. In many cases, she moved faster than I did. Her response to clients is very fast, well informed and above all - In her clients best interest. She is a fierce advocate for her clients and will not let you get sucker punched by another realtor, lender or a buyer / seller. Working with her is like working with a best friend who you know you can trust. As a single mom on a very limited budget, I'm sure she knew she wouldn't be making a ton of money off my transaction but she worked like she was working for millions. That speaks volumes to me. She is talented, hard working, smart and loyal to her client! I would absolutely recommend her!


~ Tarena Zake

Jennifer was simply a delight to work with. She was responsive, knowledgeable and provided us with valuable advice. I truly enjoyed her positive attitude and high energy. I would definitely recommend her to friends, family and any others interested in a great experience.


~ Kathleen DeVries

Buying or selling in Athmar Jennifer Zeller is definitely the top choice. She knows the area, and she is a big time closer of deals.


~ Eric Brittain

Jen didn't disappoint, she sold our home quickly which was very important to us at the time. She had great communication and she always had our best interest in mind. She is very personable. Not only did I gain a great realtor for future needs but I feel I've also gained a lifelong friend! I would 100% recommend Jen!


~ Stacy Rosenbach

Jen was fun to work with and assertive when negotiating with the seller. I'm in my home now because of how willing Jen was to rearrange her schedule to accommodate my search! I'd highly recommend her to any friend.


~ Liz Tedder

Jen is great, positive and upbeat. She kept me informed and guided me through the selling process. Jen is very knowledgeable of the market and with that my condo sold 8 days after being put on the market for full asking price.


~ Kim Yeager

Jennifer is amazing, she answered any and every question we had and if she didn't know the answer immediately, she was always on task to find it out. She paid very close attention to our wants and needs throughout the process while keeping our financial capabilities in mind. She is VERY honest and upfront and won't beat around the bush. She went out of her way to accommodate us, when a home came on the market while we were working, she was quick to go look at it and even took video so we could see it too. She works very hard and is very friendly. I highly recommend her and her lending team.


~ Erik Eastmund

FACEBOOK REVIEW: She went out of her way to find us a great home I will gladly give a reference to anyone (This Facebook review and others can be viewed at


~ Connee Eastlund

I have nothing but praise for Jen Zeller's professional assistance. She beautifully marketed and sold our condo in 2 days of showings for above asking price. She knew exactly how to set up and handle the showings. Then Jen spent 3 months of weekends with us and constructed 11 to 14 contracts to help us purchase a new home in an extremely difficult market. Every house had 25 or more offers. It became painful to even put in an offer. When it came to contracts, Jen did a wonderful job and provided sound advice. She treated us like friends and family throughout the whole process and promised we would not end up homeless. From start to end, Jen Zeller was upbeat, knowledgeable, professional, and laughed at our all our idiosyncrasies. Consider engaging Jen for your selling or purchasing - you will not be sorry.


~ Jim Orgaard

I was nervous when I first responded to a flyer left on our condo door describing the market and offering her services. But those concerns dissolved at our first meeting. Jen knows her market, and she stays informed about what sales are escalating and declining in the area. We cannot say enough about her knowledge, professional presentation, and willingness to assist. But beyond that, Jen Zeller assisted us to wade through a difficult, frustrating, and escalated market. It took 12-13 offers and spending 3 months of weekends with us, but we secured a beautiful place to call home. Jen was always, always available to assist us when needed. She loves to laugh, she is a people person and I never felt like this was business and she did not have anything but our personal best interests at heart. Not only that, she finally went out on her own to try to find a promising property because everything had gotten so difficult. You cannot go wrong by securing Jen's services.


~ Jennie Orgaard

I Can't say enough good things about Jennifer Zeller. She was always very prompt, very professional and always looking out for your best interests. I would highly recommend her!


~ Chris Dodd

Jennifer did an excellent job in finding us our home! She was very patient with us in helping us find a home in our price range as well as a home that we could find potential in flipping. We had a difficult time with a previous lending company and she really stood by our side through everything! I would highly recommend Jen to everyone.


~ Paige Balsamo

Jen was extremely helpful and patient in helping me find the perfect home for me! She took me to a few showings, got an idea of what I liked and was able to show me other houses based upon that. Truly an awesome job and really glad I had her as my agent! FACEBOOK REVIEW: Jen not only helped me sell my condo and make a great profit but she also helped me find the perfect house! She listened to what I was looking for and made suggestions based upon that. Jen also provided me guidance throughout the process of both selling and buying. Add to that the personal touch once I closed on my house! (This review and other's Facebook reviews can be seen at


~ Stacey Cummins

From Day 1, Jen impressed my husband and I with her expertise, responsiveness and honesty. I've worked with other real estate agents, but never one who I felt had my back as much as Jen. She has gone above and beyond; everything from helping stage the home for pictures (which are amazing!) to connecting me with good contractors. We are grateful for her!


~ Diane Bishop

Jenny is very personable and knowledgeable. She is easy to connect with, and I highly recommend her for real estate transactions.


~ Kate Laxar

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