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ABOUT BUYING

If you are relocating to the North Alabama area, we can help you to find a home that fits your specific requirements. The Relocation Department at Van Valkenburgh & Wilkinson has helped many families - just like yours - to become an active part of this community. In order for you to get more information about moving to the Huntsville/Madison County area, simply fill out the "Buyer's Form" form or just contact us at:

Phone: (256)539-0505
Toll Free: 1-800-476-9418
E-mail: vvandw@comcast.net
Website: You are here now - vvwrealtor.com

ABOUT SELLING

Whether you live in Huntsville, Alabama, or Seattle, Washington or most anywhere in between, if you have a house that you need to sell, WE CAN HELP YOU. Just give us a call or fill out the "Buyer's Form" or the "Seller's Form" form.

MOVING TIPS

30 DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE

- List important new phone numbers in a special place.
- If an employer is paying for your relocation, confirm what preparations, if any, you'll be required to make.
- Decide what goes with you, what to sell and what to give away. Hold a garage sale
- Finalize arrangements with your moving company or make reservations if you're renting a truck.
- Call friends and relatives to let them know when you're moving.
- Collect and keep important papers handy (medical, insurance, etc.)
- Begin packing seldom-used articles.

14 DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE

- Clear up outstanding accounts
- Transfer checking and savings accounts and contents of safe deposit box to your new community.
- Begin serious packing of items you won't need over the next two weeks.
- Send change-of-address cards and leave a forwarding address with the Post Office.
- Arrange disconnect/connect dates with local utilities.
- Arrange disconnect/connect of your telephone service.
- Arrange for pet travel.
- Return/retrieve borrowed items.
- Service your car, especially if traveling a distance.
- Drain/dispose of flammable liquids in lawn mowers, etc.

IF YOU ARE MOVING YOURSELF

If you are renting a van or truck - make reservations early.
Confirm vehicle size/capacity with rental company. Typical approximate sizes are:

2 rooms or less - Cargo Van
2 - 3 rooms - 15 foot truck
4 - 6 rooms - 18 foot truck
7 - 8 rooms - 22 foot truck

Be sure that you obtain these necessary supplies
- loading ramps
- padding
- Dollies
- Boxes

Verify additional costs
- Insurance and deductibles
- Drop-off charges

Load Carefully
- Disassemble what you can
- Load heavy furniture first
- Pad delicate items
- Secure the load

Measure your furniture to be sure it will fit
- Oversize beds
- Sofa
- China cabinet
- Piano/organ
- Large dressers
- Shelving units
- Appliances (refrigerator, freezer, stove, washer/dryer)

Get measurements of doors and hallways in your new home. Also note if stairs have several flights with a landing where large pieces may be hard to maneuver.

Check sofas, large chairs and dining tables to see if legs can be removed, if necessary.

Be prepared to remove a window to move in large bedroom furniture. If necessary, arrange in advance for a hoist.
You may want to dissemble shelving units when packing.
Find out if and how you can take the door off a too-large refrigerator or freezer.

SOME EASY SHORTCUTS

- Wrap sofa and chair cushions in sheets or plastic bags to use as extra padding for other large items you transport.
- If you are moving a short distance, leave clothes on hangers.
- Move dresser drawers without removing their contents to avoid repacking.
- Don't mix items from different rooms in one packing box.
- Clearly label boxes with the rooms where they should be taken when unloaded.

WHEN YOU ARE MOVING OUT OF YOUR OLD HOUSE

- Confirm arrival time with moving company.
- Keep important documents and keys handy.
- Make a final inspection to be sure nothing is forgotten. Look through closets, basement, garage, etc.
- Turn off lights; close and lock windows and doors.
- Leave keys with real estate agent or landlord.
- Leave home only after the moving truck is on its way.

WHEN YOU GET TO YOUR NEW DESTINATION

- Meet the Movers promptly.
- Supervise placement of cartons and furniture.
- Check circuit breakers or fuse box to be sure everything is on.
- Call family and friends. Let them know you've arrived safely.

MOVING ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Audio and video equipment and personal computers require special attention for safe moving. Always consult your owner's manuals for specific instructions and consider these basic tips.

- Whenever possible, use the equipment's original boxes for packing. if not, pad and pack each piece separately.
- Use tape to code wiring for easier reinstallation.
- In hot or cold weather, allow equipment to return to room temperature before turning it on.

When moving a personal computer - "park" the hard disk using the program often included on the diagnostics diskette. To protect a floppy disk drive, put in an old or blank disk and close the drive. Back-up important diskettes.

When moving a stereo or compact disc player - fasten down your stereo's tone arm, tighten turntable screws, and secure the dust cover. For a CD player, check instructions to secure the laser. Heat can warp compact discs, so don't move them in a vehicle which may get too hot.

For your TV or VCR - take normal precautions for fragile items. Clean VCR heads before use in your new home. If you have cable TV service, ask if the installer will connect your TV and VCR at your destination.

ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR NEW HOME

Here are some items you may need to help you get settled:

Comfortable clothes
Tissues
Light bulbs
Tool kit
Shelf liner
Linens
Garbage cans and bags
Extension cords
Flashlight
Paper towels
Disposable plates, Dish soap and sponges
Cups and utensils
Pots and pans
Can opener
Foil or plastic wrap

 

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